2016 National Meeting Agenda

This agenda is a work-in-progress and will be regularly updated.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016

Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration

Beat the rush, stop by Express Live! anytime after 9am to pick up everything you need for the meeting.

1:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities
Bob Milbourne, Chair, CEOs for Cities Board
Doug Kridler, President + CEO, Columbus Foundation
Barbara Fant, Nonprofit Outreach Admin, Columbus Foundation

1:45 p.m. The View of the City as a New Mayor

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, Ohio.

2 – 3:15 p.m. Views of the City from a Swing State

A panel of distinguished Ohio mayors will discuss how they are creating economic opportunity in their cities.

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, Ohio
Mayor John Cranley, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron, Ohio
Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton, Ohio
Mayor Paula Hicks-HudsonToledo, Ohio

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Interactive Session // National Urban Agenda

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mark Kvamme

Finding Innovation & Opportunity in Unexpected Places ‘

Introduction by President + Founder of Hinson Ltd Public Relations, Lisa A. Hinson.

Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder + Partner, Drive Capital. Mark is the former President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job-creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin, MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and FunnyOrDie.com.

5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Location: North Market (59 Spruce St.)

Enjoy Columbus’ only remaining true public market. The North Market is listed one of 8 Must-Visit Historic Food Markets Across America by Country Living Magazine, was ranked #4 on the 35 Food Markets Around the World to Put on Your Travel Bucket List, and USA Today has named the North Market one of America’s Most Historic Food Markets! Check out live music, eat great food and experience Columbus history.


Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

The first full day of the 2016 CEOs for Cities National Meeting begins with an early breakfast and opening remarks, followed by a day of programming — including keynote speakers, panel discussions and city field trips in Columbus.

7 a.m. Registration + Buffet Breakfast

7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities
Bob Milbourne, Chair, CEOs for Cities Board
Kelley Griesmer, Director of Special Projects, The Columbus Foundation

8 a.m. Morning Keynote // Angela Glover Blackwell

Equity: Paving the Way to Inclusion and Economic Prosperity  ‘

Introduction by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher; Member, CEOs for Cities Board. 

Angela Glover Blackwell, President + CEO of PolicyLink, which was founded in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice 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, education, and infrastructure. In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All.

9:00 – 12 p.m. Columbus: The Opportunity City

Welcome remarks given by Elijah McKnight, Founding Member, Triple Play Leadership Club

9:15 – 10 am // Panel: What Makes Columbus Work

Introduction by Larry Smith, Founder, Six-Word Memoir

Nancy KramerFounder + Chairman, Resource Ammirati, an IBM Company
Alex Shumate, Managing Partner, North America Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Chairman, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees
Hon. Michael ColemanDirector of Business and Government Strategies, IceMiller Legal Counsel; Former Mayor of Columbus

10 – 10:30 am // Columbus Lightning Round 1

Tanisha Robinson, Founder + CEO, Print Syndicate
Michael WilkosDirector of Community Research, The Columbus Foundation
Sharon Davies, Executive Director, Kirwan Institute; VP of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University

10:30 – 10:45 am // Break

Quick break to stretch your legs

10:45 – 11:15 am // Columbus Lightning Round 2

Joe DeLoss, Owner, Hot Chicken Takeover
Peggy Kriha DyeArtistic Director, Opera Columbus
Gabrielle Burton, Documentarian, Five Sisters Productions

11:15 – 11:30 am // Interactive Recap

 Larry Smith, Founder, Six-Word Memoir

11:30 am – 12 pm // Panel: Why Education is the Key to Inclusive Growth

Lillian Lowery, President + CEO, FutureReady Columbus
Andy Boy, CEO, United Schools Network
Hannah Powell, Executive Director, KIPP Columbus
Dr. Daniel Good, Superintendent + CEO, Columbus City Schools

12:15 – 2 p.m. Luncheon Keynote // Harvard Professor Jan W. Rivkin

Meeting the Challenge of Shared Prosperity

Introduction by the 2016 Columbus cohort of the Young American Leaders Program (YALP) within Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project.

Jan Rivkin is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he serves as co-chair of the School’s project on the competitiveness of the United States. In leading the U.S. competitiveness project, he has worked with a team of about twenty HBS faculty to explore steps that cross-sector leaders can take to help firms in the U.S. win in the global marketplace and raise American living standards.

2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Columbus Field Trips

Participants will have a chance to explore Columbus by participating in one of nine concurrent field trips.
Sign up for your field trip of choice! (click on below to see full descriptions)

Field Trip #1: Paddle & Pedal
Field Trip #2: Arts & Smarts: The Discovery District
Field Trip #3: Downtown: Small Tactics for Addressing Big Issues
Field Trip #4: Moving Franklinton Forward
Field Trip #5: Global Columbus: Home to the New American
Field Trip #6: River South District
Field Trip #7: Short North Arts District: The Art & Soul of Columbus
Field Trip #8: 250 South High: The Future of Mixed Use
Field Trip #9: Weinland Park: A Neighborhood of Today

6 – 8 p.m. Reception

LOCATION: Pizzuti Collection (632 North Park St)

The Pizzuti Collection is a nonprofit organization presenting temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. What started as a personal passion for the art itself has grown into a lifetime commitment of the Pizzutis to bring world-class art and artists to Columbus, helping to enhance the cultural fabric of the Columbus community for generations to come.

8 p.m. Dinner in Columbus

Enjoy dinner on your own in the city. Here are some dining options around Columbus.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016

Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

The final day of the 2016 National Meeting features keynote speakers, and two exciting panels.

7 – 8 a.m. Buffet Breakfast

7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities
Brian Payne, Board Vice Chair, CEOs for Cities Board
Dan Sharpe, Director, Community Leadership & Nonprofit Effectiveness, The Columbus Foundation
Mayor Knox White, Greenville, South Carolina

8 a.m. Morning Keynote // Gabriel Metcalf

Economic Prosperity and the Urban Agenda

Introduction by Portland State University President Wim Wiewel, CEOs for Cities Board Member.

Gabriel Metcalf, is the President + CEO, SPUR, based in San Francisco, and author of Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts are Reinventing America. Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as “The Northern California Megaregion,” “Democracy and Planning,” “The San Francisco Exodus” and “The Great Dithering.”  He is a co-founder of City CarShare and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Break

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. A New Philanthropic Approach to
Combating Inequality Panel

A panel of foundation leaders throughout the country will discuss why and how a number of the nation’s foundations are now tackling inequality as a prominent part of their work. We’ll explore how foundations are strategically investing in neighborhoods, cities, and regions to make them more equitable and inclusive.

As Rip Rapson, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Phil Henderson, President of The Surdna Foundation have noted,” For a nation whose majority population will soon be people of color, these inequities loom large over the future prosperity of cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions — and pose a major challenge for philanthropy to tackle…. Indeed it will be nearly impossible for many of us to continue to meet the demands of our missions — whether within social justice, racial equity, cultural preservation, environmental sustainability, or many other realms — unless we pick up the charge of equitable urban development. It’s time for more foundations to focus on this challenge.”

Janelle Coleman, President, L Brands Foundation (Moderator)
Sidney Hargro, Executive Director, Community Foundation of South Jersey
Christine Márquez-Hudson, President + CEO, The Denver Foundation
Hon. R.T. Rybak, President + CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation, Former Mayor of Minneapolis

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Smart & Inclusive Cities Panel

What makes a smart city, and can a smart city also be an inclusive city? We’ll explore these questions in the context of Columbus, Ohio winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge.

The Smart City Challenge is a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and another $10 million from Vulcan, Inc. for an enhanced, sustainable transit system in Columbus.  One of the biggest barriers to breaking out of poverty is transportation to jobs, healthcare and education. Many urban neighborhoods are literally cut off from the city’s avenues to prosperity because the residents can’t get to work, to doctor appointments for themselves or their children, or to education centers.  Smart cities have real-time bus schedules so trips can be planned up to the minute, and first-mile/last-mile solutions for getting people from the bus stop to their destinations with Uber, Car2Go and new ride share/bike share programs. They also have cash-based systems for those citizens who are “unbanked” or don’t have access to debit cards and smart phones.  Smart cities also sprout new companies to develop and implement new transportation technology. Find out how to make your city a smart, inclusive city of opportunity.

Alex R. Fischer, President + CEO, Columbus Partnership (Moderator)
Aparna Dial, Deputy Director, Department of Public Service, City of Columbus; Program Manager, Smart Columbus
Michelle Maggiore, Associate Partner, IBM
Spencer Reeder, Vulcan, Inc.
Gary Moore, Former President + COO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

12 p.m. Closing Lunch + Keynote // Dr. Manuel Pastor

Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity

Introduction by President of the Central Indiana Community Foundation + Indianapolis Foundation, Brian Payne, Board Vice Chair, CEOs for Cities Board

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Author, Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas and Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Lee Fisher, CEOs for Cities