Discovery Education Corporate & Community Partner Summit

Learn How Business Partnerships Are Driving Innovation and Equity in Education

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

This special, invitation-only event hosted by Discovery Education brings together thought leaders from the business and education communities to focus on the state of education, what’s important to schools, and how the private sector is aligning to create lasting impact on future generations.

Join trusted leaders from the Aspen Institute, AstraZeneca, Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Siemens Foundation and others for an insider’s look at how companies are uniquely aligning their organizations to address sustainable community impact and youth achievement. You’ll engage in rich discussions with a unique convening of corporate and community leaders as we explore supporting equity in schools while charting a path for post-secondary student success. With topics covering the spectrum from social-emotional learning to inclusive learning environments, innovation, diversity in STEM, and other critical areas in education, you won’t want to miss this dynamic conversation focused on solutions.

To learn more about what you can expect, scroll down for information on sessions, speakers, and participating partners.

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11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
Opening Remarks & Conversation
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Inclusion and Diversity from the Classroom to the Boardroom
12:30 PM – 1:15PM ET
Seeding Impact & Innovation: Turning the COVID Slide into the COVID Climb
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM ET
Virtual Field Trip Experience
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET
The Value of Corporate Engagement in Championing Social-Emotional Learning
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM ET
From Today’s Wonder to Tomorrow’s Workforce: New Models in Fostering Post-Secondary Engagement
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Real-World Connection & Closing Remarks

Sessions & Speakers

Opening Remarks and Conversation

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

To kick off the day, we will start with Daryl Brewster, CEO of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships at Discovery Education. During this discussion, we will hear their thoughts on the trends in Corporate Philanthropy, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion and other areas impacting the education landscape.

Daryl Brewster Chief Executive Officer CECP @CECPtweets

As the CEO of CECP, Daryl Brewster spearheads the effort to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that a company’s social strategy determines its success. He has 30+ years of corporate executive experience, including as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies and the head of five multi-billion-dollar business units. Daryl currently serves on several public and private company boards and has an extensive background in non-profits.

Lori McFarling President, Corporate Partnerships and Social Impact Discovery Education @DiscoveryEd    @LMcFarli

As Discovery Education’s President of Corporate Partnerships and Social Impact, Lori leads the company’s strategic alliances with business, foundation, and non-profit partners to support K-12 education. Her experience in the creation of shared value models, leading brand extension initiatives, and product development play a critical role in building Discovery Education’s alliances with Fortune 500 corporations, foundations, and other like-minded organizations.

Inclusion and Diversity from the Classroom to the Boardroom

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET

Learn how leading organizations are fostering more diverse pipelines and equitable communities through an intentional focus on K-12 education. Access and achievement gaps in K-12 education have never been wider, while more companies’ public commitments are prioritizing inclusion, diversity, and equity. Join the discussion and hear examples of how corporate America is aligning commitments to racial and gender equity with a focus on supporting the critical needs of students.

Dr. Luvelle Brown Superintendent Ithaca City School District, NY @LuvelleB

Eugene Pinkard Assistant Director, Practice and Leadership, Education and Society Program The Aspen Institute @AspenInstitute    @GenePinkard

Dr. Joe Sanchez Director, Science Engagement and STEM Programming AstraZeneca @AstraZenecaUS

Dr. Jaime Aquino Senior Vice President, Teaching and Learning Discovery Education @DiscoveryEd    @DrJaimeAquino

Seeding Impact & Innovation: Turning the COVID Slide into the COVID Climb

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM ET

As companies drive innovation and evolve business models as a result of the pandemic, they are also helping to redefine possibilities in education. Look behind the curtain to deepen your understanding of how these innovators are leading the way with creative solutions that recognize and respond to the critical issues facing today’s educators.

Minika Jenkins Chief Academic Officer Pittsburgh Public School District, NY @PPSnews

Sarah Keh Vice President of Inclusive Solutions Prudential @Prudential    @Sarah_Keh

Dr. Lesli Myers-Small Superintendent Rochester City School District, NY @RCSDNYSl    @LCMLessons

Dr. Sam Whiting Director of Global Engagement Boeing @Boeing    @SamRWhiting

Amy Nakamoto Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Discovery Education @DiscoveryEd    @AmyNakamoto

Virtual Field Trip Experience

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Grab your lunch, sit back, and enjoy a collection of some of our favorite Virtual Field Trips.

The Value of Corporate Engagement in Championing Social-Emotional Learning

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET

Amplified by the pandemic, student and teacher social-emotional health and well-being are getting a lot of attention. Connect with organizations and leaders keenly focused on these needs not traditionally included in “core” instruction and hear what they’ve learned, schools are looking for right now, how new models are addressing these needs, and what gaps remain.

Brian Coleman 2019 School Counselor of the Year Jones College Prep, @JonesCollegeHS    @MrBrianColeman

Laura Freveletti Senior Program Officer The Allstate Foundation @AllstateFDN

Titilola Harley K12 Program Officer The Gates Foundation @GatesFoundation

Beth Meyer Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Discovery Education @DiscoveryEd    @BethLMeyer

From Today’s Wonder to Tomorrow’s Workforce: New Models in Fostering Post-Secondary Engagement

Sponsored by the STEM Careers Coalition 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Does our current STEM workforce represent the diversity of our country? Are we doing enough to create pathways for students underrepresented in STEM to enter the STEM pipeline? Join us for a candid conversation that explores inclusion and diversity and how some companies are leaning in to help foster opportunities for girls and students of color to see themselves in future STEM careers.

Khristian Cooper Assistant Principal, Pebblebrook High School Cobb County Schools, GA @CobbSchools

David D. Etzwiler Chief Executive Officer Siemens Foundation @SFoundation

Kelly Metcalfe Assistant Superintendent Cobb County Schools, GA @CobbSchools

Bill Taylor Vice President Outreach & Partnership Development NAF @TNAFCareerAcads

Ron Smith Vice President of Education Initiatives Salesforce @Salesforce

Marla Wilson Executive Director, STEM Careers Coalition Discovery Education @DiscoveryEd    @IAmMarlaWilson

Featured Speakers

With a deep commitment to education, participating organizations bring the real world to the classroom and connect today’s students to content, experiences, and careers that celebrate what they do best.

Featured speakers for this event are from organizations including:

Allstate Foundation Logo
Aspen Institute Logo
Bill & Melinda Gates Foudnation Logo
Boeing Logo
Cobb County School District
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Ithaca City School District Logo
Jones College Prep Logo
NAF Logo
Pittsburgh Public Schools Logo
Prudential Logo
Rochester City School District Logo
Salesforce Logo
Siemens Foundation Logo

Note: this event is by invitation-only and invitations are non-transferrable. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Nakamoto, Senior Vice President of Discovery Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost to attend this event? No, this event is free to attend. Will this event be recorded? Yes, this event will be recorded and shared with registered participants after the event. How can I test to make sure that I am able to join the event? To test go to and click the “Join” button. What do I do if I need technical assistance? If you are unable to join the meeting, please visit the Zoom Support Center for useful information. Reminder: before the event, we highly recommend you test your connection by joining a test meeting at Have other questions about this event? Contact Amy Davis at