Public education, once one of our greatest national resources, is in danger. On March 7, global education strategist Dr. Vicki Phillips will be returning to her home state for a thought provoking conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun.

Join us in exploring how we can take the power of education and transform it into a system that can move Americans to the highest levels of performance in the world. Where does Kentucky fall into that equation? How can our state’s citizens, businesses and others help support our critically important journey? And much more!

For decades, Dr. Vicki Phillips has witnessed the tremendous power education holds for transforming lives, families and communities. Phillips’ background gives her a unique perspective that is particularly relevant to our lives here in Kentucky.

Originally from Falls of Rough in Breckinridge County, Phillips held several senior executive positions in the Kentucky Department of Education, giving her a front row seat to the years immediately before and after the sweeping Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. She also spent eight years as director of education strategy and grant making for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Phillips accepted the role of chief education officer with the National Geographic Society leading their ambitious education work in the U.S. and around the world.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and current owner of Louisville Magazine, Matthew Barzun, will join Dr. Phillips on stage. During his time as Ambassador, Barzun, visited more than 200 British schools and conducted workshops for more than 20,000 British high school seniors. He has served on the boards of many nonprofits that focus on education, public policy and interfaith relations.

Purchase tickets at kentuckycenter.org.

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