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


On October 10-11, 2018, PYXERA Global convened an invite-only forum focusing on four specific solvable problems. Leaders and experts from across sectors came 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

Expert Expo Posters

Take a look at the major barriers identified by Global Engagement Forum: Live experts to solving the problems of post-harvest loss, energy poverty, marine debris, and the skills gap in STEM. These posters are an at a glance look into what participants discussed at the live event. Together, groups of collaborators developed solutions to overcome these and other barriers to the four solvable problems.

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


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

Founder and CEO, Symphonic Strategies Inc.

Gina Tesla

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, IBM

Rob Vallentine

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

Yash Ranga

Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Cristin Dorgelo

President & CEO, Association of Science-Technology Centers

Francis Ahene-Affoh

Senior Vice President, DreamOval Foundation, Ghana

Emily Woglom

Executive Vice President, Ocean Conservancy

Gabriella Burian

Global Director for Sustainable Agriculture, Bayer - Crop Science
Dave Gunderson

Dave Gunderson

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

Kristina Kloberdanz

SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard

Nate Clark

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

Neil McLean

Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Academy

Lisa Jordan

Campaign Director, Shine and Partner, Aim for Social Change

Tomicah Tillemann, Ph.D.

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

Amanda Gardiner

VP, Sustainability & Social Innovation, Pearson

Matt Dunne

Founder & Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation

Ignacio Vidal

Founder and Executive Director, Socialab, Colombia

Ahsiya Mencin, Ph.D.

Director of Global Employee Experience, GSK
Virendar Khatana

Virendar Khatana

Project Director, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA)
Cate OKane

Cate O'Kane

Founder, &co.

Richard Crespin

Chief Executive Officer, CollaborateUp
Alice Korngold

Alice Korngold

President & CEO, Korngold Consulting LLC

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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 was held at the Silver Spring Civic Center in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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

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