Leading Together 2021 | A Virtual Experience

June 14-17

All programming

Monday, June 14

12:00pm - 3:00pm - Grappling with Global Threats from Within and Without
Preconference Session
Welcome & Introductions: Peter Laugharn, President & CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Speaker(s): Andre Degenszajn, Executive Director, Ibirapitanga Institute; Deborah Doane, Partner, Rights CoLab; Lysa John, Secretary General, CIVICUS; Lily Liu, Legal Associate, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; Yvonne L. Moore, President, Moore Impact & Managing Director, Moore Philanthropy; Nicolette Naylor, International Director: Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice, Ford Foundation; Shannon Paige, Scoville Peace Fellow, Peace Direct; Atti Worku, Co-CEO, African Visionary Fund
Moderator(s): Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations; Natalie Ross, Vice President, Resource Development & Strategic Opportunities, Council on Foundations; Ingrid Srinath, Director, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy Ashoka University
12:00pm - 3:00pm - Pushing the Policy Envelope: Foundations Acting in a Pivotal Time
Preconference Session
Speaker(s): Kyle Caldwell, President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations; Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez, Secretary, Business, Consumer and Housing Agency, California; Kristin A. Goss, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University; Deidre Lind, President & CEO, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles; Karla Mercado, Director, Philanthropy California & Public Policy, SCG/Philanthropy CA; Megan Thomas, President & CEO, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties; Jackie Walorski, United States Representative, Indiana's 2nd Congressional District
Moderator(s): Stephanie Powers, Senior Advisor for Public Policy & Partnerships, Council on Foundations
12:00pm - 3:00pm - Reclaiming Community
Preconference Session
Welcome & Introductions: Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations
Speaker(s): Michael Batchelor, Former President, Erie Community Foundation; Neel Hajra, CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; Carrie Pickett-Erway, CEO/President, Kalamazoo Community Foundation; Javier Alberto Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation

Tuesday, June 15

11:15am - 12:30pm - A Better Path Forward: Unlikely Partnerships for the Greater Good
Plenary Session
Special Appearance: Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Welcome & Introductions: Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Peter Laugharn, President & CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Deidre Lind, President & CEO, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles; Alandra Washington, Vice President for Transformation and Organizational Effectiveness, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Speaker(s): Raul Anaya, President, Business Banking and President - Greater Los Angeles, Bank of America; Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Governor Gavin Newsom; Miguel A. Santana, President & CEO, Weingart Foundation; April Verrett, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 2015
Moderator(s): Monica Lozano, President and CEO, College Futures Foundation
11:30am - 4:00pm - Expo Hall
12:30pm - 1:10pm - Pop Up Session: Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act (ACE Act)
Speaker(s): Jenn Holcomb, Director, Government Affairs, Council on Foundations; David Kass, Vice President, Government Affairs , Council on Foundations; Ken Kies, Managing Director, Federal Policy Group, LLC; Javier Alberto Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation
1:10pm - 2:00pm - Bridging Across Toxic Political Division
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Lahnee J. Chen, Ph.D., David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution; Elizabeth Clay Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Generation Citizen; Derek Kilmer, United States Representative, Washington’s 6th Congressional District; Alison Acosta Winters, Former Senior Policy Fellow, Americans for Prosperity
Moderator(s): David Eisner, President & CEO, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
1:10pm - 2:00pm - Bridging Federal and State Political Divides to Address Family Economic Inequality
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Mishaela Durán, Director, Office of Regional Operations, Administration for Children and Families, HHS; Tracy Wareing Evans, President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association; Paula R. Sammons, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Elaine Zimmerman, Region I Administrator, Administration of Children and Families
1:10pm - 2:00pm - Numbers Don’t Lie: A Data-Guided Approach to Addressing Racial Inequities in Philanthropic Practice
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Chris Ellis, Program Officer, Healthy Children and Adults, The Pittsburgh Foundation; Jamillia Kamara, Program Officer for Education, The Pittsburgh Foundation; Michelle McMurray, Vice President, Program and Community Engagement, The Pittsburgh Foundation; Jenn Sloan, Social Change in Philanthropy Fellow, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Moderator(s): Michael Yonas, VP, Public Health, Research and Learning, The Pittsburgh Foundation
1:10pm - 2:00pm - Participation, Power and Philanthropy: Putting Nonprofits and Communities in the Driver's Seat
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Jacqueline Erickson Russell, Senior Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Akilah Massey, Vice President of Programs, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
1:10pm - 2:00pm - The Path Forward: Prioritizing Racial Equity in Unexpected Places
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Dr. Akuoma Nwadike, Founder. Lead Strategist. Liberatory Architect. Antiracism Engineer., Inclusivity Education; Lindsey Wilson, Director, Appalachia Funders Network
2:00pm - 2:30pm - Speed Networking
2:30pm - 2:40pm - Vendor Showcase
2:40pm - 2:50pm - Reflective Break: Intro to Journaling
2:50pm - 3:30pm - Disrupting the Narrative: The Power of the Story
Fireside Chat
Speaker(s): Moky Makura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter
Moderator(s): Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
3:00pm - 3:10pm - Reflective Break: Summarize It
3:10pm - 3:20pm - Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro
3:20pm - 3:50pm - Wellness Break: Cooking Demonstration
3:50pm - 4:00pm - Vendor Showcase
4:00pm - 4:15pm - Reflecting on the Day and Looking Forward
Speaker(s): Karon Moody Harden, Vice President, Programs and Peer Engagement, Council on Foundations
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 16

11:15am - 12:00pm - Committing to Equity and Inclusivity: Moving from Words to Action
Plenary Session
Special Appearance: Cory Booker, United States Senator, New Jersey
Welcome & Introductions: Juan J. Martinez, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Speaker(s): Paul Di Donato, President and CEO, Proteus Fund; Natosha Reid Rice, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Habitat for Humanity International; Eddy Zheng, Founder & President, New Breath Foundation
Moderator(s): Mai-Anh Tran , Chief Financial Officer, Ford Foundation
12:05pm - 12:30pm - Wellness Break: Yoga with Julie Holly
12:30pm - 1:10pm - Transformational Leadership
Fireside Chat
Speaker(s): Wes Moore, Former CEO, Robin Hood Foundation
Moderator(s): Mary Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, The Spartanburg County Foundation and Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy
1:10pm - 1:20pm - Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro
1:20pm - 2:10pm - Democracy, Healing Divides, and Civic Life
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Antonia Hernández, President and CEO, California Community Foundation
1:20pm - 2:10pm - Designing With, Not For: The Journey to Develop a Community-Forward Program
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Sandy Doughton, Grant Development Manager, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.; TC Duong, Program Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation; Emily Yu, Executive Director, The BUILD Health Challenge
1:20pm - 2:10pm - Emergence and Evolution: Pivoting Internal Culture Amidst Crisis
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy; Storme Gray, Executive Director, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy; Rose Green, Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation; Jonny Moy, Grants Manager, Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
1:20pm - 2:10pm - Please Forgive Our Mess. We’re Building Trust Here.
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Jamiel L. Alexander, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions; Jane M. Conover, President & CEO, York County Community Foundation; Lise Levin, Vice President of Community Investment, York County Community Foundation
1:20pm - 2:10pm - The Power of Relationships to Build Equity and Change Systems
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Gabriela Alcalde, Executive Director, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Barbara Leonard, President & CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation; Shima Kabirigi, Program Officer, Maine Initiatives
2:10pm - 2:20pm - Reflective Break: Meditative Flute Performance by Nino Reyos
2:20pm - 3:10pm - A Census Like No Other: A Multi-Sector, Community-Focused Partnership
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): John Dobard, Director, Political Voice, Advancement Project California; Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office; Tara Westman, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
2:20pm - 3:10pm - Best Practices for Equitable Philanthropy: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Director of Learning and Partnerships, Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Sally Ray, Director of Domestic Disaster Recovery Funds, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
2:20pm - 3:10pm - Building the Next-Generation Community Investment Ecosystem: How Foundations Can Advance Racial Equity
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Robin Hacke, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Center for Community Investment; Joanna Trotter, Senior Director of Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust
2:20pm - 3:10pm - Collective Action Strategies for Advancing Health Equity: Addressing Root Causes of Pain and Despair
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Suzanne Koepplinger, Director of Catalyst Initiative, The Minneapolis Foundation; Imam Sharif A. Mohamed, Co-Executive Director, Open Path Resources; Gayle Ober, President, George Family Foundation; Antony Stately, CEO, Native American Community Clinic
2:20pm - 3:10pm - Digital Dependencies, Discrimination, and Democracy: What are Philanthropy’s Roles?
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Lucy Bernholz, Director, Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford DCSL; Sabrina Hersi Issa, Human Rights Technologiest, Be Bold Media; Mutale Nkonde, Founder and Leader, AI for the People
3:10pm - 3:20pm - Vendor Showcase
3:20pm - 4:00pm - A Blueprint for Transformation and DEI: The Ashley Stewart Story
Fireside Chat
Speaker(s): Shelby Brown, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Council on Foundations; James Rhee, Impact Entrepreneur, CEO, Investor and Former Chairman & CEO, Ashley Stewart
3:20pm - 4:00pm - Solidarity Philanthropy in Action: Walking the Talk
Leadership in Action
Speaker(s): Alejandro Argumedo, Director of Programs - Andes Amazon Lead, Swift Foundation; Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC Okanagan; Elaine Rasmussen, CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG)
Moderator(s): Sonja Swift, Program Advisor, Swift Foundation
4:00pm - 4:15pm - Reflecting on the Day and Looking Forward
Speaker(s): Karon Moody Harden, Vice President, Programs and Peer Engagement, Council on Foundations

Thursday, June 17

11:15am - 12:00pm - Town Hall: Unveiling the Council's New Strategic Direction
Plenary Session
Speaker(s): Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation; Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations
11:30am - 4:00pm - Expo Hall
12:00pm - 12:50pm - HUD Secretary's Award for Public Philanthropic Partnerships
Speaker(s): Cynthia Campbell, Director, International and Philanthropic Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Ben J. Winter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
12:50pm - 1:40pm - Crisis, Connection, & Collaboration: Learning and Growing Impact in a Challenging Year
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Mary Lenn Dixon, Episcopal Deacon, HJAN; Lisa Madry, Director of Community Engagement, Episcopal Health Foundation; Michael Tipton, President, BCBSLA Foundation
12:50pm - 1:40pm - Equity Everywhere for Everyone: A Place-Based Model for Community Change
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Russell Booker, Former Superintendent , Spartanburg School District 7 ; Mitch Kennedy, Assistant City Manager, City of Spartanburg; Gilbert Benjamin Miller, Former Chairman, Southeastern Council Board; Molly Talbot-Metz, President/CEO, Mary Black Foundation; Mary Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, The Spartanburg County Foundation and Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy; Jessalyn Wynn Story , Director, Center for Community-Based Learning, Wofford College
12:50pm - 1:40pm - Introducing Ethos: A Way to Address Dilemmas with Empathy and Integrity
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Alix Guerrier, CEO, GlobalGiving
12:50pm - 1:40pm - Strategies for Shifting Power
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Emily Bild, Director of Programs, GoPhilanthropic Foundation; Linda DeWolf, Co Founder, GoPhilanthropic Foundation; Rith Sarakk, Senior Advisor/Former Executive Director, PEPY Empowering Youth
12:50pm - 1:40pm - Values-Aligned Philanthropy: Saying No to Hate
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Winter Kinne, Vice President of Development, Community Foundation of the Ozarks; May Leong, Director of Donor Services & Administrative Support, The East Bay Community Foundation; Roey Thorpe, Consultant, Council on Foundations
Moderator(s): David Kass, Vice President, Government Affairs , Council on Foundations
1:40pm - 1:50pm - Reflective Break: Goal Setting
1:50pm - 2:40pm - Centering Black Community Voices in Pandemic Response – Regional and National Approaches
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Noha Aboelata, Founder/CEO, Roots Community Health Center; Keshee Dozier-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Health Medical Program Inc.; Debra Furr-Holden, Associate Dean for Public Health Integration, Michigan State University; James W. Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation; Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint; Adrian Walker, Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations, Flint & Gensee Group
1:50pm - 2:40pm - Community Foundations as Civic Homes
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Mario Lugay, Senior Innovation Director, Justice Funders; Susan True, CEO, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Moderator(s): Laura Seaman, CEO, League of California Community Foundations
1:50pm - 2:40pm - Creating a Racial Equity Community Narrative with Strategic Plan Alignment: "A Milwaukee For All" Case Study
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Fiesha Lynn Bell, Associate Director of Major Gifts, Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Leah R. Fiasca, Director, Development, Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Laura Glawe, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
1:50pm - 2:40pm - Shifting Power to Young People: New Visions for Philanthropy
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): Nayara Castiglioni Amaral, General Coordinator, Engajamundo; Anna Ferreira, Director of Female Leadership, Proyecto Base; Lida Minasyan, Partnerships Specialist, Global Fund for Children; Solomon Ndondo, Executive Director, Africa Rise Foundation; Marco Antonio Ramírez, President, Ashanti Perú
1:50pm - 2:40pm - The Family Giving Lifecycle: Orienting Toward Effective Outcomes
Concurrent Session
Speaker(s): David Daniels, CEO and President, Bainum Family Foundation; Katherine Lorenz, Board Chair, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; Nicholas Tedesco, President & CEO, National Center for Family Philanthropy
2:40pm - 2:50pm - Reflective Break: Summarize It
2:50pm - 3:30pm - Designing Women: Why Women of Color Hold the Key to True Equity
Leadership in Action
Speaker(s): Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, National Crittenton; Leticia Peguero, Vice President, Programs, Nathan Cummings Foundation; Ada Williams Prince, Senior Advisor, Program Strategy and Investment, Pivotal Ventures
Moderator(s): Yvonne L. Moore, President, Moore Impact & Managing Director, Moore Philanthropy
3:30pm - 4:15pm - Raising the Bar: How can Philanthropy Help Build a Better Future for Everyone?
Plenary Session
Special Appearance: Paul Ryan, Former Speaker, United States House of Representatives
Welcome & Introductions: Caryl M. Stern, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
Speaker(s): Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation; Armando Castellano, Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation; James W. Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation; Sandy Ho, Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy