2011 Independent Sector Conference: Chicago Oct 30-Nov 1st

The IS Conference is where leaders go to build strong networks that help them achieve their mission. Join 1,000 of the brightest minds from nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs for high impact networking and programming that challenges you to think differently about the issues we face and how to move forward in these R-Evolutionary times.

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2011 Conference – Schedule

Saturday, October 29, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Public Policy Action Institute
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. NGen Programming
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pre-conference Dinner (Hosted by NGen)
Sunday, October 30, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Policy Action Institute
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. NGen Programming
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Newcomers Kickoff
Join Sterling Speirn, president of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Michael Piraino, president of National CASA, to help you get the most out of the conference and learn more about Independent Sector. Meet IS members and staff. For those new to the conference or IS.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Allstate Foundation
Opening Plenary: Risk, Failure, Breakthrough
The 2011 Opening Plenary explores Risk, Failure and Breakthrough as a path to achieving our highest potential both individually and collectively. We can learn from our struggles and harness our own wisdom and creativity so as to work together more effectively to unleash possibilities, meet the challenges that are before us, and add real value to society. Welcoming remarks: Victoria Dinges, Vice President, Public Social Responsibility and Enterprise Communications, Allstate Insurance Company.
Andrew Hargadon
author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies InnovateDeepak Bhargava
executive director of the Center for Community ChangeMari Kuraishi
co-founder and president of GlobalGiving FoundationModerator:
Kelvin H. Taketa
president and CEO, Hawaii Community Foundation
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Fall DOWN – Fail UP
Organizations are often reluctant to reveal too much about what doesn’t work. Thought leaders will discuss ways failure can lead to enlightenment. Participants will leave this session with a sense of the value of failure and what can come next.
Facilitator: Susan V. Berresford
Thought leaders: Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Inc.; and Rafe Pomerance, Clean Air Cool Planet

Taking on Tough Conversations
Fear of conflict or desire to avoid misunderstanding can sometimes get in the way of progress. What issues do we shy away from at our peril? Learn to initiate tough conversations in order to unearth – and address – difficult subjects before they stop you in your tracks.
Facilitator: Mikaela Seligman, Independent Sector
Discussion leaders
: J.D. Hokoyama, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics; Debra B. Natenshon, The Center for What Works; Lorelei Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity; Jill Williams, Andrus Family Fund, Surdna Foundation, Inc.; Kara Inae Carlisle, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Alice Kim, Illinois Humanities Council; and Martha L. McCoy, Everyday Democracy

The Lifecycle of Nonprofit Leadership
Much has been written about how various societal and global changes will require different leadership models for individuals, organizations and the sector at large. Participants will leave this session with better ideas on how to build organizations that support and advance leaders at key points in the lifecycle.
Facilitator: Rafael López, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Thought leaders: Marla Cornelius, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services; Sylia Obagi, The Annenberg Foundation; and Phyllis Segal, Civic Ventures

Under the Magnifying Glass
In today’s networked world, technology provides greater transparency at lightening speed. But, what happens when there is an information overload? This debate explores the implications of transparency at the margins. How much transparency enough? What are the risks of sharing too little or too much?
Speakers: Paula L. Ellis, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Christopher T. Gates, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement; and John E. Tyler, III,
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The Allstate Foundation
Host Reception: An Evening at The Art Institute of ChicagoThe Allstate Foundation invites you to reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones at this festive, catered reception that celebrates Chicago’s dynamic multicultural community. Enjoy music performed by the inspiring Inclusion Ensemble of Chicago Sinfonietta as you explore the museum’s collection of 300,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of human expression. Whether you come by car or bus or join the Redmoon Theater puppet-led procession passing through Millennium Park, don’t miss this opening night together.Many of us will be celebrating Halloween a day early by attending this reception in costume. Please join us, even if you only don a mask.
Monday, October 31, 2011
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Conversation with a Sector LeaderDr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be interviewed by Stephanie Strom, national correspondent for The New York Times.
Emcee: Ellen S. Alberding, The Joyce Foundation
10:15 – 11:45 a.m Breakout Sessions

From Handshake to True Partnership: Bridging the Divide
Engage with Tom Tierney, author of Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results, and Dickie Steele, fellow partner at the Bridgespan Group and co-author with Tom of the book’s nonprofit-focused addendum Beyond the Handshake, for an interactive dialogue examining the donor/grantee relationship. The conversation will cover the different perspectives of the individual donor, foundation and nonprofit on issues ranging from the challenges of the power dynamic to developing shared definitions of success and creating a true donor/grantee “partnership.”
Presenter: Thomas J. Tierney, The Bridgespan Group
Thought leader: Dickie Steele, The Bridgespan GroupImpact: How Do You Know?
In an increasingly results-driven society, success is determined by more than outcomes simple numbers or feel-good anecdotes. But, how do you know when you’ve achieved lasting impact for our communities and institutions? Join us for this two-part conversation that will examine both how nonprofit practitioners evaluate the impact of their initiatives in the field and how impact is evaluated more broadly within the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
Moderator: Jason Saul, Mission Measurement
Speakers: James P. Firman, The National Council on Aging; and Herman Art Taylor, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Mark Schmitt, Roosevelt Institute; and Jesse Rosen, League of American OrchestrasInsider’s Guide to Corporate Philanthropy
Get it from the source. Take your seat in small group discussions about new paths for collaboration with corporate philanthropists and the nonprofits with which they partner.
Moderator: Richard A. Brown, American Express Company;
Discussion leaders: Paula Davis, Alcoa Foundation; Patricia L. Garza, Allstate Insurance Co.; Anne Ladky,
Women Employed; Margo K. Lucero, Susan G. Komen for the Cure;  Kate Maehr, Greater Chicago Food Depository; Katie Mandes, Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Nicole Robinson, Kraft Foods; Andrea L. Taylor, Microsoft Corporation; and Angel Ysaguirre, The Boeing Company World Headquarters; Plinio Ayala, Per Scholas, Inc.; Georgette Dixon, Wells Fargo; Scott Fast, Accenture Foundation; Eric Patton, Genesys Works – Chicago; and Kyle Ridaught, Teach for AmericaThe Changing Landscape of America’s Workplace
What do shifting American demographic profiles mean for our how we do our work? And how does the composition of the nonprofit workforce affect our ability to impact change regarding shifting demographics? This session will give participants the opportunity to examine their own blind spots and identify changes in belief or behavior as they deal with shifting demographic profiles in the workplace.
Facilitator: Wendy Puriefoy, Public Education Network
Thought leaders: James L. Weinberg, Commongood Careers; Amy Lazarus, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue; Michael Watson, Girl Scouts of the USAClick here for CEO Track Sessions
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Plenary
featuring Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent SectorFor and By the People: Strategies to Serve the Collective Good
Diana Aviv’s keynote address will focus on the social compact, the role and responsibilities of government to its citizens, and vice versa. A panel discussion will follow with Darren Walker, a vice president at Ford Foundation; Cobus de Swardt, managing director of Transparency International; and Eric Tanenblatt, vice chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Creative Partnerships
Innovative and successful collaborators unveil their secrets for working together in a frank discussion about the potential and limitations of new and different types of partnerships.
Moderator: Paul Schmitz, Public Allies, Inc.
Discussion leaders: Jennifer Arwade, Albany Park Neighborhood Council; Jane Golden, Mural Arts Program; David S. Kass, Council for a Strong America; Dennis McMillian, The Foraker Group; Josina Morita, United Congress of Community and Religious Organization; Bryan Preston, Back Office Cooperative; Michael D. Rodríguez, Enlace Chicago; Jhatayn J. Travis, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Paul Vandeventer, Community Partners; Alison De Lucca, Southern California College Access Network; Arthur Evans, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services; Sarah Leonard, Thread; Melanie Matthews, The Campion Foundation; Joe Pena, Channahon Police Department; and Dan Valliere, Chicago Commons.Changing Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits and Foundations: Opportunities and Political Realities
Following the 2010 Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, barriers limiting corporate and labor influence in politics and policy have been relaxed significantly. Yet many of the rules in place governing nonprofit and foundation advocacy and lobbying have remain unchanged for almost 40 years. This debate will examine the current rules structure, as well as the potential obstacles and opportunities for change. Is there room for legal expansion and equity with corporate and labor rules in the current political environment, or are there dangers in opening this debate that may unleash a Pandora’s box full of efforts to limit foundations and nonprofits in other ways? Is now the time for change?
Moderator: Ralph B. Everett, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Speakers: James Bopp, James Madison Center for Free Speech; Kyle Caldwell, Michigan Nonprofit Association; and Luz A. Vega-Marquis, Marguerite Casey FoundationMajor Donor Playbook
Learn from experts in the field about ways to cultivate and nurture donors to benefit your organization – beyond the checkbook. Changes in the nonprofit and philanthropic field have presented new opportunities and revived classic approaches for individual donor engagement. Find out how to extend a funder relationship beyond the transactional and what it takes to better connect individuals and institutions.
Facilitator: Paul Shoemaker, Social Venture Partners Seattle
Thought leader: Nancy Brown, American Heart Association; Lisa Chin, Year Up Seattle; and Jeff Tollefson, Genesys Works – Twin CitiesRe-branding Efforts: Major and Minor
When it comes to brand analysis and repair, it’s not just the how-to, it’s the why. Hear first person accounts on the intricacies and considerations of organizational re-branding.
Facilitator: Ruth Wooden
Presenters: Bob Calder, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern; Steven A. Culbertson, Youth Service America; Vicki B. Escarra, Feeding America; Esta Soler, Futures Without Violence; and Angela Williams, YMCA of the USAClick here for CEO Track Sessions
4:15 – 6:15 p.m. CONNECTIONSUse the conference to expand your leadership network, convene a conversation, or host a private meeting.

  • The Hub, a new online platform allows you to connect with other conference goers and engage around key issues before, during, and after the event. (Launches September 2011)
  • Your Space offers you the chance to propose a topic and facilitate a discussion of your own on Monday afternoon October 31st.
  • Private Meeting space is available for your board or coalition at the IS Conference.

Rooms are limited and assigned in the order of request. Contact Xavior Robinson to propose a topic or request private meeting space. Check back in September for more information.

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Knight Foundation
John W. Gardner Leadership DinnerA celebratory eveninghonoring Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, who is the 2011 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient; and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who is the 2011 American Express NGen Leadership Award recipient.Registration to the Conference includes one ticket to the Gardner dinner. Click here to purchase additional dinner tickets.
Emcee: Irene Hirano Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council
Presenters: Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA; Michael J. Balaoing, Esq.; and Bernard J. Milano, KPMG Foundation
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Democracy and the Arab Spring
Join international experts as they discuss the Arab Spring phenomenon, what’s behind the movement, its international and national implications, and if democracy is now a certainty in the Arab world. 
: Annette Heuser, Bertelsmann Foundation
Thought leader: Robert Galluci, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-ChicagoMobilizing Master Class
Nonprofits sometimes struggle to answer core questions regarding effectively mobilizing change. Learn from key thought leaders the questions you need to ask yourself, and how these R-EVOLUTIONARY Times influence the sector’s ability to launch and sustain a movement.
Facilitator: Heather Booth, The Midwest Academy
Thought leaders: William McNary, Citizen Action Illinois; and Marca Bristo, Access LivingTelling It Like It Is: The Power of Stories to Spur Change
From dynamic citizen journalists and filmmakers to nonprofit campaigns, this session explores good story-telling as central to correcting injustice and fostering good.
Facilitator: Kate Emanuel, The Advertising Council
Presenters: Cathy Tisdale, Camp Fire USA; Marc Fest, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Enrique Ball, Public Allies, Inc.; and Kelly Matheson, Witness; and David J. Morse, Civic VenturesWorking Collectively for Greater Impact
The partnership paradox – sometimes working together means more work, not less. It can also lead to more robust outcomes, more impact and more options for organizations and communities. This is a participatory workshop designed to help  people who are already in the process of creating collective impact and looking to elevate their game.
Moderator: John Kania, FSG Social Impact Advisors
Discussion leaders: Dena Al-Khatib, The Chicago Community Trust; Jeff Edmondson, Strive Network; Lila Guirguis, Magnolia Place Network, Children’s Bureau; Karen J. Pittman, Forum for Youth Investment; Maren C. Stewart,
LiveWell Colorado; Blair Taylor, Memphis Tomorrow; and Janice B. Yost, Health Foundation of Central MassachusettsClick here for CEO Track Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by
The Allstate Foundation
Closing Luncheon Plenary:
Aligning for Greater Impact
You will hear from organizations that have adopted an integrated approach to solving social problems by involving partners from the nonprofit and philanthropic community as well as from government and business.Speakers:
David O. Egner
president and CEO of the Hudson Weber Foundation and executive director of the New Economy InitiativeEmmett D. Carson
president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community FoundationPaul S. Grogan
president and CEO of The Boston FoundationMaria P. Hibbs
executive director of Partnership for New CommunitiesTerry Mazany
president and CEO of The Chicago Community TrustJulia M. Stasch
vice president of U.S. Programs at The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationModerator:
Ben Hecht
president and CEO of Living Cities
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