2022 State of the District & Region Conference

Our annual conference features panelists and speakers including prominent business representatives and leaders, health directors, higher education administrators, workforce development leaders, regional and local elected officials. This year’s event will include a keynote speaker plus four panels:

  • State of Business Recovery and Economic Development (Presented by DMPED)
  • State of DC Health (Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield)
  • State of Education & Workforce Development
  • State of the District and Region (Presented by Exelon)

Program Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Opening – Welcome Remarks and Acknowledgements
    • Angela Franco, President & CEO, DC Chamber
    • Dr. Carolyn Rudd, Chair, Board of Directors DC Chamber of Commerce
    • Hon. Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
  • 9:15 AM Keynote Speaker – Sheree Anne Kelly, President & CEO, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Sheree Anne is the head of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) representing more than 10,000 industry professionals. ACCE serves the community via professional development, innovative problem solving, best practices, and industry thought leadership.

Sheree Anne holds an MBA from Georgetown, a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University. Current industry leadership roles include serving on the executive committee of the World Chambers Federation and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Committee of 100. She’s also a board member of the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and immediate past-chair of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

  • 9:30 AM – State of Business Recovery and Economic Development Panel presented by DMPED
    • Hon. Kenyan McDuffie, Chair, Committee on Business & Economic Development
    • Hon. Anthony Williams, Executive Director, Federal City Council
    • Jack McDougle, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
    • Yesim Sayin Taylor, Executive Director, DC Policy Center
    • Moderated Panel Discussion
    • Live Q&A
  • 10:30 AM – State of DC Health Panel presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
    • Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX)
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Brian Piennick, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
    • Live Q&A
  • 11:30 AM – State of Education & Workforce Development Panel
    • Ron Mason, President, University of the District of Columbia
    • Dr. Michelle Walker-Davis, Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
    • Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Deputy Mayor Paul Kihn, DME
    • Live Q&A
  • 12:30 PM – State of the District & Region Panel presented by Exelon
    • Hon. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, District of Columbia
    • Katie Cristol, County Board Chair, Arlington, Virginia
    • Jeffrey McKay, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
    • Hon. Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County, Maryland
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post
    • Live Q&A
  • 1:30 PM – Closing Remarks by Angela Franco

**Speakers confirmed to date.


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2022 State of the District & Region Conference


Sep 30 2022


9:00 am - 1:30 pm