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CED’s Postsecondary Education Summit: Business Leadership for 21st Century Education Policies

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, CED hosted a Postsecondary Education Summit, Business Leadership for 21st Century Education Policies, as a part of its Annual Meetings at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, NY. The event focused on the American postsecondary education system, and discussed reforms that are needed to ensure a skilled, educated 21st century workforce.

The luncheon featured remarks from keynote speaker Carl T. Camden, President and CEO, Kelly Services, Inc, who spoke about his experiences in both academia, and as a CEO who deals with the skills-gap between new graduates and American jobs that need to be filled. Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also spoke about postsecondary education reform, and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to ensure quality, cost-effective, flexible methods of education for the majority of American postsecondary students: those that are juggling to prioritize their schooling alongside family and current job demands.

A panel discussion rounded out the forum that featured Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs & President, IBM International Foundation, Susan Lund, Director of Research, McKinsey Global Institute, Marilyn Reznick, Vice President for Education, AT&T and Patrick M. Callan, Founding President, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, who acted as discussion moderator.

Litow provided a presentation about IBM's efforts to create a pipeline for students in high school to obtain an associate's degree and a guaranteed job in the tech sector with IBM upon graduation, and Reznick spoke about her experience at AT&T and that company's efforts to aid postsecondary students success as well. Lund spoke about the new McKinsey Global Institute report An economy that works: Job creation and America's future, and how postsecondary education reform is imperative for a healthy US economy. A question and answer period, moderated by Pat Callan closed out the event.

Click here for Carl Camden's Remarks

Click here for Hilary Pennington's Remarks

Watch videos of the speakers' remarks:

The event was a part of CED's Business Champions for Postsecondary Student Success initiative, and made possible by the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation