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Announcing our Annual Conference Speakers

Monday, March 21, 2016

Updated March 22, 2016

This year's conference theme is The Power of Now.  The quickening pace of change with respect to elections, social movements and the region’s rapid economic shifts demand our attention.  Join us for an energetic discussion of how to galvanize and make the most of this critical moment as a sector, and in partnership with others in our communities.

Building on the momentum of last year’s events, this conference creates a moment of shared experience around emergent issues in Northern California now.

  • What role does philanthropy play in the issues that are igniting engagement all around us?
  • How can we enhance meaningful change in movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, climate change, immigration reform and minimum wage, happening now in our midst?
  • How will the 2016 presidential campaign and election impact our philanthropic efforts?
  • What is the role of funders in strengthening democratic processes, supporting advocacy and policy as vehicles for change, and encouraging civic participation in the electoral process?

This year we expect more than 250 philanthropic, corporate and community leaders to converge for a galvanizing event keynoted by Ian Haney López, the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  Professor Lopez will set the stage for a rich discussion about the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States. He will be joined in conversation by Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines, and Alan Jenkins, whose work at The Opportunity Agenda expands opportunity by advancing policies and a culture that support the rights and voices of all people.

Join us for the conference to engage all your senses, ignite new energy in your work and deepen your connections in our vibrant philanthropic community. Let’s seize this moment, the power of now, together!

Take a look at the growing list of speakers.


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