Leading Together Conference | Miami, Florida | April 29-May 1, 2019

Additional Programming

Leading Together 2019 is more than just plenary and concurrent sessions, networking, and track-specific programming. Learn more about our unique Deep Dives, Invitation-Only Sessions, and Board Meetings that will be taking place alongside our programming.


Deep Dive Sessions

Community Foundation Executive Roundtable

Monday, April 29 - 8-11:30 a.m.

The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations for an exchange of ideas to help strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need to come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds, and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations.

The Community Foundation Executive Roundtable in Miami, FL, is a half-day, invitation-only, roundtable ahead of the Leading Together 2019 Conference that will bring together community foundations of various size, scope, and location to gain understanding from diverse viewpoints.

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Tapestry Grantmaking: Weaving Communities, Populations and Resources Together

Tuesday, April 30 - 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Organized by the Albuquerque Community Foundation

How can funders effectively remove barriers around historically underfunded and under-resourced populations in order to create equitable grantmaking opportunities for communities with the highest need? The Albuquerque Community Foundation will discuss how their new community-based grant program, TAPESTRY: A City Woven Together, is bolstering economic and social prosperity, and building bridges between geographic communities, diverse populations and burgeoning local industries. This presentation will focus specifically on Albuquerque’s International District (previously referred to as the “War Zone”) and how TAPESTRY is [planning to] leverage multiple community and corporate partnerships to support Albuquerque’s immigrant and refugee populations. 

Speakers: Kelli Cooper, Vice President, Albuquerque Community Foundation; Joanna Colangelo, Community Impact Director, Albuquerque Community Foundation

Creating a Health Equity Movement for Inclusive Economic Prosperity

Tuesday,  April 30 - 1:15-2:30 p.m. 

Organized by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

In 2015, a new, place-based private foundation embraced an activist health equity mission in Pinellas County, Florida, just a generation after the segregation and discrimination of the Jim Crow era. After four years of listening within the community, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is launching a social change incubator in order to provide space, technology, funding, information on advocacy, and other resources to support multisector efforts to achieve equity across the social determinants of health. This approach is helping the Foundation and community partners advance a comprehensive strategy for economic equity in a southern community with a legacy of racial injustice. Join us for lessons learned and provide input on the formation of the Pinellas Equity Center. 

Moderator: Randall H. Russell, President and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Speakers: Dan Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector, City of St. Petersburg leadership; Dr. Katurah Jenkins-Hall, Board Chair,  Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg; Chris Steinocher, President and CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

The Age of Uncritiqued Philanthropy is Over

Wednesday, May 1 - 9-10 a.m.

Organized by the Peery Foundation

Join Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director of the Peery Foundation, in a frank and practical discussion on how to navigate the new wave of critique of our industry. We'll cover talking about feedback with your team, how to keep your board informed and keep your job, and how to personally react to critique, and then use it as a positive force in your work. If you've read Winners Take All, Decolonizing Wealth, or Just Giving and are now staving off an existential crisis about your life's work, this might be the session for you! 

Speaker: Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director, Peery Foundation

Please note this session has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Invitation Only Small Group Discussions

These sessions are by invitation only.

Foundations and Democracy: What Is Philanthropy’s Role in a Time of Division and Mistrust? 

Tuesday, April 30 - 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Organized by the Kettering Foundation and the Council on Foundations

While polarization and mistrust have been building for decades, our political climate appears to have reached a new level of anger and divisiveness in recent years. Given the magnitude of the many challenges facing our society, our country urgently needs to come together, and yet, we are more divided than ever. Moreover, such a climate has implications for philanthropy, as disagreements over philanthropy’s public purposes intensify, and the very notion of a “common good” is threatened. Building on a new report by the Council on Foundations and the Kettering Foundation, Our Divided Nation: Is There a Role for Philanthropy in Renewing Our Democracy?, this session aims to catalyze thinking within philanthropy as to how it can best serve our democracy, and itself, in these challenging times.

Executive Session: See Sooner, Act Faster

Wednesday, May 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Organized by the Knight Foundation, Council on Foundations, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Philanthropy faces an increasingly turbulent future in which the digital, social, political, and economic forces of change will become less predictable. This will put a premium on the ability of foundation leaders to detect, anticipate, and respond to early signals of threats and opportunities.

In this small conversation with foundation executives, Wharton Professor Paul Schoemaker will discuss “vigilant” organizations that see the looming risks and opportunities sooner than their rivals and position themselves to act faster when the fog of uncertainty lifts. Their leaders look for weak signals of threats and opportunities, take time to figure out what they mean through probing and monitoring, and place small bets early to learn more and improve their market position. Drawing upon a study of foundation leaders conducted in partnership with the Council on Foundations and the Knight Foundation, Paul will share broader insights from his forthcoming book with George Day, See Sooner-Act Faster: How Vigilant Leaders Navigate Digital Turbulence, that will be published by MIT Press in the fall of 2019.

Invitation Only Philanthropic Support Organization Convenings

These sessions are by invitation only.

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) Reception

Tuesday, April 30 - 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Organized by WINGS

Language Perception Project

Wednesday, May 1 - 8-9:30 a.m.

Organized by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

Discussion of results from a recent project to understand perceptions of language associated with civic engagement and democracy work. By invitation only, but reach out to Adiel@PACEfunders.org if you are interested in learning more.

Trustee Listening Convenings

Wednesday, May 1 - 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Organized by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and BoardSource

Leveraging the Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 1 - 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Organized by CHANGE Philanthropy

Board and Council Meetings

These sessions are closed.

The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) Meeting

Sunday, April 28 - 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Presidents' Council Meeting

Monday, April 29 - 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m.