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Summit Keynote Speaker Announced!

Posted by Cathy Lehman

I am honored to accept the invitation to keynote this conference and am eager to share lessons learned about the power of the philanthropic sector to help heal our expanding societal divides. I have learned that the sector can play a vital, healing role during these times of accelerating polarization.

SVP International is thrilled to announce the confirmation of our first 2018 Global Summit Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gail C. Christopher!

I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Christopher for the first time this fall and was immediately struck by her deep knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the philanthropic sector today. She brings a clear-eyed understanding of systems of power and oppression, and a robust analysis of how SVP can move toward more equitable and just outcomes in our work. Yet it is her warmth, welcoming nature, and focus on healing and love that I find so critical for our Global Summit conversations. I can’t wait to meet her in person, and encourage you take this opportunity to do so as well! You will be so glad you did.

Dr. Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the world’s largest philanthropies.

She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher. Over the last ten years she has had responsibility for several other areas of foundation programming. These include, Food, Health and Well-Being, Leadership, Public Policy, Community Engagement and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico.

In August of 2017, Dr. Christopher left her leadership position with WKKF to launch the Maryland based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature; and to devote more time to writing and speaking on issues of health, racial healing and human capacity for caring. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health.

Read Dr. Christopher’s full biography

Visit her personal website

Visit the SVP Global Summit website!


Cathy Lehman is SVP International’s Director of Programs and Operations

Talk to her at cathy@svpi.org



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  2. Clark C.

    Hay, The article is great in so many ways. I really appreciate that information.

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