Geoffrey Canada Keynote Speaker

Geoffrey Canada

President and Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Geoffrey Canada is an iconic educator and social activist, renowned around the world for his pioneering work in educational reform. The Harlem Children’s Zone, which the New York Times called “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our times,” is a holistic pipeline from early childhood through college, providing underserved youth with the individualized support they need to get through their unique challenges. Mr. Canada’s work is not just about education during the school day – HCZ supports programs in community-building, health, and family services. Inspired by Mr. Canada’s success in Harlem, President Obama launched the Promise Zones Initiative to replicate the HCZ model; there are currently twenty-two Promise Zones in high-poverty urban, rural, and tribal communities. In 2011, Mr. Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world and, in March 2014, was named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world. Mr. Canada grew up in a poor and sometimes violent neighborhood in the South Bronx; after overcoming these obstacles to achieve academic success, he turned his visionary leadership to the task of helping children like himself, growing up in distressed neighborhoods.

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed.

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed.

Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a pediatrician who specializes in social adolescent medicine – which recognizes the impact that social context and stressors have upon both physical and emotional health. Dr. Ginsburg’s research over the past two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He applies this research in his roles as the Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania – a care system that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth – and as the Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – which promotes the health, character, and well-being of adolescents through education, research, and advocacy. Dr. Ginsburg’s approach is known as the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that empowers youth to take agency in their own physical and emotional well-being.