Jeb Bush on Education

Former Florida Governor and 2013 International Conference Speaker Jeb Bush recently sat down with ABC News “This Week”.

Here is the link to the full interview.  In it he states: 

“If you measure it by outcomes, 25 percent of kids pass all of the four segments of the ACT Test which means that they’re college or career ready . About a third or be generous and say 20 percent don’t graduate at all, that’s failure.

I think higher standards is really the element of this that’s most important. If you dumb down the standards everybody feels good. Little Johnny can get a piece of paper that says he graduated from high school, but this massive remediation that’s necessary to access higher education is evidence that we’re not bench marking ourselves to college readiness or to the best in the world. So higher standards matter. The commonality of them, in this case 45 states voluntarily creating them.

The common core standards in language, arts and math  is important because it creates greater transparency. Curriculum is developed, my guess is, in this kind of system where there is common expectations.

You’ll have 1,000 different flowers blooming as it relates to curriculum. It will be diverse and alive which is what we need. There will be a lot more innovations.”

Register today for the 2013 PLUS International Conference: “Uncharted Waters of Emerging Risk: Knowledge is Power” to see Governor Jeb Bush and leading-edge panel discussions with thought leaders and industry experts that will debate and discuss the emerging risks of the professional liability industry.

See you in Orlando.

Chris Duca
2013 PLUS Conference Chair

William Cohen on Syria

The news headlines of late have been dominated by the conflict in Syria.  Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen sat down with Bloomberg Television’s ”Political Capital with Al Hunt” to share his views and outlook for U.S. military action against Syria.  Here is the video clip of the interview.

Register today for the 2013 PLUS International Conference: “Uncharted Waters of Emerging Risk: Knowledge is Power” to see William Cohen and leading-edge panel discussions with thought leaders and industry experts that will debate and discuss the emerging risks of the professional liability industry.

Sponsorship opportunities remain open for the 2013 PLUS International Conference.  Put your organization in front of the almost 2,000 industry professionals.  Sponsorship information is available here.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

Christopher Duca
2013 PLUS International Conference Chair

2013 Conference Sponsorships Available

Planning for the 2013 PLUS International Conference is well underway. This year’s theme, Uncharted Waters of Emerging Risk: Knowledge is Power focuses on the vital and critical information that everyone in our industry needs to know in order to succeed in the dynamic and quickly-changing professional liability market. As a loyal PLUS Blog reader we invite your organization to sponsor this industry-leading event, November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Sponsorship of the PLUS Conference will place your company as a leading organization in front of approximately 2,000 industry leaders and professionals.

The PLUS Conference has a reputation for attracting the premier business, thought and world leaders, and this year’s roster of keynote speakers continues that tradition. Speakers scheduled to appear include:
– Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of State (1997-2001), Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC and best-selling author
– Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of the State of Florida
– Anna Maria Chavez, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
– William Cohen, Distinguished Statesman, Secretary of Defense (1997-2001) and CEO, The Cohen Group
– Stephen J. Dubner, Journalist, Radio and TV Personality, Award-winning author and co-author of the International bestsellers, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics
– Ambassador Karen Hughes, Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller
– Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Managing Director, Risk Management and Decision Process Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
– Alfred W. Zollar, former General Manager, IBM Tivoli Software

The 2013 PLUS Conference sponsorship booklet is available here and on the PLUS website. Confirmed sponsors will be listed in all promotional materials for the International Conference over the coming months. I encourage you to discuss the sponsorship opportunity with your colleagues and consider submitting your sponsorship commitment as soon as possible to take advantage of all the marketing opportunities.

If you or your colleagues have any questions about sponsorship opportunities please feel free to e-mail me. You may also contact Kim Rocha with PLUS at 800.845.0778.

Sincerely,

Christopher Duca
2013 Conference Chairman