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12:00-12:30 – Doors open
12:30-12:45 – Opening remarks
Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program
Dan Porterfield, President, The Aspen Institute
12:45-2:00 – What Is Opportunity in America?
What does the national picture look like, how do we measure opportunity, what are the policy ideas, how do they play out in communities?
Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar, Economic Policy, American Enterprise Institute; Member, EOP Advisory Council
Paul Osterman, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management; Member, EOP Advisory Council
Michelle De La Isla, Mayor, City of Topeka; Supplier Diversity Manager, Evergy
Moderated by Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program
2:00-2:15 – Break
2:15-3:30 – Opportunity and Inclusion
How do we break down the divides of race, place and gender and create more equitable access to economic opportunity? How do we invest in under resourced communities? How can we support entrepreneurs of color? How do we include the voices of working people?
Introduction by Joyce Klein, Director, Business Ownership Initiative, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute
Gayatri Agnew, Senior Director, Walmart.org
Betsy Biemann, CEO, Coastal Enterprises Inc.
Gary Cunningham, President and CEO, Prosperity Now
Moderated by Tracy Jan, Reporter, The Washington Post
3:30-3:45 – Break
3:45-5:00 – Leveraging Business Choices to Build Better Opportunities
How are good jobs good business? How can business invest in the skills of their workforce and encourage advancement? What role can employee ownership play in improving worker economic inclusion and security?
Introduction by Mark Popovich, Director, Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute
Jennifer Briggs, Partner, GRITT Business Coaching
Kevin Johnson, Regional Chief Operations Officer, US Retail Central Region, Aon
Erin Patinkin, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Ovenly
Moderated by Matthew Heimer, Senior Editor, Fortune Magazine
5:00-6:30 – Reception