Publication info


Monday, May 2 | CARE’s Lasting Impact in a Changing World

All sessions will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (unless otherwise indicated).


9:00 am – 7:00 pm    Conference Registration    

Amphitheater Foyer, Concourse Level


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Opening Luncheon Plenary:  A Legacy of Lasting Change

Remarks: Michelle Nunn

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President and CEO, CARE USA   


1:45 pm – 3:00 pm    Afternoon Issue Seminars – Session I

Three tracks of issue seminars will be offered throughout the afternoon and participants will have the option of selecting a seminar from one of the tracks during each session. The seminars, featuring CARE experts and other prominent speakers, will focus on different aspects of CARE’s public policy agenda and the fight against global poverty.  


♦ Track 1: Let Girls Learn

This track will explore opportunities to address the barriers that keep girls from receiving an education – and later, earning an income – under the U.S. government’s Let Girls Learn initiative. We will also explore CARE’s groundbreaking work addressing issues of gender inequality – notably our work addressing the impacts of gender-based violence and child marriage on women, families and communities.


♦ Track 2: Upgrade Your World (Sponsored by Microsoft)

CARE is partnering with Microsoft on the Upgrade Your World initiative, a worldwide effort to inspire and equip people and communities with the tools they need to change the world. This track will focus on the intersection between technology and international development and global humanitarian issues, providing attendees with a unique new vantage point from which they can begin to upgrade the world around them.


♦ Track 3: The CARE Package® at 70

70 years ago, the first CARE Package® was delivered to LeHavre, France. Wrapped in plain brown paper, those first CARE Packages carried tangible, lifesaving supplies to survivors of World War II. The CARE Package has evolved over the last seven decades, and today powers change in new ways for the people who need it most in every corner of the world.  This track will address the unique ways that CARE leverages its broad network of stakeholders to deliver lasting change across the globe.


CARE and Let Girls Learn (Track 1)

All girls should have the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty, raise healthier families, and help build their communities. CARE is a key partner in the Let Girls Learn initiative, helping to ensure that adolescent girls get the education they deserve, but with 62 million girls out of school, there is much work to be done.


Uber for Farmers, Smarter Seeds, and Digital Payments: How Technology is Helping to Change the State of Food (Track 2)

Since sending the first CARE Package in 1946, CARE has worked with governments and communities to ensure sustainable food security for the world’s poorest people. Participants will learn about how technological innovations are combatting world hunger in ways that would not have been possible when we started.


Day in the Life of a CARE Country Director (Track 3)

CARE works in 90 countries across the globe to tackle poverty at its roots.  Hear from those at the heart of this work – CARE’s Country Directors, men and women who dedicate their lives to delivering lasting change for those living in poverty all over the world.


Empowering Women in Cocoa Communities (Track 3)

Women contribute to 90% of cocoa production activities, but most have not been recognized for these contributions nor given the resources and support they need. Meet panelists from leading companies who are engaging women and men as champions of gender equality. The panel will share brand new research insights and stories of change in cocoa communities.  


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm    Refreshment Break


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm    Afternoon Issue Seminars – Session II


Tipping Point: Digging Up the Roots of Child Marriage to Replant the Future (Track 1)

Marriage should be a time for celebration and joy – unless you are one of the 64 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18. Learn more about child marriage and how CARE is helping bring an end to this gross human rights violation that puts the lives of 39,000 young girls at risk every single day.


Technology, Microfinance and Market Access: Tackling Global Poverty with Entrepreneurship (Track 2) 

Microfinance interventions increase the likelihood that a women will start a business, and that the business will generate better income.  Learn from experts in the field about the latest innovations that are helping eliminate global poverty by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship.


Digital Storytelling and Online Advocacy (Track 3)

Hear from leading experts in the field about how social media is impacting the world of social change and learn about the latest strategies for engaging and mobilizing people and causes.


When Disaster Strikes:  Keeping Women and Girls at the Center of our Humanitarian Response (Track 3)

CARE responds to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through emergency programs.  In this session, learn about the impacts of recent humanitarian crises on women and girls across the globe and how CARE was prepared to respond. 


4:45 pm – 6:00 pm    Afternoon Issue Seminars – Session III


Gender Based Violence: Engaging Men and Boys to Shift Social Norms (Track 1)

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread, but least recognized human rights abuses in the world, and is at the heart of women’s and girls’ marginalization. Preventing and responding to GBV is an integral part of CARE’s commitment to promoting gender equality and ending poverty.  


Mobile Technology and Development (Track 2)

CARE Chief Innovation Officer and Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Africa discuss how digital connectivity and networked communication in the developing world will transform global development.   


People, Poverty, and the Planet: The Imperative of Tackling Climate Change (Track 3)

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges we face. As a global challenge, it requires a global solution, but its impacts are intensely local and hit those living in poverty worst. This issue briefing will highlight why tackling climate change is critical in order to end poverty and will provide conference attendees an update and outlook on the international community’s efforts to address it.


6:00 pm – 6:45 pm    Conference Reception 

Conference participants will have an opportunity to meet and network with one another before dinner.


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm    Dinner Celebration:  CARE Package® at 70 – A Legacy of Lasting Impact 


Remarks: Michelle Nunn

michelle nunn

President and CEO, CARE USA


Keynote Remarks: The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright

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Secretary of State (1997-2001)


Award Presentations:    “CARE Deliver Lasting Change” Award 


The CARE Deliver Lasting Change Award is presented annually to an individual who has paved the way in (his/her) community. This individual exemplifies determination, strength and ingenuity and serves as a role model for others. 


Tuesday, May 3 | CARE’s Policy Agenda for Tackling Global Poverty

All sessions will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (unless otherwise indicated).


8:00 am – 5:00 pm    Conference Registration    

Amphitheater Foyer, Concourse Level


8:00 am – 9:00 am    Continental Breakfast

Amphitheater Foyer, Concourse Level


9:00 am – 10:20 am    Morning Plenary: CARE’s Role in a World in Turmoil

Amphitheater, Concourse Level


10:30 am – 11:45 am    Regional Advocacy Training:  Taking Our Message to Capitol Hill

Special training sessions will be held for all participants taking part in meetings on Capitol Hill with Congressional staff on Wednesday.  Participants will learn how to be effective advocates on behalf of CARE and how to make the most of their meetings, while also having time to meet and strategize with the other members of their Hill Visits team.


12:00 am - 1:15 pm  Luncheon Plenary: The Road to November – Navigating the 2016 Political Landscape

Featured Speaker: The Honorable Ann Mei Chang

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Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Atrium Ballroom, Concourse Level


Award Presentation:    “CARE I CAN” Award

Each year, CARE recognizes a “super-advocate,” someone whose dedication to working within his or her district and here in DC to influence our congress people and their constituents that the issues of extreme poverty and social injustice can be addressed. 


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm    Legislative Briefings – Preparation for Hill Visits – Session I

Two sets of briefing sessions will be offered in the afternoon to explore the specific legislative issues that participants will discuss in their Congressional appointments on Wednesday. CARE professionals and other subject matter experts will present the issues and answer questions so that participants are fully prepared to deliver CARE’s key policy messages. Participants will have the option of selecting two of the three issue briefings to attend.


2:45 pm - 3:00 pm    Networking Break


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm    Legislative Briefings – Preparation for Hill Visits – Session II


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm    Regional Advocacy Training Review

All participants taking part in Congressional meetings on Wednesday will meet with the other members of their Hill Visits team to make final preparation for their appointments.


Wednesday, May 4 | CARE Action on Capitol Hill


8:00 am – 9:30 am    Breakfast Briefing: Raising Our Voices on Capitol Hill

Participants will receive a brief update on the day’s activities and will have an opportunity to make final preparations for their Congressional appointments.


10:00 am – 1:30 pm    Congressional Meetings 

House and Senate Office Buildings

Small group meetings have been scheduled for all participants with key legislative staff in the offices of their members of Congress.


Lunch Break

In between appointments, participants are encouraged to stop by one of the Congressional cafeterias for lunch and an opportunity to share your Capitol Hill experiences with one another.  


2:00 pm – 4:30 pm    Congressional Meetings 

House and Senate Office Buildings


4:30 pm – 6:00 pm    Closing Reception

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room D-G50

The National Conference will conclude with an opportunity to recognize CARE’s former President and CEO, Helene Gayle, and a chance to share experiences from throughout the day on Capitol Hill.


Featured Remarks: Helene D. Gayle

 Helene D. Gayle

Former President and CEO, CARE USA