Webinar – NC CEOs’ Call for Birth-to-Age-Eight Policies

Join us to learn about North Carolina CEOs’ efforts to improve third grade reading proficiency.

CEOs from SAS, AT&T North Carolina, Ingersoll Rand, Bank of America, N.A., National Gypsum Company, Red Hat, Inc., and Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina, along with their peers across the country, are committed to increasing third-grade literacy as a major step in reversing the “skills gap” and in developing a workforce prepared to succeed in a global economy.

The effort is part of the national release of a new report from the Business Roundtable, “Why Reading Matters and What To Do About It,” which was led by SAS CEO Jim Goodnight.

Register for the webinar here

The webinar will:

  • Provide background on the Business Roundtable Report
  • Outline the North Carolina policy proposals
  • Discuss why business leaders are committed to early learning
  • Share tools for business outreach


  • Dale Jenkins, CEO of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
  • Susan Gates, Special Advisor on Education, SAS
  • Tracy Zimmerman, Executive Director, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation


NC CEOs launched the effort at a press briefing on February 9th and the media paid attention!

  • WRAL – NC business leaders tout need to read, seek more early education funding
  • WRAL Exclusive footage – WRAL also posted the entire sit-down interview with Dr. Goodnight.
  • News & Observer – NC business leaders urge increased NC Pre-K enrollment
  • Triangle Business Journal – How third grade literacy will slash the skills gap
  • News & Observer – Op-ed by Jim Goodnight, Poor reading skills stymie children and the N.C. economy
  • Education NC – CEOs join forces to boost childhood literacy