The Conference Gala is a highlight of the EAST Conference, during which we honor outstanding EAST programs and students.
Red Carpet Extravaganza
Red Carpet Extravaganza
Doors open at 6:00 PM
The Red Carpet Extravaganza is the pre-show celebration and the grand entrance to the EAST Conference Gala. After closing its doors at 3:30 PM, the convention center will re-open the Plaza Lobby and Grand Lobby doors beginning at 6:00 PM. Please note all other entrances will be closed so attendees will have the full experience of this evening.
Conference attendees will mingle while enjoying light desserts and punch. Guest musicians will entertain you as you make your way toward the Gala. Be sure to stop along the way to take pictures and even schmooze the paparazzi.
Program begins at 7:00 PM
Entrance to the Conference Gala will require scanning of name tags for registered facilitators, teachers, and students or Gala tickets for all other Conference Guests. The seating at Gala is first-come-first-served and will not be designated by staggered seating times or colored seating sections.
Upon entering the Gala doors we ask that you remain inside Halls B & C leaving space in the Grand Lobby and Plaza Lobby for other arrival groups to enjoy the Red Carpet Extravaganza as well.
This will be an exciting and fun night beginning from the moment you walk through the grand entrance to the Red Carpet Experience.
West-Scantlebury to be EAST Conference 2016 Keynote
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker for EAST Conference 2016. West-Scantlebury will deliver the keynote address during the Gala event on the second night of Conference, March 16.
"The mission of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation includes improving the lives of all Arkansans through the interrelated areas of education and economic development,” said West-Scantlebury. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the students and educators of EAST, a program that recognizes that correlation and the importance of preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce."
Involved in philanthropy for more than 20 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.
“Dr. West-Scantlebury is an engaging speaker with a tremendous vision. She sees a future that we should all aspire to be a part of, one of vast possibility in which the robust potential of education is harnessed to create endless opportunities for students in Arkansas and beyond, the very shapers — and inheritors — of that future,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative.
“We are ecstatic that she agreed to come present the keynote for our students, indeed, for the whole EAST family, at our biggest event of the year.”
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice.
In addition to running the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, West is active in a number of nonprofits and philanthropy organizations.
This is a closed event with limited seating. However, the Gala will be streamed live through this website.
Check back closer to Conference for more information!
Conference Gala Live!
To see last year's Conference's highlights and other EAST media, check out our YouTube channel and the 2015 EAST Conference Highlights.
EAST on YouTube
Conference 2015 Highlights