Panels & Sessions

Panels & Breakout Sessions

Saturday July 21 2018

Descriptions and speaker/facilitator bios will be posted as sessions are confirmed. Sessions are subject to change.

Climate Change & Energy

  • Moira Smith (AK ’97)

Mastermind Networking

 The best panelists are your fellow Truman Scholars. Join us as we quickly pair you off to do a mastermind working session to talk through the biggest challenges with your goals.

  • Andrew Lee (CO ’06)

Military Families & Public Service

Growing change agents: Collaboratively designing a change agent’s curriculum

The Truman Scholarship identifies college juniors whose passions, background and trajectory demonstrate their potential to be catalytic change agents, and amplifies their ability to make a difference. If we wanted to nurture local communities of Truman Scholar-esque change agents–teaching and building capabilities instead of identifying leading change agents–how might we imagine doing so?

In this facilitated workshop, we’re going to collectively (and literally) sketch out a curriculum for change agents to-be. Whether we’re thinking of community college students, ivy league grads, a high school dropout, or a mid-career MBA, what does the major look like for their “Bachelor’s of Change Agentry”? What types of problems do community change agents need to be able to address? What sorts of skills, knowledge, and perspectives are useful? How should this learning experience be delivered?

We’ll reflect on our experiences, brainstorm, overindulge in sticky notes, and collaborate our hearts out as we craft a modern curriculum for making a difference in the year 2018. Output to be shared to the TSA community.

  • Bruce Haupt (FL ‘06)
  • Kathleen Nganga (WY ‘17)
  • Michelle Tran Maryns (KS ‘06)
  • Graphic Recorder: Erin Nicole Gordon

Getting Published: Traditional, Self-Published and E-Books

  • Lynn Boughey (ND ’77)

Networking: Top Challenges Facing Nonprofits

Join us for an interactive networking activity for those currently engaged in or interested in careers in the non-profit sector. Most of our time together will be in small groups that substantively engage attendees to help solve in each group a top challenge facing nonprofits. Co-facilitated by Rebekah Enoch (CA ’06) and Mark Cannon (OH ’84) with assistance from table leaders, the groups will focus on such areas as funding, advocacy, competitiveness, strategic governance, innovation and ethics.

Each group will be charged with developing a prioritized set of actions to best address a problem statement unique to their topical area and report out to the full assembly. Come prepared to share as we tap into some great thinking from among those of us drawn to this vibrant third sector of the global economy.

  • Mark Cannon (OH ’84)
  • Rebekah Enoch (CA ’06)

Dissecting and Reducing Violence (in America)

  • April Joy Damian (CA ’05), Director of Quality Innovation at the National Quality Forum (NQF)
  • Daniel Armanios (GA ’05), assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Monica Bell (SC ’02), associate professor of law at Yale Law School
  • Claudio Simpkins (NY ’05), Attorney-at-Law
  • James Madden (MA ’05), Senior Program Director in Enterprise Community Partners’ Seattle office

Building Community Resilience: Strategies for Making Communities Stronger to Natural Disasters

The 2017 hurricane season was unlike any other. First came Hurricane Harvey, followed a little more than two weeks later by Hurricane Irma. The storms swept through multiple states and caused an estimated $175 billion in damages. Then came Maria, which damaged more than a third of homes on Puerto Rico and crippled the island’s aging power grid. Communities across Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida rapidly mobilized to fill relief gaps, in instances more rapidly and effectively than governments. The 2018 hurricane season is right around the corner, yet our approach to disaster relief has changes. This panel will explore lessons learned from the disaster response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, as well as discuss emerging approaches to disaster relief.

  • Olimar Maisonet-Guzman (PR ’09), Program Manager, Environmental Cooperation, U.S. Department of State
  • Omar Perez (PR ’11), Ph.D. Student
  • Ileana Cruz-Marden (PR ’13), Master in Public Affairs student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs
  • A representative from a Puerto Rico community-based organization
  • Isabel Beltran, ComprometidosPR
  • Kate Brown, Global Island Partnerships

#MeToo and the Truman Experience

  • Randi Frank (CT ’77)