2019 IMPACT Delaware Conference

2019 IMPACT Delaware Conference

Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Clayton Hall, University of Delaware


Conference underwritten by:

The 2019 IMPACT Delaware Conference will bring together nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, business, and government leaders to learn, discuss, and understand the value of a diverse and inclusive work environment as a catalyst for innovative thinking and organizational success.

Main Conference: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$75 for DANA Members
$125 for Non Members
$25 for Students

Special PM Session with Amira Bliss: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Building Your Nonprofit Capacity to Innovate

Would you like an opportunity for your organization to work with Amira Bliss on strategies to become an innovative culture? DANA is offering up to 12 DANA Member nonprofit organizations to participate in a special afternoon session. With the purchase of at least one Main Conference registration, you can sign up a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people from your organization for an additional $100 for the afternoon session.
Space is limited. A maximum of 12 DANA Member nonprofit organizations will be accepted on first come, first serve basis. Register today by emailing Jessica Bell at DANA.

7:00 AM

Exhibitor Registration and Set Up Opens

8:00 AM

Guest Registration Opens - Exhibits/Networking

9:00 AM

Welcoming Comments

9:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Amira Bliss, Dennis Chin, James Collins

10:15 AM

Network & Visit Exhibitors

10:30 AM

Breakouts - Session 1

11:15 AM

Network & Visit Exhibitors

11:35 AM

Breakouts Repeat - Session 2

12:20 PM

Move to Lunch

12:30 PM


1:00 PM

Craig Crouch - DANA Board Chair, Sarah Bainton Kahn - JPMorgan Chase & Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long

1:15 PM

State of the Sector with Sheila Bravo

1:30 PM

Network & Visit Exhibitors

2:00 PM

Special PM Session with Amira Bliss Begins. Separate registration is required.

4:00 PM

Special PM Session Concludes

Conference Overview

Driving innovation through inclusion and diversity is designed to inspire nonprofit boards and leadership to better understand the conditions for innovation success. The conference focus is derived from the Innovation Capacity Model based on research of Nidhi Sahni, Laura Lanzerotti, Amira Bliss and Daniel Pike.

Throughout the day the conference will engage participants in experiencing a “curious culture” activity, where conference participants will engage in collective brainstorming to identify innovative ideas for nonprofit sector-level advancement.

Plenary Panel Discussion:
Accelerate Inclusive Work Environments to Inspire Social Impact

In an ever-changing market climate, nonprofit leaders must explore innovative approaches to efficiently and effectively engage donors and sustain their missions. In this Plenary Panel Discussion, DANA CEO Sheila Bravo will moderate a conversation on the necessary intersection of diversity and inclusion, innovation and high performing teams. The panel will offer their insights and then open the conversation to conference participants. Joining Sheila will be:

  • Amira Bliss, Facebook Community Leadership Program
  • Dennis Chin, Race Forward
  • James Collins, Delaware Department of Technology & Information

Interested in learning more, join Amira Bliss and Dennis Chin, along with Tony Middlebrooks, Ph.D., Patricia Rivera, and Salvatore Seeley for deeper discussions on innovation readiness, diversity and inclusion in the breakout sessions and special afternoon workshop.










Breakout Sessions

Please note, space is limited for Breakout Sessions and the PM Workshop with Amira Bliss. Each 45 minute breakout session will occur between 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM and will then repeat from 11:35 AM - 12:20 PM.

In this session, facilitated by Dennis Chin, participants will learn and review key concepts related to structural racism and racial equity. Participants will also learn about Race Forward’s framework for advancing racial equity and how organizations–from government to philanthropy to nonprofit–have applied that framework.

Now more than ever, nonprofits must rise as champions of equity and communicate that they stand for inclusion.  Patricia Rivera of Hook PR & Marketing talks about inclusive marketing and how to implement genuine initiatives that elevate the voices of alienated stakeholders — from clients to employees to future board members.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) people account for more than 16% of those on non-profit boards and staff. Still one out of ten LGBTQ people will leave these positions due to an environment that was not very accepting.  As younger generations of workers who identify at different places among the gender and sexuality spectrum seek non-profit jobs, organizations and boards must evaluate how they are reaching out to this population.

Understanding this population matters as you recruit for boards and positions and how you retain employees. This workshop, facilitated by Salvatore Seeley, will give you suggestions on how you can be innovative as you think outside of the gender and sexuality spectrum so your non-profit environment can be more inclusive and thrive in this ever changing environment.

This interactive session, facilitated by Tony Middlebrooks, Ph.D., will focus on how individuals can enhance their own ability to think creatively and influence others to innovate. Participants will walk out with several tools and tips they can bring to their next team session to expand creative processes within their organization or nonprofit board.

Special PM Workshop with Amira Bliss

Would you like an opportunity for your organization to work with Amira Bliss on strategies to become an innovative culture? DANA is offering up to 12 DANA Member nonprofit organizations* to participate in a special afternoon session. With the purchase of at least one Main Conference registration, you can sign up a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people from your organization for an additional $100 for the afternoon session. *Space is limited. A maximum of 12 DANA Member nonprofit organizations will be accepted on first come, first serve basis. Register your organization today by emailing Jessica Bell ([email protected]) at DANA.

In this afternoon workshop, Amira Bliss will take participants through the innovation capacity model, and offer strategies Boards of Directors and Nonprofit Leaders can employ to create an innovative culture.  Amira will invite attendees to explore their own organizational culture, referencing the six key elements of innovation capacity.

Because this is a working session, registration is based on three or more individuals from a participating organization, and space is limited.

Amira Bliss is a global innovation capacity building expert. Amira joined Facebook in 2018 and is currently leading the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Prior to that she was an Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation for nearly a decade. Mrs. Bliss designed and implemented a strategy to catalyze innovation at the Foundation and in the social sector more broadly. She managed grants and relationships to build innovation capacity through tools like social innovation labs, and by leading programs such as The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship on Social Innovation. She also led the innovation workstream of the Food Waste and Spoilage initiative, aiming to surface and scale innovative solutions to post-harvest food loss affecting the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. Mrs. Bliss has previously worked on Foundation initiatives to support more equitable and sustainable transportation—exploring global transportation mobility and accessibility—and developing sustainable employment strategies in the recycling and water management sectors in the United States. Previously, Mrs. Bliss served as the assistant director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). She has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF). Mrs. Bliss received a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and an Executive Master’s of Public Policy and Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Dennis Chin serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). He previously served as Director of Strategic Communications & Public Engagement at CSI. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Dennis leads and supports projects to advance racial equity with institutions across government, philanthropy, advocacy, and community. He also provides strategic support across all program areas and internal initiatives at the new Race Forward. Organizations he has worked with include the Colorado Children's Campaign, Purpose Built Communities, Vera Institute, Kresge Foundation, The California Endowment, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, City of Dallas, Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), Grantmakers in the Arts, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Dennis is a member and former Co-Chair of GAPIMNY: Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders. He was awarded the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance's (NQAPIA) Community Catalyst Award in 2015 for his work with the organization. Dennis also served for six years on the Board of Directors of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, an organization that builds grassroots community power across working-class Asian immigrants and youth in New York City. Dennis lives in Queens, New York and loves to dance and take photographs in his spare time.
Driven by a passion for innovation and commitment to excellence, James Collins is honored to serve as a member of Governor John Carney's Cabinet as Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsible for leading the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) to fulfill its mission of providing technology services and collaborative solutions. As CIO, Collins has leveraged his extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to implement synergistic, cost-effective and scalable IT solutions that help Delaware deliver the highest quality programs and services to its citizens. Notable achievements under Collins' leadership include expanding broadband high-speed Internet service across rural areas of Delaware and implementing the multi-organization, enterprise geospatial information system FirstMap. Collins also fulfilled multiple Executive Orders including creating the Delaware Cyber Security Council, expanding the State Open Data/Open Checkbook portal, and offering IT centralization and virtualization cloud-based "as-a-Service" solutions. Collins currently serves as the president of the National Association of Chief Information Officers. He also chairs the Technology Investment Council of Governor-appointed private sector and government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial branch) partners and is a member of a number of boards and commissions involving public safety, health care, and education. Appointed as CIO in October 2014 by then-Governor Jack Markell, Collins previously served as Markell's Deputy Chief of Staff where his duties included acting as a legislative liaison and policy advisor on information technology. Preceding his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Collins served as Deputy Secretary of State. In this role he was critical in expanding the state's e-Government initiatives and use of information technology including the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program and Veterans Services Directory. For a portion of his Department of State tenure, Collins served concurrently as Deputy and as Director of the Division of Professional Regulation. Prior to joining the Delaware Department of State, Collins worked in the private sector as a senior consultant with Peregrine Systems, Inc. and MAXIMUS, Inc. where he implemented large-scale software projects for major clients such as the Pepsi Bottling Group, the United States Marine Corps, and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Collins holds degrees from Wesley College (B.A.) and from Champlain College (M.S. - Managing Innovation and Information Technology). He is a 2012 Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship alumni and served eight years in the United States Air Force.
Tony Middlebrooks, Ph.D. creates tools, explores and teaches at the intersection of leadership, innovation, creativity and design as Associate Professor and Director of the Siegfried Leadership Initiative for Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. Dr. Middlebrooks has created and taught more than 35 different courses for all collegiate levels, as well as numerous experiential abroad programs. He presently teaches leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He received both the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Advising Awards, and regularly helps faculty develop their teaching. Previously Dr. Middlebrooks co-developed the Organizational and Community Leadership program at UD, the doctoral program in leadership as a professor at Cardinal Stritch University, and spent ten years prior in non-profit leadership positions. Dr. Middlebrooks is lead author of Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success, has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has delivered hundreds of presentations. He is co-author of Public Sector Leadership, co-creator of the Idea Fan Deck and Design Thinking Cards, and has served as Symposium Editor for the Journal of Leadership Studies since 2011. A firm believer that leadership learning can benefit everyone and can make a difference, Dr. Middlebrooks consults and facilitates workshops for a wide variety of organizations and audiences. His current scholarly interests focus on methods of leadership education and the integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking. Dr. Middlebrooks has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife and collaborator Dr. Jules Bruck.
Patricia Rivera, certified content marketer and brand storyteller, helps Delaware organizations deliver their messages in print and digital — and in multiple languages. As founder of Hook PR & Marketing, she leads a team of creative communicators to develop campaigns for a cross-section of Delaware state agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises, including $tand by Me, the Delaware Higher Education Office, NCALL Research and Perdue Farms. She began her career as a print journalist and worked at The New York Times, The News Journal and The Dallas Morning News. She serves on the boards of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, La Esperanza and the Delaware Hispanic Commission. The University of Tennessee graduate lives and works in Lewes.
Salvatore Seeley, DHS, LCSW is a clinical social worker specializing in sexual health counseling and therapy. He has spent the past eighteen years creating mental health programs, HIV prevention programs and capacity building at CAMP Rehoboth, the LGBTQ community center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Mr. Seeley has presented workshops on HIV prevention using the internet, gay men and sex risk in resort communities, gay male sexuality, Transgender health and cultural competency and working with the LGBTQ populations.
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One of the most beneficial things about the DANA conference is the opportunity to connect with others. For some events, it’s rare that we can get together. There is always a bit of learning that many of us struggle with and we often face the same challenges even if we are in different sectors. I think it’s always good to get together with others who serve the nonprofit community in Delaware.

Carla Grygiel

Newark Senior Center