The Great Shared Task (Opening Plenary)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Type: Plenary

John W. Gardner once wrote that charitable sector is “uniquely American” and that those who comprise it demonstrate “an irrepressible commitment to the great shared task of improving our life together.” In the immediate wake of an election season that has raised fundamental questions about our national identity, it is critical that we assess how our shifting political landscape will impact the charitable community’s ability to advance – and even define – the common good.

This plenary will occur in three segments. First, experts will carefully analyze the election cycle and its results. Then, political insiders will forecast what the charitable sector and our communities can expect in the first 100 days of the new administration. Finally, we will study the vital role that advocacy must play as we build connections with elected officials.

Location : International Ballroom


Facilitator Steve Inskeep
Host, Morning Edition

Speaker Michael Steel
Managing Director
Hamilton Place Strategies

Emcee Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Speaker Neil Nicoll
President Emeritus
YMCA of the USA

Speaker Ellen Alberding
The Joyce Foundation

Speaker Patti Solis Doyle
Political Commentator

Speaker Brian Gallagher
President & CEO
United Way Worldwide

Moderator Sandra Vargas
Former President and CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation