Friday, March 2, 2012

fastforward Issues Forum: Whatever it Takes: Central Texas Education Now and Prospects for the Future

Guest post from Essential Class of 2008 graduate Adrienne Longenecker.

We have a stellar program designed for the Leadership Austin fastforward Issues Forum on March 27th. The theme for this year's forum is Whatever it Takes: Central Texas Education Now and Prospects for the Future.

The forum begins with a deep dive into the demographic and funding challenges facing the Texas and Central Texas education system. Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of the E3 Alliance will present the demographic overview. You may have seen Susan’s presentation in the past or know from your professional experience that we are losing billions of dollars in wealth capital and extensive social capital every year because we don’t take full advantage of our human capital. But Susan has new info to share. As a warm up to the fastforward event, I invite you to watch this short video interview with Susan.

We all have an interest in this vital topic because our educational system is the key to a strong, vibrant and economically healthy community. As Susan Dawson says, “we can all play a role” – and many of us already do! Please spread the word about fastforward and encourage a colleague, fellow board member, neighbor, or friend to register for the event. This will be the event for those who have a voice in education and are looking for inspiration and expanded connections, as well as for those who want to better understand how to have a maximum positive impact in supporting an innovative and effective education system.

And, if you're an Essential class alumnus, fastforward will be the next best thing to being in the Essential Class again. I'm an Essential alumnus, and I'm sure you remember what it’s all about: the people you get to meet, the conversations, the moments that make memories and connections which last a lifetime. Join us to ignite (or reignite!) your personal involvement and help inspire and sustain the social change we need for the future of our education system.

Plus, Essential and Emerge Alumni Association members get a discounted admission to fastforward. Stay tuned for future updates from me about the event!

fastforward Issues Forum
Tuesday, March 27, from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
LBJ Library and Museum (2313 Red River Street)
More info and registration

Adrienne Longenecker, a Leadership Austin Essential alumnus and Board Member, is chair of the 2012 fastforward Issues Forum Organizing Committee. She is the Chief Development Officer at Advanced Placement Strategies.

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