The 2022 statewide Future Ready Iowa Summit: All Options on the Table will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Presented by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Future Ready Iowa, the Summit brings together Iowans from business and industry, education, nonprofits, elected officials and students to amplify the public conversation about solutions for connecting education and the workforce.
“Iowans are fortunate to have so many options for career-linked learning toward bright horizons,” said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “The challenge we face is awareness of and access to all the opportunities. The mission of this year’s Future Ready Iowa Summit is, therefore, to showcase all the options on the table to accelerate Iowa’s growth and prosperity.”
Two keynote speakers are scheduled to provide future-ready guidance to Iowa. Confirmed is Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, MacArthur “Genius” awardee and Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and co-director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University. Tentatively scheduled is Air Force Colonel Raja Chari, a Cedar Falls native who recently returned to Earth after six months commanding the International Space Station as NASA astronaut.
The Summit will feature remarks by Gov. Reynolds, a panel of business, culture and education futurists facilitated by Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell, and sessions by leaders from across Iowa representing businesses, K-12 education, higher education, economic development, workforce development, nonprofits and professional organizations.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For teachers, substitute reimbursement and licensure renewal credit are available at no additional cost.
Registration is now open and additional information can be found at http://www.iowastem.org/2022Summit.
Interested sponsors of the Future Ready Iowa Summit may contact Carrie Rankin at firstname.lastname@example.org.