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Welcome to United Way of Westchester and Putnam's Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020

United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020 will focus on a topic that now more than ever is relevant in the corporate and not-for-profit worlds: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Preparing for the Success of Tomorrow Begins with Embracing Equity Today.” The goal is to help encourage not-for-profit organizations to focus on diversity and inclusion as core values throughout their operations, programs, and leadership.

The summit will be held virtually from Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each day will have a 1:1 speed networking session followed by a keynote presentation and ending with a Q&A session. 

The goal of the Nonprofit Leadership Summit is to build professional excellence in the purpose-driven organizations of Westchester and Putnam counties. The keynote speakers will speak on this theme through the lens of the nonprofit sector.

Each day’s schedule will be as follows:

11:30 a.m. – 1:1 speed networking (5-minute intervals)

12:00 p.m. – Keynote

12:55 p.m. – Q&A

1:30 p.m. – Event Ends

The United Way of Westchester and Putnam would like to thank the Summit sponsors TD Bank, Con Edison, Nonprofit Westchester, Council Services Plus, HRG – Hospitality Resource Group, Marks Paneth, Paycor, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University, MVP Healthcare, Pace University, Westchester Local Development Corp., and Westchester Library System.

Speakers for this week will include:

Monday, Oct. 5

Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will discuss creating a more equitable social sector.

Tuesday, October 6  

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-director of the Building Movement Project, and co-author of the Race to Lead Report, will address the nonprofit racial leadership gap.

Wednesday, October 7

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, a nonprofit consultant, coach, fundraiser, and author/blogger for “Secret Lives of Leaders”, will speak on promoting diversity in your marketing and fundraising efforts.

Thursday, October 8

Chitra Aiyar, a TED Speaker who is the former Executive Director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and co-producer of “Claiming Our Voice,” will discuss cultivating space for marginalized populations.

Friday, October 9

Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express, who will talk about the importance of diversifying the current landscape of nonprofit leaders and transforming an organization’s capacity to attract, develop, and retain leadership talent.

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United Way of Westchester and Putnam Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020 Steering Committee

Shirley Acevedo Buontempo
Latino U College Access

Gina Avila
Women’s Empowerment Institute

Paula Barbag
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 

Pat Brigham
Westchester Library System

Valerie Brown
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lauren Candela-Katz
Abbott House

Betty Cotton
Not – For – Profit Consultant

Nancy Eberhardt
Pro Bono Partnership

Jan Fisher
Nonprofit Westchester

Elliott Forchheimer
Westchester Jewish Council

Tom Gabriel
United Way of Westchester and Putnam

Kathy Halas
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

Maria Imperial
YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

Allison Lake
Westchester Children’s Association

Janet Langsam

Ji Seon Lee, PhD, MSSW, MPA
Fordham University Graduate School
of Social Service

Kathleen Macias-Torres
Sparc Inc.

Michelle Nicholas
Girls Inc.

Richard Nightingale

Christopher Oldi
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Nancy Patota
Arc Westchester Foundation

Toby Pidgeon
Feeding Westchester

Laura Plunkett
Mercy College

Robert Sanders

Sherry Saturno
Gramatan Village

Julie Sootin
Association of Development Officers

Richard P. Swierat
PACE University

Thank you to our Sponsors

Earning Continuing Ed Credit and a Certificate of Completion

The Fordham Graduate School of Social Service is teaming up with the United Way of Westchester and Putnam to offer continuing education credits for a fee to licensed social workers who complete the activities of each session of the Nonprofit Leadership Summit. The fee is $100 per module (2.5 CEs) or $400 for all five modules (12.5 CEs).

The course is also available to those interested in pursuing the topics covered in the Summit further at no additional cost. Attendees who complete all the learning opportunities in each module will also receive a complementary certificate of completion for their records. 

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Yes, all of the keynote presentations are being recorded and will be available with the learning opportunities for registrants to go back to.

Completing the learning opportunities or attending every session is not required of registrants. However, for those seeking continuing education credits or the certificate of completion all activities, except the networking must be completed. 

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