Forum 2023 is SOLD OUT.
600 14th Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C.
Date & Time
October 19, 2023
8:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
At Forum, you will explore the most pressing issues facing the world today.

From keynote presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, you will learn about the latest developments in our community and share your own experiences and insights.

But this event is more than just a chance to learn.

You'll have the opportunity to network with other NGOs and professionals from around the world and build lasting relationships.
October 19, 2023
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
Greet old and new friends with a 'good morning.' Start your day with a cup of coffee before the excitement unfolds.  
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session
Discussion with Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Open up Forum 2023 with this session featuring Sarah Charles, USAID’s Assistant to the Administrator overseeing the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Sarah will offer her distinct insights into the dynamic landscape of global humanitarian efforts amidst rapid change.

In the face of mounting challenges from both the climate crisis and prolonged conflicts, coupled with evolving funding mechanisms for international responses, a new paradigm has emerged. This reality poses an increasingly intricate puzzle for donors and responders alike. While there is widespread consensus on the need to enhance the efficiency and accountability of the humanitarian ecosystem, the pressing question remains: How can we collectively forge ahead at the necessary pace?

The discussion will be facilitated by Abby Maxman, CEO of Oxfam America and Chair of the InterAction Board.

Speaker bios are available HERE.
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Lightning Talks
The lightning talk portion features three concurrent sessions on:

• Authentic Storytelling
• Financial Access for NGOs: Sanctions and Bank Derisking
• The Big Think: Challenges in Making Agrifood Systems Resilience a Reality

Panelists include: Christine Nyirjesy Bragale of FHI 360, Maria Holsopple of Plan International USA, Andrea Hall of InterAction, Jenny Marron of InterAction, and Dina Esposito of USAID.

Click HERE for lightning talk descriptions, including speaker bios.
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Breakout Session One—Five Concurrent Sessions
• Locally Led Development
• Public-Private Partnerships
• Climate
• Youth Advocacy
• Preventing Gender-Based Violence

Click HERE for breakout session descriptions, including speaker bios.
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
1:10 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Session Two—Five Concurrent Sessions
• Locally Led Development
• Coalition Building
• The Intersection of Climate and Youth
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Political Attacks on Aid and Development

Click HERE for breakout session descriptions, including speaker bios.
2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Breakout Session Three—Five Concurrent Sessions
• Harnessing Data for Resilience
• Localization and Conflict Interventions
• The Climate-Health Nexus
• Mental Health
• Food Security

Click HERE for breakout session descriptions, including speaker bios.
3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closing Session
Title: Navigating the Ethical Landscape: AI for NGOs

Description: In an age defined by rapid technological advancements, the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are more pertinent than ever. While NGOs look to leverage AI, they must also commit to ethical principles. But what does that look like? Join this general session and explore key ethical considerations, best practices, and real-world case studies that illuminate the path forward for NGOs in the realm of AI. Leading experts will share insights, and attendees will leave equipped with actionable strategies to harness the power of AI responsibly, ensuring your organization remains at the forefront of positive impact.

Panelists include: David Ryan Polgar, Founder of All Tech Is Human; Nichelle Johnson Billips, JD, LLM of FHI 360; Diya K. Wynn of Amazon Web Services; and Alex Swartsel of Jobs for the Future Labs.

Speaker bios are available HERE.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Our Networking Reception is where the fun continues after the event. Chat with fellow attendees, speakers, and industry leaders. Dive into captivating conversations, craft connections that count, and turbocharge your professional network.

* Please note: The schedule is subject to change. More information on speakers is forthcoming.
Registration is Now CLOSED.
Standard Registration
Member Price: $379
Non-Member Price: $479

Registration includes five speaker sessions, a reception, lightning talks, plus breakfast and lunch as noted throughout the agenda. Snacks will also be available for the duration of the event to keep you in tip-top shape all day.

The registration fee is non-refundable. However, we understand that circumstances may arise that prevent the registered participant from attending. In such cases, you have the option to substitute someone from your organization to attend in your stead. Please notify Mitch McQuate, [email protected], of your substitution by October 9, 2023. Substitutions after October 9, 2023, will not be permitted.

Registration closes on Friday, October 13 at 5:00 p.m. EDT or until tickets are sold out.
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600 14th Street NW, Suite 400
Between G Street NW and F Street NW
Convene is located next to Metro Center Station 
(Blue, Orange, Red & Silver)

Nearby Parking
607 14th St NW
675 14th St NW
1325 G St NW

We want you to be comfortable! We encourage you to arrive dressed in business casual attire. As the rooms tend to be cooler, we recommend layering up for the perfect balance of style and comfort.
 During registration, space will be available for you to let us know whether you will need additional accommodations to fully participate in the event.

While we haven't secured a room block due to Forum being one day, we've compiled a list of hotels conveniently located near the Convene venue.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Riggs
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Willard
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Hotel Washington (The W)
515 15th St NW

If you're seeking a more personalized stay, Airbnb offers a wide array of unique lodgings in the area.
Fast Facts
 Payment Options: We kindly request payment via credit card only for this event.

Immerse Yourself in the Moment: Join us in person and experience the event firsthand. Due to the interactive elements, we will not be streaming the event.

Dietary Requirements: When purchasing a ticket, there will be a place to note your dietary requirements.

No On-Site Registration: You must register for Forum 2023 by October 13, 2023 at 2 p.m. EST, or until tickets are sold out.

Secure Your Spot: With limited space at Convene, tickets are in high demand. Don't miss outensure your spot by grabbing your ticket at the earliest opportunity.

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