Along with the Concordia Leadership Council, several current and former heads of state, corporate executives, and leaders from prominent nongovernmental organizations, Concordia hosted its second annual conference in New York City on September 27, 2012. The 2012 Concordia Summit included sessions and discussions surrounding five subtopic pillars, including security, health, education, natural resources, and the economy. By providing a forum between policymakers and business leaders, the 2012 Concordia Summit was not only a productive and invigorating experience for all participants, but also a vital step towards developing and elevating the public-private endeavors we aim to promote.
Former President of the United States of America, William J. Clinton, was Concordia’s featured keynote speaker at the 2012 Concordia Summit. During a discussion with Concordia Co-Founders Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis, President Clinton answered questions relating to P3s in post-conflict countries, the intersection of profit and social good, and the economic and political outlook for countries such as Greece and Afghanistan.
“The people who come here are very impressive but are of very disparate backgrounds.” President William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America
“Because no one person can do it, no one organization can do it. It's about joining forces together to create the change that is needed in this world today.” Donna Karan, Founder of the Urban Zen Foundation
Donna Karan, Founder of the Urban Zen Foundation and Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti, addressed the audience with remarks focused on public-private partnerships for reconstruction and economic growth in Haiti. Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe also addressed attendees on the role of the public and private sectors in Haiti’s development and prosperity.
“I'm so delighted that so many of you have come together to explore the potential of public-private partnerships.” Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
The work of the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council was highlighted for its commitment to partnership building for the future of women and children in Afghanistan. Preceded by an introduction by Anita McBride and video address by former First Lady Laura Bush, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky moderated a panel on the topic between Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Dr. Phyllis Magrab, and Kathy Pickus.
“The Concordia Summit works to advance education, health, natural resources, and national and economic security.” Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States of America
8:15 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Introduction to the 2nd Annual Concordia Summit
9:00 am - 9:45 am America's Role in the World in the Age of Globalization: Townhall Q&A
9:45 am - 10:00 am Partnerships Addressing Women’s Rights around the World
10:00 am - 11:10 am The Global Economy: Mitigating Risks of Future Crises through Public-Private Partnerships
11:00 am - 11:15 am Profile: Partnering for Education
11:15 am - 11:45 am Break in the P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Lounge
11:45 am - 1:00 pm “Solution Sessions”
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Lunch & Program
2:15 pm - 2:50 pm Public-Private Partnerships for Reconstruction and Economic Growth in Haiti
2:50 pm - 3:50 pm Building Partnerships for the Future of Women and Children in Afghanistan: The Work of the US-Afghan-Women’s Council
3:50 pm - 4:05 pm Break in the P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Lounge
4:05 pm - 4:15 pm Profile: Addressing Nuclear Security through Public-Private Partnerships
4:15 pm - 4:40 pm Discovering the Drivers of Successful Partnerships
4:40 pm - 4:50 pm Profile: Kate Spade’s Partnership with Women for Women International
4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Presentation of the Concordia Index
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Keynote Address by President Bill Clinton