When it comes to the education of our future innovators, smarter investments are needed.
We invite you to participate in an intimate discussion among business leaders and leading practitioners on how business can more effectively work with education to prepare our nation's youth for college and career.
In this special event featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, experts from across private enterprise, government, philanthropy, and academia will showcase innovative approaches for linking education to jobs. We hope this convening will jumpstart on-going sharing and collaboration on how to develop the highly-skilled workforce that will strengthen U.S. competitiveness and spur a sustained economic recovery.
To follow the conversation online, please follow the hashtag #Class2Career.
Live tweeting will take place by following @citizenIBM. The event was also Livestreamed via: https://new.livestream.com/roosevelthouse/fromclassroomtocareer
Welcome: Jennifer Raab, President, Hunter College of The City University of New York
2:10 – 2:45 pm
Panel: Today’s Real Danger: A Failure to Invest in the Future
Anthony P. Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Mary Fifield, President, Bunker Hill Community College
Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina
Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
Moderator: Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
2:50 – 3:40 pm
Panel: What Works: Preparing Students for College and Career
John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York
Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City University of New York
Shael Polakow-Suransky, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor,New York City Department of Education
Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, The Partnership for New York City
Moderator: Robert Schwartz, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Co-Chair, Education and Society Program and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
3:45 - 4:15 pm
Keynote: Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education
4:15 - 4:30 pm
Wrap Up: John M. Bridgeland, President and CEO of Civic Enterprises
Jonathan Fanton, Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at Hunter College
Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Robert Schwartz, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Co-Chair, Education and Society Program and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Networking and cocktails
Livestream (Live Video Streaming of the Event): https://new.livestream.com/roosevelthouse/fromclassroomtocareer
URL for live blog – http://ibm.co/W7UjhB
Live tweeting: @citizenIBM
John Bridgeland President and CEO, Civic Enterprises
Mr. Bridgeland co-leads Opportunity Nation to increase economic mobility and help restore access to the American Dream for low-income Americans. His report on the high school dropout crisis – The Silent Epidemic – helped bring national attention to the issue, and his leadership of the National Summit on America’s Silent Epidemic (with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, TIME Magazine and MTV) prompted federal, state and local action around a 10-point plan to boost high school graduation rates, and college and workforce readiness.
Mr. Bridgeland’s non-profit board service includes City Year, Earth Conservation Corps, EARTH University in Costa Rica, Malaria No More, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and the National Conference on Citizenship. He is the author or co-author of a dozen reports related to the dropout epidemic, and of the forthcoming book Heart of a Nation: Volunteering and America’s Civic Sprit.
Mr. Bridgeland holds an A.B. (honors) in government from Harvard University, studied at the College of Europe and Universite Libre de Bruxelles as a Rotary International Fellow, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Anthony P. Carnevale Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Dr. Carnevale founded and was president of the Institute for Workplace Learning; served as Director of Political and Government Affairs for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (the largest union in the AFL-CIO); and served as a senior staff member in both houses of the U.S. Congress, where he was appointed Majority Staff Director on the Public Financing Subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations.
Dr. Carnevale received his B.A from Colby College, and his Ph.D. in public finance economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education
Under Secretary Duncan’s leadership, the Race to the Top program has the incentives, guidance, and flexibility it needs to support reforms in states. The Department also has focused billions of dollars to transform struggling schools, prompting more than 1,000 low-performing schools nationwide to recruit new staff, adopt new teaching methods, and add learning time. Secretary Duncan also has led new efforts to encourage labor and management to work together as never before, and their new collaboration is helping to drive reform, strengthen teaching, create better educational options, and improve learning. During Secretary Duncan’s tenure, the Department has launched a comprehensive effort to transform the teaching profession.
Secretary Duncan holds an A.B., magna cum laude, in sociology from Harvard University, where he was co-captain of Harvard’s basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Jonathan Fanton Interim Director and Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
He is past Chair of Human Rights Watch, Security Council Report, The Union Square Development Corporation, The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, and was also an Advisory Trustee at the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He is currently Chair of the Africa Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch, Chair of Scholars At Risk, and on the Boards of Research Alliance, Common Cause, and the Asian Cultural Council.
Mary Fifield President, Bunker Hill Community College
Dr. Fifield is a former member of the Board and Executive Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents more than 1,100 two-year institutions nationwide. She is a member of The Boston Foundation Indicators Project Leadership Group, The Boston Foundation Workforce Development Advisory Committee, and is Chair Emerita of the Boston Higher Education Partnership – a coalition of 30 Greater Boston Colleges, Universities and the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Fifield also serves on the Boston Private Industry Council’s Workforce Investment Board.
The co-author of several publications and articles about community colleges, global workforce needs, and the value of diversity, Dr. Fifield holds a B.A. from Clarke College, an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University.
Matthew Goldstein Chancellor, City University of New York (CUNY)
Dr. Goldstein is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum, as well as a director of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, ex officio. By appointment of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, he is co-chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and a member of the New NY Education Reform Commission. He previously served as chair of the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission at the appointment of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Goldstein earned his B.S. (high honors) in statistics and mathematics from The City College of The City University of New York, and his Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. John B. King, Jr. Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York
Dr. King holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Stanley S. Litow Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs President, IBM International Foundation, IBM Corporation
He has served on the President’s Welfare to Work Commission, and currently serves on the board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute.
Mr. Litow’s articles and commentary have appeared in publications including: Education Week, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Yale Law Journal. He is the recipient of the Council on Foundation’s prestigious Scrivner Award for creative philanthropy, and was recognized by the Anne Frank Center, the Coro Foundation, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission for his commitment to education, service and leadership. He has twice been voted CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility magazine, and IBM’s efforts to improve American education have won the company two Ron Brown Presidential Awards for Corporate Leadership, presented by the President of the United States.
Cynthia Marshall President, AT&T North Carolina
Among Ms. Marshall’s numerous awards and honors are the “Friend of Education Award” from the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall Fund, and the Woman of Substance Award from Bennett College. In 2010, she received the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award from the United Negro College Fund for her contributions to North Carolina and to the business community.
Ms. Marshall is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Jennifer J. Raab President, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Since assuming the presidency in 2001, she has led a successful effort to enlarge the faculty and recruit distinguished professors and artists. Standards throughout the college have been raised, and fiscal management has been modernized and strengthened, as reflected in Hunter’s rising national standing as one of the Top 10 “Best Value” public colleges in the nation for three consecutive years, according to The Princeton Review.
Major changes include the renovation and reopening of the historic Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt House, now the Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and the construction of a Hunter’s renowned School of Social Work housing the new CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in East Harlem.
Before coming to Hunter, Raab was Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and served as a political campaign advisor, the Director of Public Affairs for the New York City Planning Commission, and a litigator at two of the nation’s top law firms.
A graduate of Hunter College High School, President Raab is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University, holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Robert Schwartz Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Co-Chair, Education and Society Program and Academic Dean Harvard Graduate School of Education
Merryl H. Tisch Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
Chancellor Tisch also serves on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Citizens Budget Commission. Additionally, she serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York, the Graduate School of Education’s Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania, Learning Leaders, and the Sesame Workshop.
Chancellor Tisch formerly taught first-graders at New York City’s Ramaz School and the B’nai Jeshurun School. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Shael Polakow-Suransky Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Mr. Polakow-Suransky has worked in the New York City Public Schools since 1994. He started his career as a middle school mathematics and social studies teacher before becoming assistant principal at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem. In 2001, Mr. Polakow-Suransky became the founding principal of Bronx International High School, which primarily served English language learners. Under Mr. Polakow-Suransky’s leadership, the school achieved some of the best scores among its peer institutions in the city.
Mr. Polakow-Suransky was born in South Africa, from which his parents – who were anti-apartheid activists – fled in 1973. He holds a B.A. in education and urban studies from Brown University, and an M.A. in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education. Mr. Polakow-Suransky also was a 2008 Fellow at the Broad Superintendents Academy.
Kathryn Wylde President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
An internationally-known expert in housing, economic development and urban policy, Ms. Wylde is the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC & Company, NYC Leadership Academy, the Research Alliance for NYC Schools, the Manhattan Institute, the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council and the Lutheran Medical Center. She was a member of the NYS legislative commission that recommended mayoral control of the NYC school system and the Mayor’s task force on career & technical education reform.
Ms. Wylde is a graduate of St. Olaf College.
- Article: "Pathways in Technology Early College High School Takes a New Approach to Vocational Education" (NYT)
P-Tech is among the initiatives that was discussed at today's forum.
- IBM Unveils Playbook for U.S. Cities to Develop Grades 9-14 Schools That Prepare Students for Technology Jobs
IBM and City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago to open grades 9-14 school, modeled after NYC school and informed by Playbook
- P-Tech NYC