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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Rian Wright

KIPP Texas Public Schools-Houston
School Leader

Rian Wright was born in, and lived most of her life in, Detroit, Michigan.  After graduating from high school, Rian earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. Rian moved to Austin in 2006 for graduate study and earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration (2008) and Ph.D. in Education Policy and Planning (2016) from The University of Texas at Austin.

In 2011, Rian moved to Houston and continued her work with The University of Texas at Austin as the Assistant Director for the University of Texas-Outreach Centers, a program dedicated to supporting high schools in their college readiness initiatives.  Under her leadership, UT Outreach Center in Houston grew from supporting 1 high school in Houston to supporting 6 High Schools and enrollment grow from 20 to 200.

In 2013, Rian joined the KIPP Sunnyside High School (KSHS) as the founding Director of College Counseling.  She supported the founding class of 2014 to 100% college acceptance, 98% college matriculation, 100% FAFSA completion, and 1.18 million dollars of gift aid. In 2015, she continued her work at KSHS as an Assistant Principal for the 12th grade. During her time as Assistant Principal, she coached 3 Advanced Placement courses and her work increased Advanced Placement pass rates by 20%. Rian currently serves as the School Leader of KIPP Sunnyside High School.  Under her leadership, KIPP Sunnyside High School has increased enrollment, broadened the STEM program, earned distinction in Math, Science and Social Studies from the State of Texas, and quadrupled enrollment in Advanced Placement courses. 

In her free time, Rian likes to spend time with her husband Kevin and her two children, Makenzie and Jaxson.