Leading Together 2021 - Plenary Sessions
A Better Path Forward: Unlikely Partnerships for the Greater Good
Tuesday, June 15 | 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sponsored by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
This uplifting conference kickoff envisions a sector that mobilizes unlikely partnerships—especially in times of crisis—to create shared vision and real change. Philanthropic leaders are uniquely positioned to help various stakeholders find what unites them rather than focus on what divides them. In a time of deep divisions, this is a powerful role to play. But how can we create the trust necessary to enable seemingly disparate groups to take action together? A diverse set of residents and public, nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate leaders in Los Angeles were able to do just that to lay forth a bold vision for a more equitable future for their city. Learn what it took to build trust and forge a shared agenda among a set of stakeholders and partners not accustomed to working together. This conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities for philanthropy as we work to create a better future for everyone by seeking common ground.
Welcome & Introductions: Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations; Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Deidre Lind, President & CEO, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles; Alandra Washington, Vice President for Transformation and Organizational Effectiveness, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Special Appearance: Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Moderator: Monica Lozano, President and CEO, College Futures Foundation
Speakers: Raul Anaya, President, Business Banking and President - Greater Los Angeles, Bank of America; Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; Miguel Santana, President & CEO, Weingart Foundation; April Verrett, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 2015
President & CEO, Council on Foundations
President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
President & CEO, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles
Vice President for Transformation and Organizational Effectiveness, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Mayor, City of Los Angeles
President and CEO, College Futures Foundation
President, Business Banking and President - Greater Los Angeles, Bank of America
Kathleen Kelly Janus
Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
President & CEO, Weingart Foundation
Committing to Equity and Inclusivity:
Moving from Words to Action
Wednesday, June 16 | 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. | Sponsored by Knight Foundation
How can philanthropy advance equity and inclusivity in every aspect of our work? The compounding crises of the last year prompted many foundations to commit to embedding equity across their organizations and in their funding, but many remain unsure where to start. Join us to learn from nonprofit leaders who will share their personal journeys to create equity both through and within their organizations. You'll leave this session with the inspiration and practical ideas you need to make your organization's commitment to equity real.
Special Appearance: Cory Booker, United States Senator, New Jersey
Welcome & Introductions: Juan Martinez, Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Moderator: Mai-Anh Tran, Chief Financial Officer, Ford Foundation
Speakers: Paul Di Donato, President and CEO, Proteus Fund; Natosha Reid Rice, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Habitat for Humanity International; Eddy Zheng, President & Founder, New Breath Foundation
United States Senator, New Jersey
Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundatio
Chief Financial Officer, Ford Foundation
Town Hall: Unveiling the Council’s New Strategic Direction
Thursday, June 17 | 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
How can philanthropy meet the needs of our communities and our world with fierce urgency? What does philanthropy need from the Council to be able to shape a future that is better for everyone? The board and staff of the Council on Foundations, with generous member guidance, have created a new strategic direction. This strategy takes a 20-year outlook to enable both the Council and the field of philanthropy to meet the scale and complexity of the challenges before us. Join Council President & CEO, Kathleen Enright, and Council Board Chair and McKnight Foundation President, Tonya Allen, to learn more about the Council’s vision for the future and plans for the work ahead.
Speakers: Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation; Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations
Raising the Bar: How can Philanthropy Help Build a Better Future for Everyone?
Thursday, June 17 | 3:30-4:15 p.m. | Sponsored by Walton Family Foundation
How do we rebuild in the wake of a series of global crises? And what is philanthropy’s role in the work ahead? Hear compelling visions from three innovative thinkers with different perspectives on and experiences with philanthropy as they motivate and inspire each of us to play our part in raising the bar and charting a course to build a better future, together.
Special Appearance: Paul Ryan, Former Speaker, United States House of Representatives
Welcome & Introductions: Caryl Stern, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
Speakers: Armando Castellano, Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation; James Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation; Sandy Ho, Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Closing Remarks: Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation
Former Speaker, United States House of Representatives
Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation
President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation
Research Associate, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
President, McKnight Foundation