El Paso Chamber’s “State of Education” Creates Cross-Sector Conversation Around Education in the Borderland

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On September 28, 2020, the El Paso Chamber held the State of Education with Dr. Ogechika Alozie (Chief Medical Officer, Las Palmas del Sol), Richard Castro (McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Chairman of CREEED), Lizzie Choi (educational consultant), Dr. Christine DeLeon (Founder & CEO, Moonshot edVentures), Arielle Rittro Kinder (Partner, Transcend), Amy O’Rourke (Choose to Excel Director, CREEED), and Nadia Tellez (Instructional Coordinator, Clint Independent School District). The event was the third event in the Chamber’s State of El Paso series, which is taking place virtually this year. A portion of ticket proceeds from the series is going towards the Business Solution Center, a program that provides free coaching and consulting for small businesses struggling with COVID-19.

El Paso Chamber President and CEO David Jerome opened the event by reflecting on the role of education in business.

“For business to be successful, we have to have a prepared, well-educated workforce. We are dependent on a well-educated workforce to be competitive, especially in this information age,” said David Jerome, El Paso Chamber President & CEO.

Jerome then introduced the panel moderator Lizzie Choi, an educational consultant focused on K-12 education and educational leader development. Choi began by describing the concept for the panel and introducing the panelists.

“If we take a moment and pause and think about the world ten years ago, we’ll quickly realize how different the world was,” Choi said. “We wanted to step back and think about: ‘What else could happen in the next ten years?’ What else could happen for our students, for our families, for our community if we think creatively and together? In many ways, this year has shown us that we are more connected than we often realize.”

Choi opened the discussion by asking participants to discuss what the purpose of the education system and school is. Over the course of the hour, the conversation moved through topics like how limited resources should be best put to use, the impact of COVID-19 and the innovations it can create, and the role of small business in elevating education.

The event concluded with remarks from incoming El Paso Chamber Board Chairwoman Arlene Carroll.

The State of Education was sponsored by Workforce Solutions Borderplex. The State of El Paso series continues with the State of the County (9/30). For more information, visit elpaso.org/state-of/