2016 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM (CDT)
A strong backbone team - staff dedicated to guiding a cross-sector group of stakeholders toward a common goal - is a critical component of collective impact. Come join the Collective Impact Forum and the Tamarack Institute on Oct. 18-20, 2016 for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone teams from collective impact initiatives.
This training is similar in theme and content to the last three years of successful Champions for Change learning events, including the April 2016 workshop held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Marriott Plaza San Antonio is the event headquarters hotel. Our discounted group block is sold out. The hotel still has rooms available at their current rates. Upon registering for the event, you will receive hotel booking information.
About Champions For Change 2016
The Champions for Change workshop, now in its fourth year, provides professional development to backbone leaders; encourages peer learning among backbone teams; and shares new insights on the work of backbones from the field.
Topics to be explored include:
- Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone
- Incorporating an equity lens in your collective impact work
- Fostering community collaboration and co-ownership in your initiative
- Building collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
- Developing and learning from shared measurement
- Evaluating collective impact
- Sustaining collective impact initiatives over the long term
Join us in San Antonio this October 18-20, 2016 for our longest-running and most popular training—Champions for Change!
“Excellent conference - provided much needed content and dialogue on the role and structure of the backbone organization.” - Champions 2015 Attendee
Note that this workshop is designed for staff playing the backbone function and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).
Champions for Change Speakers
Confirmed speakers for Champions for Change 2016 include:
- Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Director of Collective Impact, Living Cities
- Sheri Brady, Senior Associate, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
- Efrain Gutierrez, Associate Director, FSG
- Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director, FSG
- Ericka Hines, Principal, Every Level Leadership
- Jennifer Splansky Juster, Director, Collective Impact Forum
- John Kania, Managing Director, FSG
- Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink
- Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
- Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute
Thank you to our Sponsors
The Collective Impact Forum is grateful to the Greater Texas Foundation and Humana for their support of the 2016 Champions for Change workshop.
Meals during Champions: These meals will be provided during the workshop:
- Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Start time is 1:00pm CT. Includes Dinner.
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Includes Breakfast and Lunch.
- Thursday, October 20, 2016: Includes Breakfast.
Refund Policy - Please note
Full refunds will be offered until Friday, August 26, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, September 16. Refunds cannot be made after September 16, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, October 1.
Scholarship Applications Now Closed – Applications due July 31, 2016
A limited number of scholarships for a 50% discount are available for this workshop. The due date for scholarship applications was July 31, 2016, and decisions will be made by August 15, 2016.
Scholarship priorities are to help subsidize registration for those whose organizational budgets are less than $500,000, or who are from an underrepresented group within nonprofit leadership. People of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and people who identify on the LGBTQIA spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) are encouraged to apply.