Major Speakers Announced for National Summit on Your City’s Families

September 30, 2013

By Clifford Johnson

Early Registration Rates Available

Allan Golston, president of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the newest addition to the exciting line-up of speakers for the opening general session of NLC’s upcoming Summit on Your City’s Families (Nov. 12-14 in Seattle).  Mr. Golston leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their career.

In speaking to an audience that will also include participants in the Partners for Success conference hosted by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), Mr. Golston will share lessons learned from the Foundation’s work in education reform and public libraries as well as insights on multi-sector partnerships and the role of public sector leaders – including mayors, library directors, school administrators and other local officials – in meeting the needs of children, youth and families.

The Summit’s opening session on Tuesday, November 12, will also feature a high-profile panel of mayors and public library directors who are working together to achieve better results for children and families in their cities.  Panelists will include:  Saint Paul (Minn.) Mayor and NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman; Hartford (Conn.) Mayor Pedro Segarra; Saint Paul Public Library Director Katherine (Kit) G. Hadley; and Hartford Public Library Chief Executive Officer Matt Poland.  An interactive, talk-show format will highlight opportunities, challenges and lessons learned associated with the deep, long-term collaborations between municipal governments and public libraries in both cities.

As previously announced, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity in education and the most-watched TED Conference speaker of all-time, will give the keynote address for a second joint session of the Summit and ULC’s Partner’s for Success conference on the morning of Wednesday, November 13.

Early registration rates are in effect until October 14, and include an option to register for both the Summit and the Congress of Cities at a sharply discounted rate.