2015 Community Conversations

Recap of the 2015 Community Conversation

Inspiring Two-Gen Innovation:
A Community Conversation with Krista Tippett

Award-winning broadcaster Krista Tippett led a thoughtful, engaging discussion about the promise and results of a two-generation approach to reducing poverty at the 2015 Community Conversation on June 11 at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Panelists included Gloria Perez, Jeremiah President and CEO; Brian Pellinen, Academic Dean of Professional Studies at Endicott College in Boston; and Ashley Richter, a 2014 graduate of Jeremiah who now is working as a controls engineer at Perbix having earned her bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ashley shared details of her Jeremiah experience, stating succinctly but powerfully, “Jeremiah Program put my daughter back in my life.” Jeremiah visionary founder Michael J. O’Connell commented on the holistic experience of the program, which begins with empowerment — “spiritual pilates” in his words! He also emphasized that Jeremiah’s guiding principle—seeking the well-being of the city—means seeking the prosperity of all in body, mind and spirit.

Gloria Perez and Brian Pellinen reinforced that holistic approach, sharing what Jeremiah and Endicott have learned since launching pilots in Boston in fall 2014. Pellinen said research shows that programs that take into account the whole person are the ones having a much deeper societal impact.

Thought leaders, policymakers and supporters in the audience shared their questions and suggestions with a full house of nearly 200 people, and Tippett wrapped up the discussion with this observation: “Jeremiah helps people enter the job market, yes, but also to be whole people.” Indeed.

Thanks to our sponsor and table hosts for helping make this event possible.

Krista Tippett is the Peabody Award-winning broadcaster of “On Being,” a New York Times bestselling author, and the creator of “The Civil Conversations Project.” Last year she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

Thank you to our 2015 Community Conversation sponsor
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Table Hosts

Suzanne Brust & John Shepard, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Sandra & Lynn Davis, Barb Hemberger, Ruth Hendrickson, Ann Herzog-Olson, Amy Jensen, NEPC LLC, Dee & Bob Oliveira, Gloria Perez & John Harens, Cindy & Tad Piper, Stephanie & John Potter, Rebecca Powers, PROPEL, Sophie & Andy Rich, Ryan Companies US Inc., Susan & Bill Sands, Vanderwall Consulting