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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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: 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.

Now Announcing The First Round of Speakers for Connection 2017

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

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.

We are honored and excited to present to you the following thought leaders for Connection 2017: 


Connection 2017 Speakers:

 

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David M. Wertheimer, M.S.W., M.Div.
Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bio:

David has worked in in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors. He has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2006, and currently serves as the foundation’s Director of Community and Civic Engagement.  

David is the President of the Haverford College Alumni Association, on the Board of Advisors of Partners for Our Children and the Washington State Health Innovation Leadership Network (HILN).  He is the immediate past Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness and served as co-Chair of the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Task Force.

A New York City native, David was Executive Director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and a NYC Human Rights Commissioner.

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Jean Rhodes, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston + Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology

Bio:

Jean 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.

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Frank Lehner, M.A.
Founder of Naridus International

Bio:

Frank Lehner is an executive coach, facilitator, educator, and designer with a long-standing interest in organizational effectiveness and individual engagement in life and work. His passion focuses on practical applications of storytelling, narrative, and creativity in business, educational, and non-profit settings.

He founded Naridus™  to apply narrative, storytelling, and identity development to support leadership, individual, and professional development and transitions; promote women’s leadership, facilitate organizational change; and, most recently, guide young-adults as they step to college or from college to the workplace.

Frank’s teaching and facilitation style is energetic, engaging, animated, a bit unorthodox, and filled with wit and compassion.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University.

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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.