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        Tuesday, December 3, 2019
        7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
        Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
        8:15 AM  -  9:00 AM

        Fred Brown, president & CEO, The Forbes Funds

        Summit Chairs: Lisa Schroeder, president & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation and Scott Lammie, Senior Vice President, Business Development UPMC Health Plan, Chair of the Board of Directors, The Forbes Funds

        Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

        Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in DC, Carnegie Mellon University and Former US Representative to the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations

        Majestic Lane, chief equity officer & deputy chief of staff to the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh

        9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
        Keynote: Stan Litow

        Stan’s keynote will discuss the role that corporations play in addressing societal problems, historically and currently. He will chart a path for a future where corporate engagement and corporate responsibility more effectively addresses societal problems such as education, the social safety net, economic development via tri-sector collaboration and deep, effective partnerships.

        10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
        10:15 AM  -  11:15 AM
        Change Strategy (Multiple Breakouts)
        Discussion of the process of change. What will enable an organization to flourish? What changes are needed and why change might be necessary in our communities, sectors and organizations? This rich discussion will focus on how organizations go about planning for change; including the dynamics of dealing with change; the pitfalls one might encounter; and how can change be successful.
        Breakout - Leading the Way Through Innovation & Change

        This session will focus on:

        Leading a nonprofit organization to success requires that you constantly innovate and work through change. Hear what one of the largest and oldest nonprofit organizations is doing to ensure that it can continue to meet community needs by:

        • Making it personal.
        • Knowing and working your magic.
        • Partnering with diverse groups.
        • Supporting deep commitment to innovation.


        Bobbi Watt Geer, president and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

        Breakout - Pedagogies of Hope: Leading Change in Troubled Times

        This session will focus on:

        • Creating change in troubled times requires courageous conversations, an ethic of care and pedagogies of hope.
        • Change must be grounded in historical and social contexts and theoretically situated.
        • Sustaining one another requires trust and commitment to the human condition.


        Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief academic officer, Penn State Greater Allegheny (McKeesport, PA)
        Breakout - Designing for Collective Impact
        • In order to solve complex problems, social sector organizations must stop working in isolation from each other.
        • Collective impact brings together multiple organizations around a shared purpose to solve challenges in a structured way.
        • Session attendees will learn about the five elements of collective impact and how this approach can increase the impact of their organizations.


        Scott Wolovich, executive director and founder, New Sun Rising
        Breakout - Using the Principles for Building a Cohesive Team to Improve Collaborations & Partnership
        • Effective team building requires clarity about shared goals and outcomes; mutual trust; the ability to listen to conflicting ideas in a respectful process of discovery and dialog; buy-in/consensus on agreed upon decisions and actions; ability to hold team members accountable to performance standards; and a recognition of the motivations, strengths and styles of other team members.
        • In this workshop we will discuss how these same principles may be applied to building effective nonprofit collaborations and partnerships.
        • Participants will also gain insight into building the cohesion of their internal teams


        Leslie Bonner, consultant, Bonner Consulting
        Breakout - Navigating Change by Leveraging the Power of Adaptive Culture

        This session will:

        • Define an adaptive culture and offer a framework for understanding and overcoming the barriers to culture change.
        • Use the Dēmos Racial Equity Transformation method to illustrate a change process.
        • Provide opportunities for peer learning through table discussions and tools for participants to use with their organizations.


        Shaquile Coonce and Makiyah Moody, consultants, LaPiana Consulting
        Breakout - Leadership & Planning for Future: How to Keep the Momentum Going When Leadership Changes

        This session will focus on:

        • Understanding the challenges of leadership change.
        • Navigating a successful leadership transition.
        • Affirming and clarifying the roles of board and executive management in maintaining strong leadership and mission goals.


        Stephanie L. Bucklew, owner of SLB Consulting and Darnell Moses, administrator of contracts & compliance, Allegheny County Department of Human Service
        Breakout - Modeling Equity in Action

        Attendees will:

        • Come away with a deeper understanding of what equity means and how to translate ideas into action.
        • Gain insight into how nonprofits can make change by partnering with equity practitioners who are informed by research and evidence.
        • Leave with a concrete examples of how different initiatives have built equity into their work in sustainable and transformative ways.


        Hannah du Plessis, principal at Fit Associates, Liz Foster-Shaner, executive director of TOPittsburgh, anupama jain, founder and principal consultant, Inclusant, and Leigh Solomon Pugliano, director of opportunity, New Sun Rising
        Breakout - Board Diversity

        Given the planned design of this fast paced session, attendees at this session should come prepared to share their own ideas and solutions not just opinions regarding the meaning of diversity on boards. This session will engage all present, will be interactive, will result in attendees walking away with some practical tips to address diversity on the boards that they are affiliated with and care about. The session will be co-facilitated by presenters who have a diverse set of experiences in serving on and building boards for foundations, public sector organizations, and private nonprofits.


        Krissy DeShetler, senior manager, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc., Pam Golden, executive director, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, Jesse McLean, executive director, Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio, Pressley Ridge and Aradhna Oliphant, president and CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.
        Breakout - Empowering Communities to Protect their Health

        This panel will look at how organizations across Pittsburgh are giving residents the information and tools they need to take charge of their own health, reducing individual exposures to toxics and collaborating to stop or prevent industrial activities that endanger health throughout the region.


        Stanley Holbrook, consultant, Larimer Consensus Group, Matt Mehalik, Ph.D., executive director, The Breathe Project, Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, executive director, Women for a Healthy Environment, and Polly Hoppin, research professor, College of Health Sciences and program director, Environmental Health Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
        Breakout - Spoke and Hub: Convening, Coordinating, Capacity

        The Forbes Funds is innovating how we build the capacity of our region’s nonprofits. This session will cover ways in which The Forbes Funds has worked with our partners to enhance the nonprofit sectors’ use of data, technology, skilled volunteers, and peer-to-peer models of training and support. Learn about what opportunities are available for you to take part in The Forbes Funds’ new capacity-building programming.



        Olivia Benson, chief operating officer, The Forbes Funds, Hannah Karolak, Ph.D., director of the Executive in Residence program, The Forbes Funds, Temeca Simpson, director of Management Assistance, The Forbes Funds, Roy Wotring, data support analyst and program associate, The Forbes Funds, Gillian Graber, executive director, Protect Penn-Trafford, Alice Washington, executive director, The Stepping Stone Pathways, Christine Kirby, development officer, Neighborhood Legal Services and Tyler Manley, senior manager of nonprofit engagement, Catchafire
        Breakout - Sustainable and Equitable Community Development

        Pittsburgh is changing. As the world becomes more interconnected than ever, slow adopters to collaborative problem-solving run the risk of being left behind. By 2050, seventy percent of the world’s population will live in an urban corridor, and for the first time in decades Pittsburgh is trending toward positive population growth.

        The developer’s roundtable will highlight why it is so important for business, civic, community development, and philanthropic leaders to support developers focused on equity as central value and strategy to heal communities and create a master plan for the future of Pittsburgh. The session will include thoughtful cross-sector dialogue between developers, architects, civic and business leaders, and community members about buying into a shared vision and aligning priorities. Further, this forum will go beyond conversation—it will serve as an actionable framework to equitable development across the city.

        Infrastructure, affordable housing, gentrification, and climate change present exponential challenges for Pittsburgh and cities around the world. This roundtable will offer a pathway toward a coordinated, system-level response to our changing global context and the urgent needs of our local communities.


        Charles Durham, Durham Construction, Jerome Jackson, executive director, Operation Better Block, Kendall Pelling, project manager, East Liberty Development, Inc. and Derrick Tillman, president & CEO, Bridging the Gap Development

        Breakout - Lessons from the Front Lines:

        What Have Faith-Based Entities Contributed to the Nonprofit Sphere and How Might We Improve Viability, Impact and Effectiveness of Our Future Service


        Since the genesis of social action, many have grounded their nonprofit work in testimonies of faith. Please join faith-based nonprofit practitioners as we share opportunities, challenges, victories and failures. Come ready for honest, practical and generative interaction that can reanimate your organizational momentum..


        Jerrel Gilliam, executive director, Light of Life Rescue Mission, Rebecca Guillory Gilmer, executive director, Bethany Community Ministries, Rodney Lyde, pastor, Baptist TempleWasi Mohamed, incoming chair, Governor’s Commission, Victor Muhammmad, student minister, Muhammmad Mosque 22, Keith Murphy, executive director, Bethany House, Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, executive director, The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh and John Wallace, professor, University of Pittsburgh

        Breakout - Leading with Love

        Join Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, for a discussion on how to lead with love. Drawing on her personal and professional experience as a nonprofit and public leader, Gisele will share how embracing your own vulnerability and pain can open doors to serving our communities with the view that every person served is someone who wants and deserves to be loved. Recognizing the humanity and dignity of others can enhance our work in service to those around us.


        Gisele Barreto Fetterman, second lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

        Breakout - Warm Data Labs

        Warm Data Labs are group processes, which illustrate interdependency and generate understandings of systemic patterns for people with no previous exposure to systems theory. In this session with Nora Bateson, you will learn how Warm Data Labs provide another level of understanding and enable new societal responses to complex challenges. Transcontextual interaction is the recognition that complex systems do not exist in single contexts, but rather are formed between multiple contexts that overlap in living communication and among living systems.


        Norma Bateson, president of International Bateson Institute, Monica Ruiz, executive director, Casa San Jose, Bill Freed, workforce development coordinator southside office, Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. and Raymond Logan, consultant, Logan Consulting Associates

        11:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
        11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
        Funders' Roundtable
        Guided by this year’s conference theme, Building a Region that Works for Everyone, Pittsburgh Foundation President & CEO Lisa Schroeder will lead a discussion with regional foundation leaders about funding priorities and goals. Panelists will describe the investment areas on their foundation’s agenda and outline their strategies for ensuring that grants and other resources lead to realizing goals set for each area. Funders may also discuss how their priorities align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what issues they believe will affect their funding agendas in the year ahead.
        12:45 PM  -  1:30 PM
        1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
        Guest Speaker Dr. Barry Kerzin

        We are all interconnected in ways often unappreciated and even unrecognized. We all share this fragile planet as our home. We all have emotions that are quite similar regardless of culture, ethnicity, neighborhood, language, or religion. All of us get angry, jealous, put ourselves down, and put others down. Every one of us wants to be happy. None of us want to suffer. Often we get lost in differences. We forget commonality. We forget that on a deeper level of wanting to be free from suffering and desiring happiness, we are all the same. We even share these deeper aspirations with animals. This commonality binds us together. We are social animals and thus need each other for our very survival. These bonds bring us closer together. These bonds breed compassion. These bonds breed love. These bonds breed understanding. These bonds make us in actuality one human family. These bonds make us actually brothers and sisters. In this spirit, we come together here for this Greater Pittsburgh Non Profit Summit in the waning days of 2019. It is in this spirit that we work towards building a region that actually works for everyone.


        Dr. Barry Kerzin, founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute and personal physician of the Dalai Lama

        1:45 PM  -  2:15 PM
        Foundation Roundtable breakout sessions
        Foundation and Nonprofit Collaboration: It's More than Money
        Explore how nonprofits and foundations might work together to see past traditional grant-making roles to achieve greater outcomes for the people in the community we serve. Learn how a hospital conversion foundation has been transforming the way that nonprofits work together in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and lower Mon Valley through the creation of the Jefferson Regional Collaborative.
        The Commitment of Collaboration: Asset or Anxiety

        The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments have long shared a deep commitment to diversity and the arts and have developed numerous shared funding streams, including one dedicated specifically to supporting Black artists, to support the region’s art ecosystem. Join Program Officers from the Foundations as they discuss their process of navigating deep collaborations between foundations, with colleagues and among artists/arts organizations. This transparent conversation will explore the ways in which collaboration has been critical to the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative for more than four decades and the ways in which the team currently centers active listening and genuine relationship building to better serve the field of Black artists and organizations.


        Shaunda McDill, program officer, Arts and Culture, the Heinz Endowments and Celeste Smith, program officer, Arts and Culture, the Pittsburgh Foundation

        Building an Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Pittsburgh Region

        Forward Cities is a national nonprofit equipping communities and regions to grow and sustain more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems. In this breakout session we will discuss the Forward Cities national learning network, and how leaders in Pittsburgh are working to build the ecosystem in the region.


        Wasiullah Mohamed, Pittsburgh director of community entrepreneurship, Forward Cities

        Hello, Neighbor: What Foundations, Government and Non-Profits Learn from Listening to Neighborhoods

        The Heinz Endowments and the POISE Foundation sit at the intersection of building systemic change in resilient communities through grassroots approaches that build both family and community capacity. This holistic cross-sectoral approach builds sustainable partnerships through relationships, agile decision making and continuous improvement. This session will provide insight into the strategy and examples of authentic engagement between philanthropy and community.


        Michelle Figlar, vice president, Learning, Heinz Endowments and Mark Lewis, president & CEO, POISE Foundation
        2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
        2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
        Collaboration & Capacity Building (Multiple Breakouts with local examples)

        This session features presentations from organizations that have successfully developed strategic collaboration to build capacity.

        Discuss the nature of the collaboration, how it is developed, how collaboration builds capacity, and the opportunities and challenges with collaboration. Hear what others have learned and what would they do different next time. These sessions will help launch you on your way to meeting your goals, and provide a platform for sharing you recommendations with others. Two presentations will be held in each breakout room. Following the presentations, the presenters will circulate among the attendees’ tables and help them to think through their ideas about collaborate to build capacity in their organization.

        Breakout - Fusing Geospatial (GIS) Education and Youth-Led Participatory Action Research
        A case study of urban youth engagement in CBPR Approaches to address lead exposure and tobacco use in Pittsburgh Communities.

        This session will focus on:

        • Exploring the effectiveness of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects focused on lead poisoning prevention and tobacco prevention implemented by youth involved in Youth Enrichment Services.
        • Highlighting the peer-teaching model employed in mentoring youth participants to use open-source digital mapping tools to analyze findings related to the communication patterns and built environment conditions present in the neighborhood as they relate to toxic lead exposure.
        • Demonstrating the value of integrating technical skills education with youth-driven CBPR and illustrate how this combination adds the critical dimension of youth experience into the research process that enables community ownership of study data.


        Lori McLaughlin Crawford, resource director & grants manager, Youth Enrichment Services, Denise Jones, program director, Youth Enrichment Services and Dennis Jones, executive director, Youth Enrichment Services
        Breakout - The Formation of the Black Girls Equity Alliance
        • This workshop explores the successes and challenges of the Black Girls Equity Alliance (BGEA) in mobilizing policy makers, system actors, and community members in dismantling oppressive social structures and institutions.
        • Based on feminist theoretical perspectives that highlight and challenge how system-involved girls are frequently blamed by the systems that attempt to “fix” them, the BGEA was founded on the premise that it is our systems that need to be fixed.
        • During this workshop session, the presenters will describe the specific process of operationalizing this theoretical shift and invite discussion on how to continue to “demand the impossible” in reorganizing our youth-serving systems.


        Britney G Brinkman, Ph.D, owner of BGB Consulting, Amanda Cross, research and evaluation manager, University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and Kathi R. Elliott, CEO of Gwen’s Girls, Inc.
        Breakout - Beltzhoover and Knoxville Collaboration

        This session will focus on:

        • The neighborhoods of Beltzhoover and Knoxville and the organizations that serve them are challenged with many of the same issues that other predominantly Black neighborhoods in and around the city face, but these neighborhoods and their organizations work with all-volunteer staff.
        • Lessons learned from other neighborhoods show that this is not easy, even in neighborhoods with multiple funded organizations as community partners in the process.
        • A panel of volunteers from both neighborhoods will share issues related to the challenge ahead.


        Jamil Bey, Ph.D., president and CEO of UrbanKind Institute
        Breakout - The IDEA Model (Energy for More Resilient Cities) of Community Development

        This session will focus on:

        • Enhancing understanding of the needs of the community.
        • Developing initiative and activities that bring citizen groups together to discuss concerns and interests.
        • Strengthening community bonds and welcoming diversity of people and ideas by developing a community sense of purpose.


        Sherry Miller Brown, Ph.D., president, Carrick Community Council, Laura Doyle, secretary of Carrick Community Council, and Donna McManus, vice-president and capacity chairperson, Carrick Community Council
        Breakout - Creative Collaborations

        This session will focus on:

        • An example of a capacity building collaboration among organizations that don’t, at first glance, have a lot in common or similar missions.
        • Viewing our respective missions within the context of the broader community, we are better able to see the potential secondary benefits in our program design.
        • Providing an example to spark discussion about the benefits, opportunities and challenges in creative collaborations, and enabling participants to leave the presentation with several ideas of areas in which respective organizations can explore creative collaborations to broaden community impact beyond traditional service implementation.


        Lauren Buches, executive director, Latrobe Art Center, Daniel Giovanelli, executive director, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity and Ashley Kertes, executive director, Greensburg Community Development Corporation (Think Greensburg)
        Breakout - Digital Collaboration Toward Fair Housing
        • This session features a collaboration by the Pittsburgh Commission on Human relations and Carnegie Mellow University’s CREATE Lab to create a digital tool that informs fair housing policy.
        • The tool integrates several data sources into a regional map that displays trends.  These trends can both help to corroborate the stories told by community residents, and identify new themes in Pittsburgh’s housing story.
        • The presentation will focus on the history of the collaboration, the technologies involved, the implementation of the tool and its potential for future use.


        Megan Stanley, executive director, Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, Ty Williams, community research journalist, CREATE Lab and Anne Wright, lead, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
        Breakout - This is Our Perry: A Community Collaboration to Support the Northside's Only High School

        This session will focus on:

        • How students, teachers, and community members came together to support Perry High School.
        • Delve into the framework they co-developed to solve problems identified by the team.
        • Discuss how community driven initiatives like One Northside can impact educational outcomes.


        Amber Farr, director, One Northside, James Fogarty, executive director, A+ Schools and Amie Matson, director of family and youth engagement, A+ Schools
        Breakout - Creating Community Connections that Make Theatre Experiences Educate, Inspire & Entertain

        This session will focus:

        • In 2019, "Pittsburgh Current" found 75% of students in the Pittsburgh Public School system are reading below the Proficient level.  We also hear this from teachers in other districts along, with their desire for arts enrichment programs that help increase students' reading skills, interests, and enjoyment with reading and learning.  Teachers are seeking alternatives to the internet to stimulate critical and creative thinking. 
        • Theatre experiences must be more than just seeing plays.  They must create connections by building partnerships that create pathways to life and learning.  Audiences should hear and see things they never heard, saw, or thought of before. 
        • Imagine hearing “All Quiet on the Western Front” come from young German soldiers as we watch them experience war live in the theater.  Then, see and touch real World War I artifacts presented by an educator through a partnership with Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Museum.  This session will share the outcomes of partners, and how to locate, secure, and work with partnerships that benefit everyone, especially the community. 


        Eric Bieniek, assistant professor of Special Education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Wayne Brinda, producing artistic director, Prime Stage Theatre Co
        Breakout - Collaborations Through Neighborhood Initiatives

        This session will focus on:

        • Examples of multi-sector collaborations that have advanced vision to action, including community investment strategies and neighborhood-scale projects that help unlock economic and place-making potential.
        • Highlight a new pilot grant program, the Neighborhood Initiative Fund (NIF).
        • End with an interactive session where the presenters will ask audience members to share neighborhood-based projects, (in-concept or underway), and lead a brainstorming session on potential partnerships, fundraising strategies and measuring success.


        Emily Mitchell, manager, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and Susheela Nemani-Stanger, director of economic development department, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)
        Breakout - Collaboration Strengthens Mission and Community Impact

        This session will focus on:

        • Union Mission and Homes Build Hope’s collaboration to increase capacity for the only men’s homeless shelter in Westmoreland County.
        • The expertise each of these organizations gained from one another via this process.
        • An overview of board discussions, executive director engagements, challenges and triumphs that were a part of this collaborative journey.


        Dan Carney, executive director, The Union Mission and Kristin Zaccaria, executive director, Homes Build Hope
        Breakout - Bridging the Business/Nonprofit Divide for the Sustainable Development Goals

        This session will focus on:

        • Strong nonprofit/business partnerships in the region and ways that companies are thinking about corporate social responsibility, employee engagement and community service.
        • An opportunity for nonprofits and companies to come to a mutually beneficial relationship—where groups can work together toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the past, relationships have been transactional.
        • Using corporate volunteers well through a range of engagements, from hands on volunteering, to program delivery to operational support.


        Ange Loiseau, corporate social responsible manager and Yvonne Van Haitsma , associate director, of Robert Morris University's Covestro Center for Community Engagement
        Breakout - Developing Collaboration and Community Engagement through Business Planning

        This presentation by Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services will describe a business planning process that helped transform their organization. This case study will show how their business planning process determined viability of a new innovative social entrepreneurship program resulted in a collaborating with the community to determine feasibility and need, and led to increased collaboration with other organizations.

        Attendees will learn how individuals with visual impairments received training and employment and how another nonprofit partnered with us to provide training and is utilizing space in our building. You’ll also hear how Local businesses are excited about the proposed project and will advertise to their employees at no cost to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services.


        Leslie Montgomery, vice president of external operations, Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services, Erika Petach, president of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services and Marissa Vogel, co-founder and executive director of OpenUp
        Breakout - Making a Greater Hazelwood a Collaborative Network for Greater Hazelwood Residents

        Making a Greater Hazelwood is a neighborhood-driven collective impact initiative that contributes to the positive change for Greater Hazelwood residents via a mini-grant program that supports innovative projects to support family and child well-being and opportunities for holistic education.

        This session will focus on: 

        • How mini-grantee recipients share a community driven vision for change, a common understanding of challenges and an agreed upon collaborative approach to activities.
        • A panel discussion where participants will discuss their experience developing coordinated activities in the Greater Hazelwood community, opportunities for collaboration, shared services, and referrals between organizations.


        Lori Como, chief program officer at Literacy Pittsburgh, Chad Dorn, Ph.D., policy and research advisor, Leading to Movement, Jennifer Elliott, associate professor of School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University, , Christine Gordon, vice president, Education at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania (PPWP), Laura Johns, Ph.D., consultant and Jesse Sharrard, director of Programs and Education, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, Terri Shields, executive director of JADA House International
        Breakout - Collaborating for Effective Early Childhood Advocacy

        This session will focus on:

        • History behind the formation of a coalition for early learning in Pennsylvania representing both traditional and nontraditional stakeholders, including early learning professionals, United Ways, law enforcement members, retired military admirals and generals, and child and parent advocates.
        • Advocacy successes of growing state funding in multiple line items through the launch of three coordinated campaigns: Pre-K for PA, Start Strong PA, and Childhood Begins at Home.
        • Challenges and opportunities presented by collaborating with partners in advocacy work.


        Lissa Geiger Shulman, director of Public Policy, Trying Together and Emily Neff, public policy associate, Trying Together
        Breakout - Simplifying Volunteer Management with 21st Century Technology

        This session by Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) will focus on:

        • How APOST and Circles have collaborated with other nonprofit organizations and with local social technology startup, Civic Champs, to build capacity within organizations.
        • APOST will highlight its Quality Out-Of-School Time campaign and how it has built and supported the APOST network. This includes introducing the 59-member Quality Campaign Members to new strategic partnerships that increased collaboration and efficiency among out-of-school times programs.
        • APOST will also highlight its mini-grants and other financial support programs that are aimed at facilitating adoption of new programs or tools (often a component of strategic partnerships). 
        • Circles will discuss how it has been looking for ways to measure the impact of relationships in terms of poverty reduction and how partnering with Civic Champs as been one way to do that.
        • A live demonstration of some of the technology used by Circles and APOST to provide the audience with context.


        Stephanie Lewis, manager of Partnerships and Quality Improvement APOST, Tammy Thompson, executive director, Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, Geng Wang, co-founder and CEO of Civic Champs
        Breakout - Virtual Senior Academy: Using Technology to Reduce Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors
        • This session will provide an overview of the Virtual Senior Academy, and innovative technology solution developed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness among older adults by providing an online platform to connect virtually.
        • The session will discuss an exciting partnership between the Virtual Senior Academy and Computer Reach, a local non-profit aimed at increasing connection to technology and improving digital literacy among all populations including older adults. The joint “Tech Buddy” initiative aims to provide older adults with support and training to use the Virtual Senior Academy to connect with new people, learn new topics and expand their social networks.
        • In partnership with local universities and volunteer networks, the Virtual Senior Academy and Computer Reach teams are training volunteers to serve as tech buddies to help local seniors in the community.


        Mara Leff, director of Innovation, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and Dave Sevick, executive director, Computer Reach
        Breakout - AIDS Free Pittsburgh: An Allegheny County Initiative

        This session will focus on:

        • Describing the development of AIDS Free Pittsburgh's collective impact framework to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Allegheny County. 
        • Sharing successes and challenges of sustaining a collaborative public health movement with multiple stakeholders and limited resources. 
        • Providing a progress update about collective efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Allegheny County.


        Jessica Burdick, program director, Community Human Services – Project Silk, Charlotte Mitchell, project manager, Center For Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network and Julia Och, AIDS Free Pittsburgh project manager, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
        Breakout - Building Capacity: The Jewish Association on Aging’s AHAVA Memory Care Center

        This session will provide a case study of how:

        • Five years ago the JAA launched a strategic plan that included bringing new, state-of-the-art, memory care programming to Pittsburgh and establish the JAA as memory care experts.
        • The JAA partnered with the Hearthstone Institute of Boston, which receives the most NIH research funding for nonpharmacological treatment of any disease, to build AHAVA Memory Care Center of Excellence.
        • To achieve the goal, the JAA launched an $18 million capital campaign, "AHAVA: For the Love of Seniors," which greatly increased the organization’s capacity for quality of care, family and community relationships, and resulted in an exponential increase in donor and foundation commitments.


        Amy Dukes, senior director of Memory Care Operations, The Jewish Association on Aging and Mike Zewe, capital campaign manager, The Jewish Association on Aging

        Breakout - Youth Collaboration with Community Projects

        This session will focus on:

        • How to successfully incorporate youth in community projects
        • How to integrate multi-generations of residents into a project even after completion
        • The importance of keeping community involved in your work.


        Christian McClendon, program and project coordinator, Operation Better Block Inc.,  Zinna Scott, retired and NaTisha Washington, Operation Better Block
        Breakout - Working Together Takes Work and Time (and it's Worth it!)

        Learn about a collaboration between UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Pediatric, UPMC Adult Sickle Cell Teams, local nonprofits, and several school districts. Three key elements were integral to the success of this collaboration, including the big difference made by small organizations. You will also learn what it takes to rescue a collaboration and continue partnership in service to the community.


        Michael Matthews, executive director,The Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc and Andrea Matthews, executive director, The Brashear Association and the founder of The Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.

        Breakout - BurghMeetsWorld: Together we determine how Pittsburgh meets the world

        This session will highlight the value and importance of building partnerships beyond our usual networks and to collaborate across sectors and will demonstrate the role of an event series to illuminate and understand larger topics and ideas, where one-off engagements fall short.


        Kenny Chen, executive director, Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology, Nathan Darity, executive director, The Global Switchboard and Sara Noel, director of operations, The Global Switchboard
        Breakout - Localization of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

        This session will focus on breaking the myth that the UN's Sustainable Development Goal contribution and review is only under the purview of a government.  This session will feature an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals from an integrated systems solution perspective and how the Sustainable Development Goals concept has been used successfully in a Pittsburgh based local organization.


        Leah Lizarondo, CEO and cofounder of 412 Food Rescue and Savita Mullapudi Narasimhan, international development advisor, International Development - World Bank Group
        Breakout - Public Health in Practice: Addressing Lead Exposure in Allegheny County

        This session will focus on:

        • Understanding the socioecological framework as a tool for addressing public and community health.
        • Using data and a community-engaged approach to define community needs and identify community partners.
        • Scaling action at each level of the socioecological level.


        Hanna Beightley, healthy homes coordinator, Women for a Healthy Environment and Kara Rubio, healthy schools program coordinator, Women for a Healthy Environment
        Breakout - From UN Sustainable Development Goals to Organizational Principles: Collaboration is Key

        This session will focus on:

        • Learning about the collaborative process bringing diverse stakeholders including for-profit and nonprofit, philanthropic and academic, government and non-government leaders together to form the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s Sustainability Committee.
        • Following the steps taken by the Sustainability Committee starting from the UN SDGsand culminating with the Allegheny Conference board passing the five Sustainability Principles.
        • Hearing from two key Sustainability Committee members about how the resources available to organizations throughout SWPA can create real impact aligned with the Sustainability Principles.


        Jenna Cramer, CEO of Green Building Alliance, Katelyn Haas-Conrad, senior policy analyst, Allegheny Conference on Economic Development, Gina Johnson, director of programs, Sustainable Pittsburgh and Dr. Joylette Portlock, executive director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
        Breakout - Building Your Plan of Action with the Community

        This session will focus on:

        • Learning from mistakes and successes in working through collaboration and capacity building.
        • Understanding the value in starting with and continuing to include the community voices in every step of the way.
        • The importance of allies.


        Rosamaria Cristello, executive director, Latino Community Center and Marla Werner, executive director, The Segal Family Foundation
        Breakout - Growing Strong Partnerships

        Join us for a discussion on what to consider when setting up nonprofit collaborations, identifying the qualities of effective collaborations, and how to build effective public-private partnerships.


        Karen Dreyer, director of Food Security Partnerships, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Laura Kelley, director of Business Development, Heritage Community Initiatives and Jamaiya Moore, BJWL operations manager, Family Resources

        Breakout - Being an Employer of Choice

        Attendees at this session will:

        • Learn new ways to improve the employee recruitment processes.
        • Additional ways to improve retention of current employees.
        • How to improve the applicant’s or new employee’s experience.


        Stephen Christian-Michaels, chief strategy officer, Wesley Family Services and Doug Muetzel, CEO, Wesley Family Services
        Breakout - Successful School & Community Collaboration

        The Westmoreland region of the United Way of Southwestern PA has worked in partnership with the Derry Area School District to support education and civic life in the community. Learn about how the relationship started, the effort to continually evolve the partnership, and how data has played a significant role in helping the relationship grow.


        Alyssa Cholodofsky, westmoreland region director of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Barbie Jones, early childhood education liaison at Derry Area School District and Jesse Spracar, community impact director, Westmoreland Region, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
        3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM
        4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
        Developing a Plan of Action to Match Our Community Needs (Multiple Breakouts)

        Presenters will share their views on the role a nonprofit organization can play in addressing issues that fall into at least one of the following Social Determinants of Health, which are:

        • Economic Stability
        • Education
        • Social and Community Context
        • Health and Health care
        • Neighborhood and the Built Environment


        Following the presentation, the presenter and facilitators will circulate among the attendees to help them to think through their ideas on developing a plan of action.

        Breakout - Improving Connections and Outcomes in Maternal/Child Health

        This session will focus on:

        • A discussion around increasing access to community-based services in order to improve birth outcomes.
        • Highlighting multi-sector collaborations and best practices in care and thought leadership centering community and Black women, using policy established by Brown Mamas Matter Alliance, Black Women's Health Imperative and the Giving Voices to Mothers Study.
        • Bridging the gaps between providers and members by expanding accessibility, understanding and implementation of doula support.
        • WHAMglobal and the Community Fund and what they are doing to assist organizations like Healthy Start and Oli's Angles in improving maternal health outcomes in the community.


        Brandy Gentry, executive director of Oli's Angels, Hanifa Nakiryowa, Global Health associate, Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Jada Shirriel, CEO of Healthy Start, Inc.
        Breakout - The Case of the New Kensington/Arnold Innovation Council

        This session will focus on:

        • The importance of leveraging and fortifying relationships among community stakeholder and philanthropic entities.
        • Engaging the community about the concerns that relate to economic uncertainty that are unique to them.
        • Developing specific solutions based on identified barriers that can be beta tested in community.


        Brett Brenton, senior director of Community Innovation, Forward Cities and Kim Louis, project manager – Westmoreland, Forward Cities
        Breakout - Building a Pittsburgh SDG Ecosystem

        The City of Pittsburgh recently announced that it is adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the adoption, the City has pledged to conduct a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), or an analysis of policies and programs that are aligned towards the attainment of the SDGs. As government, business, philanthropy and non-profit organizations begin to adopt the SDGs they will also work to measure performance overtime. This session will seek to co-create a local measurement framework and common reporting platform that can be shared across organizations in Western Pennsylvania and improve impact and foster cross-sector collaboration.


        Grant Ervin, chief resilience officer & assistant director, Division of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Pittsburgh, Rebecca Kiernan, principal resilience planner, Sustainability and Resilience Division, City of Pittsburgh, Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in DC, Carnegie Mellon University and Former US Representative to the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and Ricardo “ Rick” Williams, manager of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Pittsburgh
        Breakout - Blueprint for Better: Pittsburgh
        • Pittsburgh is undergoing rapid redevelopment, and there is an urgency to be thoughtful and strategic about the impact new buildings can have on the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
        • AIA Pittsburgh supports local leaders and community stakeholders in taking a more proactive, informed role in shaping our surroundings to embody the livability, sustainability, and equity we want for our region.
        • Engaging attendees to provide a deeper understanding of how architecture is a driver of well-being, and how our Blueprint for Better initiative can spark a city-wide conversation about the values that can cement into our city’s DNA with each new structure that is built.


        Michelle Fanzo, executive director of AIA Pittsburgh, Stefan Gruber, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture, Amanda Markovic, associate principal, GBBN and Jeff Murray, FAIA, senior vice president and market leader, Cannon Design
        Breakout - Addressing Autism in the Black Community: Autism Urban Connections, Inc.

        Research has a great deal to say about autism in the African American community, including the role of autism in the school-to-prison pipeline.


        This session will focus on learning about a local nonprofit organization, Autism Urban Connections, Inc., that is addressing this challenge. You will participate in our conversation to learn more about autism, and how you or your organizations can join with us in addressing the unique challenges facing children with autism and their parents.


        Barry Nathan, founding director of Concierge Pittsburgh and Jamie Upshaw, executive director, Autism Urban Connections, Inc
        Breakout - Care Across a Lifetime

        Learn how this unique and collaborative approach Adagio Health uses to improve women’s health across a lifetime and give an example of their successful Women Veterans Project.

        Participants will:

        • Dive deeply into three elements of action planning that have been successful for Adagio Health: organizational awareness, community need assessments, and progress monitoring and evaluating.
        • Learn best practices for creating essential planning questions that center on the idea of mutual and collaborative partnerships with their populations.


        Stephanie Edwards, health educator, Adagio Health
        Breakout - Beyond the East Busway: Rider-Led Transit Planning

        This session will:

        • Lay out the importance of having those most impacted by public transit as the best suited to lead decision-making for effective and equitable transit training outcomes..
        • Focus on two case studies of how Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) has piloted transit rider-led policy and planning efforts: one using an innovative interactive mapping tool combined with community organizing fellowships to plan the extension of the East Busway, and the second around educating residents on the likely impacts of autonomous vehicles, and having residents evaluate the utility of e-mobility in addressing transit and pedestrian gaps in their community.


        Pearl Hughey, community advocate, Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) and Laura Wiens, executive director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit
        Breakout - Developing a County Census Plan for Our Community

        Learn why the 2020 Census matters to your organization and how a complete and accurate count benefits every single resident in the region. You will be provided with key information about local 2020 Census efforts underway, including talking points on how to combat misinformation in your community. You will also identify resources available to engage and mobilize individuals to complete the 2020 Census.


        Feyisola Akintola, special initiatives manager, Jessica Mooney, manager of Special Projects and Andréa Stanford, assistant county manager, Allegheny County
        Breakout - Highlight Regional Partnerships That Use the UN SDGs as a Framework to Achieve Success

        Participants in this session will:

        • Receive a brief introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
        • Learn from panelists about key strategies they use to create greater impact.
        • Take part in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to identify your material impacts and strategies to help you to reach your goals and identify partnership opportunities.


        Paxton Bucheral, sustainability & environmental compliance manager, DMI Companies, Jana Lake, president of 3R Sustainability, Matthew Mehalik, Ph.D., executive director, Breathe Project, Joylette Portlock, Ph.D., executive director, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Allison Robinson, Ph.D., MS, MPW director, UPMC Environmental and Justin Stockdale managing director, Pennsylvania Resources Council
        Breakout - Homewood Community Development Collaborative

        The Homewood Community is one of the first in the city to complete a Community Plan under the new planning guidelines. The Homewood Community Development Collaborative (HCDC) has also recently received its status as the Registered Community Organization (RCO). This panel will discuss the decision making and collective impact framework the HCDC has developed in order to ensure equitable development, economic stability and community empowerment as they work to implement the community plan. Homewood’s implementation strategy through their Strategic Plan includes a framework for actionable equitable development using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and P4.


        JaLissa Coffee, director of operations, Homewood Children’s Village, Chris Koch, founding principal, Civic Method and Rev. Dr. Sam Ware, executive director, Building United of Southwest Pa, chair of the HCDC

        Breakout - Economic Stability and Empowerment

        There is more to be gained by communities and investors working together than against one another. Communities have unexpressed power and specifically tailored education can ignite that power in productive ways.


        Earl Buford, CEO of Partner4Work and Joshua Pollard, founder of Omicelo

        Breakout - Equitable Education for All (Session 1)

        Are educational leaders and regional stakeholders doing enough to address the need for culturally responsive education in schools and districts that are becoming increasingly racially and culturally diverse? In public education, are“outcomes-accountability” strategies producing results that achieve racial equity in the Pittsburgh region? We will explore what it will take so that every child flourishes in learning, and why we must name whom we mean when we say “every” child. Learn how to step out of your comfort zone to take advantage of new opportunities and learn from failures. Is the current educational system designed to maximize the human capital within our community?


        Gregg Behr, executive director, Grable Foundation, Anthony Mitchell, associate teaching professor - African American Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny and Malcolm Thomas, program director, Reaching Back Male Mentoring & Manhood
        Breakout - Equitable Education for All (Session 2)

        Are educational leaders and regional stakeholders doing enough to address the need for culturally responsive education in schools and districts that are becoming increasingly racially and culturally diverse? In public education, are“outcomes-accountability” strategies producing results that achieve racial equity in the Pittsburgh region? We will explore what it will take so that every child flourishes in learning, and why we must name whom we mean when we say “every” child. Learn how to step out of your comfort zone to take advantage of new opportunities and learn from failures. Is the current educational system designed to maximize the human capital within our community?


        Quintin Bullock, president of Community College of Allegheny County, JaLissa D. Coffee, M.Ed., director of operations Homewood Children’s Village and Dennis Henderson, deputy chief executive officer, Manchester Academic Charter School
        Breakout - Emerging Practices in Data Sharing & Collection (Session 1)

        This session will focus on how information can be managed and shared as an organizational and community asset and how community indicators can be used to inform conversations and focus actions.


        Erin Dalton, deputy director - Office of Analytics, Technology and Planning Allegheny County DHS, Tiffany Gary-Webb, associate professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, Robert Gradeck, project director at Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center; Pitt Center for Social & Urban Research and Dr. Michael Yonas, director of research and special initiatives, The Pittsburgh Foundation
        Breakout - Emerging Practices in Data Sharing & Collection (Session 2)

        This session will focus on how information can be managed and shared as an organizational and community asset and how community indicators can be used to inform conversations and focus actions.


        Jamil Bey, Ph.D., president and CEO of UrbanKind Institute, Shannah Tharp-Gilliam, director, Office of Research and Evaluation Homewood Childrens Village and Scott Wolovich, executive director, New Sun Rising
        Breakout - The Homewood Community Development Collaborative

        The Homewood Community is one of the first in the city to complete a Community Plan under the new planning guidelines. The Homewood Community Development Collaborative (HCDC) has also recently received its status as the Registered Community Organization (RCO). This panel will discuss the decision making and collective impact framework the HCDC has developed in order to ensure equitable development, economic stability and community empowerment as they work to implement the community plan. Homewood’s implementation strategy through their Strategic Plan includes a framework for actionable equitable development using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and P4.


        Chris Koch, founding principal, Civic Method, Walter Lewis, president & CEO, Homewood Children’s Village and Rev. Dr. Sam Ware, Executive Director, Building United of Southwest Pa, Chair of the HCDC
        5:30 PM  -  6:45 PM
        Salon Session on Warm Data Labs with Nora Bateson

        Our second keynote session with Nora Bateson will close out the 2019 Summit with an informative talk on systems change, her groundbreaking research, and the implications for utilizing warm data in Pittsburgh.

        Nora Bateson of the International Bateson institute will speak on her work internationally and with communities in Pittsburgh regarding warm data which is information about the interrelationships that integrate elements of a complex system. Qualitative dynamics offer another dimension of understanding quantitative data, (cold data). Warm data provides leverage in our analysis of other streams of information. The implications for the uses of warm data are staggering, and may offer a whole new dimension to the tools of information science we have to work with at present.


        Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam, Homewood Children’s Village, Daniel Rossi Keen, executive director at Riverwise, Alyssa Lyon, sustainable communities director, Green Building Alliance and Michael Wilson Sr., executive director, Glen Hazel Community Resident Management Corporation