Michael Weekes, President/CEO of the Providers’ Council, opened the convening by reminding everyone to vote the following day. That reminder resounded throughout the day as presenters and workshop leaders likewise urged participants to head to the polls. However, the Council led with more than words this election cycle—they actively engaged their members on ballot measures that would impact their work in communities across the state. But the day was about much more than midterm elections—it was an opportunity to spend time with peers, recognize outstanding leaders in the field, and have conversations about the future of Massachusetts and the nation.
The keynote speaker was Liz Walker, a television journalist, documentary film producer, and humanitarian. She thanked everyone in the room for the work they do to keep our society "from falling off the edge." And as she told her story, she urged attendees to open themselves up to all the connections and collaborations that they might not have considered. She also reminded the audience that real change takes time, but that nonprofits can and do make a difference in the world. Seems like sound advice for nonprofits across the country.