Mayor Bill de Blasio to Headline The Atlantic’s Fourth Annual Renewal Summit in New York on Wednesday, April 3

Speakers Include: Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts; Born This Way Foundation President and Co-Founder Cynthia Germanotta; and Apollo Theater President Jonelle Procope

Washington, D.C. (March 13, 2019)—How do cities like New York keep growing and evolving, while remaining true to the people, communities, and businesses that embody their heritage? The Atlantic will probe this topic with Mayor Bill de Blasio and city entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and artists at The Renewal Summit next month, made possible by Allstate.

The event will take place Wednesday, April 3 from 10AM-12:30PM at the CNVS event venue (635 W 42nd St, New York City), and is open to press.

Mayor de Blasio will join the program for a keynote interview with The Atlantic’s senior editor Ron Brownstein. Other featured interviews include: Christy Turlington Burns on her personal story of childbirth complications, and why she is now raising awareness for mothers around the world; Lady Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, on how communities can work together to support the mental wellness of young people; and president of the Apollo Theater Jonelle Procope, on the many phases of reinvention for Harlem’s 85-year-old institution.

The event will also feature the announcement of the five nonprofit winners of this year’s Renewal Awards, a national competition of The Atlantic and Allstate that recognizes local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country. Winners were selected from a record 9,300 nominations, and each will receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate, the sponsor of the awards, to further their work.

Doors open at 9AM. Media can RSVP by responding directly to this email or contacting Helen Tobin ( 646-539-6706). Broadcast media are also able to cover the event with credentials.

The Renewal Awards spotlight innovation and celebrate local change-makers, helping them make an even bigger impact. The Awards are a flagship initiative of The Renewal Project, which tells the stories of individuals and organizations who are solving problems in their communities. To learn more about the Awards, and read about past winners, please visit


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