Annual NH Summit on Systemic Inclusion

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 8:30 AM - Friday, 15 October 2021 3:00 PM EDT

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021 8:30 AM - Friday, 15 October 2021 3:00 PM EDT





The NH Bankers Association, NH Municipal Association, Economic Vitality NH, and our other partners join NCDE in inviting you!




Annual New Hampshire Summit on Systemic Inclusion




October 13-15, 2021


Virtual Sessions




This will not be a “sit-and-listen” conference but rather an action-oriented conversation leading to tangible gains, moving low-income learners of all ages out of intergenerational poverty. Come join us!





Invitees – State and local leaders from:


  •  ·      Banks, credit unions and other Financial institutions                     

  • ·       Educational systems

  • ·       Foundations

  • ·       Workforce development

  • ·       Organizations representing the underserved and underrepresented




Key Outcomes


 ·      - Celebrate trailblazing progress since last year’s NH summit on systemic (financial, economic, educational, and digital) inclusion


·       - Engage in intensive action-planning to collaboratively shape concrete next steps to build more vibrant, inclusive communities


·       - Learn about stellar resources for thriving New Hampshire families and communities




Day One – October 13th




8:30 – 8:55AM   Opening remarks, “Systemic Inclusion: Building a High-Skill, High-Wage Inclusive Economy”, Dr. Robert McLaughlin, executive director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE)





9:00 – 9:40AM   Keynote address with Q&A, “Aligning Educational, CRA, and Philanthropic Investments for Economic Opportunity and Vitality”, Kimelyn Harris, senior vice president for ESG and public policy, Bank of America. Introductory remarks by Kristy Merrill, president, New Hampshire Bankers Association.





9:45 – 10:15AM“The Manchester Systemic Inclusion Example”, panel with Q&A, moderated by Bob McLaughlin, NCDE. Panelists include:




                             Barry Brensinger, coordinator, Manchester Proud


Kathy Cook, Bean Foundation


Dr. Mary Ford, director of educational inclusion, NCDE


                                    James Robbins, senior vice-president, Bangor Savings Bank


Ken Sheldon, New Hampshire president, Bank of America




      10:30 – 10:50AM Key Systemic Inclusion Initiatives in New Hampshire, facilitated by Dr. Paul Resta,


board chair, NCDE. Panelists:




Financial Inclusion (Bank On New Hampshire): Bob McLaughlin, NCDE


Economic Inclusion:  Building inclusive career pathways: Mary Ford, NCDE


Educational Inclusion – NH’s proposed new school approval rules: Fred Bramante,


executive director, National Center for Competency-Based Learning


Digital Inclusion: Carol Miller, director of broadband Initiatives, NCDE





11:00 – 12:30PM  Building inclusive career pathways for Manchester youths and adults into banking


and teaching: Co-facilitated by Amy Allen, assistant superintendent, Manchester School District; Jamie Nadeau (Invited), Manchester branch manager, Bangor Savings Bank; and Mary Ford, NCDE.





1:30 – 3:00PM   Bank On New Hampshire: how do we educate our youth to start saving and becoming


banked at early age?  Facilitated by Paul McLaughlin, home ownership program director,  NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; and Mary Ford, NCDE.




Day Two – October 14th




8:25 – 8:30AM   Welcoming remarks, “Key insights, questions and challenges from Day One”, Bob McLaughlin, NCDE





8:30 – 9:15AM  Opening panel: “Scaling collaborative investments statewide to lift low-income


learners out of poverty – fostering alignment of education, CRA and philanthropic investments and advocacy”. Moderated by Bob McLaughlin, NCDE. Panelists


usanne Cameron (invited), New England regional manager, community engagement,


JPMorgan Chase


                                    Joseph Doiron, director of workforce development, NH Dept. of Business and Economic




                                    Cary Gladstone, senior director, asset building strategies, Granite United Way


                                    Talmira Hill, strategic advisor, NH Funders Forum




9:30 – 11:00AM Building inclusive career pathways for low-income youths and adults: how might we


best support community-wide collaboration among career pathways efforts? Facilitated by Dina Karlon, education and credential specialist, Southern NH Services at DHHS NH Employment Program, Ally Joseph, executive director, My Turn; and Mary Ford, NCDE.




11:05 – 12:35PM Building the Bank On New Hampshire Coalition:  what are best next steps to further


develop the new Bank On New Hampshire initiative?  Facilitated by Liz Gray, executive director, NH Small Business Development Center, and Cary Gladstone, senior director, asset building strategies, Granite United Way.





1:00 – 3:00PM   Affordable Broadband Statewide:  Advising efforts to spur broadband investment for affordable access in underserved. Co-facilitated by Margaret Byrnes, executive director, NH Municipal Association, Leo Dwyer, NH Broadband LLC, and Carol Miller, director of broadband Initiatives, NCDE.





Day Three – October 15th




9:30 – 11:00AM Education-Driven Economic Development (ED2) Topic #2: A New Vision for New


Hampshire’s High Schools.  Initial briefing by Tom Raffio, president and chief executive officer, Northeast Delta Dental, and chair, New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.  Discussion facilitated by Fred Bramante, executive director, National Center for Competency-Based Learning. 





11:05 – 12:35PM  Fostering financial and digital inclusion:  bundling new and refurbished computers


with Bank On accounts and financial literacy for NH’s low-income learners of all ages. Facilitated by Carol Miller and Bob McLaughlin, NCDE.




1:30 – 3:00 PM  Education-Driven Economic Development (ED2): Building ED2 -- an Education-Driven Economic Development System. Initial briefing by Matt Guruge, chief executive officer of Awato; and Fred Bramante, executive director, National Center for Competency-Based Learning. Discussion facilitated by Zenagui Brahim, president, New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership.





Summit Partners






Bangor Savings Bank


Bank of America


Citizen’s Bank


Economic Vitality New Hampshire


T. L. Hill Group




My Turn


NAACP Manchester


National Coalition for Competency-Based Learning


New Hampshire Bankers Association


New Hampshire Community Loan Fund


New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services


New Hampshire Electric Co-op


New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership


New Hampshire Municipal Association


New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative


New Hampshire Small Business Development Center


New Hampshire Society for Technology Education


NH Broadband LLC




Skills Commons


University of New Hampshire


National Collaborative for Digital Equity

The tax-exempt, Weare NH-based National Collaborative for Digital Equity fosters joint investments by leaders in banking, education, philanthropy, workforce development and diversity to support systemic inclusion -- financial, economic, educational and digital -- for low- and moderate-income (LMI) learners of all ages.

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