Event Recap

RFA attends the 2018 Winter Innovation Summit and hosts Local Government Fellows Convening in Salt Lake City, Utah

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On January 23-29, RFA traveled to Salt Lake City to participate in the 2018 Winter Innovation Summit, a gathering of leading policymakers, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, academics and nonprofit leaders who are all focused on innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

At the summit, RFA premiered the latest What Works Media Project film, “Solutions to America’s Workforce Crisis.” RFA CEO and Co-Founder Michele Join also led a fascinating discussion with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who was introduced by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

RFA brought its Local Government Fellows – 16 leaders who collectively represent more than 28 million people and $148 billion in local government spending – to share insights on how to use data and evidence to make life better for the residents they serve.

From workforce development to repurposing for results to powering the nonprofit sector with innovation, RFA explored the ways the what works movement is re-shaping our world.

Results for America hosted the following events:

  • A What Works Discussion with Governor Dannel Malloy (D-CT)
Introduction by Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT)
Discussion led by Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder, Results for America
  • Film Response Panel Discussion: The Future of Work – An Evidence-based Response to our Workforce Crisis 

Plinio Ayala, President and CEO, Per Scholas

Mikaela Beardsley, Executive Director, What Works Media Project

Jonathan Silva, Cybersecurity Graduate, Per Scholas

Mark Thain, Director of Social Innovation, Barclays

  • Evidence Based Education Pathways Creating a Marketplace for What Works

Dan Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector

Nichole Dunn, Vice President, Innovation and Community Impact, Results For America

Sara Peters, Director of Policy and Evidence, Project Evident

  • Repurpose for Results: A Discussion on Shifting Resources toward Evidence and Residents 

Bob Cenname, Budget Director, City of Baltimore, Maryland

Clarence Wardell III, Director of Repurposing for Results, What Works Cities Initiative

Daro Mott, Chief of Performance Improvement, Office of Performance Improvement & Innovation, City of Louisville, KY

Jenny Reed, Director, Office of the City Administrator, Washington, DC

James Wagner, Chief of Performance Strategy & Innovation, Office of the Mayor, City of Tulsa, OK

See the full speaker list here

The Winter Innovation Summit was presented by the Sorenson Impact Center and Salt Lake County, in partnership with Sundance Institute.