#CEP2019 Recap: Day 1

Sarah Martin

And in the blink of an eye, Day 1 of the CEP 2019 Conference in Minneapolis has come to a close. Highlights included a highly interactive and engaging opening plenary with political philosopher Michael Sandel, a special Twin Cities’ welcome from local public radio producer Molly Bloom, reflective and spirited opening remarks from Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant, and much more.

Speakers and attendees alike shared thoughts and insights on Day 1’s happenings in the Twittersphere using the hashtag #CEP2019. Here are some of today’s highlights:

After CEP’s Vice President of Programming and External Relations Grace Nicolette kicked off the conference, Molly Bloom, host of the award-winning children’s podcast, Brains On!, shared a few key lessons from her work with kids, and how a learning mindset can foster better leaders and partners —

Following Bloom’s words were stirring remarks from CEP Board Chair and President of the Heinz Endowments, Grant Oliphant. Oliphant asked attendees to face the tough questions confronting philanthropy in the current moment, and emboldened philanthropic leaders to rise to the occasion and use their voices on behalf of justice and the future of the planet.

Next was the opening plenary from political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel. Sandel led an interactive plenary, facilitating open debate among audience members about the role of values and morality in a world increasingly dominated by money and market economy. He asks, “What is the moral dilemma of buying and selling certain goods? Are there some things money shouldn’t be able to buy?” A thought-provoking debate on the floor ensued.

Day 1 concluded with a “Clips and Conversations” event, in partnership with Media Impact Funders, featuring the award-winning documentary, Time For Ilhan. The film tells the story of Representative Ilhan Omar’s underdog candidacy for the Minnesota State House of Representatives, prior to becoming the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress. Leading us in conversation was Norah Shapiro, the film’s director, Vince Stehle, executive director of Media Impact Funders, and Shawn Escoffery, executive director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation. The panel led a discussion that covered funding and maximizing new voices through film, taking chances to drive change, and why philanthropy should help amplify the voices of marginalized communities and support narrative change. For those who would like to watch Time for Ilhan in its entirety, it’s available to stream on Amazon.

That’s a wrap on Day 1! Remember to follow along tomorrow and Thursday through the hashtag #CEP2019 to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Several plenary sessions will also be livestreamed as well. You can see the livestream schedule here.

Sarah Martin is writer, development and communications, at CEP.

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