Inclusive Economic Prosperity in the South - Schedule

This schedule is subject to change



Wednesday, May 23


8-9 a.m.

Networking Breakfast And Welcome

Room: Forum

NOTE: Shuttle departs at 7:30 a.m. from AC Hotel Spartanburg to Meeting Site. Form of ID is required for registration and security at Milliken & Co. (Meeting Site)

Breakfast buffet will be located in Partners Room.

Speakers: Courtney Edwards, Director of Corporate Marketing, Milliken and Company; Troy Hanna, President and CEO, The Spartanburg County Foundation; Brad Ward, Director of Community Philanthropy, Council on Foundations


9-9:30 a.m.

Plenary 1 - Shaping the Innovation Landscape in the South

Room: Colosseum

What competitive trends are shaping the current market in the nation, and how do they compare to those driving economic circumstances in the South? Hear about innovation, capitalization, automation and technology and their impact on the economic landscape, and learn how public-private partnerships, regional competitiveness, and entrepreneurship can be harnessed towards positive measurable impact in local economies.

Insights into Competitive Market Trends in the U.S.

  • Innovation, Capitalization, Automation and Technology
  • Public-Private Partnerships, Regional Competitivess and Entrepreneurship

Speaker: William Bates, Executive Vice President, Council on Competitiveness


9:30-11 a.m.

Plenary 2 - The Building Blocks of Innovative Economic Ecosystems

Room: Colosseum

Creating an innovative economic ecosystem that is equitable of all communities takes work, but there are some important ways philanthropy can contribute to this goal. Hear some cutting-edge strategies through some Fast Talks and close out the session with a discussion on finding the right catalysts for community transformation.
Moderator: Mike Green, Co-founder, ScaleUp Partners

Equity and Inclusion Imperatives in Economic Growth Innovations
Speaker: Bob Weissbourd, President, RW Ventures, LLC and Regional Growth Innovation Network

Fast Talks: Inclusive Competitiveness Strategies and Community Frameworks

  • STEEM Education Imperatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math)  
    Speaker: Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
  • Workforce Talent Pipelines
    Speaker: Maureen Conway, Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, Aspen Institute
  • Entrepreneurship Pipelines
    Speaker: Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Investments in Existing Businesses
    Speaker: Michelle Mapp, CEO South Carolina Community Foundation Loan

Cultivating Inclusive Economic Building Blocks in Communities: Foundations as Important Stakeholders and Leaders
Speakers: Chris Gergen, CEO, Forward Cities

Finding Catalysts for Community Transformation
Speaker: Dr. Jamie Bracey, Professor, Temple University College of Engineering, Founder of the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness


11-11:15 p.m.

Break

Beverage service will be located in Partners Room.


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Plenary 3 - How Regional Success Happens

Room: Colosseum

Moderator: Mike Green, Co-founder, ScaleUp Partners

Learn about the tools and techniques at your disposal as a foundation to foster an emerging regional ecosystem, including:

  • Capitalization: Impact Investing, Strategic Grantmaking
    Speaker: Teri Lovelace, President, Locus Impact Investing
  • Community Leadership: Convening Power and Voice
    Speaker: Mary Thomas, COO, The Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Resource Alignment: Seeding and Leading Intentional Connections and Collaborations
    Speaker: Bernie Mazyck, President and CEO, South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development
  • Competitive Talent Development: Investing in Youth (Emerging) Workforce, Adult Learning, and Retraining
    Speaker: Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement, Kapor Center for Social Impact

12:15-1 p.m.

Lunch

Room: Forum

Lunch buffet will be located in Partners Room.


1-2 p.m.

Conversation with Steve Ballmer, Co-Founder of Ballmer Group and Chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers — Catalyzing Communities to Increase Economic Mobility

Room: Colosseum

Moderator: John Stockwell, Chair, The Spartanburg County Foundation and Executive Director, Spartanburg Academic Movement


2:15-2:45 p.m.

Peer Exchanges: Panel and Table Discussions — Foundation Roles and Challenges in Fostering Economic Innovation Ecosystems

Attendees select one topic/room to participate in conversation of their choice.

Discuss the roles of foundations and the challenges inherent in fostering an innovative economic environment in your region in small groups, hearing from both experts and peers on best practices.

  • Capitalization: Impact Investing, Strategic Grantmaking - Room, Forum
    Discussion Co-Leads: Teri Lovelace, President, Locus Impact Investing and Melanie Allen, Network Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Community Leadership: Convening Power and Voice - Room, Kingsley 
    Discussion Co-leads: Mary Thomas, COO, The Spartanburg County Foundation and David Leckey, Executive Director, Orton Family Foundation

2:45-3 p.m.

Break


3-3:45 p.m.

Peer Exchanges: Panel and Table Discussions (Part 2) — Foundation Roles and Challenges in Fostering Economic Innovation Ecosystems (Part 2)

Attendees select one topic to participate in conversation of their choice.

  • Resource Alignment: Seeding and Leading Intentional Connections and Collaborations - Room, Forum
    Discussion Co-Leads: Bernie Mazyck, President & CEO, South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development and Demetric Duckett, Associate Director of Capital Innovation, Living Cities
  • Competitive Talent Development: Investing in Youth (Emerging) Workforce, Adult Education, and Retraining - Room, Kingsley
    Discussion Co-Leads: Walker Sanders, CEO, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement, Kapor Center for Social Impact

3:45-4 p.m.

Break


4-4:30 p.m.

Day One Wrap Up

Room: Colosseum

Day one wrap-up on inclusive competitiveness, economic mobility, and inclusive family prosperity. Final commentary from the day’s activities and discussions the role of community philanthropy in transforming current areas of economic anchors into economic boosters for the local/regional economy.

Facilitators: Mike Green and Chris Gergen

Shuttle available to AC Hotel Spartanburg from Meeting Site.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Break and Travel to Networking Reception

Shuttle available back to hotel and then to BMW Zentrum Networking Reception at 5:30 p.m.


6-8 p.m.

Networking Reception

Continue the conversation with your colleagues and peers while exploring the BMW Manufacturing Plant, another example of Southern innovation and economic opportunity. H'orderves and cocktails will be served.

  • Welcome and Remarks by BMW Officials
  • Investing in the Individual: Fostering Real Personal Success
    Remarks by Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director, The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School


Thursday, May 24


8:00-8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Room: Forum

Shuttle departs at 7:30 a.m. from AC Hotel Spartanburg to Meeting Site.


8:45-10:00 a.m.

Plenary 4 - Catalysts to Foster Regional Inclusive Economic Ecosystems

Room: Colosseum

Introduction by Stephanie Powers, Vice President for Policy & Partnerships, Council on Foundations with a video on Opportunity Zones by U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Driving the Next Wave of Inclusive Growth and Access to Markets
Listen to examples of successful efforts and implementations from peers in the sector and the possibilities behind this catalytic endeavor to drive the next wave of inclusive growth and access to markets.
Moderated by Chris Gergen, CEO, Forward Cities with Demetric Duckett, Associate Director of Capital Innovation, Living Cities and Ines Polonius, CEO, Communities Unlimited.


10:00-10:15 a.m.

Break


10:15-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions: Catalyst Conversations

Attendees have the opportunity to interact with practitioners and each other in one of three catalyst topics areas.

  • Catalyst: Utilizing Diverse Financial Tools - Room, Kingsley
    Explore strategies for impact investing, angel investing, venture captial, strategic grantmaking, and P3s.
    Facilitator: Brad Ward, Director of Community Philanthropy, Council on Foundations
    Practitioners: Teri Lovelace, President, Locus Impact Investing; Todd Abedon, Trustee, Coastal Community Foundation; Bill Barnet, Trustee, Duke Endowment
  • Regional Resource Alignment - Room, Forum
    Consider how to be a community leader utilzing resource mapping, using "anchor" status, facilitating discussions collaboratively, and making strategic grants.

    Practitioners: Bob Weissbourd, President, RW Ventures, LLC and Regional Growth Innovation Network; Chris Gergen, CEO, Forward Cities.

  • Competitive Talent Development - Room, Colosseum
    Find ways to strengthen existing education and workforce systems, public-private partnerships, and other innovative ideas.
    Facilitator: Stephanie Powers, Vice President for Policy & Partnerships, Council on Foundations
    Practitioners: Tammie Hoy Hawkins, Project Manager, Northside Development Group; Dr. Jamie Bracey, Professor, Temple University College of Engineering, Founder of the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Break


11:00-11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions: "How-To" Idea Exchange

Attendees will build upon the catalytic conversations in further group discussion for transferable ideas and approaches to implement when they leave the convening.

  • Building Board Support to Increase Use of Diverse Financial Tools - Room, Kingsley
    What do boards need to know and how can they increase their innovative thinking and strategic decision making -- and what callenges must be overcome?

    Discussion Lead: Bob Morris, President of the Community Foundation of Greenville

  • Building Staff and Grantee Capacity to Align Regional Resources - Room, Forum
    How can you increase capacity to identify resource disconnects and misalignment, as well as methods to engage community and economic stakeholders; and use technical assistance experts?
    Discussion Lead: Gage Weekes, President & CEO, Hollingsworth Funds
  • Building Board and Staff Capacity to Support Competitive Talent Development - Room, Colosseum
    How can you engage local business and industry leaders, public leadership, and funders for collaboration to create a strong and equitable regional workforce in growth sectors?

    Discussion Lead: Denise Spencer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry


11:30a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plenary 5 - Mind the Gap: Ensuring Fast-Paced Innovation Doesn't Leave Behind Vulnerable Populations | Wrap-up Convening

Room: Colosseum

If foundations can bridge the gap between the fast-paced innovation economy and those populations that have been left behind in both urban and rural communities, they can be the leaders in assisting cities and regions in bolstering regional competitiveness by creating more economically stable and sustainable communities with people who are more productive in both the workforce and entrepreneurship pipelines. Foundations can be a substantial economic assist by transforming current areas of economic anchors into economic boosters for the local/regional economy through strategies of economic inclusion and competitiveness.

This final plenary takes a sampling of the ideas from the previous session to see how they fare on the inclusiveness scale, and addresses some innovative ways foundations can drive their local economies and be a force for change in their region.

Facilitators: Mike Green and Chris Gergen