|Saturday, October 29, 2011|
|10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Public Policy Action Institute|
|2:00 – 9:00 p.m.||NGen Programming|
|7:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Pre-conference Dinner (Hosted by NGen)|
|Sunday, October 30, 2011|
|8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Public Policy Action Institute|
|9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.||NGen Programming|
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Newcomers Kickoff|
Join Sterling Speirn, president of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michael Piraino, president of National CASA, and moderator Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director, Asian American Justice Center, to help you get the most out of the conference and learn more about Independent Sector. Meet IS members and staff. For those new to the conference or new to IS.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
||Opening Plenary: Risk, Failure, and Breakthrough|
The 2011 Opening Plenary explores Risk, Failure, and Breakthrough as a path to achieving our highest potential both individually and collectively. We can learn from our struggles and harness our own wisdom and creativity so as to work together more effectively to unleash possibilities, meet the challenges that are before us, and add real value to society. Welcoming remarks: Victoria Dinges, Vice President, Public Social Responsibility and Enterprise Communications, Allstate Insurance Company.
|4:00 – 5:30 p.m.||
Fall DOWN – Fail UP
Taking on Tough Conversations
Under the Magnifying Glass
|6:30 – 9:30 p.m.||Host Reception: An Evening at The Art Institute of Chicago
The Allstate Foundation invites you to reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones at this festive, catered reception that celebrates Chicago’s dynamic multicultural community. Enjoy music performed by the inspiring Inclusion Ensemble of Chicago Sinfonietta as you explore the museum's collection of 300,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of human expression. Whether you come by car or bus or join the Redmoon Theater puppet-led procession passing through Millennium Park, don’t miss this opening night together.
New Member Meetup: from 7-8 p.m. in the meetup area, IS "ambassadors" and staff can meet their new member "buddies" to make introductions and ensure you get connected to the IS network.
Many of us will be celebrating Halloween a day early by attending this reception in costume. Please join us, even if you only don a mask.
|Monday, October 31, 2011|
|7:45 – 8:30 a.m.||Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast|
Meet your fellow IS members over a hearty, full American breakfast and be an active participant in this important Annual Business Meeting.
|9:00 – 9:45 a.m.||Conversation with a Sector Leader|
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be interviewed by Stephanie Strom, national correspondent for The New York Times.
10:15 – 11:45 a.m
From Handshake to True Partnership: Bridging the Divide
Engage with Tom Tierney, author of Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results, and Dickie Steele, fellow partner at the Bridgespan Group and co-author with Tom of the book’s nonprofit-focused addendum Beyond the Handshake, for an interactive dialogue examining the donor/grantee relationship. The conversation will cover the different perspectives of the individual donor, foundation, and nonprofit, on issues ranging from the challenges of the power dynamic to developing shared definitions of success and creating a true donor/grantee "partnership."
Facilitator: Karen Mathis, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Thought leader: Thomas J. Tierney, The Bridgespan Group; and Dickie Steele, The Bridgespan Group
Impact: How Do You Know?
What do shifting American demographic profiles mean for how we do our work? And how does the composition of the nonprofit workforce affect our ability to impact change regarding shifting demographics? This session will give participants the opportunity to examine their own blind spots and identify changes in belief or behavior as they deal with shifting demographic profiles in the workplace.
Facilitator: Wendy Puriefoy, Public Education Network
Thought leaders: James L. Weinberg, Commongood Careers; Amy Lazarus, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue; Michael Watson, Girl Scouts of the USA
|12:00 – 2:00 p.m.||Luncheon Plenary |
Featuring Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv
Of, By, and For the People: Rewriting the Social Compact
Part 2: Keynote: Diana Aviv's address will focus on the social compact, the role and responsibilities of government to its citizens, and vice versa. A panel discussion will follow with Darren Walker, a vice president at Ford Foundation; Cobus de Swardt, managing director of Transparency International; and Eric Tanenblatt, vice chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Emcee: Steven J. McCormick, Gordon and Betty
|2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Innovative and successful collaborators unveil their secrets for working together in a frank discussion about the potential and limitations of new and different types of partnerships.
Moderator: Paul Schmitz, Public Allies, Inc.
Discussion leaders: Jennifer Arwade, Albany Park Neighborhood Council; Jane Golden, Mural Arts Program; David S. Kass, Council for a Strong America; Dennis McMillian, The Foraker Group; Josina Morita, United Congress of Community and Religious Organization; Bryan Preston, Back Office Cooperative; Michael D. Rodríguez, Enlace Chicago; Jhatayn J. Travis, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Paul Vandeventer, Community Partners; Alison De Lucca, Southern California College Access Network; Arthur Evans, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services; Sarah Leonard, Thread; Melanie Matthews, The Campion Foundation; Joe Pena, Channahon Police Department; Dan Valliere, Chicago Commons, and Lynn Coriano, Social Venture Partners Seattle
Changing Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits and Foundations: Opportunities and Political Realities
Following the 2010 Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, barriers limiting corporate and labor influence in politics and policy have been relaxed. Yet many of the rules governing nonprofit and foundation advocacy and lobbying have remain unchanged for almost 40 years. This debate will examine the current rules structure, as well as the potential obstacles and opportunities for change. Is there room for legal expansion and equity with corporate and labor rules in the current political environment, or are there dangers in opening this debate that may unleash a Pandora’s box full of efforts to limit foundations and nonprofits in other ways? Is now the time for change?
Moderator: Ralph B. Everett, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Major Donor Playbook
When it comes to brand analysis and repair, it’s not just the how-to, it’s the why. Hear first person accounts on the intricacies and considerations of organizational re-branding.
Facilitator: Ruth Wooden
Presenters: Bob Calder, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern; Steven A. Culbertson, Youth Service America; Vicki B. Escarra, Feeding America; Esta Soler, Futures Without Violence; and Angela Williams, YMCA of the USA
|4:15 – 6:15 p.m.||CONNECTIONS|
Attendee-led sessions highlight the innovative work and thought leadership of your peers. Join conversations about data, impact, leadership, and influence that conference participants proposed on The Hub earlier this fall. Sessions will be held in both the Fairmont Hotel and Swissôtel. Rooms are limited and assigned in the order of request.
See full list of CONNECTIONS sessions.
|6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
||John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner|
A celebratory evening honoring: Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, and the 2011 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient; and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who is the 2011 American Express NGen Leadership Award recipient. The evening will include performances by the young classical guitarist Ben Pila, DanceWorks Chicago, and Blues/Hip-Hop Intersection featuring Grammy nominee Billy Branch.
Registration to the Conference includes one ticket to the Gardner dinner. Click here to purchase additional dinner tickets.
|Tuesday, November 1, 2011|
|7:30 – 8:30 a.m.||NGen Breakfast with the 2011 Fellows|
This informal breakfast will be open to all NGen’ers and Ambassadors attending the conference. In connection with their project work, the 2011 NGen Fellows will be seated at tables to meet with the rest of the community and provide a time for networking, reflection, and feedback among those who attend. This session is open to all NGen'ers at the conference, even those who did not attend the NGen Pre-conference Program.
|8:00 – 8:40 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 – 10:30 a.m.||Breakout Sessions|
Democracy and the Arab Spring
Join international experts as they discuss the Arab Spring phenomenon, what’s behind the movement, its international and national implications, and if democracy is now a certainty in the Arab world.
Facilitator: Robert L. Gallucci, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Thought leader: Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago; Annette Heuser, Bertelsmann Foundation
Mobilizing Master Class
Nonprofits sometimes struggle to answer core questions regarding effectively mobilizing change. Learn from key thought leaders the questions you need to ask yourself, and how these R-EVOLUTIONARY Times influence the sector’s ability to launch and sustain a movement.
Facilitator: Heather Booth, The Midwest Academy
Thought leaders: William McNary, Citizen Action Illinois; and Marca Bristo, Access Living
Telling It Like It Is: The Power of Stories to Spur Change
Working Collectively for Greater Impact
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Closing Luncheon Plenary:|
Aligning for Greater Impact
Chicago, Boston, and Detroit each have compelling examples of collaboratives that aim to solve problems in housing, economic development and education. Our speakers will cover the impact their collective efforts have made and delve deeper into sharing the real story of what it took to make it happen, the lessons learned, and the life cycle of partnerships.
David O. Egner
president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Paul S. Grogan
Maria P. Hibbs
Steven J. McCormick
Julia M. Stasch