Northern California’s Nonprofit Conference of the Year

February 4, 2020

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Join California nonprofits, world renown speakers, philanthropists, and passionate advocates for a full day of inspiration and discovery.  What IF is all about exploring what’s possible and being with people who care as much as you do. Impact Foundry, Northern California’s nonprofit resource center, is pleased to bring you our 4th annual What IF Conference. Learn more about Impact Foundry.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

McClellan Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652

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Theme:  Inclusion & Equity

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Ross, Vice President of Opportunity, Inclusion & Equity at the Central Indiana Community Foundation

What IF 2020 is all about cultural responsiveness. The conference will challenge participants to engage in courageous conversations regarding the systemic impacts of racism and the perpetuation of inequities affecting marginalized, vulnerable, and historically disenfranchised communities. We will lift up the voices of leaders of color and allies in our social sector who have leveraged their influence to bring awareness to the need for full comprehensive systems change. We believe we all have a responsibility to work collectively to dismantle systems built on foundations of bias, racism in order to create inclusive systems that work for everyone.

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Keynote Speaker:

Pamela Ross

Our keynote speaker is Pamela Ross, Vice President of Opportunity, Equity & Inclusion at Central Indiana Community Foundation. She is responsible for leading CICF’s organizational initiatives that support increased equity, inclusive economic growth and racial awareness in Central Indiana.

Pamela has her MSW from the University of Georgia with concentrations in community development and program evaluation. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the social services field, managing multiple programs dedicated to improving the plight of children and families. Pamela serves on the board for Kennedy King Memorial Initiative and is active in various efforts focused on disparities in multiple sectors.

She is a 2019 Tobias Fellow and vice chair for Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy, an affiliate of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. She is a well-known presenter and collaborator on efforts delving into issues of race, equity and inclusiveness.

A native of Indianapolis, Pamela has lived in Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston and Iowa. She has also traveled to multiple countries in Africa, including an internship in Tunisia for the African Development Bank. Pamela has a great passion for making a difference in the lives of people often left behind. Above many things, she values her family and living a purposeful life.

“Today’s climate requires bold and courageous leaders. Leaders that not only care and have compassion but are also willing to lose some things in the fight of justice for all. We can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines becoming more intellectual about the issues or be proud because we are the greatest cheerleaders. We all have to fight to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their greatest dreams.”

- Pamela Ross


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