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Innovation Leaders Include:

Theme: Increasing Equity

Allandra Bulger
Co.act Detroit
Detroit, MI

Nicole de Beaufort
EarlyWorks
Detroit, MI

Kristin Gimbel
Detroit, MI

Co.act Detroit: How Collaborative Action is Cultivated Through People and Place

This session showcases the unique and remarkable way Co.act Detroit engaged a regional nonprofit community in co-creating a shared concept of community transformation and collective action. Attend this session to learn how organizations and community leaders authored the organizational name, focal areas of impact, key values and brand architecture.

Allandra Bulger
Executive Director, Co.act Detroit
Detroit, MI

Allandra Bulger is a forward-thinking servant leader with experience in nonprofit leadership, organizational development, project management, program design and implementation, and community and economic development. As the inaugural executive director of Co.act Detroit, she is leading the development of a resource hub where Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit and philanthropic community connect and access the knowledge, skills and resources needed to collaborate, innovate and amplify impact.

Prior to joining Co.act, Allandra served as deputy director of Detroit Future City, where she managed the organization’s strategic priorities, internal operations and fiscal affairs while providing key leadership in strategic planning, management and connecting organization mission, vision, values, and programmatic priorities. She has also worked as a consultant at DEXDesign Associates, where she specialized in developing and delivering capacity building technical assistance to community based nonprofit organizations and small businesses, and she managed the Title IV-E Funding Program of the Wayne County Juvenile Assessment Center. She holds a master’s degree in public administration specializing in nonprofit organization and management from Oakland University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on nonprofit management. Allandra has served as a Detroit Revitalization Fellow and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit. She is the co-founder and treasurer of D.Cipher, an arts-based nonprofit serving the Detroit artist community.

 

Nicole de Beaufort
EarlyWorks Founder & President
Detroit, MI

Nicole is an architect of imagination. She designs blueprints for social change that transform the way people consider an issue or make decisions that affect the public good. She is relentlessly attracted to making a difference. And… you can count on her showing up on time. Early, even.

Nicole named her third company EarlyWorks because it describes her approach to the world so well: show up early or on time, do good work, rinse and repeat. Every day. Nicole is a leader in strategic communications ranging from global affairs to national awareness campaigns to block-level outreach and engagement. If you can do it, she’s done it. And she can tell you what works and how to do it even better. A continuous improver and perpetual optimizer, Nicole has committed over 20 years to facilitating social change through broad experiences recently including vice president of Excellent Schools Detroit, the director of communications at W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the co-founder of Cadre, where she counseled foundations and social impact organizations on program planning and development.

 

Kristin Gimbel
Vice President Strategy & Impact
Detroit, MI

Kristin is a possibility thinker driven to amplify good and deliver lasting impact. She thrives in the complex messiness that accompanies change and believes that communities hold the keys to solving some of our world’s most intractable challenges.

Kristin has nearly 15 years experience leading strategic communication, capacity building and partnership development across the for profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. Frequently at the intersection of partners spanning sectors, issues, and systems she threads the needle. Kristin most recently led education policy development, community engagement and strategic communications for the Governor of Oregon’s education team with a focus on issues spanning birth to career. In this capacity she worked to develop statewide strategies and polies to improve attendance, increase 3rd grade reading scores, smooth pathways to high school graduation, and recruit, retain and support early childhood professionals and K-12 educators.  This work often included the development of statewide campaigns and awareness building efforts, targeted influencer engagement, and broad-based coalition building.

Michaell Rose, DrPH, L.C.S.W.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach, CA

Bolstering Hospital’s Collective Impact with Congruent Partners

The challenge of what a nonprofit hospital can do to lower inequities and build community capacity sparked the development of the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living (MHSCHL). The Center was created to improve the health and care for those vulnerable communities, by providing free care and preventive services for the entire person – mind, body, and spirit.

Michaell Rose, DrPH, L.C.S.W.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach, CA

Michaell Silva Rose, DrPH, L.C.S.W. is the Director of the Community Health Department and Community Benefit Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Michaell oversees all of the programs and services under the Community Health umbrella: Mental Health Center, Health Ministries, Community Benefit Grants Program, Project Wipe Out, and the Center for Healthy Living. Michaell is passionate about social justice and public health issues. During the last 19 years at Hoag, Michaell has helped to develop several major programs and services for the low income, uninsured and underinsured community. Among her accomplishments are the creation of Hoag’s first outpatient Mental Health Center (1998) and Hoag’s Center for Healthy Living (2014). Both Centers strive to promote health and wellness in vulnerable communities. Michaell concurrently completed her doctorate degree in Public Health in 2017 while serving as Director. Michaell is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish.

Theme: Innovative Use of Land and Real Estate

John Haines
Mercy Corps
Portland, OR

Community Investment Trust: A Path to Neighborhood Ownership of Real Estate

Session will explain how the first of its kind investment product in commercial-retail real estate aimed at low-income, first-time investors was created, and how it can be replicated. No other financial product or community development model in the private, public, or nonprofit sector has been designed like the Community Investment Trust. It is both an inclusive wealth-building path for individuals and a community economic development strategy. The CIT’s unique advantages include: 1) Low dollar ($10-$100) monthly investments. 2) Short and long-term returns for investors through an annual dividend and share price change. 3) Guaranteed protection from loss for investors through a direct pay letter of credit from a bank. 4) Investor education course, called “Moving from Owing to Owning”, offered in five languages covering budgeting, goal setting, and the risk and returns profiles of investments. 5) Investor efficient tools including a website – investcit.com and an SEC compliant portal for investors.

John W. Haines
Mercy Corps
Portland, OR

John W. Haines, who served as the executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest before taking the role of scaling the CIT full-time, spent his career working in finance and economic development globally and in the U.S., in the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to Mercy Corps, he was a commercial lender at First Interstate Bank in Portland, OR; started an economic development fund in Trenton, NJ; was senior finance advisor to the Czech National Environmental Fund, working for Chemonics; and helped found ShoreBank Pacific, a bioregional conservation-based bank based in Portland, OR. John has been supported for five years in developing the CIT by an advisory team including leading experts in academics, real estate, law and economic policy. The advisors remain dedicated individually and as a team to seeing the CIT succeed and launch nationally.

Steve King
Oakland Community Land Trust
Oakland, CA

Tenant-led Preservation of the 23rd Avenue Community Building in Oakland, California

The 23rd Avenue Community Building is a vibrant mixed-use cultural hub in the center of Oakland’s Lower San Antonio neighborhood consisting of eight apartments, four commercial storefronts housing community-serving nonprofit organizations, and a community garden. For many years, the building has offered affordable rents to both residential and nonprofit tenants, and has grown into an important grassroots hub for Queer and Trans People of Color-led organizations. In early 2017, the residents and commercial tenants of the building received notice of an impending sale, sparking very reasonable fears of displacement. After unsuccessful meetings with a handful of affordable housing organizations in search of a partner, the residents finally connected with the Oakland Community Land Trust and an alliance to save the property was born. OakCLT and the residents coalesced around a vision of preserving the property as a community asset with permanently affordable rents and a pathway towards cooperative self-management and shared ownership. After a hard fought year-long campaign to align the necessary resources to #Liberate23rdAve, OakCLT and the residents and tenants closed on the purchase of the property in late 2017, demonstrating a replicable strategy of community-led development on community-owned land.

Steve King
Oakland Community Land Trust
Oakland, CA

Steve King is the Executive Director of the Oakland Community Land Trust, an organization established in Oakland, California in 2009 to create permanently affordable housing opportunities and provide stewardship of land, housing, and other properties used for community benefit. Steve has spent the past 15 years working for nonprofit organizations in the areas of affordable housing, equitable economic development, and applied social research. Prior to 2015, he was a Senior Associate at Urban Strategies Council, a nonprofit social impact organization in Oakland that uses tools of research, advocacy, innovation, and collaboration to advance principles of equity and social justice. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Geographic Analysis from Boston University.

Theme: Impact in Rural Areas

Brad Wood
River Valley Resources
Madison, IN

Margo Olson
River Valley Resources
Madison, IN

The Clearinghouse: Stop, Collaborate, & Listen

Working together, we can develop solutions based on collective insight, wisdom and creativity. There is an emphasis on building strong, trusting and respectful relationships while realizing that there’s more than enough for all of us if we’re willing to sit at the same table.

Brad Wood
River Valley Resources
Madison, IN

Brad Wood-Brad is the Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives at River Valley Resources, Inc. He has a background in International & Community Development, and started his career in Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. This gives him a unique perspective when working to address client needs with community organizations. He has fallen in love with the entrepreneurial spirit at RVR where each day he is able to identify needs, find solutions, and change lives.


Margo Olson

River Valley Resources
Madison, IN

Margo is the Executive Director of River Valley Resources, Inc. (RVR), which she co-founded in 1990. Originally founded to provide workforce development services, RVR’s mission has grown to include a variety of services to help individuals become self-sustaining.

Pamela Geddes
Alberta Parenting for the Future Foundation
Stony Plain, Alberta

Angie Smith
Alberta Parenting for the Future Foundation
Stony Pine, Alberta

Stumbling Upon Success “How We Created Shared Space Without Even Knowing It”

We have all heard “if you build it they will come”, but we were not told how to keep them and keep them happy. Having a strong vision is good, have a strong shared vision is imperative. Through humor, photographs and anecdotes, we will share how we use social innovation to create a space that respects inclusion, cultural awareness and diversity and encourages and values input from all tenants.

Pamela Geddes
Alberta Parenting for the Future Foundation
Stony Plain, Alberta

After earning a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta, Pamela stumbled into a 30 year career in nonprofit management. Starting in a 160 acre Living History Museum and moving to Recycling Awareness followed by the Entertainment field she finally landed in a Family Resource Centre. This winding road accidently lead her to the field of Social Innovation and ultimately into the management of a 35,000 square foot nonprofit community resource, the Family Connection Centre. It is here that she took a detour into the world of the Nonprofit Centres Network. Having recently completed a certificate in Social Innovation and Changemaking from MacEwan University, she has learned valuable skills and has filled a notebook with ideas on collaboration, innovation, evaluation and ultimately what she “should” have done five years ago when she woke one night with an idea.

 

Angie Smith
Alberta Parenting for the Future Foundation
Stony Plain, Alberta

Following a career in accounting and human resources in the “for profit” world, Angie joined the team at Alberta Parenting as the Business Manager.  Her learning curve in the world of managing a large non-profit centre was a vertical line where accounting and human resource management took on new meanings.  She has put into action, the visions for the centre and is enjoying this journey “without a map”.

Theme: In-Depth Collaboration

Heather Hiscox
Moves the Needle

The Role of Empathy and Experimentation in Collaboration

Empathy and experimentation are vital steps to form impactful collaborative partnerships. Learn how with simple and new questions you can ask, you can deeply understand what problems you solve for your collaborative partners and then how to test assumptions that are embedded within your collaborative partnerships.

Heather Hiscox
Moves the Needle
Tucson, AZ

Heather Hiscox is a social entrepreneur passionate about creating communities focused on assets, abilities, and abundance. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Social Impact Programs at Moves The Needle where she teaches organizations how to use Lean Innovation to eliminate the waste in how we create social change. Heather is also the creator of Wish List Hero.org, a website that unites nonprofit needs and the community and publishes the greatest wishes of nonprofits each week in the Arizona Daily Star. She mentors numerous social entrepreneurs each year and is active in creating more powerful entrepreneurial ecosystems. Heather is a Lean In Regional Leader and co-founder of the Women of Purpose Chapter. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and commitment to the community, including University of Arizona Honors College Young Alumna, TEDx Starr Pass Women Local Leader, Greater Tucson Leadership Ronald L. Kurth Award, 40 Under 40, and Inside Tucson Business Up and Comer.

Callen Blackburn
Posner Center
Denver, CO

A Greater Synthesis: A Symposium to Advance Shared Goals

This session, featuring the Posner Center for International Development in Denver, will share their work to develop, execute, and evaluate their first-ever Annual Symposium, an event that they plan to grow to a national, then an international conference. They’ll share the ways in which they were resourceful, how they pushed boundaries to create an atypical and engaging event, highlight the win-wins of such an event, and help you think about how a major convening may be a useful tool for advancing your mission.

Callen Blackburn
Posner Center
Denver, CO

Callen Blackburn is a Community Manager who works with global development professionals in her hometown of Denver, Colorado to promote collaboration and greater collective impact. Callen has supported global and local development for over five years through her hard work with Peace Corps Senegal, Grassroots Campaigns Denver, and the Posner Center for International Development. Callen holds a Masters Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University and a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Denver.

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