We live in a dynamic world that moves at lightning speed. If the social good space is to thrive in coming years, we must work together to transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities. In 2015, Independent Sector launched an extensive series of community conversation called “Threads” to explore our collective ability to solve the world’s greatest problems in coming years. We not only examined trends shaping our work, but we discussed what’s holding us back and what’s working. In this session, we’re excited to share that journey with you. Buckle up as we travel coast to coast to hear from a diverse chorus of people from this amazingly talented community of ours. Their stories and our work together during this plenary will re-ignite the passion in your heart and the fire in your gut for making this crazy spinning world a more just, verdant place for all.
How will the 2016 elections shape our future? This two-part plenary will take a critical look at the American election scene. First, a panel of distinguished experts will provide insight into how the 2016 election results, both state and federal could affect the country and the sector’s work in the coming years. Then, Trevor Potter, former chairman of the United States Federal Election Commission, will discuss the deep challenges in the electoral process, including shifts in campaign finance and demographic engagement, and what our sector can do to promote a healthier democracy.
Join Independent Sector at the John W. Gardner Leadership Awards Luncheon. We’ll honor the change-making spirit of our founding chair, John W. Gardner, as we celebrate the transformative leadership of Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO of City Year, with our 2015 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. Brown will be honored for his leadership in the national service movement, his commitment to education and social justice, and his belief in the potential of every young person. His leadership in the movement has been most powerfully evidenced by his co-founding and leadership of City Year, a national service education organization whose dedicated corps members serve full-time for a year in schools in high-poverty communities.
During the awards luncheon, we will also honor United We Dream’s Julieta Garibay with the 2015 American Express NGen Leadership Award for her work addressing inequality and barriers to opportunity for immigrant youth.