Conference to Focus on Public, Private, and Philanthropic Collaboration

Posted: October 7, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

George Mason, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Stargazer Foundation, and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers will host a conference on Oct. 14 examining ways the public, private, and philanthropic sectors can work together to respond to growing social and economic challenges. The event, “P3, the Power of Fusion,” takes place at the Concert Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The conference will bring together some of the region’s foremost experts to develop potential solutions to community problems. Speakers include:

  • Mark Warner, Virginia governor

  • Newt Gingrich, former House speaker

  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

  • Alan Merten, president, George Mason

  • Mario Marino, chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners

  • Ted Leonsis, vice chairman, America Online (AOL)

  • Kathy Bushkin, president, AOL Time Warner Foundation

  • Glen Howard, senior vice president, Fannie Mae Foundation

  • John Bridgeland, director and assistant to the president, USA Freedom Corps

  • Jeff Swartz, chief executive officer, Timberland Corporation

  • Mark Walsh, managing partner, Ruston Associates LLC

Panels include:

  • Overcoming Resistance: Is There Something Wrong If Everyone Wins?–How the public, private, and philanthropic sectors can implement innovative approaches to challenges facing society
  • Creating the Nexus: If We Keep Doing Things the Same Old Way, Can We Expect the Results to Be Any Different?–How innovations from technology, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit sectors can improve the effectiveness of the philanthropic dollar
  • Fusion: If You’re Not Collaborating, You’re Going Nowhere–How the power of collaboration can generate unparalleled success in achieving public, private, and philanthropic goals
  • A Kaleidoscope of Ideas–How to leverage technology tools and entrepreneurship skills to facilitate consolidation

Faculty, staff, and students can attend the conference free of charge. A complete list of panelists can be found at the conference web site. For more information, contact Michal McElwain, School of Public Policy, at (703) 993-1577 or

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