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Braven Summit

March 18, 2020

This summit is aimed at those working in all aspects of human resources, corporate social responsibility, workforce development, and education. Our second convening will provide another day of insights and networking with thought leaders committed toward fueling our economy with untapped talent. Stay tuned as the 2020 Braven Summit agenda and speakers will be shared soon!

2019 Braven Summit: Put Education to Work

The 2019 Braven Summit convened 300+ thought leaders from across the corporate, higher education, and philanthropic sectors to discuss how we can collectively support first-generation low-income and underrepresented college students on their path to strong first jobs and upward economic mobility.

Put Education To Work

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. An African American with a BA is twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart [Economic Policy Institute]. And a Bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background will start their career earning only two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds, and this declines to one-half by mid-career [Brookings Institute].

Locally, through concerted efforts across education institutions, nonprofits and the philanthropic community, the percentage of Chicago Public School 9th graders completing 4-year college degrees has risen from a bleak 8% to 18%. Chicago also has the most diversified economy in the US, with more than four million employees and generating an annual gross regional product (GRP) of over $609 billion. In Chicago, Braven has the opportunity to prove that across sectors, students from vulnerable backgrounds can become our next generation of leaders, if they’re empowered with the skills, networks and experiences necessary to put their education to work.

About Us

Join Braven, a national leader in ensuring first-generation college students succeed in the modern economy, for a day of insights, networking and learning. Participate in thought-provoking and hands-on sessions on topics from design thinking to unlocking your hustle to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Whether you’re a student, education practitioner, or professional looking to cultivate diverse talent, our sessions will help you gain clarity on the role you and your organization can play in ensuring that the next generation of leaders emerges from everywhere.

Speakers from 2019

Speakers for the 2020 Braven Summit will be available starting in January. In the meantime, check out the dynamic line-up of speakers who joined us for the 2019 convening.

JEFFREY J. SELINGO

JEFFREY J. SELINGO

Keynote Speaker

New York Times Bestselling Author

SARAH BERGHORST

SARAH BERGHORST

Chicago Executive Director

OneGoal

CASSANDRA J. BLACKBURN

CASSANDRA J. BLACKBURN

Global Senior Lead, Inclusion and Diversity

Groupon

DYLLAN BROWN-BRAMBLE

DYLLAN BROWN-BRAMBLE

J.D. Candidate, Braven Post-Accelerator Fellow

Georgetown University Law Center

CHRISTINE Y. CRUZVERGARA

CHRISTINE Y. CRUZVERGARA

Vice President of Higher Education and Student Success

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AARTI DHUPELIA

AARTI DHUPELIA

Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate College

National Louis University

DORIE ELLZEY BLESOFF

DORIE ELLZEY BLESOFF

Chief People Officer

Relativity

JULIE FÉLIX

JULIE FÉLIX

Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Mesirow Financial

PHIL GARDNER

PHIL GARDNER

Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute

Michigan State University

MATT GEE

MATT GEE

Research Scientist, Center for Data Science and Public Policy

University of Chicago

ANDREW R. HANSON

ANDREW R. HANSON

Senior Research Fellow

Strada Institute for the Future of Work

AJ JOHNSON

AJ JOHNSON

Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Braintree

ASHLEY LEONARD

ASHLEY LEONARD

Chicago Executive Director

Spark

JORDAN MEDINA

JORDAN MEDINA

Manager, Social Impact Partnerships

LinkedIn

CELESTE PEREZ

CELESTE PEREZ

Senior Recruiter

Netflix

PATRICK PHILLIPS

PATRICK PHILLIPS

Associate Director, Career Advancement Office

University of Chicago

PAIGE PONDER

PAIGE PONDER

CEO

One Million Degrees

MIKE PRESTON

MIKE PRESTON

Chief Talent Officer

Deloitte

RITA RAICHOUDHURI

RITA RAICHOUDHURI

Executive Director of Early College and Career

Chicago Public Schools

ADAM REICHOW

ADAM REICHOW

Diversity Recruiting Vice President

Goldman Sachs

SUSANA VASQUEZ

SUSANA VASQUEZ

Associate Vice President

Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

CELESTE WRIGHT HARRIS

CELESTE WRIGHT HARRIS

Vice President, Human Resources

Loop Capital

ANA ZANIC

ANA ZANIC

Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Director

Northwestern Medicine

TESS BRUSTEIN

TESS BRUSTEIN

Director of Design

Braven

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

Founding Chicago Site Director

Braven

MARTHE LEACH

MARTHE LEACH

Program Manager

Braven

ANDREA SCHWARTZ-BOONE

ANDREA SCHWARTZ-BOONE

Bay Area Executive Director

Braven

Venue SIX10

Modern & sophisticated, Venue SIX10 offers panoramic views of downtown Chicago & Lake Michigan

FAQ

General Questions

What types of sessions or workshops are being offered?

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. Afternoon programming will also be available for current college students interested in refining their professional skills and networks.

Could I reserve a seat in a specific workshop?

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

What should I wear to the Braven Summit?

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.

How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

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

Registration Questions

When will registration for the 2020 Summit become available?

Online registration will be available in January.

When will the conference take place? Where is it located?

The 2020 Braven Summit will take place March 18, 2020 at Venue Six10 located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s loop.

How can I register? What are the registration rates?

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

What is included in the summit registration?

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

What is Braven’s cancellation & refund policy?

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

What services are available for special needs & requests?

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 accomodation to ensure their full and equal participation. Please contact summit@bebraven.org no later than February 21, 2020 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.

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