DES MOINES, IOWA (March 25, 2019) — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Peggy A Whitson, space and science consultant and former astronaut, will be the afternoon keynote speaker for the Governor’s 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit titled “STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships.”

The statewide event, which is open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council will host the event.

“Peggy’s life work has created a legacy for future generations of women in Iowa, across the US and around the globe. I’m delighted she will join us to talk about her incredible story and the transformational power of STEM education,” said Gov Reynolds.

The summit agenda includes remarks by the Governor,  Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, Pallavi Verma, senior managing director US–Midwest for Accenture, and Iowa leaders in business, labor, and education. It also includes an interactive speed showcase of work-based learning-partnerships with employers, students, and educators. In addition, Gov Reynolds will announce the names of six high-poverty elementary-schools selected to receive a total of $300,000 in grants ($50,000 each) through the Computer Science is Elementary Project.

Registration for the Summit is now open and additional information can be found

View the summit's agenda here.

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