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Forward Cities Program Schedule

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10:30 AM Registration at the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center (NOBIC) 1441 Canal Street
11:00 AM BioTech Research & Medical/Healthcare Corridors - How are they shaping our cities' future? What is their impact on local workforce development? Are they inclusive? Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. Panelists: Aaron Miscenich - President and CEO of New Orleans Bio Innovation Center, Jeff Epstein - Director of the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor and Teresa Lynch - Principal at Mass Economics and former Senior VP and Director of Research at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City in Detroit. Moderator: Melissa Ehlinger, Interim Executive Director of the New Orleans Business Alliance
11:30 AM Interactive Round Tables on Inclusive Innovation - How should we be doing this? Tables of 10-15 people each. Everyone signs up for an area of work that interests them and discusses how inclusive innovation is happening in this area or how it could be improved. Education - Led by Peter A. Reiling, Aspen Institute Exec. Vice President and Senior Moderator for the Pahara/Aspen Institute Education Fellowship Pgm. Healthcare - Led by Charlotte Parent, Director of the City of New Orleans Health Department. Greening of the City - Led by Beth Galante , Chief Energy Efficiency Officer at Posigen, former Executive Director of Global Green New Orleans , Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. Workforce Development/Opportunity Youth - Led by Monique Miles, Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Forum on Community Solutions.
12:15 PM Lunch & Presentation of Recommendations on Inclusive Innovation - Each roundtable selects a leader who will present the recommendations or issues that came up during their discussion. Moderated by Christopher Gergen, Forward Cities Lead and Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.
12:45 PM Break
1:00 PM Education Reform and the Role of Higher Ed in a City's Innovation Economy - How do we develop a growing and vibrant talent pipeline in our cities? How do we ensure that this pipeline is diverse/inclusive? Is education reform a strategy for keeping talent? Panelists: Michael Stone - CEO of New Schools New Orleans. Christine Fowler-Mack, Chief of New and Innovative Schools and Programs of Cleveland Metropolitan School Distric. Micah Gilmer - Senior Partner of Frontline Solutions and public policy faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. Moderator: Scott Cowen, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at Tulane University.
1:45 PM Blight Removal, Greenways and Urban Farming - How can these be strategies for urban renewal and neighborhood revitalization? Panelists: Randy McShepard - Vice President, RPM Inc. and Founder of the Rid-All/Green Partnership Urban Farm in Cleveland. Emily Egge - Executive Director of SEEDS in Durham. Jerry Paffendorf - President of Loveland Technologies . Dan Carmody President of Detroit's Eastern Market. Moderator: Kristin G. Palmer, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, former New Orleans Council Member for District "C" and Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans.
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Guided Field Trips to NOLA Innovative Organizations, Demonstration Projects and Sector Initiatives:
NOLA Incubators: Visits to Propeller/ PowerMoves NOLA/Idea Village/ 4.0 Schools
Led by September Hargrove, COO of PowerMoves NOLA
Innovative Charter Schools: Visits to Samuel J. Green School Edible School Yard and Sci Academy
Led by Sarah Usdin, Member of the New Orleans Board of Ed and Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow
Green Building and Blight Removal: Visits to Holy Cross neighborhood and Farming Coops in East NOLA
Led by Kristin G. Palmer, former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Anchor Developments in Low Income Neighborhoods: Visits to OC Halley, Claiborne & Bio Corridors
Led by Ashleigh Gardere, Director of Opportunity Network for the City of New Orleans and Aaron Miscenich, President of the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center.
6:30 PM Forward Cities and Goldman Sachs Cocktails and Dinner at the National WWII Museum
7:00 PM Role of small business leaders in a city's comeback - Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Panelists: Dr. Edgar Chase III - Trustee of Loyola University. Aimee Quirk - Senior Advisor to Mayor Landrieu on Economic Development. Dr. Monty Sullivan - President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Bill Bynum - President and CEO of HOPE Credit Union. Teresa Lawrence - Delta Personnel and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduate
8:00 PM How to Attract and Keep Innovative Talent in a City What are the best strategies? Are we doing a good job of diversifying the entrepreneurial sector? What could we be doing more of? Panelists: Tim Williamson - Executive Director and Co-Founder of Idea Village. Maria LaLonde - Director of Talent Development at Bizdom. Cathy Belk - Chief Operating Officer of JumpStart. Keeva Kase - Executive Director of Bull City Forward. Moderated by Christopher Gergen, Forward Cities Lead and Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Claiborne Elevated Hwy - a lesson in "dumb" growth or urban decay? Walking Tour led by Jack Davis - Friends of New Orleans Board Member, former VP of Chicago Metropolis and President of the Hartford Courant and Metropolitan Editor of the Chicago Tribune, and Jacques Morial, Managing Director of Enterprise Strategies, script consultant and cast member of HBO's series Treme', and recognized lecturer on urban economics and disaster recovery.. "If we build it, progress will come..."The unintended consequences of an elevated highway project that devastated one of the most vibrant, important, historically African American neighborhoods in New Orleans.
9:30 AM Registration at the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center (NOBIC) 1441 Canal Street
9:45 AM Developing Entrepreneurs and Change-Makers from Low Income and Minority Communities How is it happening in our cities now? Where are there innovation deserts? How can we scale up these activities and make them more effective? Panelists: Earl Robinson - President and CEO of PowerMoves NOLA. Brian Hall - CEO of Innogistics, LLC and Director of the Cleveland Commission on Economic Inclusion. Napoleon Wallace - Executive Staff of Self-Help Credit Union. Regina Ann Campbell - Managing Director of Place Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown. Moderator: Jean-Claude Brizard, President of UpSpring Education Group and former Chief of Chicago Public Schools and Superintendent of Schools in Rochester NY, Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow.
11:00 AM Forward Cities Mapping and Research - Urban Institute and IBM Presentation by Urban Institute and IBM teams on the mapping and research activity that will begin in January 2015.
11:30 AM Break Out Sessions Organized by Cities (i.e. donors, innovation council and team members) will prepare a summary of what they have learned from this NOLA convening and what they would like to apply or take back home. In addition, they will give a brief description of what they would like to cover at the next convening in Detroit (Spring 2015) and what they want to showcase when their city hosts.
12:00 PM Presentation and Discussion of Results of the Break Out Sessions Discussion will be moderated by Christopher Gergen, Forward Cities Lead and Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow
12:30 PM Closing Remarks by James Carville - Friends of New Orleans Founding Board Member
12:45 PM Next Steps and Closing of Convening - Christopher Gergen and Denise Byrne, Forward Cities Team
1:00 PM Lunch - NOLA's Best Food Trucks arrive in front of NOBIC!

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