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What is the Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series?

The Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series is a multi-part speaker series examining how nonprofits, corporations, local government and individuals can build an equitable, inclusive and resilient D.C. area region, which includes the surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland. Once a month, from March to August 2021, we will engage various voices, experts and YOU to envision and contribute to building communities that support prosperity for the many, not the few.

Topics to be Discussed by Our Speakers

The 2021 Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series will focused on a myriad of topics, including activating leaders and organizations to accelerate equity; the role of advocacy and policy; local economic development in the COVID-19 era; economics of mutuality; and our community’s urgent call to action.

Speaker Series Dates

Join us for the Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series on the following dates below, and click on the links to watch recordings of each past event and/or to register for upcoming events in the future.

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 26: Putting Purpose Over Profit – Putting purpose into practice in corporations is the objective of the Economics of Mutuality (EoM), which is a breakthrough business model and management innovation that empowers a company to thrive by meeting the needs of the world. Join us to hear Dr. Jay Jakub and Founder & CEO of Acacia Gavin Long explain EoM and how we all can be challenged to see an economy where finance serves business and business serves society and the environment.

Past Events:

March 22: The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few (Note: We were unable to record this meeting and therefore do not have a recording link to provide. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

May 12: Moving Forward with Purpose: Building a Better & Stronger Post-COVID DMV

June 17: Regional Economic Development in the Post-COVID Era

June 30: Pursuing Social Purpose and Profit: How Social Enterprises Already Benefit our Region


The Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series is held in tandem by United Way of the National Capital Area; George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government; the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce; the County of Fairfax, Virginia; and Northern Virginia Family Service. The Community Partnership Forum Speaker Series would not be possible without the assistance of Britepaths, Leadership Fairfax; Literacy Council of Northern Virginia; The Arc of Northern Virginia; and Volunteer Fairfax.

About United Way of the National Capital Area

United Way of the National Capital Area improves the health, education and economic opportunity of every person in the National Capital Area community. United Way NCA has been improving lives by creating measurable impact in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties for more than 45 years. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit UnitedWayNCA.org.