POP-UP #6

September 15, 2020
1:00 pm ET

Come gather ‘round people, wherever you roam…

As we get ready to enter the final quarter of one of the most tumultuous years in America’s history, it’s worth taking stock of how much has changed in just a few months. And just as importantly, it’s vital that we understand what’s still in motion.

Upswell Pop-Up #6 – which will lead right into October’s Upswell 2020 summit – will consider the rapidly shifting power dynamics in civil society, including the recalculated value of infrastructure organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to hear influential keynote speakers and join intimate conversations about anti-racism efforts, COVID-19 recovery, and the broader landscape for changemakers committed to repairing our society.

POP-UP #6

September 15, 2020
1:00 pm ET

Come gather ‘round people, wherever you roam…

As we get ready to enter the final quarter of one of the most tumultuous years in America’s history, it’s worth taking stock of how much has changed in just a few months. And just as importantly, it’s vital that we understand what’s still in motion.

Upswell Pop-Up #6 – which will lead right into October’s Upswell 2020 summit – will consider the rapidly shifting power dynamics in civil society, including the recalculated value of infrastructure organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to hear influential keynote speakers and join intimate conversations about anti-racism efforts, COVID-19 recovery, and the broader landscape for changemakers committed to repairing our society.

Schedule

1:00-1:25p ET

Leveraging his expertise in philanthropy, nonprofits, and public health, as well as his personal experiences, Edgar Villanueva will deliver a timely and illuminating discussion on the intersectionality of COVID-19, anti-racism, and intentional power shifting for 2020 and beyond.

Edgar Villanueva
Author
Decolonizing Wealth

1:30-2:15p ET

Most nonprofit organizations are at a crossroads right now with their own racial equity journeys and systems change efforts. Nonprofits that have been around for decades are coming to grips with their own roles in maintaining systems of oppression while also making strides toward centering equity in their work. In this conversation, Independent Sector President and CEO Dan Cardinali and PolicyLink President and CEO Michael McAfee will discuss how leaders can reform their organizational systems and focus on equitable results in their communities, while also reevaluating the values and visions their elite founders had for their organizations and communities.

Michael McAfee
President & CEO
PolicyLink

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

Following his Main Stage talk about the intersectionality of COVID-19 with race and health, Edgar will take participants on a deeper journey to discover that the pain of the pandemic and racial justice awakenings has created an incredible opportunity for progress and healing. This Pop-Out will use breakout sessions to look at healing as a catalyst for change in themselves and in the sector. When collective healing happens, a new reality is possible. (Limited Capacity)

Edgar Villanueva
Author
Decolonizing Wealth

2:20-4:00p ET

2:20-3:10 pm ET // With COVID-19’s devastating impact on communities across the country, residents are relying more than ever on providers of essential products and services. Despite demanding circumstances and rapidly changing contexts, providers are working hard to understand the nuances of problems and determine how they can best innovate to serve those impacted by COVID-19.

Representatives of Benefits Data Trust, Opportunity @Work, and UnidosUS will join session host, Walmart, to discuss the challenges imposed by COVID-19 on service providers, and how they are overcoming them to continue to meet essential needs. Topics will include helping people access public benefit programs and adaptations in service delivery; the specific and unique issues faced by the Latinx community; and efforts to connect displaced workers with quality learning and training opportunities in response to unemployment due to COVID-19.

Trooper Sanders
Chief Executive Officer
Benefits Data Trust

Komal Kirtikar
Senior Vice President & Head of Marketplace
Opportunity@Work

Julie Gehrki
Vice President, Programs, Walmart.org
Walmart Inc

Rita Carreón
Deputy Vice President, Health
UnidosUS

3:15-4:00 pm ET // Tawakkol Karman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and their right to full participation peace building process in Yemen. Karman was the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to receive this honor, and at 32, was the youngest Nobel Prize Laureates to date. Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, and the president of the organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She is a General Coordinator of the Peaceful Revolutionary Youth Council in Yemen.

Bold and outspoken, Karman has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests. Amongst Yemen’s Youth movement, she is known as “mother of the revolution”, “the iron woman”, and the Lady of the Arab Spring. TIME Magazine described her as a ‘Torchbearer of the Arab Spring’ and named her both one of the 100 most influential women defining the last century and one of the Most Rebellious Women in History.

Tawakkol Karman
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

Lynne Twist
Founder
Soul of Money Institute

With both the global coronavirus pandemic and the national uprising against systemic racism as our backdrop, division, distrust, disconnection and inequality have come front and center to America’s story. Luckily, even before these parallel pandemics, Weavers across the country have been centering connection, building trust, and prioritizing relationships in their communities.

They’re showing up for their neighbors, stepping in to fill the needs of their community, and leaning in to difference with love and curiosity. During this 90-minute session, you’ll engage in small and large group conversation with Weavers to learn how they’re centering connection amidst rising divisions and reflect on ways you might build bridges in your own communities and workplaces. Learn more about Weave: the Social Fabric Project by visiting their website. (Limited Capacity)

Frederick J. Riley
Executive Director
Weave: The Social Fabric Project

Caroline Hopper
Associate Director Citizenship & American Identity Program
The Aspen Institute

Mack McCarter
Founder and Coordinator
Community Renewal

Shawn Barney
Managing Director
CLB Porter