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ComNet Annual Conference

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V was the first-ever virtual gathering of The Communications Network, an organization that connects leaders working in communications for good to the top professionals and best ideas in the field. V happened over 3 days of ideas, insights, inspiration, learning, networking, and fun.

V+ offered you all the content from V, plus additional learning sessions (in the form of special V+ only breakouts and keynotes), and most importantly, an intimate group of peers dedicated to working with you every step of the way to 2021 to workshop ideas, posed questions to, and exposed you to new thinking.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The 1619 Project (the groundbreaking look at the 400 year impact of slavery), in conversation with Stacey Abrams

Misinformation expert Renée DiResta in conversation with Hewlett Foundation’s Vidya Krishnamurthy

Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson in conversation with MacArthur Foundation’s Kristen Mack

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Dr. Richard Besser in conversation with Missouri Foundation for Health’s Courtney Stewart

BMe Community CEO Trabian Shorters in conversation with Network Board Chair Jade Floyd

2020 Jones Award Winner A Step Ahead Chattanooga’s Susan Vandergriff

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in conversation with The Barton Institute’s Rebecca Arno

How Organizers Closed Down an Atlanta Jail | Soledad O’Brien Talks with Marilyn Winn of Women On The Rise and Xochitl Bervera Racial Justice Action Center

How Communications and Journalism Are Critical to Public Health | Dr. Judy Monroe CEO of the CDC Foundation talks to Matt James of GMMB

Why America’s Future Depends on the South’s | Nathaniel Smith of the Partnership for Southern Equity talks with Kyle Tibbs Jones of The Bitter Southerner

Civic Engagement and the 2020 Census: Yes, It Matters for Your Org | Rebecca DeHart and Jeanine Abrams McLean of Fair Count talk with R.E.M. Manager Bertis Downs

Building Movements — Civic Engagement and Voting: A Southern Perspective | ProGeorgia, GALEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Black Voters Matter; moderated by the Southern Poverty Law Center

What Does Equity Look Like?: A Southern Perspective | Generator, The Center for Civic Innovation, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; moderated by The Kendeda Fund

The “Action” Tank: Strategies for Tumultuous Times | Center for American Progress

Communications That Meet People Where They Are for Sustained Engagement | The California Wellness Foundation, Chroma Collaborative

Equity in Action: Ways to Authentically Reach Diverse Audiences | Disability:IN, AARP, Proof Strategies, Howard University

Lessons in Listening: How Black and Brown Community-Led Movements Inspire Change | The Advancement Project, Ben & Jerry’s

Strengthening Leadership for Racial Equity | Marguerite Casey Foundation, Adaptive Change Advisors

#NoKidsInCages: Building a Movement Out of a Moment | RAICES Texas, Fenton

Nonprofits Navigating the Rules that Permit them to Lobby and Advocate | Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Alliance for Justice

Operationalizing Equity: Communications + Power | National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Creating an Inclusive Brand for an Historic Community Foundation | Almanac, St. Louis Community Foundation

Radical Listening: Organizers & Researchers Transforming Our Work | Rockefeller Family Fund, Topos Partnership, Missouri Jobs With Justice

Freedom or Death! A Slave Rebellion and the Power of Storytelling | Dread Scott, Antenna Works, Surdna Foundation, Fenton Communications

From Intentions To Actions: How Do Organizations Become Truly Inclusive? | Urban Institute

Home Is Here: How DACA Recipients Shaped Their Own Narrative | United We Dream

Propelling and Protecting Science through Storytelling | National Geographic Society, Rita Allen Foundation

Six Steps to Changing Hearts and Minds—For Good | Freedom to Marry, Hattaway Communications

Creating Your First Podcast: Responsibly Telling Stories About Racial Equity, Hate, and Extremism | The Atlantic, Southern Poverty Law Center

Author and executive advisor Charles Vogl discusses why community matters, now more than ever

Mia Birdsong, author of How We Show Up in conversation with Darion Jones of Meyer Memorial Trust

Leader of Freedom to Marry Campaign Evan Wolfson in conversation with Network Board Member Jesse Salazar

Dr. Clarence B. Jones, lawyer, professor, Civil Rights Hero, and Personal Counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King in conversation with Jennifer Oldham of the Healing Trust

FrameWorks Institute’s Nat Kendall-Taylor in conversation with Casey Family Programs’s Marissa Kaiser

Kevin Huynh, co-founder at People & Company and co-author of Get Together helps people get their people together

Focus on Flint: How Listening and Learning Drives Community Change | Flint Neighborhoods United, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Journalism on Complex Problems: The Single-Subject Newsroom Solution | The Trace, The Marshall Project, Grist, The Kendeda Fund

Disseminating Research: Getting Critical Findings Into the Right Hands | Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Spencer Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, NORC at the University of Chicago, Amdur Spitz & Associates, Jenn Clark


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