From the interview chair to serious barbecue: CEO Mark Suzman in Texas

Mark shares some of his favorite moments from a recent trip to Houston, Texas to meet with education partners and grantees.
A OneGoal classroom full of people sitting around a table and listening to a speaker.
High school seniors in the OneGoal program meet with CEO Mark Suzman at G.W. Carver High School in the state of Texas, United States. @Gates Archive

Home of the Panthers

We kicked off the day at G.W. Carver High School, home of the Panthers. It’s part of the Aldine Independent School District, which spans 111 square miles and a huge diversity of neighborhoods. District leaders, nonprofit partners, teachers, and advisors are all working together to ensure that every student has access to more choices and opportunities—and new ways to pursue their next steps.

Dr. Autumn Boyd, executive director of postsecondary success at Aldine Independent School District, explained to us how her district approaches college, career, and military readiness.

Dr. Autumn Boyd explaining her school district's approach to a room of people including Mark Suzman.

One of those partners is OneGoal, whose mission is to transform postsecondary advising. For students, that means personalized support through the last two years of high school and the first year after graduation. For school and district leaders, the organization created a leadership network to help assess advising programs and share best practices.

Melissa Connelly, CEO of OneGoal, demonstrated new tech and shared data with me and Patrick Methvin, who leads the foundation’s Postsecondary Success and Pathways programs.

Melissa Connelly, CEO of OneGoal, points at a computer while speaking as Patrick Methvin and Mark Suzman listen intently.
Mark Suzman sitting at a desk at George Washington Carver High School while students ask him about his career path.

Texas braai, anyone?

CEO Mark Suzman sitting at a table outside in Texas, wearing a bolo tie, and cutting meat on a large platter of Texas barbeque.

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