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Thursday, May 30


Opening Plenary: A World Defined by Change

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?

Featured Contributors
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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... 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 Am... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →

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


Celebration Program: Everyone a Changemaker

We will celebrate the most recently elected Ashoka Fellows and their outstanding innovations. In addition, we will host the Banking on Youth Pitch CompetitionSix young changemaker finalists will pitch their ideas for a social venture. Your vote helps a team win the Audience Choice award of $5,000. 

Featured Contributors
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Eboo Patel

Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core
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Jourdan Urbach

National Director, Jefferson Awards for Public Service
@JourdanUrbach Jourdan Urbach is an award-winning musician and social entrepreneur, currently serving as National Director for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and Goodwill Ambassador to the UN Arts for Peace Council. Jourdan now resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.In 1998, Jourdan founded his... Read More →

Ashoka Fellows
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Ai-jen Poo

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
@aijenpoo Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers... Read More →
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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive man... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including... Read More →
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Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global s... Read More →
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David Lubell

Executive Director/ Founder, Welcoming America
@WelcomingUSA David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integr... Read More →
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Ellen Moir

CEO, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers... Read More →
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Eric Glustrom

President, Educate!
@educateorg Eric Glustrom is the founder of University x and Educate!, two organizations spreading mentorship-driven leadership and entrepreneurship education throughout Uganda, the US and beyond through open-source replication. Educate! (based in Uganda) and University x (based in the US... Read More →
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Fletcher Harper

Executive Director, GreenFaith
@revfharper Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, a national interfaith environmental coalition. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith a leader in the f... Read More →
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George Roter

CEO and Co-Founder, Engineers Without Borders Canada
@geroterGeorge is the co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders (Canada). He and Parker Mitchell founded the Canadian organization in 2000. Roter received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and left part-way through his master's degree to fo... Read More →
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Jason McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative... Read More →
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Jose Quinonez

Executive Director, Mission Asset Fund
@mafpajarito José is Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding Executive Director. MAF is an award-winning nonprofit organization that integrates financially excluded low-income and immigrant communities into the financial mainstream by offering innovative and culturally relevant financial progra... Read More →
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Josh Nesbit

CEO, Medic Mobile
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Katherine Freund

President & Executive Director, ITNAmerica
@itnamerica Katherine Freund is the founder of the Independent Transportation Network®(ITN), and founder and President of ITNAmerica®. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literat... Read More →
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Katherine Lucey

CEO, Solar Sister
@Solar_Sister Katherine Lucey is Founder and CEO of Solar Sister, an award winning social enterprise eradicating energy poverty through the power of women’s enterprise. Prior to Solar Sister, Katherine enjoyed a successful 20-year career on Wall Street specializing in structured finance. She... Read More →
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Kendis Paris

Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking... Read More →
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Louise Langheier

CEO, Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum... Read More →
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Michael O'Brien

CEO, iMentor
@MOB00 Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with high schools and provides every student... Read More →
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Michelle Hedlund

Founder, Recycle Across America
@RecycleAcrossAm Mitch has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications and branding, serving Fortune 500 companies, as well as serving small to midsized companies. In fact, she has relied heavily on those communications and branding disciplines to develop the society-wide standardized l... Read More →
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Norman Atkins

President, Relay Graduate School of Education
@norman_atkins Norman Atkins is the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly known as Teacher U), a path-breaking new institution of higher education designed to train and develop public school teachers, initially in New York and New Jersey. Atkins is also the Founder... Read More →
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Philipp Schmidt

Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
@schmidtphi German born education activist. Cofounded Peer 2 Peer University and OpenCourseWare Consortium. Currently based at the MIT Media Lab as a Director's fellow.
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Robert Master

CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance
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Rushika Fernandopulle

CEO, Iora Health
@rushika1 Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a healthcare services firm based in Cambridge MA whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and reduce overall expenditures. In 2012 he was name... Read More →
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Sarah Hemminger

Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program
Sarah Hemminger co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has nine years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models that build non-traditional... Read More →
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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers Unite
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Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is... Read More →
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Sasha Chanoff

Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint
@SashaChanoff Sasha Chanoff is the founder of RefugePoint, an organization that works to provide lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees. Prior to founding RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with the Internationa... Read More →
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Scott Hartl

President & CEO, Expeditionary Learning
Scott Hartl is President/ CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools, pre-K-12, in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. EL’s model challenges students to think critically and... Read More →
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the... Read More →
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Stacey Epperson

President & CEO, Next Step Network
@staceyepperson Stacey Epperson, President & CEO of the Next Step® Network, is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her entire career. In 2010, she assumed leadership of Next Step, a social venture that mobilizes a national network of nonprofits to provide... Read More →
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Will Byrne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell
@will_byrne As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Will oversees the strategy and management of Groundswell. Under his leadership, Groundswell has grown into one of the most innovative social sector organizations in the United States’ emerging clean energy economy.In 2012, he was awar... Read More →
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Zoe Finch Totten

CEO, The Full Yield, Inc.
@thefullyield Founder and CEO of The Full Yield, Inc., Ashoka Fellow, Yale-trained midwife, member of PAPSAC, advisor to Feeding 10 Billion.

Thursday May 30, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Newseum 7th Floor 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
Friday, May 31


Opening Plenary: Tomorrow's Media

For much of the last century, journalists have uncovered facts and rooted out truth, but they have intentionally distanced themselves from whatever happened as a result. Today, news organizations and journalists are wrestling with the limitations of that historic function — and with the emergence of a new role. Do they meet their obligation to society simply by exposing what’s wrong, or should they also investigate potential solutions? Do publishers create value just by connecting readers to the news, or more by providing pathways to civic engagement? How should the press consider its social impact – to the extent it should at all?

Featured Contributors
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Roberta Baskin

Director, Media Communications, Office of Inspector General, HHS
Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin joined the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services as Senior Communications Advisor. In her new position, Roberta finds creative ways to make the crackdown on health care fraud, waste, and abuse more transparent to... Read More →
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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network... Read More →
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June Cohen

Executive Producer, TED Media, TED
As Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen was responsible for bringing the TED Conference online, ultimately growing its audience from 1000 attendees per year to more than 1 million viewers per day. In 2006, she launched TEDTalks, the online video series, followed by TED.com... Read More →
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Jonathan Wells

Managing Publisher, The Christian Science Monitor
Jonathan Wells joined The Christian Science Monitor in 1998 as the director of business development and electronic publishing. This position provided creative leadership to the business side of the Monitor’s website, as well as to advertising sales for the newspaper. The position... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Closing Plenary: Leadership for Tomorrow's Organizations

Tomorrow’s organizations require different talent and a new kind of leadership. What are the essential skills and values for effective leadership? Leaders of diverse institutions (education, business, social) will share their perspectives and innovations in leading organizations that meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Featured Contributors
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Adam Bryant

"Corner Office" Columnist , The New York Times
Adam Bryant conducts interviews with CEOs for Corner Office, a feature about leadership and management in The New York Times and on nytimes.com that he started in March 2009. It appears twice weekly, on Friday and Sunday. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller “The Corner... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Susan Peters

Vice President - Executive Development, General Electric Company
Susan Peters is responsible for talent identification, leadership development, training, performance management, and succession planning for all GE executives worldwide. She joined GE in 1979 in the human resource management program during which she had assignments in Louisville... Read More →
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Leonard Schlesinger

President, Babson College
Leonard A. Schlesinger became the 12th president of Babson College on July 1, 2008--bringing to the College a blend of leadership experience in academia and industry, particularly in the retail and service sectors. He came to Babson from Limited Brands, based in Columbus, Ohio... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001