Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Microfinance USA Conference 2011: Customize your agenda today!

Microfinance USA Conference
May 23-24, 2011
Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City
*A limited quantity of tickets are still available for this event. Visit to register today!*

As we prepare for the Microfinance USA Conference 2011 later this month, we want to tell you more about what to expect from this much-anticipated event! Kiva is co-presenting this year's conference with Opportunity Fund and AccionUSA to explore and expand the latest conversation on microfinance in the US.

With more than 200 speakers and over 40 panels, how will you make the most of your time at MFUSA this year? Below is a sample agenda, which you can customize to your own interests after registering! Tell @Kiva on Twitter which sessions you are most excited to attend! 

For a full agenda and speaker bios, visit this page. 

May 23, Day 1

9:30 (Monday) - Opening Session 

Featuring Dean Karlan, Innovations for Poverty Action, Yale University

Hop on a bus and visit microfinance borrowers at their places of business throughout the New York City Area. Hear from entrepreneurs directly. Visit cafes, beauty salons, clothing stores, and more! Boxed lunch will be provided. 

Daryl Collins, Bankable Frontiers
Jonathan Morduch, NYU Wagner School, New York University

Eleni Constantine, Pew Charitable Trusts
Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation
Justine Zinkin, Credit Where Credit Is Due

3:15 - Networking Break - or stop by the Conference Bookstore

Simonida Cvejic, Bay Area Medical Academy
Susan Davis, BRAC USA
Jessica Jackley, ProFounder 
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Pipeline Fund

Join us at 230 Fifth, one of NYC's premiere rooftop bars, for spectacular views and tasty bites from ACCION's microfinance entrepreneurs. Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served with the backdrop of the city immediately following the first day of the conference.

May 24th - Day Two

Carlos Danel, Compartamos
Adam Davidson, Planet Money, NPR
Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley
Felix Salmon, Reuters
Eric Weaver, Opportunity Fund
Tory BurchTory Burch LLC and the Tory Burch Foundation
Jim KochSam Adams
Stacy MadisonFireman Capital Partners
Russ YarrowChevron
Steve KarpSunTrust Bank
Robert MenganiNew York State Banking Department
Kai SchmitzWorld Bank
Donald TerryWorld Bank, the U.N., the African Development Bank

Susan HumeThe College of New Jersey
Noga LevinerLumni USA
6:00: Microfinance Meetup
Almond Restaurant

For the latest in MFUSA conference updates and developments, follow @microfinanceusa on Twitter!