8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks, The Young Philanthropist Conference Committee

9:10 am – 9:40 am
Opening Speaker, Ayanna Pressley, At-Large-Councilor, Boston City Council

9:55 am – 10:55 am
Breakout Session I – 6 educational panels (details below)

11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Breakout Session II – 6 educational panels (details below)

12:20 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Speaker, Makeeba McCreary, Ed.D., Chief of Staff, Boston Public Schools

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
President’s Remarks, E. Marla Felcher, M.B.A., Ph.D, The Philanthropy Connection

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape – Meet Organizations that are Seeking the Next Generation of Philanthropists



Breakout Sessions

The following sessions will each be offered at 9:55 am and again at 11:10 am:

1. Moderated Conversations with Non-Profit CEOs about Nonprofit Leadership and the Philanthropic Landscape in Boston
Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. Sylvia Ferrell Jones, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA. Sheila Moore, Founder, President, Educated Ladies Elected to Change.

Non-profits provide a vital range of services to help build stronger communities. They also require strong leaders who can set a vision for change and execute a strategy that will achieve that vision. Non-profit CEOs must be comfortable wearing many hats each day, from strategic planner to office manager to fundraiser-in-chief. In this session, participants will interact with a panel of distinguished local non-profit CEOs to hear more about their paths to leadership, the challenges and opportunities of running a non-profit, and how they achieve the impact that ultimately makes it all worthwhile.

2. Workshop: Negotiating at Work
Deborah Kolb, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Simmons School of Management.

Women negotiate all the time. Although we associate negotiation with formal agreements and contracts, the most important negotiations happen every day at work. You are asked to do more without credit or compensation for it. You want a new opportunity, but you are not considered for it. You want your work to fit in with the rest of your life, not overtake it. Unfortunately, we fail to recognize these common situations as opportunities to negotiate. In this interactive workshop led by distinguished professor Deborah Kolb, Ph. D., we will focus on 4 negotiating tactics: recognize opportunities to negotiate, position yourself to get negotiations off the ground, navigate to an outcome that works for you and your organization, and deal with obstacles that put you on the defensive. Bring your negotiation challenges and see how you can turn them into opportunities.

3. Women in Philanthropy
Angela Brown, Director of Programs, Hyams Foundation. Bithiah Carter, New England Blacks in Philanthropy. Tatiana Lingos-Webb, Founder and Executive Director, Dancing Classrooms New England.

With more than half of the nation’s private wealth now controlled by women, the outlook for women in philanthropy has never been brighter. Philanthropically minded women have a tremendous opportunity to make an impact through charitable giving. But how does gender play a role in shaping the philanthropic landscape? In this engaging and empowering session, leaders from a variety of fields will discuss the trends they have seen in women’s giving, focusing on how women can be game changers in building a stronger and more impactful philanthropic sector.

4. What is Driving Innovation in Philanthropy?
Saskia Epstein, Founder, Executive Director, IdeaLift. Justin Kang, Executive Director, City Awake. Chrismaldi Vasquez, Executive Director, Family Independence Initiative.

Across all sectors of society, visionary leaders are driving innovation by generating new methods of delivering goods and services more effectively than ever before. Philanthropy is no exception. While forward-thinking philanthropists play a vital role in supporting innovative organizations and business models, trailblazers in the field are also working to streamline and improve the giving process itself. Join this session to hear from a panel of leaders who will shed light on the cutting edge of philanthropic giving and challenge your thinking about the future of the field.

5. Philanthropy Disrupted: The New Generation Wants a Seat at the Table
Jeannette Andre, Associate Director, Lenny Zakim Fund. Patti Bellinger, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Natanja Craig, Director, Grassroots Programs, The Boston Foundation.

As an emerging force in the field, young philanthropists offer fresh perspectives on how to improve established methods of giving. With support and guidance from seasoned philanthropists, the new skills and mindsets of the younger generation can provide a tremendous value even as they challenge existing systems and norms. This session will touch on technology, data use, social media, and other contemporary trends to explore how the next generation of philanthropists can make their voices heard and make a difference, starting today.

6. Rules of Engagement: Going from a Volunteer in the Field to an Advisor in the Board Room
Megan Costello, Office of Women’s Advancement, City of Boston. Yasmin Cruz, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, John Hancock. Klare Shaw, Director of Programs at Liberty Mutual Foundation, Liberty Mutual Insurance.

For volunteers who are committed to the success of a non-profit, becoming a board member offers an exciting opportunity to participate in significant, long-term decision-making that drives the organization’s mission and culture. But the road from volunteer to board member isn’t always smooth. In this session, you’ll hear from experts in the field on effective strategies for identifying, securing, and making the most of board positions. Whether you’re a new volunteer or an experienced board member, this discussion will provide you with essential strategies for transforming your passion into action.




  1. Do I need to bring anything? Please bring business cards for networking.
  2. What’s the attire for the event? The attire is dressy casual.
  3. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? You must be at least 18 years old to attend the conference.
  4. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Parking is available in the Channel Center garage. The Channel Center building is also accessible by train via the Red Line Broadway stop. Upon registration for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with more specific transportation instructions.
  5. Is my registration/ticket transferrable? No.
  6. How can I contact the organizer if I have questions? Should you have questions, please contact Laura Dziorny at



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