2015 Leaders Partnering for Success Highlights
2015 Leaders Partnering for Success
San Diego, CA October 28-30
The 2015 Leaders Partnering for Success - Social Innovation: Raising the Bar brought together leaders from diverse sectors to discuss and focus on efforts surrounding community collaboration and social innovation.
The strong representation of partners included:
- Elected and top-appointed officials from cities and counties;
- Representatives from the White House and the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS);
- Executives from United Way, AARP Foundation and the Kettering Foundation;
- City public school leaders and executives from the most forward-thinking and doing education associations;
- A public health nurse, a public health doctor, a representative from a sheriff's office and a recreation director; and
- ULC library leaders along with trustee and foundation executives.
ULC President and CEO, Susan Benton set the tone and started the conference conversation by stating, “Thank you for joining us to take part in an extremely urgent and timely conversation about race, equity and education. We are in an emergency situation in our country. Social innovation and racial equity are not issues we think of everyday, but we need to start. It is imperative that we create and continue our work with these issues and make their solutions a priority in our communities. And, we must enforce education collaboration. When it comes to education, public schools can't do it on their own, but public schools and public libraries and the mayor/city/county administrators working together can make progress. We've got to make the progress! You are all here to pick up the baton and move it forward. Listen to the speakers and to one another - listen for things that may shake us up and listen for things that will spark change. We need to make changes.”
Following the ULC President and CEO, conference speakers included:
- José A. Aponte, Director, San Diego County Library
- Elizabeth Bailey, Co-Founder and Principal, 2B Communications, Inc.
- Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director, READ! by 4th
- Shaun Briley, La Jolla/Riford Branch Manager, San Diego Public Library
- Dr. Marvin D. Carr, Policy Advisor for STEM Education, Innovation and Diversity,
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools
- Melinda Cervantes, Executive Director, Pima County Public Library
- Karl Dean, Former Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
- Jane Eastwood, Director, Saint Paul Public Library
- Karen (Kari) E. Glover, ULC Executive Board Immediate Past Chair
- Misty Jones, Library Director, San Diego Public Library
- Emily Kirkpatrick, Vice President, National Center for Families Learning
- Rhea Brown Lawson, Executive Director, Houston Public Library
- Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation
- Gina Millsap, CEO, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- Simran Noor, Director of Policy & Strategy, Center for Social Inclusion
- Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library
- Sarah Pitcock, Chief Executive Officer, National Summer Learning Association
- Matthew K. Poland, CEO of Hartford Public Library and ULC Executive Board Chair
- Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
- Stacey Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide
- Lester Strong, Vice President & CEO, AARP Foundation Experience Corps
- Rashad Young, City Administrator for Washington, D.C. and ULC Executive Board Member
- Dr. Nick Yphantides, Chief Medical Officer, County of San Diego County
Participants from the 2015 Leaders Partnering for Success conference generated some great social media buzz as speakers and attendees engaged in important discussions on the role that public library partnerships can play in addressing issues of racial/social equity and education. Check out some of the top tweets shared!
Proud of my profession: #ULCPartners kicks off with discussion of structural racism, health disparities, food justice, and social inclusion.— John Szabo (@BiblioSzabo) October 29, 2015
Great conversations at Urban Libraries Council conference in San Diego— Susan Hildreth (@SusanHHildreth) October 29, 2015
Inspiration @ ULC's Partnering for Success: Libraries leading hand-in-hand w/communities in San Diego, DC, Houston, Portland, Norman.— Kit Matthew (@IMLSDirector) October 29, 2015
"Libraries are full of can do people." - Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville, TN @ ULC Leadership Partners Conference— Gina Millsap (@GinaMillsap) October 29, 2015
And before concluding the conference, attendees were asked about their ‘take aways’ and ‘ah ha’ moments.
Libraries can be aggressive advocates for the most vulnerable.
Working towards racial equity is a process and an outcome.
Libraries are THE conveners of conversation around difficult issues.
Stay engaged with ULC!
Conversations and programs about race and social innovation will continue in 2016.