Contact

Deb Doyle 
Michigan Works! The Job Force Board 
ddoyle@jobforce.org 
906-789-0558 x 245 

When

Friday September 21, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Where

Nothern Michigan University 
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
 

 
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Jim Brazell

Keynote Speaker

Jim Brazell is a technology forecaster, strategist, and public speaker focusing on innovation, transformation and what's next. His 2008 National School Board Association essay, "The Bellwether Sounds"  was one of the early public voices proclaiming the need for a Sputnik-like awakening of the public to the importance of science and technology to the economy, education, society and national security. Jim's speeches and workshops have been well received for the past decade by a broad range of audiences. 

“... dynamic and riveting keynote speaker.” --Tim Bailey, Vice President & Conference Producer, Information Management Network (IMN), Endowments, Foundations, and Pension Funds

Jim presented solutions to the financial crisis (2009) and energy sustainability (2007) at the International Conference of Technology Policy and Innovation as well as comments (2009) to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) calling for science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based vocational education.

Jim is a member of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development. He is a volunteer to NSF MATEC Networks webinar series, the 2012 Society for Design and Process Science conference committee and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce IT Committee.

Jim is a 1995 George Gilder Fellow in High Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bradley University. Jim resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lisa Cervantes, and daughter, Ava Brazell.

Gerald Moore

Keynote Speaker

Gerald L. Moore is the Michigan District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  As district director, he is responsible for the delivery of all SBA programs and services in the state, including the SBA guaranty loan program, which is delivered through more than 120 lenders; the government contracting and minority enterprise development programs; and oversight of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers, and a Veterans Business Outreach Center.  The Michigan District Office, which covers all 83 counties in the state, is located in Detroit (with a Grand Rapids satellite office) and has a staff of 15 employees.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Moore served in the United States Air Force where he completed three 24-month tours of duty.  He spent the next two years with the U.S. Customs Service serving as an Import Specialist.  After leaving the federal government in 1995, Mr. Moore began a career in the IT industry where he served as a Senior Program Manager responsible for implementing global programs and projects for Hewlett Packard and EDS.

In 2004, he launched his own company, SportZ AllStarZ, LLC, that provides children with a world-class sporting experience focusing on quality coaching, instruction, and creativity in sports programming.  He is a trustee on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education where he serves as board secretary and, along with the board, is responsible for aligning district contracts, adopting a $160 million budget, policies, and the overall strategic direction of the district.

Mr. Moore has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Golden Gate University, in San Francisco.  He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP®(Project Management Professional), and ITIL®Practitioner.  Mr. Moore is married, has three children, and lives in Rochester.

 

The 2012 Upper Great Lakes Summit 

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Agenda and program information to be posted soon!

 

2012 Upper Great Lakes Summit: Future Next Exit

 

The 2012 Upper Great Lakes Summit – Connecting Economic, Legislative, Education and Workforce Development, will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012, in the Great Lakes Rooms on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

The 2012 Summit continues to carry on the tradition of providing opportunities for our community to learn more about the collaboration of business and education activities from a national, state, and local perspective.  This year’s Summit is a multi-organizational collaborative seeking to connect the efforts of regional businesses, economic and workforce development partners, education, state legislators, local units of government and other regional partners.

This year's theme is "Future Next Exit…how innovation and relevance are driving business and education to build our talent pool.”  One of the Summit’s key note speakers is Jim Brazell, a technology forecaster, strategist, and public speaker focusing on innovation, transformation and what's next. His 2008 National School Board Association essay, "The Bellwether Sounds” was one of the early public voices proclaiming the need for a Sputnik-like awakening of the public to the importance of science and technology to the economy, education, society and national security. Jim's speeches and workshops have been well received for the past decade by a broad range of audiences. 

Jim presented solutions to the financial crisis (2009) and energy sustainability (2007) at the International Conference of Technology Policy and Innovation as well as comments (2009) to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) calling for science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based vocational education.

Jim is a member of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development. He is a volunteer to NSF MATEC Networks webinar series, the 2012 Society for Design and Process Science conference committee and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce IT Committee.

Jim is a 1995 George Gilder Fellow in High Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bradley University. Jim resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lisa Cervantes, and daughter, Ava Brazell.

Attendees will also be treated to a panel discussion with members of our legislature as well as informative breakout sessions with key stakeholders from our region.  The breakout sessions will include updates on workforce and economic development issues as well as education and technology news that will help any attendee.

This year’s Summit is a multi organizational collaborative seeking to connect the efforts of regional businesses, economic and workforce development partners, education, state legislators, local units of government and other regional partners.

The 2012 Summit is the second year in a row that two previously held separate conferences will unite to bring added value to attendees.  The U.P. Education Legislative Summit concluded its 14th year in 2010 and the Upper Great Lakes Economic & Workforce Development Summit held 5 annual workforce and economic development events prior to combining efforts last year.

The Summit is a unique opportunity to interact with various businesses, community, and education leaders; state legislators; and other officials on how we can develop effective partnerships to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and prepare our children for the future.

 

2012 Upper Great Lakes Summit: Sponsorship Opportunities

 

This event could not be made possible without the continued support of our sponsors.  To find out more about how you can support this important event, contact Deb Doyle at ddoyle@jobforce.org or 906.789.0558 ext. 245.  Event sponsors will be recognized for their support at the event, on all event materials and provided opportunity to connect with marketers and media at the event.      

 

Registration Cost: $50.00 per person 

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