CANTON, OH (January 13, 2010) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will welcome renowned education reformer Dr. Willard Daggett to the 96th annual dinner, held Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Daggett inspires audiences to both embrace what is best about our education system and make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students in the 21st Century. Few topics are as important as the link between education and economic strength, and Dr. Daggett will offer our business community a prescription for preparing U.S. students to compete globally.
Dr. Daggett is recognized worldwide for his ability to move education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students.  He has influenced curriculum reform in several Stark County school districts. His most recent appearance here was in August, 2009,  when he addressed members of boards of education throughout Stark County. His message lends itself equally well to a business audience. He is a student of emerging world economies and of rapid advancements in technology. He views these economic developments as an American who is anxious to ensure that the United States maintains its strong economic position in the world. And education is a fundamental tool in maintaining that position.
“For the business community of Stark County, education is the essential ingredient to economic, business and workforce development now and in the future,” said Dennis P. Saunier, Chamber president and CEO. “When we all strive to be better educated at every level, we invite opportunities for economic development that may not now exist.”
At the Annual Dinner, the gavel will be passed from outgoing Board Chairman Ron Becker, CEO of Hilscher-Clarke Electric Co., to the 2010 Board Chairman Tom Cecconi, CEO of Mercy Medical Center. The Chamber will recognize and thank the outgoing board members and usher in new members for an exceptional 96th year.
The 96th annual dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Registrations for the annual dinner can be made online Tickets for the event are $85. All payments must be received in advance and reservations must be received by Feb. 5.
Dr. Daggett’s appearance is made possible through the cooperation of the Stark Education Partnership and the following sponsors: AultCare, Aultman Health Foundation, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, Day Ketterer Ltd., Attorneys at Law, Diebold, Inc., First Merit Bank, Fresh Mark, Inc., Huntington Bank, Kent State University Stark, KeyBank, Leonard Insurance, Malone University, Mercy Medical Center, Motter & Meadows Architects, Mount Union College, PNC/National City Bank, The Repository, Schauer Group, Inc., Stark State College of Technology, Superior Beverage, The Timken Company and Walsh University.
About Keynote Speaker Dr. Willard Daggett
Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., president of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives, many in response to No Child Left Behind and its demanding adequate yearly progress (AYP) provisions. Dr. Daggett has also collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations.
Before founding the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1991, Dr. Daggett was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels and a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state's education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.
Dr. Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. Dr. Daggett inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century. For a full bio, visit