2012 Conference Schedule

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Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Public Policy Action Institute
9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. NGen Pre-Conference Program
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Conversations of Consequence (Hosted by NGen)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Public Policy Action Institute
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NGen Pre-Conference Program
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Newcomers Kickoff
Room: Franciscan C

The Newcomers Kickoff is designed to help you meet new people at the start of the event, get the most out of the conference, and learn more about Independent Sector. Meet IS members and staff. Great session for those new to the conference or new to IS.
Discussion Leaders: Stephen Bennett, United Cerebral Palsy; Sterling Speirn, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Sandra L. Vargas, The Minneapolis Foundation
Moderator: Neil Nicoll, YMCA of the USA

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CONNECTIONS: Discussions Convened by Conference Participants (1/2)
The Connections time at the IS Annual Conference provides the opportunity for attendees to lead and participate in user-generated sessions and space for private meetings. Attendee-led sessions highlight the innovative work and thought leadership of conference participants.

Full Schedule

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
Discover the innovative products, services, software, solutions, organizations, companies, and firms that are change leaders for the sector. Learn more about becoming an exhibitor.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CONNECTIONS: Discussions Convened by Conference Participants (2/2)

Full Schedule

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary
Game On: Reality after the Rhetoric

Find out what lies ahead for America after the election dust settles and the last states in dispute have been counted and resolved. Speakers will consider how the 2012 election results will shape America’s future and their effect on communities and organizations that serve them.

Emcee: Steve McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Presenter: Ken Harbaugh, ServiceNation
Keynote Speaker: Matt Miller, Washington Post
Discussion Leader: Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected Officials
Moderator: Alberto Ibargüen, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Color Guard: The AFROTC Detachment 085, University of California, Berkeley

Anthem sung by  Tonya Tbird Luv Ridgely

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The Leading Edge of Corporate/Community Partnerships
Room: Imperial A
Traditional relationships with corporate foundations have been morphing as companies better define their own corporate interests. Nonprofit and corporate leaders will get to the hit and miss of these new directions in funding.
Speakers: Dan Cardinali, Communities in Schools; Evan Hochberg, Deloitte LLP; Lisa Walker, Newman's Own Foundation
Moderator: Richard Brown, American Express Foundation

Rethinking the Power of Digital Media
Room: Plaza A
In this debate, speakers will explore how social and digital media impacts national and global change. Is new media truly revolutionizing social equality through freedom of speech and maximizing the potential spread of democracy? Or do these technologies just deepen our existing convictions through an echo chamber of like-minded thinking?
Thought Leaders: Cheryl Contee, Fission Strategy; Andrew Solomon, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Moderator: Aaron Sherinian, United Nations Foundation

Engaging Networks for Impact     
Room: Plaza B
Speakers will discuss high-impact models for building and scaling networks that engage and mobilize communities.
Discussion Leaders: Matt James, Center for the Next Generation; Deborah Meehan, Leadership Learning Community; Lisa Nitze, Mission Measurement; Doug Overman, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; Michael Smith, The Case Foundation
Moderator: David Yarnold, National Audubon Society

Participation in our Electoral System - Working or Broken?
Room: Union Square 17/18
How has the ever increasing role of money in politics and emerging voter registration laws changed our political system? This session will look beyond 2012 elections to explore where the influence is concentrated and why the broader nonprofit community needs to be engaged moving forward.
Thought Leaders: Marqueece Harris-Dawson, California Civil Rights Coalition; Jotaka L. Eaddy, NAACP; Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials Education Fund
Facilitator: Will Friedman, Public Agenda

Reimagining Ways to Finance the Sector       
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon A
How can nonprofits expand on a traditional funding base? We will look at alternative ways to think about funding the work of the sector as our experts discuss new and expanded financial models - including impact investing, venture philanthropy, new government and business options for investments that organizations are using to fund and scale their work. 
Thought Leaders:
Lucy Bernholz, Arabella Advisors; Paula Goldman, Omidyar Network; Julie Mikuta, New Schools Venture Fund; Conan Smith, Michigan Suburbs Alliance; Dan Winterson, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Moderator: Laura Callanan, McKinsey & Company

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3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Move the Needle By Thinking Better Together 
Room: Imperial A
Do the ways we work together meet our needs and help us deal with tough challenges? This session will look at changing how we do our work in the nonprofit sector. 
Facilitator: Barbara Kibbe, Salesforce.com Foundation

Blending Profit and Purpose: Game Changer?       
Room: Plaza A
What does the blending of purpose and profit mean for the nonprofit sector? We’ll look at new for–profit vehicles and ventures for serving the public good and discuss what these new approaches mean for our work.
Thought Leaders: Phil Buchanan, The Center for Effective Philanthropy; Jan Masaoka, California Association of Nonprofits; Marc Thibault, American Sustainable Business Council; Robert Wexler, Adler & Colvin
Moderator: Paul Clolery, The NonProfit Times

Navigating a Turbulent & VUCA World     
Room: Plaza B
In a world facing increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA), special leadership skills are required to adapt and respond to these changes. This session will dig into the real world experiences of leading in these challenging times.
Thought Leaders:
Jeffrey Lawrence, Cambridge Leadership Associates; Lisa Maulhardt, SYPartners; Akaya Windwood, Rockwood Leadership Institute
Moderator: Katherine Fulton, Monitor Institute

The Process of Innovation - Part One: From Spark to Fire    
Room: Union Square 15/16
What are those transformative “spark” moments that help advance a nascent idea to the next stage? This workshop is innovation at speed (from idea generation and prototyping to user feedback and iteration) and will explore how powerful ideas can become great initiatives.
Speaker: Greg Galle, FUTURE; Laura Weiss, FUTURE
Facilitator: Dave Viotti, FUTURE

A Double-Edged Sword: Post-Recession Leadership Turnover
Room: Union Square 19/20
This session, led by James Weinberg of Commongood Careers, will not only explore ways in which to deal with major turnover, but also identify how and when turnover should be embraced as a strategic opportunity. Speakers will be on hand to share their personal experiences and lessons learned in leading or responding to major staffing changes.
Discussion Leaders: Don Aguilar, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Rafael Lopez, Annie E. Casey Foundation; James Siegal, KaBOOM!
Moderator: James Weinberg, Commongood Careers

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6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Host Reception
Location: The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets) San Francisco, CA 94105

Meet new ones at this festive catered reception. It is a dynamic and welcoming place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and—most importantly—people.

Join your IS peers and follow our procession as we are led through the streets of San Francisco by Leung’s White Crane Lion Dancers. The festivities will continue outside the entrance of the museum where we will be greeted by an ensemble of traditional Jaroche musicians. For those that do not wish to follow the processional, we will have shuttle transportation that goes back and forth between the Hilton Union Square and the museum beginning at 6:15 p.m. from the hotel lobby.

Monday, November 12, 2012
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon A
Meet your fellow IS members over a hearty, full American breakfast and be an active participant in this important Annual Business Meeting.
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. GameChangers Plenary
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon B
The plenary will feature extraordinary leaders from the charitable sector who through their ideas, artful approaches, and power of action have greatly impacted an outcome or movement to make life better for others. Speakers will touch on:
  • What it takes to move the needle and create the kind of change that really matters and that can be scaled.
  • Developing coherent and effective strategies to manage massive flows of information in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.
  • How to balance and preserve time-tested and effective strategies and practices along with the imperative to grow, adapt and transform.
Speakers: Gary Knell, National Public Radio; Bill Shore, Share Our Strength; Patty Stonesifer, former chair, White House Council for Community Solutions
Moderator: Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Discover the innovative products, services, software, solutions, organizations, companies, and firms that are change leaders for the sector. Learn more about becoming an exhibitor.
Room: Yosemite

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

GameChanging Outcomes    
Room: Imperial A
How do you affect a major change in your organization’s direction, culture or identity and achieve game changing results? Learn from key nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as they share their experiences.
Thought Leaders: Ben Jealous, NAACP; Rip Rapson, The Kresge Foundation; Lester Strong, AARP Experience Corps
Moderator: David La Piana, La Piana Consulting

New Images and Practices of Leadership   
Room: Plaza A
Rejecting the “casting call” image of leadership – our speakers are turning past practice on its head and pioneering new models for developing and diversifying their organizations.
Thought Leaders:
Linda Akutagawa, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics; Marc Freedman, Civic Ventures; John Rice, Management Leadership for Tomorrow; Rahsaan Harris, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Moderator: Kelvin Taketa, Hawaii Community Foundation

How Not to Be the Main Course in a Media Feeding Frenzy
Room: Plaza B
When events real or imagined place your organization at the center of a media feeding frenzy – what do you do and how quickly do you do it? Find out how others survived using quality crisis communications management that is so essential in today’s 24-hour, digital world.
Discussion Leaders:
Christine Hershey, Hershey Cause Communications; Beth Kanter, Spitfire Strategies; Cristina Hanson, National Center for Media Engagement
Facilitator: Amon Rappaport, Rappaport Communications

Data 360
Room: Franciscan C/D
Using data effectively can lead to innovation, better decision making and solutions to old problems. Find out ways to harness new and existing data to increase impact.
Discussion Leaders:
Kevin Bolduc, The Center for Effective Philanthropy; Elizabeth Boris, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute; Nancy Lublin, Do Something, Inc.; Rebecca Masisak, TechSoup; Elizabeth Pastor, Humantific; Mayur Patel, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Jake Porway, DataKind; Jennifer Sigler, GlobalGiving Foundation
Facilitator: Fay Twersky, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Design Thinking – Creative Ways to Gather
Room: Union Square 15/16
Examine some of the most common high stakes situations for social change leaders and how to turn them into productive catalysts for alignment and action. This interactive, hands-on experience will explore how to use design thinking principles to think about these high charged moments as an opportunity for collaboration, connection and shared value creation.
Discussion Leader: Chris Ertel, Monitor Group
Facilitator: Lisa Kay Soloman, LKS Partners

The Process of Innovation - Part Two: Making it Stick
Room: Union Square 17/18
How do you implement and sustain innovation? What does it take to make it stick and ensure your stakeholders – even those who might lose something in the process - are with you? Explore these key questions through small group discussion.
Discussion Leaders:
Tim Hwang, The Awesome Foundation; Heather McLeod Grant, Monitor Institute; Leigh Phillips, The San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment; George Zisiadis; Awesome Foundation
Facilitator: Michael Brown, City Year, Inc.

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11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon Plenary
From Small Change to Sea Change: Reflections on the Power of the Sector
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon B
Diana will examine trends that have been sweeping through the nonprofit and philanthropic community in recent years. She will explore the state of the sector and suggest ways organizations might improve their ability to deliver concrete, measurable results. Recognizing hers as just one perspective, Diana will invite the audience to join her in fashioning organizations and communities that are highly responsive to change and that nurture a culture of innovation. Come prepared with your vision and ideas to discuss with colleagues how together we can chart a brighter future for our sector and the millions of people it serves.
Speaker: Diana Aviv, Independent Sector
Moderator: Steve McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Impact Master Class
Room: Imperial A
Impact is not just quantifying your effort for the final report. Learn how to sharpen your focus on impact – by the way you think about your work, structure your organization, and collaborate with others. This session is for those already well on this path.
Thought Leaders:
Jeff Edmondson, Strive Network; Ellen Alberding, Joyce Foundation; John Van Camp, Southwest Solutions
John Bridgeland, Civic Enterprises

Building Successful Movements in Today’s World    
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon A
Learn to harness passion, principles, strategies and tactics to build and sustain movements.
Thought Leaders: Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch; Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation
Moderator: Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

What Aren’t We Talking About 
Room: Plaza A
Important issues that make us uncomfortable can be too easily swept aside. We invite you to identify these issues and discuss how to take on hot-button topics that should not be avoided.
Thought Leaders: Ivye Allen, Foundation for the Mid South; Daniel Borochoff, CharityWatch; Kriss Deiglmeier, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University; Judy Patrick, Women's Foundation of California; Paul Schmitz, Public Allies, Inc.; Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners
Moderator: Kyle Caldwell, Michigan Nonprofit Association

The Art, Ask and Craft of Corporate Partnerships      
Room: Franciscan C/D
Small groups meet with corporate foundations and their nonprofit partners to explore the ins and outs of these effective working relationships.
Discussion Leaders: Charu Adesnik, Cisco Systems; Bess Bendet, Blue Shield of California Foundation; Georgette Bhathena, JPMorgan Chase & Co. - California - Northern, Central Valley; Dannielle Campos, Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Michael Dunn, Prophet; Ezra Garrett, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Joelle Gomez, Women's Center - Youth and Family Servies; David Greco, Nonprofit Finance Fund; Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving; Aaron Hurst, Taproot Foundation; Phil Kilbridge, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco; Michael King, Volunteers of America; Colin Lacon, Northern California Grantmakers; Fred Wacker, The Home Depot Foundation
Moderator: Bernard Milano, KPMG Foundation

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3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Visit Innovations Pavilion
Room: Yosemite
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The 411 on Mergers and Acquisitions   
Room: Plaza A
Do sector mergers and acquisitions invite imitation or induce caution? Participants will examine the M&A landscape as nonprofit leaders share first-hand accounts of their experiences and reflect on what they learned.
Thought Leaders: China Brotsky, Tides; John Gomperts, America's Promise Alliance; Katie Smith Milway, The Bridgespan Group, Maya Ensita Smith, Mobilize.org
Moderator: Michael Piraino, National CASA

Say Uncle! Moving on from Dead Ideas      
Room: Imperial B
The session will explore specific, provocative examples of dead ideas. Join us to find out how to recognize when ideas that have run their course, how to let them go, and how to replace them.
Thought Leaders:
Orson Aguilar, The Greenlining Institute; Dana O'Donovan, Monitor Institute; Kiff Gallagher, MusicianCorps
Moderator: Susan Danish, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Act Local, Impact Global
Room: Plaza B
Discover how local solutions can influence local, regional, and federal policy and practice – both as local movements or when taken to scale.
Discussion Leaders: Melanie Beene, Community Initiatives; Virginia Clarke, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders; Frank Dean, Golden Gate National Parks; Cheryl Healton,, Legacy; Chris Spence, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; Amy Wong, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Moderator: Miles Rapoport, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action

Innovative Partnerships in Tough Times
Room: Franciscan C/D
The session will highlight new ways to think about partnership and working together in response to economic forces and other tough challenges. We’ll discuss intra- and cross-sector partnerships and how best to achieve shared goals.
Discussion Leaders: Lenore Anderson, Californians for Safety and Justice; Deborah Cullinan, Intersection for the Arts; Kerry Adams Hapner, The Office of Cultural Affairs, San Jose; Jorge Blandón, Family Independence Initiative; Ken Harbaugh, Be the Change, Inc.; Noosheen Hashemi, HAND Foundation; James Mayer, California Forward; Alex Michel, 5M Project; Jay Nath, Creative Currency, Inc.; Jonny Price, KivaZip; Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, & Marin Counties; Joel Slayton, ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network; Gerad Choucroun, Veterans Health Integration Program at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education; Shannon Spanhake, City and County of San Francisco; Dave Boyce, Fundly
Moderator: Bradford Smith, The Foundation Center

The Art and Science of Advocacy
Room: Imperial A
Get an in-depth look at Independent Sector’s provocative and introspective analysis of the policy issues and challenges facing our sector. IS President and CEO Diana Aviv will summarize IS’s year-long research study, including the essentials of a successful advocacy framework, and discuss how we should re-think our current strategies, confront our realities, and think beyond our causes.
Thought Leaders:  Lisa Graves, Center for the Media and Democracy; Richard Kirsch, Roosevelt Institute; Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign
Presenter/Moderator: Diana Aviv, Independent Sector
Emcee: Sonya Campion, Campion Foundation;

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6:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Room: Yosemite
Courtesy of Omidyar Network -- Come network with your fellow attendees and exhibitors and enjoy a reception prior to the John W. Gardner dinner.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner
Room: Grand Ballroom Salon B
A celebratory evening honoring
Jeff Skoll, the 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient and Jeff Edmondson, the 2012 American Express NGen Leadership Award recipient. The evening will include performances by Bay Area artists and musicians. Registration to the conference includes one ticket to the Gardner dinner. Click here to purchase additional dinner tickets.
Emcee: Kelvin Taketa, Hawaii Community Foundation
Closing: Steve McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Performances by: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, San Jose Taiko; Viveka Chen, San Francisco Buddhist Center; Taiko Ren

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