Leading Edge Forums


Provocative thought leadership from the field.



The Forums feature regional and nationally-recognized authors and thought leaders. They are include discussion with peers and great networking at the reception!

2017 Forums

April 11, 2017
Report from the Bubble: How the Development Shops at ACLU, Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood Are Leveraging This Political Moment (and how you can too)
Cori Stell, Director of Development, ACLU Northern California
, Panelist
Karen Topakian, Board Chair, Greenpeace Inc., Panelist
Amber Weiss, Development Director, Planned Parenthood of Northern California
Sara Gould, Board Chair, National Immigration Law Center
Elizabeth Seja Min, Executive Director, AFP Golden Gate, Moderator

3:00-5:30PM | Reception following
David Brower Center in Berkeley
$35 AFP Golden Gate Members | $65 General Community
Earns 2.5 CFRE Credits


July 18, 2017
Hiring and Keeping A Diverse, Inclusive Team
Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation, Keynote
Charles (Chas) Lopez, VP Diversity and Inclusion, Earthjustice, Moderator
Iris Fluellen, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Respondent
Jenesha (Jinky) de Rivera, Thousand Currents, Respondent
Beverly Mislang, VP Diversity & Inclusion, AFP Golden Gate, Host

3:30-5:30PM | Reception following
Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired in San Francisco
$0-25 sliding scale for young professionals and representatives of small organizations (under $1M budget)
$25 AFP Golden Gate Members | $40 General Community
Groups of 5+ @ $10 per registration
Earns 2.0 CFRE Credits


October 4, 2017
A Partnership of AFP Golden Gate & DER:
The Second Hank Rosso Forum: Accelerating Social Change--Move Fast and Fix Things
Kay Sprinkel Grace, Chair
Patrice Martin, IDEO, Interactive Activity Facilitator
Scott Harrison, U.S. Trust, Speaker
Laurie Bechtel Dachs, SD Bechtel Jr. Foundation, Panelist
Don Howard, James Irvine Foundation, Panelist
Don Falk, TNDC (Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation), Panelist
Christine Poremski Rodrigues, Moderator
Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation, Panelist
Bill Unger, Social Entrepreneur CARE Enterprises, Panelist
Villy Wang, BAY CAT, panelist
Brittany M. Janis, Moderator

1:30-6:00PM | Reception following at Omni Hotel
Bank of America Auditorium in San Francisco
$60 AFP Members & DER Members | $90 General Community
Earns 4.5 CFRE Credits