Embark Stream (Wednesday, 10/28)


October 28, 2015

Embark Stream (Wednesday, 10/28)

We’re trying something new this year.

For the first time, you can be a part of the Independent Sector conference from any screen, anywhere you are. The Embark Stream will combine broadcasts of plenary sessions with an exclusively curated program with some of the conference’s best speakers. But don’t expect to just sit and watch. Using Social Q&A, you can pose your pressing questions directly to the speakers in real time.

Join us for a few minutes or a few hours. The Embark Stream is free of charge, though registration is required.

Wednesday, October 28th

Time (EST) Speakers Format

Red, White, and on the Brink

Take a critical look at the American election scene to get insight into how the 2016 election results, both state and federal could affect the country and the sector’s work in the coming years. Learn about the deep challenges in the electoral process, including shifts in campaign finance and demographic engagement and its impact on the next generation of leaders.

8:55am Welcome

Alberto Ibargüen, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Daniel Stid, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

María Elena Salinas, Univision

Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center


Leveraging Grassroots Movements to Achieve Long-Term Success

The civil rights movement didn’t remake America overnight. In fact, the events of this decade show that its work isn’t finished. How can you capture the zeitgeist today? How can you keep your coalition engaged over the long years necessary to achieve permanent social change?


Bob Moses, Algebra Project, Inc.

Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Conversation (Recorded)
11:00am Alberto Ibarguen, Knight Foundation Interview with Derrick Feldmann, Achieve
11:20am Javier Benavidez, South West Organizing Project Interview with Derrick Feldmann
11:40am Scott Beale, Atlas Corps Interview with Derrick Feldmann

Miami City Ballet

Widely considered to by England’s most promising new choreographer, Liam Scarlett honored MCB in 2012 with Viscera, his first commissioned work for an American company. This performance features choreography by Liam Scarlett and music by Lowell Liebermann.

12:00pm Miami City Ballet Performance (recorded)

A Roadmap to Data-Driven Fundraising Strategy

Fundraising competition has grown significantly. Explore new innovations in how data can be used to drive and evaluate your fundraising program.


Greg Hagin, CCS

Ian Swedish, CCS


Impact through Strategic Communications

When it comes to changing the world, a passion for social justice isn’t enough. To build momentum, gain allies, and get noticed by a public overwhelmed by the demands of competing causes, you need to be equipped with a top-notch strategic communications plan. This session will share insights and tips on how to improve your own communications.

12:30pm Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks Interview with Derrick Feldmann
12:50pm Ahmen, Nonprofit Leader, Hip Hop Artist Interview with Stephen Smith
1:10pm Matt Boote, PeaceTech Lab Interview with Stephen Smith
1:30pm Robin Koval, Truth Initiative Interview with Stephen Smith

Turning passion into power

The richest resource in the charitable sector is the passion of the individuals who want to strengthen the common good. Explore how various forms of service are leveraging time and talent to influence some of the most complex challenges of our day.


Michael Brown, City Year

Rachael Chong, Catchafire

Toby Chalberg, Points of Light

Kiesha Moodie, Teach For America

Panel discussion
moderated by Allison Clear Fastow, Blue Engine Media

Creating Donor Trust by Making Crowdfunding Tangible

Learn how online crowdfunding is transforming the way in which charities approach in-kind giving, how this new approach to fundraising is helping charities become more effective and efficient, and how online crowdfunding is also them build stronger relationships with donors through transparency, and tangibility.


Liz Deering, 121 Giving

Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, St Vincent de Paul’s Disaster Services Division


Thread by Thread: Creating a Better World Together

In 2015, Independent Sector launched an extensive series of community conversation called “Threads” to explore our collective ability to solve the world’s greatest problems in coming years. We not only examined trends shaping our work, but we discussed what’s holding us back and what’s working. In this session, we’re excited to share that journey with you.


Diana Aviv, Feeding America

Neil Nicoll, YMCA of the USA

Steve McCormick, The Earth Genome

Plenary (recorded)
3:15pm Erica Greeley, Independent Sector Interview with Derrick Feldmann

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