350 policy makers and practitioners from across the United States gathered at the Aspen Institute's Summit on Inequality and Opportunity to address America's widening opportunity gap in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. The plenary program was livestreamed and featured a series of panels, performances, and interviews. 

Maureen Conway, vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Economic Opportunities Program, moderated a panel discussion titled, "Progress and Prosperity: Can the New Frontiers of Employment Work for All Americans?" The panel featured: 
  • David Rolf, International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union
  • Dorian Warren, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute and Contributor, MSNBC 
  • Lindsay Elin, Director of Federal and Community Affairs, Uber 
  • Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer, Starbucks 

Additional speakers during the morning session of panels included: 

  • Cecelia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council 
  • Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation 
  • Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner 
  • Clint Smith, Poet and Educator 
  • Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute 
  • Heather Boushey, Exec. Director & Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth 

Forward Cities council members present at this event included: 

  • Victor Ruiz, Esperanza (Cleveland)
  • Don Jones, NEI (Detroit)
  • Camryn Smith, ABCD (Durham)
  • Rob Lalka, Propeller (New Orleans)
  • Emily Egge, SEEDS (Durham) 
  • Sarah Koch, Case Foundation (D.C.)
  • Kathy Pettit, Urban Institute (D.C.)
  • Napoleon Wallace, Self Help (Durham) 
  • William Jackson, Village of Wisdom (Durham)
  • Freddie Collier, City of Cleveland (Cleveland)
  • Henry McKoy, Durham Workforce Development Board (Durham)

If you missed the event, you can still watch it here.