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2018 Conference Agenda


7:30 am - 9:00 am

COFFEE & CONVERSATION (beverages and light refreshments will be served)

Plan to arrive early to take advantage of this time to network with colleagues and visit with our sponsors who provide professional services to philanthropy and nonprofits.

9:00 am - 10:20 am

MORNING PLENARY (Grand Ballroom A/B/C/D)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

• JENNIFER PEDRONI, President, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia; VP for Finance & Administration, HealthSpark Foundation

• SIDNEY HARGRO, Executive Director, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia


• DR. RAMI NASHASHIBI, Founding & Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Trustee, Marguerite Casey Foundation and 2017 MacArthur Foundation "Genuis Award" Fellow

10:20 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:15 am

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Round 1 (participants will select one)

1. Investing in News and Information to Ignite Civic Engagement (Grand Ballroom A)

2. Forging Effective Partnerships: Strategies to Advance Systems Change (Grand Ballroom D)

3. CEO/Trustee Dialogue: REAL Talk: Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Our Region’s Most Enduring Problem (Columbus C)
PLEASE NOTE: This session is for funders only and will run from 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

11:15 am - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 12:15 pm


CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Round 2 (participants will select one)

1. The Future of Corporate Partnerships (Grand Ballroom A)

2. Making Connections: The Social Impact of the Arts (Columbus A/B)

3. The Equity Imperative (Grand Ballroom D)

12:15 pm -12:30 pm Break/Transition
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm


Keynote: TRABIAN SHORTERS, Founder, BMe

Trabian Shorters, Founder of  BMe Community, will deliver a captivating talk on how we can apply asset-framing to achieve greater success, diversity, equity and impact. Mr. Shorters uses discovery-based learning to impart knowledge from leading-edge global and national authorities on cognition, racial narrative, social innovation and engagement. To effectively leverage existing models to build more caring and prosperous communities, we must first define people by their aspirations and contributions.  

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (participants will select one)

1. Engineering Equity into Your Organization (Grand Ballroom D)

2. Raising All Boats: Cross Sector Collaborations (Columbus A/B)

3. Using Design Thinking to Deconstruct the Power Dynamic (Grand Ballroom A)

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

CLOSING PLENARY (Grand Ballroom A/B/C/D)

Final Thoughts

• SIDNEY HARGRO, Philanthropy Network

4:00 pm ADJOURN