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Building the Economic Case for Investments in Children

The Partnership for America's Economic Success (PAES), with support from CED and PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., hosted the annual Building the Economic Case for Investments in Children at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Over 200 business leaders, policymakers, and members of the nonprofit community convened to discuss how investments in children can improve America's workforce and future economic well-being.

The all day session focused on ways the business community can improve early education in the United States and how to get more business leaders involved with the issue. Several speakers at the all-day conference pointed out that investments in early education pay huge dividends as the children perform better in school, get into college, and - ultimately become productive members of the American workforce.


  • Rob Dugger, Managing Director, Tudor Investment Corporation [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • Dan Pedersen, President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund [play video]
  • George Kaiser, President & CEO, Kaiser-Francis Oil [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • Shirley Raines, President, University of Memphis [play video]
  • Robbin Johnson, SVP, Corporate Affairs, Cargill Incorporated [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • James Dunn, President & CEO, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce [play video]
  • C. Eugene Steuerle, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • Frank Luntz, Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research [play video]
  • Mike Henry, Deputy Campaign Manager, Hillary Clinton for President [play video]
  • Nicholas Burnett, Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Team, UNESCO [play video]
  • Greg Duncan, Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • Bernard Guyer, Professor of Children's Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [play part 1] [play part 2]
  • Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way of America [play part 1] [play part 2]

More Information

Conference materials

The Partnership for America's Economic Success (PAES)
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