2015 Annual Meeting | April 24-28, 2015 | San Francisco, Ca

Leading Together

Hope and Opportunity in a Destabilized World

2015 Annual Meeting - Leadership SessionsLeadership Sessions

Foundations have long been at the forefront of leadership with the power to influence, convene and affect positive transformation. Leading effectively through today’s times of constant change requires new thinking and approaches. These session topics explore emerging and evolving executive challenges and help foundation leaders consider ways to enhance effectiveness at the organizational and individual level.



  • All Days

  • Saturday, April 25

  • Sunday, April 26

  • Monday, April 27

  • Tuesday, April 28

Saturday, April 25

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Philanthropy and Public Policy: Executive Challenges, Leadership Opportunities


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evolution of American Philanthropy


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

Sunday, April 26

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Impact Investing: The Nuts and Bolts


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Leading Together Across Generations: New Direction in Philanthropy


Nob Hill C/D, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Taking A Stand: A Growing Trend for Foundation Leaders?


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 10/11, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Top 10 Ways Foundations Can Get Into Trouble (CLE)


Golden Gate, Salon C2, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Washington Update: What to Expect from the New Congress (CLE)


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Data and Diversity...Gaining Momentum


Golden Gate, Salon C2, B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Power of Communications: Enhancing Philanthropic Impact


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

We Have the Most Space to Innovate: An Example of Evolving Family Philanthropy


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

One Thing Cross Sector Collaborations Need, But Few Have


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

Monday, April 27

8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Sparking a Digital Revolution for Good: The Role of Philanthropy


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Arts and Culture as an Economic Driver (CPE)


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Family and Small Foundations Maximizing Unique Assets to Catalyze Change


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Impact Investing: What to Expect over the Next 10 Years


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Insights and Innovations in Effective Foundation Financial Management


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 12/13, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Propelling the NetGain Initiative


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Words Matter: Messaging Philanthropy for Today's Policy Realities


Foothill G, Atrium Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Investing in Leadership Moves Your Mission: A Conversation with a Foundation Trustee and Grantee


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Storytelling and Movement Building: Family Foundations in the Vanguard


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

2:15 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Smashing Silos & Pursuing Pioneers: 2 Ingredients for Multi-Issue Leadership


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Work in Action: Voices from the Field


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level

Tuesday, April 28

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Building a Civil Society with Police: Getting to Trust


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 1/2, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Creating Resilient Communities: Can Your Community Withstand Impacts of Global Change?


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 10/11, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Making Our Hardest Hit Cities Whole Again: Lessons from Detroit and Beyond (CPE)


Nob Hill C/D, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Re-imagining Your Philanthropy: Challenging Established Orthodoxies


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Tackling Transitions & Avoiding Avoidance


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Role of Foundation Trustees in Creating Positive Change


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 12/13, Lower B2 Level

8:35 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

What Measures, Matters: Including the Arts in Your Community Indicator Initiative


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Foundations and Political Activity: Current Rules and What’s in Store for 2015-2016 (CLE)


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Participatory Grantmaking


Club Room, Atrium Level

10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

A Primer on Establishing a Public-Private Partnerships for Environmental Conservation


10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

The Dawn of System Leadership


10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Putting Civil Society into the Hands of Young People


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Our Future Opportunity: Philanthropy Leading Together


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Philanthropy and Public Policy: Executive Challenges, Leadership Opportunities


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evolution of American Philanthropy


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Impact Investing: The Nuts and Bolts


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Leading Together Across Generations: New Direction in Philanthropy


Nob Hill C/D, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Taking A Stand: A Growing Trend for Foundation Leaders?


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 10/11, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Top 10 Ways Foundations Can Get Into Trouble (CLE)


Golden Gate, Salon C2, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Washington Update: What to Expect from the New Congress (CLE)


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Data and Diversity...Gaining Momentum


Golden Gate, Salon C2, B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Power of Communications: Enhancing Philanthropic Impact


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

We Have the Most Space to Innovate: An Example of Evolving Family Philanthropy


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

One Thing Cross Sector Collaborations Need, But Few Have


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Sparking a Digital Revolution for Good: The Role of Philanthropy


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Arts and Culture as an Economic Driver (CPE)


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Family and Small Foundations Maximizing Unique Assets to Catalyze Change


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Impact Investing: What to Expect over the Next 10 Years


Nob Hill A/B, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Insights and Innovations in Effective Foundation Financial Management


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 12/13, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Propelling the NetGain Initiative


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Words Matter: Messaging Philanthropy for Today's Policy Realities


Foothill G, Atrium Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Investing in Leadership Moves Your Mission: A Conversation with a Foundation Trustee and Grantee


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Storytelling and Movement Building: Family Foundations in the Vanguard


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

2:15 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Smashing Silos & Pursuing Pioneers: 2 Ingredients for Multi-Issue Leadership


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Work in Action: Voices from the Field


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Building a Civil Society with Police: Getting to Trust


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 1/2, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Creating Resilient Communities: Can Your Community Withstand Impacts of Global Change?


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 10/11, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Making Our Hardest Hit Cities Whole Again: Lessons from Detroit and Beyond (CPE)


Nob Hill C/D, Lower B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Re-imagining Your Philanthropy: Challenging Established Orthodoxies


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Tackling Transitions & Avoiding Avoidance


Golden Gate, Salon C1, B2 Level

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Role of Foundation Trustees in Creating Positive Change


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 12/13, Lower B2 Level

8:35 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

What Measures, Matters: Including the Arts in Your Community Indicator Initiative


Golden Gate, Salon C3, B2 Level

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Foundations and Political Activity: Current Rules and What’s in Store for 2015-2016 (CLE)


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 5/6, Lower B2 Level

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Participatory Grantmaking


Club Room, Atrium Level

10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

A Primer on Establishing a Public-Private Partnerships for Environmental Conservation


10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

The Dawn of System Leadership


10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Putting Civil Society into the Hands of Young People


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Our Future Opportunity: Philanthropy Leading Together


Yerba Buena Ballroom, Salon 7-9, Lower B2 Level