BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Enterprise, with support fromthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to present "Educating Our Daughters—Preparing Our Next Women of Power," on Thursday, February 27, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The forum will take place as part of the agenda of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. The symposium is part of the Today's Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow's Workforce series created by Black Enterprise and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The series aims to cultivate a conversation between top leaders in business, philanthropy and education about the critical challenges facing the American K-12 and postsecondary educational system. The symposium series has been held in Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
The Black Enterprise "Educating Our Daughters—Preparing Our Next Women of Power" symposium will focus on strategies to increase the number of black women in industries related to STEM — science, technology, engineering and math, and ways to engage students and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Symposium speakers will also focus on how corporate and business leaders, policy makers and civic organizations can act as change agents, mentors and influencers in order to advance STEM education for girls of color.
Moderators Suzanne Walsh, Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Confirmed Speakers Kimberly Bryant, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls Code Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College Sandra Finley, President & CEO, League of Black Women Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell, Founder & President, ASCENT
"It is imperative that business leaders' partner with the academic community to ensure that our schools are producing graduates with the skills we desire for our businesses to remain competitive in this global economy," says Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., President and CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE. "Black Enterprise has consistently addressed the achievements and development of girls and women, championing their efforts to gain the necessary preparation and education to lead productive lives. We are proud to have the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase the focus on solutions that cannot be successfully executed without business leaders being fully committed to reforming education for the better."
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