2016 Community Education Breakfast
2017 Speaker - Hamilton Lewis, 2005 Free State High School Graduate, Animation
2016 Breakfast Features Karen Hough, Founder & CEO Improv Edge / LHS 1985 Alumni
Karen Hough is an Amazon bestselling author, contributor to the Huffington Post and Inc.com, recipient of the silver International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Business of the Year 2012, and the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business. She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne in Paris. She trained and performed with Chicago's legendary Second City, was featured in film, radio and stage. She led a second life as a successful IT executive and finally became an entrepreneur. ImprovEdge has a presence in five cities and a client list that includes ESPN, JPMorgan, Coach, Jones Day, NBCUniversal and AstraZeneca to name a few. Karen will stay afterwards to sign books!
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Each fall the Lawrence Schools Foundation hosts the Community Education Breakfast to support early childhood education, innovative teaching and learning opportunities, recognition of outstanding educators, and encouragement of student achievement in the Lawrence Public Schools.
The event features a keynote speaker, who attended Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from either Lawrence High School or Free State High School. This year's event will be held September 16, 2016.
The featured speaker is Lawrence High School graduate and founder & CEO of Improv Edge, Karen Hough
Past Keynote Speakers
2002 - Srinija Srinivasan, LHS ’89, editor of Yahoo, Inc.
2003 - Dolph Simons, Jr., LHS ’47, president of The World Co.
2004 - Dr. Andrew Benton, LHS ’70, president of Pepperdine University
2005 - Michelle Senecal DeFonsaco, LHS ’78, Sprint International executive
2006 - Kannon Shamugam, LHS ’89, U.S. Attorney General office
2007 - Chuck Mead, LHS ’79, Grammy-nominated performer
2008 - Brian McClendon, LHS ‘82, invented Google Earth, Vice President, Google
2009 - Mark Dominik, LHS ‘89, General Manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2010 - Alan R. Mulally, LHS ‘63, CEO, Ford Motors
2011 - David Booth, LHS ‘66, CEO, Dimensional Fund Advisors
2012 - Dr. Larry Kwak, LHS ‘77, M.D.Anderson, cancer research
2013 - Corinne Brinkerhoff, LHS ‘98, CBS writer/producer
2014 - Roberta Smith, LHS ’65, Art Critic for New York Times
2016 - Karen Hough, LHS, '85, Founder and CEO of Improv Edge