Israel's education system is in crisis, and on December 4, funders from around the world gathered to turn things around. At a day-long conference focused on how philanthropy can improve science, technology, engineering, and math education in Israel, funders explored critical topics:
- Framing the Issues: Strategic Philanthropy Leading STEM Education. With Michele Cahill.
- Panel: Design for Success. Larry Rosenstock, Barak Ben Eliezer, and Jan Morrison, look at the importance of system design and how it fosters innovation and transformational work experiences.
- Panel: Creating a System to Support STEM Educationn Researchers, experts and philanthropists explore how the creation of a STEM education system in Israel can address the needs of the schools while building Israel's place in the world market, and how private philanthropy can help. With Suzanne Immerman, Gerald Solomon, Ofer Rimon, and Richard Rosen.
- How Do We Make Things Happen? Testimonials from students. Students from Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy, and Israel's "Future Scientists and Inventors" offer their take. Moderated by Frederic Bertley.
Closing Keynote: Ada Yonath, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Ada Yonath won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the structure and function of the ribosome, and is Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science.