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Mother and Daughter Communicating


2022 Agenda


October 18th


October 19th

11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Engagement Programing

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary

Liberating Black Fatherhood and Birth Justice - Omari Maynard, co-founder of the ARIAH Foundation, and Bruce McIntyre III, founder of saveArose Foundation

1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT

Virtual Networking and Social Innovation Marketplace

1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions: Block A

  • Using Our Collective Power to Advance Justice - Willie Burnley, Jr., Councilor-at-Large, Somerville, MA; Rep. Shayla Davis, Ohio State Representative of the 11th District

    • Building an understanding of the importance of civic engagement at every stage, from providing input and creating policies to voting.​

  • The Price of the Ticket: Authoring a New Birth Equity Alternative: Community Leadership for Birth Equity -  Joyce Clark, founder of the Birthingheirs Project; Jessica Roach and Dorian Wingard from the Advisory Council at Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT)

    • Exploring what it looks like for birthing families to bring children into the world with dignity and joy.​

Food Systems Panel:

  • Enacting Equity in Community Food Systems - Tailor Coble, Pantaleon Florez III, Ashley Rouse.

    • A panel discussion around our food system work, how we facilitate education spaces and the importance of centering equity in our respective work.

2:10pm - 2:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking and Social Innovation Marketplace

2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions: Block B

  • Speaking Truth to Power: Rewriting Our Stories through Equitable and Participatory Data - Monica Koller, Founder of Connecting Community, LLC

    • Hearing examples of how communities are taking ownership of their data and rewriting the narratives of children and families​.

  • Grounding the Legacy in Cross-Generational Leadership - Alexander Roque, President and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center; Vernee Green, Chief Executive Officer, Mikva Challenge 

2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT


  • Food Sovereignty Through Legislative Engagement - Yasmine Anderson, CEO of Black Women in Charge 

    • A conversational gathering to share current campaigns and strategize how-to keep connected moving forward.

3:20pm - 3:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking/Social Innovation Marketplace

3:20pm - 4:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary


Laying the Foundation for a Lasting Legacy - A Call to Action  -  Dr. Kevin Simon, Chief Behavioral Health Officer City of Boston and Rebecca Grainger, Senior Advisor for Youth and Schools to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu 

  • Ensuring the mental wellbeing of children, youth, and families, a call to action for every city in the nation.



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11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Pre-Summit Engagement

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary​


Keynote by Tracey M. Lewis-Giggets​, Writer and Thought-Leader

1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT

Virtual Networking/ Social Innovation Marketplace

1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions: Block A

  • Panel: Children Need Roots and Wings: Transformative Education for Liberation – Tafshier Cosby, CEO at Parent Impact; YaSheka Taylor, Owner and Educator at A+ Nursery and Preschool

    • Exploring various pathways and approaches to creating thriving systems of education, from parent engagement, early care and education, and more.

  • Panel: Restoring Our Communities and Relationships with Dignity – Transformational Prison Project; Hasshan Batts, Community Epidemiologist

    • Exploring how communities are approaching healing from within through practicing restorative justice.​

  • Food Systems PanelFood and Culture; Mary Ann Bugg and Jackie Leung

    • A panel discussion on how we center culture in our food work.

2:10pm - 2:30pm EDT

Break and Transition

2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions: Block B 

  • Creating a Thriving Early Care & Education Workforce – Jessica Acevedo, Owner of Little Star of Ours Family Child program; Melissa Williamson; Eric Garcia​​

    • Understanding what it looks like to build, support, and sustain an ECE workforce that’s grounded in both the dignity of children, families, and educators

Food Systems Panel

  • Community Engagement in Food Systems Work, presented by Nakia Sims, Erica Hall, Kaitlyn Walsh, Tevin Gray

3:20pm - 3:30pm EDT

Break and Transition

3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Keynote Plenary

Building Just Movements Together


Tamika D. Mallory, Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist

4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking Sessions and Social Innovation Marketplace

Fireside Workshop:

  • We Are Forests - Pampi D, Neighborhood Grow Plan

    • This is a workshop on caring for our organizers and practical tools for activating our neighborhoods

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