When it comes down to it, do you know the people in your life as well as you think you do? Or are you surprised at how often you learn something new about them? Everyone has a story to tell, a collection of unique experiences, triumphs and struggles, highs and lows. Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, President & CEO of The Hunt Institute, is the host, and will be talking to some of the best known names in politics and education to get to the "real" story.
Governor Bev Perdue
Governor Beverly Perdue has been a trailblazer in education -- she's an advocate for greater use of technology in classrooms. Before her political career, Governor Perdue worked with children, as a public school teacher Florida and Georgia. She began her political career in the North Carolina House of Representatives, before going on to serve as a state senator and then lieutenant governor. In 2008, she made history after being elected as North Carolina's first female governor.
Governor Jim Douglas
Governor Jim Douglas has been in politics since the moment he graduated from college, having been elected to the Vermont House of Representatives at the age of 21 and becoming the House Majority Leader by the time he was 25. He went on to become Vermont’s Secretary of State, Treasurer, and eventually governor, serving four two-year terms from 2003-2011.
Secretary Margaret Spellings
Secretary Margaret Spellings began her career in education in Texas with an education reform commission and has never looked back. Some highlights of her career include serving as President George W. Bush’s US Secretary of Education from 2005-2009 and as President of the University of North Carolina system. Today Secretary Spellings is President and CEO of Texas 2036, an organization focused on providing a stronger future for the State of Texas. We talk with her about her career and the state of education today.
Secretary John King
Former US Secretary of Education and current Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate John King has always been upfront about his firm belief that public education saved his life. In this episode, Secretary King shares why he believes that, talks through his many roles in the education field – teacher, administrator, commissioner, and secretary among them, his concerns about the education system today, and his decision to run for governor.
MC Belk Pilon
MC Belk Pilon is prominent in the field of education philanthropy, particularly in higher education. As president and board chair of the John M. Belk Endowment, MC oversees initiatives that are critical for many students in North Carolina to succeed with their postsecondary goals. In addition to her work at the Belk Endowment, she serves on many boards of organizations focused on higher education attainment, including myFutureNC and College Advising Corps.
Governor Phil Bryant
Governor Phil Bryant grew up in rural Mississippi during the civil rights movement. Until the fourth grade he struggled in school due to undiagnosed dyslexia. He went on to a political career that began in the Mississippi House of Representatives, and ended with a successful run for governor. During his time as Governor, he established evidence-based early childhood programs, increased teacher pay and support programs for incoming teachers, and worked to increase the number of teachers with National Board Certification.
Fascinating look into Governor Hunt’s career!
Bravo, Javaid! Governor Hunt seems like a really cool, down to earth guy who has lived an extraordinary life. Loved listening to his stories. Looking forward to the next episode.
Love the storytelling!!
Such a great deep dive into the personal stories of today’s change makers. Love the chat with Governor Hunt-unique insight in to what makes him the man he is.