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Kevin Bacon, Actor, Musician, Founder of Sixdegrees.org

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Kevin Bacon is renowned for a hugely diverse acting career in a wide range of film genres from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas. He is a Golden Globe and SAG Award winning actor, Broadway performer, film and television director, and half of the successful band, "The Bacon Brothers." At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched SixDegrees.org, a website that builds on the popularity of the "small world phenomenon" to create a charitable social network and inspire giving to charities online. He started the network with celebrities by highlighting their favorite charities, and he encourages everyone to be celebrities for their own causes by joining the Six Degrees movement. To date, the site has succeeded in raising almost four million dollars for charities around the world. In 2010, Bacon received the Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association in recognition of his outstanding film career and his charitable work with SixDegrees.org.

J.R. Martinez, Veteran, Actor and Winner of Dancing with the Stars

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

J.R. Martinez is widely recognized for his mirror-ball winning performances on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." He starred for three years as a cast member of the daytime drama, "All My Children," and is a spokesman and a retired soldier. Martinez joined the 101st Airborne Division of the Army in 2003 when he was deployed to Iraq. He received burns over 40 percent of his body when his Humvee drove over a landmine and he was trapped inside. After 33 surgeries and while recuperating in the hospital, he experienced a turning point when a nurse asked him to speak to another burn patient who had just seen his body for the first time. After speaking with the other patient, J.R. understood the impact he had and decided to use his experience to help others by sharing his story and listening to theirs.

Dr. Jill Biden

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is a lifelong educator, a proud Blue Star mom and an active member of her community. Additionally, as Second Lady of the United States, Jill works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, highlight the importance of community colleges to America's future and raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention. Jill also continues to teach English full-time at a community college in nearby Virginia. As a military mom, Jill understands firsthand how difficult it can be to have a loved one deployed overseas. She has dedicated herself to shining a light on military families' strength and courage as well as the challenges that they face. Through the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden have issued a national challenge to all Americans to take action and find ways to support and engage our service members, veterans and military families in their own communities and ensure they have the support they have earned. Learn more about the White House's Joining Forces initiative: Visit JoiningForces.gov, like Joining Forces on Facebook and follow @JoiningForces on Twitter.

Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States, Founder, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Mrs. Bush often jokes that her successful life is a result of marrying well, but her spirit and dedication are an inspiration to us all. Since leaving the White House in 1993, she continues to serve others with the same energy, goodwill and humor that endear her to so many people around the world. Public service is a common thread in the Bush family. Their son George W. served as the Governor of Texas and the nation's 43rd President, their son Jeb was the Governor of Florida for two terms and their son, Neil, serves as the Chairman of the Board of Points of Light. A tireless advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush helped countless charities and humanitarian causes during her years in public life. Mrs. Bush's primary cause through the years has been promoting literacy. She believes that so many of our nation's problems would be solved if every man, woman and child could read, write and comprehend. In 1989 she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which supports family literacy programs where parents and children can learn and read together. Today she enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation.

Bryan Anderson, Veteran, Author, Actor

Session 3136 All the Way Home: The Blueprint for Meaningful Community Response

Chicago native and Purple Heart recipient, Bryan Anderson lost both of his legs and left hand as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device explosion in Iraq in 2005. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq. He is an energetic and enthusiastic individual who enjoys challenging his limits by snowboarding, wake boarding, white water rafting and rock climbing. Anderson is the national spokesperson for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corp., and delivers his message of perseverance and determination in major rehab facilities. He is also a spokesman for USA Cares, which focuses on assisting post 911 veterans in times of need. Bryan appeared in the HBO Documentary, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, Golden Globe Award winning film, The Wrestler, and on Nov. 1, 2011 his book titled, No Turning Back was released.

David Armano, EVP, Edelman Digital; EVP, Global Innovation & Integration

Session 2351 What Nonprofits Can Learn from Corporate Social Media Managers

In his work for Edelman Digital, David Armano uncovers and activates strategic and innovative social business solutions for Edelman's clients as well as the firm. Armano also acts as Editor In Chief for Edelmandigital.com and has been working in the digital space since 1997. In his career, David has worked with global brands such as RIM, eBay, and Adidas. David is considered to be a highly influential voice on the subject of social media for business and has nearly 70,000 combined subscribers to his blog — which has consistently ranked in the top marketing blogs according to the Ad Age Power 150 — and Twitter stream. Prior to Edelman, David was a part of the founding team of social business consultancy Dachis Group and helped launch the business from stealth mode into the marketplace. He also writes regular industry perspectives for the Harvard Business Review, was featured several times in BusinessWeek and is best known for his distinct brand of visual thinking.

Neil Bush, Chairman, Points of Light, Chairman and CEO, ATX Oil LLC

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Neil Bush is the third of five children of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Neil is active in service, serving on the boards of Points of Light, the Houston Salvation Army, Volunteer Houston, The Fay School, America's Promise Alliance and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is proud to promote his father's legacy of service that encourages every American to find the transformational power of helping others. Neil entered the oil and gas business thirty years and is active in developing energy and other business overseas, Canada and in the U.S. Neil is a public school education entrepreneur having founded Ignite! Learning, a curriculum publishing company that arms middle school teachers with active, media rich learning tools that engage their 21st century students.

Pierce Bush, Murphree Venture Partners

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Pierce Bush, son of Neil Bush, graduated in 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in American Studies and a minor in Business. After college he returned to his hometown of Houston and became involved in a number of entrepreneurial efforts, including working for The Wind Alliance, a public, private and university consortium to advance the wind energy industry. Since 2011, Pierce has worked for Murphree Venture Partners and is head of investor development for The Southern Funds Group. Pierce is active in the community and believes strongly in the saying, "that any definition of a successful life must include service to others." Since 2009, Pierce has served as a mentor through Big Brother Big Sisters and is on the Board of the Houston chapter of the organization, serves as a commissioner on the Houston Center for Literacy and serves on the board of The Memorial Park Conservancy.

Michael Carter, Founder, President and CEO, Strive for College

Session 2904 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Michael Carter, a social entrepreneur, founded Strive for College in his freshman year of college, and since then has it into a national movement with chapters at college campuses across the country. While in college, Michael taught at-risk middle school youth during the summer, ran the initial Strive model at his university, interned for a venture capital firm and Google, and did public policy research and analysis at American Enterprise Institute. Carter strives for a day when college students across the country mobilize to ensure that all qualified, underserved high school students who have earned the right, go to college and achieve their dreams.

General George W. Casey, Jr., Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Casey led the world's largest and most complex organizations during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. He is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary U.S. Army, modernizing and leading the transformation necessary to defend our nation in the 21st Century, and ensuring the current force deployed in the war on terror was the best this country has ever fielded. His great love of country and his life of service and sacrifice form the basis of his viewpoints on leadership, vision, organizational culture and leading transformational change.

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Session 3117 Celebrating the Power of Service in Education

Under Alberto Carvalho's leadership, Miami-Dade County Public Schools' business operations were restructured, resulting in an increase in financial reserves of over 2000 percent, despite the national economic downturn. Insisting on transparency in the budgeting process, he restored public trust and community support for Miami-Dade's public schools. By bringing a renewed focus to the classroom, student performance has improved significantly. A leader in innovation, Mr. Carvalho is spearheading the transformation of education, pushing for the migration from textbooks to digital content and is developing cutting-edge educational environments to meet the demands of today's learners. He has been selected to lead statewide committees charged with charting the future of public education in Florida. Carvalho has been recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as the "Visionary Leader of the Year," named one of the Top 10 Tech-Savvy Superintendents in the U.S. by eSchool News and was awarded the 2011 Essie Silva Community Builder Award by United Way of Miami-Dade.

Jackie Lynn Coleman, Executive Director, National Community Tax Coalition and Vice President, National Programs for the Center for Economic Progress

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies Through Action

Jackie Lynn Coleman has 5 years of experience in community banking and 15 years of experience working in the areas of organizational, community, economic and workforce development, as well as public policy. In the past she has provided capacity building to a number of organizations across the country, including those in the fields of construction, child care and manufacturing; apprenticeship programs; the Chicago One-Stop Career Centers; and the Illinois Department of Human Services. Jackie holds an M.S. in Human Services Administration from Spertus College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, as well as a B.S. with honors in Political Science from Chicago State University.

Carol Cone, Chairman, Edelman Business + Social Purpose

Session 2512 Celebrating Excellence - Business Track Opening
Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies Through Action

Carol has over 25 years of experience creating substantive public-private partnerships that advance solutions for social issues. As founder of Cone, Inc., she led the development of initiatives for Avon; ConAgra Foods; Chevrolet; ITT; PNC Financial Services; Procter & Gamble; Reebok; Western Union; and the American Heart Association, helping raise awareness and more than $1.2 billion for causes. In 2007, PRWeek called her "arguably the most powerful and visible figure in the world of Cause Branding." At Edelman, Cone provides strategic counsel to clients on the development of purpose, social issues and public engagement strategies, as well as corporate and brand citizenship. She has a deep commitment to innovative research with consumers, executives and employees. She works with the firm's leadership to apply insights from Edelman's annual goodpurpose™ global consumer study and its Trust and Health Engagement Barometers to client assignments, reports and proprietary methodologies.

Merri Dee, AARP Illinois State President and Broadcast Legend, Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange: Israel Idonije (2900)

Merri Dee was recently appointed through the Pentagon as an official U.S. Army Ambassador, has been appointed to the Mayor's Council on Women's issues, is State President of AARP's 1.8 million members and serves on the Serve Illinois Commission. For her 38 years with Chicago's WGN-TV, she was inducted into the NABJ National Journalism Hall of Fame and honored by the National Women In Film. Her broadcast experience ranges from newscaster, talk-show host, staff announcer and editorial spokesperson to director of community relations, host of countless parades, telethons and television specials. Her fundraising expertise resulted in raising more than $31 million for the station's Children's Charities. Dee is a nationally recognized motivational and keynote speaker, panelist, moderator and fundraising strategist.

Sec. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Session 3117 Celebrating the Power of Service in Education

Arne Duncan was named U.S. secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. Before joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the Ariel Education Initiative (1992-1998), a nonprofit focused on advancing educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas. He has served on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children's Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America's Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean's Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago and the South Side YMCA. He has also served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College, the Visiting Committees for Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he worked with children who were wards of the state. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987. He is married to Karen Duncan and has two children, Claire, 7, and Ryan, 5.

For the 2012 – 2013 school year, Sec. Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education are championing the Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge, which invites schools, national service programs, higher education institutions and community-based organizations to work together to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools. Learn more and take the challenge at tft.challenge.gov.

Sen. Dick Durbin, Senator from the State of Illinois

Session 2928 National Policy: A Conversation

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state's senior senator, and the convener of Illinois' bipartisan congressional delegation. Durbin also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader, the second highest ranking position in the Senate. Also known as the Majority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2006. In 2004, he was elected as Minority Whip. Durbin is only the fifth Illinois Senator in history to serve as a Senate leader. Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Foreign Relations and Rules Committees. He is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and the Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government subcommittee.

Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director, Strive Network

Session 3117 Celebrating the Power of Service in Education

Before becoming managing director for Strive, Jeff Edmondson served as executive director of the Strive Partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Strive Network is a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders who are committed to helping children succeed from birth through careers. He also served as the foundation officer for KnowledgeWorks Foundation, program assistant at the 21st Century School Fund where he conducted research, published papers and wrote legislation on local and national policy issues related to school facilities, and worked as the Peaceable Schools Coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, the largest public secondary school in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Honorary Co-chair and Speaker

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the 55th mayor of Chicago. A native with three terms representing his district in Congress, he is a strong, effective voice for the city's neighborhoods. Emanuel most recently served as the White House Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama's administration. During his tenure, he helped orchestrate the passage of key milestones such as the economic Recovery Act, Wall Street reform, and health care reform — increasing access and decreasing costs for millions of Americans. In August, Emanuel played a crucial role in securing a bipartisan compromise that saved 140,000 teacher's jobs — and protected 5,700 jobs in Illinois. Emanuel has served as the House Democratic Caucus Chair, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and, prior to being elected to Congress, served as a key member of the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.

Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels

Session 2512 Celebrating Excellence - Business Track Opening

Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in Nov. 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Dec. 2006. Prior to being appointed to his present position, Hoplamazian served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC ("TPO"), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17-year tenure with TPO he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. Mr. Hoplamazian is the current Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, the Council on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Board of Directors of New Schools for Chicago, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, and the Henry Crown Fellowship Program Board of Overseers.

Israel Idonije, Defensive End, Chicago Bears and Founder, Israel Idonije Foundation

Session 2900 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Israel Idonije began his successful career in the National Football League in 2003, signing with the Cleveland Browns. Nine years later, and now with the Chicago Bears, he continues to play and is recognized both on and off the field for his accomplishments. Based on the fundamental premise that "together we succeed," he founded the Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF) in 2007. The foundation strives to extend positive, life-changing opportunities to families and individuals in economically disadvantaged communities on a local and global scale. IIF promotes the pursuit of education and knowledge, while providing programs for youth and community members in hope that they may actualize and maximize their full potential. The Foundation is headquartered in Chicago, Ill. and operates three unique programs in Chicago, Canada and Africa.

Brad Keywell, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lightbank; Co-founder and Director of Groupon

Session 2512 Celebrating Excellence - Business Track Opening

Brad Keywell has a long history in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based business. He is the Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, is on the Mayor's Committee on Technology Infrastructure, and the Mayor's Chicago-China Friendship Initiative, and is the Chairman of the Future Founders Foundation which runs programs designed to help teach and inspire high school students in entrepreneurship and connect then with mentors and role models. Keywell is the Founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, an annual event which hosts nearly 200 speakers at 80+ events with global media coverage, and is emerging as one of the major ideas and innovation conferences and platforms in the country.

Dr. Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and former Governor of the Federal Reserve System

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies through Action

Dr. Randall Kroszner has been teaching at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business since 1990, where he is now the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. Dr. Kroszner has more than 100 publications on topics including banking and financial regulation, corporate governance, the Great Depression and monetary policy. He has been a visiting scholar at institutions around the world, including the London School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Free University of Berlin, the IMF, the SEC, and Yonsei University in Seoul. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2009. He chaired the Fed's committee on Supervision and Regulation and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure. Dr. Kroszner is a much sought-after commentator in the international media and is a frequent guest host on CNBC's Squawk Box. He provides consults on economic, monetary, financial, and regulatory outlook and strategy for financial institutions, government organizations, and central banks throughout the world.

Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder and Chief FEEDer

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Lauren Bush Lauren started her work as an Honorary Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004, when she helped to launch their Universities Fighting Hunger initiative. In 2005 she conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 bag, which feeds one child in school for one year through WFP, as a way for consumers to give back in a tangible and meaningful way. In 2007, she started FEED Projects, LLC to sell FEED bags, and, in 2008, she co-founded the FEED Foundation to increase FEED's impact in the fight against hunger. In 2008, Lauren launched a new fashion brand, Lauren Pierce Atelier. By sourcing fabric that is handmade by women artisans around the world, as well as eco-friendly fabrics, this women's wear line lives up to high environmental and humanitarian standards. Lauren has been honored the Marie Claire Prix De La Moda Humanitarian Award for her work with FEED, as a Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur and the Accessory Council's Humanitarian Award.

Connie Lindsey, EVP and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust; Board President, Girls Scouts of the USA

Connie is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for Northern Trust. As National Board President of the Girl Scouts of the USA, she is the highest ranking volunteer leader of this 3.4 million member organization. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the National Diversity Council's Most Powerful and Influential Women for 2010 Award.

Laura Ling, Journalist, Host, E! Investigates, Co-Author, "Somewhere Inside"

Closing Session 3118 How Citizen Service Strengthens Communities

Laura Ling is the host and reporter on "E! Investigates," a documentary series on the E! Network, which explores topics such as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses. Prior to joining the E! Network, Ling served as vice president of Current TV's journalism department and created Current's weekly investigative documentary series "Vanguard." Ling also worked as a correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico's drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women's rights in Turkey. In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.

Eric Liu, Founder, Guiding Lights Network

Closing Session 3118 How Citizen Service Strengthens Communities

Eric Liu is an author, educator and civic entrepreneur. Eric is founder of the Guiding Lights Network, which promotes and teaches the art of creative citizenship. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer; The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; Guiding Lights, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute. Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks.

Kate Maehr, CEO, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Business Track Opening Session 2512 Celebrating Excellence

Kate Maehr has been chief executive officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository since 2006. Under her leadership, the Food Depository has increased its annual distribution of nutritious food by 72 percent and expanded produce distribution to more than 30 percent of all food. Recent achievements include the Healthy Kids Markets pantries-in-schools initiative, the Summer Lunch Bus and a meal production program that prepares more than 13,500 meals for children weekly. Maehr is co-chair of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, a board member of Feeding Illinois, the state's coalition of food banks, and a member of the State of Illinois Social Services Advisory Council. She served on the Social Services and Healthcare Committee as part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's transition and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and President, IBM Foundation

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies through Action

Under Stan Litow's leadership, IBM has developed new innovative technologies to help children and adults learn to read, helped people with disabilities access the Internet and created a humanitarian grid to power research on Alzheimers, Cancer and AIDS. Three times he helped lead National Education Summits for the President, the nation's Governors and CEOs. He also helped create IBM's Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps which deploys 500 IBM top emerging leaders in community assignments in 30 countries of the developing world. Before joining IBM, Stanley served as the Deputy Chancellor of Schools for New York City, the nation's largest school system. Prior to his service with the City's public schools, he founded and ran Interface, the nonprofit "think tank" and served as an aide to both the Mayor and Governor of New York. Stanley is a recipient of the Council on Foundation's Scrivner Award for creative philanthropy and awards from the Anne Frank Center, Martin Luther King Commission, Helen Keller Services to the Blind and the Women's City Club. He serves on the board of Harvard Business School's Initiative on Social Enterprise, Citizen's Budget Commission and The After School Corporation (TASC).

Jan Masaoka, Executive Director, California Association of Nonprofits, Editor, Blue Avocado

Session 2897 Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement

Named eight times as one of the "Fifty Most Influential People" in the nonprofit sector nationwide, Jan Masaoka founded and managed Blue Avocado magazine, an online journal with more that 66,000 readers. She served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and serves on the board of organizations such as BoardSource and Bridgespan. She is the founding board president of the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds and was a member of the 2008 California Grantmaker Associations Diversity in Philanthropy Advisory Committee as well as a panelist for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the Nonprofit Sector. Masaoka is the author of four books and a highly respected and influential leader in the nonprofit sector.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

Closing Session 3118 How Citizen Service Strengthens Communities

Rev. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Moss is a native of Cleveland, OH, an honors graduate of Morehouse College and a graduate of Yale Divinity School. Rev. Moss published his first book, Redemption in a Red Light District in 1999 and co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation in 2006. His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Power in the Pulpit II: America's Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America's Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama, Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal.

Rev. Paul Murray, Senior Pastor, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship and CEO and Co-founder, Vision Ministries International

Session 2907 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Reverend Paul Murray is an ordained minister and has served in ministry for more than 20 years. He is the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship and the Assistant District Superintendent of the New York / Mid-Atlantic Region of the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ, (ALJC). Prior to his ministerial calling, Murray served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Tunisia. For the past twelve years Rev. Murray has traveled the globe building coalitions through service and faith. Murray brings forth a practical spiritual dimension and application as building blocks for churches, faith-based NGOs and governments to harness resources and talents which bring forth social change through moral and innovative leadership.

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Global Ambassador, Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Honored with USA Weekend Magazine's "Most Caring Athlete Award," and from FOXSports.com as the most generous athlete in the world, NBA All-Star Mutombo of the Houston Rockets has long been dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in his birthplace, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Created in Atlanta, Georgia 1997, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is attempting to eradicate many childhood diseases that have virtually disappeared in developed countries while those diseases are still life threatening to children in the Congo every day.

Jenne Myers, Chief Service Officer, City of Chicago

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies Through Action

Jenné Myers was appointed in 2010 to lead Chicago's participation in Cities of Service, a national civic initiative launched by the Rockefeller Foundation and the mayors of New York, Chicago and other major urban centers that now has over 100 communities participating all across the country. As the first-ever Chief Service Officer for Chicago, her charge is to develop and implement a citywide plan for increasing volunteerism and utilizing volunteers to address some of the city's greatest needs. The service plan and campaign she has developed is called One Good Deed Chicago. Prior to her work with Cities of Service, Jenné served for four years as the Executive Director of Working in the Schools (WITS), a Chicago nonprofit that engages over 1,200 volunteers to promote the love of reading through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for more than 2,000 Chicago Public Schools elementary students every year. Before her work at WITS, Jenné was Assistant to the Chair of the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation and served as a member of the advance staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist and Founder, craigconnects

Session 2961* Prevailing Trends and Effective Solutions
Session 3144* iService: Technology and Media Solutions that Serve and Engage the Military Community
Session 2903 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Craig founded craigslist, the web-based platform that fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the Internet's 10 most-visited English language sites. In early 2011 Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others.

Neil Nicoll, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

Neil Nicoll is the 13th person to lead the 165 year old YMCA movement in the United States. He joined Y-USA following a combined 26 years as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle and YMCA of Greater Worcester (Mass.) Neil currently serves as a Trustee of Springfield College, Trustee of America's Promise Alliance and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Independent Sector. In addition, he is a member of Leadership 18 and a past board member of the National Assembly.

Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

Michelle Nunn is the CEO of Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network. Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to make a difference in the world. Michelle began her service journey when she helped found HandsOn Atlanta in 1989. What began as a grassroots startup of 12 individuals hoping to get more people involved in volunteer service has grown into the largest volunteer network in the country, working each day to connect 21st century volunteers with their power to create change in their communities. At Points of Light Institute, Michelle leads the organization in engaging millions of volunteers each year to use their time, talent, voice and money to solve the pressing issues of our time. Through Points of Light Institute and its business units, HandsOn Network, generationOn and AmeriCorps Alums, individuals, families, and corporate and community groups find meaningful opportunities to give back and create impact. Michelle has been a leader in the service and nonprofit sector for two decades. She has served on the President's Council on Service and Civic Engagement and as a co-convener of the Service Nation Coalition and Re-Imagining Service. She has received a variety of awards, including the Fast Company Social Capitalist Award and honorary degrees from Oglethorpe University and Wesleyan College. The NonProfit Times has named Michelle to its annual "Power and Influence Top 50" list of change agents from the nonprofit sector for four consecutive years.

Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

Named by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the global interfaith youth movement. Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith, Patel is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today and CNN. He served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.Patel recently participated in an interview where he spoke extensively about the power of service — especially young people — to bridge cultural and religious divides and facilitate change. Listen to the interview.

Melissa Harris-Perry, Host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry"

Opening Session 3112 A New Generation of Service

In addition to her role with MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. She is the author of Sister Citizen:Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011) and Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, which won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Harris-Perry is a columnist and provides expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns for Politics Nation with Reverend Al Sharpton, The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and other MSNBC shows. Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges.

Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Governor and Honorary Co-chair

Session 2913 All the Way Home: The Blueprint for Meaningful Community Response

Governor Pat Quinn has focused on restoring integrity to state government and, in his first official act, signed an executive order establishing the Illinois Reform Commission to examine ethics rules and practices in state government. Dedicated to investing in Illinois' economy, Quinn worked with the General Assembly to pass a $31 billion capital construction jobs program to create and retain more than 436,000 jobs over six years. Since taking office he has made tough, responsible choices to ensure that the state of Illinois can afford to pay its bills. Quinn has served the people of Illinois for more than 30 years as both a citizen and a public official. He has organized grassroots petition drives signed by more than 4 million voters, walked across the state in support of decent health care for all, and proposed historic tax reform for working families. He has served Illinois as Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property) Tax Appeals and revenue director for the City of Chicago.

Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Lecturer and Associate Director, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service (University of Texas at Austin)

Session 2897 Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement

Sarah Jane Rehnborg brings a rich background of experience to the Summit. A past president of the Association for Volunteer Administration, Rehnborg developed the association's performance-based certification system and served on the founding board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Rehnborg currently serves as a Lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin and as Associate Director for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Her professional work includes research and writing in the field of volunteerism and volunteer administration; graduate level instruction in the field and work in the assessment and evaluation of volunteerism and nonprofit organizations.

Brian Reich, Author, "Shift and Reset: Strategies for Addressing Serious Issues in a Connected Society"

Session 2901 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Brian is well known for his expertise in new media, Web 2.0, social networks, mobile, community, ecommerce, brand marketing, cause branding, and more. Brian is the author of "Shift & Reset: Strategies for Addressing Serious Issues in a Connected Society." Brian contributes as a Fast Company Expert, hosts a regular podcast discussion about the impact of media and technology on society and teaches consumer behavior and marketing strategy in the graduate school of communications at Columbia University.

Paul Schmitz, CEO, Public Allies, Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions

Session 2984 Books and Brew - Paul Schmitz's "Everyone Leads"

Paul Schmitz founded Public Allies Milwaukee in 1993, and has served as the national CEO of Public Allies since 2000. In December 2010, Schmitz was named to the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions. He also serves as Chair of the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition, Co-chair of Voices for National Service, is a board member of Our Good Works, a blogger on leadership for The Washington Post, and a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. As a private volunteer, Paul co-chaired the Obama campaign's civic engagement policy group and was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

Second City Communications

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies Through Action

Second City Communications strives to be a positive, disruptive force that changes how people communicate, collaborate and learn in the business world. In essence, core competencies of The Second City — creating customized content and engaging audiences — extend to Second City Communications. Our work is guided by a fundamental assumption: Business is an act of improvisation. Through comedy, we bring sorely needed humanity and authenticity to work environments by challenging unproductive conventions in marketing, learning, business development, and internal communications. We help people become more effective and engaged in their work, and help organizations connect better with the audiences they're trying to reach.

Joe Sibilia, CEO of CSRwire.com

Session 2897 Community Innovation Breakfast

Session 3115 Civics and Service: Helping Drive Economies through Action

As a visionary of the socially responsible business movement, Joe Sibilia was the founder and CEO of Meadowbrook Lane Capital, described by the Wall Street Journal as a "socially responsible investment bank" specializing in turning values into valuation. Today, he is the CEO of CSRwire.com, a digital media platform that distributes and archives corporate social responsibility/sustainability news to journalists, analysts, investors, activists, academics, public relations and investor relations professionals worldwide. Joe also founded the Gasoline Alley Foundation to incubate small businesses and teach inner city and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs using socially responsible/sustainable business practices while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.

Larry Soler, CEO and President, Partnership for a Healthier America

Session 2853 Getting Our Kids Moving Again: Small Steps to Fight Childhood Obesity

Lawrence (Larry) A. Soler joined Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in January 2011 as the organization's first employee. Prior to PHA, Soler was Chief Operating Officer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and oversaw the bulk of their activities, including all fundraising and local chapters, marketing and communications, information technology, government relations and international development. Among his signature accomplishments at JDRF, Mr. Soler served as the executive sponsor of JDRF's Artificial Pancreas Project, an ambitious effort to accelerate the development of the closed loop insulin pumps and glucose monitoring systems, a cutting edge device. Mr. Soler previously worked for eight years in federal relations positions at the Association of American Universities, focusing on education, health and immigration issues. He is an active volunteer and currently serves as a member of the JDRF International Government Relations Committee.

Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

Session 3139 Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Town Hall
Closing Session 3118 How Citizen Service Strengthens Communities

Wendy Spencer was confirmed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service on March 29, 2012, and took office on April 9. Wendy understands firsthand the needs of local communities and has a proven track record of nearly three decades in volunteer management and administration. Throughout her career, Wendy has held management positions in the private sector, state government, and in major nonprofit organizations. These include serving as campaign director of United Way of Big Bend, Director of the Florida Park Service, and for the past eight years, as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community, commonly known as Volunteer Florida. As head of Volunteer Florida, a bipartisan, gubernatorial appointed commission, Wendy managed between $18 million and $23 million in federal, state, and local grants each year. Also, as the official statewide coordinating agency in times of disasters, the commission organizes volunteers in times of need.

Betty Stallings, President, Building Better Skills

Session 2897 Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement
Session 2366 Leading an Extreme Makeover of Your Organization's Volunteer Engagement

An experienced trainer and published author of six books in the field of volunteerism and fund development, Betty Stallings started her career as founder and 14-year executive director of nationally recognized Valley Volunteer Center. Stallings has trained internationally for 20 years and has serves on the faculty of The Summit for Advanced Volunteer Engagement (SAVE) and on the staff of CU (Colorado University) for eight years, featuring beginning to advanced level training for practitioners in the field. For ten years she served as the Training Design Editor of e-Volunteerism Journal.

Col David Sutherland, US Army (Ret), Former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Programs

Session 2901 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange
Session 2963* Collective Impact and Commitment Session

Colonel David W. Sutherland was commissioned an Infantry Officer in 1983. Colonel Sutherland attended all levels of military education including Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, is a Senior Service College Graduate - Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship and has served in staff positions at Battalion through Division and commanded at all levels from Platoon through Brigade. Colonel Sutherland is currently serving as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support. Awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart and the Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He is also the 2008 Freedom Award recipient presented by the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation and the 2011 Meritorious Service Award recipient presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for his work on behalf of returning Service Members, Veterans, Military Families, and Families of the Fallen.

Glenn Tilton, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase

Session 3115 Civics Service: Helping Drive Economies Through Action
Session 2963* Collective Impact and Commitment Session

Glenn F. Tilton focuses on building and strengthening JP Morgan Chase's business and brand in the Midwest United States. He also serves as non-executive chairman of the board of directors of United Continental Holdings, Inc. Previously, Tilton served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of UAL Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of United Airlines and successfully completed a merger between United and Continental Airlines. Prior to joining United, Tilton was vice chairman of the board of directors of ChevronTexaco, as well as interim chairman of Dynegy Inc. In 2011, he was named as chairman of the American Cancer Society's national program, CEOs Against Cancer. Tilton is local to Chicago and serves on the boards many local Chicago businesses, organizations and arts associations.

Lynne Vaughan, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, YMCA of the USA

Session 2853 Getting Our Kids Moving Again: Small Steps to Fight Childhood Obesity

As Chief Innovation Officer, Lynne Vaughan ensures that the YMCA continues to be relevant in a rapidly changing world. She has provided organization-wide leadership in the identification, development and implementation of large scale strategic opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact the growth and strengthening of the YMCA movement. Vaughan's current focus is the development of a knowledge management approach for the YMCA movement, impact measurement and innovation projects. Vaughan began her 30-year YMCA career as a part-time lifeguard and swim instructor at the Battle Creek Family YMCA in Michigan. From there, she was promoted to various program leadership responsibilities addressing health and fitness, corporate wellness, disabled adults and preschool programming.

Dan Waldschmidt, Business Strategist, Author of "Edgy Conversations"

Session 2921 Turning Point Business Luncheon

Dan Waldschmidt calls himself a business strategist, a conversation changer and an ultra-athlete. He started his first business venture (mowing lawns) at 12; he ran track like plenty of other kids but pushed himself to break his high school's mile record; he got the usual entry-level job right of college but changed the sales process earning millions of dollars for the company and becoming CEO by the time he was 25. Currently, Waldschmidt's Edgy Conversations blog series helps companies all over world change the conversation in their industry. Using his experience as a technology CEO and his fascination with neuroscience, he helps companies use extreme behavior and radical conversations to blow away the competition and dominate their industry. The Wall Street Journal calls his blog one of the Top 7 blogs sales blogs anywhere on the internet and hundreds of his articles on unconventional sales tactics have been published.

Laysha L. Ward, President, Community Relations and Target Foundation

Session 3117 Celebrating the Power of Service in Education

Laysha Ward oversees Target's domestic and international grant making, community sponsorships, cause marketing initiatives, volunteerism and other civic activities. She is also responsible for the Target Foundation, which supports arts and social services organizations based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Ward began her career with Target in 1991 in store sales and management with Marshall Field's in Chicago, where she later served as community relations manager. Ward serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation's largest grant maker for volunteering and service; the Executive Leadership Council, a national membership organization for African American executives; and Denny's Corporation. She is also a member of the Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links, an international woman's service organization.

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, "The Warmth of Other Suns"

Sessions 2902 and 2905 Civic Fellows Leadership Exchange

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The award made her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. She won the George Polk Award for her coverage of the Midwest and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her research into the Great Migration. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University. During the Great Migration, her parents journeyed from Georgia and southern Virginia to Washington, D.C., she was born and raised.

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