Silicon Valley Leadership Group Convenes Business, Education & Government Leaders for Premier Education Summit

Virtual event explores Post-COVID Equity, Education & Talent Development

San Jose, CA – August 6, 2020 – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is proud to host our Education Summit 2020, which convenes leaders from business, education and government for one of California’s premier education policy and talent development conferences.

Framed by COVID-19 and tensions in the wake of George Floyd, with legislators, school administrators, teachers and parents operating – literally – in separate spaces, this year’s convening has become a crucial information-sharing forum.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Interact with key local, state and national decision makers in brief, timely panels, active Q&A and topic-based networking rooms.
  • Get the latest updates on school reopening straight from school leads.
  • Discover how top CLOs are reimagining Learning and Development to drive equity and fuel corporate success.
  • Help shape teaching and learning across schools and industry for a post-COVID and post-George Floyd world.

To learn more about the Education Summit, click HERE.

Education Summit *Speakers and Panelists Includes:

  • Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association
  • Jenny Dearborn, Global HR Leader
  • John Fensterwald, Editor, EdSource
  • Connie Leyva, California State Senator, Education Committee Chair
  • Nancy Magee, Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Raymond Andrade, Principal, ACE Inspire Middle School
  • Denise Williams, Chief Program Officer, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Mary Ann Dewan, Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Ron Gerhard, Chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
  • George Chao, Board Member, work2future
  • Ruth Veloria, Chief Strategy & Customer Officer, University of Phoenix
  • Vinz Koller, Senior Strategist, Capacity Building, Social Policy Research Associates
  • Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director, Shortino Family Foundation
  • Jeffrey Pallin, Dean of Business, Technology, and Kinesiology, Mission College
  • Julie Lata, Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials
  • Kelly Rider, Chief Learning Officer, PTC
  • Heather Lattimer, Dean, Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José State University
  • Andrea Schwartz Boone, Founding Executive Director, Braven Bay Area
  • Lauren Fernandez, Head of Learning and Development, Flexport
  • Avo Makdessian, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Alan Takahashi, Vice President & General Manager, Cobham
  • Toby Boyd, California Teachers Association President & Kindergarten Teacher
  • Annalies Goger, Fellow, Brookings Institution

*None of the speakers or panelists are receiving funds or donations to appear at this event.


Friday, August 14, 2020

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

For the agenda, please click HERE.


Admission tickets to the Zoom virtual event range from $75-$110 and are available HERE. All attendees will be sent a conference link after registering.


To register at no charge, the media should click HERE. Click on the “Enter Promotional Code,” link and enter MEDIA-2020. Media will be sent a conference link after registering. For questions or concerns, contact Pam Kelly, Sr. Marketing Comms. Manager at or call (408) 483-2410.


8:30 am: Opening & Plenary Speaker

9:00 am: Breakout Sessions Block 1

  • Public Education after COVID
  • The Future of Work
  • HR: Corporate Learning and Development

9:45 am: Break/Activity

10:00 am: Breakout Sessions Block 2

  • Best Practices in Distance Learning
  • Philanthropy in Education
  • HR: Corporate Learning and Development (Repeat Session)

10:45 am: Closing Plenary

11:15 am: Keep the Conversation Going – Topic-based Networking Rooms

Contact: Pam Kelly
(408) 483-2410

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 340 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit