Bill Milliken is one of the nation's foremost pioneers in the movement to give young people the help they need to graduate from high school and go on to rewarding lives.
Mr. Milliken's activism began in 1960 when he joined Young Life, an ecumenical youth organization. He helped initiate “street academies” for young people who had dropped out of school and wanted a chance to resume their education, as well as live-in programs for substance abusers and youth in need of shelter and support. His experiences led him to search for a comprehensive approach to helping young people. This search culminated in the 1970s with the development of a model program that repositioned existing community resources into schools — the Communities In Schools network, which Mr. Milliken led as President until May 2004.
Mr. Milliken has served three U.S. presidents and has received numerous honors for his commitment to young people. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service. Prior to that, he received the Visionary Ambassador’s Award from Usher’s New Look Foundation and the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, which is widely regarded as the “Nobel Prize” for outstanding community and public service. Mr. Milliken serves on the boards of Leadership Foundations of America, PathNorth, and Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia. He is the author of four books: So Long, Sweet Jesus; Tough Love; The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic!; and From the Rearview Mirror: Reflecting on Connecting the Dots. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007 from Bard College.
Sarah Vogt left an early career in Marketing to pursue her passion for helping children and families living in poverty. As White House Education Liaison under President George H. W. Bush.
At the White House, Sarah met and worked with Bill Milliken, founder and President of Communities In Schools (CIS). Bill's successful approach to helping address child poverty was to convince public and private health and human service providers to deliver their services on public school campuses where teams would work together to address the basic survival needs of children -- providing support to help them stay in school and on grade level.
Sarah joined CIS as Director of National Public Affairs and later established state offices for CIS in Michigan and Arizona. In 2001, Sarah and her family moved to Hong Kong where Sarah founded stix & stone hong kong, a jewelry manufacturing company and import company with a line of jewelry sold at Bergdorf Goodman in NY. Later, in Manila Sarah served as Executive Director of the Manila office of International Care Ministries, an organization supplying food, education, micro financing, health care and job training to over 60,000 of the poorest people living in the Philippines.
Sarah is a graduate with Honors from the University of Virginia, and has completed a number of professional certifications through MIT, the University of Richmond, the University of Rhode Island and Atlantic University.
Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.
Since 2009, Kayla Pearson has worked for two of the most iconic US corporations, Amazon and Crayola, with diverse job responsibilities involving event planning and logistics, support of C suite executives with travel, sales meetings, and reports. Early in her career at Crayola, Kayla worked as executive assistant to the Vice President of US Sales, planning and coordinating meetings, travel and entertainment, and invoicing and reports.
From 2010 to 2015 Kayla served as International Event Manager for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau. She acted as the lead advance and managed event logistics client relations and content for French President Nicholas Sarkozy, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, among a number of other well-known government leaders. She was the lead advance for Principals for 15 countries including Russian Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Argentina, France, Korea, Singapore, Qatar, and the United Kingdom.
Her client portfolio included Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, and Microsoft. Immediately prior to joining the LeaderComm team, Kayla worked in Seattle at Amazon headquarters supporting the Global Senior Vice President with international logistics, site tours, scheduler, and coordination of the global annual meeting. Kayla is married and has two little boys.