Events 2018-04-04T16:43:36+00:00


More than ever, employers and educators across the globe see college and career readiness as a critical part of student success. But how can business and education leaders work together to build the workforce that America needs to maintain its competitiveness?

Sponsored by CFES Brilliant Pathways and the GE Foundation, the Summit will take place on May 15, 8:30am to 4:15pm. Over 50 corporate, philanthropic, and educational leaders to discuss how business and school partnerships can prepare students with the skills they need for college, career, and beyond.

Highlights will include Professor Joseph Fuller (pictured) of the Harvard Business School who will share his research on strategies to improve America’s competitiveness and the role of higher education and business in preparing the next generation of America’s workforce.

Participants will discuss, through roundtables and panels, the practical steps that education, business and philanthropic leaders can take to build tomorrow’s workforce.

Following the Summit, we will produce a solutions-driven white paper that provides strategic steps on how businesses, schools and colleges can partner to ensure that students are career and college ready.

Harvard Business School


May 14
6:00 pm Pre-Summit Reception & Dinner, Essex Inn

MAY 15
7:00 am Breakfast, Essex Inn

8:30 am Welcome & Overview:
Rick Dalton, President & CEO, CFES Brilliant Pathways
Kelli Wells, Executive Director, Education and Skills, GE Foundation
Introduction Keynoter: Shadey Trinidad, CFES Scholar Alumna

9:00 am Keynote: Joe Fuller, Professor, Harvard Business School

10:30 am Panel Responds: Business, Higher Education, K-12 perspectives

11:00 am Table Discussions w/ quick overview

11:30 am Business Panel: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow
Questions: What are the skills that are needed? And what is the gap? How are businesses addressing?

12:00 pm Lunch, Essex Inn

12:45 pm Part 2: Joe Fuller

1:30 pm Post-Secondary Panel: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow
Question: How is higher education aligning to meet the business demands around building the workforce of tomorrow?

2:15 pm Table Discussions

2:35 pm K-12 Education Panel: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow
Question: How is K-12 aligning to meet the post-secondary demands around building the workforce of tomorrow?

3:20 pm Table Discussions

3:50 pm Summit Wrap-up: Rick Dalton

4:15 pm Summit officially concludes