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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Cradle-to-Career: Education, Economic Opportunity and Workforce Readiness in the Coming Decades

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The Washington Metro area is one of the strongest economies in the United States; however, some communities continue to confront challenges and barriers. Mayor Bowser’s vision is for the District of Columbia “to become the global model for inclusive prosperity and resilience, showcasing how diversity and innovation can drive equitable economic growth.”  Core to maintaining the region’s competitive advantage ad realizing the Mayor’s vision for the District of Columbia is having an educated, highly engaged, job-ready workforce.  How do we make certain that our children and youth are prepared to learn?  How do we ensure that our children are being exposed to the appropriate curriculum and experiences applicable to the future of our evolving workforce and needs of employers?  What does it mean to be “career-ready?” How can we provide this education, training and experience both affordably and equitably? This session will explore innovative partnerships and technology solutions being pursued today to ensure that residents in all eight Wards of the District of Columbia are equally prepared to not only participate and thrive in the region’s economic future, but shape and drive it.

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Alex Atkinson

Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, Exelon
Alex Atkinson is senior manager of Corporate Relations at Exelon, identifying, analyzing and implementing opportunities for Exelon and the Exelon Foundation’s philanthropic engagement. Prior to his current role, he spent over two decades in nonprofits before deciding to bring his... Read More →
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Dr. Marla Dean

Executive Director/CEO, Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Marla M. Dean is a native Detroiter. Since 2007, she has lived in the DMV area. She attended TheUniversity of Michigan for both her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Master of Arts inTeaching and Learning. She also holds an Education Specialist from Michigan State University... Read More →
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Elizabeth Dunn

Administrator for the NAF Academy of Engineering, HD Woodson STEM High School
Elizabeth Dunn is the administrator for the NAF Academy of Engineering at HD Woodson STEM High School. Over the last four years, she has created a model engineering academy of 80+ students who work to attain industry certifications, paid internships, attend countless work-based learning... Read More →
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Dr. Madye Henson

Chief Executive Officer, Covenant House Greater Washington
Dr. Madye Henson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Covenant House Greater Washington (CHGW). Through her leadership and staff of over seventy, 72,000 meals are served annually, emergency and transitional housing provide safe residence to 140 youth and their children each... Read More →
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Eshauna Smith

Urban Alliance, CEO
Eshauna Smith joined Urban Alliance in March 2013. As CEO, Eshauna provides leadership in key areas including development, policy and advocacy, communications, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Eshauna worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the DC Office of... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068