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Coffee Networking
8:30 am9:00 am
Coffee & Networking - Day 1

Join us for an energizing morning of coffee and networking! Connect with other attendees over freshly brewed coffee and delicious pastries. This start to our first full conference day offers the perfect opportunity to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and get your day started off renewed. Don't miss out on the chance to exchange ideas, share experiences, and build valuable connections at this early morning connection.  See you there!

UNCA Chancellor opens Ideas Fest with a grand welcome to attendees
9:00 am9:10 am
Welcome
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Dr. Kimberly van Noort - Chancellor of UNC Asheville

On our first full conference day, Dr. Kimberly van Noort, Chancellor for UNC Asheville, will open up our day with brief remarks and a traditional Bulldog welcome.

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9:10 am10:10 am
Let’s Talk about Limiting Access to Books: A Conversation about Protecting Children and Protecting our Fundamental Freedoms
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Natalie Strange - Director of Library Media Services of Guilford County Schools, Robert Evans III - MPA & Executive Director of Diagram Digital & Master of Jurisprudence (Candidate) at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Da'Taeveyon Daniels - Director of Partnerships & Development. Student Organizer with Students Engaged In Advancing Texas, Moderated by Angel Eduardo - Senior Writer & Editor for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE)

Let’s Talk about Limiting Access to Books: A Conversation about Protecting Children and Protecting our Fundamental Freedoms

Networking with fellow attendees
10:10 am10:30 am
Networking Break

Time to take a break and expand your circle of influence at our networking session during the Fest! Fuel up with refreshments and snacks while engaging with fellow attendees from various geographies, backgrounds, and cultures. Exchange ideas and make valuable connections in a relaxed and welcoming environment. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.

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10:30 am11:30 am
Dignity and Equity for Service Workers
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Katie Button - James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Dean Neff - James Beard Award-Nominated Chef, Betty Marcon - Community Manager of New England RAISE: High Road Restaurants, Moderated by Leah Wong Ashburn - CEO of Highland Brewing

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on 'Dignity and Equity for Service Workers.' Delve into crucial topics surrounding fair treatment, respect, and opportunities for those in the service industry. Our esteemed panelists will share insights, experiences, and strategies aimed at fostering a more equitable and dignified environment for service workers. From alternative wage models to promoting inclusive workplaces, this discussion promises to ignite meaningful dialogue and inspire actionable change. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation and contribute to a more equitable future for all.

Networking Break on Day 1 of Asheville Ideas Fest
11:30 am12:00 pm
Networking Break

Time to take another break and discuss the sessions you have just attended with your fellow attendees! Make sure to grab some refreshments and snacks and join in the valuable discussion happening during this break. Don't forget to grab some water and hydrate as the rest of the day plans on being just as engaging as this morning has been.

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12:00 pm1:00 pm
Homelessness is a Solvable Challenge
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Mandy Chapman Semple - Managing Partner at Clutch Consulting Group, Dr. Christopher Mills - Addiction Specialist, Alyce Knaflich - Founder of Aura Home Women Vets, Moderated by Erika Jones-Haskins - Chief of Policy Initiatives for U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion titled 'Homelessness: A Solvable Challenge.' Our expert panelists will explore innovative solutions, community initiatives, and policy approaches aimed at addressing homelessness. Through insightful dialogue and real-world examples, we'll uncover the potential pathways to effectively combat homelessness and create lasting change. Whether you're passionate about social justice, policy reform, or community empowerment, this discussion offers an opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and contribute to tangible solutions. Together, let's explore how we can work collaboratively to make homelessness a solvable challenge.

Lunch
1:00 pm2:15 pm
Lunch

Enjoy a fantastic lunch provided by one of Asheville's exceptional caterers.

Downtown Asheville sculpture at the heart of Pritchard Park.
2:15 pm4:15 pm
Day 1 Workshops
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Day 1 Panelists, Keisha Lance Bottoms - former Mayor of Atlanta

Exploring How Public Perception and Constituent Response Shapes
or Homelessness Response Strategies

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6:00 pm7:30 pm
Pisgah Pass Reception at Asheville Social Hall

Pisgah Passholders, enjoy an exclusive reception at Asheville Social Hall with your fellow event-goers and once in a lifetime experiences! Purchase your Pisgah Pass so you don't miss out!

Enjoy an evening reception with fellow attendees at First Baptist Church of Asheville
6:00 pm7:30 pm
Day 1 Reception

Join us for an enchanting evening reception at the historic First Baptist Church of Asheville. Enjoy amazing light hors d'oeuvres and beverages while mingling with fellow Ideas Fest attendees.

Headshot for Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Mayor of Atlanta.
7:30 pm8:30 pm
Spotlight on Leadership: Navigating Unprecedented Challenges and Emerging Stronger
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Keisha Lance Bottoms - former Mayor of Atlanta, Fabrice Julien - Assistant Professor at UNC Asheville, Vic Isely - President and CEO of Explore Asheville

Spotlight on Leadership: Navigating Unprecedented Challenges and Emerging Stronger

Embark on a transformative journey with our distinguished speaker, Keisha Lance Bottoms as she delves into the challenges and opportunities Americans have during this time of polarization in our country. With her insightful wisdom and years of public service, Keisha will empower us to navigate uncertainty with confidence and emerge stronger than ever before.

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8:30 pm9:15 pm
Concert

Enjoy dessert and mocktails with fellow event goers and speakers

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