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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

Friday, October 27, 2017

6:00 PM Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM Dinner and Program

David Tolmie, John Crosby, Susy Cheston, Kelly Wright, Steve Bartlett, Atul Tandon

9:00 PM Evening Concludes


Saturday, October 28, 2017

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Session One

Lillian Covington and Katéy Assem

John Ross

Opportunity’s Vision
Peter Greenberg and Atul Tandon

My Opportunity to Invest in Innovation
Alana Ackerson

The Progress We Have Made So Far
Scott Jackson

Updates from the Field
Laura Alvin, Lina Guzman, Tineyi Mawocha, Thami Sibiya,
Saneesh Singh, Atul Tandon

Our Opportunity to Partner with Farmers
Cheri and Donald De Jong

Creating Opportunities in Agriculture
Geoff Andersen, Alesha Black, Cheri De Jong, Donald De Jong,
Jeff Dykstra, Tim Strong

10:25 AM Break

10:55 AM Session Two

My Opportunity to Send Kids to School
Janelle Lassonde

Equipping the Next Generation
Nathan Byrd and Janelle Lassonde

My Opportunity to Be an Industry Disruptor
David Allman

Making Big Bets on the Future
Cecilia Conrad, Peter Greenberg,
Scott Jackson, Larry Reed

My Opportunity to Empower and Include Women
Susy Cheston

12:10 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Session Three

Questions and Answers
Peter Greenberg and Atul Tandon

Smart Philanthropy
Bob Lupton

Driven by Faith
Lillian Covington, John Crosby, John Ross

Living Generously
Ward Brehm

Our Opportunity to Transform the Future 
Allison Kooser and Ashley Luse

Creating Opportunities in Colombia
Alana Ackerson, Lina Guzman, Yineth Trujillo

Making This Work Possible
Barbara Lupient, Ted Moser, David Tolmie

3:25 PM Break

3:50 PM Session Four

 My Opportunity to Explore the World
Sara Pfaff

The Future of Ending Extreme Poverty
Dean Karlan

Our Opportunity to Move Forward Together
Atul Tandon

4:30 PM Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM Afternoon Concludes


Sunday, October 29, 2017

8:00 AM Shuttle departs Loews Hotel for Opportunity Office

8:30 AM Breakfast Begins

9:30 AM Worship Service

Larry Lutey, Mark Lutz, Atul Tandon, Tom Zyer

10:45 AM Shuttle departs Opportunity Office for Loews Hotel

11:00 AM Shuttle arrives Loews Hotel

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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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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