Shirley on the Road: 2015 Milken Institute Global Conference

Last week I had the great pleasure of traveling to Los Angeles to represent Purpose Built Communities at the 2015 Milken Institute Global Conference. The event brought together an impressive roster of private and public sector leaders from across the country and the globe to trade ideas, share experiences and form new relationships that I believe will help make our economy and local communities stronger.

As a speaker at the conference, I participated in a panel discussion called “Innovative Cities: Transforming the Urban Ecosystem,” which addressed an idea at the core of our work and our model: the importance of partnerships between the public and private sector to address pressing urban challenges, from affordable housing to economic vitality. The other panelists and I addressed this topic using examples from our diverse professional backgrounds, but we kept coming back to the idea that we can’t do it alone – an idea that resonated with me when I think back on the successful partnerships we’re helping cultivate in cities and local neighborhoods across the country.

As we look forward to the second half of 2015 and welcome our newest network member, the Renaissance Heights Development Group in Fort Worth, TX, it’s important to remember that the relationships and connections we’re building across silos and sectors are central to our work. I welcome your ideas on how we can partner more effectively to share our skills, experience and network to break the cycle of poverty.

Check out the following video clip of Shirley’s thoughts on public-private partnerships during the Milken Institute Innovative Cities panel: