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March 21, 2016

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The 2016 Gathering of Leaders has arrived! Follow us here and on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for live updates.

Without further ado, here is the session overview and speakers list for the 12th annual Gathering on March 23-24. We are building upon the "Equity. Inclusion. Impact." dialogue that we started at last year's event, starting with our opening video to kick off this year. We will be updating this list with video highlights, so click the links below to follow along with us and share your favorite moments!

PATH-BREAKERS SET THE STAGE
Governor. Education innovator. Attorney. Protestor. Impact investor. Nonprofit executive. Corporate counsel. Social movement creator. Two path-breakers with experience of at least eight platforms for leading social change between them reflect on the collective context for our work, leverage points for increasing equity and opportunity, and their own journeys.

BRITTANY PACKNETT (Executive Director, St. Louis Region, Teach For America; Leader, Black Lives Matter)
DEVAL PATRICK (Former Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Managing Director, Bain Capital)
TULAINE MONTGOMERY (Managing Partner, New Profit) – moderator

TEACH FOR AMERICA’S JOURNEY TOWARDS DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & EQUITY
Over last 25 years, Teach For America has evolved from an organization that had diversity, inclusion and equity as core values to an organization that values diversity, inclusion and equity as core to generating impact. Though this journey is not yet over, Teach For America’s intentional alignment of values and vision for impact with greater internal inclusion has generated critical insights about what it really takes to operationalize our intentions around diversity and inclusion. Leaders of this journey will share their story, what they’ve learned, and their aspirations for what comes next.

ELISA VILLANUEVA BEARD (CEO, Teach For America)
JEFF WETZLER (Co-Founder & Partner, Transcend)
AIMEE EUBANKS DAVIS (Founder, Braven)
DANA O’DONOVAN (Director, Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting, LLP) - moderator

SOCIAL INNOVATORS IN AN ERA OF UNREST
The fault lines—political, social and economic—exposed in the run up to the 2016 Presidential election reveal much about the state of the nation. What do they tell us? What is left out? At a moment when old political frameworks and alliances seem unable to offer clear and compelling ways forward, what opportunities might exist for social innovators and problem solvers? Three leaders will help us make sense of our context and how we do the work of expanding equity and opportunity in the period ahead.

HEATHER McGHEE (President, Demos)
AVIK ROY (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Opinion Editor, Forbes)
SHIRLEY SAGAWA (President & CEO, Service Year Alliance) – moderator

BOLD BETS Part One
Pioneered at the 2014 Gathering of Leaders, Bold Bets spotlight the evolution of leaders, organizations, and strategies in pursuit of transformative social impact. The participants below will be giving short presentations on their Bets.

MICHELLE RHONE-COLLINS (Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles)
CHARLES BEST (Founder & CEO, Donors Choose)
CAROLINE WHISTLER (Co-Founder & Co-President, Third Sector Capital Partners)
MARK EDWARDS (Co-Founder, Upstream USA)
LANCE FORS (Chairman, New Teacher Center)
PAM CANTOR (Founder, President & CEO, Turnaround for Children)
ELISABETH STOCK (CEO, PowerMyLearning)

EXPLORATION BREAKOUTS Part One

Real Relationships for Real Change
MARIA PENA (President, LIFT), MICHELLE RHONE-COLLINS (Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles), PETER SIMS (Founder, BLCKSHP), ELISABETH STOCK (CEO & Co-Founder, PowerMyLearning), SHRUTI SEHRA (Managing Partner, New Profit) - moderator

Neuroscience in Action: Translating What We Know about the Brain into Programs, Practice and Policy
PAM CANTOR (Founder, President & CEO, Turnaround for Children), CATHERINE GOOD (Senior Research Scientist, Turnaround for Children), ADAM FOSS (Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, MA), MYRA JONES-TAYLOR (Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood), SANGEETA TYAGI (President, YouthBuild USA), DEBORAH SMOLOVER (America Forward/New Profit) - moderator

From Big Data to Big Understanding: Tensions and Forks in the Road
NAVJEET BAL (VP & General Counsel, Social Finance US), MAURICIO LIM MILLER (Founder, CEO & President, Family Independence Initiative), JERRY O’DWYER (Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP), CAROLINE WHISTLER (Co-President & Co-Founder, Third Sector Capital Partners) - moderator

Changing Systems to Expand the Power of Choice
JEN PORTER ANDERSON (Co-Founder & COO, Reset Foundation), CHARLES BEST (Founder & CEO, Donors Choose), MARK EDWARDS (Co-Founder, Upstream USA), JOANNA BURLESON (Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLP) - moderator

Nurturing Transformational Change*
LANCE FORS (Chairman, New Teacher Center), CHRIS BLOCK (Former CEO, American Leadership Forum)

PERFORMANCE
Freedom Songs
NAIMA SHALHOUB (Artist, Educator, and Restorative Justice Practitioner) with upright bassist and composer MARCUS SHELBY

LITTLE BETS FOR TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT
“Most successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with brilliant ideas—they discover them.” In Little Bets, author Peter Sims shows how creative and innovative individuals—from Chris Rock to Beethoven, Howard Shultz to Sergey Brin and Larry Page— use deliberate, bounded, small experiments to learn what they should do, ultimately building to great outcomes. What would it look like to use little bets to accelerate social impact of organizations? Ecosystems? Movements? Peter will set us up to tap the power of little bets for transformative impact.

PETER SIMS (Author, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries)
NAILA BOLUS (CEO, Jumpstart)
PREMAL SHAH (President & Co-Founder, Kiva)

BUILDING LEGENDARY CULTURES IN OUR ORGANIZATIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS
Though over 90% of leaders believe that culture is critical to success, most find building a great culture one of their toughest challenges. Too often, great cultures feel like magic. Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor, authors of the New York Times bestseller Primed to Perform, build on over a century of academic thinking and their own original research to share the counter-intuitive science behind the magic—a science so predictive and powerful that it unlocks our innate desire to innovate, experiment, and create impact. Neel and Lindsay will give us new tools to build organizations, ecosystems and movements that can adapt to our rapidly changing world.

NEEL DOSHI and LINDSAY McGREGOR (Authors, Primed to Perform)

BOLD BETS Part Two
Pioneered at the 2014 Gathering of Leaders, Bold Bets spotlight the evolution of leaders, organizations, and strategies in pursuit of transformative social impact. The participants below will be giving short presentations on their Bets.

VEDETTE GAVIN and DERWIN DUBOSE (Co-Founders, New Majority Community Labs)
CHRISTOPHER GERGEN (CEO, Forward Impact)
J.B. SCHRAMM (Managing Partner, New Profit)
DERWIN SISNETT (Founder & Managing Partner, Maslow Development Inc.)
MORA SEGAL (CEO, The Achievement Network)

EXPLORATION BREAKOUTS Part Two

Operationalizing Our Intent: Inside Our Organizations
JENNIFER ANDERSON (Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, New Profit), HEATHER McGHEE (President, Demos), MORA SEGAL (CEO, The Achievement Network), CANDACE STANCIEL (Director, Convenings, New Profit), JUSTIN STEELE (Principal, Google.org), SAM HIERSTEINER (Managing Partner, New Profit) - moderator

Transformative Impact: Community v. Efficiency?
DERWIN DUBOSE & VEDETTE GAVIN (Co-Founders, New Majority Community Labs), CHRISTOPHER GERGEN (CEO, Forward Impact), DERWIN SISNETT (Founder & Managing Partner, Maslow Development Inc.), KIM DEMPSEY (Deputy Director, Social Investments, The Kresge Foundation), ELIZA GREENBERG (Managing Partner, New Profit) - moderator

Innovations in Philanthropy & Systems Change
JEFF WALKER (Board Chair, New Profit), KERRY SULLIVAN (President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation), MELINDA TUAN (Project Manager, Fund for Shared Insight), J.B. SCHRAMM (Managing Partner, New Profit) – moderator

Building Legendary Cultures in our Organizations and Ecosystems
NEEL DOSHI and LINDSAY McGREGOR (Authors, Primed to Perform)

Campaign 2016: Making the Voices of Social Innovators Heard in the Presidential Election Cycle
JULEANNA GLOVER (Republican Strategist), JOE MALONEY (Political Strategist, Partner, Locust Street Group), MONIQUE RIZER (Executive Director, Opportunity Nation), NICOLE TRUHE (Director, Government Affairs, America Forward), DAVE WILKINSON (Director, WH Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation), CAROLINE WHISTLER (Co-Founder & Co-President, Third Sector Capital Partners), SARAH GROH (Manager, America Forward), DEBORAH SMOLOVER (Executive Director, America Forward) - moderator

NATIONAL MODELS EMPOWERING LOCAL CHANGE
Social change is a balancing act across many tensions: Innovation with institutionalization; national scalability with local ownership; inclusive co-creation of strategies with disciplined, efficient execution; speed with sustainability of change. As funders and social entrepreneurs, we experience particular tension in answering the question: “who has a role in owning the agenda to drive social change"? What should the role be of parents, students and the communities we aspire to serve? Of ourselves as social entrepreneurs and funders? Innovate Public Schools and Family Independence Initiative will share how they address this tension, their take on the roles of parents, communities and themselves—organizers and allies—and finally the role of data and information in empowerment.

JESÚS GERENA (Managing Partner, Family Independence Initiative)
MATT HAMMER (Founder & CEO, Innovate Public Schools)
MARITZA LEAL (Parent Leader, Redwood City, Innovate Public Schools)
RAMONA SHEWL (Family Participant, Family Independence Initiative)
ALEX CORTEZ (Managing Partner, New Profit) – moderator

REFLECTIONS, COMMITMENTS, AND CLOSE
Reflection and commitment to little bets—individual and collective—to accelerate progress towards transformative impact.

RENUKA KHER (Managing Director, Tipping Point Community)
ADAM FOSS (Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, MA)
VANESSA KIRSCH (Founder & CEO, New Profit)

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