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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Douglass Austin

UPD Consulting

Doug Austin, President and CEO of UPD Consulting, has over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors, and he is an expert in performance management, organizational design, and transformation processes stemming from his senior and executive leadership roles in Baltimore, MD and Oakland, CA. His engagements have included large-scale management reform projects for the public school districts of Detroit, Miami-Dade, Baltimore, Washington, Dallas, and Sarasota, among others. Doug served as Chief of Staff for the Baltimore City Public Schools from 2005 to 2006, a school district with 86,000 students and 11,000 employees. He holds a BA in Politics from Princeton University and a Master of Public Policy from UC-Berkeley.