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Uncommon Alliances Conference Agenda


Uncommon Alliances Conference: Real Partnerships - Real Experiences - Real Impacts. Hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the George Washington University School of Business.

June 4, 2012
The George Washington University, Washington, DC

8:00 Registration, Networking Breakfast
Continental Ballroom
9:00

Welcome Remarks
Betts Theatre
Dr. John Forrer, Associate Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, The George Washington University

9:05

Opening Remarks
Steven Lerman, Provost, the George Washington University

9:15 Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons Learned
Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
9:30 Keynote address
Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, The White House
9:45 Conversation on the Future for Partnerships

Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
Nancy Smith-Nissley, Senior Coordinator, Economic Policy and Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
Dr. John Forrer, Associate Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, the George Washington University
Dr. Tim Fort, The Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, the George Washington University
Moderator: Stephen Sobhani, Director of Private Sector Engagement for the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the UN Foundation

10:45 Rest break
11:00

Building Impactful Partnerships
Betts Theatre

Dr. Quintan Wiktorowicz, Senior Director for Community Partnerships at the White House National Security Staff
Amir Dossal, Founder, Global Partnership Forum
Barbara Span, Vice President of Public Affairs, Western Union
Simon Winter, Senior Vice President, Development, TechnoServe
Moderator: Daniel Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies

This panel will engage in a lively discussion of the power of partnerships. Citing their own real experiences and real partnerships, speakers will offer stories, tips and lessons learned from a variety of perspectives.

12:00 Lunch
Continental Ballroom
1:30 Keynote address
Betts Theatre
Conor B. French, President and COO, INDEGO Africa
1:45

Challenges and Near-Misses in Partnerships

Frank Williams, Director, Innovations and Partnering, World Vision
David Berdish, Manager, Sustainable Business Development, Ford Motor Company
Tensie Whelan, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance
Celena Green, Program Officer-Africa, Vital Voices
British Robinson, Vice President for Global Strategy and Programs, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Claire Lyons, Founder and Chief Catalyst, The Partnerships Advisory
Moderator: Jim Thompson, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

Experienced partnership practitioners know that engaging partnerships can be a complex, time-consuming task. This panel will share real experiences in the ways that partnerships can go awry…and challenge the audience to discover remedies and lessons learned in the subsequent breakout sessions.

2:45

Coffee break
Continental Ballroom

3:00

Remedies and Lessons breakout sessions

These active, engaging breakout sessions will delve deeper into challenges in partnerships through collaborative discussions, problem-solving, opportunities, remedies, and sharing lessons learned.

  • Lemons to Lemonade: Remedying troublesome partnerships

David Berdish, Tensie Whelan and Gloria Cabe (moderator)
Marvin Center Room 302

  • Creating the new partnership normal: Institutional entrepreneurs and boundary spanners needed!

Frank Williams, Claire Lyons and Prof. Rafael Lucea (moderator)
Marvin Center Room 307

  • Lost in Translation: Ensuring partnership success from ideas to implementation

Celena Green, British Robinson, and Prof. Jay Graham (moderator)
Marvin Center Room 308

4:00 Conclude breakout sessions and return to Betts Theatre
4:15

Report out of Remedies and Lessons
Betts Theatre
Jim Thompson, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

4:30 Mad Minutes Q&A
Jim Thompson, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
4:45 Closing remarks
Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
5:00 Reception following the close of the conference
Continental Ballroom


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