Building Capacity to Collectively Prepare Students for College and Careers


Lunch and Panel Discussion

12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

Collaborations — Increasing Student Success from Education to Career

Panelists will discuss the framework for preparing students for college and careers. They will share strategies for strengthening assets and resources that are available to youth through collaborative efforts. Data will be shared that demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations between professionals in K-12, higher education, business, nonprofit organizations, government, philanthropies and other organizations to significantly increase the percentage of work-force ready college graduates. Increasing our number of college graduates will play a key role in stabilizing and strengthening the economy.

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  • Haley Glover, Director, Convening Strategy, Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
  • Haley Glover is director of convening strategy with Lumina Foundation for Education, the nation's largest private foundation focused on increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education. Glover's role at Lumina brings together thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners to influence the national conversation, translate ideas into action, and build momentum toward increasing postsecondary attainment and success.

    Prior to joining Lumina's staff, Haley served as associate commissioner for policy and planning studies at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, where she led the deployment of the Commission's nationally-recognized strategic plan, built accountability models, and guided higher education policy for the state. She has also served as the chief fiscal officer of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, as a fiscal policy analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance, and as a researcher for the Center for Economic Competitiveness at the Hudson Institute.

    Glover holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education, English and American history from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana; a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College Graduate Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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  • Colin Groth, Strategic Assistance Manager, Strive, Cincinnati, OH
  • Colin Groth is the strategic assistance manager at Strive, a national initiative working to build the cradle to career civic infrastructure in communities in order to identify, sustain and scale what works. The son of a public school librarian, Groth has always been passionate about improving educational outcomes for all young people.

    Before joining Strive, Groth served as the government relations director for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, where he oversaw the organization's government affairs, served as liaison to elected officials and government bodies, and developed relationships with local business and civic groups to advance public transportation issues.

    Groth holds a B.A. in communications (interactive communications processes) from Ohio State University, where he also completed the Goodlinks Non-profit Management Internship program. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's C-Change leadership development program and the City of Cincinnati's Citizens Government Academy, an alumnus of 40 under Forty awards for both the Cincinnati Business Courier and Mass Transit Magazine, and an Eagle Scout (Troop 502).

    His areas of expertise are: systems change; policy/advocacy; workforce; cradle to career education; and data-informed decision making.

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  • Philip Power, Founder and Chairman, The Center for Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Philip H. Power is the founder and chairman of The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) think-and-do tank whose aim is to cure Michigan's hyper-partisan political culture and revitalize its broken policy apparatus. He is also president of the Power Foundation. Previously, Power founded and was owner and chairman of the board of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 62 community newspapers and 24 telephone directories throughout Michigan and around Cincinnati, Ohio. Collectively, his newspapers won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country.

    Power helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in 1991, serving as chairman until 2005. He has also served as chair of the Michigan Job Training Coordinating Council and vice chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    Power graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. In 1987 he was appointed as regent of University of Michigan, and received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the U of M Alumni Association in 2000.

    Power was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2003.

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  • Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement; University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Hiram E. Fitzgerald received his Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology (1967) from the University of Denver. Currently he is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. He is president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities, a member of the Board of Directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks, and a member of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship task force. Fitzgerald is past president and executive director of both the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, and for 16 years (1992-2008) served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. He has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 25 years, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Head Start National Evaluation Research Consortium and its Father and Risk Work Groups, chairs the MSU Wiba Anung Early Head Start/Head Start research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, is scientific advisor to the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado, Denver, is a member of the Native Children's Research Exchange, and is a member of a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on the evaluation of community-based early preventive-intervention programs in Michigan and the United States.

    Fitzgerald's major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and youth use of technologies, and broad issues related to the scholarship of engagement. He has published over 187 peer-reviewed journal articles, 76 chapters and 73 books, and is editor-in-chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal and Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Development and Well Being of Very Young Children and the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Selma Fraiberg Award, and is one of three recipients of the World Association for Infant Mental Health's Honorary President designation. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology.