- May 24 2022
- 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crisis of America’s Teacher Shortage: How Public-Private Partnerships are a Solution
Join us on May 24th, 2022 at 11:00 AM for a live 60-minute, online moderated discussion led by Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resource Officer of Workhuman, and Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
The topic for discussion is the growing crisis of teachers leaving the profession, which has school districts scrambling to develop a high-quality pipeline of teacher candidates. Through this special conversation with Arne and Steve, audience members will leave with a greater understanding of how cities need strong public-private partnerships to get equity for Black and Brown students in historically under-resourced schools.
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About the moderators:
Arne Duncan served as U.S. Secretary of Education from January 2009 through December 2015 as part of the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.
He currently leads Chicago CRED, a nonprofit trying to achieve a transformative reduction in gun violence in Chicago. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to provide outreach, therapeutic, education, and employment opportunities for the young men most likely to be engaged in gun violence. He is also the managing partner at Emerson Collective, an organization dedicated to removing barriers so people can live to their full potential. Secretary Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard, he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first-team Academic All-American.
Duncan serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Catapult Learning, LLC. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Steve Pemberton is Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions, that brings humanity to the world through positive recognition in the workplace. In this capacity he is responsible for all aspects of people function from talent acquisition and human resource systems to performance management. Before that, Steve served as the first-ever Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the world’s first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise.
Under Steve’s leadership, Walgreens reached record levels of performance on nearly every measure of diversity and inclusion from representation to supplier diversity spend. An extended part of his responsibility was to further the companies’ pioneering efforts to employ people with disabilities. In that capacity, he frequently represented Walgreens’ employment model at the White House and on Capitol Hill. In 2015, he was appointed by United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.
One of America’s most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position. Steve was a ward of the state for much of his childhood, an experience he chronicled in his USA Today best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World (Thomas Nelson). His extraordinary life journey, featured in People Magazine, CBS Evening News, The Washington Post, and The Today Show has been translated into Mandarin and continues to inspire audiences across the world; the movie adaption of his life was released in late 2018. Steve’s tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have also earned him Honorary Doctorates from Winston-Salem State University (2014), Boston College (2015), Mount Ida (2016) and Providence College (2018). In 2015, Steve was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress presented to an individual from the private sector who has contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life. Steve has furthered that mission with the creation of his own foundation, A Chance in the World, which specifically focuses on helping young adults who age out of the foster care system in America. He is particularly proud of the opportunity to provide scholarships to middle school students in his hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Steve completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Boston College, where he also serves on The Board of Trustees. He also resides on several non-profit boards including UCAN, Loyola Academy, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and DisabilityIn. Steve and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.