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Monday, June 4, 2018

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

ElevatEd is a daylong conference for everyone from business leaders to educators featuring a powerful lineup of panelists and speakers who will tackle how public education can boost our economy and help save the American dream for today’s youth.

Space is limited

Can education help save the American Dream?

Tomorrow's success is determined by the education we deliver today.

Presented by The Holdsworth Center, ElevatEd: Education & the Economy aims to drive critical conversations around income inequality, the impact on economic development and how high-quality education for all students contributes to a strong economy. Join us for thought-provoking discussions. Space is limited.

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ElevatEd Schedule

8:00 a.m.Registration and Check-In
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Superintendent’s Panel: Holdsworth Center Update and District Application Process: Overview and Q & A Kate Rogers, Executive Vice President of The Holdsworth Center
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.Opening of General Plenary
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Texas Bicentennial 2036: Will we take responsibility for our future? Tom Luce, Chairman of Texas 2036
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Education and the Economy Panel Discussion
  • Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency
  • Dr. Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University 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
  • Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University & Chair of The Holdsworth Center Governing Board
  • Moderated by Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College & Member of The Holdsworth Center Governing Board
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Networking Lunch
(Limited seating available. Additional registration required.)
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Keynote Address “Beyond the data — What does the U.S. need to do to catch up?” Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at OECD
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.ElevatEd Showcase
A Collection of Short, Dynamic Presentations Facilitated by Dr. John Gasko, Dean and Professor at the School of Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas
5:30 p.m.Closing Comments
Cocktail Reception at Meadows Museum immediately following program (Limited seating available. Additional registration required.)


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Monday, June 4, 2018

McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Southern Methodist University
6405 Boaz Street
Dallas, TX 75275

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Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, The Holdsworth Center partners with public school districts to cultivate a pipeline of effective leaders to ensure that every classroom and campus in Texas thrives under inspired and dynamic leadership.

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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