ConveneNV 2018 Agenda
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 & FRAMING 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome: Lauren Boitel, Executive Director, ImpactNV
Emcee: Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh
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 One 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
“Sustainability Spotlight Quick-fire”
Launch of the 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 or for the coming year.
Moderator: Jeremy Aguero, Applied Analysis
Panel Two 2:05 PM – 3:00 PM
The shooting on October 1st 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.
Break 3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
Panel Three 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
“Transformative Steps Toward Ending Homelessness”
Moderator: Brian Knudsen, BP2 Solutions
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.
Panel Four 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
“Transformative Steps To Address Human Trafficking”
Moderator: Dr. Halleh Sadighzaddeh
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 current 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 and government to help the social sector combat the targeting, exploitation, and coercion of children and adults in our community.
CLOSING 5:15 PM – 5:25 PM
Break 5:25 pm - 5:30 pm
Sustainability Awards Ceremony & Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM
EMCEES: Mayor Debra March and Tina Quigley
- Sustainable Leadership Awardee
- Sustainable Community Awardee
- Sustainable Future Awardee