Ms. Kay Toran will receive the third annual Concordia University Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award for her long-standing commitment to education.
KAY D. TORAN
President/Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America Oregon
Kay Toran has made significant contributions to improving the lives of Oregonians, working tirelessly to better the lives of the most vulnerable, marginalized and underserved members of our community.
She has led Volunteers of America Oregon as its President and CEO for the past 14 years. For VOA, she provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the social services organization, to improve the lives of Oregon's children, families, and seniors through high-quality services.
On the topic of education, Ms. Toran says "All children can learn. The promise of America - the reason we embraced and funded public education - is because we said 'every child in the United States will have an opportunity for an education,' and I believe that to the core of my soul. What I hope we can achieve in the very short term is to make sure that all children have that high quality education from early childhood through college."
Ms. Toran currently serves on the board of the Oregon Education Investment Board, The Chalkboard Project and the Oregon Community Foundation. Portland Mayor Sam Adams declared Kay Toran Appreciation Day at the Portland city council meeting on August 19, 2009. Ms. Toran accepted the honor with former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh by her side.
Prior to joining VOA in July 1999, Ms. Toran was at the Oregon State Office for Services to Children and Families, Oregon's child protective services agency, where she served as Director for six years. She previously held the position of Oregon's Administrator of Purchasing. Under Governor Atiyeh, she served as an assistant and as the State's Director of Affirmative Action.
Ms. Toran received her bachelor's degree from the University of Portland and Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University and currently serves on the Boards of Oregon Community Foundation, Providence Health and Services, and the University of Portland Board of Regents.
SIR KEN ROBINSON, PHD
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. He is one of the world's leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere.
His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is now available and was published by Viking in May 2013.
The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED's history.
In 2011 he was listed as "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world's top business thought leaders.
His 2009 book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative was published in 2011.