Join us as we chart a powerful new course for Opportunity International at the 2013 Regional Summits, where you’ll be among the first to learn about our bold path forward, including new strategies to expand our vision and improve more lives around the world.

Collaborate with others who share your passion for changing the world by participating in special sessions focused on technology, education and agriculture programs that help people break out of the cycle of poverty and into a cycle of sustainable success.


Loyal Donors       Entrepreneurs       Business leaders      Governors       Young Ambassadors


Speakers will vary depending on location.

Michele Sullivan
President, Caterpillar Foundation

Peter Thorrington
Former President and Chief Operating Officer, UTi Worldwide Inc.

Nathan Byrd
Head of Education Finance, Opportunity International

John Magnay
Senior Agricultural Advisor, Opportunity International

Kathy Drake
Independent Nonprofit Organization Management Professional

John Edwardson
Former Chief Executive Officer, CDW LLC

Janelle Muntz Lassonde
Writer, Former Director of Credit Risk Management at UBS Warburg

Tom Skelton
Owner, Skelton & Associates, LP

Andrew Smith
Venture Capitalist & Social Entrepreneur

Speakers             Agenda             Locations             Register

Chicago, Palo Alto and Minneapolis 




Luncheon with Vicki Escarra, CEO, Opportunity International 




Breakout Session 1




Breakout Session 2




Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Your $199 program registration fee for the Chicago, Palo Alto and Minneapolis events helps us offset costs and includes all meals, general session and breakout discussions.


Opening Session & Lunch with Vicki Escarra, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International (Chicago, Palo Alto and Minneapolis only)

This is an exciting time to be a part of Opportunity International as we launch our new strategic plan to improve and expand our services to clients. Vicki will highlight the 19 strategic points of our plan as we set a course for growth and an even greater level of success. 

Breakout Sessions

You may participate in two of the following sessions:

The Opportunity Advantage: Transforming from a Cycle of Poverty to a Sustainable Cycle of Success
More than 1.4 billion people live on less than $2.00 a day. Breaking the cycle of poverty in communities requires effective, sustainable programs that yield long-term solutions that improve lives. This session explores how Opportunity International offers loans, savings programs, business training and other services to help break out of the cycle of poverty and into a sustainable cycle of success for clients around the world. 

Evolving from Subsistence to Self-Sustaining Farming
Opportunity International is expanding its highly successful Agriculture Finance Initiative and this discussion highlights how Opportunity empowers small-scale farmers to move from subsistence to commercial production, growing their businesses while feeding their families and larger community.  

Investing in the Future Through Education
Education is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving lives. Opportunity International is leading the way with school improvement and student fee loans.  Our innovative Edu-Save program enables school proprietors and parents to provide a higher quality education to children in underserved communities. This session explores how our initiatives are nurturing the unique talents and limitless potential of children for generations to come.

Innovation/Technology: Unlocking Potential through Financial Access and Solutions
According to the World Bank, three quarters of the world’s poor do not have a bank account. This is due not only to poverty, but the cost, travel distance and amount of paper work involved in opening an account. This session discusses how Opportunity International is leveraging the power of innovation by using cell phone banking, biometric identification, Cloud technology and other valuable assets to link underserved communities to critical financial services. 


Chicago - Michele Sullivan, President, Caterpillar Foundation

Palo Alto - Jim Hemerling, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Minneapolis - Michele Sullivan, President, Caterpillar Foundation

Atlanta - Vicki Escarra, CEO, Opportunity International 

A limited number of discounted rooms are available for conference attendees. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The dress code is business casual.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

River East Art Center 
435 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611

A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites for a rate of $249 per night, plus tax, by calling ADTrav at 205-444-4833 ext. 3252 and referencing the “Opportunity Chicago Group".

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a rate of $269/night, plus tax. Please email and ask to book under the Opportunity International rate of $269. Rate available until August 31.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a rate of $179/night, plus tax by calling the Central Reservations Office at 1-888-421-1442 and referencing the “Opportunity International Group”.


Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over 4 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients inmore than 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build asafety net for the future. Opportunity International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and serves all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.

Copyright © Opportunity International 2013. All rights reserved. 



Registration and Reception


Panel Discussion with International Experts


Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Your $60 program registration fee for the Atlanta event helps us offset costs and includes dinner and all sessions.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Westin Buckhead
3391 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a rate of $189/night, plus tax, by calling the Central Reservations Office at 800-253-1397 and referencing the "Opportunity International Group."


Fred and Pam Sasser
Steve and Emmy Stanley
Jill Smith
Mary Ellen and Jim Betke
Dave Tolmie
Stacey and Dennis Barsema
Em Griffin

Palo Alto
Bill & Lois Swanson
Kathy Drake
Ted Moser
Bob & Kathy Ceremsak
Mark and Megan Klopp
John and Alberta Britton 
Chuck and Druann Ahlem
Susan Gibson

Jeannie Buckner
Cassie Burns
Shawn Carlson
Maggie Johnston
Tracy Kirby
Muffy MacMillan
Polly McCrea
Katie McElroy
Marcia Malzahn
Susan Pfau
Evonne Pedersen
Lindsay Polyak
Mary Lynn Staley
Kim Thompson
Beth Willis 

David and Donna Allman
Rick and Karen Cope
Tom and Darla Skelton
Jim and Sue Heerin

Special guest Frank Romeo, Vice President, The UPS Foundation