Key participants in education initiatives to lead discussion
at 2010 Austin Chamber State of Education event
October 26, 2010 -The Austin Chamber of Commerce today announced the select administrators, teachers and business leaders who will lead a panel discussion at the Chamber’s 5th Annual State of Education on November 9, at the Frank Erwin Center. Each of these community leaders were integral participants in the Chamber’s 20,010 by 2010 initiative. This annual event provides an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments and challenges the Greater Austin community faced while improving education in the area.
Panelists will include:
· Moderator: Evan Smith, Editor and CEO, Texas Tribune
· Dr. Jesús Chavéz, Superintendent, Round Rock ISD
· Domenic Giandomenico, Director of Education & Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
· Fred Heldenfels IV, CEO, Heldenfels Enterprises; Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
· Sarah Mabry, College and Career Counselor, Del Valle ISD
This year’s theme, ‘R.O.E.= R.O.I., Investing in Education Equals Business Success’ recognizes the implications of investing in education now, in order to see a stronger, more capable workforce in the future. For the past five years, the Chamber, area school districts and local business leaders have focused on improving college readiness, increasing college application submissions and providing financial aid assistance through the 20,010 by 2010 initiative. Since 2005, each of these areas has seen significant increases.
The 5th annual State of Education event provides the unique opportunity to see the transition between this successful initiative and the next step, which builds on proven components and creates new opportunities. During this event, the Austin Chamber will unveil the future strategy to improve education in Austin with the ultimate goal of enhancing Metro Austin’s talent base.
The Austin Chamber encourages community and business leaders to become active volunteers in the many aspects of the regional education programs it offers. Investments of time and heart help volunteers witness the impact the education initiatives have on students and the long term effects that come as a result of community effort. Sponsors for this year’s event include AT&T; Time Warner Cable Business Class; Tokyo Electron, U.S. Holdings; Community Impact Newspaper; IBM; Princeton Review; Cerqa; Hahn, Texas; and Mombo Creative.
Learn more and register online today at www.austinchamber.com/events.
About the Austin Chamber of Commerce
The Austin Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, education institutions and individuals. Its mission is to provide leadership that will help create regional economic prosperity and success for its members in Central Texas.