Please find below a working version of the Summit agenda. Click on the title of any session to review additional details, including the session description and learning objectives.
Note: All session times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Manager of Cultural Strategies
Nayantara Sen is an activist, network builder, arts advocate, and social and racial justice educator and trainer. She is the Culture and Content Program Manager and Senior Trainer at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. At Race Forward, she produces curricula, facilitates racial justice workshops to support movement organizations and non-profits nationally, and develops cultural and narrative strategies for racial equity. She is the program designer and manager of the Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab in New York City, which is equipping 60 arts and cultural organizations with racial equity practices and prototypes. Since the mid 2000’s, Nayantara has trained thousands of non-profit and philanthropic sector professionals, students, teachers, administrators, funders, grassroots activists, labor organizers, public health and social service workers. She has curated interdisciplinary programs that address the intersections of race, gender, class, media and art. Previously, she developed public programs on topics like multi-raciality and zines, media criticism and science fiction, and race and storytelling through Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history program that explores histories of mixed-race families in New York.
Color of Change
Rashad Robinson is the President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization driven by more than 7 million members who are building power for Black communities. Color Of Change uses innovative strategies to bring about system change in the industries that affect Black people’s lives: Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood, Washington, corporate board rooms, local prosecutor offices, state capitol buildings and city halls around the country. Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change designs and implements winning strategies for racial justice, among them: forcing corporations to stop supporting Trump initiatives and white nationalists; winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue; holding local prosecutors accountable to end mass incarceration, police violence and financial exploitation across the justice system; forcing over 100 corporations to abandon ALEC, the right-wing policy shop; changing representations of race and racism in Hollywood; moving Airbnb, Google and Facebook to implement anti-racist initiatives; and forcing Bill O’Reilly off the air.
Rashad is widely consulted on strategies for corporate accountability, transforming the criminal justice system, media and tech reform, culture change and narrative infrastructure, and building Black political power. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at events across the country, and appears regularly as a quoted source, interview guest and opinion writer in major media. In addition to media appearances, Rashad has been profiled by The New York Times, Wired, The Root, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, PBS, BET and several other outlets. Color Of Change has been named three times in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list—in 2015, 2018 and 2020—and was profiled by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Rashad is the proud recipient of awards from organizations as varied as ADCOLOR, the United Church of Christ, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation and Demos. Rashad was a member of the inaugural cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, and serves on the board of the Hazen Foundation. Previously, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD.
Activist, Poet, and author of The Body is Not an Apology
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company with content reaching half a million people each month. Sonya’s work as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader continues to have global reach. She is a former national and international poetry slam champion, author, educator and activist who has mesmerized audiences across the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands as well as in prisons, mental health treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and public schools across the globe. She was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in 2015 as well as a Planned Parenthood Generation Action’s 2015 Outstanding Partner awardee. She was named one of the 12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity by Bustle Magazine and, in September 2015, she was honored as a YBCA 100, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture; an honor she shared alongside author Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and many more. Sonya and her work have been seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, The New York Times, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Today.com, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia, Shape.com, Ms. Magazine and many more.
Concurrent Session Speakers
Intro on conference themes and issue areas
Through a mix of session topics, session formats, and a variety of speakers, 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit participants will explore a range of different conference themes:
- Community Engagement: Authentically co-creating alongside those with lived experiences by ensuring that community members actively contribute to and co-lead a collective impact initiative
- Community Organizing: Building community leadership to harness and mobilize power toward changing local conditions, policies, and resources
- Data and Continuous Learning: Using qualitative and quantitative data for continuous learning and decision-making in collective impact (e.g., identifying shared measures; using shared measurement systems / platforms; learning from data; evaluating the progress of collective impact work)
- Mental Models and Narrative Change: Influencing individuals' deeply held beliefs and assumptions that influence actions, and changing a community's story that leads to large-scale shifts
- Policy Change: Advocating for changes in federal/state/local legislative policy, or changing an organization’s rules, regulations, priorities, or policies/procedures that guide its and others’ actions
- Relationships, Connections, and Power Dynamics: Strengthening the quality of connections and communication occurring between partners, and changing how individuals and organizations hold decision-making power and influence
Attendees will come to the 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit from a wide range of issue areas of interest, including:
- Arts & Culture
- Community Development
- Economic Development
- Education and Youth
- Health & Nutrition
- And many other issues, including child welfare, food security, juvenile justice, social determinants of health, veterans, and more