Two Philanthropic Leaders Walk Into a Fishbowl … and Get Real
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Eastern
Philanthropy is a field created through the accumulation of power and money. Like so many fields — and so many of us — it needs to be healed as it helps heal. Is this possible? Is there even an alternative?
Two leaders deeply committed to healing and justice get real with each other (and us) about their journeys to philanthropy, and how they’re navigating personal identity, beliefs and power. They have worked hard to leverage the “best” of philanthropy to support communities while simultaneously trying to transform philanthropy from the inside out. If you want to know how to get a grant, this isn’t the event for you. But if you want candor and truth-telling, deep hope and humor, and a conversation you haven’t heard before, join us.
Lisa Jackson, Ph.D., Imago Dei Fund
Mailee Walker, Claneil Foundation
The Courage to Rebuild and Reimagine: Next Generation Leadership
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Eastern
When driving social change, young leaders face several barriers and challenges. These include but are not limited to lack of investment, tokenism and others’ incorrect assumptions that their new ways of leading are less valid. Despite these challenges, next gen leaders are on the frontlines of social transformation, providing fresh perspectives and achieving new milestones. What makes their leadership so effective? It is more inclusive, involves leveraging lived experiences and a willingness to rock the boat. While the thought of rebuilding and reimagining systems can seem impossible and naïve to some, it’s this courage to rebuild and reimagine that helps next gen leaders solve problems and make tangible progress. Their experience and knowledge is urgently needed by anyone of any generation seeking to make change. It’s time we learned about leadership from next gen leaders, instead of telling next gen leaders they need to do all the learning.
Mussab Ali is currently the youngest elected official in Jersey City history, serving as the President of the Jersey City School Board addressing the needs of over 30,000 students and overseeing a nearly $700 million budget. In this role, he has been prolific in uplifting the voices of marginalized communities that have led to a student-elected representative on the board of education, halal school lunches, dress code reform and much more. He is attending Harvard Law School as a JD candidate with plans to graduate in 2023. Mussab graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master’s degree in Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar Class of 2020 and Rutgers University, where he was named a Truman Scholar.
Alex Davis is a student at Portland Community College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is currently an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson. Previously, he was honored to be a student government leader at PCC as the coordinator of the Black Student Union, an intern for the campaign of activist Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Commissioner (the first African-American woman to sit on City Council) and a steering committee member for the campaign led by Commississioner Hardesty that established an independent citizen police oversight board. He also served as a board member for Oregon Outreach, a nonprofit that provides an opportunity for youth and adults to attain their high school diploma and Portland Forward, a progressive political advocacy coalition. Alex believes that the only way for the disadvantaged in this country to achieve equitable citizenship is through gaining economic and political power.
Sanah Jivani is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and dual degree graduate at The University of Pennsylvania, receiving a M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and an M.S.E.d. Education, Culture and Society. She is currently the Community Engagement Manager at Generation Hope. She is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals. She started this organization after losing her hair to Alopecia in the seventh grade and struggling with wigs, bullying and low self-worth. Her organization has programming on 150 campuses that reaches 50,000 students per year. Outside of her work with her nonprofit, she has worked with organizations such as The Born This Way Foundation, The Peace Studio, America’s Promise Alliance and The National Network to End Domestic Violence. In her free time, Sanah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling and writing (particularly poetry and personal columns).
In case you missed it
Disrupter, Healer, Oracle, Mirror: The Arts, Justice & Wellbeing
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Eastern
The arts are an oracle, a mirror and a shaman. They tell us about the past, the present, and the future. They disrupt and heal. Tapped for good and for ill, the arts offer meaning, galvanize change and transform hearts and minds. They’re an economic engine. No wonder cutting arts funding, limiting access to the arts and deeming them “extra” or “only for some” are levers for oppression. Yet art is created, fiercely, everywhere. The arts are core to being human. They are a pathway to wellbeing for all people and communities and our country. This is why the Wellbeing Blueprint is specifically inclusive of the arts and understands the importance of artists and arts groups in moments of transition, uncertainty, pain and change. Attendees learned how justice pioneers are creating a new future through the arts.
Centering Community: Shifting Power & Relationships
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Eastern
“Nothing about us without us” has long been a rallying call of communities struggling for transformative change. But how good are we at truly centering on community in our efforts? Three leaders driving change in their communities and systems discussed what it means to center on community in ways that recognize, respect and authentically engage people, knowledge, and power. Panelists shared what this looks like when done well and the common mistakes systems and organizations make when trying to engage community voice. For change to be sustained, transforming our systems must center on community and what matters to people.
Jeannette Bocanegra, Justice for Families
José Faus, artist and community activist
Josefa Scherer, LifePath, Inc.
The Intersection of Civil Legal Justice and the Wellbeing Blueprint
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern
While the civil legal system touches the lives of every person in the US and cuts across multiple systems, it operates in its own siloed “cylinder of excellence.” This system also has an outsized impact on wellbeing as access to meaningful civil legal support helps people prevent eviction, fight job discrimination, secure custody of their children, and get health care. On October 14, 2020, Sandra Ambrozy, Nonresident Fellow at the Urban Institute, joined us for a discussion about how the Blueprint is providing a platform to transform and connect the civil legal system with other systems to advance a justice (vs. legal) system and accelerate wellbeing.
Moving Towards Equity: What Does Wellbeing Have to Do With It?
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern
To meet this moment, we need equitable, transformative change across the boundaries of sectors and fields. To take action, we need to disrupt the biases baked into our traditional responses and focus our attention on wellbeing and equity. But is equitable change possible without a deep understanding of what drives us? Is it possible to increase wellbeing without reckoning with the historical inequities of our systems? On September 30, 2020 we were joined by panelists Fred Brown of The Forbes Funds, Dr. Karilyn Crockett of the City of Boston and Katya Fels Smyth of the Full Frame Initiative to explore the connection between equity and wellbeing.
The Cycle of Engagement
Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern
How can we be more effective in getting people off the sidelines to engage and participate, and even more importantly, keeping people engaged over the long haul? We were joined by Sarah Sullivan from Think Of Us and Chris Scott from Alloy to learn about the Cycle of Engagement, a framework they developed while at The New Data Project for understanding the stages of how Americans engage in civic life today. They gave an overview of the framework and also shared lessons learned that present some exciting implications for the work of helping people to stay engaged.
Wellbeing Blueprint: Town Hall
July 22, 2020 2 p.m. -3 p.m. Eastern
We opened up the floor for a conversation with members of the Blueprint Kitchen Cabinet about the Wellbeing Blueprint. Community members joined to share their thoughts and questions and connect with others interested in taking action to drive change.
Wellbeing Blueprint: A Call to Action
June 24, 2020, 1 p.m. Eastern
This moment is the best chance we will have in our lifetimes to transform inequitable, problematic systems from the ground up. So let’s do it! In this introductory webinar, we were introduced to the system and community leaders, advocates, artists and change agents who have come together around the shared vision of a county where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing — the needs and experiences required in combination and balance to weather challenges and to have health and hope.