CFES Brilliant Pathways is proud to host its 30th annual conference, where we will convene a global network of education, business, government and philanthropic leaders committed to advancing our mission: to ensure that underserved youth are ready for college and the workplace. This year, 3,000 plus virtual participants will join another 200 on-site attendees at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George (NY). But the ultimate success of the conference relies on financial sponsors to partner with CFES to address a massive challenge for today’s youth.

That challenge is rooted in a workplace and education system that has changed abruptly and permanently over the last 18 months: virtual learning and working are here to stay, practices for accessing college and career have become unrecognizable to many, and the resource gap between our low-income students and their wealthy peers has widened at unprecedented rates. This means pathways to college and career have been forever altered, and children from underserved backgrounds need training and support to navigate new routes to social and economic mobility. At the conference, CFES and other leaders will provide strategies, networks and knowledge not only to our young people and their families, but also to the educators and partners who help guide our children down the pathway to college and career readiness.


Keynote Speakers

Amy ReinhardVice President, Studio Operations, Netflix
Reinhard was named Vice President of Studio Operations in 2020. Since joining Netflix in 2016 as Vice President, Content Acquisition, she has led global studio licensing for films and television series as well as local language acquisitions from Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and India. In addition to global licensing, Amy oversees physical production, production facilities management, consumer products and creative services, including casting, literary scouting, IP management, and music business development. Prior to Netflix, she was the President of Worldwide TV Licensing and Distribution for Paramount Pictures, where she held various roles for over ten years. She started her career at Revolution Studios. Amy holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard.
Dean GarfieldVice President of Public Policy, Netflix
Garfield is Netflix’s first VP of Public Policy to be based outside the US. Acting as lead lobbyist around the world, Garfield works with local producers and governments to create ratings systems for content and negotiate government intervention on production. Garfield graduated from Middlebury College, has a law degree from New York University and a master’s in international affairs and public administration from Princeton University. Garfield also serves on the
CFES Brilliant Pathways board.
Paul LunaPresident & CEO, Helios Education Foundation
Since 2006, Luna has served as President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, where he has led the foundation in its efforts to create opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education. In this role, he is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization, cultivating strong community relationships, and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida. He brings more than 25 years of public and private professional experience to leadership of Helios. A native of Miami, Arizona, Luna attended Stanford University as a first-generation college student, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.
Ray McNultyPresident, Successful Practices Network (SPN)
President of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), and the Successful Practices Network (SPN). Prior to that, Ray was Dean for the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University. An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001-03, he served as Vermont’s education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education’s work on three key issues: early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.



MC/Producer, Ron Rix

1:00-1:20pm: Welcome and Remarks, Rick Dalton, CEO & President of CFES Brilliant Pathways

1:25-2:15pm: Opening Keynote – How Netflix’s response to the post-pandemic world defines the new CCR paradigm; Amy Reinhardt, Vice President, Studio Operations at Netflix and Dean Garfield, CFES board member and Netflix Vice President

2:30-3:45pm: Breakout Sessions

  1. Student Session: Cryptography Module With West Point Cadets & Faculty
  2. Building and Strengthening Your Mentoring Program
  3. The Changing Landscape of Paying for College
  4. Developing & Strengthening the Essential Skills
  5. Tips & Strategies for CCR Advisors

4:00-5:15pm: Breakout Sessions

  1. Student Session: Essential Skills Panel With West Point Cadets & Faculty
  2. Inside Higher Ed Today: Implications for Readiness
  3. Get Ready Now for the New Workplace
  4. The New Leadership Paradigm
  5. Finding and Retaining Corporate Mentors

5:20-5:30pm: Day One Wrap up, Ron Rix, Program Director, CFES Brilliant Pathways

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm: After Dinner Keynote – Defining & Responding to the New CCR Paradigm; Paul Luna, President & CEO, Helios Education Foundation

7:45pm: Schools of Distinction Recognition; Clint Allen & Mario Pena Awards

8:00pm: Cohort Social


8:00-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-9:30am: Panel Discussion: The Post Pandemic College & Career World

9:45-10:45am: Breakout Sessions

  1. Student Session: Tips on Virtual Interviewing, Learning & Campus Visiting
  2. CCR Advisor Training 2.0, Closing Session
  3. How the Essential Skills Support SEL
  4. Building a High-Impact School/College Partnership
  5. Perfect Partners: STEM & the Essential Skills™

11:00-11:55am: Summary Keynote – From Students to Learners to Workforce Ready; Ray McNulty, President, Successful Practices Network (SPN)

12:00pm: Day Two Wrap up, Ron Rix, Program Director, CFES Brilliant Pathways

12:30pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Departure

Our Sponsors

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Sponsor Information



Brian & Jennifer Flores


Mirror Lake Inn Charitable Fund

Ronald & Renee Rix

Celebrate Success

Candice Sakuda, Director of Service-Learning at Chaminade University of Honolulu was last year’s Mario Peña Award winner. Candice and Chaminade University have been long-time college partners, offering hundreds of opportunities for CFES scholars to visit the campus, participate in college & career readiness activities, providing college students as mentors and foster the Essential Skills with a focus on service and student leadership.

At the conference, CFES will recognize the 2020-21 Schools of Distinction for their development and execution of exemplary plans based on the three core practices: Essential Skills, Mentoring, and Pathways to College and Career.