Meeting Archive:
Being the Change - How Foundations Are Transforming Themselves for Greater Impact

Meeting Description:

Foundations around the globe are re-examining the roles they play in creating positive social impact.  As foundation executives embrace ever more ambitious and complex approaches to equitable systems change, they are taking an intentional approach to rethinking their own operations to better model the shifts they’d like to see in the world. They recognize that we can’t make change “out there” if we don’t make change “in here.” Foundations are experimenting with new practices and sharing what they are learning in order to create dialogue about emerging ideas and effective practices.


In this webinar, you will be introduced to key precepts of Being the Change and will learn how some foundations are using them across four areas of practice - staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development, and supportive culture - to foster greater equity, vibrancy, and engagement to open up new avenues for impact. 

Date: Tue, May 14, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Roderica Williams
 Presenter Information
Miya Cain
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Miya Cain is a Senior Consultant at FSG, a nonprofit firm that partners with foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments working to advance social change. Her work at FSG has centered on collective impact and foundation strategy development, with a particular focus on physical and mental health equity for marginalized or underserved populations. Before FSG, she taught Public Narrative with Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School and worked with students on grassroots organizing efforts.
Miya received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience from Yale University and her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Abi Ridgway Stevenson
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Abi(gail) Ridgway Stevenson is a Director in FSG’s San Francisco office with over ten years of work experience in the healthcare and consulting fields. She focuses on strategic approaches to addressing complex population health challenges. She has worked with a number of leading health foundations and hospitals systems, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, The California Health Care Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente.
Abi graduated with honors from the joint MBA and MPH program at UC Berkeley. She earned a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.

Andria Seneviratne
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Andria Seneviratne is a Senior Consultant based in FSG’s Washington. D.C. office. She has turned her passion for organizational and people development into action through her work on strategic planning and cross-organization learning collaboratives. At FSG, Andria has worked with clients across sectors, including the Gates Foundation, Samsung, USAID, and Let’s Move! Active Schools. Before FSG, Andria was a Program Director at ProInspire, a nonprofit focused on activating leaders at all levels to accelerate equity at the individual, organizational, and systems levels. She has also worked at Community Development Financial Services Institution where she helped design and implement a place-based strategy to increase community wealth in the Washington region.
Andria holds both Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Ursula Wright
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Ursula Wright is a tri-sector executive who currently co-leads the Education & Youth practice at FSG.  Her engagement portfolio consists of systems change, strategy, and collective impact projects for a host of social sector clients. Ursula’s immediate past position was with the Obama Administration where she served as the appointed deputy in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education.  In this capacity, she served as the Department’s policy lead on place-based initiatives like Promise Zones, Promise Neighborhoods, and Strong Cities, while also advising the Race to the Top – District program, the nation’s largest personalized learning initiative and the federal Charter Schools Program.
Ursula earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.