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.

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Monday, April 24, 2023
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMFunder Pre-ConferenceFunder Pre-Conference Session
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:30 PMWelcome RemarksPlenary Session
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMOpening Plenary SessionPlenary Session
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMBreak 
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMConcurrent How To SessionsConcurrent How To Session
3:15 PM - 3:30 PMBreak 
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMConcurrent Short TalksConcurrent Short Talks
4:00 PM - 4:15 PMBreak 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PMCoaching Office HoursCoaching Office Hours
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PMMorning Plenary SessionPlenary Session
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMBreak 
2:00 PM - 3:15 PMConcurrent How To SessionsConcurrent How To Session
3:15 PM - 3:30 PMBreak 
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMConcurrent Short TalksConcurrent Short Talks
4:00 PM - 4:15 PMBreak 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PMCoaching Office HoursCoaching Office Hours
Thursday, April 27, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMConcurrent Tool SessionsConcurrent Tool Session
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMBreak 
1:30 PM - 2:45 PMConcurrent How To SessionsConcurrent How To Session
2:45 PM - 3:00 PMBreak 
3:00 PM - 4:15 PMClosing Keynote Plenary SessionPlenary Session
Time Zone: (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]

Keynote Speakers

Melody Barnes
Melody Barnes
Chair, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia

Melody Barnes is co-director for policy and public affairs of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia where she is also the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor of Practice at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and a distinguished fellow at the School of Law.

Ms. Barnes was Assistant to the President and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Administration of President Barack Obama. Prior to her tenure in the Obama Administration, she was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and chief counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Her experience includes an appointment as director of legislative affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. She began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. 

Barnes is narrator and host of the National Endowment for the Humanities-supported podcast, LBJ and the Great Society and co-editor of Community Wealth Building & The Reconstruction of American Democracy:  Can We Make American Democracy Work? (Elgar, 2020).  She also co-authored, “Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2016) and is a commentator on U.S. domestic public policy.

Currently, Ms. Barnes serves as an independent director on the boards of Ventas, Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation.  She is chairperson of the board of directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and the board of trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello).  She is vice-chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Ms. Barnes also serves as chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions.

Barnes earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Marland Buckner Jr.

Ruchika Tulshyan
Ruchika Tulshyan

Ruchika Tulshyan is the best-selling author of Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work. The book was called “a transformative book” by Dr. Brené Brown.

Ruchika is the founder of Candour, a global inclusion strategy firm. She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and the New York Times.

Close to 50,000 learners have learned from her first LinkedIn Learning course, “Moving DEI from Intention to Impact.”

Ruchika co-wrote a paradigm-shifting article, ‘Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome’ for Harvard Business Review, with Jodi-Ann Burey. The article was named among 20 most impactful HBR articles of all time.

Ruchika is honored to be selected a LinkedIn Top Voice for Gender Equality in 2022. She was selected to Thinkers50 Radar 2019 and Hive Learning's Most Influential D&I leaders list for the past four years. In 2022, she received the Jeanette Williams Award from Seattle Women’s Commission for her work on advancing gender equality in the region.

She has previously been adjunct faculty in Communications at University of Washington and Seattle University. Ruchika also wrote, “The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace.”

A global citizen and Singaporean foodie, Ruchika has lived in four countries. She currently calls Seattle home.

Summit Hosts

Jennifer Juster
Jennifer Juster
CI Forum FSG
Cindy Santos
Cindy Santos
Aspen Institute FCS


The Collective Impact Action Summit will be following these accessibility practices:

  1. Sessions are held in Zoom and will have zoom auto-captions during session.
  2. Sessions can be accessed via computer or phone.
  3. We will use a conference website and mobile app where you can find the full agenda and zoom links, speaker bios, and ways to connect to other attendees.
  4. Materials for sessions like presentations or handouts will be posted to the conference website ahead of session times, except for instances when the speaker has requested not to share due to copyright. Those instances will be noted in the session description.
  5. American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided for the Summit’s three plenary sessions, and attendees who would like ASL for other sessions can request it when they register and we will pair them directly with an ASL interpreter.
  6. When information is available, we will share “activity level” for each session so you can decide if you prefer to join a session that is more presentation-style, Q&A, or has more active audience participation such as small breakout conversations or activities.
  7. Recordings posted to the conference website after the event will have close-captioning.
  8. Recordings will be available for six months following the event.
  9. Do you require other access practices not listed above to participate? Please contact us and we will do our best to address them.

Conference Themes

Through a mix of session topics, session formats, and a variety of speakers, 2023 Collective Impact Action Summit participants will explore a range of different conference themes:

  • Ground the work in data and context, and target solutions: How efforts can use quantitative and qualitative data to more deeply understand inequities that exist in the community; How an understanding of the historical and current context contributing to inequity can influence an initiative’s work; How initiative can target solutions for specific marginalized populations, based on a deeper understanding of the data and context.
  • Focus on systems change, in addition to programs and services: How collective impact efforts can focused on creating systems change; (e.g., Focusing on changing policy, shifting resources, changing mental models, pursuing narrative change); How systems change and programmatic strategies can be woven together into a collaboratives work
  • Shift power within the collaborative: How collective impact efforts can shift and share power amongst those engaged in the collaboratives work, so those most affected by the core issue are key decision-makers, drivers, and designers of the solutions.
  • Listen to and act with community: How collective impact efforts can act with community members (i.e., families, friends, neighbors) most connected to the topic of the initiative, and how efforts have done this in their work.
  • Build equity leadership and accountability: How collective impact efforts can build leadership skills around embedding equity practices in the collective’s work, and how efforts can maintain equity accountability within their work.

Issue Areas

Attendees will come to the 2023 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