2018 Conference on Education

August 15, 2018

2018 Conference on Education Presented By

Biogen logo

Every employer is in the business of education. In fact, North Carolina’s CEOs have stated that their number one concern is the availability of skilled talent. Today’s job creators are ever more aware of the need for effective education systems at all levels to ensure students are prepared for the 21st-century global marketplace. This event brings together educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring the state’s students are college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Get engaged: #WorkReadyNC


What: 2018 Conference on Education
When: August 15, 2018 | Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center | 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC

Hotel Accommodations:  A block of hotel rooms is available for the rate of $155.  The cut-off date for reserving a room is 5:00 pm on July 15, 2018.  Call 919-941-5050 to make a reservation.

Registration Information



Ticket Pricing:

Educators: Early-Bird $100 | Regular $150 | Late $200

Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $225 | Late $275

Non-Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $350 | Late $400

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Wednesday, July 18. Late registration pricing starts on Friday, August 10.  Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13.

Sponsorship Information

After each event, sponsors receive a customized ROI Brochure, which recaps their marketing benefits and provides information on the reach of the event. To see results from past sponsors’ investments, view a sample Conference on Education ROI Brochure HERE.

Questions about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Angela Sutton for more details.


7:30 – 8:10 a.m.

8:10 a.m. 
Opening Remarks
Welcome from Presenting Sponsor – Biogen

8:25 a.m.
The State of Talent and the “Skills Gap” in North Carolina
David Fountain, North Carolina President, Duke Energy

8:45 a.m.
Creating a Talent Pipeline – NC Education Attainment Needs
Rebecca Tippett, Founding Director of Carolina Demography, Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Peter Hans, President, North Carolina Community College System
Facilitator: Andrew Meehan, Education and Workforce Consultant, NC Chamber and Relate Advocacy

 North Carolina’s changing demography is quickly casting into question the feasibility of educational attainment goals and overall job-readiness. In this session, learn which demographic groups are growing most rapidly in North Carolina, and hear strategies for ensuring that children from these groups are prepared for the workforce and life after high school.

9:45 a.m.

10:15 a.m.    
Increasing Third-Grade Reading Proficiency – The Role of NC Businesses
Early Childhood Education and Business: Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina
Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education Study:
Mike Lamach, CEO, Ingersoll Rand
Local Economic Impact of Investment in Early Childhood Education:
Kit Cramer, President and CEO, Asheville Chamber of Commerce
Facilitator: Susan Gates, Special Advisor on Education Initiatives, SAS

 Throughout our childhood and our adult lives, we hear that “reading matters.” And it does, as a contributor to personal fulfillment and professional success. Research shows that third grade is a critical year in a child’s educational journey, and literacy at this grade level plays a major role in determining education outcomes. One’s likelihood of graduation, desire to pursue post-secondary training or education and his or her economic returns are all influenced by literacy. In this session, hear from business leaders about why reading matters and what the business community can do to improve literacy rates for their future talent pool.

11:15 a.m. 
Ensuring Educational Foundations for a Future Workforce
A Business Approach to Expanding Access to NC Pre-K: Jim Hansen, Regional President – Eastern Carolinas, PNC Bank
Creating a Comprehensive 0-8 System to Achieve Career- and College-Readiness
: Susan Perry-Manning, Deputy Secretary for Human Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina is ranked first in the country for the quality of its pre-K programs, which, according to research, improve math and reading skills and reduce the number of children placed in special education classes. But don’t applaud just yet. We are ranked 41st in enrollment. In this session, learn what employers can do to expand access to pre-K programs and lay the foundations for job readiness during a student’s early years.

11:45 a.m.   

12:30 p.m.
Bringing Career Relevance into the Classroom – The Role of NC Businesses
Dual Enrollment and Early College: Gary Green, President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Initiatives in Rural North CarolinaDan Gerlach, President, Golden LEAF Foundation
Strategies for Scaling Career Readiness and Employability Skills Initiatives Statewide: Dr. Angela Quick, Director, Center for Education Services, RTI
Facilitator: Dan Gerlach, President, Golden LEAF Foundation

 Authenticity in school curricula is key to job readiness, but it happens only when businesses step up to participate. In this session, learn more about how your business can partner with schools to ensure students are ready for the 21st century workplace.

1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m.    
Business in NC: What are Their Talent Needs?
Samara Satterfield, Human Resources Manager, Siemens
Josh Thompson, Director, People and Organization, Novo Nordisk
Facilitator:  Dr. Sam Houston, President and CEO, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

Recently named the #1 state for business by Forbes, North Carolina excels at attracting new job creators. But are we doing enough to meet their talent needs? Hear directly from North Carolina businesses about their organizations’ talent needs, their expectations for our state’s workforce and how they are managing their talent pipeline.


2:30 p.m.   
Closing Comments

Continuing Education Credit

Educators may be eligible to earn continuing education credits for attending. Please check with your LEA for approval.


Presenting Sponsor

Biogen logo


WGU logo

Gold Sponsors

SMT logo          SAS logo

Silver Sponsors

PNG logo       Martin Marietta logo     Carolina Biological logo          

Bronze Sponsors



North Carolina Virtual Public School
NC Early Childhood Foundation
Greene Resources

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