International Day of Education – Symposium Agenda

Monday, January 25 – Virtual Symposium
9:30 am Central Time


Global Minnesota’s symposium begins at 9:30 am CST.

UNESCO’s livestream of the official International Day of Education kick-off ceremony begins at 7:00 am CST.


9:30 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Mark Ritchie, President, Global Minnesota
  • Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota
  • Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO

10:00 – 12:00 pm – Morning Sessions

  • 10:00 am – Dr. David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International
  • 11:00 am – Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the California State Board of Education, Head of Education Transition Team for President Joe Biden
  • 11:30 am – Sondra Samuels, CEO and President, Northside Achievement Zone

12:00 pm – Keynote Presentation

  • Justice Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice (retired) and Founder/Chair of the Page Education Foundation
  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Afternoon Sessions
Featuring frontline reports from leaders shaping the future of education.

1:00 pm – COVID-19’s Impact on Education and Creative Responses

  • Jack Dangermond, Founder and CEO, Esri
  • Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International
  • Crystal Ikanih-Musa, Nigeria In-Country Representative, Malala Fund
  • Habiba Mohammed, Education Champion, Malala Fund, Center for Girl’s Education, Zaria Nigeria

2:00 pm – COVID-19’s Impact on International Education and Exchange Programs

  • Karin Fischer, Senior Writer, Chronicle of Education
  • Katherine Brown, Ph.D., President and CEO, Global Ties U.S.
  • Maja Behrens, General Manager, Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs (CAEP)

3:00 pm – Creative Support for Education

  • Amy Sheehan, Director, Talent Acquisition, Hormel Foods
  • Jim Sheehan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hormel Foods
  • Jennifer Bonine, Founder and CEO, AI AppStore and the RedRex Platform
  • Jennifer Williams, Ph.D., Co-Founder, TeachSDGs

4:00 pm – Creating the Future of Learning

  • Melanie Brown, Senior Program Officer, Public Engagement and Insights, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kathleen Rogers, President, EARTHDAY.ORG

4:45 pm – Closing Remarks

  • Mark Ritchie, President, Global Minnesota

ASL interpreters and closed-captioning will be available. Thanks to St. Cloud State University for providing this service.

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