2016 Corporate Summit on Latin American Early Childhood Education

United Way envisions a world where every individual has an opportunity to succeed, and entire communities thrive as a result.


United Way, established more than 125 years ago, is the world’s largest privately-supported nonprofit organization. The worldwide movement advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health –the building blocks for a good quality of life. United way mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer- to improve conditions in their communities.


Join us in Medellin, Colombia, on June 15, 2016 for a conversation between select corporate leaders, government officials and NGO advocates about the future of Latin America.

We know that your presence and active participation on the Summit will help to inspire us and drive the action of other entrepreneurs and community leaders in this important endeavor.

Held in partnership with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, he Corporate Summit for Early Childhood Development in Latin America is a call to business leaders in Colombia and Latin America to raise ideas and exchange experiences on how to contribute from the business sector to Early Childhood Development. The event has three objectives:

  • Share with corporate leaders the learnings on early childhood development as a cost-effective for economic and workforce development strategy,

  • Deepen their knowledge on the current situation of early childhood in Latin America, and

  • Promote their participation and greater coordination at regional and local level in the search for solutions by businesses, government and nonprofit organizations.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to strengthen your networks and connect with leaders from across the region in the beautiful City of Eternal Spring, Medellin, Colombia! Medellin has claimed her place as “the most innovative city in the world,” according to the Urban Land Institute. With cafes sprinkled throughout the city, a growing eco-tourism trade and a youthful energy, Medellin is a tourist destination with a thoroughly Colombian and very welcoming ambiance.


The Summit will be held in the Plaza Mayor Convention Center on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.


  • 11:00am to 12:00pm: Registration
  • 12:00pm to 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm to 6:00pm: General Sessions (including presentations and discussion)
  • 6:00pm to 8:00pm: Cocktail Reception


Click here to register for the Summit.


Brian A. Gallagher is President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. Gallagher is a regular contributor to a number of high-profile global discussions, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Clinton Global Initiative and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He frequently speaks about critical issues ranging from sustainable growth in emerging economies to the ability of public/private partnerships to drive innovation and create long-term human success.

Dr. Patricia Kuhl is the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Director of the NSF-funded Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Dr. Sara Watson, Global Director, ReadyNation

Luis Javier Castro, Managing Partner, Mesoamerica; Regional Committee, UW Latin America Region

Leonardo Yanez, Senior Program Director Bernard Van Leer Foundation

María Estela Ortiz, Secretaria General Consejo Nacional por la Infancia, Chile

Juan Fernando Posada, President, Procter & Gamble, Latin America

Gonzalo Restrepo, Board Chair, Éxito Foundation, Colombia

María Cristina Trujillo, Alta Consejera Presidencial para la Primera Infancia, Colombia

Jorge Uribe, President, Latin American Regional Committee & Retired Global Productivity and Organization Transformation Officer, currently serves as the Chair of Resource Development for the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees.


A room block is available at the Estelar Milla de Oro.

To make your reservation at the group rate, please click here.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, May 13.