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2012 Annual Conference & Program At-A-Glance

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Friday, April 27, 2012

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

ABFE Board of Directors Meeting (Closed)


Leverage the Trust Campaign: The Role of Black Foundation Trustees in Support of Black Communities

Through guided conversations, participants will use a series of tools to consider how grantmaking strategies, policies and procedures, and other aspects of their foundations' operations may be maximized to result in more equitable outcomes for Black communities. Trustees will gain an understanding of ABFE's approach to Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities and discuss how to leverage their role as board and/or committee member to affect change in their respective foundations toward more equitable outcomes in Black communities.

Facilitator: Greg Hodge, Khepera Consulting, Principal

LOCATION: Los Angeles Convention Center

REGISTRATION: (Trustees Only – Pre-registration Required)

Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy

This invitation-only event is designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and engage Black philanthropists from the sports and entertainment industry in a strategy discussion on long-term professional development, organizational resiliency and effective grantmaking in Black communities. To learn more or to inquire about registration, please contact Special Gathering at abfe@aspecialgathering.com or call (410) 685-7664.

Chaka Kahn, Musician/Songwriter,Founder of the Chaka Khan Foundation (Special Guest Speaker)
Sherrie Deans, Executive Director, Admiral Center
Tamala Lewis, The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and Community Affairs Director, AEG
MC Lyte, Lyricist, Icon, Pioneer, Philanthropist
James Worthy, Founder & Chairman of the James Worthy Foundation
Dwayne Proctor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)

LOCATION: Los Angeles Convention Center

REGISTRATION: (By Invitation Only)

You Phi You.org: The Role of Black Greek and Civic organizations in Building Responsive Black Philanthropy

From the early 1900’s, Black Greek-letter, civic, and service organizations were founded to promote self-help, mutual aid, and racial uplift among Black America in order to improve the social and economic conditions of Black folks. What does our individual and collective will to act to produce positive outcomes for Black folks in America look like today? The current social and economic climates require us to be both strategic and enterprising with the collective philanthropy (time-talent-treasure) of our organizations. Join us for a session that will inform your cultural memory of Black Philanthropy and explore innovative approaches for black Greek-letter and civic organizations in their continued response relative to their philanthropy and advocacy agendas.

Dr. Randall Pinkett, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners
Dr. Micheline Malson, The Links Give Project
Ashley Shelton, ONE VOICE Louisiana
Derrick Johnson, State President for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP & National Board Member

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

LOCATION: Los Angeles Convention Center

REGISTRATION: RSVP to abfe-rsvp@aspecialgathering.com

Unplugging from the Philanthropic Matrix: Effective Leadership in Your Institution and Community

The 21st Century has increasingly emerged as an era characterized by change. Likewise, 21st Century leaders - those who assume formal and informal positions of leadership and service - cannot solely depend on conventional approaches to produce new results; they must be catalysts for transformation. This is especially the case for leadership within and on behalf of Black communities.

This workshop is an immersion experience for you, our greatest resource, to learn a specific approach for effectively producing the results you desire from the actions you take regardless of the circumstances confronting you in your personal or professional life. It is designed to equip individuals who are familiar with coaching, and those who may be interested in learning more about coaching with tools and principles that will enhance one’s ability to assess a situation and respond with clarity and decisiveness.

By introducing participants to numerous coaching concepts, practices, and programs we intend to produce the following outcomes:
1. Participants will acquire a first-hand experience of the power of the coaching arts;
2. Participants will engage in Q& A with other leaders who use coaches to enhance their impact and effectiveness; and
3. Participants will learn how to contribute to a burgeoning movement within the coaching profession to increase education and access to coaching programs and services.

Brian Gadsden, Principal, Think BG Gadsden Consulting (Co-Facilitator)
Ernest Mark, Principal, Ernest Mark Consulting, PRISM
Gonzalo Cordova, Newfield Network (Coaching School)
John Honor, Executive Coach
Lisa Garrett, “G Moxie” Coaching and Consulting, Coaching Coaches of Color Consortium (C3)
Marcus Walton, Ontological Coach and Director of Programs, ABFE
Virginia Kellogg, Leadership That Works (via video), Coaching and Philanthropy Project
Chad Jones – Community Investment Network, Executive Director
Dushaw Hockett – Black SPACES, Founder and Executive Director

LOCATION: Los Angeles Convention Center

REGISTRATION: $99 (ABFE Members and Non-Members Invited)

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm – The Black Donor Salon Dinner: Where Are We Now? Reflections on Black Philanthropy

The Donor Salon proves to be an exciting opportunity for intriguing conversation and full audience participation in an intimate setting. Join us in a discussion of innovative strategies for collective giving and a "peeling back of the layers" of Black giving to understand the traditions and motivations driving our philanthropy.

Judy Belk, Senior Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Michele Ozumba., President, Women’s Funding Network – Millions Give Back
Virgil Roberts, Partner, Bobbitt and Roberts
Nathaniel “Toby” Thompkins, Vice President, 21st Century Foundation powered by Tides

LOCATION: LA Market Restaurant, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

REGISTRATION: This event has reached capacity and is closed

Question Bridge Black Males Exhibition

ABFE will host the Question Bridge: Black Males exhibition that explores critical and challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among Black men from a range of geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata. Question Bridge: Black Males is a portal to an inner realm of Black male consciousness. Meet and greet two of the Artist of the Question Bridge Black Males Exhibition.

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Platinum Salon A (2nd Floor)

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm – LA Noire Networking Event

Join ABFE for an off-site networking event for conference attendees.

LOCATION: The Mixing Room, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

REGISTRATION: No registration required

For more information, please contact Special Gathering at (410) 685-7664
or email abfe@aspecialgathering.com