2015 Indy National Meeting Recap

This year’s National Meeting was one of our best thanks to our great speakers, generous sponsors, the Indianapolis Cluster, Leadership Indianapolis, and our over 350 attendees from over 50 cities.

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See below for powerpoints, videos + pictures
Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Sponsors | Pictures

TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2015

Location: The East Club in Lucas Oil Stadium (500 South Capitol Ave)

The first full day of the 2015 CEOs for Cities National Meeting began with an early breakfast and opening remarks, followed by a day of programming — which included keynote speakers, panel discussions and city field trips in Indianapolis.

8 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8:45 a.m. Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, City of Indianapolis

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote // Jamie Merisotis

Brian Payne, Board Vice-Chair, CEOs for Cities; President + CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation provided an introduction for the morning keynote, Jamie Merisotis, President + CEO, Lumina Foundation; Author, America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce


10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion // The Politics of Talent

Some of the greatest challenges cities face is with their relationships with state and federal government. This tension often revolves around fights over transit, local taxes, financing local public facilities, environmental policies, education, and social policies. This panel explored how the political culture of a state and city is critical to attracting and retaining a talented workforce. Indianapolis participants discussed the recent controversy around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and ongoing challenges around these issues.

Bill Taft  (Moderator), Indianapolis Executive Director, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)
Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Lt. Governor
Michael Huber, President + CEO, Indy Chamber
Michael O’Connor, Manager, Public Affairs, Eli Lilly & Company

12 p.m., Lunch + Afternoon Keynote // Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University, Board Member, CEOs for Cities, provided an introduction for the afternoon keynote, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, State University of New York (SUNY), Educating More People, Educating Them Better: Investing in Talent

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NancyZimpher_Keynote from CEOs for Cities on Vimeo.

1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion // New Perspectives on Talent

Brian Payne (Moderator), President + CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation
Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Deborah Diamond, President, Campus Philly
David Harris, Founder + CEO, The Mind Trust
Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

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2:30-5:30 p.m. Indianapolis Field Trips

Field Trip Collage

See full descriptions of each Field Trip here

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2015

Location: The East Club in Lucas Oil Stadium (500 South Capitol Ave)

The final day of the 2015 National Meeting featured keynote speakers, an interactive break-out session, and the popular lightning round.

8 a.m. Welcome Remarks

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8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote // Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang, Founder + CEO, Venture for America, Attracting and Training the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Talent; Author, Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America

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Andrew Yang

AndrewYang_Keynote from CEOs for Cities on Vimeo.

9:45 a.m. Cluster Break Outs // Interactive Discussions Led By Talent Expert Resources

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Each Cluster had an opportunity to meet during this time. Those attendees who are not Cluster members either “sat in” on a Cluster meeting or participated in a table discussion led by a talent expert facilitator. The focus of this break out session was on practical takeaways on making your city a magnet for talent development, retention, attraction, engagement and employment.

11 a.m. Lightning Round // The New Geography and Demography of Jobs and Opportunity

Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit
Grand Rapids
Brian Harris, Founding Board Co-Chair, TALENT 2025
Ginny Seyferth, Founding Officer, TALENT 2025
Ed Kitchen, VP + COO, The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
Malina Simone Jeffers — Project Manager, Love Indy
Linda Kirby, President + CEO, Leadership Indianapolis
Stuart Kennedy, Director of Program Strategy and Innovation, Miami Foundation
Saif Ishoof, VP for Engagement, Florida International University
Julia Taylor, President, Greater Milwaukee Committee
Wellington (Duke) Reiter, Senior Advisor, President, Arizona State University

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Steve Tobocman  |  Brian Harris + Ginny Seyferth  |  Ed Kitchen  |  Malina Simone Jeffers
Linda Kirby  |  Stuart Kennedy + Saif Ishoof  |  Julia Taylor  |  Duke Reiter

12:15 p.m. Closing Lunch + Keynote // Fagan Harris

Fagan Harris, CEO, Baltimore Corp., Mobilizing a New Generation of Inspired Leaders focused on Social Change

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Fagan Harris

Fagan Harris_Keynote from CEOs for Cities on Vimeo.

2 p.m. Closing Remarks

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Special Thanks to All Our Generous Sponsors

Presidential ($25,000)
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)  |  Lilly Endowments, Inc.
In-Kind Donation
Leadership Indianapolis
Managing Partners ($7,500)
Citizens Energy Group  |  Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL)
OneAmerica  |  Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)
Supporters ($5,000)
Visit Indy  |  IU Health
Advocates ($2,500)
Anthem, Inc.  |  Duke Energy | Eli Lilly & Company
Kroger  |  Indy Chamber  |  IndyHubPeople for Urban Progress (PUP)

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2015 Indianapolis National Meeting