Schedule of Events

Below is the agenda for the Fall 2012 Conference, Seattle, Wednesday, October 10-Friday, October 12, co-sponsored by CommA

All events take place — with the exception of the opening night reception — in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine Street, Seattle.

(Please check back regularly as this schedule is subject to change.)

Wednesday, October 10

  • Noon – 5 pm Check in (Off lobby of hotel.)
  • 1 pm – 5 pm Optional pre-conference workshops.
  • 6 pm – 8 pm Opening night reception, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    (Buses will begin loading outside the hotel’s 7th Avenue entrance at 5:30pm and departing at 5:45pm. Return transportation also will be provided.)

Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 11

  • 8:45 am – 9 am Welcome and introductions
  • 9 am – 9:45 am Sherman Alexie — Presentation and Q and A — Leonessa Ballroom
  • 10am – 11:30 am Breakout Session I:
    (The breakout sessions listed below are described here. Each session runs for 90 minutes.)

    • When a Program/Communications Collaboration is Like a Breath of Fresh Air — Portland
    • News Online: Implications for Foundation and Nonprofit Communicators — Eliza Anderson Amphitheater
    • Smart Tech for Smart Communicators — Discovery
    • Analytics in a Digital Age: Using Data to Drive Strategy for Marketing and Communications — Princessa I
    • The Fast Pitch Competition — Princessa II
  • 11:30 am – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Session II:
    • Social Media and Social Innovation: They Both Have the Same First Name – Portland
    • Seeing is Believing: Data Visualization for Philanthropy — Princessa I
    • Serving, Creating and Sharing Legacy: Lessons from a Young and Time-Limited Foundation — Eliza Anderson Amphitheater
    • Working together: Overcoming the Program/Communications Divide – Discovery
    • The Art and Science of Strategic Storytelling: Disrupting Stereotypes of American Muslims — Princessa II
  •  2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Breakout Session III:
    • Bedsider: Sharing is Caring–Portland
    • Can Foundations Train Their Grantees to Be Effective Communicators? – Princessa I
    • Media in the Community: How Philanthropy Has Changed the News Landscape — Eliza Anderson Amphitheater
    • We’re from the Program Department: We’re busy doing the work. Why should we care about talking about it? – Discovery
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Jane McGonigal – Presentation and Q and A — Leonesa Ballroom

Evening on your own.

Our local host committee has put together a handy list of things to see and do in Seattle, and also pulled together a helpful restaurant guide.  Below are two options, and you can find more here.

  • Rooftop Reception,  6:30 pm – 9 pm at the offices of host committee member, Philip Shaw of Golden Lasso, located at 1520 Bellevue Avenue #200.  Stop in for a drink, say hello to friends, have some fancy bites and enjoy one heck of a view.  Then, you can pick from among a wide range of nearby dining and other evening options in and around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a vibrant restaurant and arts district.  If you need recommendations, just ask one of Golden Lasso’s foodies and aficionados of fun where to go and what to do.
  • Documentary film screening:  A Place At The Table, 8pm – 9:30pm at AMC Pacific Place Theater, one block from the Grand Hyatt. The film, from Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures, examines the hunger crisis through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.

Friday, October 12

  • 8:30 am – 10 am  Breakfast Roundtables

We’ve invited some folks to lead breakfast roundtable discussions on what we’re calling “hot topics” — trendy, maybe even edgy issues, affecting our work and field. Here’s a link to the list of topics and the discussion hosts.

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Plenary Discussion: “From Here to the Future” — Leonessa Ballroom

The Communications Network Board has been spending a lot of time thinking about how best to serve communications practitioners and the larger field of philanthropy. We spent the last year charting some possible future plans. On Friday morning, we invite you to listen to us briefly describe our thinking. We’ll also show off a new logo, tagline, mission statement and theory of change.

Then, we want all of you to weigh in. We want to know what you think — if it feels right, whether it needs some work and how what we have in mind can be helpful to you and your organizations. And to show you how excited we are about sharing our plan and hearing your thoughts we’ll be holding a drawing for a heap of cool gadgets – including an iPad – just the sort of loot that communications types love to play with. Everyone who shows up to the session and stays is eligible to win.

11:30 am – 11:45 am Concluding remarks and announcement about location of 2013 conference.