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By The Numbers
298: In–Person Participants.
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A full program agenda can be downloaded at the right.
The morning plenary was held in the American University Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. NCoC Executive Director Ilir Zherka and Board Chair Michael Weiser opened the Annual Conference with their remarks following the National Anthem from Diane Ty, NCoC Chief Development Officer. Also in the morning, Wendy Spencer, CEO Corporation for National & Community Service, presented on the latest Volunteering & Civic Life in America data.
This year’s George A. Smith HOOAH award was presented by John Bridgeland, NCoC Advisory Board Chair, to Retired General Stanley McChrystal, a transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement. General McChrystal delivered remarks about expanding the field of national service and making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.
Later in the morning session, Bill Galston from the Brookings Institution moderated a panel on “The Civic Implications of Economic Inequality.” This panel, consisting of Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute; Thomas Hungerford, Economic Policy Institute; Eric Liu, Citizen University; and Erica Williams Simon, EWS Strategies, was a timely discussion and debate around the relationship between civic engagement and economic inequality.
Throughout the morning sessions, leaders from the afternoon Learning Summits delivered Civic Highlights on national service, civic health initiatives, civic learning, and corporate citizenship.
In the afternoon, the Conference separated into four breakout Learning Summits including:
National Service Part 1: What does national service at scale really look like?
Attendees envisioned and discussed who and what would be needed to create an ideal “Service Year” city.
National Service Part 2: Making national service a catalyst for civic engagement.
Organizations shared their processes for achieving the three primary goals of national service: getting things done, changing the lives of those who serve, and strengthening communities through civic engagement.
Tess Mason-Elder & Jay Mangone, The Franklin Project
Shirley Sagawa, NCoC
Vu Dang, City of Baltimore
Jeffrey Richardson, Serve DC
John Bridgeland, Civic Enterprises
AnnMaura Connolly, Voices for National Service
Nathan Dietz, Urban Institute
Civic Health Initiatives Part 1: How do we maximize civic data’s potential?
Participants discussed the comprehensive national data structure that supports their work and additional sources of metrics on social cohesion.
Civic Health Initiatives Part 2: Best practices in turning civic data into action.
Participants gained a better understanding of local and national data resources, turning data into action, and how to share best practices for both.
Captain: Diane Douglas, Seattle CityClub
Jeff Coates, NCoC
Debbie Wise, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Civic Learning and Education Part 1: How can civic learning attack society’s ills?
This Design Lab explored ways the value of civic learning can be increased by ensuring its connection to larger community issues.
Civic Learning and Education Part 2: Action Civics – Not your grandpa’s civics
This session focused on successes and challenges in creating cutting-edge and innovative civics programs in 21st century schools.
Susan Griffin, National Council for Social Studies
Ted McConnell, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Jeff Harris, Junior Statesman Foundation
Gillian Pressman, Generation Citizen
Stephanie Remick, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
Irasema Salcido, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
Heather Van Benthuysen, Alcott College Prep High School, Mikva Challenge
Damani Jasper, Simon Scholar
Corporate Citizenship Part 1: How can corporate community engagement inspire active citizenship?
Corporate leaders gave a rare “look under the hood” at the best community engagement programs of corporate citizens in 2013’s The Civic 50.
Corporate Citizenship Part 2: How do we measure community-mindedness?
This session discussed, evaluated, and debated metrics that are meaningful and appropriate to assess effective corporate community engagement and employee volunteerism.
Captains: Jenny Lawson & Yvonne Siu Turner, Points of Light Corporate Institute
Katie Beacham, Deloitte
Brian Kropp, Corporate Executive Board
Julia Chicoskie, FedEx
Janine Rouson, GE Corporation
The 2014 Annual Conference on Citizenship was made possible by generous support from Cisco, Lumina Foundation, American University, KPMG, Apollo Education Group, Sprint, GE Foundation, NRG Energy, iStrategyLabs, and Sagawa/Jospin. In addition, we would like to thank the following generous individuals: Michael Weiser and Julie Greiner Weiser, Gail Leftwich Kitch, Tom Gottschalk, Tom Susman, and Phil Duncan.
NCoC Program Committee
NCoC is proud to be supported by a Program Committee of civic sector leaders from our Board of Directors. Including: Gail Leftwich Kitch (chair), Paula Ellis, Eric Federing, Garrett Graff, Tom Susman, Michael Weiser, Lattie Coor, Erica Williams Simon.