In light of restrictions due to COVID-19, CFES Brilliant Pathways’ 2020 conference will be virtual for the first time in our 29-year history. We invite all who provide college and career readiness support to underrepresented populations to join us online October 27-29 for College & Career Readiness in a New World.

The conference will explore trends in K-12 and postsecondary education, analyze the impact of current events for schools and students, and share new college and career readiness strategies to overcome today’s challenges.

“Education as we’ve known it is gone forever. CFES Brilliant Pathways is addressing these changes by doubling down on our mission to help students realize their college and career dreams. The conference will highlight the ways that we and our partners are doing that now and in the future.” – Rick Dalton, CFES President & CEO

Learn from the Experts

Daily themes such as mentoring, career pathways and Essential Skills will be guided by expert speakers sharing virtual and in-person best practices. Participants will attend breakout sessions for more in-depth conversations, interactive programming, and guidance.

Speakers and session leaders will include CFES educators and students, college representatives, leaders in nonprofit and business sectors, and others. One highlighted speaker is Paul J. Luna, President & CEO of the Helios Education Foundation and a nationally-recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and community development. A first-generation college student who earned a degree in civil engineering from Stanford, Luna brings more than 25 years of public and private professional experience to leadership of Helios.

College Presidents will share their thoughts with participants each day on how postsecondary education has changed.

Networking opportunities, a hallmark of our past conferences, will be expanded with opportunities for educators to talk with counterparts from other countries and CFES corporate partners, including Southwest Airlines and TransPerfect.

Celebrate Success

CFES will honor a number of schools with School of Distinction awards for the development and execution of exemplary plans based on the three core practices of Essential Skills, Mentoring and Pathways to College and Career.

At our virtual Best Practices Expo, CFES schools will share the triumphs of their programs, and learn diverse improvement strategies from other CFES schools.

Expand Your Abilities

Increase the impact of your conference experience by participating in a concurrent College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisor Training. This opportunity is offered as part of our plan to train 5,000 CCR Advisors over the next two years to support school counseling departments.

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