• Plenary Speakers

    Opening Plenary

    Monday, March 11, 2019
    9 – 10:30 am

    Jess Ladd is the founder and CEO of Callisto, a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault, support survivors, and advance justice. Callisto’s online sexual assault reporting system helps detect repeat sexual offenders and connect survivors with support.

    Before founding Callisto, Jess developed a series of online services for STD prevention and control, worked for the White House Domestic Policy Council, and served in such positions as sexual health educator, policy advocate, and researcher for a variety of organizations.

    Ladd is a recipient of the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2018 Ashoka Fellow, and a Senior TED Fellow. She is co-founder of The Social Innovation Lab, an incubator for startups for social good, in Baltimore.


    Tuesday Lunch Plenary

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    12:45 – 1:45 pm

    Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social-justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth, a new book which offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors.

    Edgar currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a board member of the Andrus Family Fund, and vice president of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.


    Closing Plenary

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    10:30 am – 12 pm

    Eli Cloud co-founded Sister Supply, a charitable organization that provides menstrual products to women and girls in need in Memphis, in 2015 after she recognized that the lack of affordable access to essential feminine hygiene resources can create a barrier to achievement for many women and girls. Sister Supply also works to destigmatize the discussion of menstruation and to educate women and girls about sustainable menstrual products.

    In addition to leading Sister Supply, Eli works fulltime as the business development manager for ANF Architects, a leading Memphis architectural firm. She also is the director of development for RiverArtsFest, the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the mid-South.

    Eli will speak about the critical need in her community that Sister Speak is helping to meet. In a fireside chat on “Grassroots Change and the Ripple Effect” with Nupur Chaudhury, program officer at the New York State Health Foundation, Eli will discuss the value of rightsizing our goals for community change. She will use the evolution of Sister Supply as an example of how our smallest actions can have a tremendous impact on creating positive change. Eli’s insights will challenge grants management professionals—who are change agents, too—and call them to action.


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