Executive Cohort

The Meeting of the Minds Executive Cohort is a networking accelerator for urban practitioners.

Meet the smart people building smart cities

Facilitated sessions allow cohort members to get to know each other and each other’s work on a deep level while creating space for important discussions on the future of cities, technology, and society.

Connect with Peers

Ten executives meet virtually once a week for six weeks to share knowledge and build lasting alliances.

Present Your Work

Following an onboarding process, cohort members are paired together by the cohort facilitator and featured in a fireside chat (one per session) discussing topics of mutual or complimentary expertise.

Discuss the Future

Each session will include ample time for questions and group discussions among the entire cohort.    

“The pandemic has short-wired our traditions of interaction and connection. Conferences canceled, in-person meetings moved online. Most convening organizations have simply turned their events into digital conferences, but that format strips the experience of the serendipitous, authentic social interactions that happen at in-person events. The hallway conversations. The elevator rides. The networking receptions.

The loss of these social collisions is catastrophic. For individuals, the lack of exposure to intelligent and industrious colleagues slows inspiration and innovation, and at the organizational level it impedes business development, partnership building, and the maintenance of important partner relationships.

Through curated invitation lists and small, facilitated group discussions, Meeting of the Minds Executive Cohorts offer a better model for urban practitioners to build their network and cultivate partnerships in this pandemic era.”

Jessie Feller Hahn

Executive Director & Cohort Facilitator, Meeting of the Minds

“With the suspension of conferences and in-person events, and the important social collisions they engender, savvy and tenacious individuals have turned to digital breakout rooms, chat rooms, virtual happy hours, webinars, Zoom meetings, even apps and services that provide random interaction, in the hopes of finding meaningful networking. 

But irregular, informal digital networking formats, without the undergirding of curation, facilitation, or time, tend to lead to transactional and impermanent connections.

The Meeting of the Minds Executive Cohorts are a rare opportunity to connect deeply and regularly with colleagues and peers working on the transformation of the world’s urban spaces.

Dave Hahn

Director of Digital Strategy, Meeting of the Minds

Discussion Topics



Urban policy, justice, services



Mass transit, shared mobility, AVs


Innovation, connectivity, data



Climate change, natural disasters



Healthy communities, social equity, education



Public-private partnerships, jobs, economic inclusion



Street design, smart buildings, urban planning



Energy, water, food systems

Session Dates

The next Executive Cohort begins on October 29, 2020. Important dates are below. Cohort members are expected to attend all sessions.

October 29, 2020: Session #1 / Introductions (90-minutes)
November 5, 2020: Session #2 / Fireside chat #1 (60-minutes)
November 12, 2020: Session #3 / Fireside chat #2
November 19, 2020: Session #4 / Fireside chat #3
December 3, 2020: Session #5 / Fireside chat #4
December 10, 2020: Sessions #6 / Fireside chat #5

Participation Fees

Designed to cost about the same as a pre-pandemic conference, participation fees for the Executive Cohort are on a sliding scale based on sector. 

Private sector: $2,000
Start-ups and philanthropy: $1,000
Non-profit and academic participants: $500
Public sector leaders: Suggested donation of $250

Cancellation policy: Full refund available until September 29. Cancellations made between September 29 and October 29 will incur a 50% fee. No refunds after October 29.

Continue the Conversation

Following your cohort participation, we encourage you to join the Meeting of the Minds Leadership Network, a year-round, membership-based networking accelerator that features expanded session formats, speaking and publishing opportunities.

Cohort participation is by invitation only.

Contact us to express your interest in joining a Meeting of the Minds Executive Cohort.

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