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August Member Plus-One Event

Embracing Change
& the Spirit of Possibility

Aug. 16, 2024
9 a.m. - Noon
Helios Education Foundation | 4747 N. 32nd St., Phoenix AZ 85018

(Coffee & Check-In beginning at 8:30 a.m.)

They say change is life's only constant. And it's no secret that the rate of change is increasing exponentially. Join us to explore two essential leadership skills - possibility thinking and change management - and their inextricable partners: risk and creativity (and sometimes failure). How do we embrace change with a spirit of possibility? And how do we further prepare ourselves as business & education leaders to thrive in this world of change and prepare our students to do the same? We'll also kick-off our year-long conversation on the future of united business and education leadership in Arizona with a roundtable-style discussion that will engage all attendees.

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Featured Speakers

Ron Beghetto, Ph.D., expert on human creativity and the possible in education settings and founder of the AI Possibility Lab. 

Kate DeGon, distinguished leader in the field of change management and founder/CEO of ChangeSync. 

Ron Beghetto
Ron Beghetto, Ph.D.
Kate DeGon
Kate DeGon

Event Details

8:30 a.m.
Check-In & Coffee

9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction of Special Guests
Tracey Benson, President & CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition

9:10 a.m.
What We Need to Learn about Creativity, Risk-Taking & Possibility Thinking
Ron Beghetto, Ph.D., Pinnacle West Presidential Chair and Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, and founder ASU’s AI Possibility Lab
10:10 a.m.
Update: Generative AI in K-12 Education
Chad Gestson, Ed.D., Executive Director, Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy at Northern Arizona University; Special Advisor to the President on Pre-K-12 Initiatives; and Assistant Professor of Practice, Educational Leadership
10:25 a.m.
Refreshments & Networking Break

10:40 a.m.
Growing Arizona’s Future Together: The Work of Arizona’s Business & Education Leaders
A facilitated conversation. What should the path forward look like and how will we as a Coalition build our capacity and exert the influence necessary to make meaningful change for our students and state?

11:00 a.m.
Insights & Strategies for Leading through Change
Kate DeGon, Founder & CEO, ChangeSync


Available Sponsorships

ABEC business members receive priority on securing sponsorships through July 8, 2024. View sponsorship opportunities for this event and contact Karen Kehlenbach at to reserve your opportunity.

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