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Past Events

Conservative Roundtable on Safe, Secure Elections with Vote by Mail
Thu, Jun 11 | Webinar
Many conservative pundits and Republican elected officials support expansion of vote by mail. Let's find out why and debunk the myths with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R); William Kristol, founding director of Defending Democracy Together; and Mindy Finn, co-founder of Stand Up Republic. We'll discuss the conservative perspective on election security, fiscal responsibility, and a commitment to preserving our democratic republic. We'll also debunk the myths around absentee voting, such as proof that vote by mail does not favor any particular political party.
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Time to Vote: New Hampshire & Vermont Businesses Boost Voter Participation
Wed, Jun 10 | Webinar
No one should have to choose between earning a paycheck and casting a ballot. The Time to Vote project is mobilizing businesses to help more Americans to vote in November 2020, while also contributing to the national culture shift needed to increase voter participation. Join Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Timberland, and W.S. Badger to learn more about Time to Vote and how your company can help strengthen representative democracy.
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NHBSR Virtual Spring Conference
Jun 1–5 | Webinar
NHBSR presents New Hampshire's preeminent sustainable business conference with over 300 organizational and business professionals. Sarah Bonk will be giving a short talk and leading a breakout session: "Corporate *Civic* Responsibility in a Pandemic: How the Business Community Can Protect Democracy in 2020 and Beyond."
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Vote Safe in 2020: OH & PA Election Plans for COVID-19
Thu, May 14 | Webinar
Please join us for a nationwide webinar on the importance of protecting voters' health with secure voting by mail and safe in-person voting — and how the business community can help make it happen. We’re pleased to be joined by Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D), Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R), and Corley Kenna of Patagonia. We will discuss how Ohio and Pennsylvania, both swing states, are expanding access to vote-by-mail systems and keeping voters safe in the 2020 Elections, and why it matters to the business community.

Ready to Vote: Educating Pennsylvania's Workforce About Election Changes
Wed, Apr 29 | Webinar
Please join us for a statewide webinar to discuss the importance of Pennsylvania’s historic, bipartisan Act 77 election reforms for the 2020 elections, the more recent Act 12 to postpone the PA Primary Election, and how the Commonwealth’s business community can make sure employees know how and when they can cast their ballots this year. We'll review voting by mail, extended dates for voter registration, new election equipment, and more.
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NEXT Economy LIVE | Strengthening our Democracy: A Smart Way to Create a Positive Rate of Return
Thu, Apr 23 | Webinar
Social Venture Circle hosted a conversation led by Business for America's Richard Eidlin and featuring Sid Amster (Social Impact Advisor), Jim Davidson (SVC Board Chair), and Sarah Bonk (Business for America) on the role angel investors can play in supporting nonpartisan political reforms that contribute to a more competitive and stable economy by reducing political polarization and business investment risk.
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Protect Public Health & Civic Health: Vote-by-Mail for 2020 Elections
Tue, Apr 7 | Webinar
Public health is essential but so is civic health. Voting by mail will protect both. Join us and help make it happen for the 2020 Elections. We’re pleased to be joined by Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and J.J. Huggins of Patagonia. We will discuss how vote-by-mail can protect public health while also protecting the voices of our employees and communities on Election Day, and what business leaders can do about it.
Watch the video »

Giving Your Employees Time to Vote: A webinar for civic-minded businesses in Pennsylvania
Tue, Mar 24 | Webinar
No employee should have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. The Time to Vote project is mobilizing businesses to help more Americans to vote in November 2020, while also contributing to the national culture shift needed to increase voter participation. Join Patagonia,  Azavea, La Colombe, and QuotaPath to learn more about Time to Vote and how your company can contribute to our country’s civic health.
Watch the video »

Giving Your Employees Time to Vote: A webinar for civic-minded businesses
Feb 6 | Webinar
No employee should have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. The Time to Vote project is mobilizing businesses to help more Americans to vote in November 2020, while also contributing to the national culture shift needed to increase voter participation. Join Patagonia, Levi Strauss, PayPal, and Timberland to learn more about Time to Vote and how your company can contribute to our country’s civic health.
Watch the video »

2019 Events

Defending Representative Democracy & Free Enterprise: The Critical Role of Colorado Business
Dec 4 | Denver, CO
Trust in U.S. institutions — including trust in business — is dangerously low. According to recent studies, low confidence in our political and economic systems are major factors in this decline. Businesses are under increasing pressure, and their employees want to know where they stand. Please join us for an informal gathering to learn more about these trends and what “corporate civic responsibility” might mean for your firm in Colorado. Congressman Ken Buck has been invited as our featured guest. Sponsored byBusiness for America, Business for American Promise, and Ranked Choice Voting – Colorado.

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Dec 5–6 | Denver, CO
Business for America will be there to discuss how we can align the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Investing in Colorado Elections: Americans Deserve Elections We Can Trust
Nov 13 | Denver, CO
Join our press event to call on the U.S. Senate to pass the House-approved Securing America’s Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act) and allocate the funds necessary to secure our country’s election systems and regain voters’ trust in our elections. Speakers will include Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, BFA Policy Director Richard Eidlin, Common Cause of Colorado, and Progressive Democrats of America.

3BL Forum Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next
Oct 29–30 | MGM National Harbor, Outside Washington, DC
BFA is proud to partner with 3BL at their “high-octane” annual conference, bringing together a diverse group of business, policy, and nonprofit leaders to share insights, advance best practices, and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.

SB’19: Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Jun 6 | Detroit, MI
BFA organized a panel for the flagship Sustainable Brands conference, moderated by SB Vice President Darren Beck, and featuring Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Patagonia’s Mark Stevens, and BFA Founder Sarah Bonk. They discussed why democracy is vital to the business climate, what businesses are already doing to strengthen our democratic institutions, and how companies can add civic health to their corporate responsibility programs for the benefit of the businesses, employees, customers, and our country.

Webinar: Pennsylvania Lawmakers on Secure & Accurate Elections
May 31 | online
A serious bipartisan conversation is now underway in the PA General Assembly aimed at modernizing the election code, enhancing election security, and offering all voters more options for participation. We’ll be joined by State Senator Mike Folmer and Aerion Abney of All Voting is Local and Keystone Votes. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform: A Conversation with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
May 28 | Denver, CO
In the Colorado 2018 election cycle, more than $82 million was donated to independent expenditure committees, Colorado’s version of SuperPACs. Of that $82 million, more than 75% came in donations of $100,000 or more, with 80% originating from ‘dark money’ sources hard to trace. Join the Colorado Business Roundtable and Business for America as they host Secretary of State Griswold a discussion with business leaders about recent legislative action in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly on campaign finance and disclosure reform. COBRT interview with Sarah Bonk and Richard Eidlin »

EarthX 2019
Apr 26–29 | Dallas, TX
Policy Director Richard Eidlin spoke at the BridgeUSA Summit at EarthX.

Unrig the System Summit 2019
Mar 29–31 | Nashville, TN
Panel | Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform.
• Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
• MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
• Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management
• John Wass – CEO, Profit Isle and Cofounder, American Promise

Webinar: The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in Pennsylvania
Wed, Mar 27 | online
Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s current election systems are outdated and rely on undependable 15-to-20-year-old equipment. A lack of confidence in the state’s capacity to safeguard elections can undermine trust in government, reduce voter turnout, and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Join us and learn how the business community can support election reform. Watch the video »

Defending Representative Democracy & Free Enterprise: The Critical Role of Colorado Business
Dec 4 | Denver, CO
Trust in U.S. institutions — including trust in business — is dangerously low. According to recent studies, low confidence in our political and economic systems are major factors in this decline. Businesses are under increasing pressure, and their employees want to know where they stand. Please join us for an informal gathering to learn more about these trends and what “corporate civic responsibility” might mean for your firm in Colorado. Congressman Ken Buck has been invited as our featured guest. Sponsored byBusiness for America, Business for American Promise, and Ranked Choice Voting – Colorado.

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Dec 5–6 | Denver, CO
Business for America will be there to discuss how we can align the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Investing in Colorado Elections: Americans Deserve Elections We Can Trust
Nov 13 | Denver, CO
Join our press event to call on the U.S. Senate to pass the House-approved Securing America’s Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act) and allocate the funds necessary to secure our country’s election systems and regain voters’ trust in our elections. Speakers will include Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, BFA Policy Director Richard Eidlin, Common Cause of Colorado, and Progressive Democrats of America.

3BL Forum Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next
Oct 29–30 | MGM National Harbor, Outside Washington, DC
BFA is proud to partner with 3BL at their “high-octane” annual conference, bringing together a diverse group of business, policy, and nonprofit leaders to share insights, advance best practices, and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.

SB’19: Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Jun 6 | Detroit, MI
BFA organized a panel for the flagship Sustainable Brands conference, moderated by SB Vice President Darren Beck, and featuring Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Patagonia’s Mark Stevens, and BFA Founder Sarah Bonk. They discussed why democracy is vital to the business climate, what businesses are already doing to strengthen our democratic institutions, and how companies can add civic health to their corporate responsibility programs for the benefit of the businesses, employees, customers, and our country.

Webinar: Pennsylvania Lawmakers on Secure & Accurate Elections
May 31 | online
A serious bipartisan conversation is now underway in the PA General Assembly aimed at modernizing the election code, enhancing election security, and offering all voters more options for participation. We’ll be joined by State Senator Mike Folmer and Aerion Abney of All Voting is Local and Keystone Votes. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform: A Conversation with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
May 28 | Denver, CO
In the Colorado 2018 election cycle, more than $82 million was donated to independent expenditure committees, Colorado’s version of SuperPACs. Of that $82 million, more than 75% came in donations of $100,000 or more, with 80% originating from ‘dark money’ sources hard to trace. Join the Colorado Business Roundtable and Business for America as they host Secretary of State Griswold a discussion with business leaders about recent legislative action in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly on campaign finance and disclosure reform. COBRT interview with Sarah Bonk and Richard Eidlin »

EarthX 2019
Apr 26–29 | Dallas, TX
Policy Director Richard Eidlin spoke at the BridgeUSA Summit at EarthX.

Unrig the System Summit 2019
Mar 29–31 | Nashville, TN
Panel | Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform.
• Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
• MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
• Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management
• John Wass – CEO, Profit Isle and Cofounder, American Promise

Webinar: The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in Pennsylvania
Wed, Mar 27 | online
Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s current election systems are outdated and rely on undependable 15-to-20-year-old equipment. A lack of confidence in the state’s capacity to safeguard elections can undermine trust in government, reduce voter turnout, and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Join us and learn how the business community can support election reform. Watch the video »

2018 Events

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Nov 29–30 | Half Moon Bay, CA
Business for America will be there to discuss aligning the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Democracy on the Ballot: The Impact of the 2018 Midterms
Nov 14 | webinar
Across the nation, voters succeeded in gathering the signatures required to place a wide range of reform initiatives on their states’ midterm ballots. Join our webinar and learn what the midterm election results mean for improving election integrity, addressing money in politics, and strengthening our representative democracy. Watch the video »

DC Breakfast with Business for America
Oct 18 | Washington, DC
For the business community, election integrity is more than a matter of principle  —  it’s an urgent economic priority.  Business for America is dedicated to educating and mobilizing business leaders to support improvements to elections and government. We want to hear your thoughts about how federal and state governments can strengthen the democratic process, as well as the business community’s role in making it happen.

Bridge Alliance Summit & National Conference on Citizenship
Oct 17–18 | Washington, DC
Business for America will be attending the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) annual conference and participating in the Bridge Alliance summit.

Philadelphia Mixer with Business for America
Oct 16 | Philadelphia, PA
In Pennsylvania, an active debate is underway over how to improve how to improve elections and democracy work. Join Kathy Boockvar, Senior Advisor to PA Governor Tom Wolf on Election Modernization, Chris Jacobs, CEO of Communally, and Sarah Bonk, Founder of Business for America, to discuss why election integrity matters to business and what steps state and federal officials are taking to upgrade election security.

A Conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
Oct 12 | webinar
Join us for a conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk about how state officials and Congress are working to upgrade election security across the country. Jim Condos has been at the forefront of these discussions in his own state of Vermont and as the current President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. As Vermont’s chief election official, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections is one of his highest priorities. Join us and learn what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in New Jersey
Oct 5 | webinar
Join us for an important conversation on how election reform in New Jersey will strengthen representative democracy — as well as the economy. Our discussion will feature leading election reformers and business leaders who are working to promote needed reforms in the way elections are run in New Jersey and across the country. Business leaders have a critical role to play in advancing solutions. Find out what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity. Watch the video »

Business for America Action: Secure Elections Act
Jul 26 | webinar
We invited businesses and business organizations to discuss how we can help advance the Secure Elections Act in the U.S. Senate. Interested? Please email info@bfa.us.

Salon: Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation
Apr 24 | San Francisco, CA
We invited changemakers and technologists interested in government reform to mingle, make connections, and discuss the latest in government reform with Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation in DC. Interested in setting up a future event? Please contact us for more information.

RegTech Summit
Mar 7 | Washington, D.C.
Business for America participated in the inaugural RegTech Data Summit, hosted by the Data Coalition. The event explored how regulatory technology (RegTech) solutions can enable automation, reduce fraud, cut compliance costs, and provide new opportunities for policy analysis. Speakers included SEC commissioner Michael Piwowar, Palantir co-founder and 8VC founding partner Joe Lonsdale, and many other distinguished experts and business leaders.

Business for America Presents… FT Journalist Rana Foroohar
Feb 13 | webinar
We were delighted to host renowned journalist Rana Foroohar, a Financial Times global business columnist and associate editor, and author of Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street. Ms. Foroohar shared her insights on the future of democracy, capitalism, and the digital revolution, including a lively discussion with Business for America supporters. Watch the video »

Unrig the System Summit 2018
Feb 2–4 | New Orleans, LA
Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk gave a talk about the real Boston Tea Party and the business perspective on political reform. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… Economist Edmund Phelps
Jan 25 | webinar
We hosted Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps of Columbia University. Phelps won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and is the author of Mass Flourishing, an award-winning investigation of the conditions for societies to support not just material wealth, but “flourishing” — meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth. During the call, we talked about how to bring more innovation and dynamism to the US economy for the benefit of all Americans. Watch the video »

2017 Events

50 State Solution Convening
January 25–26, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by California ForwardUnrig the System: A Meeting of Nonpartisan Reformers
April 7–8, 2017 | Kansas City, MO

The 2017 Global Election Technology Summit
May 17–18, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by Startup Policy Lab. Co-sponsored by Business for America.
Founder Sarah Bonk moderated a panel discussion about design and innovation in elections and civic tech.

National Institute of Money in State Politics Annual Convening
June 1–4, 2017 | Bigfork, MT
Organized by the National Institute of Money in State Politics
Charles Kolb participated in a panel discussion about fresh approaches to political reform.

3rd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase
September 13, 2017 | San Jose, CA
Organized by Innovate Your State
Business for America hosted a showcase booth at the event.

Business for America Presents… Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl
October 12, 2017
We hosted a conversation with Michael Porter from Harvard Business School and Katherine Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods, to discuss their recent report on the economic implications of our dysfunctional political environment: Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America. Professor Porter is one of the world’s most influential business advisers, and Ms. Gehl is committed to ensuring that business leaders make a difference as advocates for better government. Watch the video »

6th Annual Sustainable Business Summit
October 22–24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Organized by the American Sustainable Business Council
Founder Sarah Bonk joined a panel discussion on making government work better for business and the public.

The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today
October 31, 2017 | New York, NY
Organized by the Center on Capitalism and Society
Charles Kolb chaired a discussion on individualism, humanities, and education.

Business for America Presents… Norm Ornstein
November 16, 2017
We hosted a call with Norm Ornstein to talk about his recent New York Times bestseller, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, co-authored with Thomas Mann and E.J. Dionne. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau
The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau joined us to talk about DC’s increased scrutiny of Silicon Valley. Tau is a reporter in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covers Congress and politics. Prior to joining the newspaper, Tau was a reporter at Politico where he covered the White House, lobbying, campaign finance, and politics. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… The Aspen Institute’s Rhett Buttle
Rhett Buttle, founder of Public Private Strategies and senior fellow at The Aspen Institute, joined us to talk about risks that may prevent an complete, accurate U.S. Census. The U.S. Census is essential for accurate federal data, rational policymaking, and proper Congressional representation — as well as business strategy and market research. Buttle dug into these topics and told us how business can play a lead role in ensuring a full and accurate count. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… Davia Temin of Temin & Co.
As a crisis strategist, Davia Temin deals with the thorniest issues of the day, from global politics and instability, to corporate board and C-suite priorities and intrigue, to the crises faced by our nation’s top colleges and universities. She often shares her insights as a Forbes.com columnist on “Reputation Matters.” On our call, she discussed all these topics and answered questions about how to lead with integrity and efficacy through whatever crisis comes your way. Watch the video »

Upcoming Events

More events are in the works — stay tuned!

Past Events

Protect Public Health & Civic Health: Vote-by-Mail for 2020 Elections
Tue, Apr 7 | Webinar
Public health is essential but so is civic health. Voting by mail will protect both. Join us and help make it happen for the 2020 Elections. We’re pleased to be joined by Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and J.J. Huggins of Patagonia. We will discuss how vote-by-mail can protect public health while also protecting the voices of our employees and communities on Election Day, and what business leaders can do about it.

Giving Your Employees Time to Vote: A webinar for civic-minded businesses in Pennsylvania
Tue, Mar 24 | Webinar
No employee should have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. The Time to Vote project is mobilizing businesses to help more Americans to vote in November 2020, while also contributing to the national culture shift needed to increase voter participation. Join Patagonia,  Azavea, La Colombe, and QuotaPath to learn more about Time to Vote and how your company can contribute to our country’s civic health.

Giving Your Employees Time to Vote: A webinar for civic-minded businesses
Feb 6 | Webinar
No employee should have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. The Time to Vote project is mobilizing businesses to help more Americans to vote in November 2020, while also contributing to the national culture shift needed to increase voter participation. Join Patagonia, Levi Strauss, PayPal, and Timberland to learn more about Time to Vote and how your company can contribute to our country’s civic health.
Watch the video »

2019 Events

Defending Representative Democracy & Free Enterprise: The Critical Role of Colorado Business
Dec 4 | Denver, CO
Trust in U.S. institutions — including trust in business — is dangerously low. According to recent studies, low confidence in our political and economic systems are major factors in this decline. Businesses are under increasing pressure, and their employees want to know where they stand. Please join us for an informal gathering to learn more about these trends and what “corporate civic responsibility” might mean for your firm in Colorado. Congressman Ken Buck has been invited as our featured guest. Sponsored byBusiness for America, Business for American Promise, and Ranked Choice Voting – Colorado.

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Dec 5–6 | Denver, CO
Business for America will be there to discuss how we can align the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Investing in Colorado Elections: Americans Deserve Elections We Can Trust
Nov 13 | Denver, CO
Join our press event to call on the U.S. Senate to pass the House-approved Securing America’s Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act) and allocate the funds necessary to secure our country’s election systems and regain voters’ trust in our elections. Speakers will include Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, BFA Policy Director Richard Eidlin, Common Cause of Colorado, and Progressive Democrats of America.

3BL Forum Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next
Oct 29–30 | MGM National Harbor, Outside Washington, DC
BFA is proud to partner with 3BL at their “high-octane” annual conference, bringing together a diverse group of business, policy, and nonprofit leaders to share insights, advance best practices, and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.

SB’19: Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Jun 6 | Detroit, MI
BFA organized a panel for the flagship Sustainable Brands conference, moderated by SB Vice President Darren Beck, and featuring Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Patagonia’s Mark Stevens, and BFA Founder Sarah Bonk. They discussed why democracy is vital to the business climate, what businesses are already doing to strengthen our democratic institutions, and how companies can add civic health to their corporate responsibility programs for the benefit of the businesses, employees, customers, and our country.

Webinar: Pennsylvania Lawmakers on Secure & Accurate Elections
May 31 | online
A serious bipartisan conversation is now underway in the PA General Assembly aimed at modernizing the election code, enhancing election security, and offering all voters more options for participation. We’ll be joined by State Senator Mike Folmer and Aerion Abney of All Voting is Local and Keystone Votes. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform: A Conversation with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
May 28 | Denver, CO
In the Colorado 2018 election cycle, more than $82 million was donated to independent expenditure committees, Colorado’s version of SuperPACs. Of that $82 million, more than 75% came in donations of $100,000 or more, with 80% originating from ‘dark money’ sources hard to trace. Join the Colorado Business Roundtable and Business for America as they host Secretary of State Griswold a discussion with business leaders about recent legislative action in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly on campaign finance and disclosure reform. COBRT interview with Sarah Bonk and Richard Eidlin »

EarthX 2019
Apr 26–29 | Dallas, TX
Policy Director Richard Eidlin spoke at the BridgeUSA Summit at EarthX.

Unrig the System Summit 2019
Mar 29–31 | Nashville, TN
Panel | Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform.
• Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
• MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
• Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management
• John Wass – CEO, Profit Isle and Cofounder, American Promise

Webinar: The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in Pennsylvania
Wed, Mar 27 | online
Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s current election systems are outdated and rely on undependable 15-to-20-year-old equipment. A lack of confidence in the state’s capacity to safeguard elections can undermine trust in government, reduce voter turnout, and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Join us and learn how the business community can support election reform. Watch the video »

Defending Representative Democracy & Free Enterprise: The Critical Role of Colorado Business
Dec 4 | Denver, CO
Trust in U.S. institutions — including trust in business — is dangerously low. According to recent studies, low confidence in our political and economic systems are major factors in this decline. Businesses are under increasing pressure, and their employees want to know where they stand. Please join us for an informal gathering to learn more about these trends and what “corporate civic responsibility” might mean for your firm in Colorado. Congressman Ken Buck has been invited as our featured guest. Sponsored byBusiness for America, Business for American Promise, and Ranked Choice Voting – Colorado.

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Dec 5–6 | Denver, CO
Business for America will be there to discuss how we can align the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Investing in Colorado Elections: Americans Deserve Elections We Can Trust
Nov 13 | Denver, CO
Join our press event to call on the U.S. Senate to pass the House-approved Securing America’s Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act) and allocate the funds necessary to secure our country’s election systems and regain voters’ trust in our elections. Speakers will include Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, BFA Policy Director Richard Eidlin, Common Cause of Colorado, and Progressive Democrats of America.

3BL Forum Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next
Oct 29–30 | MGM National Harbor, Outside Washington, DC
BFA is proud to partner with 3BL at their “high-octane” annual conference, bringing together a diverse group of business, policy, and nonprofit leaders to share insights, advance best practices, and workshop forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.

SB’19: Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Jun 6 | Detroit, MI
BFA organized a panel for the flagship Sustainable Brands conference, moderated by SB Vice President Darren Beck, and featuring Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Patagonia’s Mark Stevens, and BFA Founder Sarah Bonk. They discussed why democracy is vital to the business climate, what businesses are already doing to strengthen our democratic institutions, and how companies can add civic health to their corporate responsibility programs for the benefit of the businesses, employees, customers, and our country.

Webinar: Pennsylvania Lawmakers on Secure & Accurate Elections
May 31 | online
A serious bipartisan conversation is now underway in the PA General Assembly aimed at modernizing the election code, enhancing election security, and offering all voters more options for participation. We’ll be joined by State Senator Mike Folmer and Aerion Abney of All Voting is Local and Keystone Votes. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform: A Conversation with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
May 28 | Denver, CO
In the Colorado 2018 election cycle, more than $82 million was donated to independent expenditure committees, Colorado’s version of SuperPACs. Of that $82 million, more than 75% came in donations of $100,000 or more, with 80% originating from ‘dark money’ sources hard to trace. Join the Colorado Business Roundtable and Business for America as they host Secretary of State Griswold a discussion with business leaders about recent legislative action in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly on campaign finance and disclosure reform. COBRT interview with Sarah Bonk and Richard Eidlin »

EarthX 2019
Apr 26–29 | Dallas, TX
Policy Director Richard Eidlin spoke at the BridgeUSA Summit at EarthX.

Unrig the System Summit 2019
Mar 29–31 | Nashville, TN
Panel | Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform.
• Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
• MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
• Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management
• John Wass – CEO, Profit Isle and Cofounder, American Promise

Webinar: The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in Pennsylvania
Wed, Mar 27 | online
Elections are the cornerstone of our republic. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s current election systems are outdated and rely on undependable 15-to-20-year-old equipment. A lack of confidence in the state’s capacity to safeguard elections can undermine trust in government, reduce voter turnout, and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Join us and learn how the business community can support election reform. Watch the video »

2018 Events

National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers Summit
Nov 29–30 | Half Moon Bay, CA
Business for America will be there to discuss aligning the business community with nonpartisan solutions to increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.

Democracy on the Ballot: The Impact of the 2018 Midterms
Nov 14 | webinar
Across the nation, voters succeeded in gathering the signatures required to place a wide range of reform initiatives on their states’ midterm ballots. Join our webinar and learn what the midterm election results mean for improving election integrity, addressing money in politics, and strengthening our representative democracy. Watch the video »

DC Breakfast with Business for America
Oct 18 | Washington, DC
For the business community, election integrity is more than a matter of principle  —  it’s an urgent economic priority.  Business for America is dedicated to educating and mobilizing business leaders to support improvements to elections and government. We want to hear your thoughts about how federal and state governments can strengthen the democratic process, as well as the business community’s role in making it happen.

Bridge Alliance Summit & National Conference on Citizenship
Oct 17–18 | Washington, DC
Business for America will be attending the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) annual conference and participating in the Bridge Alliance summit.

Philadelphia Mixer with Business for America
Oct 16 | Philadelphia, PA
In Pennsylvania, an active debate is underway over how to improve how to improve elections and democracy work. Join Kathy Boockvar, Senior Advisor to PA Governor Tom Wolf on Election Modernization, Chris Jacobs, CEO of Communally, and Sarah Bonk, Founder of Business for America, to discuss why election integrity matters to business and what steps state and federal officials are taking to upgrade election security.

A Conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
Oct 12 | webinar
Join us for a conversation with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk about how state officials and Congress are working to upgrade election security across the country. Jim Condos has been at the forefront of these discussions in his own state of Vermont and as the current President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. As Vermont’s chief election official, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections is one of his highest priorities. Join us and learn what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity. Watch the video »

The Business Case for Secure & Accurate Elections in New Jersey
Oct 5 | webinar
Join us for an important conversation on how election reform in New Jersey will strengthen representative democracy — as well as the economy. Our discussion will feature leading election reformers and business leaders who are working to promote needed reforms in the way elections are run in New Jersey and across the country. Business leaders have a critical role to play in advancing solutions. Find out what you as a business leader can do to improve election integrity. Watch the video »

Business for America Action: Secure Elections Act
Jul 26 | webinar
We invited businesses and business organizations to discuss how we can help advance the Secure Elections Act in the U.S. Senate. Interested? Please email info@bfa.us.

Salon: Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation
Apr 24 | San Francisco, CA
We invited changemakers and technologists interested in government reform to mingle, make connections, and discuss the latest in government reform with Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation in DC. Interested in setting up a future event? Please contact us for more information.

RegTech Summit
Mar 7 | Washington, D.C.
Business for America participated in the inaugural RegTech Data Summit, hosted by the Data Coalition. The event explored how regulatory technology (RegTech) solutions can enable automation, reduce fraud, cut compliance costs, and provide new opportunities for policy analysis. Speakers included SEC commissioner Michael Piwowar, Palantir co-founder and 8VC founding partner Joe Lonsdale, and many other distinguished experts and business leaders.

Business for America Presents… FT Journalist Rana Foroohar
Feb 13 | webinar
We were delighted to host renowned journalist Rana Foroohar, a Financial Times global business columnist and associate editor, and author of Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street. Ms. Foroohar shared her insights on the future of democracy, capitalism, and the digital revolution, including a lively discussion with Business for America supporters. Watch the video »

Unrig the System Summit 2018
Feb 2–4 | New Orleans, LA
Business for America Founder Sarah Bonk gave a talk about the real Boston Tea Party and the business perspective on political reform. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… Economist Edmund Phelps
Jan 25 | webinar
We hosted Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps of Columbia University. Phelps won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and is the author of Mass Flourishing, an award-winning investigation of the conditions for societies to support not just material wealth, but “flourishing” — meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth. During the call, we talked about how to bring more innovation and dynamism to the US economy for the benefit of all Americans. Watch the video »

2017 Events

50 State Solution Convening
January 25–26, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by California ForwardUnrig the System: A Meeting of Nonpartisan Reformers
April 7–8, 2017 | Kansas City, MO

The 2017 Global Election Technology Summit
May 17–18, 2017 | San Francisco, CA
Organized by Startup Policy Lab. Co-sponsored by Business for America.
Founder Sarah Bonk moderated a panel discussion about design and innovation in elections and civic tech.

National Institute of Money in State Politics Annual Convening
June 1–4, 2017 | Bigfork, MT
Organized by the National Institute of Money in State Politics
Charles Kolb participated in a panel discussion about fresh approaches to political reform.

3rd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase
September 13, 2017 | San Jose, CA
Organized by Innovate Your State
Business for America hosted a showcase booth at the event.

Business for America Presents… Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl
October 12, 2017
We hosted a conversation with Michael Porter from Harvard Business School and Katherine Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods, to discuss their recent report on the economic implications of our dysfunctional political environment: Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America. Professor Porter is one of the world’s most influential business advisers, and Ms. Gehl is committed to ensuring that business leaders make a difference as advocates for better government. Watch the video »

6th Annual Sustainable Business Summit
October 22–24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Organized by the American Sustainable Business Council
Founder Sarah Bonk joined a panel discussion on making government work better for business and the public.

The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today
October 31, 2017 | New York, NY
Organized by the Center on Capitalism and Society
Charles Kolb chaired a discussion on individualism, humanities, and education.

Business for America Presents… Norm Ornstein
November 16, 2017
We hosted a call with Norm Ornstein to talk about his recent New York Times bestseller, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, co-authored with Thomas Mann and E.J. Dionne. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau
The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau joined us to talk about DC’s increased scrutiny of Silicon Valley. Tau is a reporter in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covers Congress and politics. Prior to joining the newspaper, Tau was a reporter at Politico where he covered the White House, lobbying, campaign finance, and politics. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… The Aspen Institute’s Rhett Buttle
Rhett Buttle, founder of Public Private Strategies and senior fellow at The Aspen Institute, joined us to talk about risks that may prevent an complete, accurate U.S. Census. The U.S. Census is essential for accurate federal data, rational policymaking, and proper Congressional representation — as well as business strategy and market research. Buttle dug into these topics and told us how business can play a lead role in ensuring a full and accurate count. Watch the video »

Business for America Presents… Davia Temin of Temin & Co.
As a crisis strategist, Davia Temin deals with the thorniest issues of the day, from global politics and instability, to corporate board and C-suite priorities and intrigue, to the crises faced by our nation’s top colleges and universities. She often shares her insights as a Forbes.com columnist on “Reputation Matters.” On our call, she discussed all these topics and answered questions about how to lead with integrity and efficacy through whatever crisis comes your way. Watch the video »

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