2015 Delaware Economic Summit
The Wilmington Westin, April 22nd and April 23rd 2015

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The Delaware Economic Summit is one of the few forums where business owners and individuals have a public stage to voice their financially related ideas to an audience of their peers.

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The Delaware Economic Summit hosts local experts in their field who freely share their knowledge with others, promoting a healthy mentality of abundance.

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The Delaware business community has always been one which operates on trust. Your commitment to the community and your peers will be seen by thousands through involvement with the Delaware Economic Summit.

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Can Delaware Schools Compete?


Thursday, April 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Common Core. Charter schools. High-stakes testing. No matter what topic dominates the conversation about education at any given moment, one reality remains constant: Every year, Delaware schools graduate a new crop of students into the local workforce. Our panel will look at the emerging industries that will dictate Delaware’s future, and how we prepare the next generation for them.

Mark Brainard

Dr. Mark Brainard has spent 25 years in a series of executive level positions that have allowed him to lead successful efforts in higher education, business and government in Delaware. After earning an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware Tech in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in 1983, his career in public service began in the Delaware Legislature, where he was appointed as chief of staff for the House Minority Caucus for seven years.
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Rob Eppes

In 2008, Rob Eppes assumed leadership of Junior Achievement of Delaware, Inc., a youth serving non-profit organization that changed the direction of his life as a student at Newark High School in Delaware. Providing in excess of 270,000 volunteer/student contact hours per year to more than 15,000 local students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, Junior Achievement of Delaware empowers young people to own their economic success through structured interactions with successful adult role models around engaging curricula.
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Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is Delaware’s Secretary of Education. Since his appointment in 2012, he has led the state in adopting rigorous educator preparation standards into law, updating the state’s charter school law to improve school accountability and support, tackling college readiness and retention challenges, implementing the Common Core State Standards and assessments and promoting school choice. Under his leadership Delaware won the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation.
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