Afternoon Program

September 25, 2018

Chase Center on the Riverfront


We invite all non-profits and members of the general public to register for the afternoon program of Philanthropy Delaware's September 25 Conference, Expanding the Possibilities.

Register here to join us and Delaware's funding community for the lunch plenary, an engaging afternoon activity, and the closing plenary.   


11:45 PM: Registration Check-In Opens for Afternoon Program



12:15: Lunch


12:45 PM: Lunch Plenary - Connecting the Dots
Sidney Hargro, Executive Director
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Sidney Hargro is a philanthropy advisor, strategist, speaker, and an imagineer (a former engineer who advocates for imagination and creativity to rethink approaches to social change). Hargro believes the key to effective philanthropy is sustained investment in talented people who effectively lead change and the organizations they serve. He is also a street photographer who produces visual and written stories about every day leaders of change in local communities. Hargro is a lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of equity-informed social impact measurement. Hargro is the former executive director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, a startup community foundation, and he also served as the senior officer of strategy and organizational learning at The Columbus Foundation, the nation’s 7th largest community foundation.

He earned his master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University where he served as president of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He serves on boards of regional and national organizations, including The United Philanthropy Forum, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and CDC, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, N.J. Council for the Humanities, and the advisory committee of the New Jersey Nature Conservancy.


2:00 PM: Afternoon Activity - Inclusive Conversations
Connecting Values, Culture, Identity

Lead by Hillary Blecker and Susanna Gilbertson, Partners
Blue Door Group

Hillary Blecker has over fifteen years of experience building community-focused trainings with an emphasis on worker movements and rights and dialogues focused on social identity differences. Previously, Hillary conducted workplace health and safety trainings for labor and community organizations. These trainings highlight Hillary's commitment to fostering workplace dignity, improving workers' rights, and most of all, inspiring workers and their organizations to focus and improve upon their own unique challenges. Hillary received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health in Community Practice from the University of Washington, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership at Temple University. Hillary is passionate about and experienced in harnessing the power of conflict and dialogue to build understanding and relationships between people of diverse class, race, and gender identities.

Susanna Gilbertson is a trained social worker and has designed and facilitated interactive workshops on trauma-informed practices, intimate partner violence, sexual health, parenting, suicide prevention, secondary trauma and self-care for youth, professional and community groups for over 20 years. She received her Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University and her undergraduate degree from Haverford College.  Susanna teaches social work at the Community College of Philadelphia, Widener University, and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.  Susanna’s background includes work as an advocate, educator, and manager in the intimate partner violence field.  Susanna has also worked on a crisis hotline, in a homeless shelter, in a middle school, and in people’s homes as a counselor and advocate.  Susanna believes in the healing possibility inherent in intentionally designed learning spaces where learners can take risks, make mistakes, share feelings, get feedback, and continue to grow.


3:30 PM: State of Philanthropy 
Cynthia Pritchard, President and CEO
Philanthropy Delaware


4:00 PM: Conference Adjourns

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