Coalition of Social Workers for the Defense (CSWD) Conference: Decolonizing Social Work: Can It Be Done Working From Within? | Monday, October 21

The Coalition of Social Workers for the Defense (CSWD) is excited to announce its third annual conference: “Decolonizing Social Work: Can it be done working from within?” Each year CSWD organizes a full-day conference for the growing number of professionals in the defense-based social practices across the country.

This day long training organized by the Coalition of Social Workers for the Defense (CSWD) in collaboration with The Legal Aid Society, The Federal Defenders of New York, and The Columbia University School of Social Work, will create a space for dialogue about the impact of various legal systems on individuals and communities, centering the voices of those directly impacted.

  • Identify the impact and experiencesof individuals and families in the criminal legal and child protection systems,
  • Describe howthose with with direct experience advocate forjustice-impacted individuals and their families,
  • Deconstruct the roles and responsibilities of social workers and advocates in variousorganizationsrepresenting individuals and families in the criminal legal and family court systems, considering the perspective of those directly impacted,
  • Learn aboutavenues for systemic reform in coalitions seeking to center the voices of those directly impacted
  • Introduce the use of restorative justice circles and how to incorporate these practices into defense-based practice, and
  • Build connections among social workers and advocates working in defense-based settings.

This training is recommended for new social workers, social workers new to the field of defense-based social work, as well as experienced social workers interested in learning more about the role of social work in defense-based settings and gaining skills for working with individuals impacted by various legal systems.

Participants will be provided with resource materials and references and links to more detailed information and specific contacts.

This training is provided without charge to the staff of the Legal Aid Society, other social workers and advocates employed in defense-based settings, and current social work students.

REGISTER HERE. Space is limited!


9:30 – 10:00 AM: Registration and breakfast (provided)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Opening statements and keynote address

  • Welcome from representatives from the Eastern District of New York
  • Welcome and introductions from CSWD, Rosa Jaffe, LMSW
  • Keynote address jointly delivered by:
    • Brittany Smith, Director of Education, Fortune Society
    • Marlon Peterson, Writer, host of the Decarcerated Podcast, & founder of The Precedential Group

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own

1:15 – 3:15 PM: Afternoon breakout sessions

A- Systemic Reform in the Child Protection System

  • Panel facilitated by: Caitlin Becker, MSW
  • Panelists: Joyce McMillan & Jeanette Vega (PLAN Coalition)
  • Goals for this session include:
    • Introduce participants to the ways in which systemic reform has been led by parents affected by the child protection system
    • Highlight recent success with statewide legislative advocacy
    • Discuss challenges in forming a coalition of parents affected by child protection, and legal professionals representing parents and children
    • Learn ways in which

B- Transformative Practices: The Use of Peacemaking Circles in Defense-Based Social Work

  • Presented by: Vivianne Guevara, LMSW
  • Larry Williams

C- Neighbors in Action

  • Panel facilitated by: Ron Schneider, LMSW
  • Panelists: staff from Neighbors in Action

D- Deconstructing Mandated Reporting

  • Panel facilitated by: Noemi Cotto, LMSW
  • Panelists: Tiffany McFadden, MSW & Eva Santiago (CWOP)

3:15 – 4:00 PM: Closing remarks by Hope House

  • Vivianne Guevara, LMSW
  • Vanee Sykes & Chastity Michel, Hope House

4:15 PM: Offsite networking event: Park Plaza Diner (220 Bar and Grill), 220 Cadman Plaza West

2019 Social Enterprise Conference | Friday, October 11


Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
8:00 AM–5:30 PM

Register Now for Early Bird Pricing*
Student Tickets $25 ($50 after August 31)
General Admission $100 ($175 after August 31)
*No code required.


Melissa Berman

President & CEO
of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc

Elizabeth Carlock-Phillips

Executive Director
of Phillips Philanthropies

Wes Moore

of Robin Hood

Deval Patrick

Managing Director
of Double Impact at Bain Capital

Mona Sinha ’93BUS

of Women Moving Millions


Access Circles | AeroFarms | ALTRD | AptDeco | Art for Justice Fund The Bell | Braemar Energy Ventures | Cavendish Impact Foundation | The CITY | Civil Media Company | change:WATER Labs | Columbia University | Documented | Dollaride | | Folia Materials | GiveDirectly | Hearst Corporation | HELP USA | HERE to HERE | | Ilara Health | Nova Credit | NYU Furman Center | Plum Alley Investments | Propel | Report for America | Rilbite | Saving 9 | The Spare Food Co. Streeshares Teens Take Charge


Located in the finance capital of the world, this industry-leading event provides a unique opportunity to tap into the vibrant ecosystem of capital for impact through the lens of philanthropy, impact investing, ESG, and social venture and business examples. Social impact leaders in business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy will speak to how they are changing the way we think about how capital is sourced and used to generate sustainable solutions to global, systemic challenges.

We will bring together industry leaders, investors, philanthropists, professionals, faculty, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society. Speaker presentations will catalyze conversations of change and embolden a generation to take risks in order to create a world in which everyone, regardless of where they were born, has the equal opportunity to succeed in creating a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.




Free iRelaunch Return to Work Roadmap with Registration to Conference | Thursday, October 3

CALLING ALL CAREER “RELAUNCHERS!” The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is returning to Columbia University.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 8:30am-5:30pm

Are you on a career break and planning to go back to work? Learn the most  effective return to work strategies, meet employers and programs interested in career relaunchers, and network with your highly educated professional peers. The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is led by Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen, TED Talk speaker and co-author of Back on the Career Track. REGISTER NOW to secure your seat before the Conference sells out! And upon registration enjoy the added benefit of immediate access to the online iRelaunch Return to Work Roadmap to help you start working on your relaunch now! More information here:

2019 APPAM Research Conference in Denver, Colorado | November 7 – 9, 2019


Rising to the Challenge:
Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence
November 7 – 9, 2019 | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Denver, Colorado

The APPAM 2019 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The focus will be on bringing together researchers and practitioners with a wide range of perspectives to engage the evidence and discuss how best to improve public policy.


Details from the conference website:

Pre-Conference Workshop

Deploying Machine Learning Tools for Public Policy Impact
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown

The workshop seeks to provide an accessible introductory overview to machine learning tools, illustrate the range of policy problems to which they can be applied, develop understanding of what makes for a good policy application for these tools, what can go right (and wrong), and where and how policy analysts can add value to making progress on these problems. We will also include some discussion about how machine learning tools can be useful for solving the sort of causal inference problems that have traditionally been the focus of policy analysis work.

Innovation Lounge

Introduced at the 2018 Fall Research Conference, the Innovation Lounge is an easy-to-access space where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees. Innovation through diversity will be a major theme of this conference, so we strongly encourage our attendees to do just that in the Innovation Lounge!

Positions in Policy

The APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring at the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up onsite interviews at the conference for open positions. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at various levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. When available, the positions being interviewed for at the conference will be noted on their Job Listings page.

Networking Opportunities

Opportunities to network at the conference will be plentiful through our educational programs, social events and special programs.

Student Resources

There will be student specific events  during the Fall Research Conference, including mentorship programs, a Student Lounge, networking opportunities with policy experts, the PhD Program Fair, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, and student-focused content.

Go to APPAM’s conference page for more information and to register.

2018 Social Enterprise Conference | Friday, November 30

This headline event provides a unique opportunity for you to tap into the vibrant ecosystem of capital for social impact. They have a diverse line-up of over 40 speakers who will be sharing how they are changing the way they think about how capital is sourced and used to generate sustainable solutions to global, systemic challenges through the lens of business, philanthropy, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and more.

Make sure to catch their keynote speakers, who will share best practices and how they engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society.

Friday, November 30, 2018
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Student Tickets $50
General Admission $150

Keynote Speakers

Joel Greenblatt Caroline Roan ’00 SIPA Darren Walker 
Managing Partner
of Gotham Capital
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer Inc; President of Pfizer Foundation President of the Ford Foundation

Sources of Capital

Private Equity Investments in Impact Investing

  • Chris Cozzone, Senior Vice President, Double Impact at Bain Capital Double Impact Fund
  • Brian Dunlap, Head of Technology Investing at TPG / The Rise Fund
  • * Stephanie Kater, Principal at The Bridgespan Group
  • Elizabeth Seeger, Director, Sustainable Investing at KKR

Opportunity Zones + Community Development Financing

  • Ron Moelis, CEO + Founding Partner of L+M Development Partners
  • * Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate at Columbia Business School
  • Chris Slevin, Legislative Director at The Office of Senator Cory Booker

Intergenerational Wealth Transfer + Millennials Driving Impact Investing

  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., Senior Vice President, Wealth Management at UBS
  • * Tami Kesselman, Chief Impact Strategist & Alchemist of Aligned Investing Global
  • Abigail Pohlman, Vice President at Goldman Sachs
  • Anna Raginskaya, The Blue Rider Group │ Private Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley

Foundations with Impact Focused Portfolios

  • Bob Bancroft, Vice President of Finance for Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Preeti Bhattacharji ’14BUS ’09CC, Vice President of Integrated Capitals at Heron Foundation
  • Shuaib A. Siddiqui, Director, Impact Investing at Surdna Foundation
  • * Lily Trager, Director of Investing with Impact
    at Morgan Stanley

Uses of Capital

Trends in Social Impact Real Estate Development + Affordable Housing

* Thomas Campbell ’09BUS, Managing Member
of Thorobird Companies
Hugh R. Frater ’85BUS, Chairman of VEREIT / Shift Capital
Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO & President of Bowery Residents’ Committee
Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability at Jonathan Rose Companies

Capital Deployment for Scaling Social Ventures

  • Jessie Gould, Founder of Ox Verte
  • Alex Husted, Co-owner of HELPSY
  • * Julius Mokrauer, Managing Director / Fund Manager at Serious Change, LP
  • Peter Neiman, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Amalgamated Bank

Sports Philanthropy

  • Eric DiMiceli, Director, Social Responsibility at National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Olga Harvey, Vice President, Community Impact at Women’s Sports Foundation
  • JoAnn Neale, Chief Administrative & Social Responsibility Officer at Major League Soccer
  • * Ben Schornack, NYC Program Officer at Laureus Foundation

Clean Energy + Renewables

  • Peter Davidson, Co-founder and CEO of the Aligned Intermediary (AI)
  • Manish Kumar ’11BUS, Managing Director, Energy Storage at The AES Corporation Nate McMurray ’10BUS, Vice President, Divestiture & Portfolio Strategy at EDF Renewables North America
  • * Bruce Usher, Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; Professor of Professional Practice

* Moderator of the panel

Click here for full program details.