Main Stage • Thursday, September 21 • 11:00 AM ET

Seating may be limited. Additional seating with live video of this Main Stage program will be available in the level 400 Ballroom.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Maryland Governor Wes Moore will join NACAC CEO Angel B. Pérez for a candid conversation on how to lead and stay grounded through tumultuous change.

About Secretary Miguel Cardona

Miguel A. Cardona was sworn in as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Education on March 2, 2021. Secretary Cardona is one of three children whose grandparents moved from Puerto Rico in the 1960s for better opportunities in the mainland United States. That experience, and his bicultural upbringing, have helped shape Secretary Cardona’s passion to serve all students and improve their opportunities for success. Secretary Cardona’s focus throughout his career on raising the bar for equity and excellence in education for all learners guides his leadership of the U.S. Department of Education in service of the nation’s 65 million students, ranging from prekindergarten to adult learners and their families.

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About Governor Wes Moore

Wes Moore is the 63rd governor of Maryland. He is the first Black governor in the state’s 246-year history and just the third African American elected governor in the history of the United States. Moore’s life and career have been defined by service. Before entering elected office, he served as CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, built and ran a small business that helped underserved students navigate college, and led soldiers in combat in Afghanistan as a captain in the U.S. Army. In 2010, Moore wrote The Other Wes Moore, a story about the fragile nature of opportunity in America, which became a New York Times best seller. He went on to write other best-selling books that reflect on issues of race, equity, and opportunity.

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