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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Vanessa Gonzalez

Puerto Rico Department of Education
Advisor to the Secretary
Vanessa Gonzalez is currently an Advisor to the Secretary at the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Previously, Vanessa was the VP of Operations and Strategy at Education Forward DC, a nonprofit that  accelerates the work of visionary education leaders to foster a city of high-quality, equitable public schools for every Washington, DC student and family. Vanessa was also an Associate Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund’s DC office, where she managed a portfolio of grants that included local schools and advocacy organizations. Prior to NewSchools, Vanessa was a Design and Implementation Consultant at Education Elements and an Education Pioneers Fellow at AUSL, a Chicago nonprofit school management organization.  Vanessa began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised clients on strategic and operational issues. She also advised nonprofits as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group. Vanessa holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Emory University, as well as an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.