ICYMI: 2018 A Better Chicago Education Summit

A Better Chicago’s third annual Education Summit gathered more than 300 business and civic leaders to explore how philanthropy can accelerate change and deliver a world-class education to every Chicagoan. Highlights from the event include:

  • An inspiring investor update from A Better Chicago President Doug Scott on the progress we have made as an organization, and as a city, in providing opportunity to all students. Doug also shared some of the challenges we’ve faced and our priorities for the years ahead.
   A Better Chicago President Doug Scott

A Better Chicago President Doug Scott

Imagine if talent always found opportunity for all students regardless of zip code, income or race. Imagine a world where today’s student leaders are tomorrow’s civic leaders. That’s A Better Chicago.
— Doug Scott, President, A Better Chicago
  • A deep look at the causes, impacts and potential solutions to our city’s violence epidemic that featured perspectives from Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, student advocates D’Angelo McDade and Aprilis Dyson and founder of The Academy Group Tim Knowles.

  • A candid conversation with parents Tarah Hunt, Ruben Mendoza and Crystal Watts on the complexities of navigating Chicago’s educational system moderated by Chicago Board of Education Member Dr. Mahalia Hines. Click here for a video sharing the stories of our parent panelists.

   Parent panelists Tarah Hunt and Crystal Watts

Parent panelists Tarah Hunt and Crystal Watts

  • An insightful keynote address from Geoffrey Canada, a truly inspirational educator, children’s advocate, author and founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, that pushed all attendees in the room to use their influence and power to support opportunity for young people.
   A Better Chicago Founder and CEO Liam Krehbiel with Geoffrey Canada

A Better Chicago Founder and CEO Liam Krehbiel with Geoffrey Canada

Through direct, driven and critical work, education can be used as a powerful tool for social change.
— Geoffrey Canada, Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone