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Braven Summit

March 18, 2020

Whether you’re an education practitioner or corporate professional looking to cultivate diverse talent, you don’t want to miss a day of insights, networking, and learning at the 2020 Braven Summit, Chicago’s premier thought-leadership event in the college-to-career space!

Programming will include a morning keynote address and fireside chat, a luncheon, and breakout sessions spanning various topics. Jim Reynolds, Loop Capital CEO; Sandy Reynolds, Loop Capital Co-founder; John King, President of EdTrust; Liz Thompson, The CAFE CEO; Michael Lomax, Chief Executive Officer of the United Negro College Fund; David Ansel, Senior Vice President at Rush University Medical Center; Goldie Blumenstyk, journalist at The Chronicle of Higher Education; Beth Gallagher, Director of Community Involvement at Aon; Crystal Cardenas, Braven Fellow; and many others will share their unique perspectives throughout the day.

This year’s programming will help professionals and practitioners gain clarity on the role they can play in ensuring that the next generation of leaders emerges from everywhere. Attendees will learn more about innovations in higher education and the workforce, explore the work happening around complex topics like manufacturing social capital and the health of the Mighty Middle on Chicago’s South and West sides, and be provided with the opportunity to network with individuals directly involved in education, recruiting, and diversity and inclusion.

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 to 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 Schools 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 Braven

Braven supports Fellows from college to career by partnering with universities and employers to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven has worked with more than 1,600 students to date at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), San José State University (SJSU), and National Louis University (NLU) in Chicago.

2020 Speakers

Stay tuned! More speakers for the 2020 Braven Summit will be announced soon.

JOHN KING

JOHN KING

President and CEO

The Education Trust

GEORGE ANDERS

GEORGE ANDERS

Senior Editor

LinkedIn

DAVID ANSELL

DAVID ANSELL

Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity

Rush University Medical Center

GOLDIE BLUMENSTYK

GOLDIE BLUMENSTYK

Senior Writer

The Chronicle of Higher Education

CRYSTAL CARDENAS

CRYSTAL CARDENAS

Talent Development & Organizational Success

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MAHNAZ CHARANIA

MAHNAZ CHARANIA

Senior Research Fellow

Christensen Institute

ELAINE D. COLLINS

ELAINE D. COLLINS

Associate Dean of the College of Science

San José State University

BETH GALLAGHER

BETH GALLAGHER

Director of Community Involvement

Aon

MIKE GAMSON

MIKE GAMSON

CEO

Relativity

MEG GARLINGHOUSE

MEG GARLINGHOUSE

Head of Social Impact

LinkedIn

SETH GREEN

SETH GREEN

Founding Director

Baumhart Center

ANGIE KAMATH

ANGIE KAMATH

University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development

City University of New York

JENNA KARAMANOS

JENNA KARAMANOS

Strategy Lead

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MICHAEL LOMAX

MICHAEL LOMAX

President and CEO

UNCF

NICHOLAS PEARCE

NICHOLAS PEARCE

Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

JIM REYNOLDS

JIM REYNOLDS

CEO

Loop Capital

SANDY REYNOLDS

SANDY REYNOLDS

Co-Founder

Loop Capital

JONATHAN SIMON

JONATHAN SIMON

Head of Student Strategy, Advancing Black Leaders

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

DON THOMPSON

DON THOMPSON

CEO

Cleveland Avenue

LIZ THOMPSON

LIZ THOMPSON

CEO

The CAFÉ

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

JONATHAN CHAPARRO

Founding Chicago Site Director

Braven

Schedule

8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
Crown Family Great Hall
Room
Crown Family Great Hall
Crown Family Great Hall
WELCOME & OPENING KEYNOTE
9:00 am - 9:30 am
WELCOME & OPENING KEYNOTE

FIRESIDE CHAT
9:30 am - 10:20 am
FIRESIDE CHAT

THE STATE OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
10:30 am - 11:20 am
THE STATE OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Public universities are under increased pressure to meet ambitious demands tied to enhancing student learning and employability. Learn from leaders who who are helping to fuel or capture innovation in higher education to drive positive outcomes for untapped students.

Panelists:

THE STATE OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
THE STATE OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Public universities are under increased pressure to meet ambitious demands tied to enhancing student learning and employability. Learn from leaders who who are helping to fuel or capture innovation in higher education to drive positive outcomes for untapped students.

Panelists:

711A
Room
711A
711A
REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO DO BUSINESS - THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PROFIT
10:30 am - 11:20 am
REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO DO BUSINESS - THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PROFIT

Society is increasingly demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose and that to prosper over time and compete for talent, companies must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how they’re making a positive contribution to society. Panelists discuss what this means for business as usual and the opportunity this presents for ensuring historically untapped talent gets a fair shot.

Panelist:

REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO DO BUSINESS - THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PROFIT
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO DO BUSINESS - THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PROFIT

Society is increasingly demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose and that to prosper over time and compete for talent, companies must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how they’re making a positive contribution to society. Panelists discuss what this means for business as usual and the opportunity this presents for ensuring historically untapped talent gets a fair shot.

Panelist:

711B
Room
711B
711B
PRACTICAL AND TACTICAL WAYS TO CLOSE THE NETWORK GAP
10:30 am - 11:20 am
PRACTICAL AND TACTICAL WAYS TO CLOSE THE NETWORK GAP

Individuals with a referral are 9X more likely to get a job. If you grew up in a high-income community, went to a top university and work for top company you’re 12X more likely to have a strong network that can deliver on that referral. How are leading companies getting practical and tactical when it comes to evolving recruiting, hiring and inclusion practices in order to access and retain too often overlooked talent.

Panelists:

PRACTICAL AND TACTICAL WAYS TO CLOSE THE NETWORK GAP
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
PRACTICAL AND TACTICAL WAYS TO CLOSE THE NETWORK GAP

Individuals with a referral are 9X more likely to get a job. If you grew up in a high-income community, went to a top university and work for top company you’re 12X more likely to have a strong network that can deliver on that referral. How are leading companies getting practical and tactical when it comes to evolving recruiting, hiring and inclusion practices in order to access and retain too often overlooked talent.

Panelists:

711C
Room
711C
711C
BRINGING THE POWER OF PLACE TO CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE
10:30 am - 11:20 am
BRINGING THE POWER OF PLACE TO CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE

From the recent work of Raj Chetty, we have new data that illuminates the punishing reach of racism in this country and its impact on Black Americans ability to reach the American Promise. Dr. David Ansell discusses the root causes, their devastating impact and concrete changes Anchor institutions can and must make to ensure Mighty Middle students from Chicago’s West Side are set up for success.

Panelists:

BRINGING THE POWER OF PLACE TO CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
BRINGING THE POWER OF PLACE TO CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE

From the recent work of Raj Chetty, we have new data that illuminates the punishing reach of racism in this country and its impact on Black Americans ability to reach the American Promise. Dr. David Ansell discusses the root causes, their devastating impact and concrete changes Anchor institutions can and must make to ensure Mighty Middle students from Chicago’s West Side are set up for success.

Panelists:

Gallery 10 Atrium
Room
Gallery 10 Atrium
Gallery 10 Atrium

Venue SIX10

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

Are You Ready to Join Us?

Non-Profit Professional

$50per ticket

Full access to all sessions & special events including:

  • Morning Keynote
  • Open Plenary
  • Insightful Breakout Sessions
  • 3-Course Plated Luncheon Featuring Afternoon Keynotes

Register

For-Profit Professional

$70per ticket

Full access to all sessions & special events including:

  • Morning Keynote
  • Open Plenary
  • Insightful Breakout Sessions
  • 3-Course Plated Luncheon Featuring Afternoon Keynotes

Register

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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