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Symposium: Creating Economic Opportunity: Sharing Strategies (ML925)

Washington, DC • Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Salon GHI, Level 1, South Building, Walter E. Washington Convention CenterDC Creating Economic Opportunity

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Join colleagues and thought leaders from across the country for a real-world exploration of strategies aimed at creating economic opportunity.

The vigorous debate continues to swirl around how best to address the individual, geographic and systemic drivers of economic disparities in communities across the country. In the culmination of a four-part Creating Economic Opportunity symposia series, we’ll build on what we’ve learned over the last year, and focus on taking action to create economic opportunity. We will draw on the expertise of nationally recognized authors, policy makers and practitioners who understand that truly effective solutions require a multi-tiered approach at federal, state and local levels. It also requires close collaboration of public, private and nonprofit stakeholders.
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The symposium will explore key questions among nonprofit, public and private sector representatives:
  • How can we align our solutions with the reality of individual decision-making compromised by a scarcity of time and resources?
  • How do we avoid the trap of designing action strategies without truly engaging the communities whose future opportunities are at stake? How do we utilize the insight of residents and local stakeholders in crafting actionable steps that lead to real impact?
  • What are some promising examples of grassroots solutions? How can we bring them to scale?
  • How can diverse institutions partner to facilitate improvements at the local level?
  • How do we effectively raise public awareness of the need for action, and assure skeptics that we can successfully move the needle in creating economic opportunities?
  • Come together with peers and experts to examine strategies and approaches, and set the stage for community development in 2017 and beyond.

Confirmed Speaker
Confirmed Speaker
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama Homicide and HBO’s The Corner, Generation Kill and Treme.

His most recent project, Show Me A Hero, an HBO miniseries, depicts the 1987-93 housing desegregation battle that divided Yonkers, N.Y. The author of two books of narrative non-fiction, "Homicide" and "The Corner," Simon is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.
Confirmed Speaker
Confirmed Speaker
A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, Dr Matthew Desmond is the author of the New York Times bestselling book: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. In 2015, Desmond was awarded his MacArthur “Genius” grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”
Confirmed Speaker
Confirmed Speaker
Dr. Arthur C. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His works include the New York Times bestseller,  “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).  @arthurbrooks
Confirmed Speaker
Confirmed Speaker
Angela Glover Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999. Under her leadership it has gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure.
  • Community development professionals
  • Housing developers and managers
  • Thought leaders, experts and practitioners from the social justice, interfaith, civil rights, and health and human services sectors
  • Representatives from municipalities, regulatory agencies and financial institutions
  • Funder organizations and foundation program officers