A Crisis in Public Education

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Speaker: Kelly O’Brien | Vice President of Communications and Marketing
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Host: Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP
225 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60606-1229

For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians’ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. From the creators of An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman is a new documentary that follows five promising students through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth and talks to educators and reformers trying to find lasting solutions within a broken education system. During this session, Kelly O’Brien will share a sneak peak of Waiting for Superman, lead a discussion about possible solutions and talk about the steps United Way is taking in Chicagoland to make a change.

Kate M. Stobbe – Director

Corporate Responsibility Manager-US, ArcelorMittal

Kate Stobbe currently serves as Corporate Responsibility Manager-US for ArcelorMittal.  Prior to ArcelorMittal, Kate worked for two and a half years as a Community Affairs Representative with Northern Trust and managed corporate philanthropy locally, nationally, and internationally.  After completing a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management and the Philanthropy Sector from Loyola University, Kate held an internship at Kraft Foods in their Corporate Community Involvement department. Before crossing over to the corporate responsibility side, Kate held various positions with several non-profit organizations in Chicago and her home state of Oregon.  In addition to her certificate, Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Luther College in Iowa.