Speaker to give update on the Kalamazoo Promise

KALAMAZOO—The executive director of the Kalamazoo Promise, Janice M. Brown, Ed.D, will give an update on the program as WMU continues their 2012-13 Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.

Janice M. Brown, Ed.D, former superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, will speak at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Dean’s Conference Room (Room 2150) of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. Her presentation is titled “The Kalamazoo Promise  … So What’s the New York Times talking about anyway?”

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

As executive director since 2008, Brown serves as the spokesperson for the Kalamazoo Promise and works closely with the Kalamazoo Public Schools and other organizations in the Kalamazoo region.  Brown has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and on the Katie Couric Show, ABC, The Today Show, and Good Morning America on behalf of the Kalamazoo Promise.

Brown, who served as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools from 2000 until 2007,  has more than 36 years of experience in public education, including positions as teacher, consultant, principal and district administrator. She has won several awards, including the Athena Award, a Women of Achievement award and the Glass Ceiling award, given to women who demonstrate outstanding leadership.  Her most recent honor was the Crystal Apple Award from Michigan State University.

Brown serves on the boards of a number of Kalamazoo-area organizations such as The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo, Communities in Schools-Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, The Gilmore, Air Zoo, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Community Healing Centers and WMU advisory committees.

In addition to the October 26 event, the 2012-13 schedule includes—

  • Nov. 30: Laurie Montgomery, assistant superintendent of special education, and Angela Telfer, director, WoodsEdge Learning Center
  • Jan. 25: Jeanne Hess, Kalamazoo College volleyball coach
  • Feb. 22: Dr. Hal Jenson, M.D., founding dean of the WMU School of Medicine
  • March 29: Lisa Garcia, director, WMU Business Connection
  • April 26: Dan Gaydou, president, MLive Media Group
  • May 31: Bill Rose, president and chief executive officer, Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • June 28: Sharon Carlson, WMU director of archives and regional history

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest to the community.

Editor: Cindy Wagner
Haworth College of Business
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