Community Leadership and Impact Conference

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MAY 1-3, 2019

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The Community Leadership and Impact Conference will feature the best, brightest, and most innovative professionals in their fields. Expect to hear from global leaders, entrepreneurs, industry experts, authors and thought leaders. The range of topics cover concepts from digital transformation, social innovation and change leadership to specific issues that impact communities around the world - early childhood education, youth success, financial stability, human trafficking, and health.  We're working with the best and the brightest from our extensive United Way network to bring together insightful and forward-looking thinkers to inspire the future of our work.  Updates on speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

We will be rolling out additions to the speaker lineup regularly, so keep checking back and following us on Workplace by Facebook (available to United Way Network members) to get the most recent updates.

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Karamo Brown [More Info]
Culture Expert
Netflix's Queer Eye

Three-time Emmy Winner and Culture Expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown “is at the intersection of where pop culture, social media, and real life collide,” according to the LA Times. Lauded for his ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people, Karamo is tasked with making-over the hearts and minds of the “culturally challenged,” and helps them to confront and grow beyond the internal issues holding them back.

Onstage, Karamo draws from his work as a counselor and psychotherapist to show how he both discovered and learned to explore his many different “identities.” Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his numerous identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same.

His memoir, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope, explores how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

With Queer Eye, Karamo has won three Emmys, including for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and a Television Critics Association award. Beginning his television career in 2004 as a housemate on the MTV hit reality series The Real World, Brown was the first openly-gay African- American in the history of reality television.

Shortly after the conclusion of The Real World, Karamo learned that he was the father of a nine-year-old boy, Jason. With the support of his child’s mother, Brown petitioned and gained full custody of his son. A year later, Karamo adopted Jason’s half-brother Christian.

In 2014, he joined the Oprah Winfrey Network to host and produce their first digital show, #OWNShow. From there, Karamo became a host and producer for HuffPost Live, a recurring guest host of Access Hollywood Live, and a contributor for HLN/CNN. He was also host of MTV's Are You the One: Second Chances.

As a co-founder of, an organization addressing the mental health and self-esteem of individuals affected by HIV, Karamo was the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He was also invited by the Obama Administration to work with the White House to create policy and legislation supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies after school hours.

Karamo is an active member of the Never Again MSD gun-control movement after his Florida high school, Stoneman Douglas, suffered a fatal shooting in 2018.

A graduate of Florida A&M University, Karamo worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for over a decade before transitioning into media.

Harrison Craig [More Info]
Singer, Songwriter and Author
Dr. Sarah Lewis [More Info]
Assistant Professor at Harvard and Author of The Rise
H E Vikas Swarup [More Info]
Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Bestselling Author

Mr. Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad and graduated from the University of Allahabad.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986. In his career spanning more than 30 years, he has served in diplomatic assignments in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London, Pretoria and Osaka-Kobe. At Headquarters, Mr. Swarup has served as the Desk Officer for Southern Africa, US & Canada, Director (Pakistan), Director (Nepal and Bhutan) and Director in charge of the Office of the Minister of External Affairs. After serving as Joint Secretary United Nations (Political), he was appointed the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs in April 2015 in which capacity he was serving till being appointed as the High Commissioner of India to Canada. In helming the External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry, he significantly upscaled the MEA’s social media outreach.

Mr. Swarup is also the author of three novels, Q&A, which was adapted as the multiple Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, Six Suspects, and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into more than forty international languages.

Mr. Swarup is the recipient of a Degree of Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by the University of South Africa. He has participated in literary festivals around the world and has written for several prestigious publications including TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Telegraph (UK), The Financial Times (UK), DNA (India), Outlook (India) and Liberation (France).

Apart from reading, he enjoys listening to music and playing cricket, tennis and table tennis. His wife Aparna is an artist, who has held exhibitions in India and abroad. They have two sons.

Cindy Adams [More Info]
President & CEO
Aloha United Way
Cindy Adams was born in Okinawa, Japan and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aloha United Way. She brings over 25 years of leadership experience to United Way, including executive positions in the private and nonprofit sectors with companies and organizations in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and Hawai'i. The pivotal experience in Cindy's life that grounded her in nonprofit work was as founding executive director of the Hawai'i Meth Project, a large-scale prevention campaign and community outreach program that aimed to reduce methamphetamine use among teens. In addition to being widely embraced by public and private schools across the state, the Meth Project gained White House recognition as one of the most influential drug programs in the nation. An active participant in her community, Cindy volunteered as a mentor for high school students in Hawai?i, with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California and the Humane Society Cedar Creek Lake in Texas. She is currently a volunteer with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawai'i. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.
Kincső Adriány [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
United Way Hungary
Kincső leads the strategic direction for United Way in Hungary, working with leaders from the private, public and NGO sectors to drive collective community impact in the areas of education, income and health in Hungary. Kincső has 20 years of leadership experience as an advocate for social and economic change. She has been active in empowering women to leadership roles and for boardroom participation. Ms. Adriány earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in international management awarded jointly with Central European University Business School Hungary and Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA. She holds an economics degree from the Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences. She is a trained ‘partnership broker’ awarded by the London based Overseas Development Institute and The Partnering Initiative. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Adriány was the Executive Director of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum, founded by Prince Charles. She is the Vice President of the Executive Roundtable International Association (CEU Business School Alumni). Kincső is a mother of three: Veronika (17), Natalie (12) and Olivia (8).
Ari Alexander [More Info]
Vice President, Philanthropy Cloud
Ari manages the partnership with United Way. He worked at for 6 years, primarily leading sales strategy for the partners and industries business units. Prior to that, Ari served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Director at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ari also served as a Senior Fellow with the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He was a co-founder and co-Executive Director of Children of Abraham, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of dialogue between Jewish and Muslim teenagers around the world. He has presented and lectured about international development and interfaith cooperation all over the world. He completed two Master’s degrees in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar: an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from the Queen’s University of Belfast and an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. Ari’s research led him to spend time living in Jerusalem, Beirut, and Damascus. Born and raised in Providence, RI, Ari is a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoys biking and skiing. He has a 3 year-old son and a 1 year-old daughter that have made him the happiest dad in the world.
Nthobi Angel [More Info]
Board Member
Kagiso Trust
Claudia Aparicio [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Dividendo Por Colombia
Nikolas Badminton [More Info]
Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning and innovative Futurist Speaker who shares his experience and depth of knowledge to inspire audiences around the world. He will give you an awe-inspiring vision of how the world is changing and how we need to be in keeping up with the pace.
Dianne Bailey [More Info]
Managing Director
Bank of America
Dianne and her team deliver customized consulting and advisory services to Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank institutional client boards of directors, investment committees and senior professional leaders. Her team’s areas of focus for their nonprofit and family office clients include strategic visioning, mission advancement, risk management, governance and board dynamics. Dianne is a frequent speaker and commentator on topics related to best practices and trends in philanthropy. Dianne has more than twenty years of experience working with nonprofits. Previously as an attorney, Dianne’s practice was dedicated to the representation of tax-exempt organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. She advised a diverse group of nonprofits in all aspects of their organization, administration and management. Her clients included colleges and universities, museums, human service organizations, sports philanthropists, health care affiliate and conversion foundations, corporate and community foundations, private foundations and donor-advised fund holders, churches and other religious organizations, national fraternities and sororities, business leagues, trade organizations, as well as a myriad of start-up and grassroots charities. In addition, Dianne regularly was engaged as an expert witness in state and federal litigation matters, providing strategic counsel and trial testimony. Dianne’s professional commitment to nonprofits also is deeply personal. An active community leader, she has served on and chaired many nonprofit boards of directors including most recently, Discovery Place and Women Executives. An evangelist for women's philanthropy, she is a founding member and past president of Women's Impact Fund and currently serves as vice chair of the Women's Philanthropy Institute national council. Her professional recognition includes a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award and the Leadership Charlotte Circle of Excellence Award. Dianne was named The Mecklenburg Times 2015 Woman of the Year. In her 2018 TEDx Talk, she made “The Case for Fierce Optimism.” Dianne graduated, with high honors, from the University of California at Berkeley and, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Alyssa Banks [More Info]
Program Officer
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Alyssa Banks is a Program Officer within the Innovation team where her portfolio is focused on Food Security. Prior to coming to United Way, she served as a Project Manager with the innovative Creative City Making initiative, a program that pairs local artists in residence with City departments to address racial equity. She also brings a public health lens to her work and helped to manage a multi-state evidenced based demonstration program focused on addressing child maltreatment working with a national public health association in Washington D.C. Additionally, in her work at the City of Minneapolis Health Department she coordinated a multi-year citywide youth violence prevention initiative and served as Research Associate supporting evaluation for a range of community interventions focused on chronic disease prevention. Alyssa has nearly 10 years of community based experience working in Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s community centers, organizing education programs with an emphasis on youth development and arts and cultural programming. She is a trained researcher and evaluator and has worked on dozens of studies though her experience at Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER), as well as through her experiences as a market researcher. Ms. Banks is a proud Minnesotan and holds a Master’s degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration from Metropolitan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Dan Barnes [More Info]
Co-Founder, FamilyWize
Executive Chairman, Barnes Family Foundation
Rick Bates [More Info]
Rick Bates is CEO/Co-Founder of RxSense, a leading provider of pharmacy benefit management technology whose consumer brands FamilyWize and SingleCare are highly disrupting the pharmacy savings card market. Rick has led strategy and growth over 20 years in healthcare companies like UnitedHealth Group, Oxford Health Plans and Coventry Healthcare, serving most recently as President of Catalyst Health Solutions, where he took the company from $2.5 billion/$1 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion/$4.5 billion in 2012, in revenue and market capitalization respectively, making the Fortune 500 list that year (#455). He holds a Williams College BA and Wharton School of Business MBA.
Todd Battiste [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Education & Equity
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
As the Senior Vice President, Todd coordinates and manages staff and programs that contribute to United Way’s vision…”equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated and economically stable.” In addition, Todd provides leadership and support to United Way Community Impact initiatives: Success By 6, a multi-sector collaborative that is research-based, data driven and outcome oriented; and Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a collaboration with individual organizations to help children read on grade level by the end of third grade. Todd serves as a thought partner on various committees around youth development, and career technical education. Todd is a 2019 Distinguished Fellow of the Nancy Marsiglia Institute of Justice, 2017-2018 Fellow with The Association of Black Foundation Executives – Connecting Leaderships Fellowship. He currently serves as treasurer for the Children & Youth Planning Board, an appointment by New Orleans City Council, Youth Force, New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative/New Orleans Youth Alliance, Campaign for Grade Level Reading and a host of other initiatives. Todd is an active member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and serves as Co-Chair the Greater New Orleans Funders Network. He was nominated and elected to Chair the Child Care Block Advisory Council. He is the Past President for the Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children, and former Vice President for Public Policy. He served on the Advisory Committee on Licensing of Childcare Facilities and Child Placing Agencies, Louisiana’s Quality Rating System for Early Childhood Programs Steering Committee, Louisiana Advisory Council on Child Care and Early Education, Delgado Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, and the Greater New Orleans Rebuild. Todd received the Young Leadership Council (YLC) 2011 Role Model of the Year and Children Defense Fund-Louisiana 2011 Champion for Children awards. Todd is a native of New Orleans, graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a bachelor in Psychology, Xavier University at New Orleans with a Masters in Business/Industry Counseling, and University of New Orleans with a Masters in Public Administration. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy Non-Profit Management from Walden University. Todd is married to Caryn Rodgers-Battiste and the proud father of two sons, Todd II and Dillon.
Talia Bell [More Info]
Director, The Social Impact Lab
United Way of Calgary and Area
Talia Bell is the Director of The Social Impact Lab. The Social Impact Lab is a partnership of the United Way of Calgary and Area and J5 Innovation that invests in innovation and creating strategic partnerships that support the social sector to not only serve but solve social issues. Launching the Lab in 2018 was one of her greatest accomplishments including supporting the development of the team and the business and operating models. Talia holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has a history of leadership roles in non-profit organizations and teams. She has experience in product design, business development, non-profit evaluation, innovation, and organizational leadership. She also recently completed her Partnership Broker’s Level 1 Training, is pursuing a certificate in interior design, and for fun holds a level 2 WSET designation.
Valencia Bembry [More Info]
Vice President, Fundraising Enablement
United Way Worldwide
Krisztina Bombera [More Info]
CauseArt Platform
Krisztina Bombera J.D. is a Hungarian television anchor, producer, international correspondent, entrepreneur and co-owner of CauseArt Platform value-advocacy agency. In 2018 she worked with United Way Hungary on a complex campaign with the US DJ duo The Chainsmokers to enhance the work of UWH fighting functional illiteracy among Hungarian children. Krisztina is a lawyer by training, she has been advocating human rights, democratic values and the values of a free press for twenty years. She lived and worked in the United States for close to ten years. Among her jobs in the US were: presidential campaign correspondency or a year-long academic research position at Princeton University, New Jersey focusing on recent Hungarian legal changes. Krisztina is a mother of two kids.
Molly Boncaro [More Info]
Vice President, Configuration and Implementation
United Way Worldwide
Lisa Bowman [More Info]
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
United Way Worldwide
Ms. Bowman is responsible for leading the organization’s marketing team and initiatives to create, develop and implement United Way’s global marketing strategies that highlight the organization’s image and heritage to galvanize engagement of donors, advocates, volunteers as well as partner relationships in communities around the world. Ms. Bowman oversees brand, marketing and strategic communications including brand innovation, creative development, media relations, affinity groups and strategic alliances such as the famed NFL and United Way partnership. With more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications initiatives in the transportation, retail, dot-com, and apparel sectors, Ms. Bowman joined United Way from UPS.
Michelle Branch [More Info]
Vice Chair
United Way Women United Global Leadership Council
Michelle’s background is a mix of legal practice, academics, and nonprofit work. Her academic writing has examined the politics of feeding people in cities. As a Silicon Valley attorney, she has counseled leading technology and technology investment companies, including Google, Twilio, and Founders Fund. Michelle holds an A.B. and J.D. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of California, Berkeley. Before running her own law practice, she established her legal career as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. She has taught on the faculties of NYU Law School and UC Berkeley. In 2017 Michelle accepted the role of Vice Chair of United Way Worldwide’s Women United Global Leadership Council. For several years Michelle has served on the Council, focusing on women’s advocacy and leadership development. Michelle currently serves on the boards of United Way Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and SF Camerawork. She has previously served on the boards of City Slicker Farms, La Cocina SF, and the Junior League of San Francisco
Michelle Braun [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way of Northeast Florida
Michelle Braun is passionate about serving her community. Prior to becoming President and CEO of United Way in 2014, she served in many capacities, including serving as a member of United Way’s board of directors, community chair for RealSense and as the vice president of Resource Development where she led a record-setting campaign. Michelle is a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 2017 and United Way Worldwide’s Network Partnership Group. She is married to Paul, an artist, and has two children, Quinn and Shea.
Pablo Bravo [More Info]
Vice President, Community Health
Dignity Health
Pablo Bravo Vial Vice President of Community Health is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Dignity Health’s community health department, which include prevention programs, community benefit reporting, community health needs assessments, community and social innovation partnership grants, investments, international community health, in support of Dignity Health’s mission, values and strategic goals. The Vice President of Community Health is also responsible for developing policy and providing strategic alignment and facilitation of Dignity Health’s community health. Prior to his time at Dignity Health, Pablo was the Fiscal Director for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Mental Health Children Services and Managed Care. Pablo has a degree in Economics and an M.P.A. from University of San Francisco. Pablo currently serves on the San Francisco Accelerator Fund board, Religious Community Investment Fund, Dignity Health Medical Foundation, and on the Dominican San Rafael Socially Responsible Investment Committee.
Brewton Brownlow Couch [More Info]
Vice President, Branding & Messaging
United Way of Greater Knoxville
Erin Budde [More Info]
Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Janet Butler [More Info]
Vice President, Africa Region & the Caribbean
United Way Worldwide
Janet is a Mechanical Engineer who worked for over 23 years for P&G in both the United States and Nigeria. She has clocked many “firsts” in her career and is most proud of having been the first Plant Manager for Procter & Gamble Nigeria Ltd. Janet left P&G in 2000 and moved to Ghana with her family to establish permanent residency. She has had a number of contract Executive roles in Ghana including Managing Director (CEO) for Pioneer Aluminum Factory the oldest indigenous company on the Ghana Stock Exchange and Chief Officer (VP) of Shared Services for Ghana Telecom, the incumbent telecom provider in Ghana. Janet was also CEO of Teligent Wireless Ltd. a Ghanaian owned company that provides state of the art communications solutions to corporate entities and small and medium sized enterprises in West Africa. She is a founding member and was President of the Governing Council (Board) of United Way Ghana. In October 2010 she took on the new role of Vice President, Africa Region, United Way Worldwide, responsible for the growth and sustainability of United Way organizations on the African continent. Janet is also responsible for United Way member organizations and the United Way Expansion Project in the Caribbean.
Vanessa Buttignon [More Info]
EU Citizenship Manager
John Deere
Vanessa is John Deere’s European Union Public Affairs and Citizenship Manager. Since joining John Deere in 2010, Vanessa has supported a wide array of public affairs initiatives in the European Union critical to John Deere’s success in the region and globally. Since 2015 Vanessa has been managing the John Deere Foundation’s efforts to enhance citizenship initiatives in Europe. Specifically, Vanessa is responsible for guiding and supporting John Deere units to increase citizenship investments and volunteer activities in order to both meet John Deere’s strategic goals as well as improve the quality of life for those in our home communities throughout the region. Over the past 3 years, Vanessa has been instrumental in launching citizenship activities at John Deere units in Germany, France, Spain, and Poland. Vanessa has also supported citizenship activities outside the European Union, including her volunteerism work with John Deere Asia to support rice farmers in Indonesia. In 2008, Vanessa earned a Master’s Degree with high distinction in International Relations and International Economics from the University of Trieste, Italy. In 2007, she earned an Master’s Degree in International Development from the Bordeaux Business School, France.
Charmaine Caccioppi [More Info]
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Charmaine Caccioppi serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and oversees United Way’s Governmental Relations and Community Impact departments. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the government relations strategies related to United Way’s three goal areas, including education, income and health, through the development of relationships with key internal and external constituents. Mrs. Caccioppi advocated for the successful historical passage of seven Domestic Violence bills signed into Louisiana law aimed at stopping domestic abuse and in 2016 is featured in the award winning Five Awake –Domestic Violence documentary film. Historical passage of domestic violence bills was made again in 2017 and 2018. Mrs. Caccioppi was inducted into the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the Libby Milton Champion for Children Award in 2016. She currently serves as Chairman of the Louisiana Women’s in Policy & Research Commission and a board member of the Bureau of Governmental Research. From 2005 to 2013 Mrs. Caccioppi served as the first President of the Louisiana Association of United Ways (LAUW). During her tenure as President of LAUW she partnered with the Louisiana Association of Non-Profits to publish “Community Solutions” which provided evidence-based policy research on how to combat long term systemic poverty. She established a relationship with The George Rodrigue Foundation allowing $1 million in funding to be secured for United Ways statewide. She also assisted with securing funding for The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA), an Art Emerging Therapy for Children A+ School Education Curriculum to help children in trauma after Hurricane Isaac. Her many other accomplishments, include, but are not limited to, securing a $90,000 United Way Worldwide grant for the purpose of establishing a United Ways of the Gulf Coast and championing state legislation that ensured High Quality Childcare Standards, School Readiness Tax Credits, the establishment of the Child Poverty Prevention Council and the first refundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the South. During her 20 years of service with the United States Senate, Mrs. Caccioppi served Senators J. Bennett Johnston then Mary Landrieu, working on major economic development projects throughout Louisiana and Nationwide, including: transportation infrastructure development for ports, airport, highways and railroads; defense and university research projects; flood control and hurricane protection projects; natural resources research; major federal procurement for several federal agencies.
Jon Campbell [More Info]
Executive Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy & Community Relations
Wells Fargo Bank
Executive Vice President Jon R. Campbell is head of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations for Wells Fargo & Company. Campbell oversees Wells Fargo’s global philanthropy strategy which focuses on strengthening underserved communities through partnerships and philanthropic investments in affordable housing, small business growth, financial education, and sustainability, among other community needs. Campbell is chairman of the Wells Fargo Foundation board of directors, and also serves on Wells Fargo’s Management Committee, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Council, and Sustainability Advisory Council.

A 41-year veteran of the company, Campbell is also responsible for community relations, team member philanthropy and volunteerism, financial education, and sustainable housing initiatives. Under Campbell’s leadership, Wells Fargo increased its philanthropic impact in 2018 by donating $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits to help communities and people in need, and the company’s workplace giving campaign has been recognized as the largest campaign in the U.S. for 10 consecutive years by United Way Worldwide.

Campbell previously served as regional president of the Great Lakes, overseeing Wells Fargo’s retail and business banking operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Before that, he held management positions in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, credit, and community banking.

An active community leader and advocate for underserved and diverse communities, Campbell has served on the boards of several prestigious nonprofit organizations throughout his career. He is currently vice chair and treasurer of the National Urban League Board of Trustees and chairman of Urban Empowerment Fund. He also serves as an Emeritus Member of the University of Minnesota Foundation and is on the board of University of Minnesota Carlson School Board of Overseers.

A Minnesota native, he graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Adrienne Clark [More Info]
Director, Content
United Way Toronto
Adrienne Clarke is Director, Content at United Way Greater Toronto and leads a team responsible for brand management, content marketing and creative and editorial direction. Adrienne has more than 15 years of commitment to the non-profit sector. Before United Way, she was responsible for accessible national marketing content development, media relations and event management for The Canadian Hearing Society, an organization providing support and services for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. Previously, she ran her own non-profit consulting practice providing content strategy and writing expertise. She also has 10 years of experience working in the book publishing industry, specifically in the areas of promotions, publicity and marketing, working with authors including Judy Blume, Quincy Jones, and Elmore Leonard. Among her accomplishments, she led the publicity and promotion campaign for Canadian author David Adams Richards’ Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel, Mercy Among the Children and for Scotiabank Giller Prize short-listed, Martin Sloane, by award-winning author and poet Michael Redhill. Along with director and cinematographer, Goh Iromoto, she led the creative development of United Way Greater Toronto’s “It Looks Like Me Campaign” that won an Applied Arts Magazine Photography and Illustration Award in 2017. She is also responsible for the conception and development of the first-ever national content campaign for the United Way Centraide movement. Most recently, she launched, a magazine-style website designed to help people live well and do good. is the first content destination of its kind in Canada conceived and developed by a non-profit. And she was also Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, Huron College, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Writing and Publishing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters of Parenting and Animal Training from the school of Two Boys and a Dog, and a Ph.D. in Coffee Consumption from Starbucks.
Bruno Courme [More Info]
Total Foundation
Bruno Courme, a French national, is a graduate from French engineering schools, and holds a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Exploration and Division branch of Total in 2000 and held successive positions in the fields of geological operations and exploration in the Netherlands, Norway, Nigeria, the UK and France until 2010.. He was appointed in 2010 Managing Director of Total Gas Shale Europe, to look after studies and operations on Total unconventional acreage in Europe. In 2014, he took the position of Vice-President Strategy for the Exploration & Production Branch of Total. He was appointed in 2015 Vice-President Exploration in charge of the Americas, based in Houston. He is now in charge of Total Foundation.
Anna Coutts [More Info]
Senior Program Officer, Foundation Office
Fifth Third Bank
Anna Coutts recently started working at Fifth Third Bank as a Senior Program Officer in The Foundation Office. In her role she works with the bank's high wealth clients, assisting with the creation and administration of their own private family foundations. Prior to her position at Fifth Third, Anna managed the board leadership and development training efforts at United Way of Greater Cincinnati. During her time there she had success growing their program, BOLD, and launching a connection platform, BoardBank, to better connect volunteers to open board positions. Anna has served on a variety of boards and committees spanning focus areas including education and the arts. She is currently on the board of the Cincinnati Observatory. Anna is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
Dan Coyne [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Greater Portland
In his role at United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP), Dan oversees community impact efforts tied to United Way’s goals around education, financial stability, and health – the building blocks of a good life. An architect of Thrive2027, which is a community-wide call to action, he aligns funding, volunteerism, public policy, advocacy, and other strategies to ensure impact is made at the population level throughout Cumberland County. Prior to this position, Dan served as Director of Financial Stability & Public Policy at UWGP, developing and implementing strategies with respect to financial stability, public policy, and advocacy related work. Before coming to UWGP, Dan worked in the public and non-profit sectors, including holding senior positions with former Congressman Tom Allen and clerking for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Dan currently serves on the boards of the Great Schools Partnership, the Mitchell Institute, and the Southern Maine Community College Foundation. He is actively involved in various community collaborations and committees in his professional capacity, and he has participated in several community leadership development opportunities, including the John T. Gorman Fellowship, Maine Network Partners, and the Institute for Civic Leadership Leadership Intensive. Dan grew up in South Portland and is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. Dan resides in Scarborough with his wife, Stephanie.
Ruth Crammond [More Info]
Vice President, Community Investment & Development
United Way Greater Toronto
Ruth is the Vice President of Community Investment & Development with responsibility for a broad range of United Way investments and agency partnerships in Community Services, as well as the place-based work in our Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. She joined United Way in 2014 as the Director of Community Services and Capacity Building. In that role she oversaw the transformation to a new investment model for United Way for the largest portion of United Way investments in the community. Ruth has many years of experience working in the community services sector in Toronto. She began her career with United Way-funded agencies, working as a summer camp counsellor at Central Neighbourhood House, and a drop-in worker in a program for homeless people at St. Christopher House. She has held several senior management roles in United Way-funded agencies, including Executive Director at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre and Director of Housing and Shelters at YWCA Toronto. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto.
Jessi Cruickshank [More Info]
Canadian TV Personality

Known for her sharp wit, irreverent commentary and eclectic flare for fashion, television personality and comedian Jessi Cruickshank is one of the most widely recognized young stars in Canada and has been called “the funniest woman on TV today, period.” [The Province].

Jessi grew up in Vancouver, B.C., honing her comedic skills as the only girl in an all male comedy troupe alongside Seth Rogen. She went on to study theater in London, England and graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious University of Toronto Drama Program. Soon after, she was discovered in a nationwide search to become the new face of MTV in Canada and host of “The Hills After Show.” Jessi quickly became a fan favorite, and her show became an international smash hit, syndicated in 10 countries, generating record breaking ratings in the US and Canada, and securing her a Gemini Award.

Jessi went on to host, produce, and write her own spin-off prime time comedy series “The After Show” on MTV where she provided her witty commentary and refreshing perspective on the day’s entertainment news. From there she has hosted Live from E!, Jerseylicious, Olympic Morning and Canada’s #1 entertainment show, etalk. She currently hosts Canada’s Smartest Person and is a co-host on daytime show The Goods.

Jessi’s ability to connect to her audience has also allowed her to tackle global issues in a refreshingly relatable way. As the ambassador for the charity organization Free the Children, Jessi traveled to India for the acclaimed documentary “MTV Presents: Jessi in India” where she encountered child labor, hunger, and poverty first hand. She followed it up with “MTV Presents: Jessi in Kenya”, documenting her experiences of living in a mud hut for 10 days with a traditional Massai family. Jessi’s social activism has formed her into a renowned keynote speaker, speaking regularly at colleges and universities, and appearing at national conferences alongside The Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, and Al Gore.

In addition to her work in television, film, and philanthropy, Jessi is also known for her unique sense of style. Named TV Guide’s Best Dressed Host she has appeared in top fashion publications such as Elle, Flare, Fashion and Verve Girl magazines. She also launched her own clothing line for Me to We style, which sold out within days.

Amanda Crumby [More Info]
Senior Director of Donor Services
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Amanda Crumby is the Senior Director of Donor Service with United Way of Greater Atlanta. She has worked closely with corporate partners in Greater Atlanta, providing them a technology, processing and customer service solution for their employee giving efforts. Amanda is leading the adaptation of Philanthropy Cloud in the Greater Atlanta market and is excited to bring corporations a comprehensive engagement solution that will allow them to meet their philanthropic goals. She is an Atlanta Falcons fan and a proud mother of a 2 year old boy.
Alana Cuma [More Info]
Executive Vice President
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
As Executive Vice President of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce—Winnipeg’s largest business organization with a membership of 2,000+ companies, representing nearly 90,000 employees— Alana Cuma ensures the organization is richly informed by its members and the community. For more than 145 years, The Winnipeg Chamber has been a launching pad for business leaders and professionals to connect, take risks and introduce new, innovative and bold ideas. Alana's portfolio includes strategic planning, member engagement as well as day-to-day management of marketing, communication, programming and events. She currently sits on the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and Winnipeg’s Block by Block Initiative – a platform for authentic collaboration that improves community safety and social outcomes for families by unlocking agency, community, and family capacity. Alana holds a Creative Communications diploma from Red River College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Leadership Winnipeg program. Currently she is completing her MBA at the Asper School of Business.
Jerry Dannemiller [More Info]
Vice President, Digital Services
United Way Worldwide
Jerry Dannemiller joined UWW as Vice President of Digital Services in September 2018 after having previously leading the marketing and communications effort at United Way of Central Ohio, where, in addition to driving brand, messaging and engagement programs, he was team lead on digital services and organizational change efforts. His background is in digital marketing, content and donor technology platforms, and design thinking. He previously led teams at the Wexner Center for the Arts ( and The Ohio State University, in addition to serving as a writer and critic for various news outlets. He has served on several non-profit boards, including current service with the Jazz Arts Group and The Wellington School in Columbus.
Sarah Darradji [More Info]
Digital Marketing Specialist
United Way Worldwide
In August of 2018, Sarah joined the Digital Services team at United Way Worldwide as a Digital Marketing Specialist. She previously worked at major advertising agencies before joining the Corporate Relations team at United Way of Greater Atlanta. Today, she collaborates with local United Ways across the U.S. and Canada to plan, design, and execute cross-platform digital engagement strategies. Sarah is passionate about United Way's alignment to the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Martha Davis [More Info]
Director, Performance Excellence
Martha offers extensive experience working with health care systems and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership and talent management, patient experience, and change management to enable organizations to create a culture of high performance and connection to purpose. Her experience includes over twenty years’ experience with an integrated delivery system in rural Missouri that earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Martha offers significant expertise using evidence-based leadership, the Malcolm Baldrige quality framework, and the Kotter model to support clients in accomplishing outstanding organizational outcomes. She holds an MS-Management Science and undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Martha has presented nationally in the areas of workforce engagement, change leadership, organizational resilience and performance improvement.
Andy Davis [More Info]
Director of Education
As BoardSource’s director of education, Andy Davis is responsible for creating and delivering the public trainings that BoardSource offers to the nonprofit sector, overseeing the BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer program, and aligning BoardSource’s educational offerings across departments. Additionally, as a BoardSource consultant and trainer, Andy works with the organization’s clients nationally, developing and delivering our respected consulting and training services. Prior to joining BoardSource nine years ago, Andy served as a professional development coordinator for Quality Enhancement for Non-Profit Organizations (QENO) in Wilmington, North Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Andy also serves as the chair of the national advisory council of AmeriCorps Alums and is a charter member of the selection committee for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Board Leadership Awards.
Reid DeSpiegelaere [More Info]
National Director, Vello
Valley of the Sun United Way
Reid has worked for the College Football Playoff Foundation as the leader of teacher philanthropy efforts in host communities, and has roots in the classroom as an elementary school teacher. Reid currently leads Vello Tutoring, an impact product built by Valley of the Sun United Way to serve as a scalable literacy/volunteer/revenue opportunity for all United Ways to participate. Reid works across the United Way network to implement Vello.
Amy Dinofrio [More Info]
Vice President, Human Resources, Talent and Board Development
United Way Worldwide
Amy brings over 15 years of human resources and talent management experience. As Vice President of HR, Talent, and Board Development, she manages the team that supports the internal HR function for UWW, plus the 1,800 United Ways throughout our network in building organizational capacity, recruiting and retaining talent, and creating professional development programs for both board members and staff. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide in 2017, Amy oversaw Human Resources, Operations, and 211 at Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado for 13 years. Amy earned her undergraduate degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and her MBA from University of Notre Dame, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She and her partner Camryn reside in Alexandria, VA with their three dogs.
Sofia Dupi [More Info]
Associate Director of Digital Marketing
United Way of Western Connecticut
Sofia Dupi is the newly promoted Associate Director of Digital Marketing for United Way of Western Connecticut. A nonprofit communications professional with more than 13 years’ experience in communications and fundraising in a variety of settings, including healthcare, higher education and international conservation, in additional to cultural and community journalism. She is passionate about making organizational missions come alive through engaging communications to advocate for under resourced and vulnerable communities. Her work is rooted in the belief that digital media and communications offer an incredible opportunity to empower and advance justice and equity in our communities. Sofia holds a master’s degree in print and online journalism from Iona College and has studied history and art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Acooa Ellis [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Community Impact
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Acooa Lee Ellis Senior Vice President of Community Impact Greater Twin Cities United Way Acooa directs United Way grantmaking, coalition engagement, systems change, public policy and the agency's 2-1-1 resource helpline. A champion for equity, she’s lobbied in multiple states and worked at the local level to advance critical business and civic objectives. She currently co-chairs MinneMinds, a coalition of organizations and thought leaders from across the state with a common commitment to prioritizing investment in the education of Minnesota’s most vulnerable learners. Acooa previously served as Director of Social Justice Advocacy for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Prior to that role, she managed government relations for the southern region of the country on behalf of Target Corporation. As legislative aide to former St. Paul city council member, now Mayor Melvin Carter, she also created the community development strategy for what later became the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood – a network of support to improve education outcomes and pave pathways of opportunity for children and their families in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Iowa, and master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in community economic development from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Amy Floryan [More Info]
Director, Digital Engagement
United Way Worldwide
Amy is the Director of Digital Engagement on the Digital Services team at United Way Worldwide. She leads a team of digital natives to help strengthen 40+ Local United Ways’ digital muscle. Prior to playing a role in United Way’s digital transformation, Amy came from a tech start up where she built and automated user journeys to deliver targeted messages. Her work directly contributed to an increase in performance metrics and conversions.
Shawna Forsberg [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of the Midlands
Shawna Forsberg was named President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands (UWM) in Omaha, Nebraska in March 2015, after a national executive search. She had served in the interim positions since July 2014. Forsberg is implementing the organization's community-based strategic initiatives to reduce poverty in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area by supporting and strengthening the local nonprofit network of Basic Needs, Classroom and Workforce Ready programs. She also leads UWM's fundraising, marketing, community engagement and financial management initiatives. With a focus on collaboration and measurable impact, Forsberg and the organization are intent on optimizing the charitable aspirations of individual donors and businesses, as well as embracing collaboration with other strong organizations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs community's public, private and nonprofit sectors. Forsberg was selected to serve on United Way Worldwide?s National Professional Council in November 2015, as a result of her strong leadership and rapid engagement in both the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan community and the United Way network. She will join a handful of local United Way executives who are advising UWW in setting the strategy and direction for nearly 1,200 United Ways across the United States and around the world. While all local United Ways are independent, autonomous organizations, we share a common goal: to make our home communities stronger. When we bring individual donors together with corporate and nonprofit partners and civic organizations, we arrive at community-based solutions that can have a real impact on reducing local poverty.? Forsberg joined United Way of the Midlands in 2013 as senior vice president of marketing. She brought with her more than 15 years of marketing and communications leadership experience in nonprofit and corporate environments, including key management roles at Omaha's Durham Museum and ConAgra Foods. Forsberg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. Shawna Forsberg is a native of Holdrege, Nebraska. She lives in Omaha with her husband, Grant, and their children: Seth, London and Devon.
Gus Fuguitt [More Info]
Director of Labor Partnerships/Director of Community Engagement
United Way of Metro Chicago/Chicago Federation of Labor
Gus is the Director of Labor Partnerships for the United Way of Metro Chicago (UWMC) and Director of Community Engagement at the Chicago Federation of Labor, a dual role focused on managing the labor movement and union member’s relationship with the United Way in Chicago, Illinois. He oversees the UWMC Labor Liaison team and community service programs. The programming centerpiece at UWMC is Access United, which assists individuals applying to building trades apprenticeships by helping them navigate the application process and providing them other resources to overcome barriers. He has a background in coordinating labor-based workforce development projects and strategic campaigning/organizing.
Terri Fujii [More Info]
Board Chair
Aloha United Way
Brian Gallagher [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way Worldwide

Brian Gallagher joined United Way in 1981 as a management trainee. As someone with deep faith in the power of communities, he has made driving community change a focus for United Way throughout his career. Community change brings people together to create more opportunities for all, and it has been adopted in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. Brian has also elevated brand stewardship to the highest priority. In 2008, United Way launched the LIVE UNITED campaign to engage communities in a more inclusive strategic effort. Working with United Way staff, volunteers, partners, and stakeholders, Gallagher managed the merger of United Way of America and United Way International to create United Way Worldwide in 2009. He also spearheaded the shift to an impact organization, facilitated the implementation of an enterprise-wide strategy and developed numerous working groups designed to innovate and align across United Way’s network.

Kayla Garcia [More Info]
Vice President, Resource Development
Mile High United Way
Kayla brings more than ten years of professional experience in the public and nonprofit sector. In her current role, Kayla leads the development and growth for corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, marketing and contributes to raising more than $25 million dollars annually for the Denver Metro Area. Kayla is the youngest individual to serve in a senior position and overseeing the development team at Mile High United Way. She is deeply passionate for community engagement and particularly interested in millennials in philanthropy and the workplace. Most recently, Kayla helped drive the funding and design of the new Volunteer Center at Mile High United Way, embedding volunteer values in all aspects of work. Prior to joining the Mile High United Way team, Kayla was the Director of Development at the Denver Inner City Parish and worked with the Office of Governor Bill Ritter’s Advance and Communications team. Outside of her professional career, Kayla has served as a board member of Rocky Mountain Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, Denver Inner City Parish and South High School Alumni Foundation. Kayla is a graduate of the Denver Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver and currently is in the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program with the class emphasis focusing on the greening and sustainability of downtown Denver. Kayla is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Communications and Political Science. She has a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Kayla is a proud Colorado native and resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Joseph Garcia.
Lesa George [More Info]
Director, Digital Business Development
United Way of Calgary & Area
Lesa M. George is the Director, Digital Business Development with United Way of Calgary and Area. She has over 30 years of service oriented business leadership, in both corporate and non-profit settings. Lesa has a history of leading teams in technology and innovation, operations, marketing and sales, change management and business transformation. She is leading the Go to Market strategy to bring Philanthropy Cloud to corporate Calgary and is excited to assist in expanding to other markets in Western Canada. She holds an MBA from McGill University and an Engineering degree from University of New Brunswick. An avid volunteer with a long history of Board positions in both the non-profit and private sectors, Lesa finds balance in meditation and in giving back to the community. She is a certified Life Coach and Senior Consciousness Coach, working with individuals and groups from all walks of life.
Laurie George, Ph. D. [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of Palm Beach County
Laurie George, Ph.D., has more than 17 years of c-level experience. She has spent a total of 18 nonconsecutive years at United Way of Palm Beach County, with a year at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Over the past five years as the CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County, Dr. George has led the organization to a new level of success by increasing revenue 27% (16.5 million) and volunteer engagement by 248% (7,650 volunteers). United Way of Palm Beach County was recently selected as the Health & Human Services Organization of the year by the Chamber of the Palm Beaches (2018). Dr. George was recognized by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches with the prestigious Women in Leadership Award in 2016. Dr. George serves on several committees and boards including Career Source, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, The Forum Club, Achieve Palm Beach County, Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and is a recent graduate of Leadership Florida. She earned a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D., in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas, Austin.
Cynthia Gibson [More Info]
Board Chair
United Way of Greater Knoxville
Lorraine Goddard [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
Cam Gordon [More Info]
Head of Communications
Twitter Canada
Cam Gordon (@cam_gordon on Twitter) is the Head of Communications for Twitter Canada and part of Twitter's global communications team. Cam works with journalists across Canada, keeping them informed of the latest happenings with Twitter and sharing Canadian Twitter stories rooted in politics, sports, entertainment and other areas. Prior to Twitter, Cam spent 10+ years in the agency world, working with clients such as LG Electronics, Disney, 3M and American Express plus top Canadian brands such as TELUS, Canada Goose and Spin Master. Cam is also on the program advisory committee for the Corporate Communications program at Centennial College and has taught digital media at Seneca College in Toronto.
Juliane Hagedorn [More Info]
Head of Consulting
Juliane Hagedorn is Head of Consulting and Organisational Development at PHINEO. She helped to build PHINEO's consultancy services and to establish PHINEO as the number one partner for everyone wishing to make an effective contribution to society in Germany. Juliane has been advising companies and foundations on their engagement strategy, impact-oriented management, stakeholder management and their partnerships since 2010. As a systemic organizational consultant, she places particular importance to joint and sustainable action across the economic, civil society and public sectors – to achieve collective impact. In her previous position at the Robert Bosch Foundation she was active in the areas of civic engagement and voluntary work as well as migration and integration. During her studies in Politics and Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Potsdam she was engaged as a social impact analyst at the Bertelsmann Foundation to develop the PHINEO method of impact analysis.
Greg Hagin [More Info]
Partner & Managing Director
CCS Fundraising
Greg is a Partner and Managing Director at CCS, the leading strategic consulting and fundraising management firm to nonprofit and social impact organizations worldwide. Greg has designed, advised, and directed more than 100 resource development initiatives and capital campaigns that have raised collectively over $10 billion, positively impacting tens of millions of lives. Notable CCS partnerships include: Barnes Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, The Country School, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Habitat for Humanity International, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ranney School, Temple University, United Way Worldwide, and University of New South Wales. Greg teaches "Management Communication" and "Advanced Persuasion for Entrepreneurs" at The Wharton School and "Raising Philanthropic Capital" at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He also presents regularly on "Data-Driven Strategy"​ and “Philanthropic Investment." An accomplished instructor and facilitator, Greg has been invited to speak at national nonprofit organizations, industry conferences, universities, and corporations, including: Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Independent Sector, National Association of Independent Schools, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. He serves currently on the Board of Directors of Fairmount Park Conservancy. He served previously as President of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and on the Board of The Gunston School. Greg earned his MBA from The Wharton School and BA from Boston College. He began his career in sports broadcasting with NBC Olympics in Sydney and Salt Lake City, then ABC Sports in Japan and South Korea for the FIFA World Cup. With a passion for global engagement, Greg has visited, studied, and worked in 40+ countries, including 6 continents. Greg resides in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
Maria Hernandez [More Info]
Chief Program Officer
United Way of Broward County
Claudia Herreramoro [More Info]
Latin America Communications Director
Procter & Gamble
Jim Inglis [More Info]
ProsperUs Leadership Council
Jim was born in Toronto and lived in the Cobourg and Port Hope area where he spent his childhood. Jim completed his Undergraduate Degree at Western and his MBA at Rotman School of Management. Jim is currently Regional Vice President, Personal Banking Windsor-Essex. Jim’s previous role was Regional Vice President, Personal Banking Sarnia-Chatham and prior to that appointment was Vice President Commercial Banking. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Banking industry with BMO Financial group. Jim’s accountabilities are to lead strong Customer Loyalty, Market Growth and Manage Operational Risk for the South Western Ontario Division within BMO Financial Group. Jim believes performance is positively impacted through strong leadership in employee engagement which in turn drives customer engagement! Jim chairs the Windsor Walk So Kids Can Talk which supports Kids Help Phone in Windsor Essex and leads the BMO Employee Giving Campaign in Windsor Essex. Jim is proud of the markets leading employee participation rates at over 90% the past 3 years. Jim is passionate about strong communities and is Co-Chair for Windsor-Essex ProsperUs Leadership Council. The collaborative partnership with Windsor Essex United Way set out a ‘Cradle to Career ‘vision to give children the opportunities they need to succeed and unlock their potential. Jim’s personal values and that of BMO are aligned in that both seek to collaborate with organizations that see opportunity within difficult situations and challenge the status quo; those with passion and bold ideas who seek to deliver new and sustainable solutions to ever-evolving challenges to improve economic opportunities for all children. Jim has held previous volunteer roles such as Director for Bluewater Heatlh Foundation, Co-chair London United Way Finance Committee and President of Toronto Sunrise Rotary Club. Jim and his family relocated to Windsor just over 4 years ago. Previously he lived in Sarnia, London, Toronto, Kingston and Halifax. Jim is married to Kim and has two children, a daughter Anna who attends Brescia at Western in London & a son Keller who is in grade 6 who enjoys playing Soccer and Hockey. Jim enjoys spending time traveling, boating on the great lakes in the summer and watching the Leafs as he always enjoys cheering for an underdog – yes, even in sports!
Laura Johns [More Info]
Director, Global Employee Engagement
Cate Johnson [More Info]
Manager, Strategy and co-Founder of the Innovation Lab
United Way Worldwide
Kim Jones [More Info]
Board Chair
United Way of Palm Beach County
Kim Jones is Assistant Vice President for the Employee Benefits division at Celedinas Insurance Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency. Kim has over 15 years of related sales and consulting experience. Prior to joining Celedinas, she led a consulting and corporate training firm, specializing in the design and implementation of leadership development programs for Fortune 500 companies and numerous federal agencies. Kim has worked with top organizations such as Cox Media, Sara Lee Corporation, Department of Homeland Security and Burger King Corporation. Kim received her MBA from Indiana University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Washington State University. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification as well as a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) Certification from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Chair for the United Way of Palm Beach County and is on the Executive Committee for Quantum House and the Advisory Council for Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County, where she is a Past President of the Board of Governors. Kim was recognized by the North Palm Beach Chamber as Woman of the Year in 2016 for her professional work and community involvement.
Brady Josephson [More Info]
Vice President, Innovation & Optimization

Brady Josephson is a charity nerd, entrepreneur, digital marketer, professor, and writer. He’s on a mission to see more people giving and more causes thriving. At NextAfter, Brady focuses on business development and partnerships, content creation, and marketing.

Before coming to NextAfter, Brady worked for the company he started, The Josephson Group, which founded Shift, a digital agency, and Nonprofit Supply Co., a Google Ad Grant advertising service.

His work and writing have been featured in CBC, Christianity Today, NPR, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy among others. He has also been a speaker and presenter at conferences in Canada, the US, and Europe including Social Media for Nonprofits, AFP Congress, CyberGrants Conference, RaiseNow Inspire, and BBCON. Learn more about Brady’s speaking here.

He is also an adjunct professor at North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, contributes to The Huffington Post, is the creator of The Good Journey Pod podcast, and is founding editor of re: charity — a top nonprofit and fundraising blog.

Brady began his career at Spark Ventures, a start-up non-profit doing development work in Zambia, after receiving his Masters in Nonprofit Administration. He oversaw fundraising and marketing there before moving to Opportunity International, the world’s largest Christian microfinance organization, where he worked in digital fundraising and then served as National Marketing Director in Canada.

Brady then helped start a digital agency working with nonprofits that eventually merged with Chimp, a technology company offering an online platform for charitable giving, where Brady worked in business development and client strategy before launching out on his own.

Brady lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his wife Liz, dog Melly, and cat Thor.

Tim Kachuriak [More Info]
Chief Innovation & Optimization Officer

Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits, and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.

A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the author of the book Optimize Your Fundraising, lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, Why Should I Give to You? (The Nonprofit Value Proposition Index Study), and The Midlevel Donor Crisis. Kachuriak has trained organizations in fundraising optimization around the world and is a frequent speaker at international nonprofit conferences.

Kachuriak is also the co-founder and board member for the Human Coalition, a member of the board of directors for Open Doors USA, an Advisory Board Member for the SMU Digital Accelerator, Advisory Board Member for Kids Prosper Kids, and an Advisory Board Member for the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact.

Kachuriak lives in Prosper, TX with his wife Rebecca, and their four children: Max (13), Charlie (11), Gracie (10), and Joey (4).

Keith Kostrzewski [More Info]
Head of Enterprise Sales, North America
LEGO Education
Keith is currently Head of Sales for LEGO Education North America. LEGO Education is a division of the global toymaker, providing a continuum of hands-on playful learning tools that engage every student's natural curiosity, and help them develop the skills and confidence they'll need in the future. Keith is an accomplished sales and delivery executive with nearly 20 years’ experience in software, k12 education, and digital strategy. Keith was an early employee with Schoolnet, an Instructional Improvement System startup, Managing sales and marketing operations, then moving to manage enterprise client consulting team, working with hundreds of districts across the United States. In 2012, Pearson acquired Schoolnet, where Keith served as Regional General Manager of K12 Solutions, focused on the largest school districts in the Midwest. Keith was also Director of Education Partner Success for Discovery Education, managing a team that worked with K12 school systems nation-wide on digital conversion and change management initiatives. Prior to Discovery, he spent time consulting with several early-stage edTech firms, focusing on market readiness analysis and developing go-to-market and delivery strategies. Keith is based in Chicago, and is the proud father of three young girls. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and dual degrees in Marketing and Management from Providence College, where he also co-captained the men’s soccer team.
Chittaranjan Kual [More Info]
Centre for Learning Resources
Chittaranjan serves as Director of Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), an organisation dedicated to leadership capacity-building in public education systems, providing academic resources for such systems and assisting them in developing programme strategies. CLR also acts as a resource organisation in providing leadership development support to other civil society organisations, especially in the field of education. Chittaranjan coaches people in understanding and responding to change more effectively, using inner dialogue to sharpen their perception, and external dialogue to help build common ground among stakeholders. He has started and run a number of international banking businesses around the world, run and set up residential and day schools in India, been a not-for-profit manager, coached senior corporate and non-corporate executives in enhancing personal and organisational effectiveness, worked with and coached managements, parents and teachers of educational institutions, and provided strategy advice to for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. His work with rural youth on questions of livelihood and the relevance of their education to their lives has developed into the notion of “sustaining livelihood”, looking for livelihoods that sustain the environment and the community around us, while fostering the entrepreneurial and the creative spirit of the individual. He sees this as a way of making livelihoods the means of building the community as well as the individual’s self-worth and sense of contribution. With communities, he has worked mainly on fostering the ability of members to engage in constructive dialogue: to arrive at shared perceptions, develop collaborative plans of action, commit their own resources and execute plans to their satisfaction. He feels this to be particularly important for the denied and the under-privileged, as a way of their feeling empowered, capable of achieving meaningful goals and worthy in their own right. He was born and raised in Kashmir in India, and has subsequently lived in a number of places, both in India and elsewhere, engaged with people of extreme wealth and desperate poverty and worked with varied nationalities. He has worked in board-rooms and urban slums, tiny villages and world metropolises. As a result, he has developed a deep sense of the joy and the value of diversity, dialogue and relationship. Chittaranjan earned a degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Katie Kuhn [More Info]
Specialist, Digital Marketing
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Katie is an experienced digital storyteller with a passion for impactful written, video, and audio content. At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Katie uses integrated storytelling techniques to enhance the United Way brand across a variety of communication channels, including blogs, videos, podcasts, and more. Her favorite part of her job is meeting and talking with people whose lives were positively impacted by United Way-funded programs. In her spare time, Katie loves to read, watch Game of Thrones with her husband, John, and cuddle with their dog, Edy.
Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. [More Info]
Loyola University College of Law
Madeleine M. Landrieu became Dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on July 1, 2017. Prior to her appointment, she served as a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana, and prior to that as a trial court judge on the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. During her 16-year tenure in the judiciary, Dean Landrieu served as President of both the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Louisiana Judicial College. She also served on the Board of the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Legal Assistance Program. Prior to being elected to the bench, Dean Landrieu was a litigator in private practice. She has tried numerous cases to verdict in both judge and jury trials, representing clients in the areas of products liability, the general maritime law, Jones Act, medical malpractice, general negligence, family, juvenile, and criminal law. She has argued before several state circuit courts of appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Dean Landrieu has spent a large part of her career advocating for improvements in laws and policies relative to children who come before the courts as a result of abuse or neglect. She is a founding Board member of the Louisiana Institute for Children in Families, and was instrumental in the launch of Louisiana’s Quality Parenting Initiative and Louisiana Fosters, efforts to raise awareness about the needs of abused and neglected children and their families. In 2016, Dean Landrieu developed and taught a course in the Loyola College of Law summer abroad program in Spetses, Greece: A Comparative Review of the Rights of the Child. Since 2008, Dean Landrieu has served as Chair of New Judge Training for all newly elected judges in Louisiana where she teaches in the areas of judicial ethics, recusal, and decisional delay. She regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars in the areas of civil procedure, trial advocacy, appellate practice, and children’s rights. Dean Landrieu is the recipient of the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the Association of Women Attorneys; the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center’s Public Service Award; and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, Young Lawyers’ Section Pro Bono Award, and President’s Award. In 2017, Dean Landrieu received the inaugural President’s Award from the Louisiana Judicial College for her “dedication to judicial education, particularly in the areas of new judge training and mentorship.” Dean Landrieu currently serves on the Board of Covenant House, New Orleans, a service provider for homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth.
Renée Lantaigne [More Info]
Senior Manager, Charitable Giving
BMO Financial Group
Renée is a Senior Manager in the BMO Financial Group Business to Business Charitable Giving group. She is responsible for all charitable donations and sponsorships, volunteer activities and employee giving programs. Renée has also held positions on the BMO Capital Markets marketing team. She joined BMO Capital Markets in 2007. Renée has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Ontario Tech University.
Alicia Lara [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Impact
United Way Worldwide
Milton Little [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Milton J. Little, Jr. became the first African-American president of United Way of Greater Atlanta, the second-largest in the national system, in July 2007. Altogether, Little has helped raise more than half a billion dollars for local community needs and priorities. Before joining United Way, he served as chief operating officer and interim president and CEO of the National Urban League. He graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.A. in sociology and earned an M.A. in urban sociology and social policy from Columbia University. He is a member of many boards and advisory committees. Notable among them are the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, chair of the Southern Education Foundation, and as vice chair of the board of directors for Ways to Work. He is a member of the Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, TechBridge Advisory Board, Siemer Institute for Family Stability Advisory Council, Atlanta Choice Neighborhoods Governing Body, Junior League of Atlanta Community Advisory Board, University of Georgia Advisory Board for the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Atlanta Speech School Board of Advisors, Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees, Central Atlanta Progress, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet, the Atlanta Early Education Leadership Council, Hope Atlanta Advisory Council, Get Georgia Ready Reading Cabinet, and Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta. In January 2018, he was selected to serve on Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Transition Team. Little is a native New Yorker and has two sons: Milton and Taylor, and three grandchildren: Joi, Miles and Langston.
Risa Littman [More Info]
Senior Vice President, ESG Program Manager
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Risa Littman manages Bank of America’s employee giving program for U.S. based employees, fostering a strong culture of giving and creating sustainable growth in communities by empowering employees to support the causes they care about. She also supports the bank’s global employee volunteerism platform, including Better Money Habits Volunteer Champions, the company’s premier skills-based volunteer program in which employee volunteers help fuel economic mobility for individuals and families who need it most. Risa has overseen extensive improvements to the employee volunteerism and employee giving webbased platform and other support systems. Previously, she managed the Joe Martin Scholarship program which awarded $3 million annually, and provided grants administration and operational support for $9 million in grants annually. With nearly two decades of experience in the field of philanthropy, Risa’s work experience has included such varied responsibilities as strategic planning, grantmaking, process improvement, employee volunteer program oversight, stakeholder relationship stewardship, operations/administration, event coordination and training. Prior to joining Bank of America, Risa managed corporate giving for Countrywide. Earlier in her career, she held positions at The California Endowment and The San Diego Foundation. Risa is a volunteer steering committee member and marketing/communications chair for the annual Oregon Nonpofit Leaders Conference, which provides capacity building and leadership development for more than 400 nonprofit leaders annually. She’s held a variety of other volunteer roles in recent years, including as an advisory committee and volunteer faculty member for the Ventura County Center for Nonprofit Leadership, for which she helped to develop a theory of change and logic model to guide strategic decision making. Risa also served as a board member and vice chair for the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, where she participated in executive and strategic planning committees. Risa received her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University in 2012, and completed Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2015. She also participated in the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California San Diego. Risa recently relocated from Southern California to Ashland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.
Krista Loughton [More Info]
MindFuel Films Inc.
Filmmaker Krista is the co-director, co-writer and producer of Us and Them -- a feature documentary that chronicles her experience befriending four homeless people who ultimately change the course of her life. Us and Them has gone on to create an impact by humanizing and giving voice to people who are living outside on our streets. The film has screened more than 100 times across Canada including an exclusive parliamentary showing arranged for Canada's MPs by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development. Loughton is self-distributing the film and there are further tour plans and screening opportunities for 2019. Currently she is working full-time promoting Us and Them and is all in production on her next film. She owns and operates MindFuel Films Inc., in Victoria, British Columbia.
Art Lujan [More Info]
Special Assistant to the President
North America's Building Trades Unions
Art Lujan is a Special Assistant to the President of the North America’s Building Trades Unions. He provides technical assistance to State and local Building Trades Council’s, community based organizations and government agencies to develop and implement apprenticeship readiness programs that ensure that communities of color, women and veterans are prepared to participate in the career opportunities offered thru the construction industries registered apprenticeship training system. He is focused on Oregon, Texas, West Virginia, Philadelphia, and Birmingham, AL. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Construction Career Center located in New Orleans, Louisiana, California State Labor Commissioner, and the Business Manager of the San Diego Building Trades Council for fourteen years which included managing 450 units of low to moderate income housing units owned by the local building trades unions.
Sharon Lupton [More Info]
National Director, Labour Programs
United Way Centraide Canada
A long time labour activist, Sharon was a member of the Canadian Auto Workers in a leadership role serving as bargaining committee member and steward for over 15 years in an automotive soft trim facility in Stratford, ON. Sharon was an executive member of the regional Labour Council, was a member of the Ontario Federation of Labour/ CLC Labour Adjustment working group and the Ontario Manufacturing Council, and served on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations. In her role as National Director, Sharon works with 35 programs across the country, sets organizational direction, manages organizational growth and change, and ensures high standards programs and services. She also works to foster and enhance the partnership, promote community involvement and volunteerism in the labour movement and forge close and dynamic connections between labour and diverse communities.
Stephen MacKenzie [More Info]
PropserUs Leadership Council
C.Stephen MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) Stephen MacKenzie is the CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation; (WE EDC) a not-for-profit organization responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in the region. Mr. MacKenzie has spent 23 years in economic development organizations in Connecticut, Nova Scotia and now Ontario. Prior to joining WE EDC, he served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region Corporation where he was responsible for the administration of all of seCTer’s functions. Mr. MacKenzie was also part of the state team that developed CTNext, the innovation ecosystem for Connecticut. In Halifax, Mr. MacKenzie was a senior executive for major projects for the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development's Investment and Trade Division. Highlights of his work there include the planning and implementation of the Province of Nova Scotia's participation in two-team Canadian missions to Asia, which resulted in numerous multi-sectoral commercial contracts for Nova Scotian firms. Before entering the economic development industry, Mr. MacKenzie spent four years with the Toronto Dominion Bank, and later served in several sales and marketing functions at different organizations in both Canada and Belgium. He received a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and completed his MBA at European University in Belgium. His continuing education includes several workshops from the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Margo Mayes [More Info]
Senior Director, SPC Partnerships
Margo is passionate about business and the power it has to create positive change in this world. In 2010, she left the corporate world in search of a nonprofit or social enterprise where she could apply her experience in management, relationship building, sales, strategic planning, and project management to a role dedicated to giving back. After volunteering overseas, going back to school for nonprofit management, and interning at, Margo found that role within The mission of, a self-sustaining social enterprise, is to maximize impact in the world by putting world class technology into the hands of nonprofit and higher education innovators to further their missions. Margo is a lifetime advocate of the United Way and was a key stakeholder in designing the United Way Worldwide + partnership that led to the creation of Philanthropy Cloud. Her primary focus is to create partnerships with top Content providers to ensure the Philanthropy Cloud experience is inspiring and delightful for individuals as they embark on a journey to become year-round Citizen Philanthropists.
Suzanne McCormick [More Info]
President and CEO
Suncoast United Way
As United Way Suncoast’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne McCormick leads one of Florida’s largest United Ways, ensuring connections are made that cultivate growth, increase community impact and optimize delivery of the organization’s strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty. McCormick previously provided leadership at United Way of Greater Portland for 13 years, four of which as its president and CEO. She was also the CEO for both the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and People’s Regional Opportunity Program. After graduating from Duke University, McCormick served two years in Thailand for the U.S. Peace Corps. McCormick lives in Tampa with her husband, two children and two Boston Terriers. She enjoys long-distance running, volunteering for her children’s schools and attending their soccer games, and actively participating in community organizations and boards
Michael McKnight [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of the Lower Mainland
As President and CEO of the United Way of the Lower Mainland since 2004, Michael McKnight has led the organization in implementing a community impact agenda focused on improved planning, measurement, evaluation and communication. During this time United Way has raised over $300M in philanthropic funds in support of the delivery of social services in the Lower Mainland. A strong leader in the United Way movement, Michael is a member of the President's Advisory Committee of United Way Centraide Canada. Michael is a Board Member for bc211 and the Chair person for the Early Childhood Development Provincial Partnership. In addition to his work with United Way, Michael is a Board member of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society and a participant in the McKay CEO Forums. Committed to professional development and encouraging the emergence of local leaders, Michael is a Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow Mentor and was an expert presenter for THNK Vancouver's inaugural cohort. Prior to his eleven years at United Way of the Lower Mainland, Michael was the President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada for 10 years. Earlier in his career, Michael was a senior program consultant in human resources for Development Canada as well as a front-line child welfare worker. Michael's education has focused on social responsibility with Bachelor's degrees in social work and communications and a Master's degree in Non Profit Management. Michael is proud to have raised his family in Ontario and British Columbia and made a difference in both communities.
Susan McPherson [More Info]
Founder and CEO
McPherson Strategies
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and is a regular guest on a variety of podcasts.
Hollis Meminger [More Info]
Mobius Media
Hollis has been Empowering underserved communities to tell their stories through filmmaking After building a career in film and television, Hollis Meminger sought a way to give back by mobilizing his passions and his network. A filmmaker, documentarian, teacher, and scholar, Hollis founded Bridgebuilder Cinematic Arts, a film program focused on teaching the basics of filmmaking to high school students in underserved communities. With a goal of introducing a wider pool of diverse voices in film and television, his organization helps young men and women of color in the toughest neighborhoods learn the ropes of the filmmaking industry. Hollis hopes the program will assist students by helping them to embrace their creativity, and find their ambition through film: He also hopes to build a pipeline into the industry so the students can become the future leaders and storytellers of the communities in which they live. “We must help them to tell their truths in a voice and medium that will inspire the world to listen.”
Themba Mola [More Info]
Chief Operations Officer
Kagiso Trust
Themba Mola is CEO, of Kagiso Shanduka Trust, an NGO that specialise in Education Programmes, He has completed a Senior Executive Programme with Gordon Institute of Business Science, A post graduate of Wits Schools of Governance and a BCom from University of South Africa, His serves in various boards including Johannesburg Housing Company, Makhulong A Matala, and Kagiso Consultancy
Ann Murtlow [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way Central Indiana
Jennifer O'Donnell [More Info]
Executive Vice President
United Way of the Wine Country
As Executive Vice President at United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC), Jennifer O’Donnell oversees United Way’s programs and investments in the community. She was originally hired by UWWC as the Education Program Officer to lead the development of the Schools of Hope Literacy Initiative. Jennifer was promoted to Vice President in 2013 and Executive VIce President in 2019. Jennifer has over twenty years experience working in non-profit advocacy, communication, education and program management. Prior to joining United Way, she coordinated the national Safe School Ambassadors bullying prevention program for the non-profit organization, Community Matters. She has been involved in advocacy and lobbying at the state and federal level for several environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, Georgia AirKeepers, and the Alaska Wilderness League. She is an active member of UWWC’s Women United, convenes the Sonoma County Funders' Circle and serves on the Healthy Mendocino Steering Committee, ROC Sonoma Executive Committee and Unmet Needs Committee, and Mendocino ROC Unmet Needs Committee. Jennifer is a former kindergarten teacher and a mother of two children. She has lived in Sonoma County since 2000.
Sara Orrick [More Info]
Social Media Manager, Digital Services
United Way Worldwide
Sara joined the Digital Services team at United Way Worldwide in August of 2017 and am the Social Media Manager. Her past jobs include working for eBay's charity program and running social media for a startup. She received her BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, her MA from the University of London and a graduate certificate in Sports Philanthropy from the George Washington University.
Laura Pearce [More Info]
Head of Consumer Marketing
Twitter Canada
Head of Customer Marketing, Twitter Canada. Joining to share insights on the Compelling Digital Content Panel. Strategic and innovative digital marketer with over 15 years experience in traditional and online marketing for top tier organizations, with specific experience launching new digital brands into competitive marketplaces and bringing offline brands into the online space.
Molly Pieroni [More Info]
United Way Worldwide
Molly "MP" Pieroni directly interfaces with local United Ways across the network as they explore Digital Services and Philanthropy Cloud. She brings over 20 years of strategic consulting expertise and a deep background in technology. She cares deeply for the work that United Way does in each local community. MP earned her undergraduate degree from William and Mary and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She and her husband live in Dallas, TX.
Joshua Poe [More Info]
Acknowledge, Recognize, Connect
Rosemarie Powell [More Info]
Executive Director
Toronto Community Benefits Network
Rosemarie Powell is a passionate advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. She has led for over 20 years from the grassroots up, managing and developing several innovative and impactful community programs and services to support under-represented group’s access to the labour market. Her community engagement work in Jane Finch earned several awards for leadership and imagination. Rosemarie is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), a community-labour coalition with a membership base of over 100 groups and organizations across Toronto. TCBN negotiate jobs and opportunities into major infrastructure and urban development projects for historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups.
Cecile Poyet [More Info]
Chris Preston [More Info]
Vice President, Corporate Relations
United Way Worldwide
Aaron Proietti [More Info]
Today's Innovator
Aaron Proietti is the author of Today's Innovator, a coaching guide for anyone who must innovate. Aaron is an innovation expert with seventeen years of experience innovating in complex organizations. He views innovation not as an activity, but as a core business competency that must be developed, led, and nurtured within both the individual and the corporation. Aaron has spoken at numerous conferences on topics such as the profile of Today's Innovator, innovation leadership, culture change, collaboration, and exponential technologies.
Rodney Prunty [More Info]
President and Chief Professional Officer
United Way of Racine County
Rodney joined United Way of Racine County in August of 2013 as president and chief professional officer. Mr. Prunty is unwavering in his focus to create long-term, positive community change. He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in human services.
Nada Ristich [More Info]
Head, Community Giving
BMO Financial Group
Nada Ristich is Head, Community Giving for BMO Financial Group, and oversees the Bank’s community giving program for Canada and the United States. She also serves as Secretary to BMO’s Corporate Donations Committee. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Nada currently serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA). She is also a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for voluntary service. Under Nada’s leadership, BMO Financial Group is a recipient of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2019 Honorary Fellows. It is the first corporation to receive this award in recognition of its long history and sustaining support of connecting artists and arts organizations with audiences. BMO has also received the Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award for Most Effective Corporate Program in 2014 and 2006, and the 2013 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Best Corporate Program, as well as numerous awards in the US. In 2007, BMO was presented with the Outstanding Corporation Award by the Association of Fundraising Professional, Greater Toronto Chapter. In 2018, BMO Financial Group contributed $63.5 Million in donations in Canada and the United States to support charities, not-for-profit organizations and community-based programs.
Joseph Roccisano [More Info]
Director, Financial Stability
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Joe Roccisano has held several positions at United Way. Currently he is Director of Financial Stability and THRIVE Buffalo. Joe manages or supports the Community Food Systems Grant Program, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Work/Life Solutions, Employ Buffalo/Niagara, and THRIVE Buffalo. Joe earned Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the American Society for Quality. Previously, he worked at a large nonprofit and in business. Joe holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from Cornell University.
Luciene Sanfilippo [More Info]
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Lear Corporation
Human Resources professional with 24+ year experience. Progressive career developed in large companies such as Pharmaceutical, Metal-Metallurgic, Automobile and Services in mature, start-ups and fast growing national and multinational companies (experience with mergers&acquisitions and spin-off processes). International experience effectively working in and leading multi-cultural teams to achieve challenging results. Responsible for management and implementation of HR Rewards best practices in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Proven global and regional experience.
Lexi Savage [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Communications & Resource Development
United Way of Palm Beach County
Alexia (Lexi) Savage oversees workplace campaigns, marketing, public relations and special events at the United Way of Palm Beach County. Under Lexi’s leadership, revenue streams have been diversified and corporate engagement has been improved significantly, increasing workplace giving by more than $1 million and overall fundraising by $2 million since 2014. With more than 18 years of nonprofit experience in both the arts and health and human services sectors, Lexi’s expertise includes media relations, marketing, social media, strategic planning, fundraising, donor engagement and special events. She has been a presenting speaker on the subjects of marketing and fundraising for nonprofits to several local, regional and national organizations including the Florida Association of Museums, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, SCORE, Florida Atlantic University School of Journalism and United Way Worldwide. Additionally, Lexi has won awards and received national recognition for her successful marketing and fundraising campaigns; including two Bernays Awards from the Gold Coast Public Relations Council for her work on the Great Give Palm Beach and Martin Counties. She is alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County (class of 2015), co-chairs its Marketing Committee and was a finalist for the Leadership Excellence Award in 2016 and 2019. Lexi also serves on the board of Resource Depot; a West Palm Beach based nonprofit that repurposes and recycles materials for artists, students and children to turn into works of art. Additionally, Lexi is a mentor with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ Cribs to Caps Teen Mentor Program which helps to ensure teens have healthy pregnancies and births while continuing their education to graduate on time. Her goal is to teach work-life balance and demonstrate that it is possible to be a good mom and have a successful career at the same time. Lexi cares deeply about her community and gives back through her work as well as her personal time through volunteerism. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, both from Florida Atlantic University. Lexi lives in Lake Worth, Florida with her husband and five-year-old son.
Mary Ellen Schaafsma [More Info]
Director, Social Purpose Institute
United Way of the Lower Mainland
Mary Ellen is the Director of the Social Purpose Institute at United Way of the Lower Mainland. She is dedicated to fostering Social Purpose in businesses across the Lower Mainland – and wherever the appetite lies – to help companies experience the benefits of pivoting their business model and instilling a Social Purpose at their core – all while creating tangible and meaningful community and societal impact. Mary Ellen has a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Social Innovation from Simon Fraser University.
Luisa Seiler [More Info]
Head of United Way Germany
Luisa advises and supports organisations across all sectors in developing and implementing strategies and cooperations for impact driven civic engagement at PHINEO / United Way Germany. PHINEO is a non-profit corporation whose shareholders and partners – a broad alliance of business and civil society organisations – jointly strive to strengthen civil society. Joining forces with 1,800 not-for-profit organizations in the United Way network, we are united by the shared mission of ensuring impact-oriented civic engagement and building bridges between not-for-profit projects, companies, foundations, policymakers and the public. Luisa is also the founder of SINGA Deutschland, a social business dedicated to reimagining integration and fostering social cohesion. Next to her position with PHINEO/UW Germany, she currently pursues a PhD at the department of International Business at WU Vienna, focusing on inclusive entrepreneurship. Prior to this, she worked at UNHCR on displaced persons’ access to decent labour and self-employment and at the European Forum for Migration Studies on integration policies and diversity management. She is a Responsible Leader of the BMW Foundation and a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs.
Mary B. Sellers [More Info]
U.S. President
United Way Worldwide
Mary Sellers is the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide (UWW). She is responsible for leading the organization’s enterprise-wide strategy implementation across the United States by working with United Way leaders in local communities to execute a vision of “one network” that, combined with a consistent set of impact goals, creates the continued success of the network and the communities they serve.
Mary Sexton [More Info]
Vice President, Resource Development
United Way of the Mid-South
Mary Sexton as joined United Way of the Mid-South (UWMS) as the Vice President for Resource Development January 2017. Mary came to United Way with extraordinary experience and success in the commercial life science and device industry. She has a long track record of progressive leadership roles in product promotion at Johnson and Johnson, Smith and Nephew, and most recently at Medtronic. She have lived in seven major markets’ working for Johnson and Johnson where she held sales and marketing leadership roles. Their family has lived in Memphis for the last 14 years and she is originally from Colorado. She is an alumni of University of Colorado, Boulder. Hold her degree in Business Administration. Additionally she a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Mary made the move to nonprofit sector to help UWMS ameliorate the lives of Mid-Southerners. Today, United Way not only continues to fund high-performing agencies, they are also laser-focused on building a more effective system of care among social service agencies, to advance persons in poverty toward self-sufficiency. When local agencies work collaboratively - when we LIVE UNITED - we can even help solve the underlying problem of intractable poverty for many of the hundreds of thousands of persons our United Way touches each year.
Allison Sharpe [More Info]
Director, Donor Engagement
United Way Greater Toronto
Allison Sharpe Director, Donor Engagement & Stewardship Allison Sharpe joined United Way Toronto & York Region in September 2002, as a fundraiser with workplaces in the Technology & Communications Sector. In December 2010, with over 10 years’ experience in fundraising and donor engagement, she moved into the director role to oversee the donor engagement and stewardship programs for United Way’s corporate and individual stakeholders. Outside of work she is actively involved in the ski industry holding different positions on non-profit boards including the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Kelly Shouldice [More Info]
Vice President, Content
Canadien Football League
Vice President of Content for the Canadien Football League, Kelly is joining for the Friday panel, Compelling Digital Content. An accomplished and results-driven media executive with over 15 years of experience in content strategy for a variety of profitable entertainment, lifestyle and sports brands we are thrilled to have her share her experiences as a marketer and leader in the content space.
Stephanie Slingerland [More Info]
Director, Philanthropy/Social Impact
Kellogg Company
Georges Smine [More Info]
Vice President of Product Marketing
Philanthropy Cloud at
Georges Smine is the VP of Product Marketing, Philanthropy Cloud at He previously led marketing at Opera Solutions, a Big Data analytics company, and ran Mailbox Provider products at Return Path, an email analytics SaaS company. Prior, he held roles in products and marketing at Nominum (now Akamai), Tellme Networks (Microsoft), Ecrio, and Netscape. Georges started his career in engineering at Oracle building ERP software. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Lynne Smith [More Info]
Vice President, Product Marketing & Enablement
United Way Worldwide
Anne Soto [More Info]
Director, Innovation
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Jasmine Souers [More Info]
Manager, Digital Content
United Way of Northeast Florida
Jasmine Souers is the digital content manager at United Way of Northeast Florida. She loves finding creative solutions to problems and helping her United Way explore innovative means of connecting with donors and volunteers. She has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit industry, gaining experiences in areas such as fundraising, corporate engagement and marketing and communications. While being a marketing maven is her primary job function by day, Jasmine also enjoys blogging and volunteering for Young Survival Coalition.
Kim Sport, J.D. [More Info]
Attorney & UWSELA Public Policy Chair
The Sport Foundation
Kim Sport, a native of New Orleans, graduated from the schools of Radiologic and Nuclear Medicine Technology at Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from the University of Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School, where she graduated with high honors, was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif, and was offered law clerk positions by three justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She accepted the offer from Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. and ultimately became the first attorney in Louisiana to hold the position of Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice. Upon her retirement, Sport decided to spend all of her time volunteering her legal and other services to numerous not-for-profit organizations. She began her long service to United Way in 1999, chairing the Government & Education Unit for the 1999 and 2000 United Way campaigns. In 2001, she founded and chaired the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (now known as Women United). In 2002, Sport became the first-ever female Chair of the United Way’s Regional Fundraising Campaign and is one of only five women to have chaired the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Greater New Orleans in its 90+ year history. Sport is the recipient of the United Way’s 2006 Tocqueville Award. In the midst of her service to United Way, Sport was diagnosed with cancer three times - breast cancers in 2001 and 2008, and finally thyroid cancer in 2009. She also became a cancer policy advocate. In 2010, Sport and two other survivors launched a new non-profit organization, Breastoration, to assist and educate women contemplating surgical options following a diagnosis of breast cancer. In 2016, Sport drafted legislation which passed unanimously to assure that health insurance providers cover every stage of a woman’s breast reconstruction and to also assure that no procedure required to restore a mastectomized breast is considered cosmetic. Sport found a “second volunteer career” when, in 2013, she became the first Public Policy Chairman of United Way for Southeast Louisiana. From 2014 to 2018, she has assisted in researching, drafting and providing testimony on legislative bills incorporating over 100 changes to domestic violence laws to help women immediately divorce their abusers, provide punitive damages for physical and mental injuries caused by family violence, increase criminal sanctions for domestic abuse and violations of protective orders and dispossess abusers of their firearms. Sport served as the first chairman of the Louisiana Commission to Prevent Domestic Violence. Her commitment to assisting victims of domestic abuse is highlighted in the award-winning documentary – Five Awake – along with the other four “awakened” – Charmaine Caccioppi, Mary Claire Landry, Beth Meeks & Helena Moreno. In 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Sport co-chair of his first Louisiana Summit on Equal Pay and the New Orleans Bar Association named her chairman of its Domestic Violence Section. In 2018, Sport was selected to serve on the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Domestic Violence Subcommittee.
Amanda Stephens [More Info]
Director, Organizational Effectiveness
United Way Greater Toronto
My passion for social justice and making sure I can make a positive contribution to this world we share has guided the choices I make in my work, as a volunteer and all areas of my life. I am a learning and development professional and I’ve been combining my passion for volunteer engagement and training for more than 15 years in various roles serving local and overseas community development. I firmly believe in our responsibility to understand the needs of others in order to collaborate for the best outcomes for all of us. This approach is foundational to how I work with volunteers, learners, colleagues and beyond my work – even to how I ride my bicycle to and from work. I have confidence in each of us that we can contribute our best selves through learning and connecting with and from each other. In my work, as a coach, facilitator or leader, I’m always striving to create a safe, fun and goal-oriented environment to enable the best results. As a volunteer engagement professional, I extend this same philosophy and approach and my ultimate goal is always to unleash the potential in others to achieve their best. I started out my United Way career in 2011 by training workplace volunteers and managing our Sponsored Employee program to execute on our annual fundraising campaign. In 2013, I joined the Human Capital team to implement United Way Greater Toronto’s Volunteer Engagement Strategy and now oversee Employee Engagement with a focus on how we communicate, celebrate, learn and lead so we can perform at our best through our ongoing transformation.
Brenda Suits [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility
Bank of America
Pam Sveinson [More Info]
Executive Director, Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council
United Way Winnipeg
Pam Sveinson is the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC), a collective impact initiative of United Way Winnipeg. Pam leads the talented and committed team providing backbone support to the WPRC and its Steering Committee in implementing the Council’s overall vision and Framework for Action. Pam began her career as a community public health nurse working to provide needs based health prevention services to some of Winnipeg's most vulnerable communities. Prior to joining United Way of Winnipeg and the WPRC in 2015 Pam served in a number of senior management positions in municipal government, with a focus on strategic planning, project management, and communication and media relations. Pam is passionate about utilizing the theory, principles and tools of collective impact, social innovation, and public participation to ensure broad-based stakeholder engagement in collaborative initiatives aimed at truth, thoughtful action on reconciliation, and better meeting community needs.
Sue Tobias [More Info]
VP / Market Leader
Reputation Institute
Sue Tobias is Vice President and Market Leader, North America at Reputation Institute where she oversees a range of client relationships across industries. After an extensive career in corporate growth strategy consulting, as a Partner at The Cambridge Group, where Sue developed an expertise in identifying, measuring and translating customer and market insights into profitable strategies including product and service innovations, she turned her experience to creating and measuring social impact. Sue was the Managing Partner at a boutique consulting firm, Mission Measurement. During her time there, and later as an independent consultant, she worked with companies to help them build Corporate Responsibility strategies and to maximize their investment in social outcomes. She also works with nonprofits and foundations to define, prioritize and communicate their social impact. Sue’s experience is a natural fit for Reputation Institute as it enables her to look at Reputation through both a social and business impact lens. Sue is also on the Faculty of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where she developed the curriculum for and teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteerism in the MBA program. She earned her MBA from Columbia Business School.
Steve Turan [More Info]
Human Resources Business Partner
Fifth Third Bank
Steve Turan is a Vice President and Business Partner in Human Resources at Fifth Third Bank. In his 22 years with the Fortune 500 company, he has played a key role in supporting strategy to maximize talent across many lines of business, from Retail Banking to Wealth & Asset Management to Commercial Banking. During his tenure, he has helped the bank through challenges including the 2008 recession and 2018 shooting at its Cincinnati corporate headquarters. As an executive-on-loan to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Steve worked closely with chapter leadership to update their org. design, allowing the chapter to attract and retain talent, operate more efficiently and remain within budget. Steve holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from DePauw University and an MBA from Xavier University. He lives with his wife and two children in Cincinnati, and can often be found leading Scout outings into the wilderness.
Daryle Unseld [More Info]
Chief Equity Officer
Metro United Way
Daryle W. Unseld Jr. serves as the Chief Equity Officer for Metro United Way - charged with providing executive leadership, strategy development, planning, execution and accountability for Metro United Way’s focus on internal and external equity, diversity and inclusion. Prior to his service at Metro United Way, the 11-year U.S. Air Force veteran held positions in Louisville Metro Government and the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Daryle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Saint Leo University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Indiana University. Daryle is a member of numerous civic and professional organizations including, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, 100 Black Men of Louisville, the National Black MBA Association, and Louisville Chapter of the NAACP. He currently serves on the governing boards of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, Passport Health Foundation and 15,000 Degrees Steering Committee. He was selected as a 2015-16 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Connecting Leaders Fellow and is a member of the 2018 Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows class. He and his wife Cecily are proud parents of two daughters, Jasmyne and Natalia.
Mara Vanderslice Kelly [More Info]
Executive Director, Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery
United Way Worldwide
Uma Venkataramaiah [More Info]
Director, Strategic Planning and Innovation
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
Tyler Wagner [More Info]
Founder, Chief Strategist
Tyler is a brand and communications strategist specializing corporate citizenship, sustainability, and social-impact. Career highlights include: serving as the strategic lead for Southwest Airlines’ award winning annual integrated citizenship report: the “One Report”; refreshing a consumer-facing responsible drinking platform for the world’s third-largest spirits company, Beam Suntory; and leading the development of “The IP Way Forward”, International Paper’s strategy to be among the most successful, sustainable, responsible companies in the world. He has extensive experience in corporate reporting, and has been certified in sustainability reporting through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Tyler also has a strong background in social-impact and community-based organizations, having served as the Executive Director of Barrio Logan College Institute — an award-winning college prep program serving first-generation college students and their families — and as Manager of Business and Community Relations for a San Diego-based community health coalition. A survivor of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Tyler is active in the cancer survivor/support community, and serves as an advisor to both the Padres Pedal, a charity cycling event raising funds for local cancer research; and to Family Proud, a San Diego-based startup working to help patients and families more effectively manage the burden of life-threatening illness. Additional past clients include: INEOS, Qualcomm, Interface, VMWare, Sempra Energy, Hammermill, NextEra Energy, Southern California Edison, AMN Healthcare, NuVasive, PCH Intl., and Josie Maran Cosmetics, among others
Michael Weiner [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Michael Weiner was appointed as the President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County in July of 2009. Michael leads the organization’s efforts in raising and investing millions of dollars each year – nearly $22 million in 2017-18 – to address pressing local health and human service priorities in Education, Financial Stability, and Health & Wellness. Michael formerly served as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services from 2004-2009. In his capacity as Commissioner he was responsible for the overall administration of a Department with a budget in excess of $530 million dollars and an 1800-plus employee workforce. From 2000-2004 he also served as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Mental Health. Additionally, Michael has held the positions of Director, Deputy Director and Mental Health Program Specialist for the New York State Office of Mental Health Western New York Regional Office. He also served as Program Manager for Inpatient Psychiatry at the Erie County Medical Center, Program Director for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Coordinator of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities of Western New York. Michael holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Clinical Instructor for SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Psychiatry. Currently, Michael is a member of the WNED Community Advisory Board, the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business Advisory Council, and the Say Yes To Education Leadership Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the United Way of New York State. He has been recognized numerous times for his service to the community including the UB School of Management Service to the WNY Community Award, the Mental Health Association’s Hyman Levin Award, the Spirit of Compeer Award, the United Way One Person Award, the Business First Buffalo C-Level Executives Award and the Everywoman Opportunity Center Partner in Self-Sufficiency Award. Michael and his wife Gina have two grown children and two grandchildren, and reside in the City of Buffalo.
Chris Wells [More Info]
Executive Director
United Way of Thurston County
Chris Wells is the Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County in Olympia, WA. Prior to that, she spent four years as Director of Development for United Way of North Central Florida in Gainesville, FL. There, she established the first Small Business Partnership program, driving the largest increase in unrestricted giving in that organization's history. She came to United Way from a 15 year career in radio, the last ten of which she hosted a local morning show. She has three adult children and lives in Olympia with her partner, Steve, and their dogs, Butters and Clementine.
Michael Williamson [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Michael L. Williamson became President and CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes in 2013. Under Williamson’s leadership, United Way has developed a Blueprint for Prosperity, with a mission to eradicate poverty in the seven-parish region. United Way has a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and economically stable. UWSELA is strategically investing in programs, initiatives, collaborations and advocacy efforts to meet the greatest needs. In addition, UWSELA is hard at work developing programs focused on issues like financial literacy, early grade reading, and preparing our youth for jobs. Williamson has had a pivotal role helping the 1.3 million people of southeast Louisiana better their lives and communities since 2005. Before coming to UWSELA in April 2009 as Chief Operating officer, he served as Vice President of Field Leadership at United Way of America (UWA) in Alexandria, VA. Williamson provided overall management and leadership to the UWA Hurricane Response and Recovery Fund developed in Hurricane Katrina’s wake. Under his leadership, UWSELA has played a pivotal role in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Isaac, the BP Oil Spill, and more recently the Flood Events of 2016 and 2017. Williamson has also provided support and guidance on recovery to those communities devastated by the 2017 hurricane season. Williamson has 31 years of executive level nonprofit management experience, 26 of those years served in the United Way system.
Leslie Wright [More Info]
Senior Vice President, Community Building
United Way of East Central Iowa
Dr. Jongsuk Ye [More Info]
Board Chairman
Community Chest of Korea

Prior to being appointed as Chairman of the Community Chest of Korea in June 2018, Dr. Jongsuk Ye served in various roles within the civil sector, including the chairman of Beautiful foundation, co-president of Sharing Korea, President of Youngdo Youth Association, chairman of Root Impact, chairman of TenSpoon. He has worked tirelessly to promote philanthropy in Korea. During his term at Beautiful foundation, he developed a 1% giving campaign which resulted in massive citizen engagements and expansion of philanthropy in Korea. Dr. Ye plans to continue his crusade in building a nationwide philanthropic culture.
Dr. Ye believes that nonprofits should act with operational excellence and transparency. If nonprofits are inefficient in managing gifts of donors, this could lead to the loss of trust of donors and to the culture of giving. It is critical that operational efficiency is secured to ensure a wide range of citizens benefit from community funds.
Dr. Ye's primary interest is to develop a new method of fundraising that is comparable to the IT powerhouse. He is leading the effort to transform the organization and develop innovative products to compete with the ever-rising fundraising competition. He is also leading discussion on strong brand positioning in the market that will drive organizational success.
Dr. Ye graduated from University of California at Fullerton with an Economics major and earned his Ph.D. degree at Indiana University. He has served Hanyang University since 1986, where he held titles as the Dean of School of Business, the President of Graduate School of Business, and the President of the Korea consumer Association.

Karen Young [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way of Calgary and Area
Karen Young joined United Way in June 2014 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2017. Karen came to United Way from The City of Calgary where she served for 26 years as an award-winning visionary leader. In her role as Director of Community and Neighbourhood Services at The City, Karen led change management, strategic planning and policy, partnership management, and funding and grant programs. She led the Emergency Social Services efforts during the flood of 2013. Karen believes in the value of partnerships and collaborations to achieve a common vision. She is a catalyst for social change and has been building momentum in communities since the 1980’s, driven by her belief that all Calgarians have the right to a good quality of life. She believes in developing a resilient and caring community where everyone thrives. Since joining United Way, Karen has spearheaded the development and implementation of a new 5 year Strategic Plan. Other achievements of note include the introduction of an Indigenous strategy, a highly successful expansion of United Way’s Community Hubs work, the launch of the Social Impact Lab and a new initiative focusing on Children and Youth Mental Health. She believes that positive change begins at the community level and has been active in the local community serving on the Boards of Calgary Housing Company, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, and Calgary Homeless Foundation, as a member of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative Stewardship Group, and as a Trustee of the Burns Memorial Fund. She is currently Chair of the Community Leadership Group of Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SORCe), a member of the Enough for All (Poverty Reduction Strategy) partnership group and is a member of the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Council (CLIP). Karen holds a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership and a Bachelor of General Studies in Leisure, Recreation and Tourism.
Daniele Zanotti [More Info]
President and CEO
United Way Greater Toronto
In his over 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele’s work is guided by one core value —to work in and with community across all sectors to create positive change. As CEO of United Way York Region, he played a pivotal role in the merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Under his leadership, the organization continues to apply an increasingly regional lens — in April, joining with Peel Region to form United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in the world and largest funder of social services outside of government. This scaled-up approach is improving opportunities for donors, volunteers, and partners across Peel, Toronto and York Region, and building capacity to expand local investments. The organization continues to innovate digitally to support an uprising of care that will engage 1 million people by 2025. Daniele holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and sits on advisory committees and boards across the region. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and two children.
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