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Speaking engagements

Charles is currently accepting bookings for speaking engagements in 2017. Talks are tailored to specific audiences and can be focused on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Life chances, individual choices, and the nature of opportunity


Strategies and tactics in closing America’s opportunity gap


The history and practice of mentorship


The value, and necessity, of diversity and inclusion


Building resilient organizations


Anchor Institutions: the roles of universities and hospitals in advancing community change


Philanthropy as a driver of social change

Media Experience


Charles has been interviewed on numerous occasions for the following radio, television, and print outlets:  

The News Hour (PBS), Cable News Network, British Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Village Voice (NY)

Invited Keynotes and Other Lectures


“The role of anchor institutions in community development:” Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, September 2015


“Philanthropic impact investing in place-based initiatives;” Council on Foundations, Washington DC, April 2015


"What is equitable urban development?” Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center Forum, October 22, 2014


“Thinking about resilience as a wicked problem;”  Garrison Institute Cities, Climate and Behavior Conference,
March 14, 2013


"Understanding risk and resilience as wicked problems: new utility for an old concept; “ Urban Land Institute Global Policy and Practice Forum, January 16, 2013


“Resilience: A new paradigm for thinking about communities and other social systems?” Urban Age Institute Meeting of the Minds Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 11th  2012


“The role of anchor institutions in the equitable development of cities and regions;” Equity and Economic Development Roundtable, Transformative Regional Engagement Annual Meeting, Washington DC, December 6th 2011


“Twenty years of place-conscious philanthropy: some positive and cautionary lessons learned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation;” Grant-makers for Children, Youth, and Families Annual Conference Pre-conference Institute— Strengthening Communities Through Place-Based Philanthropy, San Francisco, September 11th  2011

“New directions in philanthropic approaches to poverty reduction in the United States;” The War on Poverty 2.0: The Urban Challenge; Museum of the City of New York, July 23rd 2011


“Philanthropy, Anchor Institutions, and Communities;” Opening remarks at the first Annual Meeting of the Anchor Institution Leadership Forum, Anchor Institution Task Force, Baltimore MD December 1st 2010 (co-organizer with Marga, Inc. and Netter Center for Community Partnerships)

“How not to transform distressed neighborhoods into mixed-income communities of opportunity.”  US/South Africa Learning Exchange, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC, October 5th 2010

“Reflections on a more socially responsible approach to urban redevelopment” US/France Learning Exchange, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC, September 10th 2010 (co-organizer with HUD Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation)

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