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Lars Beck is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Scholar Academies, a charter management organization that focuses its work on the turnaround of low-performing schools. Launched in 2010, Scholar Academies currently educates 2,700 students across six schools in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C. and Trenton, NJ, and has been approved to open a cluster of Memphis schools in 2015 as part of Tennessee's Achievement School District. From 2005-2010, Lars served as the Chief Executive Officer of Scholar Academies' flagship school, Young Scholars Charter School. During this time, he directed the efforts that turned Young Scholars from a struggling academic program into Philadelphia's highest performing charter middle school for five years running. Prior to his work in education, Lars spent more than ten years working in the publishing, brand marketing, and sports marketing industries. He founded the Boulder, Colorado chapter of Stand Up For Kids, a national non-profit that supports homeless youth. He Currently, he serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School and Philadelphia Charters for Excellence. A graduate of Duke University, Lars and his wife, Kathryn, live in the Philadelphia area with their two children, Colin and Bjorn. Lars is a Fellow of the 9th class of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.