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2018 Agenda


Resources and powerpoints for each session may be found by clicking on the session titles. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018 – The Boston Foundation


2:00 pm Registration


2:30-2:45 pm Welcome and Opening

Paul Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation


2:45-4:00 pm "Innovations in Scaling Global Solutions"


Chris Anderson, Curator, TED; Founder, The Audacious Project

Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health


4:00-4:45 pm Inspire and Learn - Speed Networking


4:45-5:00 pm Transition


5:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception


Friday, September 7, 2018 – Samberg Conference Center, MIT


7:00 am Registration


8:00-9:00 am Breakfast and Plenary


"Changing Communities through an Equity and Gender Lens"

      Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General; Executive Director, UN Women; former                  Deputy President of South Africa 

       Joseph Scantlebury, Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


9:15-10:45 am Workshop Series I

Ramping Up Your International Philanthropy
Maggi Alexander, Partner and Director, The Philanthropic Initiative’s Center for Global Philanthropy
Rebecca Miller, Global Philanthropic Advisor, The Philanthropic Initiative

An Action Plan for Launching Your Impact Investing Strategy
Vilas Dhar, Social Impact Investor and Founder, Next Mile Project

Taking a Participatory Approach to Grantmaking
Jen Bokoff, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Foundation Center

Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund


Understanding Philanthropy’s Role in Launching and Scaling Solutions

Nish Acharya, CEO, Equal Innovation Consulting

Ina Breuer, Executive Director, New England International Donors

Katie Bunten-Wamaru, Director of Strategy, Segal Family Foundation       

Brendan Cullen, Managing Director, Co-Impact


10:45-11:00 am Coffee Break


11:00 am-12:30 pm Workshop Series II

Building a Culture of Engagement in Global Companies
Joseph McGrail, Chief Operating Officer, State Street Foundation, Inc; Managing Director, State Street

Leslie Pine, Managing Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative

Lauren Ryan, Employee Community Engagement and Strategic Programs, Global Human Resources                    and Corporate Citizenship, State Street

Leveraging Philanthropy and Impact Investing to Support Social Change

Carlyle Singer, President, Acumen​

Revolutionizing Relationships with Your Grantees
Andy Bryant, Executive Director, Segal Family Foundation
Tory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner, Dietel & Partners

Is Systems Thinking the Right Approach for Your Organization? (And if so, now what?)  
Robert Ricigliano, Systems and Complexity Coach, The Omidyar Group

12:30-12:45 pm Transition


12:45-2:00 pm Lunch and Plenary

"Philanthropy's Role in Making Water Safe for All"

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, New England Aquarium

Gary White, CEO and Co-founder,​ and WaterEquity

Ridgway White, President, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

2:00-2:15 pm Transition

2:15-3:45 pm Workshop Series III 

Developing a Roadmap for Next Steps: Models for Corporate Philanthropy

Crystal Barnes, Executive Director, Nielsen Foundation; Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility and          Sustainability, Nielsen

Leslie Pine, Managing Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative​​                                                                                       


Aligning Your Philanthropy with the SDGs
Natalie Ross, Vice President of External Relations, Council on Foundations

Introducing a Gender Lens to Your Philanthropy
Lisa Jackson, Managing Partner, Imago Dei Fund

Emily Nielsen Jones, Founding Partner and Trustee, Imago Dei Fund​


Empowering Community Foundations to Support International Donors
Maggi Alexander, Partner and Director, The Philanthropic Initiative’s Center for Global Philanthropy

Kate Guedj, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, The Boston Foundation

Michele Frix, Chief of Staff, Seattle Foundation

Karen Ansara, Co- founder of Ansara Family Fund and Founder of New England International Donors


3:45-4:00 pm Coffee Break


4:00-5:00 pm Closing and Plenary


"The Future of International Philanthropy"


Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation



If you have any questions regarding the agenda, please do not hesitate to contact Odette Ponce, at

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