Upswell Plus

Upswell Plus

You can never spend too much time in Chicago – or learn too much about how to be an effective changemaker! Upswell Plus gives you the chance to enhance your experience by participating in a highly focused event on November 12. Each event, presented by partners who are at the tops of their fields, will help you build and master specific skills, open your mind to new ways of thinking, and showcase trend-setting innovations in changework.

Upswell Plus Events

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This comprehensive introduction to impact measurement teaches CSR professionals how to read the measurement landscape – and how to apply best practices to corporations.

Equity in the Center

Learn how to operationalize a race equity culture using best practices from EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication.

Inclusive America Project

Join a dynamic conversation about how faith-based communities work together to support the common good.


A live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest.

Leadership Foundations

Faith communities, perhaps the most polarized segment of American life today, might best positioned unite the country. Learn how.

The Presidents' Forum

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.

Bites and Bevs with Atlas Corps

Join Atlas Corp for an evening of food, refreshments, and interesting conversation


Association of Corporate Citizen Professionals

An Introduction to Impact Measurement

November 12 | 8:30am – 3:45pm
ACCP Members: $395
Nonprofit/ Non-ACCP Members: $595

The importance of measuring and understanding impact in CSR is well established. ACCP wants to make sure you are up-to-date with the latest information and skills on measuring impact.

This summit will focus on providing you with a greater understanding of where the field of impact measurement currently stands, as well as an overview of impact measurement as a process. You’ll come away with new strategies for implementing and managing your own impact programs.

Equity in the Center

November 12 | 9:30am – 6:00pm
Add-on Fee: $300

Take a deep dive into how to operationalize race equity by exploring best practices from EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication.

Speakers include racial equity thought leaders and practitioners, as well as nonprofit and philanthropy executives leading race equity transformation initiatives. Workshops will explore issues ranging from racial healing and allyship strategies that support people of color to building successful partnerships with equity consultants and cross-functional operationalization of race equity.

Aspen Institute's Inclusive America Project

Building the Civic Capacity of Faith-Based Community Organizations: A Case Study in Chicago

November 12 | 8:30am – 6:00pm

Chicago is among the most religiously diverse cities in America and historically, Chicago’s faith communities have long played a critical role in addressing both acute and systemic local needs – from providing shelter to those in need to ensuring young people are safe from violence. Faith-based communities strengthen civil society by offering individuals spaces to gather, meet, and build trust. We will discuss how these discrete efforts work together to support the common good.

Confirmed speakers include Rev. Jen Bailey of Faith Matters Network, Jenan Mohajir of the Interfaith Youth Core, and Brie Loskota of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

Email Marni Morse for more information and to request an invitation to this multi-sectoral meeting and workshop with community partners from faith-based civic engagement organizations, clergy, government officials, and philanthropy.

Leadership Foundations

The Theological Roundtable

November 12 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
$800 (includes Upswell registration)

To register, select a Core Registration and use code PLATLF. Your Upswell rate will be discounted to $800 and this event will be automatically added to your registration.  

We’ve entered a time of deep social distrust, political polarization, and alienation as well as unbridled hostility that crosses political, civic, and religious lines.

This broken relationship with each other and the blending of theology and political party is deeply destructive to democracy. Leadership Foundations believes that faith communities, perhaps the most polarized segment of American life today, are still hold the best hope to reframe the conversation and unite the country around mutual respect and dignity.

If you have faith – whether it be in religion, humanity, or both — you’re invited to the Theological Roundtable. This day-long workshop will explore how practicing authentic theology in the public sphere – and nurturing a commitment to pluralism, multiculturalism, and multireligious dialogue – can help our communities heal and serve as an invaluable tool for strengthening the fabric of civil society.

The Presidents' Forum

November 12 | 8:00am – 5:00pm
$2700 (includes Upswell registration)

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.


The Delta Institute

November 12 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Chop Shop in Wicker Park, 2033 W North Ave.

$35 with code BOOST19UPSWELL

BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. Hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, the associate board of Delta Institute, BOOST brings together social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects to pitch their concepts to a live audience. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine the winner who will receive the $5,000 BOOST grant, which was awarded to KitcheNet in 2018. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales.

Registration for BOOST does not include Upswell access. To register for Upswell, click here.

Bites and Bevs with Atlas Corps

November 12 | 5:30 – 7:00pm

Welcome to Chicago! Get warmed up for a great Upswell with our pre-conference event. Atlas Corps and Scott Beale, founder and CEO, invite to a meetup to meet some of our Chicago friends, Host Organizations, and Fellows. If you know Atlas Corps, join us for this reunion! If you are new to Atlas Corps, we look forward to meeting you! In short, Atlas Corps is a12-month professional fellowship in the United States for global professionals. We have supported over 750 Fellows from 97 countries serving at more than 250 organization (like American Express, American Red Cross, CreatingITFutures, Heartland Alliance, Microsoft, Obama Foundation, and more). Come to make new friends and to share your thoughts on inspiring global talent!

Food, refreshments, and interesting conversation with co-hosts Jeff Huening (HSBC), Gary Chyi (Counsel Press), and Atlas Corps Fellow Olumide Idowu (Nigeria, Host Org: Creating IT Futures) will be provided.

Email Matthew or RSVP at the event link to confirm your attendance.

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