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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Thursday, April 20 • 8:15am - 9:15am
Plenary - Growing the Movement - Funders Panel
Funders will share current trends, funding priorities and challenges that impact the work of connecting children to nature. The intention of this session is to provide the funder's perspective in an informative way.

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Angie Chen

Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum
Angie Chen is director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Prior to this role, she was an advisor to the Pisces Foundation. Angie previously managed a crosscutting environmental literacy program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and oversaw grantmaking to connect California's youth... Read More →

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Kim Moore Bailey

Executive Director, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop the critical connections required to engage underrepresented youth to nature and to encourage the capacity building of the organizations supported. Prior to joining Youth Outside, Kim served as Vice President for Outward Bound Inc., Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, and was a Regional Manager for the Chicago Parks District. In these roles, she led programs to engage urban youth in the outdoors in new ways... Read More →
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Meriko Kubota

Meriko Kubota is the Director of Sponsorships and Community Investment at MEC, Mountain Equipment Co-op.  She oversees national sponsorships and new store opening activations, community investment programs including granting, partnerships and the Outdoor Nation program which inspires 18-35 years to be more active outdoors... Read More →
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Jason Morris

Senior Program Officer, Pisces Foundation
Jason is a Senior Program Officer at the Pisces Foundation, focusing on Environmental Education. In this role, Jason leads the Foundation’s grantmaking in environmental education and implements strategies to shape environmental education initiatives nationally. Jason was most recently Interim President and CEO at NatureBridge, which provides hands-on environmental education programs for children and teens. In that role, and previously as Executive Vice President of the organization, Jason oversaw all aspects of... Read More →
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Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her... Read More →
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Karen Shelstad

Program Director, The Lawson Foundation
Karen leads program development for four of the Lawson Foundation’s funding programs and was instrumental in developing a strategic approach to its grant making. Karen also provides leadership for the Foundation’s nascent Impact Investing program. She has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector working with foundations and national arts organizations. Prior to joining the Lawson Foundation, she held senior management positions at the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As Associate Director at the London Community Foundation, Karen contributed to its growth and community impact by developing and managing strategic granting programs, financial systems and an investment management program for local charities. In addition to a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Toronto, Karen completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Western Ontario and post-graduate studies at the internationally renowned Hochschule... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

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