Thought Leadership Series: Ending Systemic Violence Through Economic Opportunity





Postponed to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19

For people who live in poverty, every day is a risk, and being outside in your neighborhood is a health hazard. The violence is linked deeply to the lack of economic opportunity. These conditions are unacceptable for our own families... and for any families.

In partnership with A Wider Circle, Leadership Greater Washington invites you to the 2020 Thought Leadership Series: “Ending Systemic Violence Through Economic Opportunity.” Leaders will engage in six half-day interactive workshops to educate and promote bold thinking and solutions to reducing systemic violence in our region through economic partnership, multi-sector collaboration, and opportunity.

Series Dates

January 21, 2020 | February 25, 2020 | March 31, 2020 | April 28, 2020

May 19, 2020 | June 23, 2020

Series Topics

Session 1: The History and Current Conditions

  • Anchors the series by framing the issue on a national and regional level, linking the roots and history of systemic violence to economic disparity
  • Educates participants on the core issues that create systemic violence in select communities
  • Examines the impact of poverty, the underground economy and the role of incarceration and law enforcement
  • Confirmed speakers include Dr. Mark Bergel, Founder and CEO of A Wider Circle and Jimmie Jenkins, President of ManPower DC

Session 2: Violence Prevention Programs - Across the Nation: Chicago

  • Examines the epidemic of violence in Chicago, providing deeper context into violence reduction efforts in the city
  • Informs participants on the role of citywide safety initiatives and the role of community groups, government and the public sector
  • Confirmed speakers include Chris Patterson, Director of Programs, Institute for NonViolence Chicago

Session 3: Violence Prevention Programs Across the Nation: ROCA

  • Through an exploration of the issues impacting Baltimore, we examine trends in disrupting the cycle of incarceration and poverty through gang intervention, and initiatives tailored for high-risk youth and teen parents
  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of how leaders can harness their collective impact to reverse systemic violence through community partnerships
  • Potential speakers include Molly Baldwin, Founder, ROCA and/or Kurt Palermo, Director of Program Operations and Employment, ROCA Baltimore

Session 4: Violence Prevention Programs - In our midst: Washington D.C. region

  • Specific to DC, this session will examine the local violence intervention efforts by community groups, government initiatives and public-sector partnerships
  • Participants will gain insight into local opportunity-building efforts targeting systemic violence
  • Confirmed speakers include individuals involved in direct interventions and will also include either Tony Lewis, Jr. or Tyrone Parker, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Alliance of Concerned Men, a group that has worked to prevent youth violence in the DC area since 1991

Session 5: Keys to Success and Change 

  • Emphasize the role of the business community in providing solutions to systemic violence 
  • It will include an analysis of key factors such as political will, funding, consistency, sustainability and community engagement with impacted populations
  • The discussion period will cover efforts to prevent and mitigate violence while building outlets, alternatives, and opportunities Session speakers are still to be determined

Session 6: Be the change - taking action

  • Offer channels for action and determine a plan for how leaders can harness their collective impact to change the trajectory of systemic violence in our community 
  • The discussion will include individuals working on all sides of the issue, final Q&A, coalition-building and idea generation to be led by Dr. Mark Bergel
  • Confirmed speakers include Mr. Jimmie Jenkins, CEO of Manpower, Inc. 

Participants must commit to the entire series.

Series Information

Sessions are held from 8:30-11:00am

Food and refreshments provided

There is no charge for LGW members or local community leadership program participants, but advance registration is required. We expect this series to fill up quickly.





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