The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference exists to create a forum for leaders in education reform. We seek to create a constructive dialogue about how leadership skills applied to the education sector can be used to solve the most pressing and complex challenges in public education.

From its modest beginnings in 2007, The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference has grown to be a nationally recognized forum for education reform. The ELC is an annual two-day conference focused on convening the nation’s leaders in education reform. Through panels, networking, conversations, and workshops, our speakers, attendees, presenters, and keynotes create a community that helps build urgency in working toward student success and system-wide progress.

The ELC is sponsored and run by the Yale School of Management Education Club. Each year, 20+ Yale School of Management students work from early in the school year to conceptualize, plan, and realize the spring conference. The 2019 conference will mark our 13th anniversary.
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Douglas Harris

Tulane University
Professor of Economics and Director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans

Douglas Harris is Professor of Economics, the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education, Director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, and Director of the newly formed National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), all at Tulane University. Both centers provide objective, rigorous, and useful research about market-based school reforms, including charter schools and school vouchers. 

Harris is known for taking on controversial topics, highlighting uncomfortable realities, and studying novel solutions to education. His nearly 100 publications are regularly cited in the national media, including The Atlantic, New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. His book, Value-Added Measures in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2011) was nominated for the national Grawemeyer Award. He is currently working on a new book about the New Orleans school reforms (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

With his focus on education policy, he has advised a dozen state departments of education, six governors, and elected officials from three foreign nations. He was also testified before the U.S. Senate and worked with the Obama Transition Team and Administration on school accountability, college scorecards, community college policies, and college financial aid policies. 

Harris is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and former school board member. He is married and has two daughters.