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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Optional Pre-Conference Sessions
1:00-4:00 p.m.



Community Leadership Deep Dive

Room 104

Room 106

3 Dots Downtown

Conference Check-In Begins
1:00-4:00 p.m. | Hotel Lobby
5:00 p.m. | Senate Suites
Keynote Dinner
6:00-7:30 p.m. | President's Hall 3

Mary Thomas, CEO CFLeads. Mary Thomas knows that there is incredible momentum in the community foundation field to do more community leadership. With over 25 years of experience in the community foundation field, Mary is adept at amplifying community voice through grassroots leadership training and is a tireless advocate for racial equity. As the President & CEO of CFLeads, Mary is using her skills as a dynamic leader, connector and relationship-builder to identify opportunities, develop strategies and implement initiatives that will help strengthen community foundations’ capacity to do more community leadership. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Spartanburg County Foundation and as the Executive Director of the Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy.

Continental Breakfast
7:45–8:45 a.m. | 2nd Floor Breakfast Area
PACFA Annual Meeting and Report to Membership with Phil Koch, Chair and Michael Batchelor, President
8:45–9:15 a.m. | Room 207
Concurrent Session One
​9:30-10:45 a.m.
“Evergreen Funds," a Better Way to Manage the “Messy” World of Private Equity Investments | Room 203
Will Thorpe, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Mason Investments
All Kids Should Have an Equal Opportunity to Learn,
No Matter the Zip Code | Room 204
Dr. Myra Forrest, Education Advocate, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation
Best Practice for Engaging Professional Advisors | Room 205
Franki Aitken, Chief Operating Officer, Berks County Community Foundation Jason Arbacheski, Director of Gift Planning and Stewardship, Chester County Community
Monika Collins, Vice President for Advancement and Philanthropic Services,
Foundation for Delaware County
Break and Refreshments
​10:45- 11 a.m. | 2nd Floor Breakfast Area
Concurrent Session Two
11:00-12:15 p.m.
The Erie Playbook, Driving Equitable Change | Room 203
Karen Bilowith, CEO, The Erie Community Foundation
Kim Thomas, Executive Director, Infinite Erie
Strategy in a Fast-Changing World | Room 204
Emmie Calland, Director of Strategic Projects & Foundation Initiatives, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Trenton Moulin, President and CEO, Bridgebuilders Community Foundation
Mike Kane, President and Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
When Disaster Strikes, Will Your Plan Work? | Room 205
Heidi Williamson, Chief Strategy Officer, Berks County Community Foundation
Kevin Murphy, President, Berk County Community Foundation
Keynote Lunch
12:20–1:30 p.m. | President's Hall

Donna Cooper, Executive Director, Children First. Prior to Children First, Donna was a senior fellow at the respected national think tank, the Center for American Progress, where she led the Center’s research on early childhood education, public infrastructure, and was a contributing researcher to the Center’s work to reduce the incidence of poverty. She served as the Secretary of Policy and Planning for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2003–2010. Donna led the development of the state’s Cover All Kids program which expanded access to affordable health care to nearly every child in the state. Donna also led the seven-year effort to boost funding for public education that increased K-12 funding by over $2 billion, and designed the state’s groundbreaking school funding formula which was enacted in 2008.

Roundtable Presentations
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Youth Engagement Affinity Group Strategies | Room 203
Janice R. Black, President and CEO,
Jennifer Doyle, Vice President for Philanthropy and Community Engagement & 
Brooke Clark, Philanthropic Officer
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Leveraging Partnerships in Rural Communities | Room 204
Ryanne Jennings, President and CEO &
Derek Williams, Community Grant Writer, Wayne County Community Foundation
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Room 205
Adrian Buckner, Vice President of Grants and Community Engagement & 
Rabiya KhanCommunications Coordinator 
of York County Community Foundation
Setting a Community Leadership Agenda | Room 113
Jennifer Wilson, CEO, First Community Foundation Partnership
Benefits Cliff | Room 114
Phil Koch, Vice President of Policy and Community Impact, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Hot Topics | Room 115
Open Table for Participants to talk about Hot Topics of the Day
Hot Topics | Room 116
Open Table for Participants to talk about Hot Topics of the Day
Concurrent Session Three
2:45-4:00 p.m.
Fiscal Sponsorships as a Tool for Equity and Empowerment | Room 203
Damion Wilson, Program Officer, Poise Foundation
Creating, Implementing, Evaluating and Funding your Marketing Plan | Room 204
Natalie Kurchak, Communications Officer, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Sarah J. Thomas,
Vice President of Communications & Culture, York Foundation
Ted Qualli, Director of Communications and Marketing, The Philadelphia Foundation
Community Leadership through Equity Centered Capacity Building | Room 205
Megan Briggs, Vice President of Community Investments,
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation 
Guillermo Lopez, G-Pez Consulting & Leigh Valley Community Foundation
4:00–5:00 p.m | Room 207
Closing and Wrap Up – What can PACFA do together?
Meeting for PACFA Board Members
6:00 p.m. | American Ale House

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