Thank you for joining 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, Education as Empowerment, asks participants to explore the role of educational institutions and leaders in promoting economic empowerment, racial equity, and social mobility. Through panels, small group sessions, and keynotes, the conference will examine the often varying strategies districts, schools, and policy-makers have used to harness the power of students, families and communities. Speakers will discuss the complex relationships between schools and social movements, the relationship between education and life-outcomes, as well as innovative solutions designed to create lasting social change through education.

Registration is now closed. Please check back in the fall for next year's conference.

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If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please download our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunity Booklet for more information, and contact 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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