Founder’s Day

May 9, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In recognition of Columbia’s 50th Birthday the Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration and Howard Community College present a Founder’s Day event honoring the vision of Columbia’s founder, James Rouse.

The vision for Columbia was to create a better city. Rouse established the foundation for that “better city,” but the success of Columbia is up to the people living and working in Columbia today. Explore the possibilities with other community leaders at the Founder’s Day event.


Josh Olsen, Sr. Vice President, Monument Realty, Washington DC
Author – Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse

Keynote Speaker

Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Health and Well-Being in Columbia: Early Aims and Future Potential


Roundtable Discussion – Going Forward – Today’s answers to creating a better city

Moderator – Ann Forsyth

Ian Kennedy, Executive Director, Downtown Arts and Culture Commission

Nikki Highsmith Vernick – President and CEO, Horizon Foundation

Heather Kirk-Davidoff – Enabling Minister, Kittamaqundi Community

Ken Ulman – President, Margrave Strategies