You are cordially invited to the CLASS Coalition’s 4th Annual Summit - Breaking Barriers for Brilliance: Removing Silos to Build the STEAM Pipeline  held this year in New York City on May 2nd - 3rd, 2019.

The 2019 Annual Summit aims to build a more robust and inclusive school-to-workforce pipeline by breaking down barriers between the education, policy and private sectors. Together we will work towards creating a strong vision for education that equips students from diverse backgrounds and strengthens the pipeline for STEAM careers.

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Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

320 E. 43rd Street

New York, NY

Date & Time

May 2, 2019, 9:00 AM -

May 3, 2019 - 3:30 PM


Thursday, May 2nd   9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

9:00 AM    Networking Breakfast & Showcase

9:30 AM     Opening remarks & Keynote Speaker  

10:45 AM   Panel: Removing Silos to create more opportunities for our students 

12:15 PM  Luncheon

1:30 PM    Round table breakout sessions by various topics 

3:45 PM    Break

4:00 PM    Panel 2: STEAM Innovators Showcase

5:00 PM    Closing Remarks   

Friday, May 3rd, 2019  9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

9:00 AM      Networking Breakfast & Showcase

10:00 AM     Opening Remarks and Welcome Back

10:15 AM     Keynote Speaker 2

11:15 AM     Break

11:30 AM     Panel 1: The STEAM Melting Pot: Addressing the Importance of Diversity

12:30 PM    Luncheon

1:30 PM     Panel 2: Women in STEAM: A Gender Gap to Innovation

2:30 PM     Committing to a stronger future 

3:00 PM    Closing Session, Wrap-Up and Next Steps

Previous Speakers

Our 2019 Speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Below is a list of our speakers from the 2018 Annual Summit.

Hotel Options

Westgate New York City

304 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Distance to Ford Foundation: 2 minute walk (.10 miles) 

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Cost: ~$259.00 per night   

The Westin New York

Grand Central, 212 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Distance to Ford Foundation: 4 minute walk (.20 miles)

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Price: ~$400.00 per night   

Millennium Hotel New York 

One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Distance to Ford Foundation: 4 minute walk (.20 miles)

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Price: ~$300.00 per night   

Pod 39 Hotel

145 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Distance to Ford Foundation: 9 min walk (.40 miles)

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Price: ~$220.00 per night 

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