About the Summit

More than ever, educators and employers across the globe see college and career readiness as a critical part of student success. But the readiness movement often inspires more questions than answers. Do college and career forces complement or compete with one another? Is college and career readiness a fad, or is it a sustainable movement? Is a traditional liberal arts program compatible with the 21st-century job market?  

Even the very definition of college and career readiness is up for debate – leading to much of the confusion and contradiction at the core of the movement. 

The 2017 Summit, sponsored by College For Every Student, Trinity College Dublin and the GE Foundation, will focus on defining what readiness is, answering these persistent questions and developing strategies to help our young people reach not only their educational goals, but their career ones as well.  

The College & Career Readiness Summit will gather 50 corporate, philanthropic, and higher education leaders and policy makers from around the world at the CFES Center in Essex, N.Y.  Education and workforce experts will discuss the intersection of college and career readiness with participants who will play an active role in contributing to the discussion through panels and roundtables. Following the Summit, the organizers will produce a solutions-driven white paper on strategic steps to ensure college and career readiness in the new industrial age, while developing awareness and investment among key corporate and education leaders and policy makers.



Dinner for Early Arrivals

7:00 p.m.    Essex Inn


8:00 a.m.    Breakfast, Pink Pig

11:30-12:30    Lunch, Essex Inn

1:00 p.m.    Welcome

1:30 p.m.    Keynote 1: Governor Andrew Cuomo (invited)

2:15 p.m.    Panel Responds: Panelists will respond to keynoter comments and share their own reflections on college and career readiness.

3:00 p.m.    Keynote 2: Dean Garfield, President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council


3:30 p.m.     Panel Responds: Panelists will respond to keynoter comments and share their own reflections on college and career readiness.

4:00 p.m.    Break

4:15 p.m.    Higher Education Panel

5:00 p.m.    Roundtable Discussions: Participants will break into groups to synthesize key lessons from the first day's discussion that should be incorporated into the summit white paper.

6:00 p.m.    Introduction by George Pataki, Governor of New York State from 1995-2006 

                   Keynote 3: J.D. Vance, Author of bestseller Hillbilly Elegy 

7:00 p.m.    Reception, Essex Inn

7:30 p.m.    Dinner, Essex Inn 


8:00 a.m.    Breakfast, CFES Center

8:30 a.m.    Day’s Overview

8:45 a.m.    Keynote 4: Kelli Wells, Executive Director of Education and Skills at the GE Foundation

9:15 a.m.    Panel Responds: Panelists will respond to keynoter comments and share their own reflections on college and career readiness.

10:00 a.m.    STEM Panel

10:30 a.m.     21st Century Careers Panel

11:00 a.m.     Roundtable Discussions

12:00 p.m.     Summary

12:30 p.m.     Lunch, Essex Inn

3:00 p.m.    Afternoon Activities: Adirondack Hike, Yoga

6:00 p.m.    Dinner, Essex Inn

Information for Attendees


All sessions The Intersections of College & Career Readiness summit will take place at the College For Every Student Center in Essex, New York.


The closest airports are Burlington International Airport, Vermont and Plattsburgh International Airport, New York.

Both the College For Every Student Center and Essex Inn are within walking distance of the New York side of the Essex-Charlotte Ferry terminal. The current ferry schedule and rates can be found on the Champlain Ferries website. Please note that the ferry is cash only.


Please contact if you need assistance in making arrangements for local accommodations.