SOURCE: United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide

March 21, 2011 13:27 ET

Media Advisory: United Way Worldwide to Host National Education Town Hall Moderated by CNN's Soledad O'Brien

Event Will Include People Who Reflect the Diversity of Our Nation and Key Thought Leaders, Including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) -

WHAT: United Way Worldwide will host a National Education Town Hall and unveil "Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks out on Education," a report of collective findings from a listening tour of communities across the country, focus groups and a national survey on the U.S. education system. United Way Worldwide and partners will announce a major commitment to education in response to report findings.

Participants include:

  • Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide
  • Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education
  • Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education
  • Melody Barnes, director, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Alma and Michael Powell, co-chairs, America's Promise
  • Nnamdi Asomugha, NFL cornerback and founder, Asomugha College Tour for Scholars
  • Margaret McKenna, president, Walmart Foundation
  • Barry Salzberg, CEO, Deloitte
  • Gregory Taylor, vice president - program strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Patrick Corvington, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Soledad O'Brien, event moderator, anchor and special correspondent, CNN

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Discussion: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Media Availability: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. and 12 - 1:00 p.m.
-- United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher and Town Hall participants will be available for interviews.

Trinity Washington University, Main Hall, 125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.
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In 2008, United Way announced a goal to cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school by 2018. In the fall of 2010, United Ways around the country hosted "community conversations," listening to everyday Americans to elicit ideas and ways to improve not only our public schools, but our communities at-large so that children of all economic backgrounds have the chance to succeed.

About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 40 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit:

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