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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education Is Nov. 2. Register today!

You are invited to Gesu School's 21st Annual Symposium on Inner-City Education! Join us for this inspiring afternoon about the power of educators with Steve Pemberton, acclaimed speaker and author of A Chance in the World, now a major motion picture.

Tickets are free! Registration is required.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
12pm - 1pm    Networking & Light Refreshments
1pm - 3pm      Symposium

Gesu School's 2018 Symposium, Everyday Heroes: Unveiling the Power of Educators will energize, inspire, and move you. Join us to hear the heartfelt story of how Steve Pemberton, an orphan boy, defied seemingly impossible odds, navigating a foster care system and trying to solve the mystery of his own identity and destiny. Learn how Steve overcame his circumstances, harnessed the impact of education and literacy, and found the invaluable everyday heroes in his life. For Pemberton, "everyday heroes" demonstrate humility, strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. They teach us life lessons. Inspiring educators are everyday heroes who impact children's lives and futures. Steve Pemberton will encourage all of us to continue to be the best leaders, mentors, and people that we can be.

Registration is required.     


Steve Pemberton
Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist, Acclaimed Speaker and Senior-Level Executive for, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Globoforce
Steve Pemberton's book, A Chance in the World, will be available for purchase at the event. 


Rev. Stephen D. Thorne
Pastor of Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Chaplain & Adjunct Faculty Member at Neumann University, and Gesu School Board Member


Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
1700 West Thompson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121


More Information:
For more information, contact Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina, Director of Annual Giving, at 215-763-9077 or


Thank you to our generous sponsors!



We look forward to having you as part of the conversation! Learn about our past symposia.

Always seeking to improve education for ALL of America’s inner-city children, Gesu School launched our Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education in 1997 to bring together funders, stakeholders, policymakers, and educators to tackle the tough issues in inner-city education today. From our first moderator, the late Tim Russert, to outstanding panelists like Stedman Graham, Joe Klein, and Paul Tough, the annual gathering brings together leading thinkers to stimulate productive conversation and energize us for our work in the field. The symposium is another way we strive for the Magis at Gesu!