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02 Apr. 2015 | Comments (0)

Education has quickly become a primary focus of the corporate philanthropy community. In Giving in Numbers: 2013 Edition, education (K-12 and higher education combined) for the first time became the most funded area, with companies on average dedicating 29 percent of their charitable giving budgets to the issue. This finding continues in the current 2014 edition, and anecdotal evidence suggests companies will continue to direct efforts on improving the quality of the country’s education system through their corporate philanthropy programs for years to come. Now, a new video series from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) showcases business and education leaders discussing why college– and career–ready standards benefit students and employers.

The following interviewees, four of whom are CED Members, share their insights about the value of high-quality K–12 standards and a comprehensive education system to help ensure economic success for individuals and the nation :

  • Carl Camden, President & CEO of Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Howard Fluhr, Chairman of The Segal Group
  • Lisa A. Hook, President & CEO of Neustar, Inc.
  • Robert Mendenhall, President of Western Governors University
  • Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Professor of Education at New York University (non-CED Member)

Of particular interest is the video entitled Education Through the Lens of Business (watch the video below), which features Carl Camden, President & CEO of Kelly Services, Inc., and others describing the skills gap between the needs of American companies and the skill sets of the nation’s students and graduates.

We encourage you to view the videos here and to share your feedback and thoughts by commenting below, or emailing me at (

CED has also developed a smartphone app containing numerous, easily accessible resources to support and learn about college- and career-ready standards. It can be downloaded in the Apple store here and the Android store here, or by searching for its title, “Business4Readiness,” in either store. The videos and app were produced with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • About the Author:Cindy Cisneros

    Cindy Cisneros

    Cindy Cisneros currently serves as Vice President of Education Programs for the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led, public policy organizat…

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