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2019 NCSS/NCGE/TCSS Conference | Featured Speaker

Sylvia Acevedo

Fri Nov 30 8:00 am to 8:20 am
Crystal Ballroom B, Lobby Level, West Tower

Sylvia Acevedo is an award-winning entrepreneur who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing one of society's most vexing challenges--universal access to education.  She currently serves as CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States.  Ms. Acevedo started her career at the Jet Propulsion Labs, where she worked on the Voyager mission's fly-by of Jupiter and its moons, and the Solar Polar/Probe missions.  She holds a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from Stanford University, where she was one of the first Hispanics, male or female. to have earned a graduate engineering degree.  She currently serves as a commissioner on the White House Intiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and is a national expert in mobilizing communities to increase family engagement in education.  She established distribution programs that provided over 250,000 books to families, many of which were the first books in their home.  Seeing children struggling to achieve academically due to dental or untreated vision issues, Ms. Acevedo led a community collaboration that distributed over 25,000 toothbrushes and thousands of pairs of glasses over a three-year period to children who needed their vision corrected.