Former governor to discuss educating students for business

Contact: Ashley Andersen, Colorado Succeeds



Colorado Succeeds and Colorado Business Roundtable are hosting a luncheon conversation about workforce education with former Governor of Michigan and current Business Roundtable President John Engler. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites Denver - Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Entitled, “Business, Education Reform, and America's Workforce,” this conversation will offer business leaders authentic insights about coming workforce needs and educational improvements to meet them. Colorado has particular opportunities and challenges unique to our state. From manufacturing to technology to infrastructure, every industry cluster of our state’s economy requires a ready workforce. Colorado Business Roundtable actively advocates for pro-business policies and partners with organizations to be a strong voice for all of these industry clusters.

Colorado Succeeds creates a climate for K-12 public education improvement in Colorado as the business voice for education, demanding effective educational system performance. Their business members believe that great schools are good business. Scott Laband, president of Colorado Succeeds, explains Engler’s role and involvement with Colorado’s academics and workforce:

“Governor Engler serves as president of the Business Roundtable where their sole purpose is to create the environment necessary for private-sector economic growth. At the core of their work is an underlying need for a talented workforce that can compete in today’s global economy. The business community has a powerful voice in ensuring Colorado’s kids are ready for Colorado’s jobs. To keep them up-to-speed on this critical work, Governor Engler and Governor Hickenlooper will outline the long-term vision of success and identify key opportunities for business leaders to help advance workforce readiness for students statewide.”

The lunch is provided at no cost to attendees thanks to sponsor Pairin, whose primary mission is to make education more relevant for students and their future employers.

If you are a business leader who is interested in attending this power lunch, please contact Ashley Andersen, Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Colorado Succeeds at