to build a brighter future

School Connect Summit

Join us for the School Connect Summit where leaders across Arizona unite to build a brighter future for Arizona children

School Connect Summit IN ACTION

This one-of-a-kind leadership summit gathers representatives from business, education, faith, nonprofit, and government entities to connect, learn, and strategize how together, we can build a better future for Arizona children. Speakers, seating assignments, and conversation topics are designed to help leaders connect their efforts through the school system to maximize reach and influence for positive change.

Leadership Development

Gain top leadership insights from experts in education, business, faith, nonprofit, and government

See A Brighter Future

Find the inspiration to build a foundation today that will produce a brighter future tomorrow

Take YOUR Seat At The Table

Join the conversation to innovate with top leaders from your own community

Connections That Matter

Form the right connections to build partnerships that help you reach your goals

Thank you to our Sponsors!



Join us for the School Connect Summit!

Please join us for the School Connect Summit this January at the Grand Canyon University Arena. Take your seat at the table as leaders from every sector share their vision for the future. Together, we will build resiliency, curate innovative solutions to new challenges, and empower our communities to connect through their local schools – building partnerships that will change the future for Arizona children.

  • Network with 800+ education, business, faith, nonprofit & government leaders across the state
  • Find Partners for YOUR school and organization
  • Learn about Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community
  • Discover how to navigate through uncertainty and change as a powerful team
  • Share a table with leaders from your own region to directly impact your community
  • Hear from authors of trend setting stories in education
  • Brainstorm innovative community solutions to tackle new challenges facing Arizona children
  • Find ways to enhance employee retention

Volunteer, Sponsor, or Learn More!

“I can tell you that businesses are looking for ways to connect with schools, and they need a strategy. And what the [School Connect] Summit does is it provides a strategy and specific action steps. And here’s what’s even better – they work!”



Event Location
Grand Canyon University Arena
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017

January 31, 2023 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Who Participates?

Attendees include leading representative from education, faith, business, nonprofit, and government entities in Arizona and across the country

  • Organizations seeking to connect with the education community
  • Leaders who want to network with the changemakers across the state
  • Expert speakers providing leadership development
  • Authors of trend setting stories in education
  • Students sharing their voice to impact education and Arizona youth
  • Innovative and collaborative thinkers working to activate positive community engagement around schools
What Is Included?


  • Expert speakers from education, health, business, faith, and government
  • Networking with leaders in key roles to impact change for Arizona
  • Seating planned by school district, location, and diverse representation
  • Facilitated table conversations focused on active collaboration
  • Inspirational stories from leaders who are building partnerships that will change the future of Arizona
  • Catered luncheon
When and Where?

January 31, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Grand Canyon University Arena
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017

  • Attend
  • Sponsor
  • Volunteer
  • Learn More

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Dick Foreman on the Value for Business Leaders

Dick shares the value of the School Connect Summit to take your limited time and resources and apply them effectively. Find a direct path for how you can engage your community, steps you can take at the CAFES, and action steps outlined in the Summit!

Reverend Jerome Parker on the Value for Faith Leaders

Hear why Rev. Jerome Parker recommends the School Connect Summit for leaders of faith as the best way to get involved in your community and make a difference. Rev. Parker urges, “The community is literally coming around these schools to be the village and make change and impact in the lives of these young people. You as a faith leader absolutely need to be a part of School Connect. This is how we change the world.”

Join Our Village

Doing this alone is impossible; it takes all of us working together to make a difference.

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News & Events

School Connect Champions of Education Awards 2023

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

New To The Valley: STEM Cafe

School Connect and the City of Phoenix Youth & Education Commision launched a new program, STEM CAFE, designed to benefit school districts throughout Arizona, aiming to bridge the gap between STEM industries and schools. 

Hear more at the link in bio
"School Connect recently held its awards ceremony to recognize Arizona's youth, and many West Valley school districts were honored at it. School Connect has been focusing on connecting schools to their communities since being founded in 2014."

Read about our 2023 School Connect Champions of Education Awards at the link in bio
Summit Partnerships Make A Difference

Our summit brought together many wonderful opportunities for partnerships to thrive, including Glendale ESD and Central Christian Church. Their newly established partnership resulted in a beautification project for one of their schools! 

Did your district create new relationships from attending our summit? Did your company adopt or support a local school since our event? Send us an email about your story today! Email and tell us how the School Connect Summit changed your community!
Thank you @bcbsaz for spreading the love to eight Phoenix schools this #teacherappreciationweek 💙
How do we ensure our students have the tools they need to succeed? Our guest this week, Jason Catanese, shares the importance of taking initiative to build math skills in Arizona youth. Tune in to hear about the crucial role mathematics plays on our children's future. Link in bio
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