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Community Leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

July 13 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm EDT

Community Leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals // Webinar with the Authors

The most recent issue of The Foundation Review focuses on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can be used as tools for community leadership. The SDGs, based on five pillars for sustainable development (economic, social, environmental, cultural, security), acknowledge that sustainable development needs to happen everywhere and that inequality exists within all communities. As such, the SDGs are meant to be implemented in all nations, with a focus on community-level actions and indicators that are meant to ensure that no one is left behind.

Join us for a webinar featuring several authors from The Foundation Review, volume 13, issue 4 to discuss how the SDGs can serve as a robust blueprint for anyone in philanthropy concerned about the many global challenges we all face.

Author Panelists:

  • Sarah Casey, West Central Initiative
  • Katie Leone, Hertz Global Holdings
  • Christa Otteson, Vela Strategy
  • Aysegul Timur, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Anna Wasescha, West Central Initiative

Moderator: Michael Layton, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Read the articles that inspired this webinar:

Who should attend this course?
This workshop is open to community leaders — especially from community foundations and their stakeholders — who are interested in learning more about how to use the SDGs to advance their agendas in terms of community engagement, communication, and impact measurement.

Price: Free
Format: Virtual
Deadline to Register:  July 12

This event will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish provided by Comunalia, the Alliance of Community Foundations of Mexico. Este evento se llevará a cabo en inglés, con interpretación simultánea al español proporcionada por Comunalia, la Alianza de Fundaciones Comunitarias de México.

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email Tiana Hawver.

Photo of Sarah Casey
Sarah Casey is the director of strategic communications at West Central Initiative where she oversees the organization’s communications strategy, infrastructure, and team. She’s passionate about building relationships among people and their places, connecting and activating for common good, and all things related to sustainability and equity — particularly in rural settings. Her professional career has taken her from higher education to the energy industry and now to the nonprofit world.

Photo: Michael Layton
Michael D. Layton, Ph.D., is the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Michael brings a wealth of experience to this role, including his work as a researcher, teacher, director, advocate, and consultant. He has worked closely with a mix of community philanthropy organizations throughout the Americas, and brings to his position a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and capacities of community philanthropy to act as a catalyst in promoting community-led development and in strengthening the local context for philanthropy. Learn more about Dr. Layton.

Photo of Katie Leone
Katie Leone is the director of corporate social responsibility at Hertz where she advances the company’s social impact strategy and environmental, social, and governance performance. She earned her master’s from Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability and completed a Climate Fellowship at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute. Prior to joining Hertz, Katie worked in philanthropy and higher education, integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into both industries and connecting interdisciplinary teams to set and achieve targets aimed at improving quality of life.

Christa Otteson, M.A., is owner and principal of Vela Strategy.

Photo of Dr. Aysegul Timur
Aysegul Timur, Ph.D., vice president and vice provost of strategy and program innovation and a member of the Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).  Her areas of specialization include business policy and organizational development, quality and continuous improvement, health (especially pharmaceutical pricing), and international economics. She is a go-to expert for workforce development and was recently honored by the Florida College Access Network as one of its first Workforce Education Innovators. Before joining the FGCU team, she held a variety of faculty and executive leadership positions in higher education, including senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University, and full professor of economics.

Anna Wasescha, Ph.D., is president of West Central Initiative.


July 13
12:00 pm–1:00 pm EDT
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