2015 CEP Conference: Thursday Recap

And just like that, the 2015 CEP Conference has come and gone! As we did with Wednesday, here’s a recap via Twitter of highlights from all of Thursday’s talks and sessions.

The morning started early, but it didn’t take long for the room to perk up thanks to a thought-provoking and engaging nine-member panel (“New Models of Philanthropy”) that discussed topics ranging from fossil fuel divestment to openness and collaboration. Moderated by CEP’s Phil Buchanan, the panel included: Jacquelline Fuller (Google.org), Stephen Heintz (Rockefeller Brothers Fund), Larry Kramer (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Carol Larson (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation), Clara Miller (The F.B. Heron Foundation), Cari Tuna (Good Ventures), Jane Wales (Global Philanthropy Forum), and Sylvia Yee (The Haas Jr. Fund).


Following the morning plenary, attendees dispersed throughout the Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel to attend one of seven breakout sessions. Sessions were lively and gave attendees the chance to delve more deeply into topics in smaller discussions.

Henry Timms, 92Y executive director and founder of the #GivingTuesday movement, then took to the Grand Ballroom stage to discuss the concept of new power and the importance it holds for building movements and creating positive change.


And following a quick lunch, NPR’s Shankar Vedantam closed out the conference with a fascinating talk about the effect hidden biases in our brains have on our decision making and generosity.

It’s hard to believe #CEP2015 is in the books. It’s been a fantastic and productive three days of connecting, sharing, and learning. Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for filling this conference with insightful and thought-provoking ideas and discussions. Stay tuned for follow-up blog posts and reflections, and for videos of speakers so you can experience your favorite talks again.

From all of us at CEP: Thank you!

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