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  1. 1. November 10-12, 2011New York, NY
  3. 3. Dear Millennial Leadership Summit Participants, On behalf of, American Express, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Lumina Foundation for Education, Peter G. Peterson Foundation and The New Community College at CUNY, it is mypleasure to welcome you to New York City and to the MillennialLeadership Summit.Since our founding in 2002, has hosted 10 summits andinvested in 34 Millennial-led projects that address issues such as financialliteracy, environmental sustainability, college completion, and the challengesyoung veterans face adjusting to civilian life. This special summit reconvenesfunded teams, summit participants and non-profit partners to offercollaborative learning opportunities, skill-building workshops and speakingopportunities that allow you to share your challenges, successes and tell ushow investments from and our partners have allowed you toscale and elevate your work, and how we can do even more to support youand other Millennials across the country.The Millennial Generation is at a landmark civic, social and economiccrossroads; it holds an endless potential for civic innovation while facingoverwhelming socio-economic opposition. The mission is toempower and invest in Millennials to create and implement solutions tosocial problems and we believe that honing our generation’s collaborativespirit is key to helping us break through these barriers. The MillennialLeadership Summit provides you with exclusive networking opportunitieswith your peers, philanthropic partners and members of the corporate socialresponsibility community– all who are committed to supporting your workand continued leadership development. This weekend, I encourage you toshare your own experiences and best practices, reconnect with old friends,make new ones, find new ways to collaborate and enjoy the Big Apple.Congratulations on being selected to attend the Millennial LeadershipSummit and welcome to New York City!Keep Mobilizin’,Maya Enista SmithCEO,
  4. 4. Dear Millennial Leaders,On behalf of American Express, it is my honor to welcome you to the Millennial Leadership Summit in New York City. Our team isthrilled to support as it invests in you, the leaders of today andthe emerging leaders of tomorrow.At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can haveon business and society as a whole. We therefore extend our commitmentto leadership development to a broader community, which is why one of ourthree platforms for philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow.Our grant to and the Millennial Leadership Summit continuesour support to prepare and develop high potential emerging leaders to tackleimportant issues of our generation.Throughout the next few days, you will learn from each other as much asfrom the thoughtful agenda of speakers. I’m pleased that you will have achance to hear from my colleagues, Mary Hines, vice president at AmericanExpress, and Christine Rhee, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility,to hear more about why our company invests in leadership, and in themillennial generation in particular.We hope you use your time here to cultivate new relationships, discuss newways of collaborating, and to further elevate your work and the impact inyour communities. Congratulations on your achievements thus far, and fortaking the steps to continue in your leadership journey. We look forward tohearing and learning from you and we congratulate you on the great workyou’ve done in service to others.Sincerely,Timothy J. McClimonPresident, American Express FoundationVice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. 5. Dear Friends:It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2011 MillennialLeadership Summit.New York City is the place to be for the leaders and entrepreneurs who arethinking big, working hard, and realizing their greatest ambitions. If you canmake it here, you can make it anywhere, and there is no better place thanNew York for someone to get his or her ideas off the ground. That is whywe are proud to welcome, its summit participants, and its pastaward winners as they discuss their ongoing efforts to drive civic activismand create lasting change in their communities. Together, we look forwardto everything they will accomplish as we work toward making our ever-moreinterconnected world healthier and more sustainable.On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am also delighted to welcome all of ourvisitors, and I hope you have a chance this week to experience firsthand theexcitement that continues to attract the world’s most dynamic companiesand talented professionals to our great City. Please accept my best wishes foran enjoyable and productive summit and continued success.Sincerely,Michael R. BloombergMayor
  6. 6. |MAPS AND DIRECTIONS Hotel: Summit Day 1 (Friday): Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 569 Lexington Avenue 35 West 67th Street New York, NY 10022 New York, NY 10023 Summit Day 2 (Saturday): The New Community College at CUNY 50 West 40th Street New York, NY 100184 | MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  7. 7. DIRECTIONS FROM HOTEL TO SUMMIT (FRIDAY)By Metro: Approx. 23 minutes (shown on map)Exit hotel, head North on Lexington Avenue to 53rd St Station E/M.Take the WORLD TRADE CENTER bound E train. Arrive at 7th AVENUEB/D/E.Transfer to BEDFORD PARK BLVD bound B train. Get off at 72nd ST STATIONB/C.Walk South West on Central Park W. Turn right on 67th Street and walk to35 W 67th Street.Please note that there is more than one way to arrive at the conference centerby metro/bus/rail. Should you want to customize your trip to the time thatyou are leaving, please Google your suggested route or use the Trip Plannerat FROM HOTEL (A) TO SUMMIT (SATURDAY) (C)By Walking: Approx. 20 minutes (shown on map)Exit hotel, and head South on Lexington Avenue until you arrive at 45thStreet. Turn right. Go straight.Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Go straight. Turn right onto W 40th Street andwalk to 50 W 40th Street.By Metro: Approx 10 minutesWalk North to Lexington Ave – 53rd St Station E/M.Take the METROPOLITAN AV – MIDDLE VILLAGE bound M train. Get off at42 St – Bryant Park Station B/D/F/M.Walk South down 6th Ave until you reach W 40th St; turn left. Walk to 50 W40th Street.* In case of Emergency, please contact Program Manager, Amber Cruz, at360-931-3754. |5 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  8. 8. |MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SCHEDULE Schedule: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 –TRAVEL/ARRIVAL DAY 4:00-6:00PM Registration (Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel Lobby) 7:30-9:30PM Welcome Reception (The Volstead) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – SUMMIT DAY 1 8:00AM Registration and Breakfast (Macaulay Honors College at CUNY) 9:00AM General Session – Keynote Mary Hines, American Express 10:00-11:00AM General Session – Millennial Leadership Panel Moderator: David B. Smith, National Conference on Citizenship Crystal Carson, Central Piedmont Community College Darius Graham, DC Social Innovation Project Victoria Schramm, Kairos Society 11:11 AM Veteran’s Day Moment of Silence 11:15AM-12:15PM General Session – Investing in Millennial Leadership Panel Moderator: Maya Enista Smith, Susan Johnson, Lumina Foundation Greg Ratliff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Christine Rhee, American Express Philanthropy Lana Volftsun, One Percent Foundation 12:30-2:00PM Luncheon Plenary by Peter G. Peterson Foundation 2:15-3:45PM General Session - Millennial Talks Team Rubicon, Millennial Leadership and Strategy Sarah Schacht, Millennial Civic Engagement and Legislative Transparency Ralph Hall, Community College Millennial Engagement Daniel Kaufman, Millennial Philanthropy6 | MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  9. 9. 4:00-5:30PM Millennial-Led Expert Sessions Session 1 – Alicia Holmes-Busby Starting a Non-Profit Organization Session 2 – Chris Golden New Media and Digital Literacy Session 3 – Lucas Cioffi Collective Intelligence and Collaboration Session 4 – Neil Shah Millennial Social Entrepreneurship Session 5 –Target 2020 Students Education and Innovation in Postsecondary Completion Moderators: Maria Guerra, San Jose City University and Nicholas Little, Central Piedmont Community College Scott E. Evenbeck, President, The New Community College at CUNY and Donna Linderman, University Director, CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)6:00-7:30PM General Session - Dinner and Keynote (By Invitation Only) Veronica M. White, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity7:30PM Entertainment in New York City (On Your Own) |7 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  10. 10. SATURDAY, NOVEMEBER 12 – SUMMIT DAY 28:00AM Registration and Breakfast (The New Community College at CUNY)8:30AM General Session – Opening Remarks8:45-9:15AM General Session – Conversation on Leadership Scott Heiferman, Meetup Trish Tchume, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) National9:30-11:30AM Interactive Conversation Session (Participants Only)11:45AM-12:30PM Lunch12:45-5:45PM Training Sessions (Rotating) Session 1 – Community Organizing Jennifer Kim, New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Session 2 – Communications and Media Jackie Titus, Weber Shandwick Session 3 – Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability Adrienne Kupper, iMentor and Moses Magali, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity5:45-6:30PM General Session – Closing Remarks and Commitments to Action Lara Galinsky, Echoing Green8 | MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  11. 11. |THINGS YORK IN NEW TO DODon’t Miss It: Top Five Night Tourist Attractions to Check Out!1) Times SquareOne of the most iconic sites of New York, Times Square at night is a sight tobehold. Filled with milling tourists and locals alike, the blazing signs of adsand television screens are a must-see attraction.2) Statue of LibertyAlthough there are no tours or ferries to the Statue of Liberty at night, thisbaby is still visible from the South West harbors in New York. Make your wayto the riverside to view lady liberty herself.3) Time Warner CenterThe Time Warner Center, open until 9 o’clock, consists of two 750 foot towersthat are bridged by a multi-story atrium with upscale retail shops. It was thefirst major building to be built in New York after the September 11th terroristattacks. The building contains a number of shops, offices, residentialcondominiums, a hotel, and even a theatre! Definitely a building to checkout!4) 9/11 Ground Zero MemorialStop and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11thterrorist attacks.5) Empire State Building and Top of the RockThe two best lookout points for a photo of the nightscape of New York(although Top of the Rock is taller and therefore has better photoopportunities)! Free Things to Do in New York City Some of the listings include: 1) If its free blues youre after, you cant do any better than the gratis shows every Friday and Saturday night at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Shows start at 9 p.m. 2) If you’re looking for some free food in New York, head to Brooklyn’s own Mark Bar any day after 6 p.m. Mark Bar serves customers complimentary pizza and cold cuts every day of the week. On Sundays at noon, after a long week, the bar also gives customers free coffee and bagels. york-city-traveler/ This listing can give you a good idea of specifically which free events are going on, ranging from art exhibitions to theatre shows to lectures, and much more! |9 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  12. 12. Different Neighborhoods in New YorkLooking for an area to explore? These are the best spots in New York!East Village The Lower East SideFamous for punk-rock, great bars Since the 1960s, the Lower East Sideand its immigrant history, the East has been building a reputation asVillage is home to the hippie, punk, a hip, alternative area. Stretchingand artsy scene. The from the Bowery toeclectic restaurants the East River Park,offer global cuisine, the neighborhood isand the décor is so bursting with trendyun-cool that it is boutiques, hip night-cool without trying clubs, and excitingto try at all. Discover music venues. Headwhat is considered to Clinton Street forthe “epicenter of upscale restaurantsDowntown cool” such as Savor NY andin Alphabet City, Lotus Lounge. Bar-or find your inner hopping becomesmuse in Tompkins an all night affairSquare Park or the with dive bars, ritzyNuyorican Poets lounges, and danceCafé. clubs around Essex, Clinton, Stanton, andGreenwich Village Rivington Streets.(West Village)Delicious restaurants, Midtown East/Westindependent shops, The Midtown area isand beautiful streets, full of many of theGreenwich Village, sites that make Newalso known as the York famous: TheatreWest Village, is a District, Bryant Park,great neighborhood the Empire Stateto explore when you Building, and Timeswant to escape Manhattan’s crowded Square. Otherwise, this area is full ofstreets and tall skyscrapers. Don’t miss office businesses and hotels.the Washington Square Park! 50 Things to Do on a Friday NightThis list is an expansive offering of different activities and things to checkout. Some of the more intriguing things are:1) Free Friday hours at the Whitney Museum of American Art2) Listen to jazz at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle3) Slurp oysters for cheap at Fish|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  13. 13. |SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Crystal Carson Central Piedmont Community College Crystal Carson is a Housing Department Intern for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee. In 2008, Crystal moved to Charlotte, N.C. to attend college at Central Piedmont Community College where her proposal for Peer Pairing, a new mentoring program at her school was one of the recipients of Democracy 2.0 grant. Over the past year, she has been workingin partnership with staff at CPCC to plan for the implementation of this newprogram. Lucas J. Cioffi | @athenabridge AthenaBridge Lucas Cioffi is a civic entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. Lucas’ company is AthenaBridge which builds software to help citizens apply critical thinking and deeper deliberation in education, media, and politics. He is the President of the Board of the Open Forum Foundation, and he serves on the board of directors ofthe National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, a network of 1,500individuals and organizations working in the area of public engagement. Maya Enista Smith | @MEnista Maya Enista Smith joined the team in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer of a growing and innovative Millennial organization that seeks to improve democracy by investing in Millennial-driven solutions. Maya began her non-profit career 8 years ago as theEast Coast Coordinator for Rock The Vote at age 17. Through her work withRock The Vote, Maya registered over 30,000 young people and was awardedthe “Rockin’ The Street’s” award. Maya grew up in Maplewood, New Jerseyand studied Political Science and Urban Studies at Rutgers University. Shecurrently resides in Washington DC. Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck | @cunynewswire The New Community College at CUNY Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck is the founding President of The New Community College at CUNY. Scott served as Professor of Psychology and was the Founding Dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He has many years experience in the design, implementation, andassessment of programs for students in their first years of university study. |11 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  14. 14. Lara Galinsky | @echoinggreen Echoing Green Lara Galinsky is an author, career expert and Senior Vice President of Echoing Green. Lara is the co-author of “Work on Purpose, which provides readers with a framework for aligning ” their passions with their talents to achieve personal fulfillment and societal impact through their careers. She is also co-wrote“Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact. Lara served as Do Something’s ”national program director, working with 20,000 educators and 4 millionyoung people to get involved in service learning and community serviceprojects. Chris Golden | @chrisgolden Chris Golden is the Executive Director and co-founder of, an online platform for volunteers to record, share and track their impact. Chris has served for two years as official Twitter Correspondent for the National Conference on Citizenship and was selected to join a Twitter delegation to thelaunch of STS-133, Space Shuttle Discovery. Darius Graham | @dariusg District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service Darius Graham received a B.A. summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law. He has served on the board of directors of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C.and the Donald P McCullum Youth Court in Oakland, Calif. In 2010, Darius was .appointed by the mayor to serve on the District of Columbia Commission onNational & Community Service. He is the author of the award-winning book,“Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing ExtraordinaryThings to Change the World. ” Maria Teresa Guerra University of California, Los Angeles Maria Teresa Guerra has attended several conferences, from Chicago to San Diego, that were based on identifying specific problems and solutions regarding specific aspects of higher education: basic developmental classes, student self-efficacy and Latino student retention, financial literacy for students andethnic families, and the organization and welfare of California communitycolleges. Maria successfully completed community college in the Springof 2011 and is continuing her studies at the University of California, LosAngeles. Ultimately, Maria aims to become an English/ESL teacher andcontinue working with non-profits.12|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  15. 15. Ralph Hall Chabot College Ralph Hall lived with his loving parents for four years before he was taken and literally forced to enter the foster care system. Ralph fell victim to three bad foster homes and group homes that were not good for his physical well-being or mental health. Although Ralph experienced a traumatic childhood, hehas overcome the sum of his horrors and used his experiences to protect,motivate, educate and inspire former and in-care foster youth. Ralph iscurrently a college student, studying to receive a degree in English. Ralph’srecently published a book of poetry, “Disproportionate Mirrors. ” Scott Heiferman | @heif Meetup Scott Heiferman is co-founder & CEO of Meetup, where he is helping spark a revolution in local community. He also founded i-traffic, a top online ad agency in the 90s. He then fled the ad industry and was influenced by 9/11 to start Meetup. Scott graduated from The University of Iowa, then worked at Sonyas their Interactive Marketing Frontiersman. He is an angel investor inBetaworks, Founders Collective, One Block Off The Grid, 20×200, Catchafire,ProFounder and others. Scott received the Jane Addams Award from theNational Conference on Citizenship and was named the 2004 MIT TechnologyReview Innovator of the Year. Mary Hines American Express Mary Hines is Vice President of Charge Product Management at American Express. In this role, she is responsible for customer acquisition, customer loyalty and driving market share, as well as improving the overall customer experience for Card members. She is also responsible for developing strategies andproducts that appeal to Millennials. Mary received an M.B.A. in Marketingand Strategic Management from Columbia Business School in New York City,and earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Boston College. Alicia Yvette Holmes-Busby C.O.R.E. Elements, Inc. Alicia Yvette Holmes-Busby studied Theater Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. Alicia began writing and facilitating various arts-in-education programs for some of Dallas’ most elite community organizations. Her civic pursuits have led to the awarding of various major grants includingHUD Neighborhood Networks Grant,’s Millennial Return onInvestment Grant, City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs Community ArtsProgram, and project management with AARP/LifeTuner College Outreach. In2011, through a grant made possible by, Alicia started her ownnon-profit organization, C.O.R.E. Elements, Inc. |13 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  16. 16. Susan D. Johnson | @LuminaFound Lumina Foundation Susan D. Johnson is a program officer at Lumina Foundation for education based in Indianapolis, Ind. Her current portfolio consists of more than 70 grants centered on issues of preparation, success, and productivity in higher education designed to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials. Prior to joining Lumina, Susan heldprofessional positions in student affairs at Louisiana State University and theUniversity of North Dakota and in institutional research at Indiana University. Daniel Kaufman | @giveonepercent One Percent Foundation Daniel Kaufman is the co-founder of the One Percent Foundation, an organization building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists by making giving accessible, engaging, and meaningful. He is also the Co-Founder of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm thatspecializes in designing and implementing innovative next generationphilanthropic engagement opportunities for individuals, non-profits,foundations, and businesses. Prior to starting OPF and Third Plateau, Danielworked as the General Counsel for Revolution Prep, an educational servicesand products company, and as an associate at Heller Ehrman, LLP in SanFrancisco. Jennifer Kim | @NJPIRG New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Jennifer Kim is the advocate for NJPIRG. Jennifer works on a variety of issues including consumer safety, public health and transportation.
Prior to joining NJPIRG she was the Assistant Organizing Director for the CALPIRG Student Chapters based in Los Angeles. Adrienne Kupper | @iMentorTweets iMentor Adrienne Kupper is the Director of Partnerships for iMentor Interactive. Adrienne joined iMentor after having spent over a decade working with students and teachers both in the classroom and throughout many of New York’s premiere cultural institutions. As a teaching artist and program administrator,Adrienne has worked for several theatre and media companies, includingThe New Victory Theater, Blue Heron Arts Center, and No Limits TheatreGroup. She also has classroom experience, having been an English andwriting teacher at All Hallows High School in the Bronx.14|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  17. 17. Donna Linderman | @cunynewswire CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs Donna Linderman is the University Director of the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) program in the university’s Office of Academic Affairs. She also provides oversight of CUNY Prep, a transitional high school for out- of-school youth that prepares students for both the GED andcollege. Donna holds a B.F .A. in theater from the University of SouthernCalifornia and an M.F in theater from Brooklyn College. .A. Nicholas Little Central Piedmont Community College Nicholas Little currently serves in the United States Naval Reserve. While in active duty, he carried out combat duties in Afghanistan, counter-narcotics duties in Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, and Ecuador, and short-term duty with DoNCAF or Navy Legal in North Carolina. In 2009 Nicholas enrolled atCentral Piedmont Community College as a student. Lastly he was a Millennialof the Target 2020 North Carolina Summit. Nicholas aspires to be a politicianand wants to do all he can to enable the public to have successful lives inour country. Moses Magali NYC Center for Economic Opportunity Moses Magali is an advisor for the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, Mayor Bloomberg’s poverty laboratory. In this role, Moses manages a portfolio of anti-poverty initiatives designed to engage the city’s disconnected youth population. He also oversees the Center’s data and performance reporting,and the architecture of CEO’s performance management system. Mosesjoined CEO in 2008 after receiving his B.A. in Government & Politics from St.John’s University. William McNulty | @TeamRubicon Team Rubicon William McNulty is the co-founder of Team Rubicon and serves on the Board of Directors. He is a Marine who served in both the infantry and Intelligence. He has worked in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell, and the Under Secretary of Defensefor Intelligence. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studiesfrom the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government/Security from TheJohns Hopkins University. |15 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  18. 18. Greg Ratliff | @gatesfoundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Greg Ratliff is a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Postsecondary Success program area, spearheading investigation and research in utilizing social media for enhancing post-secondary students’ success. Greg is a seasoned advisor to the U.S. philanthropic community.Prior to joining the foundation, Greg ran a consulting practice focused onstrategic planning for innovative business models blending financial andsocial returns. Christine G. Rhee American Express Philanthropy Christine G. Rhee is Manager of Philanthropy at American Express within the Corporate Social Responsibility team. In this role, Christine assists with the Leadership and Historic Preservation & Conservation giving themes. She developed, launched, and now manages the signature program of theLeadership giving theme, the American Express Leadership Academy, whichbrings the nations top emerging non-profit leaders for intensive training atAmerican Express headquarters. Sarah Schacht | @KAsPower Knowledge As Power Sarah Schacht is a leading visionary, creating the tools and strategies necessary to increase citizen participation in the legislative process, as well as improve government interaction with constituents. She is the founder and Executive Director of (KAP), which uses a triangulatedapproach - KAP Citizen, KAP Advising and KAP Community - to grow andbuild open- government efficacy. Victoria Schramm | @KairosSociety Kairos Society Victoria Schramm is the President of the Kairos Society, a student-run international organization that aims to catalyze an economy of innovation by fostering a global community of top student entrepreneurs and change makers, driven to individual and collective action towards a better future. She is currently asenior at Georgetown University majoring in Art History. Upon graduation,Victoria intends to embark on her own consumer products venture andfurther her interest in advertising.16|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  19. 19. Neil Shah | @CompassPartners Compass Partners Neil Shah is the Executive Director of Compass Partners, an organization that teaches students nationwide to solve the world’s greatest problems by becoming effective social entrepreneurs. He’s started four businesses so far, ranging from a fair trade tea delivery service to a social media company, andplans on starting many more. He is excited to help grow toachieve it’s full potential and showcase the world of volunteering online. David B. Smith | @mobilizer National Conference on Citizenship David B. Smith is the Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship. Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed Under his tenure, expanded from a team of 10 students to over 30,000 activists in over 200 communities. David currently serves as the co-founderand Vice Chair of the Youth Policy Action Center. David has been honoredwith awards including the Independent Sector’s “American Express NGenFellowship” YouthVote Coalition’s “30 under 30” and the International Youth ,Foundation’s “YouthActionNet Fellowship” for social entrepreneurship. Trish Tchume | @ ttchume Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National Trish Tchume is the Director of YNPN National and is responsible for developing infrastructure and setting a common vision for the 30+ local chapters that comprise the YNPN network. Prior, Trish served as Director of Civic Engagement for the BuildingMovement Project and as a Community Outreach Manager and Director ofTraining for following years spent doing community developmentwork via city government and academia. Jackie Titus | @JTitus Weber Shandwick Jackie Titus specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability initiatives with a focus on digital strategy and execution. She currently works with Bank of America, USAID, and PepsiCo. Jackie completed her Master’s in Communications at Georgetown University where she was selected for a yearlongSustainability Communications Fellowship with the Center for Social ImpactCommunication (CSIC) and Fortune 100 Company, Eaton Corporation. |17 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  20. 20. Lana Volftsun | @OnePercentFndn One Percent Foundation Lana Volftsun is the Executive Director of the One Percent Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing persistent global challenges by building a broad-based movement of next generation philanthropists. Lana also founded jenerocity, a giving circle project in Washington, D.C.and is on the Board of Slingshot, a collective fund which provides supportfor a subset of innovative organizations featured in the Slingshot Guide.In addition, Lana sits on the Issues Committee for the National Center forFamily Philanthropy, the UpStart Bay Areas Connect Advisory Group, and theSteering Committee for the Nexus Global Youth Summit. Veronica M. White NYC Center for Economic Opportunity Veronica M. White is the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity, established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. Under Veronica’s direction, CEO launched 40 new programs, including Opportunity NYC, the nation’s firstconditional cash transfer program. She practiced law at the firms of Brown& Wood and Sidley & Austin. Veronica received a Master of Arts in Lawand Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JurisDoctorate from the Harvard Law School. Jake Wood | @TeamRubicon Team Rubicon Jake Wood graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where he played football, with a double major in Business and Political Science. He honorably served four years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2007 as an infantry squad leader and to Afghanistan in 2008 as a Scout-Sniper AssistantTeam Leader. He graduated the Scout-Sniper Basic Course at the top of hisclass and was the Jim Gulardi Award recipient. In 2007 he was awarded theNavy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” for valor in the faceof the enemy. Jake is the President and co-founder of Team Rubicon.18|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  21. 21. |PARTICIPANT BIOGRAPHIES Agotime Adefunmi Agotime Adefunmi is originally from an Oyotunji African Village. Agotime grew up in Southern California, with a visual arts background. At Durham Tech Community College, she is a member of The International Students Club, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is a former Student Senate Student Concerns Chair Person and has volunteered for Reena Seers Community “Project One Voice. Agotime has also delivered meals to elderly shut- ” ins with the Hanna Ruth Foundation, worked with the NAACP Education Committee on “The Parent Forum” and “Youth Critical Film Series, and was ” an awardee at’s California Target 2020 Summit. Dom Aiava | @domiebear Dom Aiava is Samoan and currently resides in San Francisco, Calif. Dom is a full time student at City College of San Francisco, studying Nursing and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He comes from a huge family that is loving and supportive of anything he chooses in life. Dom loves his friends and fellow Students Making A Change members that show nothing but love and support to their communities. Anthony Alo Anthony Alo is an honors student and served in the U.S. Navy from 1996-2000. Anthony has held many positions on campus within Student Government and Veterans club. He is the current president of Sigma Chi Eta at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. Anthony graduated with his A.A. this summer and has decided to continue his education at CPCC and enrolled in the Substance Abuse Counseling program. Upon completion, Anthony will continue on to UNCC for a B.A. in Communications and a Masters in Psychology. Jose Arreola | @rose4mconcrete Jose Arreola was born in Durango, Mexico and came to the United States when he was four years old. With the unconditional love and support of his family, Jose went on to study Political Science, History and Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University — where he received a full scholarship. During Jose’s college career, he was an outspoken leader on campus around issues of racism, inequality, and oppression as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Center. As an undocumented student himself, he utilizes his experiences to help empower and support other undocumented students nationally as the Outreach Manager at Educators for Fair Consideration. |19 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  22. 22. Mike Berkowikz | @ mikeberkowitzMike Berkowitz is President and co-founder of the One Percent Foundation,a non-profit organization working to create a broad-based movement of nextgeneration philanthropists by making giving more accessible, engaging, andmeaningful for young adults. Mike is also co-founder & CEO of Third PlateauSocial Impact Strategies, LLC. A native of New York City, Mike lives in SanFrancisco. He has a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University.Patrick BusbyPatrick Busby began his pursuit of community development in the year 2000on a self-empowered mission to feed and clothe the homeless communityof Dallas, Texas. It was at that time he reunited with his long time friendAlicia Holmes (whom he married two years later) and the two began to workwith a broad spectrum of youth and adults, offering community developmentprograms. Patrick is now Program Director of C.O.R.E. Elements, Inc. As acertified massage therapist, he offers a unique blend of health and wellnessprograms coupled with life skills.William CaseWilliam Case is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. William grew up in a homewith two loving parents and five siblings. He is a biology major at CentralPiedmont Community College. William serves as Student GovernmentPresident for CPCC, and is also involved with a few other clubs on campus.He is a team partner of the Peer Pairing mentorship program.Juan CastroJuan Castro graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard Universityin 2000. Since college, he worked in marketing in India, taught math in hishometown of Salinas, taught English in South Korea, and now is taking pre-pharmacy classes and will apply to pharmacy school next year. Juan enjoystraveling, foreign languages, and is taking judo lessons.Jade Flader | @JadeFladerJade Flader is a student, attaining an A.A. Degree in Speech Communicationat De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. and will then transfer to a 4-yearuniversity to receive a B.A. in Film Production. Jade works part-time as the California Community Mobilizer. She enjoys helpingothers succeed and part of her job is to organize effective Millennial Meetupsthat will empower her peers to continue their activism, which will leadthem to becoming our leaders one day. She enjoys volunteering, traveling,studying, filming, art, meeting new people and learning new cultures.20|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  23. 23. Jany HuynhJany Huynh was born in Thailand, in a refugee camp. After Jany’s family wasfreed back to Vietnam, they were promised that they would be able to obtainresidency in America. Jany was an immigrant in the U.S. for 13 years, and iscurrently a citizen. The hardships and culture barriers her family encounteredduring the early years in America inspired her to stay involved in the Asiancommunity. Since Jany joined Preparing Asian Pacific American YouthAdvocate in high school, she has learned the importance of representing herrace and culture by staying informed and involved, and that is her inspirationfor being an active Millennial today.Allison Jones | @ajlovesyaAllison Jones is a Brooklyn based blogger and advocate for Millennialleadership in public service. She blogs at on the future ofnon-profit leadership and her work has been featured in the Chronicle ofPhilanthropy, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Daily News, and more.Allison is currently the External Affairs Manager at Explore Schools, anetwork of high performing public schools in Brooklyn and is on the boardof the New York City Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network,an organization that supports the professional development of the nextgeneration of non-profit leaders.Cliff Mayo | @CliffMayoCliff Mayo graduated from Iowa State in 2009 with a degree in politicalscience. He attended the Millennial Return on Investment Summit in Chicagoand was introduced to the world of civic action. A year ago, Clifford wasgiven the opportunity relocate to Washington, D.C. and serve new environment stimulated his passion to find creative solutions to bigproblems. Though his interests are many, he strongly desires to research andadvocate for progressive socioeconomic policies.Leroy Mikell | @phatographerLeroy Mikell attended the Beyond the Welcome Home Summit. Leroy wasa broadcast journalist in the Army from 2001-2005. Leroy graduated fromcollege in May 2009. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Photography andhopes to own a business.Zandra MinorZandra works with AthenaBridge, a D.C.-based tech startup which createsspace for deeper deliberation in politics, media, and education. |21 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  24. 24. Elitininanesi MooreElitininanesi Moore is a sophomore at City College of San Francisco, and is anactive leader-organizer of the club, Students Making a Change. Elitininanesi,along with other leader-organizers, represent the under-representedcommunity of students at CCSF and fight for the equity of educationalsuccess. An active member of Students Advocating for Equity and PacificIslanders Club, Elitininanesi attacks the issues that face her Pacific Islandercommunity, as well as educates others about the beauty of the culture.Awa Ndiaye | @CallmeemedusaAwa Ndiaye is an international student of West African origin (Dakar, Senegal,but French by birth.) Awa’s native language is Wolof, which is an Africandialect, and her official language is French. She came to the United Statesfour years ago as a junior at Albion Senior High in Michigan. She transferredto Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. Awa is majoringin accounting. She is a representative of the international club at DurhamTech and is also a senator in the student body government.Emily Pakes | @simileflakesEmily Pakes is a junior English major at North Carolina Central University.Emily overcame homelessness and graduated with honors from DurhamTechnical Community College last semester and hopes her experiencewill inspire others facing adversity. She aspires to be a remedial Englishprofessor at the community college level. Emily believes strongly in secondchances and the development of human potential.Marc Peters | @rippleofhopeMarc Peters holds a B.A. in Policy Studies and Newspaper Journalism fromSyracuse University. Marc is currently a graduate student at the ClintonSchool of Public Service. Marc has distinguished himself in politics workingfor Mark Critz’s successful special election congressional campaign. From2007-2008, Marc worked as national student blog director for the Obama forAmerica presidential campaign. In 2004, he was inducted as a Horatio AlgerNational Scholar and in 2007 was recognized as one of the top 65 publicservants in his graduating class by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.Kimmy Rohrs | @kgibblerKimmy Rohrs is a senior economics major at James Madison University.Kimmy loves her college town, Harrisonburg, and dedicates time to serving itin every way possible. After graduation, she would like to go into communitydevelopment and make an impact. During the summer of 2010, Kimmyinterned as a development associate at and enjoyed everymoment of it. Upon finishing her internship, Kimmy felt more empoweredand motivated to make change in her community.22|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  25. 25. Emily Ryan | @pdxmobilizerEmily S. Ryan is a general advocate and activist in Portland, Ore. She is a full-time student at Marylhurst University. She has been involved with since 2004, serving as the lead planner for the Portland March AcrossAmerica event. Emily started her advocacy with youth voice issues, includinghomeless programs, services, school, family, and government. Since thenshe has added on environmental, LGBTQ, and racial justice issues. As aninterdisciplinarian by nature, she not only looks at the issues individual, buthow they connect and impact each other.Nick Troiano | @nicktroianoNick R. Troiano is the National Campus Director for Americans Elect, anonpartisan organization that is empowering voters to nominate a thirdpresidential ticket through an online convention in June 2012. He is alsopursuing a master’s degree in American government at GeorgetownUniversity where he is spearheading the establishment of the first student-funded Social Innovation and Public Service Fund. Nick is a former UnitedState Senate intern and Public Policy Fellow with Civic Enterprises. He isoriginally from Milford, Pa. and enjoys photography. |23 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  26. 26. |RESOURCE GUIDE Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) is a program at the City University of New York. ASAP is designed to help motivated community college students earn their degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least 50% of students within three years. Athena Bridge offers technology that harnesses collective intelligence to improve communications between individuals as a service to businesses and government agencies so that they can dramatically increase their productivity. Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. DC Social Innovation Project identifies and invests in creative new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC. Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Published Work on Purpose, which aids Millennials and offers tools in developing meaningful life-career paths. The Kairos Society fosters a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurship by engaging our diverse fellows with a variety of industry and thought leaders surrounding a wide range of global challenges. Knowledge as Power’s primary objective is to empower politically engaged citizens. If you care about an issue or a bill, we want to help you influence it. iMentor’s mission is to improve the lives of high school students from underserved communities through evidence-based, technology-enabled mentoring. Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. www.meetup.com24|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  27. 27. empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implementsolutions to social seeks to be a resource for volunteers and service organizationsby leveraging the power of new technology and social media. Our Twitter-based tool allows volunteers to record, share and track their impact.www.myimpact.orgNational Conference on Citizenship is a dynamic, non-partisan nonprofit thatcontinuously explores what shapes today’s citizenry, define the evolving roleof the individual in our democracy, and uncover ways to motivate greaterparticipation. New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) works withCity agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimedat poverty reduction, and manages an Innovation Fund through which itprovides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives. Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) takes on powerfulinterests on behalf of New Jersey’s citizens, working to win concrete resultsfor our health and our well-being. Percent Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to engagingyoung adults in philanthropy. Rubicon bridges the critical time gap between large humanitariandisasters and conventional aid response. Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency that brings toevery engagement an unrelenting client focus, a passion for their clients’businesses, innovative and creative strategies and a commitment tomeasurable results. Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) promotes an efficient,viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, anddevelopment of young professionals. |25 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  28. 28. |MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SUPPORTERS American Express American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express appreciates the impact that excellent leaders can have on business and society as a whole and dedicates significant resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees with leadership potential. The Company also extends this commitment to leadership development to a broader community. One of American Express’ three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. Learn more at and connect with us on, americanexpress,, americanexpress, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on issues it believes are the biggest barriers that prevent people from making the most of their lives. By teaming up with partners around the world to take on some tough problems, including the failures of America’s education system, it funds innovative ideas and employs an outstanding leadership team to direct strategies and grantmaking. The belief that every life has equal value is at the core of their work. John L. and James S. Knight Foundation The John L. and James S. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with local roots. It chooses, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. It advances journalism in the digital age and invest in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. It believes that information is a core community need and that all citizens should get the information they need to thrive in a democracy and act in their own best interest. To learn more about the Knight Foundation, visit|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  29. 29. Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is a New York City based foundation that strives to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. The Fund plays an engaged and active role in supporting organizations and leaders who have apositive impact and lasting effect on well-being and community life.Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Illumination Fundsupports innovative solutions to long-standing problems in the city throughprograms and initiatives such as the NYC Green Carts, the Children’s Museumof Manhattan’s Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, the Lincoln Center’s IlluminationLawn and the NYC Civic Corps.While the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund does not limit grant makingto specific issues or organizations, it consistently champions innovativeapproaches to education, the arts, healthy lifestyles and service in order toilluminate solutions that transform our urban landscape. Lumina Foundation Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. They are the nation’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’access to and success in postsecondary education. Their goal is to increasethe percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentialsto 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifyingand supporting effective practice, by encouraging effective public policy,and by using our communications and convening capacity to build publicwill for change. They have worked with and made grants to many colleges,universities, peer foundations, associations and other organizations thatwork to improve student access and outcomes across the nation. To learnmore about the Lumina Foundation, visit Peter G. Peterson Foundation The Peter G. Peterson Foundation mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerate action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we workto bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-termsolutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order toachieve real results. |27 NOVEMBER 10-12, 2011 NEW YORK, NY
  30. 30. The New Community College at CUNY Founded in the CUNY tradition of access to excellence, The New Community College will support student achievement in a dynamic, inclusive and intellectually engaging environment. We will be recognized for the contributions of our students, faculty, staff andgraduates to our communities and to a thriving, sustainable New York City.Located at 50 West 40th Street in midtown Manhattan, NCC will enroll 500new students each year beginning in fall 2012. As an open admissionscommunity college, NCC will accept applicants who hold an earned highschool diploma or a GED. Eventually, enrollment will grow to approximately5,000 students when the college moves to its permanent home on West 59thStreet near John Jay College of Criminal Justice.28|MOBILIZE.ORG MILLENNIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
  31. 31. Join the conversation online with theMillennial Leadership Summit hashtag: #MLSNYC.