Unrig the System Summit 2019
Mar 29–31 | Nashville, TN
Panel | Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform.
• Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
• Elizabeth Doty – National Program Leader, Business for American Promise
• MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
• Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management
Sat, Mar 30 • 10:45-11:45
Webinar: The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in Pennsylvania
Wed, Mar 27, 4 PM EDT | online
Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s current election systems are outdated and rely on undependable 15-to-20-year-old equipment. A lack of confidence in the state’s capacity to safeguard elections can undermine trust in government, reduce voter turnout, and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Join us and learn how the business community can support election reform.
National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Nov 29–30 | Half Moon Bay, CA
Business for America will be there to discuss aligning the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.
Democracy on the Ballot: The Impact of the 2018 Midterms
Nov 14 | webinar
Across the nation, voters succeeded in gathering the signatures required to place a wide range of reform initiatives on their states’ midterm ballots. Join our webinar and learn what the midterm election results mean for improving election integrity, addressing money in politics, and strengthening our representative democracy. Watch on YouTube »
DC Breakfast with Business for America
Oct 18 | Washington, DC
For the business community, election integrity is more than a matter of principle — it’s an urgent economic priority. Business for America is dedicated to educating and mobilizing business leaders to support improvements to elections and government. We want to hear your thoughts about how federal and state governments can strengthen the democratic process, as well as the business community’s role in making it happen.
Bridge Alliance Summit & National Conference on Citizenship
Oct 17–18 | Washington, DC
Business for America will be attending the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) annual conference and participating in the Bridge Alliance summit.
Philadelphia Mixer with Business for America
Oct 16 | Philadelphia, PA
In Pennsylvania, an active debate is underway over how to improve how to improve elections and democracy work. Join Kathy Boockvar, Senior Advisor to PA Governor Tom Wolf on Election Modernization, Chris Jacobs, CEO of Communally, and Sarah Bonk, Founder of Business for America, to discuss why election integrity matters to business and what steps state and federal officials are taking to upgrade election security.
A Conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
Oct 12 | webinar
Join us for a conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk about how state officials and Congress are working to upgrade election security across the country. Jim Condos has been at the forefront of these discussions in his own state of Vermont and as the current President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. As Vermont’s chief election official, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections is one of his highest priorities. Join us and learn what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity.
The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in New Jersey
Oct 5 | webinar
Join us for an important conversation on how election reform in New Jersey will strengthen representative democracy — as well as the economy. Our discussion will feature leading election reformers and business leaders who are working to promote needed reforms in the way elections are run in New Jersey and across the country. Business leaders have a critical role to play in advancing solutions. Find out what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity.
Business for America Action: Secure Elections Act
Jul 26 | webinar
We invited businesses and business organizations to discuss how we can help advance the Secure Elections Act in the U.S. Senate. Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salon: Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation
Apr 24 | San Francisco, CA
We invited changemakers and technologists interested in government reform to mingle, make connections, and discuss the latest in government reform with Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation in DC. Interested in setting up a future event? Please contact us for more information.
Mar 7 | Washington, D.C.
Business for America participated in the inaugural RegTech Data Summit, hosted by the Data Coalition. The event explored how regulatory technology (RegTech) solutions can enable automation, reduce fraud, cut compliance costs, and provide new opportunities for policy analysis. Speakers included SEC commissioner Michael Piwowar, Palantir co-founder and 8VC founding partner Joe Lonsdale, and many other distinguished experts and business leaders.
Business for America Presents… FT Journalist Rana Foroohar
Feb 13 | webinar
We were delighted to host renowned journalist Rana Foroohar, a Financial Times global business columnist and associate editor, and author of Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street. Ms. Foroohar shared her insights on the future of democracy, capitalism, and the digital revolution, including a lively discussion with Business for America supporters.
Unrig the System Summit 2018
Feb 2–4 | New Orleans, LA
Business for America Co-founder Sarah Bonk gave a talk about the real Boston Tea Party, and the business perspective on political reform. Watch the video »
Business for America Presents… Economist Edmund Phelps
Jan 25 | webinar
We hosted Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps of Columbia University. Phelps won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and is the author of Mass Flourishing, an award-winning investigation of the conditions for societies to support not just material wealth, but “flourishing” — meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth. During the call, we talked about how to bring more innovation and dynamism to the US economy for the benefit of all Americans.
50 State Solution Convening
January 25–26, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by California Forward
Unrig the System: A Meeting of Nonpartisan Reformers
April 7–8, 2017 | Kansas City, MO
The 2017 Global Election Technology Summit
May 17–18, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by Startup Policy Lab. Co-sponsored by Business for America.
Co-founder Sarah Bonk moderated a panel discussion about design and innovation in elections and civic tech.
National Institute of Money in State Politics Annual Convening
June 1–4, 2017 | Bigfork, MT
Organized by the National Institute of Money in State Politics
CEO Charles Kolb participated in a panel discussion about fresh approaches to political reform.
3rd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase
September 13, 2017 | San Jose, CA
Organized by Innovate Your State
Business for America hosted a showcase booth at the event.
Business for America Presents… Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl
October 12, 2017
We hosted a conversation with Michael Porter from Harvard Business School and Katherine Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods, to discuss their recent report on the economic implications of our dysfunctional political environment: Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America. Professor Porter is one of the world’s most influential business advisers, and Ms. Gehl is committed to ensuring that business leaders make a difference as advocates for better government.
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6th Annual Sustainable Business Summit
October 22–24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Organized by the American Sustainable Business Council
Co-founder Sarah Bonk joined a panel discussion on making government work better for business and the public.
The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today
October 31, 2017 | New York, NY
Organized by the Center on Capitalism and Society
Charles Kolb chaired a discussion on individualism, humanities, and education.
Business for America Presents… Norm Ornstein
November 16, 2017
We hosted a call with Norm Ornstein to talk about his recent New York Times bestseller, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, co-authored with Thomas Mann and E.J. Dionne.
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Business for America Presents… The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau
The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau joined us to talk about DC’s increased scrutiny of Silicon Valley. Tau is a reporter in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covers Congress and politics. Prior to joining the newspaper, Tau was a reporter at Politico where he covered the White House, lobbying, campaign finance, and politics.
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Business for America Presents… The Aspen Institute’s Rhett Buttle
Rhett Buttle, founder of Public Private Strategies and senior fellow at The Aspen Institute, joined us to talk about risks that may prevent an complete, accurate U.S. Census. The U.S. Census is essential for accurate federal data, rational policymaking, and proper Congressional representation — as well as business strategy and market research. Buttle dug into these topics and told us how business can play a lead role in ensuring a full and accurate count.
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Business for America Presents… Davia Temin of Temin & Co.
As a crisis strategist, Davia Temin deals with the thorniest issues of the day, from global politics and instability, to corporate board and C-suite priorities and intrigue, to the crises faced by our nation’s top colleges and universities. She often shares her insights as a Forbes.com columnist on “Reputation Matters.” On our call, she discussed all these topics and answered questions about how to lead with integrity and efficacy through whatever crisis comes your way.
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