11/3-4 Opportunity Nation (backed by AARP Foundation, Ford Foundation, Time Magazine, and United Way) at the Apollo Theater in Gotham City to explore ways to promote “opportunity, social mobility and access to the American Dream.”
NATIONAL SUMMIT TO ADDRESS LACK OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS; LEADING ORGANIZATIONS WILL CREATE A NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON KEY ISSUES
National poll to be released at event where NYC Mayor Bloomberg and other dignitaries will participate.
Opportunity Nation, a national coalition of non-profits, foundations, educators, business and political leaders working to put promoting opportunity, social mobility and access to the American Dream back on the national, state and local community agendas will host a summit at Columbia University in New York. The event is cosponsored by AARP Foundation, Ford Foundation, Time Magazine, and United Way Worldwide. The Opportunity Nation summit was officially announced in this week’s TIME magazine in the editor’s letter by Rick Stengel.
At the conference Opportunity Nation will kick start a national dialogue, highlight solutions, and engage the 2012 presidential candidates to make creating opportunity an issue in the presidential election. Leaders from all sectors of society will participate in action-oriented dialogue on what opportunity means, make commitments about how their institutions can create opportunity and share innovative examples of how this is already being done at the community level.
Confirmed speakers include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President of Catholic Charities Father Larry Snyder; Jo Ann Jenkins, President of AARP Foundation; Rick Stengel, Managing Editor of TIME magazine; Luis Ubiñas, President of the Ford Foundation; Commentator and Philanthropist Tavis Smiley, Angela Glover Blackwell Founder and CEO, Policy Link; Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Stuart Butler; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; and Washington Post Columnist Michael Gerson. Other speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.