Pearl Chang Esau, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, will be the
afternoon speaker for the Third Annual PACE Conference in Peoria. Esau will be
joining morning keynote speaker, John Quiñones of the ABC Primetime news show
"What Would You Do?" In addition to the keynote presentations by Quiñones and
Esau, Emily Nottingham, Ph.D., mother of Gabe Zimmerman, who was killed in the
January, 2011 mass shooting in Tucson at a community event hosted by former
Congress woman Gabriel Gifford's, will speak about the role of public service in
The Third Annual PACE Conference is Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Arizona
Broadway Theater in Peoria. Hosted by the city of Peoria and Arizona State
University, the PACE Conference, or Positive Action through Civic Engagement, is
designed for citizens seeking to become, or stay engaged in their community,
leaders in the business, education, and government communities, and elected
officials. The conference will demonstrate ways for engagement which are
positive, constructive, and that makes a difference.
Esau is the leader of Expect More Arizona, a high expectations movement
dedicated to making Arizona education the best in the nation. Prior to this
role, she served as the executive director of Teach For America.
Esau was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the
Valley’s 25 Most Admired CEOs and by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the 50
most influential women in Arizona. Currently, Esau serves on the board of the
Arizona Business and Education Coalition, the Wells Fargo Community Advisory
Board, ASU’s Community Council, and Act One, an organization dedicated to
increasing access to arts and culture for low-income students. She was appointed
to the Governor’s Arizona Ready Council, the AZ Department of Education’s
steering committee for standards and assessments, and serves as the chair of the
Discovery Triangle’s expert education group.
The 2013 PACE conference, "Breaking the Sound of Silence," will feature panel
discussions from experts on the use of social media to engage others in
meaningful conversations, and how to oppose an issue in a positive and
meaningful way, through civil discourse and effective compromise.
For more information about the 2013 PACE Conference and registration or
sponsorships, go to www.peoriaaz.gov/PACE.