Opportunity For All: Driving Educational Outcomes and Equity In The Workforce

March 25, 2019 | San Francisco

Let's turn talk into action! ERP is hosting an invitation-only event in San Francisco focused on illuminating the equity challenges that exist along our nation’s education-to-job pipeline. The event will bring together employers, educational leaders, policymakers and social justice organizations committed to closing educational achievement gaps and building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The program will include presentations and discussions highlighting new data tools and collaborative approaches that are improving the career trajectories of students of color and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.  
Please join us in addressing educational and economic opportunities for all. Space is limited; please register today.


Registration and Coffee

10 - 10:15 am

Program and Panel Discussion

10:15 am - 12 pm

Close, Light Refreshments and Networking

12 - 12:30 pm



Greg Jones

Former President & CEO, State Farm General Insurance Company

Mr. Jones has dedicated his career to building businesses, advocating for education, and making a difference in the community. He is the former senior vice president and member of the Chairman’s Council for State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies and former president and CEO of State Farm General Insurance Company, the California affiliate of State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies. 

Mr. Jones is 
an ERP board member and chair emeritus, and has served on boards for the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Coalition for Access to Education Resources, Aspire Public Schools, and the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board. He also served as board chair for the California Business Roundtable, Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Los Angeles Urban League. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California State Board of Education.  


Anthony Dalton

Chief Operating Officer, ERP

Mr. Dalton leads the data analysis and information technology teams at ERP. He has more than 17 years of data, IT and business systems management experience in various industries.

At ERP, Mr. Dalton is responsible for the development and operation of the Cal-PASS Plus system and the LaunchBoard, and he manages creation of the Honor Roll Schools roster. Before joining ERP, he developed one of the largest supply chain enterprise resource planning systems in the nation. 

Elle Gemma Gruver

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Elle Gemma Gruver serves as ERP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, overseeing outreach and development for the organization. Prior to joining ERP, Ms. Gruver served as a policy analyst at the Arizona State Board of Education, where she helped manage the Board’s legislative agenda and conducted research focused on English learner policies. She also served as a program associate with the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University, where she coordinated the Western Pathways Conference and helped promote the importance of career development in K-12 and postsecondary settings.


Jim Lanich, Ph.D.

President & CEO, ERP

Dr. Lanich is the founder, president and CEO of ERP. His passion for helping students succeed has been shaped by more than 20 years in K-16 and graduate education as a public school teacher and administrator, university professor, researcher, business community liaison, and foundation president. He directed Core Curriculum Services for the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, where he developed and led the Academic Achievement Alliance, charged with raising the reading and math scores in the 100 lowest performing schools in LA County.

Dr. Lanich was appointed by the Governor of California to the Academic Content Standards Commission and also served on the state’s African American Achievement Gap Advisory Commission. In 2006, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board, and later served as the executive director of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success.

Lee Blitch

Former Vice President of Consumer Marketing, AT&T

With more than 40 years of experience in leadership roles in the private and public sectors, Mr. Blitch has a deep understanding of the intersection between commerce and higher education. Some of his previous roles include western and pacific regional vice president of consumer marketing for AT&T and president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He also served as vice president of advancement for San Francisco State University, where he helped establish the Center for Educational Excellence, and interim vice president of advancement for California State University, East Bay.

Mr. Blitch is an ERP board member.

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    Wells Fargo Training Center, 333 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

Event Details:
Wells Fargo Training Center

333 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Monday, March 25th from 10 am - 12:30 pm