Final Connection 2017 Speaker Announcements

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Connection 2017 is nearly here!

Launched in 2014, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

In addition to the 9 speakers already announced, we are honored and excited to present to you with three more thought leaders who will be speaking at Connection 2017: 


 

Alison Alvarez
CEO + Co-Founder of BlastPoint

Bio:

Alison Alvarez is the CEO and co-founder of BlastPoint.  She spent years building big data tools for large companies and noticed that there was nothing comparable for smaller organizations without data professionals. She built BlastPoint to address those needs by making data affordable and accessible through the magic of maps.

She has specialized skills for building large systems around geospatial data and has given lectures around the country teaching people how to use these data tools for themselves (see https://github.com/nosila/ for free interactive coding lessons).

She is an NSF Research Fellow, a Jack Kent Cooke Fellow, and a Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. She has two master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon: a 2007 MS from the Language Technologies Institute at the School of Computer Science and a 2016 MBA from the Tepper School of Business. She currently sits on the advisory board of Y-Combinator’s Valor Water where she assists with tech infrastructure and software team building. She has extensive experience building product management infrastructure and leading software teams.

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Grace Franklin
Community Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

Bio:

A young New Orleans native, Grace Franklin-Gross currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans’ juvenile public defender. As an adopted only child of a state social worker and single mother, she grew up exposed to the harsh realities many youth face. Her personal journey of being disconnected from school and work and her deep empathy ignite her passion to bridge the communication gaps between young people and those who serve them. She has helped lead many important conversations about youth empowerment and engagement at a local and national level.

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Vanessa German
Founder of ARThouse and Love Front Porch

Bio:

Vanessa German is an American sculptor, painter, writer, activist, performer, and poet based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her sculpture often includes assembled statues of female figures created with their heads/ faces painted black and a wide range of attached objects flowing outward including fabric, keys, found objects, and toy weapons.

Her work is held in numerous permanent collections including the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has been reviewed by Sculpture and discussed in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her art has been featured in a wide range of galleries, museums and traveling exhibits, including the 2012 “African American Art 1950-Present” touring exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. She was a 2015 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grant.

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Stay tuned for more speaker announcements and be sure to follow MANY on Facebook & Twitter for updates on the Connection 2017 experience!

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

5 FREE Things to Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh During Connection 2017

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(Pictured above: the awesome view from Point State Park!)

So you are coming to Connection 2017 in Pittsburgh. Great! Downtown Pittsburgh is known for many things: champion sports teams, fantastic restaurants, biking accessibility, potholes, and Yinzers. (Don’t know what a Yinzer is? Check out my Insider’s Guide to Connection 2017 post!)

In addition to all of the wonder things mentioned above, Downtown Pittsburgh also offers many free opportunities for its growing number of residents and tourists to appreciate and experience!

 

  • Point State Park

One of the most beautiful things about the city of bridges are the views, especially of the rivers. A great place to view the rivers is from Point State Park. Since 1974, Pittsburghers have been visiting Point State Park to see the actual point where the majestic Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to make the Ohio River. Point State Park also commemorates the historical heritage of the area during the French and Indian War. The original fort is displayed in the form of a concrete zig zagging outline in the grass.

I enjoy walking to Point State Park with my family and sitting near the beautiful fountain while people watching and enjoying the refreshing green space. The fountain is actually visible from many angles of the city. In fact, as you travel to downtown, you too will likely be able to view Point State Park and the fountain as you enter the Golden Triangle, or downtown, from one of the many bridges.

 

  • Three Rivers Heritage Trail

The Three RIvers Heritage Trail is a 37 mile long trail connecting The Great Allegheny Passage, the developing Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, and the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Greenway. Downtown Pittsburgh is the connectivity hub of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Cyclists, runners, and those out for a casual walk along the river all find unique, beautiful views of the city from this vantage point.

I suggest entering the trail from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center 10th Street water feature that goes under the building and leads to the Riverfront Plaza. From here, you can turn right and walk to the Strip District, or turn left and walk to Point State Park.

 

  • Downtown Art Walking Tour

Pittsburgh boasts some incredible architecture and cultural objects. The Greater Pittsburgh Art Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department Planning combined forces and created the Office of Public Art. This office created the Art in Public Places Walking Tour to display Pittsburgh’s art in five separate guided walking tours.

I suggest taking the first tour: Cultural District. Contemporary art is integrated into public spaces including my personal favorite, the “eyeball park”. Officially known as the Agnes R. Katz Plaza, you can sit in one of the eyeball shaped benches and view the great heated fountain that flows year round in the heart of the Cultural District.

 

  • Market Square

A common downtown meeting place is Market Square. Located at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Market Street, this historic area not only provides public benches to sit and people watch, but also a great variety of restaurants from fast and casual to fine dining. Market Square is the home of many Pittsburgh events including a weekly Farmer’s Market in the summer, holiday hot spot in the winter, and a common landing point for parades year round.

What I like most about the Square is the combination of historical and modern culture. For example, Pittsburgh’s oldest bar and restaurant, the Oyster House, has called Market Square home since 1871. Conversely, the interactive PPG fountain has been a family favorite since only 2003.

 

  • Bobby Mo’s Walking Tour

Robert Morris University, affectionately called “Bobby Mo” by locals, has a Walking Tour of Pittsburgh. This one-hour talking tour (available in .mp3 format here) goes beyond just the architecture and dives into the history of the city. The 15 stop walking tour starts at Sixth Avenue and Grant Street, circles around the city, through Market Square onto Penn Avenue, and then back to William Penn Place and Sixth Avenue.

I love that RMU offers this tour in 11 languages – it is truly designed for international tourists.

I hope you are able to take advantage of some of these free offerings in the City of Bridges during your stay.

 

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

The Insider’s Guide to Connection 2017 in Pittsburgh

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So you are coming to Pittsburgh for Connection 2017! Wonderful news!

The first 5 items on the list are logistical pieces that will help you navigate your week through all of our scheduled events. Each item includes insider tips from a Pittsburgher.

The last 5 items are a few things to help you plan your visit from a cultural perspective before you travel Dahntahn.


1. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The airport is 17 miles from Omni William Penn hotel. You may take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from the airport. You could also take public transit. The 28X bus goes from the airport to downtown. The Liberty and Wood Street stop is the closest to the hotel. The bus comes every 30 minutes starting at 4:30 am and running until midnight every day of the week. Plan for 30-45 mins to get from airport to downtown.

Insider tip: If you are taking an Uber, Lyft or taxi, and don’t mind sitting in traffic, ask your driver to take the parkway. When you come through the Fort Pitt tunnel you will see a breathtaking city view.


2. Parking at the Omni

If you are driving to Connection, the Omni offers valet parking for guests at a cost of $36 per night and includes in-and-out privileges.

Insider Tip: If you do not need in and out access to your vehicle, you may park across the street in the Mellon Square garage. While there is no in-and-out privilege for this garage, the rates are more cost effective: $19 Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; $6 Monday – Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. (Day rates start at 6:00 a.m.) and all day Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and weekends.


3. Sign up for Omni’s Loyalty program

I know – another loyalty program. This is a really good one though! Members get immediate benefits such as free Wi-Fi, morning beverage delivery service, a complimentary bottle of water on the night of arrival, and complimentary pressing of 2 items.

Insider Tip: sign up here before you check in.

 

4. Getting to Pittsburgh Opera House from Omni

Pittsburgh Opera House is located 1 mile away from the Omni. There are multiple ways to get there.

Walking through downtown and the Strip District is a great way to see the city and truly experience the local culture. It will take about 30 minutes to walk from the Omni to Pittsburgh Opera House.

Insider tip: If you have a time for a longer walk, check out Three RIvers Heritage Trail. (see my post 5 FREE Things to Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh for more on this trail!)

 

Pittsburgh is a cycling friendly city. Penn Avenue is one way for vehicles in order to allow for a bike lane. Didn’t travel with your bike? No problem! Healthy Ride is a bike share service available in downtown Pittsburgh. Bikes are available 24/7. You may rent a bike using the keypad or app from one station and return it to another closer to your destination. The bikes cost $2 per 30 minutes.

Insider Tip: Healthy Ride is currently running a promotion. You may ride for free using voucher code: 436243. Note that they do not have helmets, so you will need to travel with your helmet.

 

Pittsburgh public transportation is also an option. The 87S has a stop close to the Omni at Grant Street and US Steel Building, and drops off 1 block away from the Pittsburgh Opera House entrance at Liberty Avenue and 25th street. This bus route will cost $2.75 and take about 10 minutes.

Insider tip: view their trip planner and schedule your own customized trip, complete with maps and route options.

 

If you are driving to the Pittsburgh Opera House, there is plenty of metered street parking. The meters are zoned and you will pay the meter in your zone. You may use the kiosks located on the street, or you can download the Go Mobile PGH Parking app. To use the app, enter the zone number marked on the kiosk nearest your car, choose the duration you wish to park, confirm information, and begin your session. The hourly costs vary by hour, but zone 5958 near the Opera House costs $1.50 per hour. The app also has an option for expiration alerts and the option to extend your session.

Insider tip: There is a 4 hour time limit.

 

If all else fails you can take an Uber, Lyft or taxi. Plan for about a 10 minute drive from the hotel to the Pittsburgh Opera House – perhaps a bit more if traffic is heavy.

 

5. Schedule

There is a lot happening during Connection week!

 

September 19:

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Informal Happy Hour – offsite

 

September 20: (all events at Omni William Penn)

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Strategy Session Registration

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Strategy Session

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Connection Ticket Will Call

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Connection Opening Session

 

September 21: (all events at Pittsburgh Opera House unless otherwise noted)

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Progressive Welcome (breakfast provided)

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Session 2

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Experiential Station I (lunch provided offsite)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Session 3

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Experiential Station II

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Session 4

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Session 5 (heavy hors d’oeuvres provided, offsite)

 

6. Learn to Talk the Talk

Before traveling to Pittsburgh, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with Pittsburghese. Pittsburghese is the language of the locals. It includes such phrases and words as: Raise the Jolly Roger, Stillers, Jagoff, N’at, Here we go, Yinz, Let’s go Pens, Nebby, and Dahntahn.

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7. Music with a Pittsburgh Connection

Pittsburgh is home to some great musical and performance artists. Some have a strong local following, while others have taken the national and international stage.

These songs may not be by Pittsburghers, but they are still hometown favorites to all Steelers fans!

 

8. City of Bridges

Pittsburgh boasts 446 bridges within the city limits, which is more than Venice, Italy. The bridges range in styles from arch, beam, to suspension. In fact, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s design is patterned after the suspension bridges the building’s architect Rafael Vinoly saw when visiting the city. More than 29 bridges cross the three rivers, including the famous Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is closed to Pirates games to allow pedestrians to walk from Downtown to PNC Park on the North Shore.

Want more info on bridges? Heinz History Center has a great article about The City of Bridges. .

 

9. Pierogies!

There are a ton of great restaurants in the ‘burgh. However, to really get a taste of old school Pittsburgh cuisine, have a homemade pierogi. Why? Because they are delicious n’at! One of the best places in the city to get a pierogi is at S&D Polish Deli in the Strip. As the website describes:

Pierogi we offer are made of the freshest and best quality ingredients. Polish flour that contains less gluten than the one available in American stores, causes the dough to be soft and stretchy. As a result the Pierogi have a thin and delicate shell of dough covering plenty of delicious filling in 15 different flavors. Once cooked and dressed they just melt in your mouth!

Watch a Pierogi Race and try a homemade pierogi. You will thank me.

 

10. City of Champions

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that Pittsburgh truly is the City of Champions. So, wave your Terrible Towel, yell “Let’s go Pens,” and Raise the Jolly Roger as you read just how many championships the hometown sports teams have won.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, and 2009.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, and 2017.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, and 1979.

Think you are ready to visit Pittsburgh? Test your knowledge!

 

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Katherine Bailey, Managing Director, Organizational Transformation at The Energy Project

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We are very excited to announce that Katherine Bailey, Managing Director, Organizational Transformation at The Energy Project, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Katherine

Katherine Bailey is a Managing Director, Organizational Transformation at The Energy Project. She has facilitated programs with NASA, Fidelity, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cox Enterprises, eBay, Nielsen, Pfizer, MetLife, Bayer, and Comcast. Additionally, she has delivered keynotes to audiences at a range of organizations including University of Michigan, Fidelity Charitable, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

With over 20 years of experience, Katherine’s expertise includes leadership development, organizational culture change, and assessment. She helps organizations to perform at the highest level, even in the face of chronic stress, adversity, and trauma.

Before joining The Energy Project, she had her own constituting practice and served as a senior faculty member at The Sanctuary Institute and was a key contributor to the development of the 5-day leadership training, the seminal training for the Institute. Katherine was the co-author of the Sanctuary Certification standards and led the development of the certification process.

Katherine was a member of the senior leadership team at ANDRUS, serving as the Director of Admissions and overseeing all assessment and coordination for their residential, mental health and community programs.

Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Iona College. She received her Master’s of Social Work in the advanced standing program at New York University.

Why do you work for The Energy Project?
I am passionately committed to the success, healing, and happiness of others. The Energy Project work is one of the best vehicles for the creation of an exceptional life.

What two opposites do you try to balance?
Intensity with Love and Humor

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of Center for Combating Human Trafficking

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We are very excited to announce that Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of Center for Combating Human Trafficking, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Karen

Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm serves as the Founder and Executive Director to the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). With a passion to better serve high-risk marginalized populations, Karen works to bridge the gap between direct practice, academia, research, and policy. Karen has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that — particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist at Measure of America

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We are very excited to announce that Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist at Measure of America, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Vikki

Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation.  Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.  Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Jasiri X, Co-Founder of The Anti-Violence Group 1Hood

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We are very excited to announce that Jasiri X, co-founder of the anti-violence group 1Hood, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Jasiri X

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh-based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group One Hood as well as the New Media Academy, which teaches African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.

Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of Internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement.

He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena.

In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Nadim Matta, President + Founding Board Member of Rapid Results Institute

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We are very excited to announce that Nadim Matta, President + Founding Board Member of Rapid Results Institute, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Nadim

Nadim is President and founding Board member of the RRI (Rapid Results Institute). He has led teams that introduced RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.

More recently, Nadim’s work focused on veteran, chronic and youth homelessness in the US, and on the integration of social and health care in the UK. The work involved using 100-Day Challenges to nudge community stakeholders towards much higher levels of collaboration, innovation, and execution. Most recently, he helped introduce RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in the UAE, as part of a Government Accelerator program sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Nadim’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012, and he served as a Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow in 2012 and 2013.

Nadim was born and raised in Lebanon. He worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Beirut, where he oversaw the implementation of USAID’s relief and rehabilitation program during the Lebanese civil war. He also worked for Save the Children Federation, where he led the design and implementation of a food assistance program serving 100,000 families that were displaced during the civil war. After leaving Lebanon, he worked at Schaffer Consulting, a Connecticut based change advisory firm, where he served as managing partner from 2009 to 2012.

Nadim has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Snapshot: Dr. Jean Rhodes, Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston

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Learn more about Dr. Jean Rhodes, who is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She will be speaking at Connection 2017, which takes place on September 20-21st, 2017.

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Jean

Dr. Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, the Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Chancellor’s Outstanding Scholar award at UMB.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Speaker Announcement: Marc Dones, Associate Director of Equity Initiatives at The Center for Social Innovation

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Learn more about Marc Dones, Associate Director of Equity Initiatives at The Center for Social Innovation by watching the video above. They will be speaking at Connection 2017, which takes place on September 20-21st, 2017.

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Bio

Dones has worked in program and policy development for their entire career. Currently their work focuses on the development and integration of equity oriented policies and program procedures across a number of projects. In this role Marc focuses on identifying opportunities for addressing systemic health inequities through program and policy modification or development. Dones also serves as the Project Director for SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) an initiative designed to transform the national conversation around homelessness to center racial equity. Prior to joining C4 Dones served as a Program Manager in the MA Executive Office of Health and Human services where he assisted in the development and implementation of Governor Deval Patrick’s youth violence reduction program, the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative. The program, with a roughly $9.5 million annual operating budget was developed and implemented in 11 cities with site-specific responses. Additionally, Marc served as the policy manager for the Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. In this capacity they advised the commission, authored its reports, and conducted research on numerous issues. Their favorite color is chartreuse but sometimes it’s orange.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

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