Governor Snyder’s Education And Talent Summit To Focus On Educators And Job Providers Partnership


The Governor’s Education and Talent Summit, planned for March 12 and 13 in Novi, will emphasize the importance of educators and job providers working together to develop a workforce ready for 21st-century careers and lifelong learning. The summit will be held at the Suburban Collection Showcase at 46100 Grand River Ave.

“It’s important for Michigan employers and educators to hear from top experts how they can partner to collaborate and develop talent,” says Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “I’m excited to hear from people who have developed best practices in their classrooms and businesses. This summit is an opportunity to start relationships and explore opportunities to make Michigan talent stronger.”

Keynote speakers include Alison Gleeson, senior vice president of the Americas for Cisco; Mark Mendola, vice chairman and U.S. managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers; and George Couros, an educator with expertise in innovative leadership, teaching, and learning.

Gleeson received the Michigan Council for Women in Technology’s Woman of the Year Award in 2017 for her work in advancing women in IT roles. She is global executive sponsor and board president for Cisco’s Connected Women’s Network, which has 7,000 members worldwide.

Mendola is responsible for the U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax practices and was previously responsible for the network of tax practices across the Americas, including Canada, Mexico, and South America. He also served as the market managing partner of the greater Michigan market, responsible for the Detroit, Toledo, and Grand Rapids offices.

Couros is a Canadian educator who has worked with all levels K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator. He is the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity,” and is the creator of Connected, which brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create learning opportunities for students.

Summit sessions will focus on helping educators and employers collaborate by highlighting recommendations and initiatives in Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent and the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance.

Attendees will learn about linking high school career-tech classes to the workplace, attracting instructors for career-tech classes, exploring careers through web-based tools, integrating Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements in career-tech classes, educator evaluation systems, creating exceptional customer experiences, and improving an organization’s culture.

The summit is also the first in Michigan to collaborate with Powered by Teach to Lead, which connects teachers with strategic partners to develop plans to solve problems and network with stakeholders from across the state.

Register and find more information here.

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