Hundreds of philanthropic leaders from the Southeast and beyond met last week in Montgomery, Alabama, for three days dedicated to supporting the region's communities and supporting one another -- moving forward together as part of a connected, collaborative movement to build an equitable and prosperous South.
From the start of the Annual Meeting, attendees were inspired to think big. Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut and the first woman of color in space, explored the limitless thinking and ambition that will be necessary to acheive our highest aspirations. Later, a panel of Philanthropy Southeast members shared stories of both the bold moves they've made, but also the challenges and obstacles they've encountered along the way. Nikole Hannah-Jones captivated the audience while discussing her work on The 1619 Project and how philanthropy can truly work to unravel centuries of racial inequity. Dr. Matthew Desmond used powerful data to tell an even more powerful story of how multiple forces conspire in America to keep people from leaving poverty. On the meeting's closing day, Anthony Ray Hinton shared the story of his survival for decades on Alabama's death row and how, despite great difficulty, he eventually won his freedom.
In between these moments on the main stage, attendees had dozens of opportunities to learn more about specific topics making an impact on philanthropy work today -- the wide-ranging agenda included sessions on succession planning, trustee leadership, affordable housing, public policy, storytelling and many more. Members also had an unprecedented opportunity to draw learning and inspiration from nearby sites in Montgomery like The Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Rosa Parks Museum.
These experiences combined to leave the Annual Meeting audience with new information, new connections and new motivation to take risks, make leaps and transform lives.
Session Videos & Materials: Materials from this year's Annual Meeting are available on our Program Archive (login required). Videos will be available soon! (Please note, not all sessions were recorded.)