Leaders, Influencers, Decision Makers Gather Together for the 7th Annual Concordia Summit
New York, September 29, 2017 – The seventh annual Concordia Summit took place on September 18th and 19th, 2017. The Summit is a 2-day convening of over 2,500 leaders, influencers and decision makers working together to build partnerships for social impact. The Summit featured plenary sessions, strategic dialogues, roundtable discussions and presentations by over 250 speakers on the following topics:
Diplomacy and defense
Economic development and international finance education
Entrepreneurship and workforce development
Environmental security and natural resource management
Gender parity and inclusive diversity
Good governance and democracy
Global health and emergency response
Human rights and civil liberties
Innovative technology and sustainable infrastructure
Shared value and social impact
The importance of public-private collaboration is the core of the Concordia Summit. Which each conversation, the value of bringing cross-sector organizations together is recognized and provided as tangible impact. Specifically, a strategic dialogue session including Concordia’s own Director of Social Impact, Hanne Dalmut, as well as other participants, who sought to answer questions around P3’s and their metrics. The session ended with a deliberation on the P3 Impact Award to be later announced that evening. The P3 Impact Award was created by The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, Concordia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society (IBiS), to honor those who are utilizing the P3 model to improve their communities.
Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of The Wilson Center and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary fund, discussed the importance of women in entrepreneurship. Their discussion spanned across sectors and highlighted the areas of education, labor force participation and leadership positions. In addition to Harman and Lagarde, former U.S. First Lady Laura W. Bush, Monica Geingos, The First Lady of Namibia, and Lorena Castillo de Varela of Panama discussed their experience identifying key focus issues as First Ladies.
Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States, and Chair of The Biden Foundation and David Simas, Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation, spoke on the refugee crisis mentioning The HOME Project, of which Libra Group is a founding sponsor. Simas focused on the importance of giving voice to refugees. Sofia Kouvelaki, Executive Director of The HOME Project, was invited alongside a number of individuals to the New York City’s Global Mayor’s Summit on migration and refugee policy and practice. The program emphasized the role of partnerships in addressing the global migration crisis.
Other highlights of the Summit include Diana Doukas, Social Responsibility Director of Programs for Libra Group, and her participation on a panel entitled, “Disruptive Technologies: The Future of the Workforce,” where she highlighted the education programs run by Libra Social. She spoke on the panel alongside Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent – Politico, Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy – PayPal, and many more leaders and innovators across industries.
The Summit reached 334,910 Facebook users, a third of which viewed the Facebook live videos from the Summit. #Concordia17 was the #3 Twitter trend in New York City and had 343,207 Twitter impressions.