Leading Together 2021 | A Virtual Experience

June 14-17

Reclaiming Community

June 14 | 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Designed by and for community foundation CEOs, this preconference session will focus on the critical role community foundations play in building community. Specifically, we will explore the role of community foundations in repairing the frayed threads of trust, unity and inclusion in our communities’ and our country's social fabric. In partnership with CEONet, this session will explore how community foundations can work together and with their local partners on solutions to the pressing issues we all face.

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12:00-12:10 p.m. ET - Welcome

Council on Foundations President & CEO Kathleen Enright will welcome participants. CEONet Chair Dan Templin will share more about CEONet and how it builds connections and shares the expertise of community foundation leaders from across the country.

Speakers: Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Dan Templin, Executive Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation & Chair, CEONet

12:10-1:15 p.m. ET – Plenary: Where Do We Go From Here?

Javier SotoCommunity foundations have long played a critical role in the philanthropic landscape and now face greater challenges than ever. Where have we come from and what we can do during a time when lack of trust, unity, and inclusion threaten our communities’ and our country’s social fabric? Javier Soto will discuss the traditional role community foundations have played and are playing in the community, and explore ways we can work differently in the future.

These leading remarks will initiate a frank exchange of opinions on next steps for community foundation leaders. A panel of community foundation CEOs will respond to Javier’s observations and share their own experiences navigating changes and challenges in their communities.

Leading Speaker: Javier Soto, President and CEO, The Denver Foundation

Speakers: Michael L. Batchelor, Former President, Erie Community Foundation; Neel Hajra CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; Carrie Pickett-Erway, President/CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

1:30-2:15 p.m. ET – Sharing Community Experiences

Facilitated small group discussions will provide the opportunity to learn how CEOs are responding to the question “where do we go from here?” This co-learning session will allow participants to engage with new and existing colleagues in conversations on how to create community, work as public institutions, and build a vision for the future. Key themes that emerge in each small group will be shared in a short recap session.

2:15-2:45 p.m. ET – Networking

Attendees have an opportunity to network and continue sharing ideas.

2:45-3:00 p.m. ET - Closing