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50th Anniversary Conference - Proposals Submitted, Volunteer Moderators needed, Key Note Speaker update

Submitted by Jane Leonard

And the submissions are in from around the world!

We’re happy to report we have over 100 Call for Proposal submissions in from 14 countries for the 2019 CDS Annual International Conference and 50th Anniversary celebration!

Countries represented are Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the USA). Submissions from the USA are from across the country, coast-to-coast – so a nice mix! 

Thanks everyone for getting the word out! Non-USA based presenters will be notified by Feb. 1, 2019; USA-based presenters notified by March 1, 2019

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Conference!

Make history! Be a 50th anniversary CDS volunteer! 

Serve as a moderator for one (or more) of the many concurrent break-out sessions we will have over the course of the July conference. Moderators get everyone started on time, welcome attendees and introduce presenters in the break-out room, and get everyone out the door on time. Contact Jane Leonard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping out!


Keynote Speaker Spotlight:

Tawanna Black, Founder & CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, will join us in Missouri as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

She is a nationally recognized thought leader well known for influencing, inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities.

Ms. Black has led the Northside Funders Group since 2013, a place-based, collective impact organization of 20 corporate, community and private foundations, and public-sector investors committed to aligning investments and strategies to catalyze racial and economic equity in North Minneapolis.

In 2018 she launched the Center for Economic Inclusion, an unprecedented cross-sector social enterprise committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.

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