TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges welcomes author Clifton Taulbert for a breakfast talk “Entrepreneur Thinking: Moving to Success,” on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8 a.m. at the Century House in Latham. Taulbert is an internationally acclaimed character development speaker, entrepreneur, businessman, and author of 13 books including the Pulitzer Prize nominated book “Last Train North” in which Taulbert chronicles his journey from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to Fortune-500 Board rooms. Contact the Academy to register for the presentation.

Clifton Taulbert

Clifton Taulbert

On December 8, 2016, Taulbert will deliver the keynote address for the 15th Annual Character Education Youth Leadership Summit on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy. More than 200 middle and high school students from over 10 local school districts will participate in the conference sponsored by The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges. This year’s keynote address is entitled “Citizen Leader: Become the North Star of Your School” and will begin at 9 a.m. in the Aggie located in the Robison Athletic Center. The Summit will also include ten workshop sessions.

The event is designed to empower students to make a difference by equipping them with the tools to implement positive character-based improvements in their schools. As part of this interactive summit, the academy requires that students, teachers, and parents develop an action plan to address issues in character education, school climate and the enhancement of academic excellence. The academy will follow up with each school after the summit and continue to provide encouragement, direction and instruction to help them implement their strategies.

For more information about both events, or to register, visit

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE WELCOME AT BOTH EVENTS. Students, teachers & other participants will be available at the summit to speak about their experiences.  A campus map is attached.  To arrange for interviews contact: Dr. Philip Fusco, assistant director of The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges, (518) 244-2337 (O), email: [email protected].


The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development, reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government. The academy, which operates within Sage’s Esteves School of Education, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.


Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges.  Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses; adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online.