Educational Forum


Discussion Question:
How do we build a healthy, happy society in just three years? And how can faith communities and philanthropists help?

In light of social distancing guidelines put forth by our local officials, this event has been postponed due to the risk of COVID-19. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Eighty percent of brain development happens during the first three years – or first 1,000 days – of a child’s life. From prenatal care and environmental safety to interactive and compassionate caregiving, everything a child experiences during this period impacts her ability to fulfill her potential. Join us as we discuss how we can ensure all children receive the care and support they need to flourish.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jakub Tolar is Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota. A pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician whose life work centers on helping children with devastating genetic disorders, Dr. Tolar is a clinician-researcher whose efforts span both the clinic and the laboratory. He was the first to use bone marrow transplant to treat severe forms of the devastating skin disorder epidermolysis bullosa, and his laboratory continues to explore the mechanisms of the disease and potential cellular and genetic therapies.

Dr. Tolar also serves as a co-chair for the Itasca Project’s “First 1,000 Days” Task Force, which focuses on early childhood brain development. The Itasca Project is a cross-sector civil alliance that works to address regional issues that impact economic competitiveness and quality of life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Moderator & Panelists

Andre Dukes
Sr. Director Collective Impact – Early Childhood
Northside Achievement Zone

Mary Brainerd
Former CEO

Rob Grunewald
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Christopher M. Hilger
Chairman, President, and CEO
Securian Financial

Benito Matias
Ascension Catholic School