Date: 3/3/2016
Time: 7:00 AM TO 9:30 AM
Pricing: Individual $55 / Table of ten $650

Event Description:

7 – 7:30 AM | Check-in & Networking
7:30 – 9:30 AM | Breakfast/Luncheon and Program

As Arizona’s economy continues to grow, the business community has identified a common theme: Arizona needs a qualified workforce that is prepared to handle the challenges and opportunities facing our great businesses! In the coming years, developing a diverse workforce through multiple pathways—including career and technical education (CTE) programs—will be critical in increasing Arizona’s global competitiveness.

This important community conversation will bring awareness to the opportunities for high-earning, highly technical career paths that are available to students and employers, and provide action items to the business community for attracting and retaining the talent that is vital to their success.

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Maricopa Association of Governments as we gather the Valley’s leading voices and discuss pathways for the business and education communities to work together to strengthen and grow our economy.

Bill Symonds

Keynote Speakers:

Bill Symonds, Director, Global Pathways Institute (Biography)

Bill Symonds is director of the Global Pathways Institute, and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. The Global Pathways Institute was created in 2014 to help lead a national movement to find effective solutions to our national failure to prepare many young people to lead successful lives.

Prior to coming to ASU, Symonds helped launch the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008, and served as its director through June, 2013. While at Harvard, he was the primary author of the seminal report: Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Since the report’s release in 2011, Symonds has been invited to speak about the report in 40 states, as well as in New Zealand and Canada.

Panel of Experts: 
• Mike Eilola, Vice President of Americas for Aerospace Integrated Supply Chain, Honeywell
• Mike Romano, UTI-Avondale Campus President, Universal Technical Institute
• Diane McCarthy, Director of Business Partnerships and Legislative Affairs, West-MEC
• Dede Schmallen, Associate Vice President of Organization Development, HonorHealth

Pricing: Individual $55 / Table of ten $650

No refunds will be made for cancellations within 72 hours of the event.

Event Sponsors:


Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association 

Media Sponsors:


Contact us at events@phoenixchamber.com or 602.495.2182

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