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The Village Summit

GCON brings together experts from the design, engineering, financial, health, political, municipal, educational, religious and other sectors to examine / promote the ideals of NeoRetroism as a viable solution to developing 21st century villages. NeoRetroism is the advancement of a philosophy which advocates the re-creation of old world characteristics in modern-day development environments. Its focus aims to strengthen the notion that building villages creates stronger, more viable and sustainable communities.

TOPICS

+ Building sustainable environments
+ Maximizing your return on investment
+ Re-knitting the fabric of America
+ Building villages in the 21st century

SPEAKERS

+ Dr. Ben Carson
+ Austin Kimson
+ TD Jakes
+ Jeffory D. Blackard
+ And more

ACTIVITIES

+ Breakout and one-on-one sessions
+ Meet the speakers and contributors
+ Network with top industry professionals
+ Attend the power luncheon on location

The Masterminds

A list of the speakers for GCON 2017, along with their bios

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Dr. Ben Carson

Secretary (Elect) of U.S. Housing & Urban Development

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Jeffory D. Blackard

CEO & President of Blackard Global Incorporated

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Sitting President of The Republic of Croatia

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Sen. Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate

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Kevin Batchelor

Senior Managing Director / SW Region at Hines Global

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Elizabeth Richter

Chief Executive Officer at Richter Architects

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Brian Adams

VP & Director / Planning & Urban Design at CallisonRTKL

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Bishop TD Jakes

Author, Filmmaker, TV Host & Bishop of The Potter's House

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Scott Polikov, FAICP

Principle of Gateway Planning Group

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Comm. Mitchell J. Silver

Commissioner of NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation

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Monica C. Fink, AADP

AADP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner & CEO of MCF, LLC

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Austin Kimson

Sr. Economist of Macro Trends Group at Bain & Company

The Itinerary

A breakdown of the segments, topics and speakers at GCON 2017

Guest Services

Reception & Registration

Attendee registration will take place in the lobby outside of main auditorium. Once registered, attendees will be given credentials to enter and exit event throughout the day.

60mins

Auditorium Lobby

Beginner

Guest Services

GCON brings together experts from the design, engineering, financial, health, political, municipal, educational, religious and other sectors to examine / promote the ideals of NeoRetroism as a viable solution to building 21st century villages.

https://GCONevent.org

JD Lee

Welcome to GCON 2017

NeoRetroism is the advancement of a philosophy which advocates the re-creation of old world characteristics in modern-day development environments. Its focus aims to strengthen the notion that building villages creates stronger communities, as opposed to sub-divisions.

15mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

JD Lee

JD Lee is a writer, producer, director , speaker and social architect. He is the Director of Blackard Advisers and the Chief Creative Strategist for Blackard Global.

http://twitter.com/jdl360

Jeff Blackard

Intro to NeoRetroism

Jeff Blackard shares the story of how he came to the understanding that building the beautiful gated communities and sub-divisions he had been developing, was all wrong. A business opportunity led him to invest in a resort in Croatia. From there he would discover how everything he had been doing up until then, was a failed concept of developing. The epiphany that ensued would lead to the birthing the philosophy of NeoRetroism.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

Jeff Blackard

Jeffory D. Blackard is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc. With his distinguished real estate development career now entering it’s 4th decade, Mr. Blackard is responsible for the completion of over 20 Master Planned Communities, comprised in excess of 15,000 single family home sites.

http://blackardglobal.net

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Welcome to My Village

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, leader of the country of Croatia, will take attendees through a guided virtual tour of her country and detail all of the important facts about how her country, like many others from around the world, thrive with a culture that embraces village life.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Advanced

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is a Croatian politician and diplomat who has served as the fourth President of Croatia since February 19, 2015. She is the first woman to be elected president after the first multi-party elections in 1990 and is also the youngest person to hold the office, aged 46.

https://vlada.gov.hr/en

Dr. Ben Carson

The Urban Village

Dr. Ben Carson talks on the urban, inner-city village and how we have shifted away from this successful family, community and economic model in our modern-day society.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. President Elect Donald J. Trump recently announced his intention to nominate Dr. Carson to serve as Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

http://hud.gov

Scott Polikov

Wall Street Doesn’t Get It

Scott Polikov addresses Wall Street's inability to comprehend a village model, because of their lack of understanding of the mixed-use, densities and non-standard approach to the economic variables.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Scott Polikov

Recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), Scott Polikov is a national leader advancing the New Economics of Place. He is well known for his work in unlocking the true value of neighborhoods, focusing on public-private partnerships to fund lasting design. President of Gateway Planning, Scott is a town planner and innovative finance consultant who started his professional life with Patton Boggs, practicing law in Washington, D.C.

http://gatewayplanning.com

Elizabeth Richter

It’s Not About the Architecture

When you walk through the streets of any village in Europe and you see all the beautiful architecture, you immediately have a certain feeling of love and appreciation. But little do most people realize is that it is not the architecture that creates that feeling you have, but rather it is something much deeper. Elizabeth Richter will share the secrets of whats beyond the architecture.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

Elizabeth Richter

In 2005, Richter entered the College of Fellows of the AIA, and in 2007, she served as president of the Texas Society of Architects. She has also served as a regional director representing Texas on the AIA's National Board of Directors. Currently, she not only has served as the AIA president but also maintains her position as principal of Corpus Christi, Texas–based Richter Architects.

http://www.richterarchitects.com

TD Jakes

Religion & NeoRetroism

Bishop TD Jakes talks on the inter-dependency of the church and the village. He explores how the church, over the years has been the bedrock of communities across America and how the revival of the village is inevitably connected to the revival of the church.

30mins

Main Auditorium

TD Jakes

Thomas Dexter “T.D.” Jakes, Sr. is an African-American pastor, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a Nondenominational American megachurch. T. D. Jakes’ church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter’s Touch, which airs on Lightsource.com, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network, The Word Network, VHS home video, and The Miracle Channel in Canada.

http://thepottershouse.org

The Power Lunch

Lunch will be catered in the main dining hall. Attendees will be able to walk about the dining hall as they network, intermingle and socialize with other speakers and attendees.

1hr

Main Dining Hall

GCON

Q & A Recap | Segments 1, 2 & 3

Attendees will be able to ask questions and presenters will offer answers and solutions. Questions will be pre-screened and collected in advance by digital submission.

60mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

GCON

GCON brings together experts from the design, engineering, financial, health, political, municipal, educational, religious and other sectors to examine / promote the ideals of NeoRetroism as a viable solution to building 21st century villages.

Rick Santorum

Politics & NeoRetroism

Explore the intersection of building villages and politics.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Rick Santorum

Richard John “Rick” Santorum, is an American attorney and Republican Party politician. He served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania (1995–2007) and was the Senate’s third-ranking Republican (2001–07). He ran as a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, finishing second to the eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Santorum was elected as a United States Senator for Pennsylvania in 1994. He served two terms until losing his re-election bid in 2006. A devout, practicing Catholic, Santorum is a social conservative who opposes same-sex marriage and artificial birth control. While serving as a senator, Santorum was the author of what came to be known as the Santorum Amendment, which promoted the teaching of intelligent design. In 2005, Santorum introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act along with Senator John Kerry. In the years following his departure from the Senate, Santorum worked as a consultant, private-practice lawyer, and news contributor. On June 6, 2011, Santorum announced his run for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Upon announcing his campaign suspension on April 10, 2012, he had won 11 primaries and caucuses and received nearly 4 million votes, making him the runner-up to eventual nominee Mitt Romney. Santorum officially endorsed Romney on May 7, 2012. On May 27, 2015, Santorum announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. He ended his campaign on February 3, 2016.

http://ricksantorum.com

Monica Fink

Wellness & The Village

Monica shows how integral a tight-knitted, interconnected community can lead to a more healthy lifestyle. She also delves into the topics of the food we eat today vs. the village approach to growing, farming and producing health food to consume and nourish our bodies.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Monica Fink

For over seven years, Monica Fink have made it her life’s purpose to help those in need through nutritional counseling, meal planning, lifestyle management and personal fitness training. No matter the chief complaint, it is her belief and experience that optimum nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices and appropriate physical activity are the keys to having the life you want. Minca Fink is licensed as a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. To prepare her for this licensure, she received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Monica’s instructors included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

Peter Thiel

Business & NeoRetroism

Peter Thiel, one of the foremost authorities on the technology business, explores the role that technology and business play in a village.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is a German-American entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. Often referred to as the “Don of the PayPal Mafia”, Thiel was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 246 on the Forbes 400 in 2016, with a net worth of $2.7 billion.

Austin Kimson

The Economics of NeoRetroism

Austin Kimson explains how the macroeconomics of a village function in the broader economy.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Austin Kimson

Austin Kimson co-founded the Macro Trends Group at Bain and Company, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms. The Macro Trends Group is Bain’s center for developing and applying the firm’s views on the integration of global macroeconomics, geopolitical, demographic, social and technological macro trends as they impact the results of our clients.

http://bain.com

Sheryl Sandberg

The Digital Village

Facebook is the largest digital village. Here's how it works.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org (also known as the Lean In Foundation).

http://facebook.com

Elon Musk

Village of The Future

Elon Musk casts the vision for the future of the village.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US $11.5 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.

http://tesla.com

Ivanka Trump

Where We Go From Here

Ivanka Trump leads you through the challenges of building villages in the 21st century. More importantly, she offers key solutions and the keys to re-knitting the fabric of America.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Marie Trump is an American businesswoman and former fashion model. She is the daughter of real estate developer and President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump and former model Ivana Trump. She recently stepped down as the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at her father’s company, the Trump Organization, where her work was focused on the company’s real estate and hotel management initiatives.

Q & A Recap | Segments 4, 5 & 6

Attendees will be able to ask questions and presenters will offer answers and solutions. Questions will be pre-screened and collected in advance by written submission.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Jeff Blackard

To Be Continued

Jeff Blackard closes the day with a call to action for those who have the desire, the wherewithal and the moral fortitude to map a new beginning and infuse NeoRetroism into the way they view projects into the future.

30mins

Main Auditorium

Expert

Jeff Blackard

Jeffory D. Blackard is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc. With his distinguished real estate development career now entering it’s 4th decade, Mr. Blackard is responsible for the completion of over 20 Master Planned Communities, comprised in excess of 15,000 single family home sites.

http://blackardglobal.net

The Sponsors

GCON is proud to be sponsored by a diverse array of individuals, organizations and companies

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The Venue

Recipient of National Association of Catering and Events' Facility of the Year and Meeting Venue of the Year 2015

George Bush Presidential Library & Museum

2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
Ph: 1 (214) 346-1650
5.4 mi / 6.7 miles from Downtown Dallas

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