EPIP 2021 Conference Spotlight: Plenaries


Join EPIP from June 7th - 11th for R/evolution, our 2021 Virtual National Conference. Click here to register!

What does it mean to celebrate a 20th anniversary, virtually? What’s the right mix of looking back, taking stock of our present moment, and looking forward? How do we center the wisdom of those who have come before us while boldly envisioning new futures? We're thrilled with the mix of voices, perspectives, and histories that will help us answer these pressing questions and ground our conference programming in three signature plenaries - Philanthropy Reimagined: 20 Years of ChangemakingCollective Loss: Collective Care: What We Need From Our Institutions, and A World Without Philanthropy: Imagining Liberation

On Monday June 7, we kick off the conference with Philanthropy Reimagined: 20 Years of Changemakingfeaturing Sandy Nathan (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice), Anthony Simmons (ABFE, EPIP Board Chair), Dana Arviso (formerly of Potlatch Fund), and Jonathan Jayes-Green (Marguerite Casey Foundation). When we look back at where change has been successful - or not - what can we carry forward as current and future changemakers? Join this distinguished set of emerging and established leaders in and alongside philanthropy to explore how we have and can continue to reimagine the sector.

Next, we turn our focus inward, and look at how philanthropy has - and can continue to - pivot its internal organizational cultures to truly support early and mid-career practitioners by pushing back against white dominant cultural norms that ask us to forego our full humanity in order to show up at work. This session, Collective Loss, Collective Care:  What We Need From Our Institutions will be moderated by Beatrice Lors-Rousseau (Open Society Foundation), and features Keri Gray (Keri Gray Group), Katie Carter (Pride Foundation) and our own Storme Gray

Our closing plenary, A World Without Philanthropy: Imagining Liberation, is sure to leave you inspired, dreaming, and ready for action. Drawing on the work of movement leaders, artists, writers, and comedians, this plenary looks outside of philanthropy to explore the imaginative practices we need to learn in order to help usher a future in which organized philanthropy is no longer needed. Featuring Derecka Purnell (lawyer, writer, organizer, author of forthcoming book Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom),  H.D. Hunter (young adult afro-futurist and activist), Maria Cherry Rangel (Foundation for Louisiana and EPIP board member), and moderated by Kiyomi Fujikawa (Third Wave Fund), this conversation is going to be one for the books. Stay after for a session with H.D. Hunter to practice integrating imaginative practices into your work as an emerging philanthropic practitioner. 

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  • Erin Roberts
    published this page in Blog 2021-05-11 17:19:31 -0400