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You're Invited to the Opportunity International 2018 Summit in Minneapolis

We are at an unprecedented point in human history: for the first time ever, ending extreme poverty is within reach. 

Since 1990, extreme poverty around the world has been cut in half. Global leaders remind us that we have reason to be optimistic; that no matter how many challenges we still face, things are actually getting better. 

Join us this fall to celebrate the progress we have made so far, and look to the future with a renewed sense of possibility. 

Connect with old friends, and meet a new group of like-minded peers. Learn from international thought leaders as they share more about trends and innovations in our industry. Meet members of Opportunity's global staff who serve our clients in the field each and every day. And hear from the visionaries who are charting our collective course forward.

The Summit is your chance to join in the conversation about how we are going to tackle extreme poverty once and for all—together. 

The Details


October 12-14, 2018


The Loews Minneapolis Hotel, 601 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

We have arranged for a room block at the Loews. Reserve your room through our link to receive a discounted rate. 


A three-day educational, inspirational, and encouraging event featuring speakers, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world. 


Opportunity supporters, friends, global thinkers, philanthropists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and most importantly, YOU! 

Event Schedule

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00 AM Workshop Sessions

Dive deeper into Opportunity's work by participating in round-table workshops. These sessions are designed to offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions, interact with experts, and participate in more discussion-based activities. Workshop attendees will join three sessions on three different topics. Lunch is included. 

3:30 PM Workshop Sessions Conclude

6:00 PM Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM Dinner and Program

Learn more about Opportunity's vision, connect with fellow supporters, and kick off the weekend. 

9:00 PM Evening Concludes

Saturday, October 13, 2018

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Session One

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Session Two

12:00 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Session Three

2:30 PM Break

3:00 PM Session Four

4:30 PM Sessions Conclude

5:30 PM Dinner and Celebration

Celebrate how far we've come, and look to the future with a renewed sense of possibility. Conclude a day of learning with a party! 

8:00 PM Evening Concludes


Sunday, October 14, 2018

9:00 AM Breakfast and Worship Gathering

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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Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

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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

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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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Kelly Wright

Anchor/Reporter, Fox News Channel


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Register Now

Please select which portions of the program you would like to attend. 

Register before September 1 to take advantage of Early Bird prices for the Friday and Saturday educational programs.

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Welcome to Minneapolis!

Minneapolis is a city known for honoring creativity, embracing industry, and taking care of its neighbors. As a city, it's "Minnesota Nice"—embodying a culture of kindness and hospitality. We can't imagine a better place to gather, celebrate, and be inspired.

Enjoy the weekend at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Walking distance from Target Center and Target Field, connected to the Skyway, and blocks from the Lightrail Station, you will be ready to explore this beautiful city in the Bold North.

Reserve rooms at the Loews for $189/night through our room block.

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