CFES Brilliant Pathways’ 2020 conference was virtual for the first time in its 29-year history.

The new format allowed 3,400 participants spanning 10 time zones to watch and interact with experts in education, business and government. Three college presidents, two members of the U.S. House, executives from Netflix, EY, TransPerfect, Helios Education Foundation, K12 Inc., a former ABC News anchor and innovative K-16 educators in Ireland and the United States spoke virtually with the help of a team at CFES headquarters in rural Essex, NY.

The conference explored trends in K-16 education, analyzed the impact of current events for schools and students, and shared new college and career readiness strategies to overcome today’s challenges.

There’s an incredible amount of change occurring right now and it’s not going away. We need to leverage disruption. Change is our friend. Our goal was to show educators, students and our partners how to embrace change and take advantage of the opportunities that come from it.”  – Rick Dalton, CFES President & CEO

Keynote Address

On-demand Sessions

Day One: Career Readiness in the New World

Day Two: College Readiness in the New World

Day Three: Social Justice in the New World

School Performances

Irish Step Dancing

August Ahrens Elementary School Performance by Monica V.

Wadleigh Secondary School Performance

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors





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