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Welcome! We’re so happy you will be joining us at the 2017 Planet Forward Summit on April 6 and 7 on the George Washington University’s campus in Washington, D.C. Explore the schedule below, check out the inspiring panels we have planned and customize your own two-day schedule. 
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Friday, April 7 • 9:00am - 10:15am
B114 - Friday Breakout Session: Communicating Amid Complexity

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From complexity as a 'challenge’ to ‘complexity is an invitation’; opening the space for communicating about difficult issues.

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Paul Hirsch

Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF
Paul Hirsch is an assistant professor in environmental policy. His research explores the conceptual and organizational challenges of managing multi-scaled, complex environmental problems. His research approach is to bring together methods from the policy and cognitive sciences, and he is particularly interested in the interplay of science, values, and politics in shaping the boundaries within which environmental problems are conceived and... Read More →

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Holly Butka

Global Consumer Engagement Lead, Monsanto
Holly was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in central Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska and received a BS degree in Agriculture and also earned an MBA from the State University of New York.  Holly’s career with Monsanto has spanned 27 years and has included roles in supply chain, field sales, operations, and strategy with responsibilities in the US and global regions. Holly is currently Director... Read More →

Charla Lord

Senior Media Communications Manager, Monsanto
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Barrett Pitner

Journalist, The Daily Beast
Barrett Pitner is a writer, columnist and journalist based in Washington, D.C. He moved to the District upon completing his master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Pitner is from the metro Atlanta suburban city of Marietta, Georgia, and he spent most of his formative years in the South. He's never had a Southern accent, so no one — including Southerners — thinks he's from the... Read More →

Friday April 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
District House 2121 H St NW