re:public XIII - 2014



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Through equal parts necessity and curiosity, leaders across the country are challenging long-embedded assumptions, renewing vision for what communities are (and how they act toward all) and rededicating themselves to core priorities – it is the era of the pivot.

With the most bruising consequences of the 2008 financial crisis behind them, state and local revenues have begun to recover to pre-recession levels. At the same time, federal funding is shifting and shrinking, perhaps signaling a less activist government in Washington, DC. You would be excused for feeling like you are on your own in figuring out how to hack your future.

We were pleased to be joined this year by practitioners and keen observers of organizations that faced the challenge to innovate or die – all with a view to help us see deeper into the art and science of the pivot.

With the shores of the Atlantic outside our windows, we welcome you to Amelia Island and re:public XIII!

Featured Speakers

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. Bellows 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, Bellows served as director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. An urban designer by training, she 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.


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-based 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.


Richard Herman headshotRichard Herman

Richard Herman is an evangelist for welcoming immigrants and the economic contributions they make to American cities. As a lawyer, activist, author and speaker, he has dedicated his life to advocating for immigrants and helping change the conversation on immigration. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. – Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Herman is one of the pioneers of the movement by rust belt cities to attract and welcome immigrants who can help grow the economy, create jobs and reverse progressive depopulation.

He is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm serving clients in over 12 languages from offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, whose attorneys have represented diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies to undocumented workers, from technology entrepreneurs to NFL teams. Voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years, Herman began his immigration law career by moving to Moscow, Russia in 1993, straight out of law school, to eventually open a law office two blocks from the Kremlin to represent post-Soviet entrepreneurs. As an authority on U.S. immigration law and a provocateur for immigrant-friendly, pro-entrepreneur policies, he is often invited to strategize and deliver keynote addresses around the country, as he has often done for Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch’s Partnership for a New American Economy, chambers of commerce, universities and cities.


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.

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 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration 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. 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.


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