Keynote Speaker: Majora Carter

Majora Carter
May 4th at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Talk begins at 7pm.  No charge. Seating Limited
Majora Carter presents -
Hometown Security: Climate Adaptation, Social Innovation and Local Solutions

The term Homeland Security has been part of our national dialogue for nearly a decade. But now more than ever, local communities are searching for a very different type of security—job security, economic security, social and environmental security for our children and communities. Call it Hometown Security.
Led by the nationally renowned Majora Carter, Hometown Security examines how everyday people are taking on our most vexing environmental, economic, and social challenges and crafting lasting solutions where local economies and local leaders fall short. From more integrated business development that builds on local assets, to green-collar jobs for youth, to revitalizing neighborhoods and schools in ways that work, real security comes from knowing that your community is fostering a sense of hope, opportunity, and success across generations.  

Majora Carter has redefined the field of environmental equality, starting with Sustainable South Bronx in the late 1990s. Now, she’s leading the movement for social innovation and local economic development across the country. Drawing inspiration from the stories of everyday people, she shows how solutions to unemployment, poverty and the accompanying social problems are often the very same solutions for climate change and struggling local economies.  

Majora Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful urban green-collar job training and placement systems. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 (with the help of a small Forest Service grant) to achieve environmental equality through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. By 2003, she coined the term: "Green The Ghetto" as she pioneered one of the nation's first urban green-collar job training & placement systems. Her organization spearheaded new policies and legislation that fueled demand for those jobs, improved the lives of all New Yorkers, and has served as a model for the nation.

Since 2008, her consulting company, the Majora Carter Group (MCG) has been exporting Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro AgriBusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for Business, State and Local Governments, Federal Agencies, Foundations, Universities, and economically under-performing Communities.  

Her work has earned numerous honors including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, and Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans.  The NY Times described her as "The Green Power Broker", and the Ashoka Foundation's recently dubbed Majora Carter:  "The Prophet of Local".  She is probably the only person to receive an award from John Podesta's Center For American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch's: New York Post.

Majora's 2006 TEDtalk was one of the very first 6 presentations to launch that groundbreaking website.  That same year, she was invited to present at the Clinton Global Initiative, and co-signed a commitment with Bill Clinton to develop a community-based Greenway Steward Corps to build and maintain forest networks.

She is the host of Eco-Heroes on Sundance Channel, as well as her own Corporation for Public Broadcasting special series: The Promised Land.