Discussions & Panels

Day 1 | Day 2

Day One
Thursday, October 18

Public Health: The Need for Leadership Diversity (12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.)
Health disparities and unequal access to quality, affordable health care for people of color remain a critical challenge. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Assistant Vice President of Research and Evaluation (and NUF Class of 1997) Dr. Debra J. Perez, will focus on the problems that impede public health service delivery, and address how leadership diversity will impact the conditions that plague minority communities.

Regional Network Projects (1:30 – 2:15 p.m.)
Members of the Regional Network will examine issues and realities of diversity in the public sector. Discussion points to include awareness of diversity and inclusion, research, best-practices, pipeline strategies and key lessons learned that inform their work toward achieving actions and outcomes in the movement toward diversity and inclusion. Featuring Juanita Irizarry (Senior Program Officer, Human Services and Community Development, The Chicago Community Trust), Nancy Jones (Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications, The Miami Foundation) and Brian Williams (Executive Director, Southern California Leadership Network).

Talent Network (2:15 – 3:00 p.m.)
The Talent Network represents a new approach to the practices used to identify and access leadership talent. This session will include an update and a preview demonstration of this initiative to be presented in early 2013. Featuring Larry Eason (President & Founder, DOTorgpower).

Generating Diversity and Inclusion
The Inclusive Leadership Model: PSLDI Training (3:15 – 4:30 PM)
The National Urban Fellows’ Inclusive Leadership Model describes both the belief in the essential elements of an Inclusive leader and Inclusive organizations. This session will provide a briefing and demonstration of some of the approaches applied in the training modules being offered through the Initiative. Featuring David Mensah (Principal, DKBWave Consulting)

Summit Networking Reception: A Taste of Puerto Rico  (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico
Meet and greet at this evening’s cocktail reception. The fun will include and open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, a special gift raffle and of course some of the finest rums of Puerto Rico. Be there, and bring your business cards . Location: 135 W. 50 Street, 22nd Floor. (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Day Two
Friday, October 19

When Change ComesThe Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on Public Interest Law, Civil Rights and Advocacy (9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
How does the absence of diversity and inclusion influence our professional experiences? Nina Perales, Esq., MALDEF Vice President of Litigation, will share her experiences and insights and address these critical questions.

Empowering the Effort for Change
Beyond the Dialogue: Achieving the Big Picture (10 – 11 a.m.)
This Round Table discussion is an examination of the critical role of government leaders in the PSLDI movement. Panelists will discuss their individual perspectives on the importance of increasing leadership diversity across the sector. Moderated by Time Warner Philanthropy’s Special Projects Manager Sheryl Hilliard Tucker. Featuring Orlando Marin (Commissioner, New York City Planning) and Bruce Stewart (Deputy Director Training, Compliance, and Strategic Initiatives, OPM)

Building Allies
New Voices New Visions: The Call for Diversity and Inclusion (11 a.m – 12:15 p.m)
Where are the unheard voices and perspectives? The challenges faced by the nation are varied and complex. Finding solutions will require a rich pool of talented, diverse and motivated public leaders who are equal to the immense task at hand, and who will bring fresh perspectives, approaches and skills. This session will focus on what the agenda for expansion of leaders of color will look like over the next 10 years. Featuring Zarina J. Durrani (Director, Diversity Initiatives, The Brookings Institution), Edward Gonzales-Novoa (Executive Director, New York Public Allies), James R. McGirt (Manager of Education Programs, Project Learning Tree and the American Forest Foundation, NUF Class of 2005) and David Shuffler (Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice)

Luncheon Keynote
Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Private Sector (1 – 1:30 p.m.)
Based upon her extensive knowledge, experience and insights as a leader in the private sector, Wema Hoover, Aetna’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs, will share her expertise around Diversity and Inclusion in the private sector as a value added proposition to improve bottom line effectiveness, and how the same principles can be applied to the public service sector.

Elevating the Conversation: Moving Toward Impact (1:45 – 2:45 p.m.)
Distinguished and accomplished leaders share their views from the top on ways to prioritize diversity and inclusion as a major agenda item for the government and public service sectors. Featuring Brad Baldia (Vice Chairman, Board of Director, NAAAP), Hon. Peter Rivera, New York State, Sheena Wright (President, United Way of New York City.)

From Vision to Initiative
Philanthropy: Advancing Leadership Diversity in the Third Sector (3 – 4:15 p.m.)
As the public service sector continues to confront the lack of diversity in leadership ranks, some philanthropic foundations have been a critical resource at a time when many others are no longer supporting leadership development. This session will identify future strategies that will align the diversity and inclusive agenda with the priori- ties and trends in philanthropy. Featuring Richard Brown (Vice President, Philanthropy, American Express Philanthropy) and Aaron Dorfman (Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) and Rafael Lopez (Associate Director, The Annie E. Casey Foundation).

On Being a First – What Now: Now That We’ve Made It? (4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
What happens when leaders of color begin making it into top leadership positions in the public service sector? Denise L. Pease (Regional Administrator, Northeast and Caribbean  Region, U.S. General Services Administration, NUF Class of 1983) will address what is it like being a first, while sharing what the obligations and responsibilities to other leaders of color are.


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