Washington, DC. America needs a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and a notable group of companies and organizations is uniting to ensure that the nation gets the message. This summer, thousands of education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Dallas for STEM Solutions 2012. The event is a groundbreaking leadership summit bringing together the best minds and best practices on a national stage to discuss and develop solutions to the STEM skills shortage.
Among the STEM stakeholders who have signed on to support the Summit is the founder and chairman of the Conrad Foundation, Nancy Conrad. As one of the conference’s Co-chairs, Conrad will provide topical input, expertise and support throughout the planning stages, as well as during the conference.
The organizers of STEM Solutions 2012 identified the Conrad Foundation as a change making organization involved in shaping the economy’s future. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to transforming the current methods of teaching science, technology, engineering and math in high schools. The Foundation’s flagship program, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge, is the only program of its kind to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to spark student interest in STEM careers and to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. In addition, the Spirit of Innovation Challenge gives teachers an exciting and dynamic way to teach STEM and to go beyond the textbook. The program helps students truly understand how what they are learning can be applied to something with large-scale social impact and reveal pathways for future career opportunities. Furthermore, it closes education, innovation and achievement gaps that have rendered U.S. schools less competitive on the world stage.
Conrad Foundation leadership and alumni are frequent speakers and presenters at national and international conferences promoting the work of the Foundation and its role in workforce development. In 2011, Conrad testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology for the hearing, STEM Education in Action: Inspiring the Science and Engineering Workforce of Tomorrow.
“STEM Summit 2012 and the Conrad Foundation share a common goal – using STEM as a pathway to create jobs,” Conrad said. “I am an advocate for bringing attention to the critical need for encouraging STEM skills to grow an innovative workforce. While our education system may be broken, our students are not. When given the opportunities, their talents shine.”
Event organizers, U.S. News & World Report, Innovate+Educate and STEMConnector™ have enthusiastically welcomed the Conrad Foundation’s involvement.
“To say we were extremely pleased when the Conrad Foundation signed on is an understatement,” said Brian Kelly of U.S. News & World Report. “Their deep-seated commitment to the STEM initiative, as well as their unique expertise and creative approach to finding answers, make them an invaluable addition to our leadership team. We are encouraged by their support and grateful for their many important contributions.”
To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in STEM Solutions 2012, visit www.USNewsSTEMSolutions.com. Furthermore, the Conrad Foundation negotiated a special program rate for its network of contacts who register using code CF016.
U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012—A Leadership Summit is a mission-critical event focused on the shortage of science- and tech-related skills in the American workforce. U.S. News & World Report, together with Innovate+Educate, STEMConnector™ and more than 40 key organizations will bring together for the first time on a national stage major corporations, leading educators, top policy makers and education technology companies to create a collective that will fill jobs now and advance the future STEM workforce. Held June 27 – 29, 2012 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
U.S. News & World Report is a print and digital publisher of news and information in the areas of politics, policy, education, health care, personal finance and other topics of consumer interest.
Innovate+Educateis a national non-profit led by Fortune 500 companies with a goal of aligning STEM education and workforce efforts on a state-by-state basis.
STEMConnector™ is a resource center and network that helps bring together the many STEM projects around the country with a website of more than 3,000 organizations dedicated to STEM education; jobs and diversity are key priorities.
Conrad Foundation: The Conrad Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming the current methods of teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in high schools. The Spirit of Innovation program is free to all who wish to participate and reaches all socio-economic levels. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability. For more information, visit www.conradfoundation.org.
For additional information about STEM Solutions 2012
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Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes | Vice President, MDG
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