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General Registration

Please Note: CFES Partner Schools can send a number of participants to the conference free of charge. Details have been sent directly to your school’s CFES Brilliant Pathways Liaison – contact if you need the link to your school’s registration form. If you are a CFES School Team Member, please do not use the link below to register.

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Pre-Conference Workshop

College & Career Readiness Advisor Training

Thursday, October 31
9:00 to 4:00

Workshop Description

Participants who attend either the Novice or Advanced workshop and four conference sessions on November 1- 2 will receive a Level 1 or Level 2 College & Career Readiness Professional Development Certificate, issued by CFES Brilliant Pathways. To register for this workshop, please select the “Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop” conference ticket option. Limited space available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for workshop participants.

Conference Agenda

Friday, November 1

10:00 – 12:00  Registration (light fare available throughout Registration)

1:00 – 2:30  Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Joan Higginbotham, Astronaut

2:45 – 4:00  Session 1: Concurrent Workshops subject to change

  • Encouraging STEM & Healthcare Career Choices
  • Banking on Your Future: Financial Aid & Financial Literacy
  • Mentoring Starter Pack: Launching Trajectories
  • Developing Youth Leadership Opportunities

4:15 – 5:30  Session 2: Concurrent Workshops subject to change

  • College & Career Advising: Getting Everyone in the Game
  • Developing Essential SkillsTM for Career Readiness
  • Promoting a Vibrant College & Career Culture
  • Youth as Community Change Agents

5:45 – 6:15  Networking Reception with Corporate & College Leaders

6:15 – 8:00  Dinner & Evening Session Featured Speaker: Dean Garfield, Netflix

8:00 – 10:00  Informal Gathering

Saturday, November 2

7:30 – 8:30  Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45  Panel How to Change Life Trajectories in a Disruptive World

10:00 – 11:00  Session 3: Concurrent Workshops subject to change

  • Engaging Families Early & Often
  • Agility: Responding to Your Students’ Ever-Changing College & Career Readiness Needs
  • The Hands-on Guide to the Essential SkillsTM
  • Embedding Core Practices in the Classroom

11:15 – 12:15  Session 4: Concurrent Workshops subject to change

  • Continually Strengthening Your Leadership Skills
  • Using Essential SkillsTM as a Tool for Social-Emotional Learning
  • Customizing Best Practices Schoolwide
  • Building Partnerships that Change Life Trajectories

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch

2:00  Conference Adjourns


The Changing Life Trajectories conference will be at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George in Bolton Landing, NY

The Sagamore Resort on Lake George is a landmark hotel with a prestigious history that dates back to the 1880s. Secluded on a private 70-acre island just 60 miles north of Albany, The Sagamore has hosted families, celebrities and dignitaries alike with their signature hospitality established over a century ago. Along with an inspiring setting in the heart of the Adirondacks, this historic enclave offers elegant lakeside accommodations, award-winning dining, and an 18-hole golf course.

Many unique local businesses line the main drive through the nearby (and walkable) hamlet of Bolton Landing, including: lakeside dining, local craft beverage makers, Adirondack boutiques, art galleries and more.

Bolton Landing is a four hour drive from Boston or New York City, and a one hour drive from Albany International Airport

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Joan Higginbotham

Keynote Speaker
Friday 1:00 pm

An engineer and retired astronaut, Higginbotham was born in Chicago and began her NASA career in 1987 after earning her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After logging over 300 hours in space and participating in 53 space shuttle launches, Higginbotham retired from NASA in 2007. She currently serves as the Director of Program Management at Collins Aerospace.

Dean Garfield

Friday 7:00 pm

Recently named head of global public policy for Netflix, Garfield is a member of the CFES Brilliant Pathways Board of Directors. He has also served as president and CEO of Information Technology Industry Council, where he worked to promote policies for cutting-edge research and game-changing technologies to sustain job creation and growth. He holds a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Panel: How to Change Life Trajectories in a Disruptive World

Saturday 8:45 am

Ranjit Sidhu

President & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), Sidhu has a long history of service to NCCEP and its primary constituency, GEAR UP. His career has been consistently anchored in creating opportunities for students from low-income families, and in leading organizations to enhance social impact and growth. Prior to assuming this role, Sidhu served as senior vice president for strategy and new product development at the College Board.

Karen Watts

As executive superintendent of Brooklyn North, Watts overseas school districts in New York City that serves more than 110,000 students. Prior to her current role, Watts served as superintendent of 47 high schools in the Brooklyn North area. She began her career in 1993 as a teacher at Grover Cleveland High School, later serving as principal at CFES Brilliant Pathways’ Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem. She was also executive principal at ACORN High School for Social Justice in Brooklyn.

Greg Muccio

As a Director of Talent Acquisition in the People Department at Southwest Airlines, Muccio is responsible for leading Southwest’s Talent Acquisition Teams, employment branding, workforce development, and hiring strategy. This includes 14 Teams consisting of 120+ Leaders, Recruiters, Specialists, Analysts and Coordinators.

Porter Braswell, Moderator

Porter Braswell serves on the board for CFES Brilliant Pathways. His is the CEO and co-founder of Jopwell, a technology platform that helps Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals unlock opportunities for career advancement. Under Braswell’s leadership, Jopwell has formed partnerships with more than 100 of America’s leading companies and has facilitated tens of thousands of connections between the Jopwell community members and its clients.

As an African American CEO, Braswell regularly speaks about the importance of diversity in the workforce and has been featured in numerous publications and articles discussing the topic, and recently wrote “Let Them See You – The Guide for Leveraging Your Diversity at Work”  published by Penguin Random House.

Braswell started his career at Goldman Sachs after graduating from Yale University, where he was a four-year member of the men’s varsity basketball team.