WHAT: As the Council on Foundations Annual Conference continues in Chicago on Monday, April 8, highlighted sessions will provide a platform for more than 1,000 of the nation's philanthropic and grantmaking leaders to convene on issues threatening food sources and sustainability, and opportunities to prepare our communities to meet the needs of an aging society. Monday's program also will examine the role of the media, and radio in particular, as a messenger on societal issues as well as recent communications policy challenges and their impact for the future.
Monday's breakfast plenary session, Food Justice: An Issue for All, features virtual remarks from His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, who will share his perspective on the global challenges of food insecurity, malnourishment, and obesity, and the impact of non-sustainable approaches to farming and food production on the future of our society.
The simultaneous plenary session The Art of Listening, will feature WBEZ's "This American Life" host Ira Glass, along with Joe Richman of Radio Diaries, Inc. and Julie Shapiro with Third Coast International Audio Festival, to review radio's role as the world's most accessible and popular information source and its ability to provide global access and serve as a messenger of some of the greatest issues of our time.
In another simultaneous plenary, Media and Democracy: A New Look at Media Foundations, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will lead a discussion on major communications policy challenges and choices that are now facing our country.
The Honorable Henry G. Cisneros, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, will accompany Mudai Mukenge, program officer for Sub-Saharan Africa at The Global Fund for Women, to speak at Monday afternoon's session, Creating Communities to Grow Up and Grow Old: Meeting the Global Challenge of Aging, on the challenges and innovative solutions being offered to create age-friendly cities as our country's baby boomers approach retirement.
WHEN: Monday, April 8, Session Highlights:
Breakfast Plenary: Food Justice: An Issue for All, 8-9:30 a.m.
The Art of Listening, 12:30-2 p.m.
Media and Democracy: A New Look at Media Foundations, 12:30-2 p.m.
Creating Communities to Grow Up and Grow Old: Meeting the Global Challenge of Aging,
WHERE: Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
Laurie R. Glenn