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Chicago, IL 60607

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You're Invited to Join Opportunity International for the 2017 National Summit in Chicago

For the first time in our lives, the end to extreme poverty is within reach. Global citizens like you are the key to creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to work their way out of poverty —forever. Philanthropists and thought leaders will explore how to develop new pathways out of poverty through innovations that are accelerated by technology and grounded in client service. This is your opportunity to engage with industry experts, Opportunity leadership and fellow supporters who are driving this work and changing the world.

Event Schedule

Join us from October 27-29 in downtown Chicago! 

  • Kick off the weekend with dinner on Friday night at the Loews Chicago Hotel. We will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm, followed by the dinner and program at 7:00pm. 
  • On Saturday, enjoy a full day of educational and inspirational programming at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center. Join us for breakfast at 7:30am, and learn from a variety of world-class speakers from 8:30am-4:30pm. End the afternoon with a reception from 4:30-6:00pm, and then enjoy dinner on your own or with a new group of friends at one of the many fine restaurants within walking distance of the Summit.
  • We will conclude the weekend with worship, breakfast, fellowship and further conversation on Sunday morning. Official programming will conclude around 11:00am, but we invite you to stick around and enjoy some of the incredible cultural activities Chicago has to offer! 

2017 Summit Speakers

Alana Ackerson

VP, SoFi

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David Allman

Owner & Chairman, Regent Partners

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Geoff R. Andersen

Geoff R. Andersen

Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Strategic Planning, John Deere

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Katéy Assem

Executive Director, CSU Foundation

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Senior Advisor, Treliant Risk Advisors

Steve Bartlett

Senior Advisor at Treliant Risk Advisors

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Ward Brehm

Board Member, Chairman of the United States African Development Foundation

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Nathan Byrd

Head of Programs, Opportunity International

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Susy Cheston

Financial Inclusion Consultant

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Jeff Dykstra

Co-Founder and CEO, Partners in Food Solutions

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Lina Guzman

Opportunity Colombia

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Scott Jackson

President & CEO, Global Impact

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Allison Kooser

Chief Storyteller, Swell+Good

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Janelle Lassonde

Chair, Schools of Opportunity Campaign

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Bob Lupton

Founder: Focused Community Strategies & Author of Toxic Charity

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Ashley Luse

Strategy and Business Development, Luse Holdings

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Kwame Owusu-Boateng

Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International Savings and Loans

 

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Sara Pfaff

Financial Advisor, UBS

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Larry Reed

Senior Fellow, RESULTS

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Rev. Dr. John F. Ross

Wayzata Community Church

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Thami Sibiya

Director of Governance and Regional Director, Opportunity International

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Saneesh Singh

CEO, Dia Vikas

Director of Governance and Regional
Director

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Timothy Strong

Regional Agricultural Finance Advisor, Opportunity International

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Atul Tandon

CEO, Opportunity International

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David M. Tolmie

Senior Partner, The Edgewater Funds

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Yineth Trujillo

Social Responsibility Analyst, Opportunity Colombia

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Welcome to Chicago

Join us in Chicago and take advantage of all of the great things the Windy City has to offer!

Chicago is known for delicious food—and you don't have to go far to find it. Check out a list of great restaurants within walking distance of the Summit venues, and gather your friends to share a meal while you're in the city.

The room block at the Loews Hotel is now full, but there are a number of hotels within walking distance of the Gleacher Center. Here are a few options:

You can book at the normal rates at the Loews Hotel
The Marriott Magnificent Mile
Sheraton Grand Chicago
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown

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