NYC ITINERARY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Friday, May 19, 2017

 

6:30 PM - 6:35PM - Introduction of NYC Administration for Children Services Commissioner, David Hansell
6:35PM - 6:45 PM- Welcome Remarks, Commissioner David Hansell
6:45PM - 6:50PM - Remarks from Founder and CEO of Fostering Change Network, Shalita O'Neale
6:50PM - 7PM-  Heart of the Alumni Movement Awards                                                                                                 
7PM- 7:10PM- NYC ACS Youth Achievement Awards, presented by Deputy Commissioner, Julie Farber
7:10PM-7:15PM - Remarks from Welcome Reception Sponsor, Thomas Bailey, KVC Health Systems
7:15PM-7:30PM - Musical Performance, Juice Cannon
7:30PM-8:30PM - Networking

                       Attire is Cocktail, and hors d' oeuvres will be passed.

 

SATURDAY, May 20, 2017

 8:00AM – 5:00 PM     Networking/Sponsor/Exhibitor Viewing

 8:00AM-9:00AM         Registration – Coffee/pastries

 9:00AM –  9:15 AM  Welcome Remarks with Shalita O’Neale and Robin Devonish

 9:15AM – 10:30 AM   MORNING PANEL - What is a brand and how to build it?

10:35-12PM     Breakout Session Brainstorm – Discussion in Action (3)

12PM-1PM   Lunch

1:05PM-2:20PM AFTERNOON PANEL – The Art of Networking: Positioning Yourself to Develop a Following

2:25PM-4PM  Breakout Session Brainstorm – Discussion in Action (3)

4:05PM-5PM   Report Out and Close   with MC Robin Devonish

 

SUNDAY, May 21, 2017

8:00 – 5:00 PM  Networking/Sponsor/Exhibitor Viewing

7AM-8AM  Pilates with Daveda James,

8AM-9AM   Registration – Coffee/pastries

9AM –  9:15AM   Welcome Remarks with Robin Devonish

9:15AM – 9:45AM  Icebreaker – Self Care, Group Meditation with Daveda James

9:50AM – 11AM  Morning Panel – Choosing your Product or Platform. What will you offer and how?

11:05AM – 12:30PM  Breakout Session Brainstorm – Discussion in Action (3)

12:30PM – 1:30PM   Lunch

1:35PM-2:35PM   Funding Your Vision with Serita Cox, Executive Director of iFoster

2:35PM - 3:15PM Embracing Your Difference and Activating Your Vision with Venice Garner

3:15PM-3:45PM  Report out and Close Shalita O'Neale, Founder and CEO of Fostering Change Network


PANEL DISCUSSION DETAILS

Panels Facilitated by Robin Devonis

Panel 1 (Saturday May 20, 9:15AM - 10:30AM)- What is a Brand and How Do You Build It?

Panelists:

  • Charlene Bolden, Author and Life Coach
  • Christian Benjamin, Entrepreneur and Storyteller
  • Jasmina Nikolov, Co-Founder, Miss Fix It NYC

This Panel Discussion will cover different ways to begin or continue building your personal and professional brand. Attendees will learn:

  • What a brand really is
  • What to avoid as you create/build your brand
  • How to promote yourself and your business by promoting your brand through Storytelling
  • The importance of a logo, website and marketing materials and templates/software you can use to make it look like you’ve been in business for years, even if you just started.
  • How to use your foster care history to propel you forward
  • How to determine what you want to offer the world through your brand

Breakout Discussions Facilitated by: Charlene Bolden, Christian Benjamin The purpose of this session is to apply the information shared in the What is a Brand and How Do You Build It? Panel. Attendees should come equipped with a laptop or cell phone (if possible), business cards (if possible) any current marketing materials, notebook and pen to capture ideas.

Panel 2 (May 20, 1:05Pm - 2:20PM): The Art of Networking: Positioning Yourself to Develop a Following

Panelists:

  • Carmen Fletcher, Founder and CEO of CB Fletcher Speaks
  • Jamell Henderson, Brooklyn College Graduate, Political Science
  • Dianne Callister, Head of Partnerships, United Nations, Office of Information and Technology, NYC

In this Panel Discussion attendees will learn:

  • The Dos and Don'ts of networking
  • How to develop collaborations and partnerships with others to advance your vision
  • How to find networking opportunities
  • How to identify speaking/training opportunities
  • Speakers Etiquette (When do you ask for compensation vs. when you can expect to pay for a speaking opportunity)
  • How to build a presence through social media that will have people contacting you to learn how they can support your work
  • How to use existing software and apps to create and manage a large following
  • Public relations and marketing tools you can use to market your personal and professional brand

Breakout Discussions Facilitated by: Pauline Gordon and Carmen Fletcher The purpose of this session is to apply the information shared in the The Art of Networking: Positioning Yourself to Develop a Following Panel. Attendees should come equipped with a laptop or cell phone (if possible), business cards (if possible) any current marketing materials, notebook and pen to capture ideas. Activities may include creating/updating social media pages, visiting websites to apply for speaking/training opportunities, practice networking, etc.

Panel 3 (Sunday, May 21st 9:50AM-11AM)- Choosing your Product or Platform. What Will You Offer and How?

Panelists:

  • Shavonne Jackson, Creator of TheQueensKorner
  • Serita Cox, Founder and CEO, iFoster
  • Latasha Watts, Author, Speaker/Trainer, Fostering Change Network LLC Consultant

  • In this Panel Discussion, attendees will learn:

  • How to determine which field to pursue or which talent to promote
  • How to prepare to launch your business or endeavor
  • How to develop a business/organization plan or personal development plan

Breakout Discussions Facilitated by: Serita Cox and Charlene Bolden. The purpose of this session is to apply the information shared in the Choosing Your Product Platform: What will You Offer and How Panel. Attendees should come equipped with a laptop or cell phone (if possible), business cards (if possible) any current marketing materials, notebook and pen to capture ideas. Activities may include, visiting websites of organizations/individuals in similar fields to get ideas, begin drafting business/organization/personal plans, pitching idea and getting feedback to other attendees.