Welcome To Phoenix!

About the Theme

Our Phoenix City Cluster will host 350 cross-sector leaders from 75 cities across North America. Those in attendance will include mayors and other elected and appointed officials, business and civic leaders, foundation executives, college and university presidents, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders.

We will bring together a unique mix of creative thought leaders for interactive events – using the host city of Phoenix, AZ as both a backdrop and a laboratory. Participants will walk the streets, hear about what was, is, and will be, from the Phoenix leaders making it happen.

What Can Attendees Look Forward To?

Phoenix is a place still very much in a state of becoming, and a living laboratory for experimentation, reinvention, and continuous change.  While we will certainly showcase many site-specific projects, we hope also to present a program dedicated to the macro forces that are shaping not only our home but the country as a whole.  There is probably no better location for such a dialogue and this is why we intend to frame the event around the idea that “Everything Will Be Different.”

As the newest of the lower 48 states, Arizona—and the Phoenix metro—will be the most youthful site for a CEOs national meeting.  And unlike other cities which have an obvious geographic point of origin (almost always related to an ocean, gulf, lake, or river), our history is one based on engineering and technology.  From the remarkable channeling of water to form an agrarian society by the earliest inhabitants to the 20th-century technologies that allowed for the inhabitation of the desert at an unprecedented scale, this is a city that has been invented.

What we will share with the attendees are multiple demonstrations of problem solving in a place of extremes (it is 121° in June, but will be absolutely perfect at the time of the conference).  Sustainability is, of course, a topic we will explore in all its dimensions along with the implications of rapid urbanization, demographic change, education leading to innovation and arts + culture. We believe the issues and opportunities displayed in high relief in the Phoenix context are applicable to other cities around the nation.

– Wellington (Duke) Reiter, FAIA — Senior Advisor to the President, ASU & Executive Director, University City Exchange, ASU (June Changemaker)

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT:

   NOV 1 MORNING KEYNOTE: Chris Gergen, Fostering Inclusive Innovation Economies
   NOV 1 LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Richard Florida, The Case for Inclusive Prosperity
  WELCOME TO THE BLOCK…PARTY: Renaissance Hotel Oct. 30, 5:30pm
  DOWNTOWN PHOENIX: It’s Cooler Than You Think!

OCT 30 VENUES:

  SPECIAL SESSION (early arrivals): TBA
  RECEPTION: Adams Street Block Party (outside Renaissance Hotel)

OCT 31 VENUES:

  MORNING: Beus Center for Law & Society
(111 E Taylor St.)
  LUNCH: Renaissance Ball Room (100 1st St.)
  FIELD TRIPS: Detailed descriptions here
  RECEPTION: Heard Museum (2301 N Central Ave.)

NOV 1 VENUE:

  Renaissance Ball Room (100 1st St.)

HOTEL:

  The Renaissance Hotel (100 1st St.)
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2017 Working Agenda

Visit the full, working 2017 National Meeting agenda* to see details on sessions, speakers and what’s in store.

*The agenda is a work-in-progress, updated on a regular basis.

Speakers

Find the following speakers, moderators and experts on the 2017 CEOs for Cities National Meeting agenda.

Phil Boas — Editor, The Arizona Republic

Phil Boas Editor, The Arizona Republic

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome — City of Baton Rouge

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome City of Baton Rouge

Jeff Carter — Executive Director, Mayor of Mobile Innovation Team

Jeff Carter Executive Director, Mayor of Mobile Innovation Team

Christopher Callahan — Dean, University Vice Provost and Arizona PBS CEO

Christopher Callahan Dean, University Vice Provost and Arizona PBS CEO

Lattie F. Coor — President-Emeritus + Professor of Public Affairs, ASU

Lattie F. Coor President-Emeritus + Professor of Public Affairs, ASU

Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. — Visiting Eminent Scholar, Del E. Webb School of Construction, ASU

Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. Visiting Eminent Scholar, Del E. Webb School of Construction, ASU

Leonard Downie Jr — former Executive Editor + VP, The Washington Post; Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Leonard Downie Jr former Executive Editor + VP, The Washington Post; Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Deborah Diamond, Ph.D. — President, Campus Philly

Deborah Diamond, Ph.D.  President, Campus Philly

Lee Fisher — CEOs for Cities

Lee Fisher CEOs for Cities

Richard Florida — Author, The New Urban Crisis; University Professor & Director of Cities, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto

Richard Florida Author, The New Urban Crisis; University Professor & Director of Cities, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto

Christopher Gergen — Founding Partner, Forward Cities

Christopher Gergen Founding Partner, Forward Cities

Lev Gonick, Ph.D — Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

Lev Gonick, Ph.D Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D. — Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D. Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)

Judi Johnson — Director of Economic Development, City of Noblesville, Indiana

Judi Johnson Director of Economic Development, City of Noblesville, Indiana

Paul Luna — President + CEO,  Helios Education Foundation

Paul Luna President + CEO, Helios Education Foundation

Kimber Lanning — Founder + Executive Director, Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning Founder + Executive Director, Local First Arizona

Tom Murphy — Senior Fellow, ULI, former Mayor of Pittsburgh

Tom Murphy Senior Fellow, ULI, former Mayor of Pittsburgh

Bob Milbourne — Chair, CEOs for Cities Board

Bob Milbourne Chair, CEOs for Cities Board

Marcia Kadanoff — Co-Founder & CEO, Maker City Project, Inc.

Marcia Kadanoff Co-Founder & CEO, Maker City Project, Inc.

Christine MacKay — Director of Economic Development, City of Phoenix

Christine MacKay Director of Economic Development, City of Phoenix

Eric Newton — former/founding Managing Editor, Newseum; former VP, John S. and James L Knight Foundation; Innovation Chief + Professor of Practice, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU

Eric Newton former/founding Managing Editor, Newseum; former VP, John S. and James L Knight Foundation; Innovation Chief + Professor of Practice, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU

Brian Payne — President, The Central Indiana Community Foundation + Indianapolis Foundation

Brian Payne President, The Central Indiana Community Foundation + Indianapolis Foundation

Steven Pedigo — NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab

Steven Pedigo NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab

Phil Regier — University Dean, Educational Initiatives; CEO, EdPlus, ASU

Phil Regier University Dean, Educational Initiatives; CEO, EdPlus, ASU

Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA — Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University; Executive Director, ASU’s University City Exchange

Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University; Executive Director, ASU’s University City Exchange

Denise D. Resnik — Founder + President/CEO, First Place® AZ

Denise D. Resnik Founder + President/CEO, First Place® AZ

Beatriz Elisabeth Rendón — VP of Educational Outreach, ASU; Chief Executive Officer, ASU Prep

Beatriz Elisabeth Rendón VP of Educational Outreach, ASU; Chief Executive Officer, ASU Prep

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild — City of Tucson

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild City of Tucson

Mayor Sandy Stimpson — City of Mobile

Mayor Sandy Stimpson City of Mobile

Mayor Greg Stanton — City of Phoenix

Mayor Greg Stanton City of Phoenix

Ginger Spencer — Director of Public Works Department, City of Phoenix

Ginger Spencer Director of Public Works Department, City of Phoenix

Douglas Sylvester — Dean + Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Douglas Sylvester Dean + Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Julia Wallace — former Edit-in-Chief, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Market VP, Cox Media Group (CMG) Ohio; Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Julia Wallace former Edit-in-Chief, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Market VP, Cox Media Group (CMG) Ohio; Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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