Convergence 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration

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Convergence 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration

October 24, 2019 | Washington, DC



Convergence's 10th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration is tomorrow!

We have an exciting program planned about the future of Convergence and what we all can do to bridge our divides and create a more collaborative society. For those of you unable to be with us in person for our 10th Anniversary Symposium, you can join us by video conference. Video conferencing will be available from 1:00-5:30pm ET.

To join the video conference, please visit: https://akingump.zoom.us/j/860540976

For audio, you can use your computer's audio or dial: (646) 876-9923, webinar ID: 860 540 976

Jag Griffiths of our staff will be available if you need assistance with the video conferencing during the program. You can reach Jag by email at jag@convergencepolicy.org or by texting Jag at (240) 476-4254.

We hope you’ll find a few minutes to join us. Below are the times of each program session:

1:00pm - 5:30pm Symposium, featuring:

1:00PM – 1:15 PM A Decade of Difference: Marking 10 Years of Impact

  • Welcome Remarks: Rob Fersh, President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

1:15PM – 2:00PM Building Bipartisan Momentum in Congress

  • Featuring: Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Moderator: Lindsay Torrico, Director of Policy and Advocacy, United Way; Convergence Board of Trustees

2:00PM – 3:00PM The State of Our Democracy: Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Hope

  • Linda Chavez, Chairwoman, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Moderator: Linda Lorelle, Emmy and Gracie Award-winning Journalist and Entrepreneur; Convergence Board of Trustees

3:00PM – 4:45PM Revealing the Secret Sauce: What Makes the Convergence Process Powerful, Surprising, and Impactful

  • Moderator: Jonathan Gruber, Campus and Community, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust; Convergence Leadership Council
  • Stuart M. Butler, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution; Convergence Visiting Fellow; Convergence Board of Trustees
  • Bobbi MacDonald, Co-founder and former Executive Director of City Neighbors, Baltimore, MD; Project: Education Reimagined
  • Matt Owens, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities; Convergence Leadership Council; Project: Building a Better Budget Process
  • Elizabeth Clay Roy, Executive Director, TakeRoot Justice; Project: Working Up
  • David Safavian, General Counsel, American Conservative Union and Deputy Director, ACU Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform; Project: Reentry Ready

4:45PM – 5:20PM Mapping Our Future

  • Facilitator: Cherie S. Harder, President, The Trinity Forum; Convergence Board of Trustees

5:20PM – 5:30PM Final Reflections: Moving Forward Together

  • Concluding Remarks: Jean Molino, Chair, Convergence Board of Trustees



Please note: Eventbrite registration for the Symposium is now closed, but we still have spots available at our Celebration Reception from 5:30-7:30 PM. If you are interested in attending the Symposium please contact Leigh Hilford at leigh@convergencepolicy.org or (202) 830-2310.



For 10 years, Convergence has convened people with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for transformative action on critical national issues. To celebrate our anniversary, we invite you to explore the impact we've had and imagine the future we can build together. Long-time stakeholders, current partners, and new supporters will engage in a unique conversation about what we know and what we dream about in our work supporting breakthrough collaborations on the issues that matter most. Together, we'll create a renewed sense of what's possible.

Agenda at a Glance

12:00pm - 1:00pm Informal Welcome Lunch

1:00pm - 5:30pm Symposium, featuring:

From Divergence to Convergence, Marking 10 Years of Impact

  • Welcome Remarks: Rob Fersh, President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Converging on Congress: Building Bipartisan Momentum

  • Featuring: Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Moderator: Lindsay Torrico, Director of Policy and Advocacy, United Way; Convergence Board of Trustees

The State of Our Democracy: Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Hope

  • Linda Chavez, Chairwoman, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • William A. Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Moderator: Linda Lorelle, Emmy and Gracie Award-winning Journalist and Entrepreneur; Convergence Board of Trustees

Revealing the Secret Sauce: What Makes the Convergence Process Powerful, Surprising, and Impactful

  • Moderator: Jonathan Gruber, Campus and Community, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust; Convergence Leadership Council
  • Stuart M. Butler, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution; Convergence Visiting Fellow; Convergence Board of Trustees
  • Bobbi MacDonald, Co-founder and former Executive Director of City Neighbors, Baltimore, MD; Project: Education Reimagined
  • Matt Owens, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities; Convergence Leadership Council; Project: Building a Better Budget Process
  • Elizabeth Clay Roy, Executive Director, TakeRoot Justice; Project: Working Up
  • David Safavian, General Counsel, American Conservative Union and Deputy Director, ACU Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform; Project: Reentry Ready

Looking Forward: Fostering Active and Civil Dialogue in Our Communities

  • Facilitator: Cherie S. Harder, President, The Trinity Forum; Convergence Board of Trustees

The Second Decade

  • Concluding Remarks: Jean Molino, Chair, Convergence Board of Trustees

5:30 - 7:30pm Celebration Reception

Honoring extraordinary commitment to Convergence's first 10 years from:

  • Maja Kristin, Convergence Leadership Council
  • Rich Korn, Convergence Board of Trustees
  • Akin Gump, Convergence Pro Bono Partner


Guests are invited to join us for the Symposium, the Celebration, or both! This is a free event, but we encourage you to make a donation in honor of Convergence's 10th Anniversary by selecting "Register with Donation" when you sign up to attend. You know how timely and necessary Convergence's work is. Help us kick off the next 10 years!



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