Bailey challenges Summit attendees to make a difference

November 6, 2017
Jack Bailey, President of US Pharmaceuticals for GSK delivers keynote remark at the Summit.

GSK US Pharmaceuticals President Jack Bailey challenged business and community leaders to commit themselves to making a difference in the lives of young people during keynote remarks Nov. 3 at Made in Durham’s annual Power of Partnership Summit.

“Each of us who is a parent, or has the opportunity to interact with a child, knows what can happen when that lightbulb of inspiration turns on – that spark that can occur, whether they are eight or 18,” said Bailey, who serves as vice chair of Made in Durham’s board of directors. “Think about that one person who made a difference in your life. A teacher. A professor. A coach. A mentor. Let’s all leave here today committed to being the kind of person who makes a difference in the life of a young person or young people.”

Durham County Chief of Staff Drew Cummings in welcoming remarks asked Durham institutions to change the way they operate to better serve Durham’s youth.

“We are the mountains that need moving – our institutions,” Cummings said. “Let us recommit to finding the full power of our partnership.”



Nearly 100 Made in Durham partners from business, education, government and youth-serving nonprofits, and young people attended the Summit to hear about the results of their collaboration during the past year and plans for the coming one.

Outgoing Executive Director Meredythe Holmes reminded partners that nearly 12 percent of Durham’s 37,000 young people aged 14-24 are “disconnected” – not in school and not working.

“Their employment problem is our employment problem,” Holmes said. “It deprives our businesses of a strong local talent pipeline. It deprives our community of the many contributions these young people could make — if we could get them on track to academic and career success.”

In its brief life, the Made in Durham partnership has changed the conversation about what drives success for young people and mobilized a broad base of partners who are building an education-to-career system that serves all of Durham’s young people, she said. That includes expanding career and college preparation, helping young people make the connection between school and the world of work, and helping students who have dropped out get back in school and back on track.

“I thank all of you for your investments of time, talent and treasure on behalf of Durham’s young people,” said Holmes. “And I ask for your continued participation and commitment to the work ahead.”

Read Holmes’ complete remarks.
Download Made in Durham’s 2017 report.

Board vice chair Anita Brown-Graham honored Holmes for her work to get the Made in Durham nonprofit off the ground and to advance its vision and mission.

“I want to thank you for your commitment, for your sacrifice, for your work, and I want to celebrate you for the joy you bring to all you do – every single day,” Brown-Graham said.

Summit sponsors were: Gold – Duke Health, GSK; Silver – Fidelity Investments, 21C Museum Hotel and Pappas Capital; and Bronze – Kimley-Horn, McKim & Creed and PNC. Google and Cisco provided volunteers who staffed the registration table.

Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, nonprofits and young people mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will complete high school and a post-secondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25. Learn more at www.madeindurham.org.

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