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Featured Sessions at the 2017 Ready by 21 National Meeting


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Every year our keynote sessions feature inspiring presenters who are leading minds in the fields of youth development, program quality and collective impact efforts. The 2017 Ready by 21 National Meeting featured:

Opening Plenary
Thursday, March 30th,
8:15 – 9:45 AM
Equity, Opportunity, Readiness – Changing the Odds Together


Karen Pittman

The Forum for Youth Investment
CEO & President

Afternoon Plenary
Thursday, March 30th,
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Racial Healing in Schools and Communities


Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy
Senior Research Associate

San Francisco State University
Associate Professor of Education

Author, “Hope and Healing in Urban Education” and “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America” 


Morning Plenary
Friday, March 31st,
8:30 – 9:30 am
Committing to Quality, SEL and Equity: Progress Reports from School District, OST, and State Education Leaders
Merita Irby

The Forum for Youth Investment
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Managing Partner, Big Picture Approach Consulting

Michael Funk

California Department of Education
Director, Expanded Learning Division

Suzette Harvey

Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
Executive Director


Edmund Oropez

Austin Independent School District
Chief Officer for Teach and Learning

Closing Plenary
Friday, March 31st
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Funding Brighter Futures: Local Governments Enhancing Investments in Kids
Elizabeth Gaines

The Forum for Youth Investment
Senior Fellow 

Sean Boyle

Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County (Florida)
Executive Director

Sheila Capestany

King County (Washington)
Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth

Todd Patterson

Public Progress