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2022 Community Partnership Forum:

Where | How | Why – We Work

The Community Partnership Forum annually brings together nonprofit, business, and government leaders from across the Washington metro area to explore issues of mutual interest.  In 2022, the 14th annual forum will be held on Wednesday, June 8 in the multipurpose room of Van Metre Hall at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.  Registration begins at 8:30 am, and the program will run from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. The 2022 forum is hosted by Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government along with its regional partners:  Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the National Capital Area, and Leadership Fairfax. Other collaborators include Britepaths, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Family Service, The Arc of Northern Virginia, and Volunteer Fairfax. Please register here for a $25 fee, which includes continental breakfast.

The 2022 forum focuses on the new world of work, with its changing workforce and workplace issues. Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Andrea Bunch, Vice President, Human Resources, JK Moving Services
  • Jacqueline Dendievel, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Ian Gordon, Vice President, Community Impact & Engagement, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Jonathan Griffith, Managing Director, Capital One Center
  • Rodney L. Lusk, Fairfax County Supervisor – Lee District
  • Daniel Olberding, Associate Vice President, CannonDesign
  • Kimberly Scales, Senior Consultant, Deloitte (Future of Work)
  • Tony Womack, Executive Vice President, Transwestern

Please contact Alan Abramson at aabramso@gmu.edu with questions.

2021 Community Partnership Forum

Webinar on Social Enterprise
June 30, 2021:  12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
Free event, via Zoom

The topic for our June 30 webinar is:  “Pursuing Social Purpose and Profit:  How Social Enterprises Already Benefit Our Region – And How They Can Do More.”  Our expert panelists will discuss how hybrid, double-bottom-line social enterprises that seek to both “do good” and “make money” are enhancing our region, and what we can do to support their further development.  We will hear from a local social entrepreneur, an expert on the law regarding social enterprise, and an international advocate for this new class of “for-benefit organizations” that mix social purpose and profit.  Come learn about what the emerging fourth sector may mean for you, your organization, and the quality of life in the DMV and our country, and how we can work together to advance this important movement.

Webinar on Regional Economic Development in the Post-COVID Era
June 17, 2021:  11:00 am – Noon ET
Free event, via Zoom
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority President Victor Hoskins will focus on how regional collaboration through the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance became essential during the COVID-19 pandemic and how collaboration throughout the Washington area is necessary to stimulate economic opportunity in every part of the region in order to compete with other global mega-regions.

Webinar on Activating Leaders and Organizations to Accelerate Equity
May 12, 2021:  12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
Free event, via Zoom
Many of us envision an equitable and just society – free of systemic oppression and where all people thrive.  The question that most of us ask is how do we achieve this?  Join us to learn more about ProInspire’s leadership framework and tool to support individuals and organizations in identifying how their practices can create and sustain race equity experience and outcomes.  You will hear how several leaders here in the DMV, including Rachael Gibson (Marcum LLP), Monisha Kaplila (ProInspire), and Roopal Mehta Saran (Literacy Council of Northern Virginia) are leading individuals and organizations to advance and accelerate race equity.

Webinar on a Democratic Economy
March 22, 2021:  12:30 – 1:30 pm ET
Free event, via Zoom
How can we hit the reset button after the pandemic and build back a stronger, more equitable nation and DMV region?  Please join authors Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard from the Democracy Collaborative for a discussion of their new book, The Making of a Democratic Economy, that offers a compelling vision for a just and sustainable future which reflects our democratic ideals.