Educational Program Overview
Featuring dozens of educational sessions offered in a variety of formats, the conference offers high quality learning experiences and peer-to-peer networking for stakeholders looking for beginner basics to those needing more advanced training and connections. Each conference features:
Headliner Plenary Events
Headlined by dynamic speakers with a leadership story to tell, past keynoters have included thought leaders such as: Harvard economist Michael Porter; sustainability guru, designer, and architect William McDonough; Dr. Manuel Pastor, co-author of Just Growth-Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions; new urbanism developer Christopher Lineberger, creative urbanist Charles Landry and many others. The conference has also included discussion panels of Mayors and other experts facilitated by a notable news media personality.
Informative Educational Programming
The backbone of the conference, each year’s educational program, features a mixture of traditional panel sessions complete with compelling presentations as well as discussion-first town meeting, roundtable, and other more conversational approaches.