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Welcome to WDN Connect 2013! We are honored to welcome you to the annual gathering of the Women Donors Network – our yearly opportunity to connect in person as a community to learn and strategize together towards our common goal of creating a more fair and just world. It is a unique event, one that gives us a chance to spend several days with a powerful group of women who are committed to social change. Each time we gather, we draw upon the opportunities and challenges of the moment. In 2013, we are exploring the pressing issues of climate change, the role of women’s leadership in creating the change we want to see, and the power of movement-building work that crosses a variety of disciplines. In addition to the deep learning and access to some of our nation’s brightest thinkers and leaders, WDN Connect is also first and foremost about community. We encourage you to take time to reach out and connect with other attendees to discover common interests and ways of supporting one another both personally and professionally. We hope you will leave feeling energized, inspired, and ready to continue charging forward with the amazing work you are doing in the world! To that end, please remember to take time off when you need it! We all enjoy, learn, and spend time in community at our own individual paces. We are thrilled to welcome you to San Antonio, and look forward to pursuing our collective goal of creating a democracy and a society that works for all. Donna Hall, President & CEO Erin Rossitto, Chair of the Board of Directors


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Table of Contents Theme / Goals Community Agreements Pre-Conference Seminar Schedule Pre-Conference Presenter Biographies Conference Schedule Conference Presenter Biographies Acknowledgements Hotel Details Hotel Floor Plan Notes Schedule At-A-Glance

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Our Mission and Values Women Donors Network is a community with a purpose — we provide opportunities for personal transformation and leadership that are directly connected to making change in the world. WDN helps donors become movement-builders, igniting change through a powerful formula that combines committed women donors, opportunities to connect personally, programs that engage and enrich, and nimble strategic grantmaking.

As a community, WDN recognizes the systemic nature of many of the challenges we face as a society. As such, we are committed to using an intersectional lens – including race, class, gender and sexual orientation – in all of our work, from the issues we work on to the leaders we highlight to our own organizational policies and practices. We envision a caring and balanced global society that is built upon the principles of democracy, generosity, diversity, trust, mutual respect, and the health and wellness of communities and the environment.

WDN CONNECT 2013: MOVEMENT AT A CROSSROADS This year, we gather in San Antonio to explore how to build diverse, connected, and robust social movements to address our most pressing systemic problems — from climate change to economic injustice — over the long term, and in the face of rapidly changing demographics. We will hear from renowned experts and activists who will break down the nuts and bolts of movement building, offer concrete examples from the progressive landscape, and highlight ways in which we, as women donors, can help build lasting movements for change. We will also explore the unique role of women’s leadership in building a more fair and just world.

OUR GOALS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES WILL: Engage in systems thinking by understanding the landscape of social change movements and their interconnections; Understand the elements of “what makes a movement” and explore opportunities for impact and collective action; Have time to engage, connect, learn, and reflect together.


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COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS As members of the Women Donors Network, each time we gather and work together, we commit to practicing the following: 1. We embrace the diversity of our community and stay open to new ideas, processes, and viewpoints. We see disagreements as an opportunity for learning, growth, and acceptance of differences.

2. We strive to create a supportive and trusting community, which includes members, staff, and any invited guests. That means treating all with respect, keeping private information confidential, and not soliciting for outside projects at events.

3. We communicate clearly and listen attentively, including using “I statements” in communicating our perspectives and staying present when someone is speaking.

4. We promote a “both/and” approach in place of “either/or,” “right/wrong” or “good/bad.”

5. We recognize there may be a difference between our intentions (what we mean to say) and our impact (how it is received). We acknowledge and understand when our impact may be harmful or negative and seek to find resolution.

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PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR NO TIME TO LOSE: CATALYZING THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT Now is the time for an all-hands-on-deck, solutions-based strategy for the climate movement. In this pre-conference seminar, you will hear from dynamic leaders at the forefront of this evolving movement, including special guest Naomi Klein, and strategize about what we as women donors can do to help catalyze the dramatic change that is needed to transition from a fossil-fuel economy to a clean-energy economy, while building resilient communities in the process.

GOALS Education: Gain an overview of climate justice issues, and better understand the disproportionate effect of climate change on women and communities of color. Motivation: Be inspired about the ways that we as donors can get involved in supporting solutionsoriented strategies using an intersectional approach. Action: Engage in collective and individual action planning with WDN’s Earth Circle and cutting-edge leaders of the climate movement.

Thursday, November 7 8:30 am - 9:00 am



9:00 am - 9:30 am VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

9:30 am - 10:30 am VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

10:30 am - 10:40 am


WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS WDN President and CEO Donna Hall, Senior Director of Programs Rebecca Flournoy, and Co-Chairs of the Earth Circle Lynn Israel and Trish Weber will introduce our pre-conference program. CHANGE THE CULTURE, NOT THE LIGHTBULBS with Naomi Klein We have passed the point in the climate crisis when incremental changes will get us where we need to go. The emission cuts required are now so steep that they demand more radical action. That action involves not just keeping fossil fuels in the ground but a shift in worldview away from the logic of endless extraction and domination, towards an economics of reciprocity and greater equality. This talk will look at the revolutionary power of climate change, showing how it carries the potential to weave together atomized movements for social change into a single transformative narrative. BREAK

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10:40 am - 12:00 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE with Mariel Nanasi, Tzeporah Berman, Lonna Dawson, and Wahleah Johns Our panel of experts will highlight key movement building strategies for the climate movement, including policy change and advocacy, communications and messaging, and grassroots organizing and leadership development. LUNCH AND STORY SHARING with Susana Almanza of PODER Almanza will share the success story of the communities who worked to stop a major oil company project in East Austin, highlighting the power of organizing across race, class, and geographies.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

THE HOPE GAP: MOVING PUBLIC OPINION ON CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS Most Americans accept that climate change is a real threat demanding action, yet even the most climate concerned have very little hope that we have the will to address it. Join climate and environmental communications expert Cara Pike for a discussion on how to create stories of hope to shift public opinion on climate and energy issues.


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL


2:45 pm - 3:00 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm VERAMENDI, 4TH FL

INTRODUCTION OF SMALL-GROUP ACTIVITY Transition into small groups for discussion. DEEPER DIVE: SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS Facilitated by our morning panelists, these small-group discussions will focus on ways to effectively support an inclusive climate change movement, looking at the key leverage points of policy change and advocacy, communications and messaging, and grassroots organizing and leadership development. BREAK AND RECONVENE Come back to the large group to discuss plans for action. CREATE PLANS FOR ACTION Consider the emerging themes and action items from our small-group discussions and vote on the top three ideas to help frame potential WDN collective action work on climate justice in 2014. WRAP UP AND NEXT STEPS Earth Circle Co-Chair Trish Weber and WDN’s Senior Director of Programs Rebecca Flournoy will close our pre-conference seminar with an eye toward our future activities.

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PRE-CONFERENCE PRESENTERS SUSANA ALMANZA Susana Almanza is a founding member and Director of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), a grassroots environmental, economic and social justice organization in East Austin. Susana has overcome poverty, prejudice, and segregated schools to face down some of the world’s most powerful transnational corporations. Susana is a longtime community organizer, and educator, mother, and grandmother. She participated in the civil rights movement as a Brown Beret taking up issues of police brutality, quality education and equity in school systems, and health care as a right not a privilege. Susana has served on local and national boards and commissions. She has received numerous awards and received fellowships from Petra Foundation and the Bannerman Fellowship Program in recognition of her work. She continues her struggle for human rights demanding environmental justice and a better quality of life for people of color, for all humanity, and for future generations. TZEPORAH BERMAN Tzeporah Berman has been designing and winning environmental campaigns in Canada and internationally for 20 years. She currently works as a strategic advisor for dozens of environmental organizations, First Nations and philanthropic advisors on clean energy, oilsands and pipelines. She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program, Executive Director and Cofounder of PowerUp Canada and Co-founder and Campaign Director of ForestEthics. Tzeporah was appointed by the Premier of British Columbia to the Green Energy Task Force in 2009 to design recommendations for the development of renewable energy in the region. Tzeporah was one of the experts in Leonardo Di Caprio’s environmental documentary 11th Hour, was one of six Canadian nominees for the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has been profiled as one of 50 Visionaries Changing the World in Utne Reader and as “Canada’s Queen of Green” in the cover story for Readers Digest. She was honored by inclusion into the BC Royal Museum permanent exhibit of one of 150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia. This year Tzeporah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia. Her first book, This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge, was recently published by Knopf Canada. LONNA DAWSON Lonna Dawson is Media & Public Relations Manager for the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). ACE is a national organization that educates, inspires, and activates young people to break through the challenge of climate change. Lonna is passionate about removing climate change from the confines of environmental discourse and empowering young people to see how the clean future they will create needs their input, talent and energy across all sectors. To this end, she has led young people in igniting their creativity to organize events from solar powered concerts to countywide recycling programs. She currently manages a national media program and works with students and alumni around the country to amplify their voices on climate change in the media. Lonna holds a B.S. in Communications Management and Design from Ithaca College. WAHLEAH JOHNS Wahleah Johns is a member of the Navajo (Dine) tribe and the community of Forest Lake, which is one of several communities atop Black Mesa, Arizona. Wahleah’s work with the Black Mesa Water Coalition and Navajo Green Economy Coalition has led to groundbreaking legislative victories for groundwater protection, green jobs and environmental justice. As vice chair of the Navajo Green Economy Commission, Wahleah has been helping to develop green economic opportunities in clean energy and traditional economic practices on the Navajo reservation. Wahleah currently lives Oakland, CA with her husband Billy Parish and their two daughters Tohaana and Alowaan. 8

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PRE-CONFERENCE PRESENTERS NAOMI KLEIN Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (2000). She writes a regular column for The Nation magazine and the Guardian newspaper and is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine. In 2004, she wrote and co-produced, with director Avi Lewis, The Take, an award-winning feature documentary about Argentina’s cooperatively run, occupied factories. She is at work on a new book and film about the (r)evolutionary power of climate change.

MARIEL NANASI Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy. A civil rights and criminal defense attorney, she is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts. Legal cases she has won and settled have been featured in the major media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and on many television stations, including a documentary, “End of the Nightstick,” on PBS. When Mariel realized the urgency of climate change, she came to work for New Energy Economy as the senior policy advisor. Two years later, she was asked to serve as executive director. A zealous organizer, Mariel’s can-do spirit is infectious. As comfortable with complex policy and legal challenges as on-the-ground organizing, she easily connects with the public, including young Hispanic artists, firefighters on the front lines, acequia caretakers, grassroots Native leaders, funders, and legislators. Mariel lectures on climate change and environmental justice at conferences and college classrooms and her essay, A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again, can be read at Mariel is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is a rhythmic skier, loves to cook, and welcomes friends to her home for lively discussions.

CARA PIKE Cara Pike is the founder and director of The Resource Innovation Group’s Social Capital Project and Climate Access, a network for those engaging the public in the transformation to low-carbon resilient communities. Her work includes creation of the Ecological Roadmap, a values-based approach to building support for environmental protection; Climate Communications Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners, and other widely used publications and toolkits. Cara regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations including the Obama Administration, the state of Oregon, British Columbia’s Ministry of the Environment, the city of Seattle, World Wildlife Fund, National Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, Tides Canada and others. She is currently serving on the engagement and communication working group of the federal National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee. Cara serves on the boards of Resource Media and the Hollyhock Educational Foundation. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Communications from California State University-Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Communications and Environmental Science from McGill University.

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Thursday, November 7 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm




CHECK IN AND RECEPTION FOR ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES Come and mingle with the WDN community to the music of an all-women mariachi band from San Antonio.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EL CAPISTRANO, 1ST FL


8:15 pm - 9:30 pm IBERIAN, 5TH FL

CONFERENCE KICK-OFF, IN SOUTHWEST STYLE President and CEO Donna Hall and the Board of Directors will open the evening program with a warm welcome. Enjoy a lively performance by local folklórico dancers, and meet WDN’s Texas members.

Friday, November 8 7:00 am – 7:45 am



7:00 am - 9:00 am




OPTIONAL CIRCLE MEETINGS Values Based Investing Circle and Earth Circle Women Building a Just Peace Circle

9:15 am - 9:45 am


8:00 am - 9:00 am ESPADA, 3RD FL


9:45 am - 10:45 am IBERIAN, 5TH FL

WHAT MAKES A MOVEMENT? Dr. Manuel Pastor will break down what it takes to build a lasting movement for change, pulling in concrete examples from past successes and current bright spots.

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

INSIDE THE ACTIVIST STUDIO with Anjali Appadurai and Ericka Huggins As part of our exploration of movement-building, we will break into workshops to highlight the stories of inspiring leaders who have spent their careers at the intersections of several different social change movements, including LGBTQ, women, criminal justice, civil rights, immigration, environment, and others. Two concurrent workshops are offered on Friday, and two on Saturday.

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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm RIVER WALK ROOM

ANJALI APPADURAI: TRANSLATING POLICY INTO ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE An emerging activist and spokesperson for economic and climate justice, Appadurai brings an inspiring global vision for a radical political response to climate change, underpinned by values of social and environmental justice. ERICKA HUGGINS: CARRYING FORWARD LESSONS OF PEACE AND JUSTICE FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT As the longest running leader of the Black Panther Party, Huggins began her political activism when she participated in the March on Washington in 1963. She will share her extraordinary life experiences and how they shape her work today in the field of education, spiritual practice, and restorative justice. NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBER LUNCH FREE TIME




2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm IBERIAN, 5TH FL

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm MEET IN HOTEL LOBBY

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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ESPADA, 3RD FL

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WDN COLLECTIVE ACTION: CHANGING THE FACE OF OUR DEMOCRACY with Ashindi Maxton and Pilar Weiss What if our country’s leadership reflected the people it served? Women, who make up half the population, are only 20% (or less) of any elected body in the U.S. People of color are also woefully underrepresented. We aim to change that. Based on more than two years of research about how to reignite women, including our experience with Women United For, we will share an exciting initiative that WDN is poised to embark upon. This initiative is focused on a new vision of how to create a more reflective democracy over the next 10 years. WORKSHOP ON WHEELS During this interactive bus tour, explore how communities of color and lowincome communities are working at the crossroads of immigrant rights, criminal justice, economic justice, and challenging militarism to build power for lasting social change. You will also learn the “people’s history” of San Antonio and Texas. Organized in partnership with the Southwest Workers Union. ART AND ACTIVISM: MOVIES FOR CHANGE In keeping with WDN tradition, we will gather to sample some of the most cutting-edge documentary films in community together. This matinée movie showing is offered at the same time as the bus tour above, as an alternative activity for those who wish to stay in the hotel.

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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ACENAR RESTAURANT

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm MEMBER ROOMS

DINNER ON THE RIVER WALK Enjoy dinner out at Acenar, an innovative contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar on San Antonio’s River Walk that features dishes inspired by the history and heritage of Mexico and Texas. WDN “HANGOUTS”: INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUES Back by popular demand, we will be organizing optional, small-group gatherings after dinner where conference participants can have more personal conversations on topics ranging from kids and money, to collaborative funding, to our own members’ experiences with the successes and challenges of their movementbuilding work.

Saturday, November 9 7:00 am – 7:45 am



7:00 am - 8:45 am



9:00 am - 10:20 am IBERIAN, 5TH FL

MOVEMENT AT A CROSSROADS Celebrated LGBTQ rights activist, author, and funder Urvashi Vaid will provide her keen insights on the changing progressive landscape and the opportunities for a movement at a crossroads. Using the LGBTQ movement as a case study, Vaid will highlight the critical importance of coalition building and how to work across movements for a progressive agenda.

10:20 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:45 am

INSIDE THE ACTIVIST STUDIO with Ilyse Hogue and Gaby Pacheco As part of our exploration of movement-building, we will break into workshops to highlight the stories of inspiring leaders who have spent their careers at the intersections of several different social change movements, including LGBTQ, women, criminal justice, civil rights, immigration, environment, and others. Two concurrent workshops are offered on Friday, and two on Saturday.


ILYSE HOGUE: USING NEW MEDIA INNOVATIONS TO CONNECT THE ISSUES OF OUR TIME As the new president of NARAL and former Director of Political Advocacy and Communications at, Hogue will share her insights and vision for how progressives can break out of silos and unite for a common purpose.

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GABY PACHECO: FIGHTING FOR A NEW AMERICAN DREAM As an immigrant rights activist since her teenage years, Pacheco was one of four undocumented students who walked from Miami, Florida to the steps of the nation’s capitol in a powerful act to raise awareness about our country’s broken immigration system.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

LUNCH ON THE TOWN Take a break from the hotel and enjoy lunch out on the town. A list of recommended restaurants is provided in your conference folders.

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm



1:30 pm - 2:45 pm IBERIAN, 5TH FL

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT TEXAS with Matt Angle, Grace Garcia, Ginny Goldman, and Cristina Tzintzún The Lone Star State is a hotbed of progressive activism right now. Hear from some of the most impressive local leaders and organizers who are working hard to turn this big state from a conservative bastion to a progressive pioneer.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

MAPPING OUR NETWORK, MAPPING OUR POWER with Carla Ohringer Engle, Co-Founder of Democracy Partners As Alice Walker famously said, the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. In this interactive session, we will participate in an innovative, real-time survey to help map the true power of the WDN community – our dollars, our connections, and our relationships.


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


OPTIONAL CIRCLE MEETINGS Reproductive Rights Circle Immigration Circle Haiti Circle

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm




8:00 pm - 11:00 pm MADERO, 5TH FL


WDN COMEDY NIGHT AND PARTY Political humorist and entertainer Kate Clinton will kick off our Saturday evening party with a special performance. We’ll end the evening with music, drinks, and dancing!

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Sunday, November 10 7:00 am – 7:45 am



7:00 am - 9:00 am




OPTIONAL CIRCLE MEETINGS Progressive/Political Infrastructure Circle Criminal (In)Justice Circle Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle

9:00 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am – 11:00 am IBERIAN, 5TH FL

GENERAL ASSEMBLY We will gather as a network to hear about the impact of our collective action and focus on our collective vision for the future of WDN.

11:00 am - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 12:15 pm

CAPSTONE SPEAKER: TEXAS STATE SENATOR WENDY DAVIS We all watched in awe as she staged a brave, 13-hour filibuster (the oldfashioned kind!) to stand up for women’s rights and health. Hear from Senator Davis as she shares the story of her journey into leadership and her vision for the future.

8:00 am - 9:00 am ESPADA, 3RD FL LOS HIDALGOS, 3RD FL


12:15 pm - 2:00 pm



12:30 pm - 2:00 pm LOS HIDALGOS, 3RD FL

CIRCLE LEADER MEETING Circle leaders pick up lunch to go in Veramendi then meet in Los Hidalgos.

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CONFERENCE PRESENTERS MATT ANGLE Matt Angle is one of the Democrats’ most aggressive and effective political strategists – with unique and unparalleled experience in Texas politics. With more than 30 years of work in government, electoral politics and policy, Matt served two successful terms as Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. A long-time Chief of Staff to former Texas Congressman Martin Frost, Matt also spent two terms as Chief of Staff to the US House Democratic Caucus. Matt is the Founder and Director of the highly respected Lone Star Project and is a nationally recognized authority on the all-important politics – and effects - of redistricting.

ANJALI APPADURAI Indo-Canadian, yet with a piece of her in the desert of the American southwest, Anjali Appadurai is a recent university graduate with a penchant for wrangling oppressive power relations. Her studies focused on an interdisciplinary mix of development economics and international environmental law with a decidedly feminist twist -- but her experience as an environmental and social justice activist has informed those studies with a real-world perspective. Anjali has worked mainly in the area of international climate politics, closely following developments in the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC). Within the UN space, she works with a group called Earth in Brackets to act as a policy translator and strategic communicator. She follows the policy closely while also diving into questions of ideology, media narratives and political messaging. With [Earth], Anjali works to question, challenge and galvanize policymakers, and to communicate a strong “climate justice” message. Justice, to Anjali and [Earth], involves consideration of environmental, social and economic factors, and must take into account the historical responsibility of the developed world.

KATE CLINTON Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning thirty years, Kate still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, scoundrel time, economic down times, and some personal bad patches. She is an award-winning activist, actor, and author, and that’s just the A’s. Kate is thrilled to participate in and perform at the 2013 Women Donors Network Conference.


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Texas state Senator Wendy Davis has been called “courageous” and “articulate and gutsy” by the Fort Worth Star Telegram. After serving on the Fort Worth City Council for nine years, she defied the odds and unseated a longtime incumbent to win election to the Texas Senate in 2008. Since that time, Senator Davis has worked across party lines to get things done. Her hometown newspaper called her a legislator who will “stand up and fight” – and that’s just what she’s done, on behalf of Texas children, families, and veterans. Wendy Davis has worked to secure needed services for veterans returning home after serving our country – helping to provide them with mental health counseling, transportation assistance, and family support programs. She wrote a bill requiring that all DNA evidence be tested in rape cases, addressing Texas’ backlog of tens of thousands of DNA samples collected from sexual assaults. Following her 2011 filibuster of a budget that cut education funding by $5.4 billion, Davis has continued to fight to restore funding and improve Texas schools. She also helped negotiate the first cost of living increase for retired teachers in more than a decade. Senator Davis has helped pass important accountability measures to ensure taxpayer dollars intended to help businesses are truly spent in the manner in which they were intended – to create jobs and boost economic development efforts across the state of Texas. She attended Tarrant County Community College and is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School. She lives in Fort Worth and is the mother of two daughters.


Carla Ohringer Engle co-founded the Democratic consulting firm Democracy Partners in 2011. Prior to becoming the treasurer and a partner in the new firm, she had served as president of Progressive Strategies since 2008. She is an expert in strategic political planning for nonprofits, labor unions, Democratic campaigns, PACs, and progressive donors. She specializes in coalition building, working to get new organizations and campaigns up and running, as well as communications, messaging, and fundraising strategy. Carla has worked in Democratic politics for almost two decades — from the Hill, to Congressional and Senate campaigns, to the Florida recount, to the 2010 campaign for health care reform — there is not a national political environment her background does not cover. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Health Care for America Now, an organization she and the Progressive Strategies team helped create, on the Advisory Board of the American Values Campaign, and on the board of the Action Network.


Grace Garcia is the Executive Director of Annie’s List – a statewide organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and electing Democratic women in Texas. She returned to Texas after working for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Chief of Protocol at the Department of State. In 2001, she founded Grace Garcia and Associates, an event management and public affairs firm, and has extensive experience in government, politics, and the corporate arenas, including Director of Special Projects for the advertising firm GSD&M. Grace’s career in government and politics has taken her from the Texas State Capitol to the White House where she held several senior positions including Deputy Director in the Office of Presidential Scheduling for President Clinton. She has been a senior advisor to numerous successful campaigns at the state and national level including several presidential campaigns.

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CONFERENCE PRESENTERS GINNY GOLDMAN In 2009, Ms. Goldman founded the Texas Organizing Project and Texas Organizing Project Education Fund as vehicles to draw on the strength of united communities to address critical problems facing low income communities of color in the state. TOP and the TOP Education Fund conduct strategic, yearround community organizing centered on issue based campaigns, and engages

tens of thousands of low-income, minority voters during election cycles. Under her leadership the Texas Organizing Project has grown to a staff of 35 working in four counties, with a base of over 20,000 members and supporters. TOP’s recent work has successfully blocked a $92 million tax rebate for oil giant Valero Energy, won an alternative disciplinary program to tackle the “School to Prison Pipelin” problems in Dallas Independent School District and secured an historic agreement with the Mayor of Houston to invest $60 million in low-income neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Ike. TOP and TOP Ed Fund have become the leading voter-turnout organization in the state demonstrating the effectiveness of large scale programs that are credited with successfully moving tens of thousands of low propensity voters to the polls and growing the Latino vote share in Harris County by 5%.

ILYSE HOGUE Ilyse Hogue has been the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013. She comes to NARAL with expertise in both electoral and advocacy campaigns, skills she honed as the director of political advocacy and communications at In her six years at MoveOn, Ilyse was responsible for designing member engagement strategies to make visible the depth of support across the country for the policy priorities of the organization. Using a mix of paid media, field and online efforts, she led the charge to translate that energy into tangible legislative victories. In 2012, Ilyse helped build and lead Friends of Democracy, a political initiative to reduce the influence of big money in elections. She is the co-founder of the Center for Story-Based Strategy, a national organization since 2005 that uses storytelling to amplify the impact of grassroots organizing, values-based communications, collaborations and advocacy campaigning. Ilyse’s experience is diverse, but her perspective has always recognized the critical influence of choice and women’s leadership in American equality. Ilyse is a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, and writes regular commentary on, The Nation, and other outlets, and, long before joining NARAL, much of her writing focused on the issues facing women. Ilyse serves on the board of several national organizations including National Domestic Worker’s Alliance and Story of Stuff. She’s a native Texan who has traveled all over the world working for human rights and justice. Ilyse holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.S. in resource ecology management from the University of Michigan, where she studied the impact of resource constraints in politics and culture.


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Ericka Huggins is a former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist, poet, and teacher. For 27 years Ericka has lectured throughout the United States on the restoration of human rights, whole child education, family reunification, restorative justice, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Ericka is currently a professor of Sociology in the Peralta Community College District, at Laney and Berkeley City Colleges, in Oakland, California. She also teaches relaxation and resiliency skills for educators and youth in elementary and secondary schools, as well as juvenile and adult prisons and jails.


Ashindi Maxton is an analyst, organizer, and coalition builder who has worked in education, civil rights, labor, and donor organizing. Most recently, Ashindi served as the Director of Political Partnerships for SEIU, working with the political team of the country’s largest labor union to build political strength in Rising American Electorate communities. Ashindi also spent three years as the Director of Research and Special Projects for the Democracy Alliance where she developed and managed several innovative donor collaboratives in the areas of Election Administration, Youth Engagement, New Media, and Corporate Accountability. Ashindi also completed a Senior Fellowship at the New Organizing Institute (NOI) where she focused on the intersection of organizing, technology, and politics. Ashindi also served as the National Policy Manager for the NAACP and spent a decade in the field of education as a teacher, principal, and fellow to the Education Sub-Committee of the U.S. Senate.


Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented American, is an immigrant rights leader from Miami, Florida and currently serves as the Director of the Bridge Project. She has been raising awareness of the complexities and issues regarding the immigration system since her teenage years. During college, she was student body president at Miami Dade College and statewide president of the Florida College System SGA. In 2010, she and three friends walked 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington, DC to bring to light the plight of immigrants in this country, and to urge President Obama to stop the separations of families and deportations of DREAM Act–eligible youth. This walk was dubbed the Trail of DREAMs. As political director for the national youth group United We Dream, she spearheaded efforts that led President Obama to announce the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Gaby has three college degrees from Miami Dade College and is a special education teacher.


Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. His most recent books include Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions (Routledge 2012; co-authored with Chris Benner), Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton 2010; co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh), and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America (Cornell 2009; co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka).

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Cristina Tzintzún is the Executive Director of Workers Defense Project (WDP), a statewide, membership-based workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for Texans. At WDP, Tzintzún has spearheaded efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for the nearly 900,000 construction workers that labor in the state. Her work has led to a federal investigation by OSHA into Texas’ deadly construction industry, the passage of a statewide wage theft law, and better, safer jobs for thousands of low-wage workers in Austin and Travis County. She has been named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living magazine and won the national Trabajadora Community Leader award from the National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Univision, and USA Today.


Urvashi Vaid’s leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement spans more than 30 years. Urvashi is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus Books, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay Liberation (Anchor Books, 1996); and co-editor with John D’Emilio and William Turner of Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). She is a former CEO of the Arcus Foundation, and was Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Program at the Ford Foundation. She was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), and staff attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Currently the Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, Urvashi is working on a book about how sexual and gender-justice movements can effectively engage tradition-based resistance. She is a member of the Board of the Gill Foundation, and of LPAC (the lesbian Super-PAC, which she co-founded in 2012). Urvashi is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.


Pilar Weiss has worked on organizing and political campaigns for over a decade at the local, state, and federal levels. Her work has focused on creating long-term civic engagement strategies for populations left out of the electoral process. During the 2012 election cycle, Pilar worked to elect Steven Horsford in Nevada’s new 4th Congressional District. Pilar also recently served as the Civic Engagement Director at the New Organizing Institute, where she focused on increasing access to practice-based research and building long-term civic engagement capacity around issue-based campaigns. In 2011, Pilar was part of the first class of practitioner fellows at Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor where she focused on new strategies for organizing the unemployed. Prior to her position at Georgetown, Pilar served as the Deputy Director of Politics & Communications for UNITE HERE in Washington, DC, and the Political Director for the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada, running local, state, and federal campaigns during eight election cycles. Pilar grew up in rural Northern New Mexico and holds a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a BA in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico.


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Women Donors Network would like to extend our gratitude for the hard work of our team that makes our Annual Conference such a success.

CONFERENCE ADVISORS The following WDN Members provided critical advice, support, assistance, and leadership throughout the conference planning process. Carol Barger, Cynthia Beard, Cathy Carlson, Margery Goldman, Lenore Hanisch, Lynn Israel, Carla Kleefeld, Jean Karotkin, Edie Lyke, Margery Loeb, Jamie McMahon, Mariel Nanasi, Jessica Ozberker, Susannah Porr, Erin Rossitto, Gen Vaughn, Wendy Volkmann, Trish Weber WDN STAFF Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications Kathleen Andreson, Program & Communications Manager Angela Bottum, Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Flournoy, Senior Director of Programs Shanthi Gonzales, Executive Assistant to the President Donna P. Hall, President & CEO Ginger Hintz, Program Associate Flannery May, Accounting & Project Assistant Laurel Potter Huerta, Project Manager, Programs & Technology Initiatives WDN BOARD OF DIRECTORS Erin Rossitto, Chair of the Board Lenore M. Hanisch, Vice Chair Sara Sanderson, Secretary Nancy J. Aronson, Treasurer Donna P. Hall, President & CEO Cathy Carlson Helen J. Gemmill Margery Goldman Carla Kleefeld Kimberly C. Oxholm Mahsa Pelosky Trish Weber

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HOTEL DETAILS This year our conference offers accommodations in two sister properties, nestled along the historic River Walk among the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio. OMNI La Mansión del Rio 112 College Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 Tel: 210.518.1000

Mokara Hotel & Spa 212 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 Tel: 210.396.5800


If you brought materials to share with other conference attendees, they will be available in our resource area. Space is limited, and you are responsible for taking home any leftover materials, including books, by the conference closing. Please be mindful of our carbon footprint when distributing printed resources. The sale of goods is not permitted.


One of the Top 10 Eco-Friendly Hotel Chains, the OMNI is committed to offering green conference options, including using recycled paper in business communications, energy efficient systems, and promoting a “Styrofoam-free” environment.


All of our meeting rooms are located at the OMNI La Mansión del Rio with the exception of our new and prospective members lunch on Friday, which will be held at the Mokara Hotel. See floorplan for details.


Wireless internet access will be available at no charge in most of our meeting spaces. Conference participants will receive complimentary wireless internet access if they sign up for the OMNI Select Guest program. Attendees may enroll online here:


Located on the first floor of the OMNI, the fully equipped Business Center is accessible 24-hours a day to attend to guests’ and meeting attendees’ business requirements.


The fitness center and full-service spa are located at the Mokara Hotel & Spa but are available to guests staying at either property. For spa reservations, call 210.396.5840 or 800.830.1500.


We are committed to providing healthy, seasonal meal choices for conference participants. WDN staff works directly with the hotel chefs to ensure that dining options include a wide array of organic, locally-sourced fare.


The concierge is available at the OMNI and the Mokara Hotel from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm.


Check out time is 12:00 pm at the OMNI and the Mokara.


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HOTEL FLOOR PLAN OMNI LA MANSIĂ“N DEL RIO 112 College Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 TEL: 210.518.1000

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Tear out this handy schedule and take it with you as quick reference to times and locations.

LOCATION KEY AR: Acenar Restaurant EC: El Capistrano, 1st Floor E: Espada, 3rd Floor IB: Iberian, 5th Floor LH: Los Hidalgos, 3rd Floor M: Madero, 5th Floor MR: Member Rooms RW: River Walk Room (Mokara Hotel, 1st Floor) SJ: San Jose, 3rd Floor V: Veramendi, 4th Floor

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm E Welcome Reception for New and Prospective Members 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EC Check-in and Registration, for All Conference Attendees 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm M Dinner 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm IB Conference Kick-off, in Southwest Style FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 7:00 am – 7:45 am LH Yoga and Stretch 7:00 am - 9:00 am M Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am Optional Circle Meetings • Values Based Investing Circle and Earth Circle E • Women Building a Just Peace Circle SJ 9:15 am – 9:45 am IB Morning Energizer and Welcome Remarks 9:45 am – 10:45 am IB What Makes a Movement 10:45 am – 11:00 am Break 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Inside the Activist Studio • Anjali Appadurai IB • Ericka Huggins E 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm RW New and Prospective Member Lunch and Free Time 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm V General Lunch and Free Time 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm IB Afternoon Energizer 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm IB WDN Collective Action: Changing the Face of Our Democracy 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Meet in Hotel Lobby Workshop on Wheels 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm E Art and Activism: Movies for Change 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AR Dinner on the River Walk 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm MR WDN “Hangouts”

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 7:00 am – 7:45 am LH Yoga and Stretch 7:00 am - 8:45 am M Breakfast 9:00 am – 10:20 am IB Movement at a Crossroads 10:20 am - 10:30 am Break 10:30 am – 11:45 pm Inside the Activist Studio • Ilyse Hogue E • Gaby Pacheco IB 11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunch on the Town 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm IB Afternoon Energizer 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm IB There’s Something About Texas 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm IB Mapping Our Network, Mapping Our Power 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Optional Circle Meetings • Reproductive Rights Circle E • Immigration Circle LH • Haiti Circle SJ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Break 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm M Dinner 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm M WDN Comedy Night and Party SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 7:00 am – 7:45 am LH Yoga and Stretch 7:00 am – 9:00 am M Breakfast 8:00 am - 9:00 am Optional Circle Meetings • Progressive/Political Infrastructure Circle E • Criminal (In)Justice Circle LH • Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle SJ 9:00 am - 9:15 am IB Break 9:15 am – 11:00 am IB General Assembly 11:00 am – 11:30 am Break and Check out of Hotel 11:30 am - 12:15 pm IB Capstone Speaker: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm V Lunch 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm LH Circle Leader Meeting

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WDN Connect 2013: Conference Program