Presidents’ Forum + Upswell

Presidents’ Forum + Upswell

November 12-15, 2019

Leaders in philanthropy have a unique place of influence and responsibility within civil society. With that in mind, the Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy was formed in late 2018 to provide a space where foundation CEOs can candidly discuss the most difficult issues and trade-offs around racial equity with the people who really understand the unique role of the CEO, their peers.

This November, we’re thrilled to invite you to an exclusive opportunity for presidents and CEOs of foundations. Presidents’ Forum + Upswell will be a powerful four-day experience that will begin with an intensive and focused exploration of racial equity and continue with a gathering of diverse changemakers from across the United States.


With this opportunity, you will enjoy the Upswell Equity registration package plus the Presidents’ Forum.

The Presidents’ Forum is a one-day seminar for foundation CEOs to discuss what is needed to shift the tide of philanthropy toward a diverse, equitable, and inclusive giving community, starting with your own organization. By participating, you will also join a peer-to-peer support and learning network that will continue into 2020 and beyond.

The Upswell Equity package gives you access to the main event and allows you to contribute to a fund that covers the participating cost for deserving changemakers who couldn’t otherwise attend Upswell.


The Presidents’ Forum
November 12, 2019

✓ Full-day seminar at Hilton Chicago
Introduction to peer-to-peer funder community
Facilitated dialogue centered on racial and ethnic equity
Breakfast and lunch

Upswell Chicago
November 13-15, 2019

Three-Day Access Pass for You
 Core Access Pass for a Changemaker
Lunch on Thursday and Friday
 Main Stage Talks
 Access to the Public Square
Networking Events


November 12

The Presidents’ Forum will take place at the Hilton Chicago.


8:00-8:30 AM   Breakfast
8:30-9:00 AM   Welcome & Introductions
9:00-10:00 AM   Opening Remarks
10:00-11:30 AM  Peer Consultancy and Group Dialogue
11:30-11:45 AM   Break
11:45 AM-12:15 PM
12:15-1:15 PM   Lunch
1:15-4:45 Regionally-focused Dialogue
4:45-5:00 PM   Closing remarks


November 13-15

Racial equity content and programming is weaved throughout Upswell. Below is just a sample of the racial equity presentations and events we will feature throughout the three days.


Presidents' Forum

Sara K. Padilla, MPH
Senior Associate
KHA Inc, Portland OR


Kristina Gawrgy Campbell
Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations
Independent Sector
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