Event Details

ADVANCE is the inaugural conference from Generocity dedicated to helping move forward ideas, organizations and professionals that drive smarter impact.

Professionals come to ADVANCE to make connections and leave with a clear call-to action on how to better serve the community. They’ll advance their careers. They’ll advance their organizations. They’ll advance their missions.

Join Generocity and Create X Change for this special event featuring Yancey Strickler, cofounder of Kickstarter and other local impact leaders!


  • 8:00 AM - Registration & breakfast
  • 8:30 AM - Author Meet & Greet + Book Signing (VIP Ticket Holders ONLY)
  • 8:30 AM - Mindfulness Lounge by On the Goga
  • 9:20 AM - Welcome Remarks by Generocity Leadership team
  • 9:35 AM - Keynote Address by Yancey Strickler
  • 10:25 AM - Envision a Future Driven by You (panelists listed below)
  • 11:05 AM - Musical Performance by Daniel de Jesús
  • 11:30 AM - Lunch
  • 12:25 PM - Intrinsic Values Shape More than Your Personal Story, Vanessa Briggs
  • 1:10 PM - Changing the Dominant Narrative through Immigrant Integration, Peter Gonzales, Manuel Portillo, and Stephanie Sun
  • 1:55 PM - Building Bridges & Breaking Bread: Harnessing the Power of Community Engagement Models for Innovative Impact, Anuj Gupta
  • 2:35 PM - Closing Remarks
  • 2:45 PM - Exit

Welcome Remarks

Christopher Wink, CEO, Generocity

Vincent Better, Vice President of Philadelphia Initiatives, Generocity

Keynote Address

Yancey Strickler, Cofounder, Kickstarter

Envision a Future Driven by You (Panel)

Yancey Stickler, Cofounder, Kickstarter

Sabrina Vourvoulias, Editor, Generocity

Markita Morris-Louis, Founding Chief Strategy Officer, Compass Working Capital 

Tiffany Tavarez, Vice President of Community Relations, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Walters-Michalec, Community Affairs, Capital One

What does the future look like when you are driving it — because you are. Generocity’s Editor, Sabrina Vourvoulias, will moderate a panel discussing the intersection of culture, technology, and social impact.

Musical Performance provided by AfroTaíno Productions!

Daniel de Jesús & his musical practice of building tribal beats, ambient sonic spaces, and gut wrenching string arrangements with soaring vocals has taken audiences by storm. His work has been described as Baroque pop and Neo-Goth, filled with dramatic themes based on mysticism, the occult, and Latin American lore. Daniel de Jesús has nine studio recordings of his own music, and performs with orchestras and rock bands in the region and around the world. His current projects include collaborations with painter and performance artist David Antonio Cruz, singer songwriter Courtlyn Carr, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Pig Iron Theater, and play writer Andrew Albert García. He has performed at venues across the world including the Park Ave. Armory, Millenium Park Theater, and World Café Live. He has supported Grammy winning music artist Carla Morrison during her Philadelphia tour stop, and has worked as an arranger for nationally recognized artists like KD Lang & Patti Labelle.

Intrinsic Values Shape More than Your Personal Story

Vanessa Briggs, President and CEO, Brandywine Health Foundation

This session will engage participants on how values give purpose to our personal stories and how threads are woven throughout professional careers as we engage community, wear and carry diversity, equity and inclusion, use power and influence to lead transformational change. An interactive discussion and examples on how a community-driven process can lend to a successful strategic planning process and action plan.

Changing the Dominant Narrative through Immigrant Integration (Presentation 2)

Peter Gonzales, President & CEO, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Manuel Portillo, Director of Community Engagement, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Stephanie Sun, Board Member, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Learn how one approach to immigrant integration is combating dominant narratives that portray immigrants as a deficit to the country. At a time when current public policies are stirring deep divides in the social fabric of the United States, we will discuss the process of how to shape a more inclusive approach to understanding immigrants and immigration as assets to society.

Building Bridges & Breaking Bread: Harnessing the Power of Community Engagement Models for Innovative Impact (Presentation 3)

Anuj Gupta, General Manager, Reading Terminal Market

Anuj Gupta, General Manager of the historic Reading Terminal Market, will discuss how he has utilized a community engagement model in the Market’s strategic plan. Over the last several years, the Market has developed a variety of programs to build connections with immigrant communities, underserved populations and youth across the City of Philadelphia. These efforts not only impact the involved communities through educational and civic capacity building, they also help define the Market as a relevant institution and public space in the minds of the newest and youngest Philadelphians. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Special thanks to our partners, On the Goga & AfroTaíno Productions!

Got questions? Email Generocity Events Manager, Fatima Conteh, at [email protected].

Contributors to Generocity Journalism Fund (formerly members) receive 10% off tickets!

To celebrate Generocity's 10th anniversary, consider making a commitment to help us expand our important local journalism. The Generocity Journalism Fund will enable us to continue to develop our talented corps of freelancers so that it is truly representative of the city, and so that we can continue writing quality journalism — only, more of it! Learn more here!

Refund Policy:

For events hosted by Generocity, Generocity will honor full refunds for orders canceled 30 days or more prior to the ticketed event. If cancelled 29 days or fewer before the event, the ticket can be transferred to another guest or applied as credit for a future Generocity event. NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS will be given to cancellations made within 24 hours or less of the event.

Attendees are responsible for their own travel to and timely arrival at the event.

About Generocity:

Generocity is a local social impact news and events group with a mission of building better communities through smarter impact. We do this through news, events and services. The focus of our reporting and convening is on how nonprofit, social enterprise and other mission groups can maximize their impact. Our audience are funders and leaders of mission organizations who care about maximizing impact.

Venue Information

Harrisburg University (Philadelphia Campus)
492 North 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Organizer Information

Technically Media

601 Walnut Street, 12 Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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