2016 Symposium Schedule

March 11-14, 2016
*schedule subject to change

Friday, March 11th | Saturday, March 12th | Sunday, March 13th | Bridging the Gap

Friday, March 11th

9:00am-10:00am: Welcome & Featured Speaker

Transition To Success™: Developing a National Model for Treating Poverty
Marcella Wilson, CEO & Founder, Transition To Success™

Marcella Wilson, Ph.D., has over 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration, not-for-profit management, behavioral health, criminal justice and public sector programming. Dr. Wilson, a University of Michigan alumnus holds degrees in psychology, sociology, a Master’s degree in Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Health and Higher Education. As President/CEO for Matrix Human Services, Dr. Wilson’s work and research focused on developing a national standard of care to treat poverty as a treatable condition, not a character flaw. In her newest role, President and Founder of Transition To Success™ LLC, Wilson is leading a national social change movement with a standard of care, Transition To Success™ (TTS).  Today TTS is being integrated and evaluated across the country, serving tens of thousands living in poverty and establishing statistically significant outcomes. Dr. Wilson’s work has been showcased on CBS Evening News, The New York Times, and is recognized as a Clinton Global Initiative. She is currently an appointee of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, serving on the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity. Dr. Wilson also serves on the Michigan 211 Board of Directors and has been recognized for her work promoting social activism and treating poverty.

10:15am-11:30am: Workshops 

  • Salon F: Transition To Success™: Developing a National Model for Treating Poverty (continued) 
    • Marcella Wilson, CEO & Founder, Transition To Success™
  • Salon G: Creating Change Agents Through Sport  
    • Tony Everett, Chief Play Maker, Pure Game
  • Salon H: Building a Strong Organization: Talent, Culture, and Impact
    • Pratichi Shah, President and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions, LLC
  • Room 3015: Changing the Culture of Youth Sports: Protecting Athletes from Preventable Sports-Related Injuries 
    • Alexandra Flury, Sports Safety Program Manager, Safe Kids Worldwide
    • Torine Creppy, Chief Programs Officer, Safe Kids Worldwide

11:30am-1:15pm: Celebrating “A Decade of Change”

Join us in honoring the founders of the Urban Soccer Symposium and looking back at the growth of the soccer for social change movement.

1:15pm-2:30pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Sport for Change- Building Solutions to Health Disparities and Chronic Disease
    • Sara Couppas, Program Manager, Sports Nutrition, Clinton Foundation
    • Alex Chan, Director, National Health, Clinton Foundation
  • Salon F: Architects of the Movement: Looking at the Past, Present, and Future of Sports-Based Youth Development 
    • Facilitator: Matt Sicchio, Vice President, ESIX Global
  • Salon G: Implementing Legacy Leadership in Urban Soccer Programs
    • C.H. “Hal” Wilson, Assistant Professor of Coaching Education, Georgia Southern University
    • Christina Gipson, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Georgia Southern University
  • Salon H: What is Friend-Raising? 
    • Jason Longshore, Chief Development Officer, Soccer in the Streets
  • Room 3015: Concussions 101 
    • Tony Doran, Psy.D., Program Director, HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care

2:45pm-4:00pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Bridging the Gap Session 1: Developing Potential: From Professional Soccer to Social Entrepreneurship 
    • Tony Sanneh, Chief Executive Officer, The Sanneh Foundation
    • Introduction: Bob Poretti, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region II
  • Salon F: Positive Youth Development Through Hockey – Can Sport be Used to Teach Life Skills? 
    • Michael Kanters, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Salon G: Injury Prevention: Training Joints to Last a Lifetime 
    • Wendy LeBolt, Founder, Fit2Finish, LLC
  • Salon H: Allyship: Being a Champion for Inclusion in Your Organization
    • Hudson Taylor, Executive Director, Athlete Ally
    • Ashland Johnson, Policy and Campaigns Director, Athlete Ally

4:15pm-5:30pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Bridging the Gap Session 2: Developing a Strategy: NorCal Premier Soccer Foundation’s Approach to Bridging the Gap

    • Presenter: Nick Lusson, Executive Director, NorCal Premiere Soccer Foundation
    • Introduction: Shirley Ramirez, Executive Director, Cal South Foundation
  • Salon F: Soccer Programing with Refugee and Immigrant Populations: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Simon Chandler, Executive Director, Segundo Barrio Futbol Club
    • Felipe Vieyra, Zarlengo Outreach Program Director, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
    • Elvis Garcia Callejo, Child Migration Counselor, Catholic Charities of New York
  • Salon G: Forever My City: Orlando City Soccer Club’s Impact in the Community 
    • Steven Wittek, Community Programs Manager, Orlando City Soccer Club
  • Salon H: The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong with your Fundraising and How to Fix It 
    • David McGoy, Development Consultant, ASSIST Development Consulting
  • Room 3015: Pathways to Sustaining Impact: A New Lens on Sustainability
    • Renee Baiorunos, Director, Community Wealth Partners

5:30pm-7:00pm: Poster & Networking Session

7:00pm-8:30pm: Reception

Saturday, March 12th

9:00am-10:30am: Featured Speaker

“The Boston Miracle”
Reverend Jeffrey Brown, President, Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace

Rev. Jeffrey Brown is one of the co-founders of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that was an integral part of the “Boston miracle,” a process through which the city experienced a 79% decline in violent crime in the ’90s, and spawned countless urban collaborative efforts in subsequent years that followed the Boston Ceasefire model. He is now the president of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace), a national organization that helps cities build partnerships between the faith-based community, government, and law enforcement agencies to reduce gang violence.

10:45am-12:00pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Motivation & the Energy Epidemic: Why We Do What We Do
    • Pam Herath, Director of Curriculum and Programming, SportsChallenge Leadership Academy
  • Salon F: “Soccer is the Hook, College is the Goal”: How YALLA Transforms Refugee and Immigrant Lives Through Soccer and Education 
    • Ryan Shera, Soccer Director, Youth and Leaders Living Actively
    • Mark Kabban, Executive Director, Youth and Leaders Living Actively
  • Salon G: Positive Reinforcement: Importance, Strategies & Evaluation 
    • Katherine Wajrowski, Assistant After School Manager, Girls in the Game
    • Alia Abdul-Samad, Development Coordinator, Girls in the Game
  • Salon H: Making Sense of Logic Models
    • Julie Younes, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, PeacePlayers International
  • Room 3015: Healthy Competition: How to Create a Game Day Environment Where Everyone Wins
    • Sean Hinkle, Chief Program Officer, DC SCORES

12:30pm-1:30pm: General Session

Behind the Foundation Boardroom 
Leigh Crenshaw, Lead Writer, Elevate
Alayna Buckner, Founder & CEO, Elevate

1:30pm-2:00pm: 10th Anniversary Celebration 

2:15pm-3:30pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Tools for Leading Organizational Change: Understanding Our Soccer Culture

    • Derek Barraza, President, California State Soccer Association South
  • Salon B: The Big Fuzzy Nonprofit Question: Whose Job is it Anyway?
    • Jennifer Ayers, President, JL Ayers Consulting, LLC
    • Jennifer Gniady, Principle, The Law Office of Jennifer Gniady
  • Salon F: High Impact Attributes: How to Teach and Measure Life Skill Development in Sport 
    • Lauren Kinderknecht, Assistant Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Up2Us Sports
    • Mariana Folco, Senior Training Manager, Mid-Atlantic, Up2Us Sports
  • Salon G: OPENphysed.org Instant Activity & Foot Skills: Make Every Minute Count 
    • Ellen Ormsby, Manager, US Games
  • Salon H: Board Governance: The Context for Innovative Board Leadership 
    • Elizabeth Scott, CEO, Brighter Strategies, LLC

3:45pm-5:00pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Getting Girls into the Game for a Lifetime of Success!
    • Kim Turney, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society – Employement Law Center, Fair Play for Girls in Sports Project
  • Salon F: “I’m Fine, Just Leave Me Alone”-Unraveling Male Emotions
    • Jim Littlejohn, Consultant, aha! Process Inc.
  • Salon G: Eyes, Ears, Energy Please!  Developing Socially and Emotionally Smart Kids
    • Jessica Lovins, SEL Coach and Trainer, WINGS for Kids
    • Julia Rugg, Chief Strategy Officer, WINGS for Kids
  • Salon H: Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Development for Non-profit Organizations
    • Tammy Reder, Chief Financial Officer, Horizons for Homeless Children

Sunday, March 13th

9:00am-9:30am: Featured Speaker

Eddie Johnson, Former U.S. Men’s National Team Member

Eddie Johnson played the majority of his fourteen-year club career in the U.S. with various Major League Soccer teams, notching 71 goals in MLS league play. Eddie also spent three-and-one-half years with several European clubs.  Mr. Johnson played for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team from 2004 to 2014, and was part of the U.S. squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

9:45am-11:00am: Workshops

  • Salon A: Bridging the Gap Session 3: Executing the Initiative: A Grassroots Community Effort as a Gang Prevention and Intervention Tool
    • Presenters: Matthew Stelmaszek, Director, Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative
    • Elisabeth Almond, RN, Program Coordinator, Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
    • Introductions: Tom Condone, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region III
  • Salon B: Grassroots Growth
    • Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director, Buffalo Soccer Club
    • JT Dorsey, Executive Director, JT Dorsey Foundation
  • Salon F: Understanding a Youth Development Approach: Engaging Youth in Their Own Development
    • Thandor Miller, Director Training and Youth Development Practice, DC Trust
  • Salon G: Own Your Development: Giving Players the Tools to Take Control 
    • David Copeland-Smith, Founder, Beast Mode Soccer LLC
    • Tim Krout, Owner, Beast Mode Soccer Virginia

11:15am-12:30pm: Workshops

  • Salon A: Bridging the Gap Session 4: Taking Action in Your Community
    • Facilitator: Diana Cutaia, President, Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC
  • Salon B: Beginning and Expanding Your Alumni and Retention Programs
    • Julia (Mia) Tsui, Program Manager, America SCORES – Bay Area
    • Dwayne Simmons, Program Director, America SCORES – Boston
  • Salon F: Blight to Bright at Bailey Green: Taking Action to Transform a Community
    • Heidi Romer, Community Advancement Liaison, Harmac Medical Products, Inc.
  • Salon G: Forming Better Citizens Through the Power of Play and Physical Activity
    • Yizreel Urquijo, Director, Education for Sharing
    • Hannah Ross, Site Coordinator, Education for Sharing
  • Salon H: Progressing to Impact: What Comes After the Logic Model

    • Mary McVeigh, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Soccer Without Borders

12:30pm-1:30pm: Featured Speaker & Closing

Muggsy Bogues, Former NBA Player

Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues was born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland. Bogues was the youngest child of Richard and Elaine Bogues. He grew up with two brothers, Richard and Anthony, and one sister, Sherron, in the Lafayette Public housing projects of the city’s east side. There he earned his nickname “Muggsy” from neighborhood playmates. Muggsy played on the U.S National Team that won the world championship in Spain in 1987, and his career at Wake Forest was equally distinguished. The school retired his jersey number after he graduated with his BA degree with an Atlantic Coast Conference record of 579 assists. Muggsy was selected 12th in the first round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets and would go on to play for the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. He retired from professional play ranking at number 16 among all-time assist leaders in the NBA. “Always Believe” is the tagline that Muggsy lives by, preaches and teaches. He believes in spreading the importance of believing in yourself from childhood. His youth camps focus on instilling fundamentals, teamwork and a love of the game in the hearts and minds of today’s youth, all while teaching them that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

Bridging The Gap Track

Friday, March 11th, 2:45-4:00, Salon A
Session 1: Developing Opportunities: The Path of the Sanneh Foundation
Presenter: Tony Sanneh, Chief Executive Officer, The Sanneh Foundation
Introductions: Bob Poretti, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region II

Using the Sanneh Foundation as a case study for organizational growth, Tony Sanneh will discuss how he has moved from a career in professional soccer to CEO of an emerging youth development organization by using a flexible social entrepreneurship model to actively engage partnerships which develop organizational capacity and increase community impact. Learning from the Sanneh Foundation case study, attendees will map out opportunities within their communities and organization’s scope of work to add to the Bridging the Gap movement.

Friday, March 11th, 4:15-5:30, Salon A
Session 2: Developing a Strategy: NorCal Premier Soccer Foundation’s Approach to Bridging the Gap
Presenter: Nick Lusson, Executive Director, NorCal Premier Soccer Foundation
Introductions: Shirley Ramirez, Executive Director, Cal South Foundation

NorCal Premier Soccer League, a state governing body of youth soccer in Northern California, ran a 1-year outreach project to engage with and help develop soccer clubs in some of our most disadvantaged communities. NorCal provided free consulting to help raise both their administrative and technical standards. NorCal will share the details and lessons learned as a model to other clubs and state governing bodies. Attendees will use the discussion and tools presented to determine the most impactful Bridging the Gap opportunities for their communities and/or organization.

Sunday, March 13th, 9:45-11:00, Salon A
Session 3: Executing the Initiative: A Grassroots Community Effort as a Gang Prevention and Intervention Tool
Presenters: Matthew Stelmaszek, Director, Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative
Elisabeth Almond, RN, Program Coordinator, Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Introduction: Tom Condone, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region III

The Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative (SeSSI) is a grassroots urban soccer movement that uses soccer as a vehicle to reach at-risk youth and families who live in one of the most violent crime areas in the state of Colorado.  Utilizing the most recent scientific research to build a trauma-informed program, SeSSI has successfully provided soccer to thousands of kids.  Attendees will walk through SeSSI’s collaborative model, the neurobiology of trauma, how to use soccer to help heal this trauma and reach your community’s most vulnerable youth and families.

Sunday, March 13th, 11:15-12:30, Salon A
Session 4: Bridging the Gap: A Regional Approach
Facilitator: Diana Cutaia, President, Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC

Building off of the work in the previous sessions, attendees will join smaller workgroups by region, and prepare action plans. Attendees will pledge to administer initiatives upon return.

– See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/our-impact/2016-symposium-schedule#bridginggap