Top Educators Convene with Business and Policy Makers to Strengthen New Innovation-Focused Workforce at ieCrowd’s Expo

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More than 35 educational organizations join the collaborative movement in Southern California to advance high-growth business creation and success

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“ieExpo provides a platform for those of us who think out of the box and want to work with others," said Adams, Director of the P20 NBCT Leadership Center at the National University School of Education

Top educational leaders from around the country are participating in ieCrowd’s Innovation Economy Expo (ieExpo) with a focus on developing an innovative workforce through stakeholder collaboration.

Taking place May 9, 2013 at the Ontario Convention Center in Southern California, representatives from nearly three dozen colleges, universities and educational organizations are joining in this unique, crowd-driven, interactive forum to advance high-growth business success in a new innovative global economy.

This is one of the largest collaborative efforts of its kind in California and includes a significant focus on the role of education in creating sustainable economic growth.

ieExpo features a full afternoon breakout session on innovation in education. The workshop, titled – “The Power of Innovation Combined with Education – STEM, Entrepreneurship, and Innovations in Education,” will be led by Ronarae “Rae” Adams, Director of the P20 NBCT Leadership Center at the National University School of Education as well as Randy Barth, founder and CEO of THINK Together.

“Among people over the age of 50, California has the most educated workforce in the world. Among people under the age of 35, the state’s workforce is the least educated in the world,” said Randy Barth, “In one generation, we have gone from top to bottom.”

“If we create a workforce that is prepared to do the right kinds of jobs, we have a much greater chance of high-growth business success creating the right types of companies,” Barth continued.

ieExpo includes a general forum lead by some of the nation’s most influential business leaders, educator and service providers. There are also several focused workshops, a large Innovation Pavilion and a strategic networking reception. The inaugural effort is an important first step in building a crowd-driven collaboration platform to advance high-growth business success in a global economy.

“The opportunity to collaborate with such a broad base of forward thinking innovators, educators and business leaders at ieCrowd’s Expo deserves our attention,” said Rae Adams. “There are very few environments that facilitate this kind of collaboration that embraces change and new models of teaching and learning.”

Other education participants include the University of California at Riverside; California State University San Bernardino; National University; California Baptist University; Chapman University; the Claremont Graduate University - Drucker School of Management; the University of Redlands; Cerritos College; Loma Linda University School of Public Health; California State University Fullerton; the University of Phoenix, and many others.

“ieExpo provides a platform for those of us who think out of the box and want to work with others who have the courage and knowledge to support one another in planning and action,” Adams said. “My hope is that we push ourselves to look at what has not occurred, imagine the ‘what if’ and then work together to make the ‘what if’ happen.”

A full list of education-focused participants can be viewed here:
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About ieCrowd
ieCrowd, located in Riverside, California, is a crowd-powered platform designed to transform innovations into high-growth ventures with global impact potential. With a philosophy of “Doing Good and Doing Well,” ieCrowd is designed to enable everyone to participate in the social and economic opportunities created by developing and growing innovative ventures.

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