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Reaction to Crisis: Adult Higher Education’s Lessons Learned

March 2, 2021

At this virtual event, the partners of a new study that examines how postsecondary institutions and their adult learners are responding to the COVID-19 crisis will announce findings and share key recommendations.

The study captures the voices of adult learners and highlights 13 actionable steps higher education institutions can take to help them navigate unique challenges and provide needed support now and in the future.

The link to join will be shared with those who RSVP prior to the event.

Remake Learning Days

May 1-10, 2021

Remake Learning Days is a regional festival for the future of work and learning that will turn the Kansas City area into an open house learning laboratory, featuring fun and free events for youth of all ages. Families can come together to experience making, new technology, art workshops, science experiments, robotics, outdoor learning and more!

The DeBruce Foundation is proud to sponsor mini-grants for Nonprofits to cover event-related costs including food, supplies or programming expenses. Click here to apply for grant funding.

Share this introduction to Remake Learning Days with your networks so we can celebrate all of the great ways to learn and be curious in our city! Download an introductory flyer to share.


Rethink Youth

February 25 & 26, 2021

The Rethink Youth conference will bring together students 15 years and older to engage in a 1+ day convening to explore and shape the future of education from a learner’s lens. Dr. Darren Woodruff, Senior Director and Cheyenne Squire, Fellow of The DeBruce Foundation will participate on a student-moderated panel featuring local experts on “The Role of Youth Voice in Kansas City’s Regional Prosperity” on Thursday, February 25th.


Women In Cloud Digital Summit 2021

January 28, 29, and 30, 2021

The DeBruce Foundation is a proud to be the Youth Program Corporate sponsor for Women In Cloud Digital Summit 2021, a 3-day event intended to change the global narrative by igniting purpose-driven entrepreneurship and leadership.


LifeSkills KU Series

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In partnership with Community America Credit Union and networking expert Alana Muller, The DeBruce Foundation is hosting a webinar for Kansas University students called “Achieve Your Dreams: Find your passion and make it happen”. Alex Oleson, DeBruce Career Corps member and Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, ED & COO presented. Check it out here.

MECA Explore

Friday, December 8, 9 & 11, 2020 and January 12, 13 & 15, 2021

In partnership with @STARTLANDKC, the DeBruce Foundation is a proud to sponsor two MECA Explore events, which include a multi-day design challenge. First event is on December 8th, 9th, and 11th and the second event is on January 12th, 13th and 15th where students explore the entrepreneurial mindset while connecting with peers and local #entrepreneurs. Learn more: https://startland.org/meca-explore


Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit

Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 7:30am-12:30pm CT

The DeBruce Foundation is a sponsor along with KC Rising and Grad Force KC for this upcoming summit hosted by Mid-America Regional Council. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the labor market and rapidly accelerated the use of technology for education and training purposes, undoubtedly shifting the way we will work and learn forever. Hope you will consider joining us to reflect on the past decade of education and workforce investments and initiatives to help us define our priorities and vision for creating an ecosystem where all learners excel, regardless of age, race, gender or economic status.

Feel free to register here at no charge.


vShips and the Future of Work

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm CT

Join The DeBruce Foundation on November 10th as we convene a virtual roundtable of local and national business leaders for a discussion on vShips and the Future of Work revealing considerations, barriers, and opportunities in relation to virtual internships. This is the third and final roundtable in the vShips Employers Series, as part of our vShips initiative.

View the recording here.

WHO: Moderator: Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, ED and COO, The DeBruce Foundation

Panelists:
Peggi Tobias, VP of Early Careers, UnitedHealthcare
Ted Green, Global Marketing, Facebook
Eva Finan, Sr. Talent Management Consultant, Commerce Bank
Winnie Quach, Virtual Intern, Boeing

Talent Forward

Friday, October 30, 2020 from 12:00-2:30pm CT

The DeBruce Foundation is delighted to sponsor this year’s Center for Education and Workforce Talent Forward event, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which consisted of presentations from industry leaders that explored a variety of ideas for reimagining the workforce talent pipeline, including:

  • increasing alignment of K12 education and workforce training to meet the needs of industry and real-world careers in the modern economy
  • improving childcare and family support to increase workforce productivity, and
  • addressing barriers to learning, including lack of access to broadband internet and reliable technology in low-income communities

Notable data from the summit revealed that while Covid-19 has forced most education and training programs to go online, over 12 million students lack home internet access and there continue to be opportunity gaps in information on in-demand careers and access to experiences that provide diverse job seekers with the skills, mentoring, and confidence needed for success in the modern economy.  Solutions discussed at the Summit emphasized the need for supporting a broader, more diverse talent pool and looking to local and regional business communities across the U.S. to help prioritize improvements to K12 education and partner in the provision of wider access to high quality education, career exploration, and training for in-demand professional skills.

Presentations included sessions on rethinking education, connecting skills training with employer needs, using digital skills to build a future-proof workforce, and using diversity, inclusion, and mentoring to eliminate the opportunity gap. The DeBruce Foundation is committed to including these insights in our continuing work to expand access to career pathways.  Each of the 2020 Talent Forward Summit presentations can be watched here.


How to Up Your vShips Game

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm CT

Join The DeBruce Foundation on October 15th as we convene a virtual roundtable of local and national business leaders for a discussion on vShips: How to Up Your vShips Game who will share how to maximize your virtual internship program. This is the second of three roundtables in the vShips Employers Series, as part of our vShips initiative. Panelists include:

  • Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Engineering Company Holdings
  • Jazmin M. Burrell, Creative Strategist, Snap Inc.
  • Shannon Gerli, HR Supervisor, Osborn Barr Paramore
  • Eddy Frumkin, Virtual Intern, 4th Row Films

Employers, managers, and business leaders, you’re invited to join us to explore the concept of hosting virtual internships and gain practical tips to do it right. RSVP to reserve your spot.

View the recording here.


Mursion Future of Work

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm CT

Join us for the Mursion Future of Work Virtual Roundtable: Draw Your Future with Agilities: Finding Your Personal Vision for Success featuring Patti Dobrowolski, Founder of Up Your Creative Genius and several of our DeBruce team members: Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Daryl Williams and Anthony Crapisi. Click HERE to register.


We Work for Change

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4:00-6:30pm CT

Join us for the 2020 We Work for Change Annual Event hosted by United WE (fka Women’s Foundation). Paul and Linda DeBruce and The DeBruce Foundation are delighted to be Honorary Chairs and the Young Professional sponsor of this event. Patti Dobrowolski with Up Your Creative Genius will be facilitating a session with a panel created and curated by our very own DeBruce Career Corps members. 

Join more than 1,000 community, business and elected leaders to hear global entrepreneur and fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg. Attendees will also hear from additional leaders and changemakers in breakout sessions focused on advancing women’s economic and civic leadership.


vShips 101: Demystifying Virtual Internships

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm CT

Join The DeBruce Foundation on September 24th as we convene a virtual roundtable of local and national business leaders for a discussion on vShips 101: Demystifying Virtual Internships who will provide practical tips for successful virtual internships. This is the first of three roundtables in the vShips Employers Series, as part of our vShips initiative. Panelists include:

  • Kolby Kauffman, Senior Recruiter, Evergy 
  • Beth Barakat, National Talent Acquisition Programs Manager, PwC
  • Kevin Dhali, Director of Operations and Sales Partnerships, Boddle Learning
  • Rebecca Jelinek, Vice President + Internship Program Coordinator, FleishmanHillard
  • Selena Hunter, Virtual Summer Fellow, Lents & Associates, LLC

 RSVP to reserve your spot. View the recording here.


G2U Annual Regional Coalition Conference

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Government-to-University (G2U) Coalition will present the G2U Annual Regional Coalition Conference hosted by Mid America Regional Council and The Volker Alliance. Members of The DeBruce Foundation have participated in the G2U initiative and believe this will be a timely event that is well-suited for university faculty interested in government partnerships, public sector hiring managers and HR professionals, workforce developers, private sector partners who work on public projects, career services professionals, city and county officials, federal agencies, state government officials, non-profits and anyone interested in the future of public services.


Delivering on the Promise of Promise Programs

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Join The DeBruce Foundation for a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Academy at WGU to hear from leaders in academic and career readiness who are focused on improving retention rates and outcomes through innovative solutions that can increase the ROI of promise programs and support workforce development.  Sign up HERE to participate and hear our very own Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director & COO as one of the panelists.


KC Case Study: Early Lessons in Virtual Internships

Thursday, July 21, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm CT

Join us for our first virtual roundtable where we will be convening local nonprofit leaders who will share their experiences, early lessons, and innovative ideas to continue expanding access to and building our future workforce – virtually – as part of our vShips initiative.

View the recording here.


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