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Resilience During Crisis: Coffee and Resilience Series | Session 1

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm PDT
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This is not your typical ZOOM call. There will be no PowerPoints and no moderators. For one hour, we invite you to join a conversation between two impassioned individuals discussing issues of resilience, over coffee (or tea if that's your preference). This three-part series is made up of light-hearted, informative, informal conversations. As we all grapple with the loss of lives and tremendous upheaval, together we can work to anticipate future needs.

This three-part series aims to use this time to plant seeds for transformation – not only to fix inequitable systems, but to explore new paths. We hope you’ll make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and join us! You can register for the full series or an individual session.

Resilience During Crisis: Session 1

What does resilience look like personally, organizationally, and in communities as we navigate through this crisis? Recently, philanthropy and other sectors have begun to think about how we can reimagine our systems post-COVID-19. How can we use this disruption to transform how we live and work, reorganize institutions, and create more equitable communities?   

You will leave this meeting with five questions to ask as you navigate you navigate this opportunity for learning and community transformation. This conversation is not about building back our societies the way they were but to build forward the ways we want to see.  

During this call, we will explore various aspects of resilience, including:

  • How research and lived experiences can inform how we can navigate the “new normal” at home, at work, and in our communities;
  • What leadership looks like through disaster recovery and how we can harness the wisdoms  from those who’ve been through disasters; 
  • Whether the principles and propositions of Building Back Better could serve a roadmap for philanthropy’s role investing in the foundation for pandemic recovery; and
  • Non-monetary ways philanthropy can be most effective in building resilient communities. 


Elizabeth McNaughton, Co-founder, Hummingly

Elizabeth McNaughton is the co-founder of Hummingly, a company that prepares the world to do stress and uncertainty well. Elizabeth’s career has quite literally been a series of disasters. Elizabeth has led multimillion-dollar recovery programmes for the Red Cross and was an Executive Director at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Aotearoa New Zealand, leading work to create a learning legacy from the Canterbury earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zeeland. Hummingly’s work has been showcased in Virgin Unite’s 2019 book of 100% Human at Work innovations. She is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumni, an Edmund Hillary Fellow and the co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos.

Alan Kwok, Disaster Resilience Director, Northern California Grantmakers

Alan leads NCG’s and Philanthropy CA’s efforts to galvanize and coordinate philanthropy to strategically invest in reducing the frequency and lessoning the impacts of natural hazard events in California and in ensuring equitable disaster recovery. He received his PhD in emergency management with a focus on community resilience at Massey University in New Zealand. He met Elizabeth McNaughton while he was conducting research in Aotearoa New Zealand. While his professional experience includes leading a multi-year Bay Area-wide preparedness campaign at the American Red Cross, he values more of his ability to make plans on the fly for all types of life emergencies and outdoor adventures. He believes that hazard events, including pandemics, earthquakes, and wildfires, don’t have turn into disasters if private and public sectors invest in the right things at the right time for those who are most at risk. 

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This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.


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