WDN Connect 2014: Detailed Agenda

With our 2014 Annual Conference fast approaching, we are thrilled to share our current detailed agenda of the four days we will be spending together at the Claremont Hotel & Spa in Berkeley, California. Click here for more details on the program and to find the registration link. Please note: this agenda is subject to change, and you will be receiving a printed booklet with the final schedule at the conference.

PRE-CONFERENCE: MOVEMENT-BUILDING LEARNING LAB

In this pre-conference learning lab facilitated by Manuel Pastor, we will go deeper on the different components of social movements and hear the stories and experiences of movement leaders and social justice funders working to make systemic change. This learning lab is a follow-up to our 2013 conference focused on movement building, where Pastor was a keynote speaker.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6

8:30 am – 9:30 am CIRCLE LEADER MEETING
10:00 am – 10:30 am WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS WDN President and CEO Donna Hall, Senior Director of Programs Rebecca Flournoy, and facilitator Manuel Pastor will kick off our pre-conference program.
10:30 am – 11:15 am STORIES AND STRATEGIES FROM THE FIELD Dynamic leaders working across multiple issue areas will share stories about building movements of engaged people taking action to improve their everyday lives.
Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund Groundswell Fund is supporting a stronger, more effective movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity — building resources for grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people.
Anthony Thigpenn, California Calls California Calls is building a broad-based coalition in California to engage underrepresented low-income voters in state public policy decision-making, and achieve progressive tax and budget reforms.
Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project A New Way of Life  provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women, and also advocates for full restoration of human and civil rights for people with criminal records.
Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) ROC unites restaurant workers, employers and consumers around raising industry standards, increasing wages and improving working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm FACILITATED DISCUSSION Manuel Pastor will facilitate a conversation with the morning speakers, and take questions from the audience.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm TRUE CONFESSIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FUNDERS Building on the morning’s conversation, social justice funders will participate in a “true confessions” discussion, sharing their greatest successes and their biggest mistakes in their efforts to support movement-building, with Cathy Cha of Haas Jr. Fund, WDN member Quinn Delaney of Akonadi Foundation, and Surina Khan of the Women’s Foundation of California.
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm REFLECTION AND SHARING Participants will share reflections, learnings, and remaining questions in pairs and in a large-group report-back.
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS Manuel Pastor will close our pre-conference learning lab and connect the day’s learnings with the rest of the conference.

WDN CONNECT 2014: IMAGINE 2030

Under this year’s theme of Imagine 2030, we will be stepping out of the urgent demands of the present to think big and strategize for the long term, tackling some big questions together: What kind of future do we want to help create? How can we engage with the major trends we know are going to shape the future? And what can our powerful community of women donors do to make the most of this critical moment? We are gathering with our strategic visioning consultant, Ellen Sprenger, who met and talked with more than 120 WDN members in regional meetings, webinars, and phone interviews over the past year. Ellen also interviewed the entire WDN staff and board, as well as a number of external organizing, advocacy, and funding leaders who have partnered with WDN in recent years. The conference will begin with some framing thoughts by several of the nation’s top leaders about important trends that will shape our future over the next 15-20 years. We will then be “transported” to 2030 to experience what our collective future could look like based on the decisions we make now, in this critical moment. Led by Ellen and her facilitation team, we will participate in three “future scenarios” that are designed to help us clarify the role we hope WDN and all of us as individual philanthropists can play in helping strengthen the progressive social change movement.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA FOR NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm REGISTRATION
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm BAY AREA WELCOME RECEPTION Connect with local leaders, friends, and allies in this special reception to welcome us all to the Bay Area.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DINNER AND WELCOME REMARKS President & CEO Donna Hall and the WDN Board of Directors will kick off our evening program.
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm OPENING KEYNOTE: A FUTURE THAT WORKS FOR ALL In this keynote address, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink will speak to the need for change and opportunities to create a future that works for everyone.
8:30 pm – 9:15 pm OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE: LOS CENZONTLES We’ll wrap up our evening with an energizing performance by Los Cenzontles, a local band and nonprofit organization, music academy, community space for youth and families, and hub for Latino artists.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

7:30 am – 9:00 am BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 9:00 am RACE, GENDER, AND POWER: BRIEFING ON WDN’S REFLECTIVE DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGN At this special briefing, you will get a detailed look at the first year of WDN’s innovative campaign to build a more reflective democracy, and hear about future plans. The discussion will feature Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter and WDN’s own Shanthi Gonzales who will share her insights and lessons from her campaign for Oakland School Board.
9:15 am – 9:40 am MORNING INTRODUCTIONS Senior Director of Programs Rebecca Flournoy and Ellen Sprenger of Spring Strategies will kick off our morning and provide an overview of the day.
9:40 am – 12:00 pm FUTURE TRENDS: SETTING THE COURSE As we look to the future we want to create, what are some of the key trends in the U.S. and the world that will be in play? In this framing session, we will hear from some of the brightest, big-picture thinkers in the progressive movement about what they see as the major opportunities and challenges of the next 15 years. We will engage in a group discussion following a series of short talks by each speaker. Facilitated by Jenifer Fernandez Ancona and Rebecca Flournoy.
Heather McGhee, Demos As the new President of Demos, Heather McGhee advances policies that enable everyone in America to have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. She will speak to trends of economic inequality and America’s broken democracy, and needed approaches to address these challenges.
Ian Inaba, Citizen Engagement Lab As Executive Director and co-founder of Citizen Engagement Lab, Ian Inaba helps accelerate and grow new organizing efforts. He will speak to the changing landscape of technology and advocacy, using climate change as one issue lens.
Shayda Edwards Naficy, Corporate Accountability International Shayda Naficy leads the international campaign to protect democratic water governance, promote the human right to water at the United Nations, and stop the World Bank from promoting water privatization and corporatization. She will speak to trends of water access, corporate power and international governance.
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance Author of The Age of Dignity: Caring for a Changing America, Co-Founder of the Make It Work campaign, and 2014 MacArthur Genius Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. She will discuss trends around the future of women and work, an aging US population, the power of women’s leadership, and opportunities for new alliances.
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm LGBTQ CAUCUS LUNCH at Meritage Restaurant, Private Room. Join members of the LGBTQ Caucus and allies for a special lunch at the Meritage Restaurant. A private room has been reserved for the group.
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm GENERAL LUNCH at Meritage Restaurant
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm IMAGINE 2030: FLASH FORWARD, SCENARIO 1 In this session we will be transported into a future scenario that will give conference attendees a chance to experience what the US, the world, and WDN could look like in 2030, depending on the decisions we make now, and taking into account the key trends discussed earlier in the program.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm IMAGINE 2030: REACT AND REFLECT In small breakout groups, engage in facilitated discussions to reflect on critical topics highlighted in the future scenarios.
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm BREAK
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm IMAGINE 2030: GALLERY WALK Each group will identify key takeaways to share in the large group, and together we will create and discuss a collaborative board of reflections.
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm OPTIONAL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
MEDIA LOUNGE Join Joel Silberman, Founder of Media Talent 2.0, for a conversation on how to make the most of your presentation and media opportunities. Come with your questions!
STORY SHARING: PHILANTHROPIC LESSONS LEARNED Gather with other members for a conversation about about what we’ve learned in our philanthropy. Bring your stories to share!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm A NIGHT ON THE TOWN: EXPLORING OAKLAND AND BERKELEY Explore the vibrancy of the East Bay food and culture scene with two options for Friday night’s dinner and activities.Oakland Museum at Night: Experience this popular festive night market that includes touring special museum exhibits, live music, and dinner from gourmet food trucks run by local food entrepreneurs. Meet in the hotel lobby to board the bus to the museum at 6:00 pm.Dinner in Oakland and Berkeley: The East Bay is home to some of the country’s most amazing restaurants. Explore these culinary delights with WDN members at restaurants where we will pre-reserve tables. Sign-up sheets available at the registration table and during session breaks. Meet in the lobby to board the buses.
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm MOVIE NIGHT Join your WDN friends for our popular movie night at the hotel, complete with popcorn and beverages.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

7:30 am – 8:50 am BREAKFAST
7:30 am – 8:50 am Reproductive Health Circle Meeting
8:00 am – 8:50 am Film and Media Circle Meeting
8:00 am – 8:50 am Criminal (In)Justice Circle Meeting
9:00 am – 9:30 am IMAGINE 2030: FLASH FORWARD, SCENARIO 2 In this session we will be transported into a future scenario that will give conference attendees a chance to experience what the U.S., the world, and WDN could look like in 2030, depending on the decisions we make now, and taking into account the key trends discussed earlier in the program.
9:30 am – 10:45 am IMAGINE 2030: REACT AND REFLECT In small breakout groups, engage in facilitated discussions to reflect on critical topics highlighted in the future scenarios.
10:45 am – 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 am – 12:00 pm IMAGINE 2030: GALLERY WALK Each group will identify key takeaways to share in the large group, and together we will create and discuss a collaborative board of reflections.
12:15 pm Gather in the lobby to board the bus to Los Cilantros.
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm LUNCH AT LOS CILANTROS Enjoy regional Mexican dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients at this special lunch at Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center. Los Cilantros Restaurant is a project of the San Francisco food incubator La Cocina, which was founded and supported by WDN members.
2:15 pm Bus returns to the Claremont
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm IMAGINE 2030: FLASH FORWARD, SCENARIO 3 In this session we will be transported into a future scenario that will give conference attendees a chance to experience what the U.S., the world, and WDN could look like in 2030, depending on the decisions we make now, and taking into account the key trends discussed earlier in the program.
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm IMAGINE 2030: REACT AND REFLECT In small breakout groups, engage in facilitated discussions to reflect on critical topics highlighted in the future scenarios.
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm IMAGINE 2030: GALLERY WALK Each group will identify key takeaways to share in the large group, and together we will create and discuss a collaborative board of reflections.
6:00 pm – 6:50 pm Middle East Peace & Democracy Circle Meeting
6:00 pm – 6:50 pm Earth Circle
6:00 pm – 6:50 pm Immigration Circle Meeting
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm DINNER
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY Destiny Arts Center performers will kick off our party with a special dance presentation, followed by music by the all-women band Party Monsters. The party will also feature dance music by WDN’s in-house DJ, member Celeste Worl!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9

7:30 am – 8:50 am BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 8:50 am Progressive/Political Infrastructure (PPI) Circle Meeting
8:00 am – 8:50 am Values Based Investing Circle Meeting
8:00 am – 8:50 am Women Building a Just Peace Circle Meeting
9:00 am – 11:15 am IMAGINE 2030: THE RESULTS Ellen and her facilitation team will consolidate and synthesize all of the feedback from the previous days, and based on that data will present a final, composite scenario. Come to this session to find out the results of our work together, and to engage in a large-group discussion about some key elements of WDN’s future direction.
11:15 am – 11:30 am BREAK
11:30 am – 12:00 pm CAPSTONE SPEECH: REPRESENTATIVE STACEY ABRAMS Representative Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. She will share her thoughts on reflective democracy, women’s economic security, and the challenges and opportunities in the emerging “new South.”
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm CLOSING REMARKS
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH

 

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