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Forbes Under 30 Summit comes to Northeastern

A portion of this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit will be held at Northeastern. Image via Forbes 30 Under 30

The annual Forbes Under 30 Summit—a four-day event held in a different city each year—descended on Boston Sunday. The event features motivating panels, pitch contests, philanthropy, music, food festivals, and more. Four “stages” will be set up across the city, housing events and panelists, and Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium will be one of them.

Northeastern will host the Impact Stage, whose programming is dedicated to the topics of policy and social good. Participants—including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, and celebrity Chrissy Teigen—will share their experiences and insights at events on Monday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 18. Best of all? The events on campus are free and open to anyone with a valid Northeastern ID.

One of the highlights of the lineup will be a Tuesday panel discussion hosted by Dukakis, now a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern, titled, “Politics in the 21st Century.” As the presidential election enters the final stretch, speakers including Mattie Duppler, coalitions director for the House Republican Conference; Jenna Lowenstein, digital director for Hillary for America; and Michael Whitney, digital fundraising director for Sen. Bernie Sanders, will discuss this new era of politics.

Event organizers describe the panel discussion this way: “A generation ago, the political battlefield was all about the left and the right. Now it’s all about outsiders vs. insiders, establishment vs. provocateurs, the fringe vs. the center. A mashup of legislators and non-politicians discuss the challenges and opportunities of this new polarization that goes way beyond this year’s election.” The event will start at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, the nearly two dozen remaining events will cover topics that span from “Life and Death and Ebola,” to tips on balancing the desire to make social change with the need to make money; from why Boston has become a hub for luminaries to “Muslim like U.S.;” from a competition for short documentary films to a competition for ways to improve U.S. education outcomes.

Events begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Here’s a selection of what’s available:

At 4:45 p.m. on Monday, a screening of Good Girls Revolt will be held, followed immediately by a question and answer session with the cast and creators.

On Tuesday at 10:50 a.m., following the “Politics in the 21st Century” panel, Colin Goddard, senior policy advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety, will share his experience as a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

At noon on Tuesday, Teigen, model-turned-media mogul, will deliver the keynote address for a discussion titled, “The Model of Disruption.”

“Chrissy Teigen has parlayed Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers into a robust career as author, television host, entrepreneur—and digital truth-teller,” a Forbes description of the discussion reads. “She opens up on her Twitter feuds with Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Chris Brown, and more, and how she is using her platform as a force for social good.” She’ll be interviewed by TV correspondent Raymond Braun.

Following that, Walsh will introduce a Q&A panel focused on why Boston “has long been a leading hub for undergraduate and graduate education,” and how it has emerged as “the go-to city for inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers,” according to a Forbes description.

The panel of speakers will include Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah, MassChallenge Boston Managing Director Scott Bailey, and Boston Globe Managing Director Linda Henry.

Walsh will deliver his remarks at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

For a complete list of events, visit and click on the “Impact Stage” tab halfway down the page.

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