CEO, Bank of Nevada
When we level the playing field and give all children the chance to have a great education, it can change generations. For our community, and for our economy, this couldn’t be more important.
When I was Chairing the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, we created a program called Be Engaged: Business Education Engaged. We knew that it was important to recruit the business community and enlist their support in strengthening the education system. We sat down with our Superintendent, Pat Skowkowsky, and his team and said, “What are some of your needs?” We then brought together 50 nonprofits to share with business leaders the highest priority challenges for districts, as well as some of the solutions in place and the services currently being delivered. We knew that there was a huge need for more resources, expertise and talent, so we started matching businesses with those groups and we had some wonderful successes.
This year, we expect to have about 700 business owners at our Business Engagement event in March, and we hope to recruit a couple of hundred of them to participate in mentoring for community and education leaders around organization change, budget management, and other key executive functions.
Our company is a big supporter of K-12 education and higher education. We have employees that volunteer their time, we support programs and we provide financial resources. Even though our bank primarily serves the business community, we know that our clientele rely on a healthy economy in order to succeed and grow, and the foundation for that is a healthy education system that produces people to fill the jobs of today and the jobs we anticipate coming down the pike in the next decade or two. By supporting education, we’re also supporting our employees that have children in the school system. I’m a product of the Clark County School District myself, so I truly see how important our investment and engagement is.