JFF Horizons Brings Together Biden Cabinet Officials and Education and Workforce Leaders to Create a Path for Equitable Economic Recovery

June 14, 2021
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JFF Horizons Brings Together Biden Cabinet Officials and Education and Workforce Leaders to Create a Path for Equitable Economic Recovery 

Free virtual conference, June 15-16, will give thousands an opportunity to reflect and innovate on the future of education and work 

BOSTON, June 14, 2021 — Leaders in business, technology, philanthropy, public policy, investing, and education will gather June 15-16 for JFF Horizons, a virtual event focused on education and workforce innovations that ensure equity and opportunity for learners and workers. Free and open to everyone, this year’s Horizons summit will feature speakers and panelists from across sectors, including the U.S. secretaries of commerce, education, and labor.  

“We’re excited to connect with so many of our partners in innovation as we work toward an equitable economic recovery,” says JFF CEO Maria Flynn. “Horizons offers a platform for leaders from across the education and workforce ecosystem to reflect on the challenges we have faced and discuss solutions and opportunities to build a brighter, more inclusive future.”  

Thousands of JFF partners, thought leaders, and practitioners will come together at Horizons to hear about the lessons learned from the past year and share ideas about the bold actions we can take to create more equitable workforce and education systems.  

Topics include making antiracism a core value in the workforce, how corporations are innovating to meet worker needs, and how federal education, labor, and commerce policies can align to support workers, learners, and companies. 

Here’s just a small sampling of the many inspiring and thought-provoking speakers who will share their insights at this year’s event: 

GAYATRI AGNEW, Senior Director, Corporate Philanthropy, Walmart 

BYRON AUGUSTE, Cofounder and CEO, [email protected] 

MONIQUE BAPTISTE, Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

JOHN BATTELLE, Cofounder and CEO, Recount Media 

MIGUEL CARDONA, U.S. Secretary of Education 

MARIA FLYNN, President and CEO, JFF 

SCOTT GALLOWAY, Serial Entrepreneur and Professor of Marketing, NYU’s Stern School of Business 

LISA GEVELBER, Vice President, Grow With Google 

CARRIE HUGHES, Director of Social Innovation, Verizon 

BRENT HYDER, President and Chief People Officer, Salesforce 


JOHN KASICH, Former Governor of Ohio 

PROFESSOR IBRAM X. KENDI, Founder and Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research 

ANDY LEVIN, U.S. House of Representatives 

TYRA MARIANI, President, Schultz Family Foundation 

LATITIA McCANE, Director of Education, The Apprentice School 

AJITA MENON, President and CEO, Calbright College 

JAMIE MERISOTIS, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation 

DONNA MORRIS, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Walmart 

GINA RAIMONDO, U.S. Secretary of Commerce 

SANJAY SARMA, Vice President for Open Learning, MIT 

SHERI SCHULTZ, Cofounder and Chair, Schultz Family Foundation 

ANDRÉS TAPIA, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry 

ALI VELSHI, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC 

MARTY WALSH, U.S. Secretary of Labor 

DALILA WILSON-SCOTT, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast 

Sessions will include a variety of live, recorded, and on-demand content, and be made available for free thanks to the support of this year’s sponsors, including: 

AARP Foundation 

American Student Assistance 



College Board 


ECMC Foundation 

Education to Go (ed2go) 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Grow With Google 


Lockheed Martin 



Schultz Family Foundation 



Southern New Hampshire University 

Strada Education Network 


Voxy EnGen 

Walmart Foundation 

Western Governors University 

Workday Foundation 


WHEN:            June 15-16, 2021 

WHERE:          Virtual Conference, Free and Open to All 

HOW:  Register today: www.jff.org/horizons. To request media credentials or submit an interview request, contact [email protected]. Interviews with select speakers and JFF leaders are available. 


JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For nearly 40 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. www.jff.org