Global Engagement Forum: Live // October 10-11, 2018 // Solving the Solvable


On October 10-11, 2018, PYXERA Global will convene an invite-only forum focusing on four specific solvable problems. Leaders and experts from across sectors will come together for two days of intensive collaboration to move the Global Goals from aspiration to achievement.


Reducing Post-Harvest Loss


Ending Energy Poverty


Eliminating Marine Debris


Closing the Skills Gap in STEM

Featured Speakers

Dan Pallotta

Activist, Humanitarian, Author, and Builder of Movements

Jody K. Olsen, Ph.D.

Director, Peace Corps

Peter L. Scher

Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Deirdre White

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Kumar Garg

Former Senior Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Fellow, Society for Science and the Public

Kristina Kloberdanz

SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard

A.J. Robinson Jr., Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Symphonic Strategies Inc.

Ahsiya Mencin, Ph.D.

Director of PULSE & Global Volunteering, GSK

Rob Vallentine

President, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and Director, Global Citizenship and North America Global Corporate Affairs

Yash Ranga

Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Tomicah Tillemann, Ph.D.

Director, Bretton Woods II and Blockchain Trust Accelerator, New America
Cate OKane

Cate O'Kane

Founder, &co.

Ignacio Vidal

Founder and Executive Director, Socialab, Colombia
Virendar Khatana

Virendar Khatana

Project Director, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA)
Frances Ahene-Affoh

Francis Ahene-Affoh

Lead for Business Development & Marketing, DreamOval, Ghana

Nate Clark

Associate Director of Corporate Citizenship, John Deere and Vice President, John Deere Foundation
Dave Gunderson

Dave Gunderson

Vice President & General Manager, Automotive Aftermarket Division, 3M

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Solvable Problems

Social challenges for which there are known and tested solutions

PYXERA Global’s conceptualization of “solvable problems” is framed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, ratified by the United Nations in 2015. The seventeen goals provide a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future. However, their broad reach often leaves individuals, organizations, and governments wondering, “Where do we begin?” We believe that starting with a focus on specific, solvable problems, within the context of these Goals, offers a path forward to create enduring, systemic change. Certain global challenges can be distinguished as solvable because we’ve seen them successfully resolved on smaller scales. The tools, practices, and resources exist. What is needed now is leadership, vision, collaboration, and resources from the public, private, and social sectors, and a clear commitment to move forward. Converting need into opportunity provides strong incentives for all stakeholders to scale solutions and move the Goals from aspiration toward achievement.

2018 Conference Agenda

2017 Forum Stats


of Forum participants walked away with new connections


of participants found leads and opportunities to engage new partners and establish or strengthen relationships with like-minded partners


events adopted the Forum’s innovative design

Participating in the Forum

What to Expect

This is not your average conference. Participants are expected to engage in intensive collaboration for the entire two-day event, sharing their own unique understanding, expertise, and approaches through a series of interactive work sessions aligned to a specific issue track. Through this facilitated collaboration, the event aims to drive insight and inspiration to catalyze scalable solutions.


Participants bring relevant experience, expertise, examples, questions, and a commitment to participate. 



Attendees represent leaders and influencers from across the private, public, and social sectors.


Participants will be divided across four issue tracks and tasked to create collaborative action on solvable problems.

What is the Global Engagement Forum: Live?

The Sustainable Development Goals, ratified by the United Nations in September 2015, provide a compelling foundation for action to solve the world’s most difficult challenges. Seeing this as a tremendous opportunity to create shared value by harnessing the capabilities of the private, public, and social sectors, PYXERA Global convened the first Global Engagement Forum in November 2015.  Then, in April of 2017, PYXERA Global convened another forum focusing on specific solvable problems related to Global Health, Agriculture, and Economic Opportunity. 

The Forum will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, easily accessible by public transportation (metro) or car.

1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, nor endorsed by Montgomery County Government.

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Request an Invitation

The Global Engagement Forum: Live is an invite-only event. On October 10-11, leaders and experts from the public, private, and social sectors will use their expertise, resources, and influence to advance collaborative solutions to address global challenges.