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On The Frontlines Resolving complex social issues

  • Building True Allyship; Creating Opportunity and Equity for Native Women and Girls
    Workshop
    Less than .02% of philanthropic dollars to go Native populations in the U.S. and the number decresaes when the focus is specifc to women and girls. As a funder, how can you better understand native culture and context in order to make lasting change? New organizations development tools to support this journey will be shared by Native Americans in Philanthropy, along with funders’ stories from the field.
  • De-criminalizing Women and Girls: Closing the Pathway to Prison
    Plenary
    Mass incarceration affects women and girls at ever-increasing rates around the world. Comprehensive reforms require examining the economic, racial, and other systemic injustices at play. Women with first-hand experience of the criminal justice system are on the front lines leading policy reforms, transforming lives, and rebuilding communities. This panel will be moderated by Mary Stutts.
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships to End Sexual Violence in One Generation
    Workshop
    Hear how three leading national sexual violence prevention organizations came together to form a coalition enabling them to advance their work across industries, including sports, and transportation. Partnering with unexpected companies like Uber and the NFL is increasing awareness, shifting norms, and promoting new policies that affect thousands.
  • Sustainability and Gender Justice
    Plenary
    Women make up more than 80 percent of the global workforce in the apparel supply chain. We will highlight global corporate foundations who have spearheaded multi-year partnerships to positively impact tens of thousands of women in the Global South.
  • Girls Advocating for Change
    Workshop
    Girls are powerful policy advocates, shaping a world that meets their needs. Hear results from a California-wide landscape of girl-advocates, which laws are being pushed forward, and how they are shifting toxic gender norms.
  • Finance as a Tool to End Gender-Based Violence
    Plenary
    It’s become a well-known statistic that 1 in 3 women experiences sexual or intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Canada, Australia, and other countries are elevating the issue, with Samoa recently naming gender-based violence (GBV) as a national security issue. While funding for programs has increased, that alone cannot eliminate GBV; new alliances and strategies are needed. Hear how finance can be used as a tool to address GBV and the vital role of women’s funds in advancing these efforts.
  • What is a Man? A Message for Us All
    Plenary
    Mentored by Eve Ensler, bell hooks, and Gloria Steinem, Kevin is a passionate leader in the work to end men’s and boys’ violence against women and girls.  Envisioning a multi-cutural, multi-generational men’s movement, Kevin calls for a world without sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, fear, or violence.  
  • Accessing Free Legal Support for Women’s Rights Organizations
    Workshop
    Since 2015, TrustLaw, the global pro bono legal program of the Thomson Reuters Foundation has connected over 400 NGOs working on women’s rights to leading legal teams around the world. Hear the top legal questions faced by women’s rights organizations and learn how to access this pro-bono legal support, freeing up your resources to focus on your mission. Case studies will be shared illustrating how organizations streamlined operations, expanded geographically, and scaled their operations. Participants will have the opportunity to [...]
  • The Fight for Reproductive Freedom
    Plenary
    Coordinated attacks across the U.S. are chipping away at women’s rights, while U.S. Foreign policy and “global gag rules” support ever more oppressive practices.  What comes next?
  • Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice: Navigating the Maze
    Workshop
    Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Rights are an eco-system of movements working together encompassing providers, legal rights, access, and more. In this interactive workshop you’ll experience how immigration status, economic status, and race affect how a woman experiences reproductive health, and where funders are making the most headway.
  • Gender and Climate Justice: Lessons from Asia and the Pacific
    Plenary
    Climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time. Engaging women as strategists and solution-builders is critical to combat this global challenge. Hear about the gender inclusive approaches that are shifting power, structures and systems throughout Asia in support of sustainable climate outcomes. This panel will be moderated by Jane Sloane.
  • Accelerating Progress in Girls’ Education: A Global View
    Plenary
    We all know a girl’s education is a critical part of her economic outlook, but what is happening in different countries to make progress? A global partnership has resulted in the first ever Girls’ Education Ecosystem Map, an open access resource to help identify programming gaps and identify partnership opportunities. View education statistics, policies, and organizations that are working, funding, researching and advocating in girls’ education globally.

It’s Personal Leading with power, across sectors

  • Motivating Employers to Shift Policies and Practices for Women
    Workshop
    The Workplace Employment Scorecard is a tool developed to evaluate and celebrate employers who are making inroads in building a workplace where women are thriving. Hear how it is successfully incentivizing and educating employers to cultivate a gender diverse, and leading to strong commitments from the corporate sector and learn how you can do the same in your community.
  • Experiencing Gender Bias with Virtual Reality
    Workshop
    Join women’s empowerment leader Amy Logan to experience her new 3D Virtual Reality film, “Belonging”, that had delegates at the UN Commission on the Status of Women buzzing.  Don a VR headset and live through a gender-biased workplace encounter. Where does unconscious gender bias show up through microaggressions? This powerful new tool, based on neuroscience, helps cultivate awareness and empathy and empowers viewers to start creating more inclusive climates in their workplaces. Limited to 40.  Pre-registration required
  • I Am Remarkable
    Workshop
    Gender norms affect how women go through the recruitment process, many times not getting hoped-for outcomes. The missing ingredient? Self-promotion. Accomplished HR leader, Kanika Raney, discusses the powerful “proximity effect” of working with other women, how to boost your career with key skills, and breaks through the obstacles in a powerful and experiential workshop.
  • The Happy Healthy Woman Leader
    Workshop
    Join the renowned author of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit for a dynamic workshop that will re-energize you and sustain your leadership.  Learn to recognize burnout symptoms, self-assess your stress triggers and get tools to activate a culture of well-being in your organization.  
  • Racial Equity as a Leadership Competency
    Workshop
    How can nonprofits and foundations evolve definitions of leadership to center equity? ProInspire will share current research on a leadership competency model for social impact with an equity lens. Discuss where bias shows up and learn how equity is part of every element of leadership – from navigating difficult conversations to systems thinking.

The Power of Voice Shaping stories, policy, and solutions

  • The Blanket Exercise: A Participatory Experience of Native American History
    Workshop
    Join Native Americans in Philanthropy for a powerful participatory exercise in the history of Indigenous peoples. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and educators, the Blanket Exercise fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  
  • Ending Child Marriage in Pakistan
    Plenary
    21 percent of Pakistani girls are married by the age of 18 and have the highest reported cases of domestic violence. Child marriage occurs in the most marginalized and vulnerable communities, with devastating consequences. Renowned Pakistani human rights activist, Rukhshanda Naz, will premier “Fundamentals”, a 15 minute film, sponsored by Global Fund for Women, which documents the movement to end child marriage. Hear about this journey first-hand, and what is happening on the ground to end this practice.
  • We Come as Girls We Leave as Women: Teens Speak their Truth about Leadership
    Plenary
    Writer and producer Chrishaunda Lee Perez raises challenges faced by teen girls from body issues to sexuality in her new novel, We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women. Endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, the book has sparked thought-provoking conversations since its release. In this session, Perez and local young women discuss these themes with clarity and candor.
  • Why Invest in Your Brand – And How to Begin
    Workshop
    Join Mission Critical Creative for a hands-on clinic to develop the confidence to successfully manage your nonprofit brand. Bring your materials – brochure, a printout from your website, or even a fundraising letter – and join us for exercises that help you problem solve for your own brand. Using case-studies, you, your team, and your board can learn how to develop a strong brand, and when and how to audit it. *This Clinic will include bonus tips on how to build a [...]
  • Women Journalists Telling The Story
    Plenary
    More information coming soon!
  • Changing the Narrative of Violence Against Women and Girls
    Workshop
    Journalists shape public perception of partner violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking through their reporting and the language used.  “Changing the Narrative of Violence Against Women and Girls” is a media toolkit and training which can be used in any location to shift the conversation and more accurately represent the realities of men’s violence against women and girls and LGBTQ+.  Learn how to better partner with journalists in your community, and what to do with media reports that are [...]
  • Making Waves with Advocacy
    Workshop
    During this time of great political change, many foundations and nonprofits hesitate to step into the advocacy arena. Now, more than ever, is the time to speak out. If you want to learn how to can engage in advocacy or develop more sophisticated campaigns, this session is for you. If you are already in the advocacy space, join the conversation for how the women’s funding movement can advance a policy agenda.
  • How to Boost Our Collective Impact with Digital Strategies
    Workshop
    Digital platforms, communities, and strategies hold the potential for women’s collective organizing on a scale never before possible. Yet, women’s and girls’ organizations around the world still face significant barriers to using technology to mobilize and address systemic issues. Join digital networking experts in the women’s movement, Jensine Larsen, World Pulse, and Uma Mishra Newbery, Women’s March Global for an interactive workshop on best practices and applications of technology that can strengthen your collective impact and [...]

How Money Moves Re-shaping philanthropy, redefining investment

  • Funder Collaboratives for Bolder Philanthropy
    Workshop
    Foundations are banding together for ever greater impact. From the new statewide California Gender Justice Funders Collaborative to the New York-based Justice Fund, bringing influential movement leaders and funders together is a powerful way to shift the narratives that create and continue gender oppression. Hear best practices of establishing successful funder collaboratives, and big plans for 2019.
  • Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap with a Life Span Approach
    Workshop
    Wealth-building goes beyond receiving equal pay. The factors limiting a woman’s ability to build and preserve wealth are interconnected throughout her life, so why aren’t the solutions? New research shows that a “one-size fits all” approach is not effective.  Learn about interrelated asset-building challenges and the solutions for each stage of a woman’s life.
  • Women in Venture Capital
    Plenary
    Only 2% of funding in the US goes to women-owned businesses. At investment firms, women have historically been excluded from the decision-making process. Now, the landscape is changing as women in venture capital are stepping up and creating bold solutions for change.
  • Women Investing in Women
    Plenary
    In a landscape where only 2% of venture capital in the U.S. goes to women-owned businesses and women own 4 out of every 10 businesses, biases tip the scales against success. Hear from women who are blasting past these barriers and making new rules as they mobilize resources, Donor Advised Funds foundation giving, IRAs and more to ensure all women have the opportunity to invest in women’s leadership and innovation.
  • Strong Families: Eradicating Barriers to Financial Well-Being
    Workshop
    Increasing economic equity takes more than grantmaking. Hear how members of the Two Generation Advocacy Cohort influence statewide and local policy changes. Learn lessons from four U.S. states, and get advice on how to replicate efforts.
  • Film Screening: The Great American Lie
    The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will host a private screening of “The Great American Lie”, a film that exposes how the gaping economic inequality in the United States is rooted in our beliefs with what is “masculine” – individualism, power, and money, and what is “feminine” – empathy, care and collaboration. “We create inequalities by what we choose to value and what we choose to ignore.” – Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Women of Color: Reshaping Philanthropy
    Plenary
    More information coming soon
  • Forging Ahead: The Future of Women’s Funds
    Plenary
    Women’s Funds are unique community foundations, serving as grantmakers, educators, and policy advocates for women and girls. Lauren Casteel, who joined the Board of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado in the 1990s and went on to become the CEO, discusses what’s changed within the philanthropic landscape the evolution of women’s issues, and what is the path forward.
  • Where’s The Money Going? How Philanthropists, Corporate Leaders, and Investors are Advancing Gender Equity
    Plenary
    Leaders from the Gates Foundation, Novo Foundation, Pivotal Ventures and others discuss cutting edge approaches to philanthropy, corporate responsibility, and impact investing that is advancing gender equity in the U.S. and globally in a big way.
  • Partnerships, Collaborations, and Mergers: Achieving More Together
    Workshop
    In this day and age when we are all asked to to more with the same or fewer resources, how do we leverage our uniqueness and deepen our impact by partnering and collaborating with others? Find out how Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund developed partnerships, collaborations and a merger to serve more women more effectively. Partners include Western New York Women’s Foundation and Bay Path University in Longmeadow MA.
  • Blended Capital: A Tool to Support Sisters Across Borders
    Workshop
    Leaders from Beyond our Borders share how they combine philanthropy and gender lens investing to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls globally. Use their tools to facilitate global grant making for women and girls, in your own community.
  • Open Source Data: Breaking Ground in Connecticut
    Workshop
    Connecticut’s women’s funds have joined with statewide women’s advocacy and policy groups to develop a network of women and girls serving organizations. This collaboration is breaking new ground by developing an innovative research system that collects and disseminates data on women and girls. Data will be accessible throughout the state, providing all funders and service providers compelling evidence to inform and influence decision making.

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