Presented by The Holdsworth Center, ElevatEd: Education & the Economy sparked challenging and inspiring conversations around growing inequality in America and explored how high-quality public education for all students contributes to a strong economy.

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2018 ElevatEd Video Library

Highlights from ElevatEd: Education & the Economy

Watch highlights and takeaways from speakers and attendees at ElevatEd: Education & the Economy.

Texas Bicentennial 2036

Tom Luce, Chairman of Texas 2036, talks about predictions for the Texas economy and changes needed to ensure future prosperity.

Education and the Economy Panel

Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College & Member of The Holdsworth Center Governing Board moderates a panel discussion on public education’s impact on the economy with Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education; Dr. Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Dr. Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution; and Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University, former President of Brown University & Chair of The Holdsworth Center Governing Board.

Beyond the data–What does the U.S. need to do to catch up?

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shares about PISA test results and their implications across the globe.

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ElevatEd Host Committee
  • Peter Beck
    Executive Chairman. The Beck Group
  • Bruce Esterline
    Senior Vice President, The Meadows Foundation; Board Member, The Holdsworth Center
  • Regen Fearon
    Chairman, Early Matters Dallas
  • Dr. John Gasko
    Dean, School of Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Pete Geren
    President and CEO, The Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Board Member, The Holdsworth Center
  • Charles Glover
    Senior Program Officer, The Meadows Foundation
  • Stephanie Knight
    Dean, Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University
  • Tom Luce
    Chairman, Texas 2036
  • Matthew Myers
    Dean, Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
  • J. Puckett
    Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Mark Rohr
    CEO and Chairman, Celanese Corporation; Board Member, The Holdsworth Center
  • David J. Scullin
    President & CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Jeremy Smith
    Executive Director, Rainwater Charitable Foundation
  • Dr. Michael J. Sorrell
    President, Paul Quinn College; Board Member, The Holdsworth Center
  • Todd Williams
    Executive Director, The Commit Partnership
Co-Hosted By

Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, The Beck Group, Celanese Corporation, and Rainwater Charitable Foundation