Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier has worked her entire career to expand education and workforce opportunities for low income youth and adults, with a primary emphasis on adult education, career and technical education, correctional education, and supporting community colleges.
Currently Dr. Dann-Messier works as a coach for the Council of Chief State Schools Officers Association, the Institute for Public Research in Arlington VA as a Principal Research Scientist and, as a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson and Wales University. She is a member of the board of the National Skills Coalition, the Institute for Educational Leadership, College and Community Fellowship and is a Trustee of Johnson and Wales University. She is also on JPMC’s Global Services Advisory Council and a member of the Adult Literacy X Prize Advisory Council.
Dr. Dann-Messier was the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education (2009-2014) and also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Post-Secondary Education (2013-2014) in the United States Department of Education.
Previously, Dr. Dann-Messier served as the president of Dorcas Place Adult & Family Learning Center in Providence, R.I., which provides educational and workforce services, college preparatory classes and family literacy programs for low income adults and disconnected youth.
She also served on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education and chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Subcommittee from 2006-2009.
Presentation Topics: Workforce Development for Adult Education/Low Income Youth/Sector Based Workforce Development/Correctional Education/Career and Technical Education
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