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2020 Reimagining Reentry Conference & COVID-19

In light of the health concerns raised by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Reimagining Reentry events originally planned for March 24-27. This decision was not made lightly, but with significant forethought and concern for all participants.

We hope to reschedule these events for later in the spring or summer of 2020 and will provide further updates in the coming weeks. Regular updates will be posted on this site.

If you have any specific questions, please contact us at

Please join the Georgetown University Pivot Program for Reimagining Reentry, a week of events in Washington, D.C., during which we will share some of our lessons learned and showcase innovators in the reentry space. 

Throughout the country, changemakers within the criminal justice system and across all sectors of the community are joining forces to help individuals with past criminal convictions start a new chapter. We invite you to hear the stories of returning citizens whose lives have been transformed, and to explore how we can make even better use of their talent and potential.

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Educating on the Inside

Tuesday, March 24
2-4 p.m.
D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility

Join poet, attorney, teacher, and justice reform advocate Reginald Dwayne Betts in class as he shares his newest collection of poetry and his life story with the students in the Georgetown Scholars Program.  
(invitation only)

Pivot Pitch Competition

Wednesday, March 25
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Room 340
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Hear our current cohort of Pivot Fellows present their new venture ideas to a panel of judges and compete for seed grants to support their entrepreneurial ambitions. Light lunch and refreshments provided. 
(first come, first served)

Reimagining Reentry – Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 26
6-8 pm.
Georgetown Venture Lab
1440 G Street, NW
Metropolitan Square, 8th floor
Washington, DC 20005

We invite all conference attendees, friends, and supporters to join us for a reception at the Georgetown Venture Lab, home of the Georgetown Pivot Program.  

Reimagining Reentry – Join the Conversation

Friday, March 27
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Join business leaders, policymakers, criminal justice professionals, and service providers engaged in the reentry space for a day of conversation around the opportunities and challenges. Topics include:

  • What is the role of entrepreneurship in reentry?
  • Who are the innovators in the reentry space?
  • Second Chance Hiring: Are businesses overlooking a source of talent?

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. Doors Open/Registration
9 a.m. Opening Plenary – Entrepreneurship and Reentry
10:30 a.m. Group Discussions
Second Chance Hiring: Creating a Playbook for Employers
Smart Solutions: Lessons Learned Within Our D.C. Community
Noon Closing Plenary – Reentry Innovators (Lunch will be provided)
2 p.m. Coffee and networking

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The Pivot Program represents a collaboration between the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, the McDonough School of Business and Georgetown College with substantial support from the Minority Business Development Agency and the D.C. Department of Employment Services.