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Registration for the 2020 National Conference is coming soon!

Please Note: CFES Partner Schools can send a number of participants to the conference free of charge. Details will be sent directly to your school’s CFES Brilliant Pathways Liaison – contact if you have questions about registering for the conference.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Luna

President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation

Paul is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Helios Education Foundation, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida for the Foundation. Prior to joining Helios in 2006, Paul served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way.

A native of Miami, Arizona, Paul graduated from Miami High School and as a first-generation college student, attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to his role at Helios, Paul currently serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the National College Access Network Board of Directors, the America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Florida College Access Network Steering Committee, the Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors, and the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.

Preliminary Conference Agenda


Monday, October 26

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

1:00 – 2:30  Opening Session

  • Mario Peña Awards
  • Keynote Speaker: Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation

2:45 – 4:00  Session 1: Concurrent Workshops

4:15 – 5:30  Session 2: Concurrent Workshops

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

6:15 – 8:00  Dinner & Evening Session

8:00 – 10:00  Informal Gatherings

Tuesday, October 27

7:30 – 8:30  Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45  Morning Program

10:00 – 11:00  Session 3: Concurrent Workshops

11:15 – 12:15  Session 4: Concurrent Workshops

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch & Closing Session

1:30  Conference Adjourns


College & Career Readiness Advisor Training

Sunday, October 25
10:00 to 5:00

Learn More About the Program

Participants will earn a College & Career Readiness Professional Development Certificate, issued by CFES Brilliant Pathways.


The Outperforming Your Zip Code 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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Looking for somewhere to eat on Sunday or Tuesday?

Check out some of these local favorites:

Onsite at the Sagamore

La Bella Vita
Mr. Brown’s

Restaurants in Bolton Landing

Frederick’s – 518-644-3484

Lakeside – 518-644-5253

The Huddle Kitchen – 518-240-6091

Chateau – 518-644-7094