re:public XIII - 2014


Each year, the Center for Digital Government convenes a hand-selected group of visionaries, thought-leaders and doers of deeds. This is an opportunity for attendees to discuss the great opportunities available in this digital age, discard old mindsets and learn new ways to confront and overcome challenges. It is time for re:public XIII. re:public brings together some of today’s finest leaders in public service around the great lessons of history and the great ideas of today – all with a view to creating a future worthy of our heritage and our children. The group of characters who attend this invitation-only event reflects a belief that the answer is in the room if the right people are in it.

re:public is the Center’s flagship leadership retreat. It is a nonpartisan event with the aim of kindling the best of public stewardship. This year will be re:public XIII!

This year's featured speakers include:

Elizabeth Dozier headshotElizabeth Dozier

In 2008, Elizabeth Dozier was asked to join a small selected team under the direction of U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan (then CEO of Chicago Public Schools) to participate in a bold strategy for improving Chicago’s lowest performing schools, known as Turnaround. She joined the team as the co-principal of the first Turnaround high school, while simultaneously developing the instructional strategy and framework for future Turnaround schools. Her work also involved implementing key academic and behavioral supports via various evidenced-ased models.

In 2009, Dozier was asked to serve as the principal of Fenger High School and transform one of the district’s most challenging schools. At the time, Fenger was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in the city. To date, under her leadership, the school has seen a 15 percent decrease in the drop-out rate, 75 percent decrease in misconducts, 40 percent increase in freshmen on track to graduate and double digit increases in attendance and college enrollment. Fenger is now one of the district leaders in restorative justice, social and emotional learning and academic interventions. Fenger has been highlighted by Education Week, National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune and several other local and international media outlets for its innovative and creative approaches to successfully addressing the complex needs of the whole child. Most recently, Dozier and Fenger were featured in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed and in CNN’s eight-part docu-series, Chicagoland.


Bryce Hoffman

Bryce G. Hoffman is a bestselling author, award-winning business writer and management consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working with the high-tech, biotech and automotive industries. He is also a senior strategist who teaches leaders how to build and use management systems that drive accountability, foster teamwork and deliver on strategic goals. He is Bryce is the author of American Icon, which has become a manual for CEOs and a guide for organizations that want to transform their cultures and build winning teams. As a dynamic and engaging speaker, Hoffman regularly appears on television and radio shows in the United States and around the world. He engages his audiences by sharing the inspiring story of Ford’s epic turnaround. He has been a guest on the BBC, NPR, CNN, CBS, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, PBS and other local, national and international networks.


Featured Panelists

Story Bellows headshotStory Bellows

Story Bellows serves Mayor Michael A. Nutter as the City of Philadelphia’s director of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The office is a civic idea and innovation incubator and R+D lab in City Hall. Story is also leading the city’s efforts to engage social entrepreneurs in developing sustainable solutions to city challenges and further open government procurement to innovation through FastFWD, Philadelphia’s winning submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Story served as director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. An urban designer by training, Story started the city-focused phase of her career in private design practice in Chicago, where she worked with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors on urban, education, healthcare and environmental projects and initiatives. She holds a BA from Colgate University and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gabe Klein headshotGabe Klein

Gabe Klein has always viewed his work as a canvas to create a contribution, and is inspired by ventures that give something back to the community, vs. strictly producing profit. This is why he only works on projects that invoke his passion, and that offer a product or service that is providing something positive for the future. Klein has worked in leadership roles in transportation, technology, consumer services and consulting.

Most recently, Klein joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago on May 16, 2011 to run the Chicago Department of Transportation. He views his appointment as an opportunity to make Chicago an example nationally for innovation in transportation and public space and, most importantly, to positively impact quality of life for the 2.6 million residents of Chicago. While at CDOT, Klein and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and technology. From publishing six groundbreaking plans for Chicago, to not just talking about Complete Streets, but putting it into practice, baking sustainability and livability into every project that CDOT undertakes. The soon-to-be-largest bikeshare program in the United States, Divvy, has already revolutionized how Chicagoans navigate their neighborhoods.


Registration Information

This is an invitation-only event.


Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Michael Shane, Registration Coordinator
Center for Digital Government
Phone:  (916) 932-1410

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Center for Digital Government
Phone:  (916) 932-1435