The Seminar for Mid-America Foundation CEOs provides foundation executives from the mid part of the country the opportunity to engage in off-the-record, in-depth conversations about the complex issues they face in an informal setting. The invitation-only seminars help to build alliances among participants making it easier for them to fund projects together or undertake other joint approaches to systemic problems in our society.
This year’s meeting agenda, which was a collaborative effort drawn from conversations and guidance from the participants themselves, was developed with the goal of presenting themes and sessions about issues of interest to them. Each year, we design the seminar to encourage active participation and to promote candid and collegial insights and advice.
Seminar objectives included the following:
- Facilitating conversation, sharing and learning among foundation executives on topics that enable them to do their jobs better;
- Strengthening the peer networks that foundation CEOs call on for advice and support;
- Fostering bonds among foundation executives, making it easier for them to collaborate; and,
- Providing busy foundation leaders with an opportunity to reflect on their work.