2019 Shape of the Region Conference

The Business Case for Economic Mobility

Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:00 - 11:45 am
Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, announces the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference, The Business Case for Economic Mobility.

Our local economy continues to thrive. But our region, like the entire country, is experiencing a growing gulf between the have and the have nots, rising income inequality, and a lack of economic mobility that has developed in the past 50 years. It is a defining problem of our age, and everyone has a role to play in helping to solve it.  

Inspired by the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, the 2019 Shape of the Region Conference will discuss strategies that each sector of society can deploy to achieve a more expanded, more inclusive economy that benefits us all.

ONLINE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.  Onsite registration will be available starting at 8:00 am.

Welcome & Introduction

Eileen Ellsworth
President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Featured Keynote Presenters

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Nisha G. Patel
Managing Director, Narrative Change and National Initiatives at Robin Hood
Brent Orrell
Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Fireside Chat: The Tech Talent Pipeline

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Bobbie Kilberg, Moderator
President and CEO,
Northern Virginia Technology Council
Ken Eisner
Senior Manager, Worldwide Education Programs,
Ray Khuo
SVP, Chief Human Capital Officer,
Steve Partridge
VP of Workforce and Economic Development,
Northern Virginia Community College
John Wood
Chairman, President and CEO,

Panel Discussion: Moving Ideas Into Practice

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Julie Coons,
President and CEO,
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Karla Bruce
Chief Equity Officer,
Fairfax County
Matt Erskine
Executive Advisor,
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jeff Grass
President and CEO,
David Remick
Executive Director,
Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council


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Robert Lazaro
Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsor


Copper Sponsors

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Media Partners

Arlington Magazine
Connection Newspapers
Prince William Living
Washington Business Journal

Sponsorships are now available.  See the sponsorship package here.

Registration is $65 and includes continental breakfast.

We're Sorry!

Online registration is closed for this event.