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Key Note Speaker
Peter Beard serves as Senior Vice President for Regional Workforce Development at the Greater Houston Partnership whose mission is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. He leads the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative—a business led effort that engages more than 200 employers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and the public workforce system. UpSkill Houston works to ensure that the region’s businesses have access to workers with the skills and credentials for advanced and technical careers and occupations that require education and skills beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. Prior to joining Greater Houston Partnership, Peter served in executive roles at United Way Worldwide (Alexandria, VA), the Fannie Mae Foundation (Washington, DC), Habitat for Humanity International (Americus, GA), and Semmes, Bowen & Semmes (Baltimore, MD). Peter received his A.B. in economics from Davidson College (NC) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law (NY).