CONVENE CONVERSE COMMIT
September 27, 2018 | Washington, DC

Speakers

Leaders representing companies, government, education, and community shared their experiences, successes, and challenges in creating sustainable impact for a national issue. Throughout the day, attendees gained insights into why reading is truly fundamental to a long term, productive workforce and what each respective sector can do to address this national issue.

Lunchtime Speakers

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice

 

Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre

Author and Illustrator

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Lulu Delacre will join us for a lunchtime conversation about the importance of literacy in a skilled workforce as they discuss their picture book Turning Pages: My Life Story.

Turning Pages Cover

 

Keynote Speaker

 

Dane Linn

Dane Linn

Business Roundtable

Vice President

Dane Linn oversees the Education & Workforce Committee, advancing Business Roundtable positions on education reform, U.S. innovation capacity, and workforce preparedness. He will discuss the Business Roundtable Report highlighting the impact of literacy on the “skills gap” that affects U.S. companies and the importance of reading as an essential foundation to jobs.

 

Case Study Presenters

 

Denine Torr

Denine Torr

Dollar General Corporation

Senior Director, Community Initiatives

Kathleen Ryan Mufson

Kathleen Ryan Mufson

Pitney Bowes

President, Pitney Bowes Foundation

Joseph Swope

Joseph Swope

UGI Utilities, Inc.

Manager, Media Relations & Special Projects

Panelists

Jessie Lyons

Jessie Lyons

Scholastic, Inc.

Vice President, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships

Allie Kimmel

Allie Kimmel

Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee

Senior Education Policy Advisor

Courtney Kissell

Courtney Kissell

National PTA

Director of Programs & Partnerships

Susanne H. Thompson

Susanne H. Thompson

Discovery Education

Senior Vice President, Corporate Education Partnerships

Lee Ann Potter

Lee Ann Potter

Library of Congress

Director of Educational Outreach

Beth Caron, PhD

Beth Caron, PhD

National Governors Association

Program Director for Early Care and Education

Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan

University of Illinois at Chicago

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker

America’s Promise Alliance

Chief of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Guy Vickers

Guy Vickers

PVH Corp.

President, PVH Foundation

Rebecca Zalesnik

Rebecca Zalesnik

Sheldon Independent School District

Director of Innovative Programs

Featured Speaker and Former RIF Kid

Elisha DeMaria

Elisha DeMaria

NYU

Course Materials Manager