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). 

Friday, April 23, 2021
 Peer Networking CallsPre-Summit Networking
Monday, April 26, 2021
1:30 PM - 4:30 PMPre-Conference Dialogue: Navigating the Funder Experience in Collective Impact 
 Peer Networking CallsPre-Summit Networking
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:45 PMWelcome Remarks & Opening PlenaryPlenary Session
1:45 PM - 2:15 PMBreak 
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMSTEM Excellence for All: System Thinking as a Vehicle for Narrative ChangeConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMHow to Use Data for Continuous LearningConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMAdapting the Collective Impact Model and Evaluation Approach to Statewide and Regional InitiativesConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMDeveloping a Community of Practice to Advance DEI VirtuallyConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMChanging the World With: Avoiding the Perfunctory Inclusion TrapConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMCreating Authentic Community Engagement Through Shared Voice and Shared PowerConcurrent How To Session
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMDisrupting Traditional Power Structures for Community Co-Design and Intergenerational LeadershipConcurrent How To Session
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMBreak 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMCoaching Floor/Peer Connection Time 
5:15 PM - 6:30 PMVirtual ReceptionNetworking
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:45 AMCoaching FloorNetworking
12:00 PM - 1:15 PMPlenary SessionPlenary Session
1:15 PM - 1:30 PMBreak 
1:30 PM - 2:15 PMCoaching Floor/Peer Connection TimeNetworking
2:15 PM - 3:30 PMConcurrent Short TalksConcurrent Short Talks
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMBreak 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMCounteracting Unconscious Bias to Build a Diverse TeamConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMThe A Word: The (not so) Dirty Side of AccountabilityConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMAll Hands-on Deck: Addressing Health and Social Needs Through Cross-CollaborationConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMDesigning and Hosting a Virtual Data WalkConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMSustainability Case-Building: Integrating Social and Business Frameworks for SustainabilityConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMTools for Creating Community Agency and EmpowermentConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM2-Gen Toolkit: A Guide to Providing Programs that Support the Educational Success of Parents and Children. Experiences from Austin TexasConcurrent Tool Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMCommunicating for Social ChangeConcurrent Tool Session
Thursday, April 29, 2021
11:15 AM - 12:00 PMCoaching Floor/Peer Connection TimeNetworking
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMMinnesota Census Mobilization Partnership: Perseverance and Impact in Minnesota Concurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMCOVID-19: Using A Public Health Crisis To Build Health EquityConcurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMLeading Systems Change: Centering Equity in the Leadership and Work of Systems ChangeConcurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMDemographic Data: Essential to Collective ImpactConcurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMPurpose Built Community of Practice: Networks in a Time of COVID Concurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMCollective Impact 3.0 and Co-creation to Convene Chapters of the Movement for Community-led Development in 12 CountriesConcurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMAnalytical Storytelling: Connecting Data and the Lived Experience to Prepare for Collective ImpactConcurrent Case Study Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMBridging the Digital Divide by Leveraging Collective ImpactConcurrent Case Study Session
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMBreak 
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMMessing Up(ward): Using Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to Design for ImpactConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMAuamo Kuleana: Using Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mindset to Embrace and Celebrate Conflict in NetworksConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMEquitable Collective Impact Led and Designed by Neighborhood Key StakeholdersConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMDeveloping a Theory of Change to Drive Your Backbone OperationsConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMIdentifying, Managing, and Shifting Power Dynamics in CI InitiativesConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMA Year of Reckoning: Lessons Learned and ImpactsConcurrent How To Session
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMConstituent Feedback: An Equity-Driven Approach to Program ImprovementConcurrent How To Session
3:15 PM - 3:45 PMBreak 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMClosing PlenaryPlenary Session
4:45 PM - 5:00 PMWrap Up & Closing RemarksPlenary Session

Featured Speakers

Nayantara Sen
Nayantara Sen
Race Forward
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.



Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson
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 TimesWiredThe RootThe Washington Post, The Chronicle of PhilanthropyFast 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.



Sonya Renee Taylor
Sonya Renee Taylor
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

Leroy Adams
Leroy Adams
UP Partnership
Jason D. Alexander, MPP
Jason D. Alexander, MPP
Capacity for Change, LLC
Shawn Baker
Shawn Baker
Cambiar Consulting
Krystal Billups
Krystal Billups
Mosaic Group, Inc
Molly Blankenship
Molly Blankenship
Chattanooga 2.0
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Thomas Both
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University
Alicia Brace
Alicia Brace
Cambiar Consulting
Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown
Viewpoint Consulting
Silvana Caro
Silvana Caro
Soluciones Conjuntas
Alex Puanani Connelly
Alex Puanani Connelly
Kua’āina Ulu ‘Auamo
Rebecca Dali
Rebecca Dali
Center for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives
Jessica Dargiel
Jessica Dargiel
Thrive Chicago
Jaci David
Jaci David
Blandin Foundation
Bianca Dávila
Bianca Dávila
The Learning Accelerator
Pascal Djohossou
Pascal Djohossou
Movement for Community-led Development
DeLa Dos
DeLa Dos
Beloved Community
Wayne Ducheneaux
Wayne Ducheneaux
Native Governance Center
Sherry Edmunds-Flett
Sherry Edmunds-Flett
LINC Society
Ruby Flores
Ruby Flores
Illinois Action for Children
Naava Frank
Naava Frank
Naava Frank, LLC / Knowledge Communities
Bill Fulton
Bill Fulton
The Civic Canopy
Debbie Gowensmith
Debbie Gowensmith
Groundswell Services
Ann Hendrix-Jenkins
Ann Hendrix-Jenkins
Movement for Community-led Development
Jon Ippel
Jon Ippel
Amplify GR
Nicole Kish-Field
Nicole Kish-Field
LINC Society
Vanessa Lee
Vanessa Lee
Illinois Action for Children
Xiongpao "Xp" Lee
Xiongpao "Xp" Lee
MN Department of Health
Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis
Beloved Community
Cristal Little
Cristal Little
Vallejo Housing Justice Organizer
Colleen Maleski
Colleen Maleski
StriveTogether
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Johnny Manzon-Santos
With/In Collaborative
Michelle Matthews
Michelle Matthews
Purpose Built Communities
Kevin Mauer
Kevin Mauer
Cape Fear Collective
Erin McClarty
Erin McClarty
Erin McClarty, PLLC
Micheal McElveen
Micheal McElveen
UpMetrics
Kalie McMonagle
Kalie McMonagle
The Civic Canopy
Faride Nazar
Faride Nazar
Soluciones Conjuntas
Betsy Payne
Betsy Payne
Philadelphia Education Fund
Jessica Nguyen, MCP, MPH
Jessica Nguyen, MCP, MPH
ChangeLab Solutions
Stephen Pham
Stephen Pham
The Learning Accelerator
Dr. Christopher Prentice
Dr. Christopher Prentice
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ageno Otii
Ageno Otii
The Civic Canopy
Niegel Rozet
Niegel Rozet
Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo
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Adene Sacks
With/in collaborative
Rachel Schaffer
Rachel Schaffer
Big Tent Consulting
Deb Socia
Deb Socia
The Enterprise Center
Miwa Tamanaha
Miwa Tamanaha
Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo
Kyle Tribble
Kyle Tribble
Your Way Home Montgomery County
Luis Ulerio
Luis Ulerio
New Jersey HIV/Housing Collaborative
Dr. Kimberly Walker
Dr. Kimberly Walker
Arabella Advisors
Aisha Williams
Aisha Williams
CHRIS 180
Junious Williams
Junious Williams
Junious Williams Consulting, Inc. (JWC)

Intro on conference themes and issue areas

Conference Themes

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

Issue Areas

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
  • Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness
  • And many other issues, including child welfare, food security, juvenile justice, social determinants of health, veterans, and more