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Florida Philanthropy Leadership Conversations 2015: Philanthropy's Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 9:30am to Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:00am EDT
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October 13-16, 2015

Join Florida philanthropy leaders for an open dialogue on philanthropy's role in advancing diversity, equity & inclusion in our field, our work and our communities.

Our members will be engaging in four conversations over four days in four communities across the state: Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville & Fort Lauderdale.

Who Should Attend: This program is open to staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations only. It is open to people at all levels of experience with all types of job responsibilities.

Cost: $15 members of FPN and co-hosting organizations; $25 non-member grantmakers.

Facilitator: Kelly Brown, Director, D5 Coalition.

Issues of race, diversity, equity, equality and inclusion have been part of a growing and vital national conversation. Incidents from Ferguson to Charleston had spurred many communities to engage in discussions that involve a complex interplay of issues like race, racial injustice, racism and inequality. In philanthropy, one of the nation's largest foundations, the Ford Foundation, recently announced that it was shifting its grantmaking to focus entirely on inequality. Over the past year FPN's colleague organizations in St. Louis and Baltimore have played new leadership roles in helping to convene philanthropy and the broader community on these issues.

Amid this backdrop, FPN's 2015 Leadership Conversations will focus on how philanthropic leaders and their organizations can attain greater awareness and assume more personal responsibility to take action to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their organizations and their philanthropic work, based on the work of the D5 Coalition and an effort to address this issue among philanthropic leaders in the northwest region of the country. We’ll also discuss the leadership role for philanthropy in addressing issues of race, racial injustice, racism and inequality in broader community discussions and efforts.

The program will feature Conversation Leaders from Florida's philanthropic sector, who will share how their organizations have funded or engaged in the principles of DEI in recent years, and why they have come to value this work as a key element of their philanthropic leadership. Facilitator Kelly Brown, Director of the D5 Coalition, will engage participants in a highly interactive discussion that will clearly define DEI as it relates to philanthropic practice, and explore possible opportunities for funders to collaborate on DEI initiatives moving forward.

These Leadership Conversations are designed for people at all levels of experience and responsibility in all types of positions in their philanthropic organizations.  People new to the philanthropy and grantmaking field and emerging leaders in the field are particularly encouraged to participate in these important conversations. Please join us!

FPN's 2015 Leadership Conversation Series is made possible in part through the support of the Emily Balz Smith Foundation.

Tampa Bay
October 13, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Wells Fargo
4950 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Conversation Leaders:

Térèse Coudreaut Curiel   Steve Marcus    

Térèse Coudreaut Curiel, Vice President of Administration, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Steven Marcus, Ed.D., President & CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida




Orlando - Co-Hosted by Donors Forum of Central Florida
October 14, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Central Florida Foundation
800 North Magnolia Ave Suite 1200, Orlando

Conversation Leaders:

Upendo Shabazz-Phillips   Susan Towler    

Upendo Shabazz-Phillips, Regional Vice President, Allegany Franciscan Ministries


Susan Towler, Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation




Jacksonville - Co-Hosted by Donors Forum of Northeast Florida
October 15, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 am
The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310, Jacksonville

Conversation Leaders:

Eileen Boyle   Eric Kelly    

Eileen Coogan, President & CEO, Allegany Franciscan Ministries


Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation



Fort Lauderdale
October 16, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Community Foundation of Broward
910 East Las Olas Blvd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale

Conversation Leaders:

Nancy Gidusko   Ian Smith    

Nancy Gidusko, Director, Community Relations, Walt Disney World


Ian Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Helios Education Foundation 



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About the Faciltator

Kelly BrownKelly Brown is Director of the D5 Coalition, a five-year effort to increase philanthropy's diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She was previously Director of Programs and Evaluation at Marguerite Casey Foundation, which invests up to $30 million annually in organizations working to strengthen the voice and capacity of low-income families, and Grants Director at the Vanguard Public Foundation where she designed, launched and managed three new grantmaking programs. Brown has also served as Director of Marketing and Industry Relations at OpNet, a social venture that created digital workforce opportunities for low-income young adults and as Administrative Director for TransAfrica/TransAfrica Forum, national foreign policy organizations at the forefront of efforts to secure a peaceful transition to a multi-racial democracy in South Africa.

Brown has lived and studied in Nairobi, Kenya, where she also conducted outreach, due diligence and fundraising to build and expand the Kenya Women Finance Trust, one of the continent's first micro-loan funds for women. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a BA in Sociology and African/African American Studies from UC Santa Barbara and was a Sloan Foundation Fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at the University of Chicago, researching the intersection between leadership, organizational networks and contemporary social movements.

About the D5 Coalition

D5 is a five-year coalition to advance philanthropy's diversity, equity, and inclusion. D5 believes it is imperative for philanthropy to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable in its practices for three main reasons: 1. Advance the common good; 2. Increase effectiveness ; 3. Enhance impact. More than a dozen organizations with connections to thousands of grantmakers came together to found the D5 Coalition to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. Florida Philanthropic Network is please to be a member of the D5 Coalition.


For questions on the program content or registration, please contact Chris Johnson, 813-983-7397