• Annual Conference

  • The annual conference is ABEC’s largest event, and continues to grow in size and popularity each year.  The ABEC Conference is a full day packed with prominent speakers – local, national and international.  The conference convenes statewide business, education and community leaders as well as many elected officials to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing business and education today.

  •  2015 Conference Banner


    The Future of Education in Arizona:  We Are Excited!

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm


    Desert Willow Conference Center

    4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard

    Phoenix, AZ  85040


    Conference Speakers:

    • The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona
    • Reginald Ballantyne III, senior strategic advisor, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
    • Ken Bennett, Former Arizona Secretary orf State and former CEO, Bennett Oil Company
    • Michelle Bolton, director of public affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.
    • Tom Forese, Arizona Corporation Commissioner
    • David Garcia, associate professor, Arizona State University [download presentation]
    • John Kelly, principal, Triadvocates, LLC [download presentation]
    • Beth Maloney, AEF 2014 Teacher of the Year
    • Michele Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State
    • H.T. Sanchez, superintendent, Tucson Unified School District
    • Paul Stanton, superintendent, Humboldt Unified School District
    • Patricia Tate, superintendent, Osborn Elementary School District
    • Grant Woods, former Arizona State Attorney General


  • 2015 Conference Sponsors

    Host sponsor:

    Sodexo Logo (2015)


    World Sponsors:

    CopperPoint Logo

    National Sponsors:

    Gear UP logo   Helios Education Foundation logo   Intel logo

    State Sponsors:

    Cox_Business logo    First Things First logo

    Local Sponsors:

    • 1GPA
    • ADM Group
    • Grand Canyon University
    • Hunt & Caraway Architects
    • Immedia Education Solutions
    • Orcutt|Winslow Partnership
    • Pearson
    • The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com


  • Past ABEC conferences

    (Choose a year below to view past conference highlights)





    SCHOOL FINANCE: A Driver of Education and the Economy - Building A Foundation On Common Ground

    Desert Willow Conference Center


    Collaborative Leadership for an Evolving Economy

    Desert Willow Conference Center


    Readiness: Higher Standards, Tougher Assessments
    Hitting the Mark for All Arizona Children

    Desert Willow Conference Center


    Rethinking Today, Preparing For Tomorrow

    Desert Willow Conference Center


    Leadership + Collaboration = Results For Every Student

    Doubletree Guest Suites - Phoenix Airport


    Creating Conditions For Global Competitiveness

    East Valley Institute Of Technology (EVIT)


    Achieving "World Class": What Will It Take?

    Orange Tree Golf Resort


    Dare To Lead

    Orange Tree Golf Resort


    Making Connections for Arizona’s Future: Igniting the Spark

    Orange Tree Golf Resort