Employer Summit: Building Effective Learning Partnerships

May 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. – Chicago, IL

Join us

ISTI is hosting an Employer Summit on May 11th from 11:30AM-3:30PM at 1871 as part of our partnership with NIU Education Systems Center through a Joyce Foundation grant. This employer-only convening will provide an opportunity for companies to learn about and discuss models around effective education programming and partnerships with high schools, among their peers.

Speakers sharing their experiences and lessons learned include: Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions, State Farm,​​ and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. T​he goal is to provide a one-of-a-kind forum to discuss problem-based learning, mentoring, employee volunteerism, and other education/talent-related topics, including harnessing technology in the classroom and metrics/assessing impact.





11:30am – Arrival & Networking


11:45am – Framing the Problem & Models for Engagement

Mark Harris, President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition/Institute
Andrea Messing-Mathie, Deputy Director, Education Systems Center, Northern Illinois University


12:00-1:15pm – Learning From Experience Panel

Three companies will share their experience in working on problem-based learning projects, particularly using ISTI’s STEM Challenge model, with local high schools. Lunch will be provided.

Moderated by: Shelley Stern Grach, Microsoft
Daaron Dohler, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Ashley Petrinec, State Farm
Sundeep Vani, ADM


1:30-2:15pm – Harnessing Technology

Innovative technology has the ability to generate opportunity and level the playing field. In this session we will discuss how integrating technology as part of K-12 education partnerships can impact students who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to connect outside their classroom, and how this can be done in a way that is both sustainable and scalable.

Amy Pratt, Office of STEM Partnerships, Northwestern University
Megan Wagner, Motorola Mobility Foundation


2:15-3:00pm – Effective Metrics

Data is a powerful tool for reporting and measuring impact. However, it can be hard to know what the right metrics are to collect, and how to use that data. In this session we will discuss how to assess what you want to measure, why, and how to use this data effectively.

Kim Silver, The Silver Line
Sirisha Yadlapati, Motorola Solutions Foundation


3:00-3:30pm – Lessons Learned & Wrap-up


Spread the word

This event is open. Feel free to share with corporate peers/colleagues interested in talent pipeline development strategies and exploring new ways to support local high schools.