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Providence Talks Replication: Early Childhood Innovation at the Municipal Level

Providence Talks Replication: Early Childhood Innovation at the Municipal Level

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Duration: 60 minutes

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In September, it was announced that five cities have been selected to replicate Providence Talks, one of the first early language initiatives implemented at the municipal level, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This webinar will take a deep dive into how Bloomberg Philanthropies has thought about the replication work and the unique role of city leadership in spearheading change. We’ll explore:

  • Why replication, why now, and why these five cities were chosen.
  • How this fits into Bloomberg Philanthropies’ broader view of city innovation.
  • What the work looks like in practice in Birmingham, Alabama, one of replication sites.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion that brings in the multiple stakeholder perspectives that make large-scale innovation possible at the city level. Come prepared to ask questions of our panelists!


About the presenters:

Katie Appel Duda

Katie Appel Duda co-leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation grant programs, which help city leaders and their teams in more than 200 cities around the world to better solve problems and share promising ideas that improve life for residents.

Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Katie served as assistant communications director to New York City Mayor Bloomberg and as a policy advisor at the Department of Homeless Services. A proud graduate of New York City public schools, Katie also holds an MPA from New York University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Clarence Wardell III

Clarence Wardell III is currently the Director of City Solutions at Results for America, supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative. In that role he works with mid-size cities across the country to help them use data and evidence to guide their programming and investment decisions.

He was most recently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, where he led strategy and product management across several of the team’s projects. In that role he also co-led the White House Police Data Initiative, an effort aimed at using open data as a means to increase trust and engagement between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Prior to joining the U.S. Digital Service, Clarence served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow from 2014-2015

Liya Shuster-Bier

Liya Shuster-Bier is the managing director of The Overton Project and founder/advisory board co-chair for Birmingham Talks, one of the five organizations chosen to replicate Providence Talks. 

Prior to The Overton Project, Liya worked at Goldman Sachs in their corporate derivatives business. After three years, Liya pivoted to impact investing, joining Third Sector Capital Partners, where she designed and raised capital for social impact bond investments. Most recently, Liya helped launch Maycomb Capital, a social impact fund co-managed by Andi Phillips, who launched and managed the Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund and built many of the country's social impact bonds. Liya holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School and a degree in Geography and Government from Dartmouth College. 


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