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  • Vicki Phillips on Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM, Bomhard Theater
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  • Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s): Thursday, March 7th @ 6:30 PM || Reception @ 5:30 PM
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: Tickets are $25.00* || Student tickets $15.00* - available in person or over the phone
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Kentucky to the World
in collaboration with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts presents
Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series

Dr. Vicki Phillips

Passionate Champion of Education - Forging a Path to the Future

Education influences everything. Beyond the lives of children in classrooms, the practices and outcomes of any public education system profoundly affect the lives and economic health of communities, states and nations.

Dr. Vicki Phillips, raised in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, spent eight years as director of education strategy and grant making for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They said she was selected because of her “deep understanding of the challenges facing American schools combined with her strong track record of school improvement.” As a classroom teacher and education leader in local, state and national organizations, Phillips has had a bird’s-eye view of the challenges and best practices in education around the world.

Serving in senior executive positions in the Kentucky Department of Education, Phillips had a front row seat during the years immediately before and after the sweeping Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990.

How far has the state’s public education system come in the years since? How much farther can Kentucky go? What would it take to move Americans to the highest levels of performance in the world? And how can citizens, businesses and others help support this critically important journey?

Join Kentucky to the World on Thursday March 7 for a thought-provoking conversation with Phillips about Kentucky’s extraordinary impact on education, and education’s unfolding impact on Kentucky.

Kentucky to the World: What We Do

Kentucky to the World, a Louisville-based non-profit, is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual reputation of the state, its people and its assets through a unique combination of live events and video outreach. We feature and promote extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties through a speaker series for general and student audiences, videos distributed online, through community partners and KET (Kentucky Educational Television).


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