Leadership Newark will distill annual summit ideas and action steps into a policy white paper
by Brick City Live | May 26, 2017
Senator Cory Booker delivers the summit’s luncheon keynote address.
Leadership Newark will soon publish a policy document, to be entitled Destination Newark: The White Paper, which will encapsulate the key conclusions and action steps from its third annual public policy summit.
Rutgers-Newark’s Paul Robeson Campus Center was the site of the summit, Leadership Newark’s third annual, this past Saturday. The event, which focused on infrastructure, included welcome remarks from Mayor Ras Baraka, an opening keynote by PSE&G’s Richard T. Thigpen, and a luncheon keynote by United States Senator Cory Booker.
Breakout workshops then offered attendees opportunities to do deeper dives with a smaller group into more tightly defined subject matter, including restoring and improving Newark’s water, energy, transportation, digital communication, and professional development infrastructure. In each breakout session, attendees reviewed infrastructure improvement action steps taking place throughout Newark and across the state, as well as measures needed to provide ongoing opportunities for local residents.
The “Get Clean and Connected” track included the Newark Decoded panel and discussion, during which Darin Sharif, former Central Ward Council for Newark and Director of Operations for the Urban League of Essex County and the Newark Kids Code program, emphasized the need for educators to be technology trained so that they can more ably instruct their students. BrickCityLive.com editor Andaiye Taylor emphasized the need to connect coding instruction to real life opportunities, offering that there should be a “pipeline to local jobs for students learning to code” and “access to capital to fund their projects.”
Darrin Sharif discusses the importance of tech and coding instruction for students.
The transportation track, entitled “Newark On The Move,” featured experts from the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ), Westfield Airports, Ports America, and The Seamens’ Church Institute. The session touched on economic development, careers in infrastructure, the importance of community outreach and engagement, and Newark’s impact on global logistics and consumer markets. Panelist Michael Chisholm of PANYNJ urged attendees to make sure youth and young adults, in particular, understand the significance of the port to the city, state, and region, so that they’re inspired to seek out and take advantage of growth opportunities.
The highly popular “Servant Leadership” track was an abridged Leadership Newark fellowship experience, where participants were immersed into the organization’s unique professional development curriculum. Sessions included “Leadership 101: What’s Your Leadership Personality,” “Collective Impact 101: Leveraging Partnership for Change,” and “Social Entrepreneurship,” which featured Jabari Skills, founder and CEO of ride-share app Youii, which is a member company in Fownders’ Seed to Scale incubator program.
The Destination Newark white paper will include contributions from workshop speakers, summit attendees, and Leadership Newark fellows.
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