Working Agenda

Visit the full workshop agenda* to see details on sessions, speakers and what’s in store.

*Subject to change until June 24, 2016. Stay tuned for updates.

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About the Theme

Every city is at the 21st century crossroads: the direction they turn, the speed at which they travel, and the choices they make will be critical. We’ll explore how cities and regions seize unique opportunities and connect and collaborate across sectors, disciplines, generations, and borders to make bold investments in their future.

Just for Clusters

The workshop, offered exclusively to CEOs for Cities’ existing and emerging City Clusters, will explore how cities and regions seize unique opportunities and connect and collaborate across sectors, disciplines, generations, and borders to make bold investments in their future.

VENUE:

 Embassy Club
(666 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA)

HOTEL:

The Marriott
(700 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA)

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Speakers

Find the following speakers, moderators and experts on the 2016 CEOs for Cities Cluster Workshop agenda.

Rob Bennett — CEO, EcoDistricts, Portland

Rob Bennett CEO, EcoDistricts, Portland

Debra K Berry — VP, Planning and Real Estate Development for University Circle Inc. (UCI), Cleveland

Debra K Berry VP, Planning and Real Estate Development for University Circle Inc. (UCI), Cleveland

Neil Britto — Executive Director, The Intersector Project

Neil Britto Executive Director, The Intersector Project

Jay Byers — CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Jay Byers CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Carrie Carpenter — President + Executive Director, Gordon Square Arts District

Carrie Carpenter President + Executive Director, Gordon Square Arts District

Majora Carter — Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant; Real Estate Developer; Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster

Majora Carter Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant; Real Estate Developer; Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster

Rachel Downey — President, Studio Graphique + Placeholder

Rachel Downey President, Studio Graphique + Placeholder

Amy Celep — CEO, Community Wealth Partners

Amy Celep CEO, Community Wealth Partners

Malcolm Duncan, Jr. — Former Mayor of Waco

Malcolm Duncan, Jr. Former Mayor of Waco

Brett A. Esrock, FACHE — President + CEO, Providence Healthcare Network, Waco

Brett A. Esrock, FACHE President + CEO, Providence Healthcare Network, Waco

Lee Fisher — President + CEO, CEOs for Cities

Lee Fisher President + CEO, CEOs for Cities

Erin Flynn — Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University

Erin Flynn Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University

Rachel Moss Gauldin — COO, High Point Chamber of Commerce/Business High Point

Rachel Moss Gauldin COO, High Point Chamber of Commerce/Business High Point

Ryan Gravel  — Author, Where We Want to Live; Founder, Sixpitch

Ryan Gravel Author, Where We Want to Live; Founder, Sixpitch

Kelley Griesmer — Director of Special Projects, The Columbus Foundation

Kelley Griesmer Director of Special Projects, The Columbus Foundation

Paul S. Grogan — President & CEO,  The Boston Foundation

Paul S. Grogan President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Michael Hosted — Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

Michael Hosted Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

Mark Kesling — Founder + CEO, daVinci Pursuit, Indianapolis

Mark Kesling Founder + CEO, daVinci Pursuit, Indianapolis

Kristi Knous — President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Kristi Knous President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Doug Kridler — President + CEO, The Columbus Foundation

Doug Kridler President + CEO, The Columbus Foundation

Dennis Lower — President + CEO, Cortex Innovation Community, St. Louis

Dennis Lower President + CEO, Cortex Innovation Community, St. Louis

Corrie Meyer — President, Innovative Planning, Indianapolis

Corrie Meyer President, Innovative Planning, Indianapolis

Bob Milbourne — Chair, CEOs for Cities Board, Columbus

Bob Milbourne Chair, CEOs for Cities Board, Columbus

Kristyn Miller — Program Director, CampusTown Waco

Kristyn Miller Program Director, CampusTown Waco

Brian Payne — President + CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Indianapolis Foundation

Brian Payne President + CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Indianapolis Foundation

Dr. Matthew Polk — Executive Director, Prosper Waco

Dr. Matthew Polk Executive Director, Prosper Waco

JaNay Queen — Associate Director, Collective Impact, Living Cities

JaNay Queen Associate Director, Collective Impact, Living Cities

Denise Reid — Executive Director of Mosaic and Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Denise Reid Executive Director of Mosaic and Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Christopher Ronayne — President, University Circle Inc., Cleveland

Christopher Ronayne President, University Circle Inc., Cleveland

Meg Schneider — Senior Vice President, Regional Business Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Meg Schneider Senior Vice President, Regional Business Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey — President, Say Yes to Education, Inc.

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey President, Say Yes to Education, Inc.

Dan Sharpe — Director, Community Leadership & Nonprofit Effectiveness, The Columbus Foundation

Dan Sharpe Director, Community Leadership & Nonprofit Effectiveness, The Columbus Foundation

Walker Sanders — President, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Walker Sanders President, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Mary Vigue — Executive Director, Say Yes Guilford, Greensboro

Mary Vigue Executive Director, Say Yes Guilford, Greensboro

Jim Walker — Founder + Executive Director, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis

Jim Walker Founder + Executive Director, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis

Henry S. Webber —  Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, Washington University, St. Louis

Henry S. Webber Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, Washington University, St. Louis

Marcus White — VP of Civic Engagement, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Marcus White VP of Civic Engagement, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

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F.A.Q.

Have more questions? Tweet @ceosforcities with #DesMoinesCEO or send an email.

What is a City Cluster?
A City Cluster is a local/regional group of cross-sector leaders who join the CEOs for Cities network together as a team. CEOs for Cities provides the national platform for City Clusters to connect with each other to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned and the latest cutting-edge ideas and practices for city success. Want to form one in your city? Contact Brittany Scheckelhoff at brittany@ceosforcities.org.

What is an “emerging” City Cluster?
Emerging City Clusters are groups that are seriously considering joining the CEOs for Cities Cluster network in 2015. Emerging Clusters can register participants for the workshop for $250/person. The workshop registration fees will be applied to your 2015 City Cluster dues when you join!

I can’t attend the entire City Cluster workshop. May I purchase a one-day ticket?
While you’ll get the greatest value from this workshop by attending sessions, side-by-side with your own City Cluster and members from other cities, we understand conflicts arise. You can elect not to attend sessions of the workshop. CEOs for Cities, however, does not offer discounted or single-day tickets.

How should our City Cluster prepare for the workshop?
We recommend holding a (real or virtual) meeting with your City Cluster members 1-2 weeks before the workshop, reviewing the agenda, outlining what you’d like to get out of the sessions, and writing down goals and objectives for Cluster break-out sessions. Identify what your cluster needs (i.e., contacts, a plan, motivation, deadlines, education) to take the next step toward its top priorities and initiatives.

See the City Cluster Toolkit. All registered participants will receive reading materials via email ahead of the workshop too.

Who can assist me during the event?
Lee Fisher, the CEOs for Cities staff and a host of volunteers will be on-site throughout the event to assist participants and answer questions. You will also receive a list of emergency phone numbers at registration. If you need to request special accommodations during the event, please contact CEOs for Cities’ Brittany Scheckelhoff at brittany@ceosforcities.org.

I’d like to be a speaker. How can I be considered?
Whether you’re a CEOs for Cities Cluster member, fan or friend, we welcome all recommendations for speakers and topics at our events — including City Cluster Workshops, webinars and National Meetings.

Speaker slots for the 2015 CEOs for Cities Cluster Workshop have been filled at this time. To share speakers or topics for future events, submit your suggestions here.