Conference 2014 Presentations: Possibility Takes Place

The Fifth Annual Purpose Built Communities Network Member Conference, held September 29th – October 1st, 2014, in Charlotte, NC was packed with a powerhouse lineup of speakers and attendees. Below are key presentations from our conference speakers emphasizing – Possibility Takes Place.

Carol R. Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
An Introduction to the Purpose Built Communities Model. Read presentation →


Greg Giornelli, President and Chief Operating Officer, Purpose Built Communities
An overview presentation of Purpose Built Communities’ progress over the previous year and its five-year history. Read presentation →


Laura Y. Clark, M.A., Executive Director, Renaissance West Community Initiative
An overview of Renaissance West Community Initiatives’ revitalization effort – their successes to date, the work in progress and the challenges they are still conquering. Read presentation →


Jack Shonkoff, M.D., Center Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Driving Science-Based Innovation to Achieve Breakthrough Outcomes for Children Facing Adversity: a presentation on how cross sector collaborations are implementing proven, result-oriented intervention strategies to positively impact the development and health of young children and families experiencing significant adversity. Read presentation →


Angela Blanchard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Thought leader Angela Blanchard draws on her more than 30 years of experience to discuss human capital – understanding and developing the true assets that already exist in communities. With her organization, Neighborhood Centers Inc., she uses an approach called “appreciative inquiry” to learn about the unique strengths inherent in every community. The idea of “A Snowball’s Chance in Hell” is meant to inspire us to dream big, act bigger and get things done that people don’t think can happen. Read presentation →


Karen Hughes, Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller
Join Ambassador and Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller Karen Hughes presents on how to drive lasting change through communications. Hughes illustrates how communications is something larger than what you say, but how you speak to people, what you invest your time in, what you invest your money in, and the decisions you make. Read presentation →


Ian Galloway, Senior Investment Associate, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Dr. Doug Jutte, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network
Health happens in neighborhoods. And yet, of the $2.7 trillion spent on healthcare annually, only a sliver goes to neighborhood improvement. Why? For one, the people in the community development sector don’t know the people in the health business. For another, the pace of healthcare innovation has far outpaced that of community development. Strong, safe neighborhoods of opportunity reduce chronic disease and emergency room utilization. But those cost savings are often lost, siloed in the wrong public budget line. These challenges have kept the community development and health fields apart—until now. Increasingly, new innovative pilots are proving that these two sectors can come together to dramatically improve health. This presentation discusses how we can create a sustainable marketplace at scale and the critical role community development organizations can play in producing better health for people of need. Read presentation →