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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Julie Swerdlow Albino

Advisor to the Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Education

Julie is an Advisor to the Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education in Massachusetts where she supports the development of new initiatives, including those related to under-performing districts and schools.  Prior to her work at the state, she served as the Co-Executive Director of Strategy & Systems for the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP), a zone of 11 turnaround schools within the Springfield, Massachusetts public school system. As Co-ED, Julie led the design and execution of the Zone’s strategic plan and systems for zone-wide operations, school support, and performance management.  Before her work in Springfield, Julie was the Chief Redesign Officer of the Lawrence Public Schools, a district that was placed under state receivership in Massachusetts in 2011.  In this role, Julie worked closely with the Superintendent to develop and implement the district’s “open architecture” model.  This model – which also informed the Springfield Empowerment Zone strategy – gave significant autonomy and flexibility to individual schools within the district, while engaging the community, non-profits, and the local teachers’ union as partners in the turnaround process.  Julie previously began her career as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.  She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College.