2013 Conference Schedule

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Saturday, September 28, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Public Policy Action Institute
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. NGen Pre-Conference Program
Sunday, September 29, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Public Policy Action Institute

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NGen Pre-Conference Program

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Newcomers Kickoff
The Kickoff is designed for first-time conference goers and new IS members. Join other newcomers, leaders within the IS community, and IS staff for this opportunity to get a jump start on the conference and make meaningful connections. Come for light refreshments and networking starting 10:30 a.m. The formal presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m., with insights about how to get the most out of the conference and a discussion of how to best leverage the IS coalition in your own work.
Discussion Leaders
Stephen Bennett, United Cerebral Palsy
Mari Kuraishi, GlobalGiving Foundation
Roger Nozaki, Community and Global Engagement Center for Public Service, Brown University
Sterling Speirn, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
".NGO is Coming, What You Need to Know."
Presenter: Thuy LeDinh,Your Public Interest Registry
Last year in San Francisco, Public Interest Registry introduced an initiative to launch two new domain extensions, .NGO and .ONG, that would be exclusively available for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Since then, we have also begun developing a new online directory that will allow NGOs around the world to find each other and share information, and to connect with donors, volunteers, and potential partners. Come learn important updates regarding when .NGO/.ONG and the directory will be available, and how these new tools can help you and your organization!
1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"Source More Gifts - How Real Estate Data, Giving History, & Prospect Profiles Can Help"
Presenter: A.J. Pickens, iWave Information Systems
Reduce your time spent researching online and be proactive in finding new sources of major gifts as we access the best wealth and philanthropic data in one easy to use online platform. Easily access alumni information, real estate data, giving history and grant listings from foudnations, and build comprehensive prospect profiles faster then ever before.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary
Leveraging the Power of Innovation
The big footprint of innovation can create more resilient systems, communities, and people. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, will discuss the power of innovative programs in our sector and the impact they have had in the U.S. and globally. A lively conversation will follow when Dr. Rodin is joined by musician and arts advocate Wynton Marsalis who will inject music throughout a conversation that will highlight the way arts can spur innovative approaches to critical issues.
Lorie A. Slutsky, The New York Community Trust
Wynton Marsalis, musician, trumpeter, composer and advocate;
Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation
Performances by
Wynton Marsalis, musician, trumpeter, composer and advocate

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion: The centralized meeting place where conference attendees can network with peers, meet exhibitors, hear timely product demonstrations, and engage in important discussions.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Diana Aviv and Friends*
Diana will be joined by Tony Marx, New York Public Library President and CEO. They will look at some of the bold changes the NYPL has made to increase value perception and constituent engagement and how these changes have made the NYPL more relevant and aligned with the digital world and the community it serves.
Diana Aviv, Independent Sector;
Dr. Anthony Marx, New York Public Library
Stephen B. Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund 

Blending Technology with Tradition
Technology and tradition need not be adversaries. Linking technology and tradition helps nonprofits and foundations expand their reach, improve their programs and amplify access to experiences that enrich communities.
Adrian Anantawan, Conservatory Lab Charter School
Kimberly Hamilton, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Christian Øverland, The Henry Ford
Aaron P. Dworkin, Sphinx Organization

The Pitch
Leaders of corporate philanthropy programs discuss new developments in the field and offer advice to audience members in an interactive segment where nonprofits can test their “pitch” for support. This session offers information that can help you make your best case for alignment.
Stanley Litow, IBM International Foundation
Tricia Napor, Alcoa Foundation
Annetta Young, Tyson Foods, Inc.
Pamela Flaherty, Citi Foundation

Radical Change: Are You Ready to Lead On?*
There are rare moments when nonprofit CEOs are positioned to lead radical positive change for their organizations and the people they serve. While many leaders try, only few succeed in making the impact they desire. The session will feature effective CEOs who achieved dramatic results for their organizations.
Presented by Accenture
John Seffrin, American Cancer Society
Michael Smith, White House Office of Innovation   
Jilly Stephens, City Harvest
Martin W. Rodgers, Accenture 

The True Cost of Income Inequality
What implication does growing income inequality have on the economy, democracy, and opportunity? This session will present data on the magnitude of the challenge facing the U.S., and its impact on the nation’s social fabric and economic growth through three lenses: health, diversity, and the prospects for the next generation. Speakers will share both conservative and liberal viewpoints.
Presented by Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action
Gail C. Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Tamara Draut, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action
Ron Haskins, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Abigail Carlton, Rockefeller Foundation

Using Networks to Scale-Up
What will it take to help networked organizations be powerful platforms for scaling proven programs or interventions? The session will discuss the kinds of investments in technology and organizational capacity, partnerships with evidence-based programs and funding strategies that will help build networks that can make significant progress in addressing some of the vast needs that exist in society today.
Presented by The Bridgespan Group
Kate Markin Coleman, YMCA of the USA
Carolyn S. Miles, Save the Children Federation
Kevin Jordan, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Stacey Stewart, United Way Worldwide
Jeffrey L. Bradach, The Bridgespan Group

High Performance and High Impact**
Courting top talent to the nonprofit sector has never been more vital. Find out how to leverage innovative recruitment and retention strategies to attract and keep people with the right high-performing mindset. We’ll examine the newest trends and best practices as we think outside of the box. We will look cross-sector and cross-generationally, as we seek to create work environments that inspire, motivate and produce optimum results.
Steve Krotonsky, Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Edward Lloyd, United States Fund for UNICEF
Pratichi Shah, Flourish Talent Management Solutions, LLC
Nick Bacon, United Nations Foundation

*Must be a CEO of an IS member to attend
**C-Suite Track Session

Learn more about: CEO Track Sessions | C-Suite Track Sessions

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Host Reception

A Special Evening at the Brooklyn Museum
Take in the one-of-a-kind sights of the Big Apple, and network with your colleagues, as you travel to Brooklyn for this festive, opening night catered event. You can reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones, while experiencing one of the finest museums in the country. The evening begins in the Rubin Pavilion and continues to the beautiful Beaux Arts Court, where you will experience Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898, which opens a week before our event! We’ll also have the opportunity to view the famed Egyptian Galleries and Connecting Cultures exhibitions on the first level.

Hosted by: The New York Community Trust

Monday, September 30, 2013
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast
We need to hear from you! Join your fellow IS members and sector colleagues for breakfast, as well as an interactive discussion of the vision for our community in the decade ahead, at the IS Business Meeting. Other important matters for consideration will include the election of directors, as well as a review of 2013 highlights.
8:35 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"BoardEffect: Streamlining the Work of Your Board with E-governance"
Presenter: Dottie Schindlinger, BoardEffect
Join us to learn more about BoardEffect - the #1 e-governance solution for volunteer leadership worldwide. BoardEffect is a secure, web-based portal and iPad App that streamlines board work and increases trustee engagement. In this session, we will provide an introduction to this innovative approach to managing board work, including creating digital boardbooks, using online collaboration tools, and more. Based in Philadelphia, PA, BoardEffect serves over 1,800 boards and over 50,000 board members of foundations, colleges and universities, healthcare systems, associations, government agencies, and nonprofits worldwide.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Debate: Viral Videos versus New York Times Op-Ed
Traditional and new media experts go head to head in a lively competition that battles for your vote for the most effective communication vehicle for your organization while providing you valuable insight into the media world we occupy today. The audience will be polled before and after the debate with the side that changes the most minds declared the winner.
Presented by DoSomething.org and The James Irvine Foundation
Michael Hayes, BuzzFeed
Stacy Palmer, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Greg Smith, Author, Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story
Calvin Stowell, DoSomething.org
JuJu Chang, ABC News

Digital Advocacy Master Class
Tech gurus revolutionized the use of digital outreach during the 2012 presidential election. Putting their opposing politics aside, our speakers will share what worked, and build a digital "playbook" so nonprofits can incorporate cutting-edge tactics when tackling their most pressing challenges.
Presented by The Joyce Foundation
Patrick Ruffini, Engage, LLC
Michael Slaby, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Ellen S. Alberding, The Joyce Foundation

Maximizing Collective Impact
Explore new ways to tackle national concerns by bringing together individuals, business & political leaders, national organizations, and funders around a common agenda. Learn from experts about best practices, potential challenges, and how to overcome hurdles to achieve desired outcomes.
Presented by Hope Street Group
Meg Garlinghouse, LinkedIn
Mitch Stewart, 270 Strategies
La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Monique Nadeau, Hope Street Group

Pivot! Citizens United
What do the Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United and Shelby County mean for our progress toward a robust, inclusive democracy? This session will discuss the current state of our democratic institutions and propose the best ways to: address money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and grow civic engagement in the non-profit sector.
Presented by Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action
Margaret Fung, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Denise Merrill, Secretary of State of Connecticut
Miles Rapoport, Demos A Network for Ideas and Action
Maya L. Harris, The Ford Foundation

Dealing with Urgent Issues
Local, national, and global perspectives on "hot topics" that we need to contend with and take the lead on as a sector.
Brad Gair, Mayor's Housing Recovery Office
Miklos Marschall, Transparency International
Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation
Bob Eckardt, The Cleveland Foundation

10:35 a.m. – 10:55 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"Build Your Financial Muscle with StrongNonprofits.org"
Presenter: John Summers, Fiscal Management Associates
Can your nonprofit predict cash flow shortages? Do you know the true cost of programs? Does your board have guidelines on its fiduciary responsibility? Sound financial management is key to your nonprofit’s ability to deliver high-quality services. Take a guided tour of a powerful new website full of free financial management resources and information: www.StrongNonprofits.org, from The Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates.
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Scaling Leadership: From 150 to 20,000, What Scaling Is Really About*
Transformational leadership, scalability, and sustainability are themes to be addressed by the founder of KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology) and KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences) in India. Originally founded in 1993 as a small residential school for tribal children, KISS has grown into a large free institution of nearly 20,000 students, providing food, accommodation, healthcare, and education from kindergarten through post-graduation.
Achyuta Samanta, KITT and KISS
Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation

Grassroots Media Game Plan
Citizen journalism and ethnic media have a growing role in distributing information and creating movements. Learn the ins and outs of working with these individuals and media outlets to spread your message, benefit your organization, and engage the community you serve.
Madeline Bair, Human Rights Channel
Maite Junco, Voices of NY, CUNY J-School
David Sassoon, InsideClimate News
Eric Newton, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Leadership Lessons: Integrity and Power Dynamics
What values and skills are key to successful collaborations between funders and nonprofits? This interactive workshop will focus on research done by the Center for Creative Leadership on the importance of character strengths for leaders, specifically integrity, bravery, perspective and social intelligence.  Participants will also learn influencing skills which are critical when power dynamics are at play.
Presented by Center for Creative Leadership
Karen Dyer, Center for Creative Leadership
Sue Simmons, Center for Creative Leadership

New York City’s Innovations Alley
What’s hot? The session features cutting edge innovations and new initiatives from NYC in technology, design, the arts and finance. Get new ideas and prepare your organization for trends that can or will impact the sector.
Asi Burak, Games for Change
Susan Chin, Design Trust for Public
Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital
Marcel Van Ooyen, Grow NYC
Sara Zatz, Ping Chong & Company
Paul Schmitz, Public Allies, Inc.

The Next Generation of Change
As younger talent enters the nonprofit workforce - Gen Xers and especially Millennials - there will be an undeniable challenge and opportunity to redefine the next generation of leadership for change. The session features examples from people across the generations who are on the leading edge of the next generation of change.
Presented by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Project
Decker Ngongang, Echoing Green
Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Project
Trish Tchume, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Overhauling Overhead: The Message**
Gone are the days when nonprofits were guided by the assumption that the lowest possible overhead meant maximizing outcomes. Some of the savviest and most impactful nonprofits today are operating with larger overhead costs, because they’re offering services that help organizations and their funders deliver bigger, broader, and better results. We’ll look at these new models and discuss ways nonprofits can present a compelling message that supports adopting successful operational standards, many of which can be found in the private sector.
Jan Masaoka, California Association of Nonprofits
Art Taylor, BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Eric Walker, InsideNGO
Matthew Bishop, The Economist

Who Really Gets the Money?
Funneling capital to what works and pushing pause on what doesn’t can be complicated. Don’t miss this candid discussion about what it takes to scale social impact and how we confront the delicate issue of what is the best use of finite financial resources.
Presented by The Bridgespan Group
Linda L. Gibbs, The City of New York - Office of the Mayor
Tiffany Cooper Gueye, Building Educated Leaders for Life
Margaret Hall, Greenlight Fund
Chuck Harris, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Michele Jolin, Social Innovation and Civic Participation, The White House
Paul Carttar, The Bridgespan Group

*Must be a CEO of an IS member to attend
**C-Suite Track Session

Learn more about: CEO Track Sessions | C-Suite Track Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch at Innovations Pavilion

12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"Promoting Civic Engagement and Community Service Efforts to Strengthen Your Organization and Your Brand"
Presenter: Charlie Mulligan, GiveGab
Chances are, your organization has many employees and their families out in their communities performing volunteer and community service work, either as part of a an company-sponsored efforts or on their own. How can you capture and harness the power of that story? It's likely that most organizations are under-reporting all the good their employees are doing, and in-turn, the value of their service. Don't short-change yourself on the impact of this important message!
1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"How 501c3 Agencies Can Save Thousands of Dollars on Unemployment Costs"
Presenter: Cynthia Koral, 501c Agencies Trust
Learn why most nonprofit employers over pay on their State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) Taxes and understand the legal option nonprofits have to leave the state unemployment system and just reimburse the state for claims. Discover how your non profit can save thousands of dollars annually.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Plenary
Our Common Purpose
Our country is at its best when Americans have a shared understanding of the challenges we face and the goals we seek to achieve – and when we are willing to work together, across sectors and silos, to accomplish great things. At this time of hyper-partisanship and deep social and economic division, what will it take to restore our democracy, shape a more just economy, and chart a responsible global course for the United States? Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, and Stephen B. Heintz, president of Rockefeller Brothers Fund and chair of the IS board, will share their own hopes and practical ideas, and invite the audience to explore how we, the independent sector, might help to create a more vibrant tomorrow for the millions of people we serve. Highly-acclaimed actor, writer, and singer Daniel Beaty will present a spoken-word performance on the topic. Award-winning journalist and NPR host, Maria Hinojosa, will moderate a discussion with the speakers, conduct a rapid fire panel and elicit comments from the audience.
Ralph Everett, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Diana Aviv, Independent Sector
Stephen B. Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Maria Hinojosa, PBS; NPR; Futuro Media Company
Performances by
Daniel Beaty, award-winning actor, singer, writer, and motivational speaker
3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
A Special Performance by G!RLS BE HEARD
Real Girls, Real Stories. GirlBeHeard.org
G!RL Be Heard creates cutting edge, politically-relevant theatre
that shines a light on injustice. Having performed at The White
House, State Department, and the United Nations, G!RL Be
Heard proves that if a girl can change her own life, she can
change the lives of girls everywhere.
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Connections
Join fellow Conference participants for a Connections conversation! Participant-lead roundtable discussions will cover a variety of important sector issues, from sustainability and cross-sector collaboration to the impact of technology on the sector. Learn from your peers’ experience and work on these topics, and lend your voice to the conversation. Join us for one of many exciting Roundtable Connections Sessions (learn more about the 20+ topics HERE on the Hub), as well as the following Concurrent Connections Sessions:

Connections 2012 NGen Fellows Project: Hacking the NGen Experience
45% of skilled professionals in the nonprofit sector are planning to leave the field, even as baby-boom era executives start planning retirement. The need for a robust pipeline of future executives is clear, but the nonprofit sector has yet to substantially invest in leadership development. The 2012 NGen Fellows cohort examined this trend in their fellowship project and will present their research and findings in this Connections discussion. Their idea, to “hack” the NGen Fellowship, considers how to scale intensive leadership development programs for the benefit of the entire NGen community. Come join the discussion and share your thoughts about leadership development for the next generation of nonprofit executives!

Connections C-Suite: Making Connections
This Connections Session will offer the opportunity for C Suite members to meet, get to know each other better, and share common experiences in a more social and informal setting. The goal of the session is to solidify relationships made throughout the conference, including the C suite sessions, and create a strong starting point for a lasting network of C Suite peers and partners.
Presented by
Richard Parnell, United Nations Foundation

Connections Delicious Events: Eat Well While Not Eating up the Earth
Cheap, abundant food comes with a price tag: water pollution from pesticides and fertilizers, loss of biodiversity, and the loss of rural communities and family farms. Cater your meetings with locally grown, organic or sustainable food - you can teach about sustainable agriculture and the food system, eat well, and support local farms and the local economy. Join us to learn why conscious food choices are important. We'll also share practical advice so you'll know how to infuse your next meeting, conference, or event with delicious, local, and seasonal foods. Virginia Clarke is the executive director of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), an international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. Marcel Van Ooyen is the executive director of GrowNYC where he has been instrumental in advancing local food purchasing by NYC institutions, agencies, and businesses through his leadership and vision which includes the creation of GrowNYC's all local food distribution hub, Greenmarket Co.: www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco.
Presented by
Virginia B. Clarke, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)
Marcel Van Ooyen, Grow NYC

Connections What Nonprofits and Foundations Want from the Internet: Lessons from a Three-Year Treck
Since 2010, Public Interest Registry has set out on a multi-year journey to gather feedback from the global nonprofit community about what they need and the challenges they face in building an online community. In this session, attendees will gain insight about what non-government organizations are doing all over the world to improve their digital cause marketing, and how changes coming to the Internet can impact how we build stronger and more diverse online communities for social good..
Presented by
Nancy B. Gofus, .ORG The Public Interest Registry

New to the IS National Conference, Innovations puts you face-to-face with leading, socially-focused innovators, giving you exclusive insight into services that will improve your organization’s operations, access to deals on choice, cutting-edge products, and more!


The Rockefeller Foundation & Arabella Advisors (4:00-4:50 p.m.)
Evaluating Program Related Investments (PRIs): Lessons From the Field

How can foundations evaluate their PRIs to ensure the best possible social –and financial– returns? This session will explore emerging best practices, issues, and challenges, based on recent work by Arabella Advisors and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Presented by
Whitney Mayer, Arabella Advisors
Cynthia Muller, Arabella Advisors
Brinda Ganguly, The Rockefeller Foundation
Nancy MacPherson, The Rockefeller Foundation
For more information about The Rockefeller Foundation, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.
For more information about Arabella Advisors, please visit www.arabellaadvisors.com.

DAF Direct (5:00-5:30 p.m.)
Fundraising from Donor-Advised Fund Donors

The increasing popularity of online giving and donor-advised funds (DAFs) are two trends that are currently changing the charitable giving landscape. Learn how the DAF Direct widget connects these trends to help nonprofits accommodate –and more effectively reach– the growing number of DAF donors.
Presented by
Andus Baker, Fidelity Charitable.
The DAF Direct widget is a free, easy-to-install web application that helps nonprofits better appeal to the growing number of donors who give through donor-advised funds. DAF Direct is the result of a collaboration between nonprofit organizations and donor-advised fund sponsors, led by Fidelity Charitable.
For more information about DAF Direct, please visit www.dafdirect.org.

PayPal, Inc. (4:00-4:50 p.m.)
The State of Digital Donations: Online Mobile, Omnichannel
Mobile devices are fueling donation growth from phones and tablets. Why are some large nonprofits are seeing 50% of their donations from mobile? What consumer trends are creating this shift? And what’s next as online and offline converge? Join global payments leader PayPal for a presentation of new data from the nonprofit and retail sectors, and a discussion of what it means for your organization’s funding strategy.
Presented By
Clam Lorenz, Nonprofit Engagement, PayPal, Inc.
PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online, via a mobile device and in store. With 128 million active accounts in 193 markets and 25 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global commerce, processing more than 7.6 million payments every day. Because PayPal helps people transact anytime, anywhere and in any way, the company is a driving force behind the growth of mobile commerce and expects to process $20 billion in mobile payments in 2013. PayPal is an eBay company and contributed 40 percent of eBay Inc.'s revenues in 2012.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception at Innovations Pavilion
Sponsored by: The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner
Connie Rice a transformative leader and co-founder of the Advancement
Project, will receive the John W. Gardner Leadership Award. Ms. Rice is
being recognized for her outstanding and innovative leadership in changing
the national field of violence prevention and fighting for civil rights as cofounder
of Advancement Project. Ms. Rice’s determination to collaborate with “not the usual” partners has uncovered new solutions to some of America’s toughest gang problems. Sarah Johnson is the director of the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Johnson accepts the American Express NGen Leadership Award for developing and overseeing forward-looking programs that serve as inspirational models for organizations across the arts. The night includes entertainment as only New York can deliver. Tony Award-winning singer Brian Stokes Mitchell will open the program with Broadway favorites, and the evening will conclude with a rousing set of gospel, blues, and rock music featuring Sweet Honey and the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon performing with her daughter Toshi Reagon and the BIGLovely Band. Learn more about the event.
Darren Walker, Ford Foundation
Rev. Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA
Richard Brown, American Express
Irene Hirano Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council
Steve McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Sarah Johnson, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute
Connie Rice, The Advancement Project
Performances by
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony Award Winning, Broadway Actor
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely with special guest Bernice Johnson Reagon
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions 4

Big Data
Accumulating data is mechanical – understanding and utilizing data takes vision and creativity. Speakers share first-hand examples of how data can be used to reveal essential truths, spot trends and craft solutions.
Kristin Cambell, National Conference on Citizenship
Jacob Harold, GuideStar USA, Inc.
Michael Smith, The White House
Bradford K. Smith, The Foundation Center

Fresh Takes: Attracting and Inspiring High-Level Boards*
Innovative organizations share strategies to attract, retain and motivate high-level boards. Speakers represent board and CEO perspectives.
Irene Hirano-Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council
Neil J. Nicoll, YMCA of the USA
Claire Wellington, Independent Sector
Luz Vega-Marquis, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Mission Control: The Critical Role of the C-Suite**
Staying calm at the center of the storm is page one in the senior executive’s handbook. We’ll explore strategies for adapting to ever-changing environments brought on by internal and external events, maintaining organizational agility and culture, managing communications while keeping teams calm, and driving decision making that promotes lasting change.
David La Piana, La Piana Consulting
Rick Parnell, United Nations Foundation
Kate Bullinger, Weber Shandwick

NYC Experiments in Civic Inclusion
Explore how authentic civic engagement worked and the role of institutions in successful civic inclusion projects in New York. Participants will discover models that they can learn from and tools they can implement at their own organizations.
Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women
Jill Eisenhard, Red Hook Initiative
Sarah Johnson, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute
Scott Millstein, Coro New York Leadership Center
Sondra Youdelman, Community Voices Heard
Will Friedman, Public Agenda

Unleashing Untapped Potential from Overlooked Assets
How can communities whose populations are rapidly aging and diversifying create new bonds among different age, racial, ethnic and income groups? This session will feature leaders from Charlotte and Phoenix, who will share some of the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid demographic change, and the strategies they are using to leverage this change as an asset for their communities. We will explore how they are tapping the potential of citizen volunteers of all ages, encore careers, and uncommon partnerships between community foundations, business, universities and CBOs.
Presented by The Generations Initiative
Janeen Bryant, Levine Museum of the New South
Astrid Chirinos, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte
Brian Collier, Foundations for the Carolinas
Lattie Coor, Center for the Future of Arizona
Petra Falcon, Promise Arizona
Otoniel Navarrete, Promise Arizona
Hilary Pennington, The Generations Initiative

Upending the Leadership Status Quo*
Fresh, bold, and practical ideas on how alternative leadership approaches can create diverse, resilient, responsive and flexible organizations in a fast changing world.
Berta Colón, Public Interest Projects, Inc.
Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Leadership 18
Michele Lord, Public Interest Projects, Inc.
Rahsaan Harris, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

*Must be a CEO of an IS member to attend
**C-Suite Track Session

Learn more about: CEO Track Sessions | C-Suite Track Sessions

9:35 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"Ten Ways to Enhance Your Non-profit Workforce"
Presenter: Michael F. Murphy, Cornerstone OnDemand
As nonprofits face increasing demands and expectations, doing more with less becomes more important. How can nonprofits ensure mission success and create greater community impact? By focusing on their people, aligning staff and volunteers through Integrated Talent Management.
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Beyond Checkbook Philanthropy
New ventures in shared value put corporations in the business of doing good.  Investing in projects that turn a profit and benefit society could redefine ROI and impact. Corporate leaders and experts in the field look at the trend and what it means for nonprofit organizations.
Sima Gandhi, American Express Company
Julie M. Gehrki, Walmart Foundation
Laura Goodman, Share Our Strength
Kyle Peterson, FSG, Inc.
Margaret Coady, CECP

The Big Shift – Why Demographics Matter
Race, gender, generational issues – all have implications for civil society. We’ll examine data related to demographic shifts, explore ways to make the entire society more prosperous and engaged, and discuss how organizations should address increasing diversity internally and in their work.
Presented by Demos: A Network for Ideas and Actions
Mee Moua, Asian American Justice Center
Alexis McGill Johnson, American Values Institute
Hilary Pennington, The Generations Initiative
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink

Brand Masters
Branding is much more than a catchy logo or tagline. A great brand can elevate your organization and move your donors, volunteers and partners beyond awareness to a deeper level of engagement. In this session, advertising and PR experts will share how their corporate clients build and leverage their brand and how you can apply these best practices to your nonprofit organization to maximize your reach and impact.
Presented by The Ad Council
Robert Baiocco, Executive Creative Director; Consultant
Beata Gutman, Edelman
Wendy MacGregor, AOL; Former CMO, Feeding America
Peggy Conlon, Ad Council

The Power of Networks
This how-to session provides concrete takeaways for those who want to build a network to mobilize, disseminate information, and create social impact.
Clarissa Garcia, American Heart Association
Elizabeth Maw, Net Impact
Alexander Rossides, Growth Philanthropy Network
Henry Timms, 92Y
Katherine Fulton, Monitor Deloitte

Presentation Skills: Arrows in Every Leader's Quiver
Dynamic, engaging speakers realize that every public speaking opportunity is a chance to rally potential donors, volunteers, allies, advocates, and supporters to their cause. They view communication skills as arrows in their quiver. Learn how the brain processes language, how to “read” audience messages, and how to use the stage effectively as well as five tips every speaker should know to hit the bull’s eye!
Rosemary King, Executive Speech Writer, Rosemary King, LLC

Conversation with the 2013 Gardner Leadership Award Winner*
As the 2013 John W. Gardner Leadership Award winner, Connie Rice exemplifies the essence of a transformative leader dedicated to building coalitions to affect real change and improve people’s lives. Connie will discuss the social challenges facing America today and how the nonprofit and philanthropic sector can better equip itself to support the communities it serves. A life-long activist and litigator, Connie is the co-founder of Advancement Project, a public policy organization that works to engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity, and open paths to upward mobility.
Connie Rice, Advancement Project
Dorothy Stoneman, YouthBuild USA

*Must be a CEO of an IS member to attend

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11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Visit the Innovations Pavilion
"Five Trends Every Nonprofit Needs to Know"
Jeremy Heffner, Azavea
Sarah Cordivano, Azavea
As nonprofits face increasing demands and expectations, doing more with less becomes more important. How can nonprofits ensure mission success and create greater community impact? By focusing on their people, aligning staff and volunteers through Integrated Talent Management.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Closing Luncheon Plenary
A Commitment to Leadership
Dr. Reverend Calvin O. Butts, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City will open the session with remarks and a call to action regarding the role of sector leadership in strengthening our communities. Following lunch, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will moderate a candid discussion with two highly-successful leaders, and former college roommates: Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express, and Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, who will discuss their leadership styles and philosophy, as well as how they work to create positive change guiding major business and nonprofit organizations. Violinist Adrian Anantawan, the 2013 IS Conference artist in residence, will bring the conference to a close when he shares his experience and observations through words and music.
Emcee and Moderator
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, The Abyssinian Baptist Church
Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone
Kenneth I. Chenault, American Express
Timothy J. McClimon, American Express Foundation
Performances by
Adrian Anantawan, Violinist; Conservatory Lab Charter School
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