Highlights from our 2016 BE Engaged Summit

The inaugural BE Engaged Summit brought 700 Southern Nevada business and community leaders together to commit time, talent, and resources to nonprofits and programs that are helping students achieve. The forum made the case for businesses to get involved and help these successful program expand for the benefit of all students. Summit participants also showcased examples of businesses currently committed to supporting students through volunteer, in-kind and monetary support.

Our sincere thanks to the United Way of Southern Nevada for its help tabulating benefits of the 2016 BE Engaged Summit which include:

  • Business leader and nonprofit “mixer” led to a number of additional benefits for nonprofit organizations, including:
  • More than half of the nonprofits who took part in the 2016 event want to be part of future summits, and cited invaluable contacts made with the business community.
  • $1.4 million donation of STEM curriculum to every middle school in Nevada provided by The STEM Academy, Inc.

I.     Mentorship pledges
II.    Financial donations
III.   Volunteer participants
IV.   Donation of business expertise
V.    Cultivation of new sponsors for nonprofits
VI.   Greater awareness and interest in educational programs provided through nonprofits
VII.  New board members


2016 BE Engaged Summit Opening Remarks

Overview of Governor Sandoval’s Education Reforms

Dale Erquiaga, Governor Brian Sandoval’s Chief Strategy Officer

Panel Discussion:

English Language Learners and Literacy

College and Career Readiness

Steve Canavero, State Superintendent of Schools
Frank Woodbeck, Nevada College Collaborative, Nevada System of Higher Education

Panel Discussion: Poverty

Human Capital Needs:

Mark Hutchison, Nevada Lieutenant Governor; Ross Miller, Former Nevada Secretary of State

The Need for Business Participation in Education

Elaine Wynn, President, Nevada Board of Education

BE Engaged Summit Closing Remarks and STEM Donation

Kristin McMillan, President and CEO, Las Vegas Metro Chamber
Jonas Peterson, President and CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

STEM Academy Presents Gift to Nevada