Legendary Coach Lou Holtz To Be Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award At 2014 ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, April 21-23 In Arizona

Holtz To Be Recognized As Innovator, Educator And Mentor At Conference Known Worldwide As "Davos Of The Desert"

Mar 31, 2014, 11:30 ET from ASU+GSV

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lou Holtz, the legendary College Football Hall of Fame coach whose ability to inspire and mentor his players is evidenced by the fact he is the only person to lead six different college football teams to bowl games (22 bowl gamers in total), as well as the only one to also guide four different teams into the Top 20 in the national football rankings, including the 1988 Notre Dame team that was named National Champion, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit.

Co-hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Advisors from April 21-23 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the 5th Annual Summit has become to education innovation what Davos is to global economics and Sun Valley is to media. Unlike other conferences that focus specifically on education policy or technology, the GSV Summit is unique both in composition and mission.  It brings together some 1,500 key stakeholders – investors, educators, policy makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists – in one place to collaborate and drive change, and serves as a launch pad for new ideas and ventures. 

Headlining this year's event are former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush; NBA legend and global social entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson; and Netflix co-founder and CEO, investor and philanthropist Reed Hastings, among other notables. 

Holtz, who is now a best-selling author, acclaimed motivational speaker, and respected TV football analyst, will receive his award in a special ceremony during the presentation of the 2014 ROE (Return on Education) Awards, presented by ASU, GSV and the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.  Honored companies and organizations exemplify high impact and Return on Education as measured by their ability to deliver one or more of the following tangible learner outcomes:

  • Significantly increasing access to education;
  • Greatly reducing the cost for learners and/or learning institutions;
  • Dramatically improving learning outcomes;
  • and/or providing substantial leverage to learning leaders (teachers, professors);
  • while making a sustainable and scaled impact

"Lou Holtz personifies the highest return on education," said Michael Moe, the Summit's co-chair and the founder of GSV Asset Management and GSV Capital, the sister companies of GSV Advisors. "His impact on the lives of young people is profound and indelible, and it extends far beyond any football field or locker room.  He is a teacher, mentor, and confidant; the lessons and values he has imparted on all his players, including me – not to mention the countless thousands of non-football-playing students whose lives he has touched – are those by which we should all live:  respect, perseverance, passion, compassion, and so much more.  We are honoring him at this Summit, but by his mere presence he is actually honoring us."  

The theme of this year's Summit is the "American" Dream – an examination of how this national ideal has become a global aspiration rooted in the conviction that opportunity is limitless and that education makes possible social mobility and prosperity.

For more information, visit http://edinnovation.gsvadvisors.com/.   @asugsvsummit