PIE Network 2017 Summit

Often described by advocates and policy thinkers alike as one of the best working meetings in the sector, the annual PIE Network Summit explores perspectives across the ideological spectrum and provides a roughly 60/40 split in structured sessions and unstructured networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country.

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What’s New This Year
What if I Can’t Make the Full Three-Day Meeting?
How Do I Register?
Travel Details
2017 Summit at-a-glance

What’s New This Year

To help you maximize your team’s time at the Summit, we’ve made some changes to the typical flow of the meeting. See additional details in the Summit-at-a-glance overview.


Note, sessions on Wednesday, October 25 are reserved for Network members only; however, the evening reception on day one is open to members as well as Network friends. 

Wednesday opens with a leadership lunch, and the sessions that follow are geared toward seasoned leaders and offer leadership-level policy discussion and debate on some of the consistent priority issues across the Network. General programming like “Ed Reform 101” and “Network Orientation” will be available for non-senior staff that arrive on Wednesday (though the bulk of programming for this group will begin on Thursday). Wednesday will close with an unstructured reception for all members, partners, and Network friends where you can connect with other leading advocates and national thinkers.


Thursday opens with a host state welcome to members, Network friends, and experts who join us. It’s loaded with sessions offering policy perspectives from leading thinkers, as well as some longer sessions that dig deeper on technical details that drive policy considerations. Day two also offers sessions to strengthen advocacy skills and know-how and, often the most highly rated discussions, a few current-issue salons. The Eddies!—a celebration of the year’s accomplishments that’s one part roast, one part toast—will take place on Thursday evening.


Friday offers skill-building opportunities for all role groups, including sessions led by the Management Center that might appeal to senior leaders, as well as sessions on campaign strategy, policy, and communications. Day three will showcase organizing and community engagement efforts, highlighting the considerable talent on the West Coast. Denis Calabrese, former President of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and public policy expert, will also host a longer session applying his “10 Rules to Change the World.”

What if I Can’t Make the Full Three-Day Meeting?

If you are trying to make decisions about how to maximize the time and participation of you and your team, here’s how we’d generally recommend prioritizing:


Plan on as much of day one and day two as possible, with an overnight stay on Wednesday.


Plan on as much of day two as you can (notice we have an opening session Thursday morning). Plan an overnight stay Wednesday night if you want more policy oriented discussion, or Thursday night if you want to take advantage of skill-building sessions with role-alike colleagues.

Note: Day three will offer great sessions for operations managers or similar team members who may have not attended the Summit previously. They’ve been hearing about the Eddies! for years: invite them to join the fun Thursday night and take advantage of free Management Center Training or other skill-building sessions on Friday.


While sessions on day one are reserved for Network members only, friends of the Network are invited to join an evening reception on Day One. Programming on day two (including the Eddies! awards ceremony on Thursday night) and day three are also open to Network friends.

How Do I Register?

Every Network member organization may register up to four people. Teams are also welcome to invite (and register) one or more community partners as part of their four-person delegation. As part of Network membership, registration for the annual Summit is free, though participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Please note that the Summit is an invitation-only event for Network members and friends. While we encourage you to suggest leading thinkers outside our membership, we ask that you work through us to extend invites to others. Please email Sarah Grunewald with your suggestions.


Registration is open now. You can register individually or register up to four people at one time. If you have any questions about registration, please email Amanda@pie-network.org.


We’re currently working with members across the Network as well as leading thinkers in the sector to build programming. A detailed agenda is forthcoming. 

Travel Details


A discounted room rate of $279 is available for attendees at the meeting hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111). The Network hosts all meals and meeting fees: participants are responsible for lodging costs. If you have any questions about lodging, please email Amanda@pie-network.org.


The closest airport to the hotel is San Francisco International Airport (SFO), though you might also find great rates flying into Oakland or San Jose. Taxis and app-based services like Uber and Lyft are readily available from the airport to the hotel. A taxi ride from SFO to the hotel is approximately $60. Participants are responsible for transportation costs.


The Summit is never an overly formal affair; the norm is business casual attire. Temperatures in meeting rooms often fluctuate so consider dressing in layers.


If needed, participants can ship materials directly to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111). A FedEx Print & Ship Center is also located at 100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (approximately 2 minutes from the hotel).


  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, Oct. 26: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT
  • Friday, Oct. 7: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT

2017 Summit at-a-glance

Download a PDF of the PIE Network 2017 Summit-at-a-glance.