CFES Brilliant Pathways is proud to host its 30th annual conference, where we will convene a global network of education, business, government and philanthropic leaders committed to advancing our mission: to ensure that underserved youth are ready for college and the workplace. This year’s conference will be both virtual and in-person at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George (NY).

Virtual learning and working are here to stay, practices for accessing college and career have become unrecognizable to many, and the resource gap between our low-income students and their wealthy peers has widened at unprecedented rates. This means pathways to college and career have been forever altered, and children from underserved backgrounds need training and support to navigate new routes to social and economic mobility.

Paul LunaPresident & CEO, Helios Education Foundation
“Every student regardless of where they’re born, skin color or zip code deserves a high quality education. Education is powerful and an equalizer in life.”

Learn from the Experts
The conference will provide strategies, networks and knowledge not only to our young people and their families, but also to the educators and partners who help guide our children down the pathway to college and career readiness.

Celebrate Success
Candice Sakuda, Director of Service-Learning at Chaminade University of Honolulu was last year’s Mario Peña Award winner. Candice and Chaminade University have been long-time college partners, offering hundreds of opportunities for CFES scholars to visit the campus, participate in college & career readiness activities, providing college students as mentors and foster the Essential Skills with a focus on service and student leadership.

At the conference, CFES will recognize the 2020-21 Schools of Distinction for their development and execution of exemplary plans based on the three core practices: Essential Skills, Mentoring, and Pathways to College and Career.



MC/Producer, Ron Rix

1:00-1:20: Welcome and Remarks, Rick Dalton, CEO & President of CFES Brilliant Pathways

1:20-2:15: Keynote Address

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 2:30 – 3:45 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 4:00 – 5:15 pm

5:20-5:30: Day One Wrap up, Ron Rix, Program Director, CFES Brilliant Pathways

6:00: Dinner


8:00-9:00: Breakfast

9:00-10:00: Panel Discussion: The Post Pandemic College & Career World

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 10:15 – 11:00 am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 11:15 – 12:00 pm

12:05 pm: Day Two Wrap up, Ron Rix, Program Director, CFES Brilliant Pathways

12:15 pm: Lunch

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