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School and Business Leaders Discuss the Future of Fort Worth at Virtual Summit

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. ScribnerFort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini joined business and industry leaders at the June 25 virtual summit, “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins.”

The summit was part of a partnership between Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet the workforce needs in a post-COVID 19 world.  

Dr. Scribner, Mayor Price and Dr. Giovannini were panel headliners at the summit. They were joined by:

  • Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO DeVoyd Jennings
  • Lockheed Martin Director for HR Economic Opportunities & Resources Jon Gustafson
  • Medical City Fort Worth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Terry Loftus
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce CEO Brandom Gengelbach 
  • Dig Contracting Owner Dante Williams 
  • Cisneros Restaurants, Inc. President Vicki Cisneros
  • Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Anette Landeros
  • T3  (Tarrant To and Through) acting executive director and Rainwater Charitable Foundation program manager Jay McCall
  • Bell Director of Workforce Planning and Strategy Cara Lundquist

This city-wide summit came on the heels of eight industry-focused virtual discussions – or mini-summits – held June 2 – 4 that became the foundation for this culminating event. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care.

Organizers from FWISD, TCC, and the Chamber listened as business leaders shared stories of how this pandemic has impacted their businesses. The feedback from industry leaders provides important guidance to the District, which is also adapting to a rapidly-changing environment. As participants listened to each other, it became evident that now is the time to strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones to ensure a successful future for Fort Worth.

“We did our homework, and we will incorporate the ideas and feedback from industry leaders,” said Dr. Scribner. “We are eager to continue this conversation toward developing a dynamic and prepared Fort Worth workforce that is homegrown.”



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