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Draft Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. 

Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

Main Auditorium
9:00  - 9:15 a.m.

Lisa S. Vosper, Associate Commissioner, Board of Regents - Moderating

Barry Erwin, President, Council for A Better Louisiana
Roy Martin III, Chair, Board of Regents 
Toya Barnes-Teamer, HCM Stategists

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.

Board of Regents’ Plan Addressing Narrowing the Gap
Joseph C. Rallo, Commissioner of Higher Education, Board of Regents

9:40 – 10:25 a.m.

     Strengthening the Education and Career Pipeline

  • John White, State Superintendent – Louisiana Department of Education
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

     Narrowing the Gap for Adults 

  • Ben Kennedy, Consultant – Kennedy & Company 
  •  Curt Eysink, Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission
11:30 -12:20 p.m.

Narrowing the Gap for Adults 

  • Curt Eysink, Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Ben Kennedy, Consultant – Kennedy & Company 
  11:30  - 12:20p.m.  

     Barry Erwin, President, CABL - Moderating     
     Luncheon and Keynote Address:  Successful Strategies Other States
     Have Used to Narrow the Gap

     Scott Jenkins, Director of State Policy - Lumina Foundation

  • Q & A (last 10-15 mins)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.      The Role of Higher Education in Narrowing the Gap

      The ROE Factor – Return on Education 

  • F. King Alexander, LSU System
  • Ray L. Belton, SU System
  • Monty Sullivan, LCTC System
  • Sandra Woodley, UL System


1:35 - 3:05 p.m.

Toya Barnes- Teamer, HCM Strategists - Moderating
Strategizing on Narrowing the Gap by Region

  • Regional Breakouts
3:10 - 3:30 p.m.  

Closing/Next Steps/Evaluations

  • Barry Erwin, President, CABL
  • Toya Barnes-Teamer, HCM Strategists