We look forward to having you join us for the 12th anniversary of the ELC at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT on April 5-6, 2018.

Each year, the Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference gathers over 750 education experts, practitioners, and leaders to discuss innovations in K-12 education reform. The theme of this year’s conference, Fostering the Ecosystem for Change, will ask participants to explore various approaches to promoting educational equality and creating lasting social change through education. Through panels, keynotes, and small group discussions, speakers will offer perspectives on how different players in the education ecosystem can work together to improve educational outcomes. The conference will examine these issues through the lens of a range of stakeholders including individual schools, districts, funders, advocates, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers.

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If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please download our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunity Booklet for more information, and contact Sofia.Leitner-Laserna@yale.edu with questions.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 5

  • 5:00 PM: Registration opens
  • 6:30 PM-8:00 PM: TBD
  • 8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Cocktail reception

Friday, April 6

  • 7:00 AM: Registration opens
  • 7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Coffee Break
  • 10:00 AM-11:45 AM: Session Block 1
  • 11:45 AM-1:15 PM: Lunch + Affinity Tables
  • 1:15 PM-2:30 PM: Session Block 11
  • 2:30 PM-3:00 PM: Coffee Break
  • 3:00 PM-4:15 PM: Session Block 111
  • 4:15 PM-5:30 PM: Closing Keynote
  • 5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Cocktail reception


*The Networking Expo will be taking place on Friday, April 6 from 7:30AM - 4:15PM

ELC 2018 Leadership Team

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Jean Lombardi is Co-Chair of Content for ELC 2018. 

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Sofia Leitner-Laserna is Co-Chair of Marketing & Sponsorship for ELC 2018. 


Deirdre Chen is Co-Chair of Strategy & Logistics for ELC 2018. Before SOM, she worked as a Software Engineer at Cisco. Deirdre holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineer/Computer Sciences & Materials Science Engineering from UC Berkeley. 

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Peter Gerrity is Co-Chair of Strategy & Logistics for ELC 2018. 

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

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