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Braven Summit

Put Education to Work

October 17, 2024
New York, NY

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A one-of-a-kind convening

Join 400 professionals from across sectors committed to ensuring that the next generation of leaders emerges from everywhere by championing upward economic mobility, diversity, and inclusion for first-generation college students.

Schedule

Summit Opening Activities

8:30 am
until
9:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast

Gallery Northeast
9:00 am
until
9:30 am

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Gallery Ballroom BC
9:30 am
until
10:20 am

Morning Mainstage Fireside Chat

Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are essential to help companies thrive. During this morning mainstage conversation, attendees will hear from business leaders about their personal and professional journeys as well as dive deep into the competencies and skills they’re seeking from candidates and strategies they’re employing to maximize diverse talent.

Gallery Ballroom BC

SESSIONS FROM 10:30 TO 11:20 AM

10:30 am
until
11:20 am

Better Demonstrating the Value of the Bachelor’s Degree

Despite the growing skepticism around the value of the bachelor’s degree, it is still the surest path to economic mobility. Learn about how institutions of higher ed can better demonstrate the return on investment of the four-year college degree and hear directly from higher ed leaders who are innovating to deliver on their promise for college students, specifically those who are first-gen, PELL-eligible, and/or underrepresented, in an ever-changing landscape.

Gallery Northeast
10:30 am
until
11:20 am

How to Solve the Education Crisis for Boys and Men

What is happening with so many of our nation’s boys and men? Learn about how boys’ struggles in school are indicative of larger systemic crises and bold solutions to tackle these challenges to work towards a more equitable future.

Gallery Ballroom A

SESSIONS FROM 11:30 TO 12:20 PM

11:30 am
until
12:20 pm

The Power of Preparing Students for Internships In Securing Quality Jobs After College

Internships during undergrad are one of the most predictive factors in post-graduation outcomes. Learn how to support / what support is available to college students, especially those who are first in their families to go to college and/or from underrepresented backgrounds, to be equipped with the skills and networks to land a quality internship.

Gallery Ballroom A
11:30 am
until
12:20 pm

The Power of HBCUs, PBIs, and HSIs as Engines of Economic Mobility

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) have the catalytic potential to accelerate economic mobility for underrepresented students. Learn about the impact of these institutions and how they’re opening up doors of opportunity (i.e. strong jobs, internships, networks) for our nation’s college students.

Gallery Northeast

SUMMIT CLOSING CEREMONY

12:30 pm
until
2:00 pm

Celebratory Luncheon & Networking Reception

Raj Chetty
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, Harvard University Director of Opportunity Insights

Gallery Ballroom BC

Speakers

Raj Chetty

Keynote
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights

Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights, which uses big data to study the science of economic opportunity: how we can give children from all backgrounds better chances of succeeding?  Chetty’s work has been widely cited in academia, media outlets, and policy discussions in the United States and beyond.

Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 and is one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the John Bates Clark medal, given to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field, and Harvard’s George Ledlie prize, awarded for research that made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind.

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David C. Banks

Keynote
Chancellor, New York City Public Schools

David C. Banks is Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, the largest school system in the nation. Appointed by Mayor Eric Adams on January 1, 2022, Chancellor Banks is reimagining the school experience to build bright starts and bold futures for all New York City children.

In the spring of 2023, Chancellor Banks launched NYC Reads(Open external link), a transformative effort to align literacy instruction across the entire school system to the science of reading, an initiative that includes professional learning and job-embedded coaching for thousands of teachers. He has also dramatically expanded career-connected learning, such as paid internships, via FutureReadyNYC, Modern Youth Apprenticeship(Open external link), and other similar programs, which collectively serve hundreds of high schools, with plans to grow.

In addition, Chancellor Banks has prioritized safety, health, and wellness through the Project Pivot(Open external link) initiative, which has grown to 250 schools, and daily mindfulness in all classrooms. He increased supports for students with disabilities by creating a Special Education Advisory Council and adding more than 1,000 seats to NYCPS’ highly effective specialized programs. His administration also offered full-day summer learning and fun, two years in a row, to 110,000 K-8 students in the Summer Rising(Open external link) program—the largest such program in New York City’s history. Under Chancellor Banks’s leadership, overall school enrollment increased in the 2023-2024 school year for the first time in eight years.

Chancellor Banks started his career as a school safety officer, after which he began his first teaching job at P.S. 167. He served as an assistant principal at P.S. 191 before becoming a founding principal at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice and then at The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City and Newark, N.J. The Chancellor later served as President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation.

Chancellor Banks is also an author and thought leader, recognized throughout his career as a defining voice on empowering young men of color, and the Eagle Academy model he pioneered has expanded nationally via the Eagle Institute.

For over 30 years, the Chancellor has been a member of One Hundred Black Men of New York, where he served on the Board of Directors. He is a co-founder of Black EdFluencers United, an organization dedicated to influencing and developing the capacity of Black educators, and has also served as a board member for the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, the co-chair of New York City Young Men’s Initiative, and a founding board member for the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color.

Chancellor Banks has been recognized by City & State New York on their Education Power 100 and NYC Power 100(Open external link) lists and was featured on Crain’s 2021 list(Open external link) of notable Black executives. He served on the NYC Mayor’s Taskforce to Reopen Schools in 2020 and on the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce from 2018 to 2020.

The Chancellor is a native New Yorker and a proud graduate of New York City Public Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and earned his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. He participated in the original cohort of the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals in 2003 and holds an honorary doctorate in education from Wheelock College.

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Dyllan Brown-Bramble

Keynote
Associate (Data & Tech Transactions – Privacy & Cyber), Latham & Watkins

Dyllan Brown-Bramble is a NY-based privacy and cybersecurity associate at a global law firm. At his firm, Dyllan maintains an active pro bono practice advising early-stage entrepreneurs and small businesses. He also serves on the VOLS Pro Bono Advocates Council and the junior board for the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. While in law school, he was a Tech Law & Policy Scholar, represented clients in the Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic, was a research assistant at the Center on Privacy & Technology, and was a teaching assistant for Computer Programming for Lawyers and Legal Communication Design. Before law school, Dyllan attended Rutgers University where he was a Braven Fellow and a part of the Honors College.

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Lynn Mahoney

Keynote
President, San Francisco State University

Lynn Mahoney is the 14th person and first woman to serve as president of San Francisco State University. President Mahoney is on the board of directors for both the Bay Area Council and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Bay Area Higher Education Council, the San Francisco Workforce Investment Board and the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Advisory Committee. She was also appointed to serve on San Francisco’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. Her scholarly work and teaching have focused on United States history, women’s history, feminism, race studies, and ethnicity.

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Sharif El-Mekki

Keynote
CEO, Center for Black Educator Development

Sharif El-Mekki is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development. The Center exists to ensure there will be equity in the recruiting, training, hiring, and retention of quality educators that reflect the cultural backgrounds and share common socio-political interests of the students they serve. The Center is developing a nationally relevant model to measurably increase teacher diversity and support Black educators through four pillars: Professional Learning, Pipeline, Policies, and Pedagogy. So far, the Center has developed ongoing and direct professional learning, mentoring, and coaching opportunities for Black teachers and other educators serving students of color. The Center also carries forth the freedom or liberation school legacy by hosting Freedom School sites that incorporate research-based curricula and exposes high school and college students to the teaching profession to help fuel a pipeline of Black educators. Prior to founding the Center, El-Mekki served as a nationally recognized principal and U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow. His school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was recognized by President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and was awarded the prestigious EPIC award for three consecutive years as being amongst the top three schools in the country for accelerating students’ achievement levels. The Shoemaker Campus was also recognized as one of the top ten middle school and top ten high schools in the state of Pennsylvania for accelerating the achievement levels of African-American students. In 2014, El-Mekki founded The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and developing Black male teachers. El-Mekki blogs on Philly’s 7th Ward, is a member of the 8 Black Hands podcast and serves on several boards and committees focused on educational and racial justice.

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Other speakers for the 2024 Braven Summit will be announced soon.

Our Sponsors

Venue

Conrad New York Downtown
102 North End Ave
New York, NY 10282

The 2024 Braven Summit will take place at Conrad New York Downtown. Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Conrad New York is a contemporary all-suite luxury hotel providing magnificent views of the Hudson River.

For those who need hotel accommodations, we have secured a block of rooms at the group rate of $619 per night. Experience separate sleeping and living areas with stylish interiors and thoughtful amenities. From views of the Hudson River to in-room water filtration systems, Conrad New York’s suites offer sustainable, residence-style comforts.

The hotel is easily accessible by public transportation and valet parking is also available.

A spacious modern hotel lobby with blue lighting, abstract wall designs, and various seating areas. A reception desk is visible on the far right.

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

The Braven Summit will provide a variety of educational offerings for professionals interested in building their knowledge on the latest trends impacting the intersection of higher education and employment. The Braven Summit is great for corporate executives and professionals thinking about ways to increase employee engagement or to better recruit and retain young diverse talent. The Summit is also directly relevant to education practitioners thinking about ways to support students as they transition from college to career.

Yes, once you register for the event you are able to select the breakout session of your choice.

Attire is business casual. Meeting room temperatures can be cool, and the climate may vary, so it is recommended that you wear layered clothing for comfort.

Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today. To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact summit@bebraven.org.

The Braven community is made up of leaders who are driven, empathetic, and curious. Our volunteers are passionate about expanding opportunity in this nation and eager to work with young leaders from diverse backgrounds. They believe deeply in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and higher education. They welcome feedback, embracing opportunities to learn, grow, and hone their own leadership skills alongside Braven Fellows.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

The 2024 Braven Summit will take place October 17, 2024 at Conrad New York Downtown located in Lower Manhattan.

Participants are able to register online before the event. Please visit the registration page for deadlines, rates, and other registration information.

Summit registrants enjoy access to all keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plus one entry to the official luncheon.

Unfortunately, Braven is unable to provide refunds or credit for registrations.

Braven is committed to providing a Summit experience and environment that is welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly to all attendees. Braven staff recognizes that some individuals require specific accommodation to ensure their full and equal participation. Please contact summit@bebraven.org no later than September 30, 2024 with any requests to ensure those arrangements can be scheduled and confirmed prior to the Summit. If you have dietary preferences, please be sure to mark those on the space provided on the registration form when you register.