BLACK ENTERPRISE Holds Symposium on How Schools, Businesses Can Use Technology to Close the Achievement Gap "Today's Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce," Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Created by BLACK ENTERPRISE

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


Black Enterprise, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, present "Today's Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce." The Symposium is part of an educational series aimed to cultivate a conversation between the academic and business communities. The Columbus event will focus on how schools can partner with businesses to create innovative learning models and improve the academic performance of K-12 and postsecondary students through the use of new technology.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Symposium


Greater Columbus Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 400 N High St., Columbus, OH

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Omar Wasow, Co-Founder,, Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School

Henry Hipps, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Panel: Bringing Innovation to Education

Dr. Bernard Harris, President & CEO, The Harris Foundation

David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation

Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President, CEO & Chairman, DreamBox Learning

Panel: Creating New Learning Models Through Technology

Mike Green, Co-Founder, America21 Project

Will Lucas, Founder/CEO, Classana

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Co-founder/COO, Tioki

Jarvis Sulcher Ph.D., Executive Director, Level Playing Field Institute

Additional Program Participants

Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City of Columbus

Joe Scantlebury, Senior Program Officer for Policy Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Earl "Butch" Graves, President/CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE

Derek Dingle, SVP/Editor-in-Chief, BLACK ENTERPRISE

The Gates Foundation is committed to ensuring all students in America have access to a great education.

BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4.1 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends. 


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