11.02.17 IAC Building NYC

Summit on Solutions:
Roadmap to the Future

Presented in Partnership with



The annual NationSwell Summit on Solutions is an immersive experience for leading influencers, movers and shakers and agents of change. The inspirational, thought-provoking day is carefully curated and designed to spark conversations and collaborations that lead to lasting impact.

This year's theme is "Roadmap to the Future." NationSwell will bring together today's brightest minds and creative thinkers to share and to explore the cutting edge solutions to critical social issues facing our nation. Summit attendees will map what they can do both individually and collectively to take action and move our country forward so that it's more inclusive, prosperous and hopeful.

“Such an incomparably high-energy, engaged group! Loved the forum and the chance to put so many good people to work to solve a pressing challenge.”



VIP Launch Party
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
The Standard, High Line, NYC

NationSwell Summit on Solutions
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
IAC Building, NYC

Throughout the day, participants will attend dynamic panel discussions, learn from social innovators using technology to solve some of America’s greatest challenges, engage with the country’s leading experts and thinkers, participate in structured strategic discussions and connect with NationSwell community members.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12:40 PM

Morning Panels and Sessions

  • 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Welcome!
  • 9:20 AM – 9:55 AM The Well-Lived Life
    • Anu Partanen, Journalist and Author, The Nordic Theory of Everything
    • Lux Narayan, CEO and Co-Founder, Unmetric
    • Moderator: Kamili Wilson, VP, Enterprise Initiatives, AARP
  • 9:55 AM – 10:00 AM Impact Spotlight
    • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
  • 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Navigating the Land of Opportunity
    • JD Vance, Author, Hillbilly Elegy
    • Moderator: Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US Business Editor, The Economist
  • 10:20 AM – 11:05 AM NationSwell Signature Conversations Interactive Breakout Sessions
  • 11:05 AM – 11:20 AM Networking Break
  • 11:20 AM – 11:25 AM Impact Spotlight
    • Kabir Sehgal, Co-Author, Home: Where Everyone is Welcome
  • 11:25 AM – 12:05 PM Community Resurgence: Onwards + Upwards
    • Richard Berry, Mayor, City of Albuquerque
    • Jill Ford, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
    • Patrick Morgan, Philadelphia Program Director, Knight Foundation
    • Moderator: Matthew Summy, Vice President, External Affairs, Comcast
  • 12:05 PM – 12:15 PM Solution Spotlight
  • 12:15 PM – 12:40 PM Building Companies for Impact
    • Althea Erickson, Head of Advocacy and Impact, Etsy
    • Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle
    • Moderator: Umi Howard, Director, The Lipman Family Prize, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

12:40 PM – 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM – 6:00 PM

Afternoon Panels and Sessions

  • 1:40 PM – 1:45 PM Welcome Back!
  • 1:45 PM – 1:50 PM Impact Spotlight
    • Anne Milgram, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU Law, and former Attorney General of New Jersey
  • 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM Equity and Opportunity for All
    • Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach for America and Co-Founder, Campaign Zero
    • John King, President and CEO, The Education Trust, and former U.S. Secretary of Education
    • Moderator: Nick Ehrmann, Founder, Blue Engine
  • 2:20 PM – 2:45 PM Climate Innovation: Charting the Course
    • Jana Hartline, Marketing Manager, Mirai & Prius Prime, Toyota Motor North America
    • Peter de Menocal, Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University
    • Moderator: Eliza Barclay, Science and Health Editor, Vox.com
  • 2:45 PM – 2:50 PM Solution Spotlight
    • Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • 2:50 PM – 3:10 PM Networking Break
  • 3:10 PM – 3:50 PM Tech Impact All Star 2017 Finalists Presentations, Breakouts + Award Ceremony
    • Kelsey Foster, Campaign Manager, The Big Easy Budget Game
    • Felecia Hatcher-Pearson, Co-Founder, Code Fever
    • Jeremy Peskin, Co-Founder, Borderwise
    • Trisha Prabhu, Founder, Re-Think
    • Dan Rhoton, Executive Director, Hopeworks ‘N Camden
  • 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM Tech Impact AllStar 2017 Breakouts Sessions
  • 4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Tech Impact AllStar 2017 Award Ceremony
  • 5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Service Year Alliance Video and Remarks
  • 5:10 PM – 5:50 PM The Way Forward
    • John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
    • Greg Behrman, Founder and CEO, NationSwell
  • 5:50 PM – 6:00 PM Closing Remarks

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception



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Toyota Official Environmental Partner of the Summit


Service Year




What should I wear?
We invite you to dress in business smart attire.
Help! What if I have a dietary restriction?
No problem – you’ll be able to let us know when register. If you have any questions, please contact us.
How can I volunteer?
If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at the Summit, please contact us.
How can I recommend a speaker?
While programming is nearly finalized, we still welcome speaker recommendations for the Summit and other upcoming NationSwell events. Please contact us with suggestions.
I’m coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

There are a variety of options for places to stay in Chelsea near the IAC building. We recommend using Tripadvisor or Airbnb.

If you’re interested in exploring Manhattan while you’re here, we invite you to consider other neighborhoods as well since our venue is easily accessible by car or public transportation (see below).

How do I get there?
The IAC building (555 West 18th Street) is conveniently located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and easily accessible by car or public transportation. For detailed public transit instructions, please visit the MTA’s website.