2016 CEO 2-1-1 Summit


Join us March 29-31, 2016 in Denver, Colorado for the United Way CEO 2-1-1 Summit. Help us to harness the collective impact of 2-1-1 and United Way to have a voice in the discussion, and to help lead the work being done around United Way’s commitment to 2-1-1 services. Ideal for United Way CEOs, Executive Directors, Community Impact VPs and 2-1-1 Directors, this summit will help to shape elements of the future vision of 2-1-1, as well as to discuss best practices and tools to shape United Way’s relationship with 2-1-1.

The goals of the United Way CEO 2-1-1 Summit are to:

  • Provide an update on the advancements and work of the United Way CEO 2-1-1 Workgroup, on behalf of the 2-1-1 network.
  • Continue to create new relationships and foster collaborations across multiple 2-1-1s nationwide and national partners.
  • Facilitate meaningful sessions where CEOs and 2-1-1 stakeholders join together in working groups, think-tanks, exchange and network, to create new strategies that will strengthen the 2-1-1 network.
  • Gain a broad commitment from United Way CEOs to embrace 2-1-1 as an integral part of United Ways community impact work.
  • Initiate the conversation to create a more cohesive, aligned and supported 2-1-1 network.
  • Convene United Way CEOs, 2-1-1 Directors and national thought leaders from across the country to co-create 2-1-1’s strategic path, identify goals for increased alignment and shape the future vision for the 2-1-1 network.
  • Increase scorecard 2-1-1 participation.
  • Increase Mystery Caller program participation.

2-1-1 Directors closely aligned with their United Way, those who are interested in learning about the latest plans, tools and technology for 2-1-1 or those that are looking for best practices to scale their 2-1-1 to serve their community more effectively, are also encouraged to attend.

Click here to view the impact and connections achieved by 2-1-1 in 2014.


Tuesday, March 29-Thursday, March 31, 2016

Denver, Colorado


The early bird registration is $545 and ends Monday, March 14. After March 14, the registration fee is $645.

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Tuesday, March 29:
2-1-1 Tour & Reception: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30
Denver Marriott City Center
Breakfast & Registration: 7:30-8:20 a.m.
Opening General Session: 8:20 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
TedTalks: 10:05-11:20 a.m.
Learning Sessions: 11:35-12:40 p.m.
Lunch & General Session: 12:50-1:45 p.m.
Learning Sessions: 2:00-3:05 p.m.
UW CEO 2-1-1 Workgroup Report-Out: 3:20-4:00 p.m.
Closing General Session: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 31:
Mile High United Way
Breakfast & Registration: 7:45-8:30 a.m.
General Session: 8:30-8:55 a.m.
Ignite Workshop (Pt. 1): 8:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch & General Session: 12:15-1:20 p.m.
Ignite Workshop (Pt. 2): 1:30-3:45 p.m.
Closing General Session: 4:00-4:30 p.m.


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Cheryl Contee, CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, which helps the world’s leading non-profits, foundations and social enterprises use the Internet in innovative ways to create change globally. She is also the co-founder of Attentive.ly, which is a rising tech startup, specializing in cutting edge influencer marketing technology and #YesWeCode, which represents the movement to help over 100,000 low opportunity youth to become high quality coders. Click here to read bio.

Brian Gallagher, became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America in 2002 and then of United Way Worldwide in 2009. In 2002, he immediately took on the challenge of leading the transformation of the organization to focus on community impact. A career veteran of the United Way system, Gallagher believes that the true measure of success for United Way and other philanthropic organizations is bottom-line results: the lives that are changed and the communities that are shaped. This represents a dynamic shift from the United Way recognized for decades as the nation’s premier fund raiser and distributor. Gallagher has raised the bar on the accountability, governance and transparency standards adopted as a requirement of membership for all United Ways. Today, United Way has 1,800 local affiliates in 41 countries and territories raising $5.2 billion annually, with 9.6 million donors and 2.2 million volunteers. Follow Brian on Twitter.

Bill Farmer is President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, a local nonprofit organization working to empower everyone in Central Kentucky to live their best lives. Bill brings extensive experience to the Bluegrass to help meet the needs of today and solve the problems of tomorrow. Over the last six years he has successfully launched community impact initiatives for Central Kentucky in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Basic Needs, and has helped diversify revenue to include federal and foundation grants to support impact areas. In 2014, he led an initiative to launch a “Big Bold Goal” for the Central Kentucky community that 10,000 more families will be self-sufficient by 2020. In conjunction with the University of Kentucky and community organizations, Mr. Farmer developed outcome, data and analytics measurements to ensure that donor dollars and corporate resources are used efficiently and that funded programs yield maximum impact. Click here to read bio.

Dr. Maria Fernandez is Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. She has extensive experience in community-based participatory research in cancer control among underserved populations. She has conducted studies ranging from the description of conceptual models of cancer control, to the development and evaluation of interventions to increase cancer control, to the science of understanding and accelerating the use of evidence-based interventions in real- world settings. She is a leader of the community engagement components for the UT Health Community Networks Program and for the UT Health Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She is an expert on Intervention Mapping and co-authored the 4th edition of Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach. She is currently PI on 3 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grants. One is a study on increasing HPV vaccination; one is a prevention award for increasing cancer control behaviors, including screening and HPV vaccination in collaboration with 3 Texas 2-1-1 Call Centers, and a new prevention award will disseminate an intervention to increase HPV vaccination in community and clinic settings.

Colonel Chris Forsythe, Director-South, Chairman’s Office of Reintegration, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colonel Chris Forsythe is a native of Cary, North Carolina. After completing a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, COL Forsythe graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. Click here to read bio.

Kim Gillan serves as the Regional Director, Region VIII for the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Denver. Kim Gillan is responsible for overseeing HHS Region VIII’s engagement with state, local, territorial and tribal governments as well as private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other external partners.

Nancy Lublin is founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Follow Nancy on Twitter.

Joelle Martinez Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. The Latino Leadership Institute is focused on developing the next generation of leaders from the Latino Community to serve in business, government, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Click here to read bio.

Bill Marquard is a Director in the strategy consulting practice of Monitor Deloitte, where he specializes in retail customer experience. He has spent almost 30 years as a consultant to many major companies including Walmart, Apple, Ulta, Walt Disney World, Meijer, HCSC, McDonald’s, SC Johnson and the US Postal Service. Click here to read bio.

Bradley Myles serves as Executive Director and CEO of Polaris, a global leader in the fight to eradicate human trafficking and to restore freedom to survivors. For over a decade, he has devoted himself to combating human trafficking and modern slavery on a local, national, and global scale. Mr. Myles' early efforts focused on directly serving survivors, researching local human trafficking markets, and helping to build Washington DC's first-ever Human Trafficking Task Force. Under Myles' leadership, Polaris has also worked to strengthen the U.S. national movement against human trafficking through policy advocacy in all 50 states, and through a wide range of training and capacity-building programs. Click here to read bio.

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the former Governor or Colorado, elected in 2006. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Currently, Ritter is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University, which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, three senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. Click here to read bio.

Jeannie Ritter joined the Mental Health Center of Denver in 2012 to serve as Mental Health Ambassador. She began her advocacy work around mental health and wellness while serving as the First Lady of Colorado (2007–2011). She continues to work to advance integrated care efforts, increase mental health literacy, expand support and ensure access for mental health services across the community. Click here to read bio.

Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health. Stewart also works to protect and enhance the organization’s brand and reputation. Prior to this appointment, Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Follow Stacey on Twitter.


The summit will be hosted at the Denver Marriott in City Center. To receive the special United Way discount hotel rate, please click here.

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For those flying to the summit, the closest airport is Denver International Airport.

A SuperShuttle is $25 per person with our special United Way discount code. This discount rate is valid to and from the Denver Marriott and Denver airport. Click here to receive the special discount rate.

PLEASE NOTE: The discount link is pre-populated with the Denver Marriott City Center address & discount code. Should you wish to book your SuperShuttle to a separate location, the discount code is: 4LWHQ


Sponsorship at the United Way CEO 2-1-1 Summit allows access to over 1,800 United Ways who are providing measurable impact in the communities they serve. Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.


Flex credits are available to use for the United Way CEO 2-1-1 Summit for the following items:

  • Registration fees (volunteers qualify if a United Way staff person is attending the same learning opportunity or conference)
  • Some travel costs such as airfare, rental car, or mileage (only one form of travel reimbursement, rental car, mileage, or airfare is allowed with a maximum of $500 per trip)
  • Daily per diem – a combination of the hotel room rate, plus taxes and any meal not included during a learning opportunity
  • Please click here to access your United Way flexible credit balance. If you choose to use Flex Credits to pay for this event, when you get to the payment screen while registering, choose “Flex Credits” from the drop-down payment box. You will need to enter your organization number in the box provided if you choose the flex credit payment option.


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