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The inaugural Partner Summit is a virtual convening designed for our network of regional associations of grantmakers, philanthropic consultants and advisory firms and financial institutions that serve family philanthropies. The summit will explore the latest trends in family philanthropy, including promoting effective practices with members and clients, the power of cross-sector relationships and defining paths to equity and advocacy for family philanthropies. With interactive breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to connect, collaborate and strengthen their practice. 


12:00 PM

1:10 PM: Session (1)

  • Approaches to Equity in Family Philanthropy – Soma Sharan, Director of Donor Engagement at Amalgamated Foundation, and Council on Michigan Foundations, including Kyle Caldwell, President and CEO
  • Building Learning Journeys – Christine Sherry, Founder, Sherry Consulting, and Jason Born Senior Director, Knowledge, NCFP

2:10 PM: Session (2)

3:00 PM

  • Closing

If you have any questions regarding the summit please contact Shannon Jeffries, Manager of Partnership Development (

Featured Speakers

Jason Born

Jason Born is the Senior Director of Knowledge at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP),…

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Nicholas A. Tedesco

Nicholas (Nick) Tedesco is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Family…

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Christine Sherry

Christine Sherry is the founder of Sherry Consulting and previously served for many years as the…

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Miki Akimoto

Miki Akimoto is the Chief Impact Officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). In…

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NCFP Board Member Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley is the Head of Philanthropy at Lansberg Gersick Advisors (LGA), where she helps families define…

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Brittany Kienker

Dr. Brittany Kienker

Dr. Brittany Kienker is Principal and Owner of Kienker Consulting LLC and Knowledge Insights Expert in…

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Kyle Caldwell

Kyle Caldwell is an unabashed champion of Michigan’s philanthropic sector. He began his tenure as president…

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Andrea Judd-Shurmur

Andrea Judd-Shurmur serves as the director of Learning Services at CMF. In this role, Andrea leads…

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Bridget McGuiggan

As CSO Bridget leads the development, monitoring, implementation, evaluation and advancement of CMF’s short- and long-term…

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Regina Bell

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Randy Van Antwerp

As the CFOO Randy works across the organization to provide leadership and support for the financial…

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