Speaking at the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy, Lowell Milken accepted the honor of being name the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award recipient for his outstanding individual contributions to education reform. In his keynote address, he spoke of his appreciation to the Education Commission of the States, and emphasized his continued dedication to improve teacher quality and, in turn, increase student access to it: "Human capital is the beating heart of education. And developing strong human capital is not only the goal of education, it is the means to achieving that goal. For without vibrant, engaged, excellent educators, there is little chance of producing students with the same qualities."
“Only when society demonstrates respect for educators will the brightest and most capable students choose it as their profession.” - Lowell Milken