SXSW EDU 2022
Literacy: The Key to Equity and Economic Recovery
Educational attainment is a critical factor in economic growth. Yet, 54% of U.S. adults read below the equivalent of a 6th-grade level. A study by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Gallup found that moving all adults to a 6th-grade reading level would add an estimated $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually. Join us for a discussion on how improving literacy rates can lift families out of poverty, driving equity and economic recovery.
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- Contextualize America’s adult literacy problem through the lens of economic impact on families, communities, businesses, and the nation as a whole.
- Understand how literacy skills impact income levels across the country
- Empower a broader set of partners to help solve the low literacy problem as it relates to economic gains and post-COVID recovery
- British Robinson, President and CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
- Jonathan Rothwell, Senior Economist, Gallup
- Denine Torr, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and Executive Director, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Dollar General and Dollar General Literacy Foundation
- Holly MacDonald, Chief Investment Officer, Bessemer Trust
Kay Kammel, Executive Services/Board Liaison, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
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