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Summit Agenda



8:15 am   BREAKFAST KEYNOTE: Early Learning Investments from a Pediatric Perspective Dr. Kyle YasudaMedical Officer for Children and Families at Public Health Seattle King County and Executive Director & President of BestStart Washington

10:00 am GENERAL SESSION: Creative, Caring, and Crazy: a Look at Local Initiatives in Alaska a panel discussion facilitated by Abbe Hensley, Executive Director at Best Beginnings

  • Julie Taylar, CEO at Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Lisa Moreno, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
  • Desire` Shepler, Director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su
  • Kevin Ritchie, Best Starts for Kids Juneau 

11:00 am GENERAL SESSION: Group Activity

12:00 pm LUNCH KEYNOTE: Connecting Investments in Early Childhood to Business Success Randy Laszewski, Audit Partner in KPMG’s National Professional Practice Group in New York 

2:00 pm GENERAL SESSION:  ReadyNation Report: Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success –  Nancy Fishman, Deputy Director at ReadyNation

3:00 pm GENERAL SESSION: Group Activity