Working City: The Atlantic Forum on Urban Progress

May 7, 2015
2:00 - 5:00 pm EDT


Thursday, May 7

2:00 pm EDT Working City: Opening Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • Brandee McHale, President, Citi Foundation, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi
2:10 pm EDT Rethinking Our Approach to Low Income Communities     Watch On-Demand
  • Jennifer Bradley, Founding Director, Center for Urban Innovation, The Aspen Institute
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
2:30 pm EDT Conversation: Bridging Economic Disparity     Watch On-Demand
  • Juanita James, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fairfield County's Community Foundation
  • Cynthia Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer, BRIDGE Housing
  • Moderated by: Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
3:00 pm EDT Interview: Results-Driven Community Investments     Watch On-Demand
  • Shirley Franklin, Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Built Communities
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons
3:30 pm EDT Conversation: Getting It Right for the Next Generation     Watch On-Demand
  • John Gomperts, President and Chief Executive Officer, America's Promise
  • Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute
  • Moderated by: Gillian White
4:00 pm EDT Tackling Unemployment: A Learning Process     Watch On-Demand
  • Rosanne Haggerty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Solutions
4:55 pm EDT Working City: Closing Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • Nancy O. Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Low Income Investment Fund
  • Margaret Low Smith

About this conference

On May 7, The Atlantic will convene key voices behind urban transformation initiatives across the country to examine the most effective models for creating lasting solutions to complex social problems. While approaches differ from one community to the next, the most successful initiatives are setting ambitious goals to improve low income neighborhoods and increase economic mobility by working across sectors and developing partnerships that span education, housing, health care and workforce development.

Through one-on-one interviews, panel discussions and case study presentations from community leaders with proven track records of success, this program will explore what's needed to encourage and support these models, and take a closer look at what it takes to create and sustain collaborative efforts aimed at making cities work for all.

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About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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