Thought Leader Roundtables: Conversations on Readiness

July 31, 2015

Totally Unscripted. Totally Inspiring. Totally Free. Join us!

Karen Pittman
Karen Pittman

What does it mean for all young people to be “ready” for life’s demands at every stage? And what will it take to get there?  Join Karen Pittman, CEO of The Forum for Youth Investment, for lively and candid conversations with some of the most influential, boundary-pushing leaders working to improve the lives of children and young people in the U.S.

Tune in live to these free audio discussions (all you need is a phone) or listen to the recordings to get the key takeaways.  Want to suggest a topic or guest? Email

During the calls, we’ll take your questions via Twitter with the hashtag #ReadyYouth.


Past Roundtables

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Embedding Youth Development in Schools: A Thought Leader Conversation
July 31, 11:00 am-12:00 pm E.T.  Register
Free conference call & discussion

Michele Cahill
Michele Cahill

Karen and Michele Cahill, friends and fellow trailblazers, sat down to talk about how integrating youth development practices and design thinking can transform schools and learning, and why school-community partnerships must go beyond coordinated hand-offs and focus on shared design.

Michele Cahill is a Distinguished Fellow in Education and Youth Development at the National Center for Civic Innovation and has led some of the country's most innovative high school reform initiatives, including New York City's redesigned high schools.

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Readiness and Schools: Filling the Traps and Closing the Gaps
June 9, 2015


How can schools better help young people navigate the traps and gaps that impede their readiness to meet life’s challenges? Stephanie Krauss, senior fellow with the Forum for Youth Investment and Bryan Joffe, director of education and youth development at AASA: The School Superintendents Association, sat down with Karen to explore this question. 

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A High-Level Talk About Readiness
July 16, 2014

What does it take to get young people ready for life? John Gomperts, president and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance and Sean Slade, director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD, sat down with Karen in Washington, D.C., to ponder that question and its spinoffs.

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