Social Impact Partner Summit

Coming Out of the Fog: The Next Generation of Learning

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

The education landscape is changing before our eyes. As we emerge from the fog of the pandemic, our nation’s public, corporate, and non-profit leaders are faced with making bold decisions about how to best serve the needs of today’s teachers and students. How can we effectively bolster mental wellness, activate future preparedness, and adequately support educators who work relentlessly to ensure every student is happy, healthy, and successful? The challenges are unquestionable, but in many ways this emergence offers a fresh start.

During this equity-focused conversation, private sector leaders join forces with our nation’s leading educators to consider what role public-private partnerships play in stabilizing and reimagining the landscape of US schools—providing every student with pathways for well-being and future opportunity.

Participants will learn from the leaders of Aflac, CVS, Equideum Health, Fossil, Genentech, IBM, Kaiser, LG, Siemens USA, Takeda, Wings for Kids, and Voice4Equity, alongside education leaders from Ithaca City School District and Woodside Elementary School.

Read on see the full agenda and learn more about our speakers!

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Agenda & Speakers

Partner Summit Welcome

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET

Amy Nakamoto, Senior Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education, and Dr. Christina Kishimoto, CEO and Founder of Voice4Equity, Clinical Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, and co-host of Discovery Education Equity Talks series, will kickoff the day with the vision and goals for the Social Impact Partner Summit.

Dr. Christina Kishimoto

Founder and CEO
Co-host of Discovery Education Equity Talks

Amy Nakamoto
Discovery Education Social Impact

Senior Vice President

Keynote: An Optimistic Outlook – The Next Generation of Talent

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM ET

Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, will keynote and introduce the conversation of the day—“Coming Out of the Fog: The Next Generation of Learning.” In this session, we will explore and assess the following questions: What has it taken to help schools re-open? How can we ensure continuity in learning regardless of the next challenge? What are the ways in which companies are working to support and prepare the next generation of diverse talent? Begin the day reflecting on where we have been and then shift attention to the ways educators, students, and communities are innovating from the learnings of these past few years.

Barbara Humpton
Siemens USA

Chief Executive Officer

Building a Future-Ready Generation through an SEL Lens

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM ET

The recent Surgeon General report highlights the amount of stress and trauma that our students are navigating every day and the pandemic has exacerbated these issues for students, educators and families across the country. In this session, we will discuss how creating safe and engaging spaces in our classrooms through SEL supports educators and builds a strong foundation for students that enables them to have long-term success. Moderated by Discovery Education, this guided dialogue with industry and organizational leaders will help us better understand the emerging needs of our public school system and illuminate opportunities that can be positively impacted through public-private partnership.

Laura Barbieri

Head of CSR and Community Relations

Dr. James Edmond, Jr.
Woodside Elementary School, WI


Bridget Durkan Laird
Wings for Kids

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Iyescas
Fossil Group

Senior Manager, Social Impact

Laetitia Morrisson
Discovery Education

Director, Social Impact

Health Equity and Quality Education in American Schools

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Conversations around health equity are increasingly paramount, if not central, to systems change and transformation. If healthy and vibrant communities depend in large part on equitable access to quality education, how can we ensure students and families have the resources they need to thrive at school and beyond? In this session, we’ll hear from leading companies as they define how their organizations are prioritizing health equity in their core business and ways they are developing actionable strategies on the ground.

Keyla Cabret-Lewis

Chief Diversity Officer

Mariah Lafleur
Kaiser Permanente

Thriving Schools National Program Lead

Tom Moriarty
CVS Health

EVP, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer

Charlotte Owens

VP, Head of the Center for Health Equity and Patient Affairs

Pierre Vigilance
Equideum Health

VP, Population Health and Social Impact

Paving Pathways to the Future for Every Child

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM ET

We’re developing the workforce of tomorrow right now! What skills will be critical to your industry over the next 10 years and how can we ensure all students—regardless of race, gender, or zip code—are provided with learning experiences that prepare and connect them with these opportunities? Helping students identify their strengths and explore related careers will be key. During this session, we’ll push on new concepts and hear from organizations making real strides in paving pathways for all students.

Dr. Luvelle Brown
Ithaca City Schools, NY

Co-host of the Discovery Education Equity Talks

Lydia Logan

VP, Global Education and Workforce Development

Kimberly Markiewicz

VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ragnar von Schiber

Director Corporate Relations, Citizenship and Engagement

Rachael Scheffler
Discovery Education

Senior Director, Social Impact

Closing Conversation: Equity and Excellence in Education

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM ET

We will end the day with a brief reflection from superintendent of Ithaca City Schools and co-host of Discovery Education Equity Talks, Dr. Luvelle Brown. The 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year has been listed by TrustED as one of the nation’s top educators and thought leaders. In 2022, he received the prestigious Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award for equity and excellence in education. Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch” and “Difference Maker”, received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award. He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 Innovative Superintendents..

Dr. Luvelle Brown
Ithaca City Schools, NY

Co-host of the Discovery Education Equity Talks