CFES Brilliant Pathways’ 32nd annual conference on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT will gather leaders in education, business, government and philanthropy to explore ways to enhance college and career readiness in a time of accelerating change. Following the biggest disruption in education and the workplace in American history, we need to be strategic in preparing our country’s next generation for the challenges and opportunities that await them.

CFES believes that for optimal readiness, we need to both prepare for the future and celebrate our past. At the conference, we will address the conspicuous drop in the perceived value of higher education, the widening opportunity gap defined by race and income, the gender imbalance in which young males are falling behind on every rung of the education ladder and other troubling trends. However, we will also celebrate one of our nation’s most significant and impactful educational partnerships: the collaboration that CFES created 15 years ago that has helped hundreds of NYC students attain degrees from the University of Vermont.

The conference’s exploration of tomorrow and yesterday will introduce new and innovative approaches to helping our youth address the staggering changes brought on by automation and AI, the growing politicization of education, educator shortages, rural-urban tensions, the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic and other challenging forces.



On the shores of Lake Champlain, the Hilton Burlington has what past guests call the best view in Burlington, Vermont. Visitors can watch boats come into the harbor and enjoy panoramas of the Adirondack Mountains from their rooms. Surrounded by restaurants, with Church Street Marketplace a five-minute walk away. Hop aboard one of the rental bikes and explore the Burlington Bike Path.

Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, museums and educational opportunities, creative entrepreneurship, three colleges and a university, as well as a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. It’s no wonder this small, friendly city consistently earns national awards.

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