KIDS FIRST CHICAGO Anniversary Luncheon CELEBRATING

15 YEARS OF
EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

 
 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Arne Duncan
managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | CATHEDRAL HALL, UNIVERSITY CLUB OF CHICAGO | 76 EAST MONROE STREET, CHICAGO

 
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DEAR FRIENDS,

 

Fifteen years ago, a group of visionary leaders came together to radically transform Chicago’s public education system. At the time, only 50% of our public school students graduated from high school.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Kids First Chicago Board of Directors is excited to bring together Chicago’s civic community in celebration of fifteen years of education transformation.

Kids First Chicago, as the Renaissance Schools Fund and New Schools for Chicago, opened 81 new, innovate schools across the district between 2004 and 2014 — spurring an era dramatic improvement for Chicago’s public schools.

Since our re-launch in 2015, we have:

  • Spearheaded the release of a new high school universal enrollment platform,

  • Produced a comprehensive fact base on all students in public schools in Chicago to contribute to data-driven decision-making,

  • Empowered more than 15,000 students and their families, including 900 parent champions, to advocate for improved access, quality, and transparency in Chicago public education.

Today, Chicago’s graduation rate is climbing toward 80%. Yet, there is much more to be done. We need visionaries like you to once again take bold action, ensuring that every kid in every neighborhood has access to a world-class education.

We hope that you will join us on October 10 to celebrate improved outcomes for kids across our city and to look ahead to the future of Chicago’s public schools.

We know that, with your support, we can create a world-class PK-12 education system where every Chicago child graduates with the skills to shape our city and the world for the better.

On behalf of THE Kids first chicago board of directors & anniversary planning committee,


PATRICK J. Canning, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
David Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group
TIMOTHY R. SCHWERTFEGER, Chairman and ceo emeritus, Nuveen investments, inc.
Nancy S. Searle, Civic Leader

Venue: Cathedral Hall, University Club of Chicago

Venue: Cathedral Hall, University Club of Chicago

DATE & TIME

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

EVENT LOCATION

CATHEDRAL HALL, UNIVERSITY CLUB OF CHICAGO
76 EAST MONROE STREET, CHICAGO

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:30 am – Doors Open

12:00 pm – Program Begins & Lunch Served

Welcome
CEO Remarks
Keynote

1:20 pm – Closing Remarks

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

A CONVERSATION WITH ARNE DUNCAN...

 

Kids First Chicago is delighted to welcome Arne Duncan, managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, for a conversation with Daniel Anello, Kids First Chicago CEO, on the last fifteen years of positive progress for Chicago's public education and the work ahead to ensure true educational equity for all students. 

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As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.

 

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.

Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. 

Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Turn It In. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

ABOUT DANIEL ANELLO

"My kitchen table was literally a school cafeteria table. My parents were teachers, and every night we would have our family dinner on this table that had been discarded by their school and brought home to us. As the mixed race child of two teachers, I feel deeply connected to Chicago's students, and to the educators, parents, community members, and district leaders that make decisions on their behalf every day." -CEO Daniel Anello

"My kitchen table was literally a school cafeteria table. My parents were teachers, and every night we would have our family dinner on this table that had been discarded by their school and brought home to us. As the mixed race child of two teachers, I feel deeply connected to Chicago's students, and to the educators, parents, community members, and district leaders that make decisions on their behalf every day." -CEO Daniel Anello

 
 

/ PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS /

Patrick J. Canning | CO-CHAIR
Managing Partner, KPMG

David Casper | CO-CHAIR
U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group

Nancy S. Searle | CO-CHAIR
Civic Leader


 

Daniel Anello
CEO, Kids First Chicago

Lula M. Ford
Retired CPS Educator

Philip L. Hildebrandt
CEO, Segall Bryant & Hamill

Dea C. Meyer
Executive Vice President, Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago

Natalie Neris
Chief Education Officer, Kids First Chicago

Nichole Pinkard
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences,
Northwestern University

Kristin Pollock
Chief of Development and External Affairs, Kids First Chicago

John W. Rowe
Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation

Timothy R. Schwertfeger
Chairman Emeritus, Nuveen Investments

Benjamin Smith
Head of Strategy, Fifth Third Bank

Kelly R. Welsh
President, Civic Committee of
The Commercial Club of Chicago

Melinda Young
Chief of Staff, Nuveen Advisory Service

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