At-a-Glance: 2017 Program of Events

8:00 - 9:00 am

   Registration & Breakfast

Framing Remarks

8:45 – 9:00 am

Confronting the Equity Gap

Opening Plenary

James Head, East Bay Community Foundation

- Jamie Allison-Hope, SH Cowell Foundation
- Peggy Moore, Former Senior Advisor to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
- Amy Tharpe, Port of Oakland
- Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year

9:00 – 10:00 am

Networking Break

10:00 - 10:15 am

Panel Sessions:

Ensuring Education Equity
Beth Schmidt, Emerson Collective

- Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz, E3: Education, Equity, Excellence
- Sarah Garcia, Lozano Smith
- Nolan Jones, Mills College
- Marvin Miller, The College Ready Promise

Investing in Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
Nina Robinson, ICA Fund Good Jobs

- Bernita Dillard, Google
- Lesa Hammond, ProfHire
- Julian Lute, Great Place to Work Institute
- Andrea Yannone, San Francisco Ballet

10:15 - 11:15 am

 Networking Break

11:15 - 11:30 am

Panel Sessions

Pathways for Youth Employment
Eric McDonnell, United Way of The Bay Area

Serita Cox, iFoster
- Abby Davisson, Gap Inc.
- Willa Seldon, The Bridgespan Group 

Creating LBGT+ Inclusion in the Workplace
Terea Macomber, Mills College

- Colleen Finnegan, Pandora PRIDE
- Rachel Rubin, Out and Equal
- Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, California Institute of Integral Studies

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Breakout Workshops

Mills and the Community: What's Next?

Strategies from the Field: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Action

Tools of the Trade: Maximizing Your Housing Policy Toolkit

1:45 - 3:30 pm

Special Announcement

Michael Verchot, University of Washington

Ascend 2020 Bay Area Announcement, presented by JPMorgan Chase

3:30 - 3:45 pm


Rosa Alicia Clemente is a community organizer, scholar activist, independent journalist and the 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate.

3:45 - 4:45 pm


Join us for refreshments and continuing conversations after the conference! 

5:00 - 6:30 pm