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Conference Breakout Sessions
Catalist National Conference Feb 23-25, 2020
Seattle, WA at Motif Hotel

Our conference programming will include Breakout Sessions in four tracks:

Membership + Communications
Innovation + Leadership 

Breakout Sessions

Review our tracks, session titles and presenters below.  Detailed descriptions for each session will be posted soon as well as a printable version!


Blueprint for Impact: Dismantling Structural Inequities presented by Kris Hermanns, Seattle Foundation and Aiko Schaefer, Front & Centered

Investing On the Edge: Managing Risk in Philanthropic Giving presented by Richard Woo, The Russell Family Foundation

Embracing Change in Collective Giving: Stories from Austin and Philadelphia presented by Susan Palombo, Impact Austin and Mary Broach, Impact100 Philadelphia 

A Conversation: Women Donors of Color presented by Stephanie Ellis Smith, Phila Engaged Giving and Hali Lee, Donors of Color Network

Achieving Community Impact Through Strategic Collaborations presented by Christina Gorcyznski, Impact Austin and Linda Simmons, Women's Giving Alliance of NE Florida


Striking A Balance: Power Sharing & Building Equitable Partnerships with Grantees presented by Elaine Chu, Seattle Foundation, Aviva Stampfer, Washington Women's Foundation and Talley Baratka + Carol Anne Lajoie, Impact 100 Richmond

Breaking the Grantmaking Mold presented by Avani Desai, 100 Women Strong, Central Florida and Kim Fry, Impact Giving

The Dynamics of Assessment: Funder, Partner, Coach presented by Sandy Cook, Impact100 Metro Denver, Peggy Schiffers, Women's Giving Alliance of NE Florida and Jenny Berg, Impact 100 Cincinnati

The Varied Facets of Catalist Grantmaking presented by Susan Benford, The Philanthropy Connection, Patti Zebrowski, Wood River Women's Foundation, Lisa Miller, Women's Impact Fund, and JoAnn Sanditz, Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund

Daring to Be Different: Increasing Equity and Reducing Disparities in Philanthropy presented by Lorraine del Prado, Washington Women's Foundation and Lindsay Hill, Raikes Foundation

Membership + Communications:

PowerUP! & Expand Your Reach: Harness the Power of Social Media presented by Aki Shibuya, Washington Women's Foundation and Ellen Ragone, Impact100 South Jersey

Telling Your Story: Traditional Media Matters! presented by Diane Perlmutter, Greenville Women Giving and additional presenter in progress

Growing Younger: Strategies for Making Membership More Age-Inclusive presented by Tammy Boysen Whilhoite, ninety-nine girlfriends, Vianette Contreras, Impact100 Sonoma and Tatiana Joyce, The Philanthropy Connection

Operationalizing Diversity: Learnings from Cincinnati presented by Deepika Andavarapu AICP, PhD, Impact 100 Cincinnati and Michelle Hynes, ninety-nine girlfriends

Employing Strategic Planning As A Power Tool presented by Deborah Edward, ninety-nine girlfriends, Terri Bullock, Wood River Women's Foundation, Katie Sawyer, San Diego Women's Foundation and Beth McCaw, Washington Women's Foundation

Innovation + Leadership:

Participatory Philanthropy: Staying Relevant in an Evolving Environment presented by Beth McCaw, Washington Women's Foundation, Ellan Bernstein, Impact100 Philadelphia, Gwendolyn Wesley, Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund and Clare O'Brien, Impact 100 Cincinnati

Implicit Bias - an Experiential Session presenter in progress

The Intersection of Race, Gender and Philanthropy: Finds From the Field and How They Relate to You presented by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Seattle University and Hali Lee, Donors of Color Network

Let's Keep Talking... and Learning: A Post-Plenary Discussion Centering on Ijeoma Oluo presented by Morgan Dawson, Washington Women's Foundation and additional presenter in progress

From Safe to Brave: Courageous Conversations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presented by Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls' School

Real Talk from a Non-Profit Leader: A new Age for Building Trust, Community and Power-Sharing presented by Colby Swettberg, Silver Lining Mentoring


Thank you to the breakout committee co-chairs, Marion DeForest (Washington Women’s Fdn, Seattle) and Susan Benford (The Philanthropy Connection, Boston), who led this fabulous national team.

Grantmaking: Kris Kaminishi (WaWF) and Vivian Manekin (Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle)

Education: Kit Bakke (WaWF) and Lauren Paver (Impact Austin)

Membership + Communications: Michelle Hynes (ninety-nine girlfriends), Sharon Hammel (WaWF) and Sarah Carroll (Impact100 Sonoma) 

Leadership + Innovation: Clare O’Brien (Impact100 Cincinnati), Susan Barley (WaWF) and Cedra DuFlon-Heide (WaWF)

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