2018 Speakers

Thursday Keynote: Inclusion, Social Justice, and Unleashing the Full Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

Presented by: Vu Le, Author, Nonprofit AF and Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps

In this sociopolitical climate, the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in protecting and advancing our communities. To do this effectively, there are many challenges we must address, from the overhead myth to bizsplaining to power dynamics. But there are also many opportunities. By embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, we can tap into our sector’s full potential to tackle systemic injustice. But how does this translate to everyday practices? What does inclusion look like when it comes to hiring, fundraising, communication, board development, program implementation, and other areas? Is even the concept of “inclusion” still relevant? We will explore these and related topics in a thought-provoking presentation filled with pictures of baby animals.

Friday Panel: Political Roundup - A Breakdown of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Presented by: Michael Berkman, Professor of Political Science & Director of the Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy; Jill Greene, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of PA; Scott LaMar, Host & Executive Producer, Smart Talk on WITF; Dr. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs & Professor of Public Affairs, Franklin and Marshall College

Given the social and political tension sweeping our nation since the 2016 election cycle and considering the redrawing of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House of Representatives map for 2018, national interest in this year’s midterm elections coming up in November is at an all-time high. 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives (18 in PA) and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested, including Senator Bob Casey’s battle against Lou Barletta. At the state level, Governor Tom Wolf will defend his office against Republican candidate Scott Wagner. Many other state and local offices will be up for grabs too, including Lieutenant Governor, and State Senate and House positions. To help untangle the intricacies of Pennsylvania’s midterm season, we have assembled a panel of experts to help us make sense of this year’s general election match-ups and the impact these midterm results will have in state and national policy making.