Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Driving Systemic Change in Communities
INSPIRE SPEAKERS SERIES PRESENTS: DRIVING SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN COMMUNITIES,
WITH NAOMI DAVIS, DIANA BUCCO, AND GUEST
EMCEE MAJESTIC LANE
November 17, 2017, 5:30-7:00 pm
Networking, food, and drink begin at 4:30 pm
The Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House Kaufmann Center
GBCI and ACT48 credits available
Have you ever considered what healthy, sustainable community development and neighborhood revitalization would look like one square mile at a time? Naomi Davis, founder and CEO of Blacks in Green, and Diana Bucco, President of the Buhl Foundation, are leading change in communities by focusing on the entire neighborhood, empowering local residents, and considering whole systems approaches to solve whole systems problems. They will share stories and insights from projects like One Northside in Pittsburgh and West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm in Chicago, where they are inspiring the vision of creating thriving, healthy, and sustainable places for all to live, work, learn, and play. Majestic Lane from Mayor William Peduto’s office will serve as our guest emcee.
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Naomi Davis is the founder and CEO of Blacks in Green, an award-winning economic development organization based in West Woodlawn, Chicago. BIG is a national sustainability network and community wealth building initiative with a vision of creating self-sustaining black communities everywhere. In addition to her work with BIG, Naomi—a graduate of Fisk University and John Marshall Law School—serves on several boards including the Illinois Smart Solar Alliance and Chicago Environmental Justice Network.
Diana Bucco is president of The Buhl Foundation, where she has led the creation of the Foundation’s new strategy, which is focused on community-driven neighborhood revitalization. The Foundation is geographically focused on Pittsburgh’s Northside as One Northside Pittsburgh, an initiative that has engaged thousands of residents and community members to work together to define their needs and develop strategies to improve quality of life for current and future residents.
Majestic Lane is the Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment in the office of Mayor William Peduto, where he leads the administration’s neighborhood equity efforts through community-driven development, affordable housing, and engaging with various stakeholders.
Learn more about the speakers here.