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Thursday, May 30 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Opening Plenary: A World Defined by Change

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A World Defined by Change – It used to be that if you mastered a body of rules, you could apply the rules and be a productive person.  But that doesn’t work anymore. Rules work less and less in a world defined by change. Those who do not know how to adapt to change or anticipate it will inevitably be marginalized. How must we reorganize our institutions and what new skills must we master to ensure we are best positioned to innovate solutions in a world where value comes from change?


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Elizabeth Christopherson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
Elizabeth Good Christopherson is President, CEO and Director at the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. She is guiding the foundation through a period of rapid expansion and an entrance into new funding areas, including civic literacy and engagement, community building, and leadership in science and... Read More →
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Jeff Coates

Strategic Initiatives Associate, Knight Foundation
@jeffreycoates | Jeffrey Coates, Strategic Initiatives Associate – Jeff previously worked with the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership, where he collaborated with more than 50 nonprofits to develop strategic plans for long-term recovery. Before that, he was a supervisor with the American Red Cross' Hurricane Recovery Program in New Orleans. He also co-founded the Recovery Action Learning Laboratory (RALLY) Foundation, a... Read More →
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Eric Dawson

President & Co-Founder, Peace First
Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Youth Service America’s Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service, the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs, and Pop!Tech’s Social Innovation Fellowship. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.
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Bill Drayton

CEO and Chair, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... Read More →
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Talia Leman

CEO & Founder, RandomKid
Talia is in the business of bringing people together. Talia understood the power of numbers after her first foray into philanthropy. By rallying youth from 4,000 United States school districts through her networking, Talia unified their fundraising efforts and managed to raise considerable funds for the Katrina/Rita Hurricane relief. Riding the momentum of this successful endeavor, Talia founded her non-profit organization RandomKid, which brings... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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