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Philanthropy With a Purpose - 2021 Non-Profit Leadership Symposium

Region: Americas
2-3 April 2021

We are delighted to host the 2021 Non-Profit Leadership Symposium. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Philanthropy With a Purpose,” and the program promises to be as engaging, refreshing and inspirational as our programs in 2018 and 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic, while not defeated, will not prevent us from gathering virtually this Friday, April 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and Saturday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST.


Day One: Friday, April 2, 2021 – Education, Effort and Equity

Welcoming Remarks – Fred Nance, Co-Chair Inclusion and Diversity Committee; and Global Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Introduction of Opening Speaker – Ambassador James Blanchard, Chairman, National Archives Foundation; former US Ambassador to Canada; former Governor, State of Michigan; and Partner, DLA Piper

Opening Remarks – Ernest Green, member of the Little Rock Nine

  • Ernest is likely the only member of our distinguished program participants whose high school graduation in May 1958 from Little Rock Central, was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Panel One – Moderator: Rodney E. Slater, Chairman, Squire Patton Boggs Foundation; and Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

  • Margaret McCabe, Dean, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Dr. Michael Lomax, President, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • Kevin Thurm, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Foundation
  • Kim Tignor, Co-Founder, #SheWillRise; Executive Director, Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice; and former Policy Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Fireside Chat – Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Chairman, Encore.org; and distinguished scholar-in-residence, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology

Presentation – “A Non-Profit Good Governance for Greatness” by Colin Jennings, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Panel Two – Moderator: John Oberdorfer, President and Vice Chairman, Squire Patton Boggs Foundation

Closing Remarks – Alethia Nancoo, Partner and Co-Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

  • Alethia, a newly minted member of the Squire Patton Boggs Global Board, will share the firm’s Standing Up for Our Values Initiative

Activities for day one will conclude at 1 p.m. EST. Day two activities are to begin at 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Day Two: Saturday, April 3, 2021

Panel One – Young Voices: Their Protest, Power and Search for Purpose

Moderators: Bridgette J. Slater, JD and MBA Candidate, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School; and Sudheer R. Poluru, JD and MBA Candidate, Harvard Law School and University of Chicago Booth Business School

Fireside Chat – The Honorable Dennis Archer, Past President, American Bar Association; former Mayor, City of Detroit; former Associate Justice, Michigan Supreme Court; and Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright

Panel Two – Promise, Purpose and Prospects of the Delta Region

Opening Remarks – The Honorable Michael Espy, Chairman, Hope Enterprise Corporation

  • Mike is also a former US Congressman; former US Secretary of Agriculture; and a recent Democratic US Senate nominee

Moderator: James Honan, Educational Co-Chair, Institute for Educational Management (IEM); and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard University

For any questions about the symposium, please contact Keri Li.

We offer special thanks to John Oberdorfer, former Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, for his support of this program.

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