Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) is thrilled to announce a new keynote speaker for the Welcome Luncheon of the 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit on May 11th: Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative.

Eric Waldo is working to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their post-secondary education, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a 2-year or 4-year college or university. His role cuts across policy, advocacy, and community engagement to further the President’s North Star goal—that by 2020, the U.S. once again leads the world in terms of college graduates. Previously Waldo was Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) at the Department of Education (ED), where he helped lead and manage ED through President Obama’s historic investment of $100B in education funding via the Recovery Act. This work created important investments around system-level, cradle-to-career changes for states, districts, schools, and communities. Waldo also helped manage the Department of Defense (DOD) global K-12 school system as the Co-Chair for the Advisory Council for Dependents’ Education, which advises and oversees the DOD schools. Waldo earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Brown University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

The 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., is your chance to network with colleagues, make connections, learn about new resources, and discuss policies and ideas to boost college access and success for all Floridians.  You will also learn about local college access network initiatives and collective impact strategies for your community. Summit sponsors also include Helios Education Foundation, Wells Fargo, University of South Florida, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Lumina Foundation, Publix, ACT, Florida Trend, Florida Trend’s NEXT, The Boeing Company, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College.

For program and registration information, visit www.fcansummit.orgSpecial early registration rate of $165 ends April 13.

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