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Why Join Us

It’s not just an event, it’s an experience.

It’s not about who is at the front of the room… it’s about everyone who is in the room. It’s definitely not a conference, not a meeting, not a series of Power Points, and not traditional.

We create stronger communities working in that sweet spot between the limited and the limitless. This year’s program will focus on the productive tension between “what is” and “what if”, the inspiration that continues to drive us further into what’s possible —

You can expect to be challenged and inspired by a refreshing line up of brilliant speakers who are masters at shattering today’s limits and unleashing tomorrow’s possibilities.

Bring your curiosity, hunger for knowledge, and passion for youth work… and leave with recharged energy, valuable connections, and powerful ideas.

This year’s event takes place at the historic Pittsburgh Opera House. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Opera House here.

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Connection 2017 will focus on breaking through the chatter of daily work to identify deep connections and limitless possibilities.

Exploring audacious progress and possibilities, calling out and removing barriers that limit progress, confronting gaps in our knowledge and mindfully anticipating what’s on the horizon — the
extraordinary voices of the Connection 2017 stage unlock our imaginations and inspire new thinking that can lead to  stronger communities and outcomes for youth.

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David M. Wertheimer, M.S.W., M.Div.
Systemic Visionary

Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation

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Jean Rhodes, Ph.D.
Social Connections Detective

Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the UMB

Bio

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Frank Lehner, M.A.
Master Identity Guide

Naridus International

Bio

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Nadim Matta
Results Accelerator

Rapid Results Institute

Bio

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Vikki Lassiter, MS
Knowledge Navigator

Measure of America

Bio

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Marc Dones
Equity-Based Systems Transformer

The Center for Social Innovation

Bio

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Jasiri X
Social Change Pioneer

1Hood Media

Bio

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Katherine Bailey
Energy Curator

Managing Director, Organizational Transformation at The Energy Project

Bio

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Dr.
Karen Countryman-Roswurm

Anti-Trafficking Activist

Executive Director at Center for Combating Human Trafficking

Bio

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Alison Alvarez
Big Data Decoder

BlastPoint

Bio

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Grace Franklin
Millennial Master

Center for Children’s Rights

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Vanessa German
Citizen Artist

Pittsburgh artHOUSE

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right-facing-white-bubble The Connection Experience left-facing-white-bubble

The mainstage program is only a fraction of Connection 2017 – the full experience involves even more activities and interactive installations that catalyze discussion and stimulate new relationships.

To kickstart the experience we begin with a welcome event to help get you ready for the day ahead. The next day begins by fueling up with breakfast before alternating between inspiring and thought-provoking talks from our speakers, and meals and interaction with fellow attendees, who comprise a multi-sector group of change-makers passionate about strengthening outcomes for youth.

Between mainstage sessions, get involved with a hands-on activities, an art exhibit, meet-up with one of the speakers you just heard or with fellow attendees. End the day with a chance to kick back, relax and share new ideas over food, drinks and celebration.

Wednesday, September 20th
9:00 am –
5:00 pm
Pre-experience events
(Requires separate registration)
Omni William Penn
4:30 pm –
6:30 pm
Connection Ticket Will Call
Omni William Penn
5:00 pm –
6:30 pm
Opening Session
Omni William Penn
Thursday, September 21st
8:30 am –
9:30 am
Progressive Welcome & Check in (Breakfast Included)
Pittsburgh Opera House
9:30 am –
11:00 am
Session 2
Mainstage, Pittsburgh Opera House
11:00am –
12:45pm
Experiential Space (Lunch Included)
Offsite
1:00 pm –
2:15 pm
Session 3
Mainstage, Pittsburgh Opera House
2:15 pm –
3:15 pm
Experiential Space
Pittsburgh Opera House
3:15 pm –
4:45 pm
Session 4
Mainstage, Pittsburgh Opera House
5:00 pm –
7:00 pm
Session 5
Offsite

*The cost of food and beverages at all events are included in the registration fee

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Sponsors & Catalysts

1-awha
1-melville
meg-hensley
1-aecf
1-lapiana
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1-forbes
1-greensinnre
costco
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1-heartland
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Contributors

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To learn more about sponsorship, contact shelley@manynet.org or click here to view the sponsorship page.

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Why Pittsburgh?

Recently named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016” by Travel + Leisure, rated the nation’s “No. 1 Food City” by Zagat and named among the “Top Destinations on the Rise” by TripAdvisor, it’s easy to see why everyone’s talking about Pittsburgh. Outstanding attractions and amenities, award-winning restaurants and world-class accommodations are among the biggest draws.

Where can I stay in Pittsburgh?

A hotel block has been reserved for Connection attendees at the Omni William Penn Hotel530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please reserve your room by August 14, 2017. To make your reservation, click here or call 1-800-843-6664 and mention “Connection” when trying to reserve via phone.

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Ticket Info

2017 MANY Member (Organizational): 250 / ticket
2017 MANY Member (Individual): 300 / ticket
MANY Non-Member Partner 350 / ticket
Non-MANY Member: 375 / ticket

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact Emily at emily@manynet.org.

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A hotel block has been reserved for Connection attendees at Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please reserve your room by August 14, 2017.
To make your reservation, click here or call 1-800-843-6664 and mention “Connection” when trying to reserve via phone.

The Connection 2017 room block is now closed! If you have questions, please contact Emily at emily@manynet.org.

Are you a member of MANY? Be sure to check out our 2017 Member Strategy Session, which takes place in Pittsburgh on 9/20.

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