Globally leaders are working to build a more prosperous, equitable and secure world, with recent agreement to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate change accord. At the same time, rapid environmental change and the highly independent nature of the global economy have made resilience an imperative for government leaders, businesses, and communities. It is about foresight, strength, adaptability, and innovation. Resilience is getting ahead of risk and simultaneously about building opportunity.

This transformation is already happening in pockets of innovation by:
  • government leaders at the local, state, national and regional level;
  • businesses within their companies and far beyond, throughout supply chains, in the communities where they operate, and in partnership with other companies;
  • investors, aligning their dollars with their values, finding ways to drive impact far beyond the bottom line; and
  • nonprofits and individuals, home-to-home, neighborhood-to-neighborhood, building the new models and shifting choices.

The Sun Valley Forum convenes these innovators to share the successes and the challenges, to help build and spread the approaches at speed and scale to support leaders everywhere to accelerate the transformation to resilience.

Speakers focus on critical leverage points including shifting capital to invest for impact, corporate strategy, community wellbeing, public engagement, and communication, as well as sector-specific sessions on food, energy, water, natural system restoration, as well as health.

Our audience of approximately 200-250 includes our speakers, who are global innovators in investment, policy, business, nonprofits and academia from across the country and beyond, along with local leaders, visitors and residents. The Forum is co-convened with Confluence Philanthropy, an impact investor network representing more than $71 billion in philanthropic assets under management, and over $3 trillion in managed capital, and with GreenBiz, the largest media and event firm in green business. 

“There may be no greater concern for investors than climate risk, yet very few have begun taking the next step – consideration about resilience. The Sun Valley Institute is pioneering this discussion like no other. Having attended the conference I highly recommend it to any forward-thinking impact investor. Plus, is a lot of fun!”

– Dana Lanza, CEO, Confluence Philanthropy
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The Location

The Forum will be held at the Limelight Hotel. Located in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho – the nation’s first destination ski resort, home to Olympians and world champion alpine and Nordic ski racers, record-breaking mountain climbers and where the chair lift was invented – Forum participants will have access to curated activities including hiking with a leading entrepreneur, biking with a world champion mountain biker, playing golf, tennis, and even the chance to raft the world famous Salmon River or spend a day at a mountain lake cabin paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and hiking if you can stay an extra day!