Small Talks: High Quality Returns | Tuesday, Dec. 4

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7:30 am - 9:00 am

Midpointe Event Center


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High Quality Returns:
The Smart Venture of Targeting Resources to Early Childhood Education

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Guest Speakers, Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Admission: FREE • Continental breakfast provided

For questions, email or call 651-641-6676.



Barbara Fabre

CEO, Indigenous Visioning and Consultant, Close Gaps by Five

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Barb Fabre has 30 years of working within tribal, state, national and federal levels on tribal and early childhood issues that promote healthy child development for all children. Ms. Fabre’s experience in program development, creating early childhood systems and promoting collaborations with tribal communities have helped bring new opportunities for Indian Country. Ms. Fabre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has received numerous awards for her work such as the 2015 Nancy Latimer Award, 2015 Early Education Four-Star Leader-Parent Aware for School Readiness, 2014 Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service and the 2014 Becker County Recognition Award. Ms. Fabre testified at the 2014 United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Testimony on “Early Childhood Development & Education in Indian Country: Building a Foundation for Academic Success.”


Stacey Stout

Director, Education & Workforce Development Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

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Stacey Stout serves as the Minnesota Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development, Elections Director.

Stacey brings a strong policy, legislative and legal background, having served as a legislative assistant and legislative counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 2000-2005. She managed congressional oversight activities and served as attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs from 2005-2010.

Her Minnesota public policy experience includes national and state regulatory policy development for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and most recently as a research consultant and committee administrator for the Minnesota House of Representatives Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee.

Stacey holds a B.A. from Oklahoma City University and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She lives in Mahtomedi with her husband and two young boys, where she is active on the White Bear Area YMCA Board, the 916 Education Foundation Board, the Mahtomedi Finance Advisory Commission and St. Andrews Lutheran Church.



Charles Sutton

Senior Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Tina Smith

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Charles Sutton serves as Senior Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Tina Smith where he covers the education, early childhood, business and labor portfolios. Prior to working for U.S. Senator Smith, he was on staff with Senator Al Franken. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Toronto where he received a B.S. in Psychology.

Senator Eric Pratt

Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota Senate, District 5

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Eric R. Pratt is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 55 in the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area.


Panel Moderator:

Jon Losness

Executive Director, Families First of Minnesota

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