A Business Leader Champion for Our Nation’s Children
Jack Brennan has been a business leader champion on early childhood issues as critical to workforce development and the economy for decades. As Chairman Emeritus of Vanguard, one of the country’s leading investment management companies, a father, and a grandfather, Jack supports ReadyNation because he wholeheartedly believes that:
Investing in early learning opportunities for young children pays off in measurable, powerful, lifelong benefits. The research is remarkable and indisputable. When children are supported carefully and lovingly during the first few years of life, they are more prepared to succeed in school, lead healthier lives, and create stronger communities.
Jack Brennan, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Vanguard; Co-Chair, ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood
As Co-Chair of the ReadyNation CEO Task Force on Early Childhood, Jack joins current and former C-suite executives with nationally recognized companies in advocating for smart early childhood investments. He leads by example personally and professionally and has lent his voice to help elevate the national conversation on the topic over the years. He has offered insight into the business case for public investments in early childhood to a wide variety of audiences, including state and federal lawmakers. And his role in a large investment firm makes him uniquely positioned to comment on public investments in early education. From keynote remarks at a Hunt Institute Symposium or ReadyNation Global Business Summit to participation in a special National Governors Association virtual meeting or White House Administration corporate panel on the subject, Jack Brennan is a business leader who understands and effectively articulates early childhood as a business issue.
Prior to the pandemic, Jack introduced a new ReadyNation report at a Capitol Hill Briefing, and, in 2021, his Vanguard colleague shared company-level experiences at a virtual report release event for our newest ReadyNation report on female labor force participation. This September, Jack joined over 50 current and former top company executives in an open letter calling upon Congress to address the child care crisis today, which received traction in national outlets including Politico, Newsmax, and The Hill. The response from congressional offices was strong, with immediate outreach from policymakers’ staff, and resulting follow-up conversations with key decision makers.
Jack Brennan is indeed a champion on early childhood issues. ReadyNation continues to recruit and engage business leader champions like Jack to help build a skilled workforce by promoting solutions that prepare children to succeed in education, work and life. When state lawmakers asked Jack at a recent conference how to engage business leaders on the topic, his response was clear and decisive: “contact ReadyNation!”
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