Keynotes

Monday

Abby Williams - Founder and CEO of United to Learn

An unwavering education advocate, Abby Williams has been dedicated to eliminating inequities in the educational system for the past two decades. Growing up, Abby and her two siblings were raised by their mother, a single parent, who worked as many as three jobs to make a better life for her children. Her mother’s steadfast determination left an impression on Abby about the value of education. Abby went on to earn a full academic scholarship at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and graduate summa cum laude.

Abby has not forgotten her roots and believes that strong public education is the key to lifting up today’s children and tomorrow’s communities. As the founder and executive director of United to Learn, she unites the North Dallas community to create meaningful opportunities for all students to learn and lead.

Learn more about Abby and United to Learn HERE

Tuesday

Mahalia Baldini - TWC State Director of Adult Education & Literacy

Mahalia Baldini was named the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) State Director in September 2020 after serving as the programs supervisor for over six years. She earned her B.A in Journalism from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s in Education from Texas State University.

 Mrs. Baldini has spent the last fifteen years integrating workforce and economic development with educational solutions that center on outcomes for low and middle skill workers. She believes in and values a system that supports equitable education and learning opportunities that focus on an individual’s academic preparedness and advancement as well as the social and emotional intelligence needed to contribute to a positive work culture aligned to employer needs.

Learn more about Mahalia and TWC HERE

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