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What’s Good For Kids Is Good For Business

CED and the Mother's in Business initiative of the Columbia Women in Business Club at Columbia University hosted the business-led dinner forum What's Good For Kids Is Good For Business. The event took place at the Italian Academy at Columbia University on Monday, April 13.

The forum's keynote speaker, Rick Lazio, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management - Global Real Assets at JP Morgan Chase & Co., is a CED trustee. He discussed JP Morgan Chase's philanthropic investments in early literacy and school readiness and provided a business perspective on why high quality early learning programs are essential to the success of our nation's economic growth and competitiveness.

Barbara Wankoff, National Director, Workplace Solutions, KPMG LLC outlined how lack of access to high quality early educatin programs negatively impacts the productivity and job satisfaction levels of working parents. Dan Rose, Chairman, Rose Associates, Inc., a CED Trustee, and long-time early childhood education champion, issued the call to action encouraging audience members to follow his example and advocate for greater investments in early learning programs. Other speakers included Robert Lynch, Chair, Department of Economics, Washington College who summarized the economic benefits of investments in early childhood education, and Gil Foley, Associate Professor of School and Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, who talked about early brain development. Carol Hoffman, Associate Provost & Director of Work-Life at Columbia University, provided welcome remarks on behalf of President Lee Bollinger. The three representatives of Columbia Women in Business who spoke were Rochelle Dalton, Mary Martin, and Katrina Simon-Agolory.

CED Trustees have been making the case for investments in early education for many years. We are pleased to have brought the message of the economic benefits of high quality early education to Columbia University MBA students, who will be the next generation of corporate statesmen. This event was an opportunity for tomorrow's corporate statesmen to engage with business, academic, and non-profit leaders currently addressing this issue.

This event was one in a series of forums CED is hosting across the country with support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. We are proud to have partnered with the Mothers in Business initiative of the Columbia Women in Business Club. The club strives to provide Columbia Business School women with resources and contacts to assist them in their academic, professional, and personal development.