ConveneNV 2018 Program Outline
Transforming Our Community
March 8, 2018 The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Conference Center
THEME “Transforming our Community”
TIME 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(Program: 1:00 – 5:30 PM, Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 PM)
WELCOME Lauren Boitel, Executive Director, ImpactNV 1:00 – 1:05 PM
Explanation of the ConveneNV rebrand and the role of ImpactNV in the summit, facilitation of this discussion and as a convener, organizer, and collaborator.
SPONSOR Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Lora Picini 1:05 – 1:10 PM
FRAMING Emcee: Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh 1:10 - 1:15 PM
ConveneNV, formerly Convene for Green, has been rebranded to more accurately convey a comprehensive call to action for the sustainable development of our region. With the 2018 theme, Transforming Our Community, ConveneNV recognizes the resiliency of a truly galvanized community and focuses on two of the greatest challenges facing Southern Nevada: homelessness and trafficking. All businesses, public entities, NGOs, and residents, acting in collaborative partnership toward aligned goals, can take the bold and transformative steps needed to shift the community to a more sustainable and resilient path. It is a collective journey that builds off of previous regional goals established at past Convene for Green summits as well as the great work already being done in the community. ConveneNV, Transforming Our Community, will stimulate action over the next year in these areas of critical importance for all Nevadans.
PANEL 1 “Transformative Sustainability Quick-fire Panel” 1:15 – 2:00 PM
This panel will launch ImpactNV’s 2018 State of Sustainability Report followed by a quick-fire panel presentation of exciting cross-sector sustainability projects, programs, and initiatives in Southern Nevada over the past year and transformative updates in the health, transportation, energy, and environment sectors for 2018.
Moderator: Jeremy Aguero, Applied Analysis
- Yalmaz Siddiqui, VP of Sustainability, MGM Resorts International
- Dr. Karen Wayland, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project
- Raymond Hess, Director of Planning Services, RTC of Southern NV
- Mauricia Baca, Executive Director, Get Outdoors Nevada
PANEL 2 “Transformative Resiliency” 2:05 – 3:00 PM
Talking Points: The shooting on October 1 st of last year was arguably the greatest, and most visible, threat to our community’s sustainability in recent times. This tragic event demonstrated to Southern Nevada and the world, overnight, how galvanized our community truly is. We cannot have an annual sustainability summit without recognizing the community’s response – both immediate and long term – to the event last fall. 10/1 showcased the power of collective empathy and the potential for true transformation that
could be achieved through harnessing that empathy and community pride from tragic events of vulnerability and refocusing it on our longer term critical social issues.
Moderator: Sue DiBella, Director, Office of Community Engagement, UNLV
- Chief John Steinbeck, Clark County Office of Emergency Management
- Scott Emerson, CEO United Way of Southern Nevada, Former CEO Red Cross
- Cynthia Sanford, Registrar, Clark County Museum
BREAK 3:00 – 3:10 PM
SPONSOR Henry Shields, MGM Resorts International 3:10 – 3:15 PM
PANEL 3 “Transformative Steps Toward Ending Homelessness” 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Talking Points: Affordable and safe shelter brings stability and security, enhances social and community inclusion, and provides the basis for private and family life. A home is vital for good mental and physical health and allows residents to live in safety, security, peace and dignity. There are many factors that lead to or cause homelessness but what this panel seeks to highlight is the relationship between homelessness and mental health. Homelessness and mental health often go hand-in- hand and can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Transforming our community will require looking at efforts that create long term systemic change. This panel will bring together experts taking an in-depth look into the two-way relationship between homelessness and mental health in Southern Nevada, current efforts to improve mental health access, and a call to action for the public and private sectors to participate in a long-term solution for our community to address this critical need.
Moderator: Brian Knudsen, Principal, BP2 Solutions
- Scott Adams, City Manager, City of Las Vegas
- Deacon Tom Roberts, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
- Dr. Alison Netski, UNLV School of Medicine Psychiatry Chair
- Angela Quinn, CEO, FirstMed Health & Wellness
- Ariana Saunders, Behavioral Health Coordinator, Clark County
PANEL 4 “Transformative Steps to Address Human Trafficking” 4:20 – 5:20 PM
Talking Points: According to the federal government, Southern Nevada is a high-risk community for human trafficking. Trafficking is brutal, complex, and widespread slavery
that impacts our most vulnerable populations. It is big business with high profits and it is a crime that is very difficult to identify and track. This panel will look at the trafficking landscape in Southern Nevada as well as current efforts to address this crisis in our community. The panel will emphasize the importance of not only recognition but engagement and leadership by large employers, government and academia to help the social sector combat the targeting, exploitation, and coercion of children and adults in our community.
Moderator: Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh
- Lieutenant Ray Spencer, Vice & Sex Trafficking, LVMPD
- Gwen Migita, Social Impact & Inclusion Vice President & CSO, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
- Dr. Alexis Kennedy, Professor of Criminal Justice, UNLV
CLOSING 5:20 – 5:25 PM
BREAK 5:25 – 5:30 PM
RECEPTION Sustainability Awards Ceremony & Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM
EMCEES: Tina Quigley and Councilman Scott Black
- Sustainable Leader Awardee: Chief John Steinbeck
- Sustainable Community Awardee: Arman
- Sustainable Future Awardee: Leo Murrieta