PETALUMA -- The importance of increasing educational attainment in the North Bay and better ways to make our students college and career ready will be the topic at North Bay Leadership Council’s Economic Insight Conference Thursday.

 North Bay Leadership Council commissioned an report on “College-Prep-For-All Curriculum: Is It an Option for the North Bay?” to stimulate the discussion and spur efforts to improve students’ chances for success.  New studies show that improving the educational opportunities for our students is the most critical challenge of our times.  No other effort or investment will have a better return than putting resources into making our children be college and career ready.  

The report was prepared by Dominican University’s Edward Kujawa, Ph.D., Dean of Education and Counseling Psychology, Madalienne Peters, Ed.D., Director, Master's Program; and Elizabeth Truesdell Ph.D., Assistant Professor.  They will present their research and recommendations at the conference.  A response panel featuring Brett Martinez, president and CEO, Redwood Credit Union and Pat Kendall, medical group administrator, Kaiser Permanente, will relate the findings of the report to their experience as employers and community leaders.  Cynthia Murray, NBLC’s president and CEO, will serve as moderator.

The Economic Insight Conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Petaluma.  Tickets are $30 per person or $240 per table of eight.  Continental breakfast is included.  Event registration begins at 7 a.m.  The program will run from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. 

For more information, please contact Ms. Murray at or 707- 283-0028.