2022 Conference

PACDC’s first in-person conference since 2019 was incredible! The 7th Annual Forward Equitable Development Conference brought together community development practitioners, allied organizations, city agencies, academics, and others. Attendees participated in a poetry workshop, learned about urban planning, mission driven financing, and supported one another during trauma-informed healing. We are looking forward to next year’s conference and hope to see you there!

Below are photos from the conference by Dominique Nichole Photography  (Instagram @dominique_nichole_ LinkedIn @dominique-nichole) with a few by PACDC staff.

For an idea of what to expect in the future, below are our 2022 conference program and sponsors:

2022 Conference Program

DAY 1 – Wednesday, October 5th

Time: Sessions:
8:00-9:00am Registration Opens
Catered Breakfast & Community Catch-Ups
Full Day UrbanPlan for Communities Workshop
Urban Land Institute
9:00-9:30am Welcome & Group Reconnecting/Grounding
9:45-11:15am SESSION A: Creative Healing Spaces
Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Creative Praxis

SESSION B: Trauma-Focused Healing: From the Individual to the Community
Life After Trauma Organization
11:30am-12:30pm PANEL: Mission-Driven Financing for Community-Driven Vision
-Michael Alles, Nonprofit Finance Fund
-James R. Burnett, VestedIn
-Jill C. Fink, The Merchants Fund
-Rishika Ghosh, Philadelphia Green Capital Corp.
-Peter Winslow, Philadelphia Public Bank Coalition, board candidate for Philadelphia Public Financial Authority
12:30-2:00pm Catered Lunch
Affinity Group Round Tables
3:15-4:45pm Creating Community Hubs: Sullivan Center Case Study & “Art As Prayer” Workshop
Sullivan Community Impact Center Project Team & Alice and Daisy’s Kin
4:45-5:15pm Final Reflections & Day 1 Wrap-up

DAY 2 – Thursday, October 6th

Time Sessions:
8:30-9:15am Registration Opens
Catered Breakfast & Community Catch-Ups
9:15-9:45am Welcome Back
9:45-10:15am Keynote:
Guided Meditation & Reading from Emergent Strategy
adrienne maree brown
10:30am-12:00pm SESSION A: The Poetry of Healing, Joy, and Wellness: Interactive Poetry Writing Workshop & Performance
Trapeta Mayson, accompanied by: Diane Monroe, Mary Francis, and Jan Jeffries

SESSION B: Trauma-Informed Community Development Training
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
12:00-1:30pm Catered Lunch
PACDC Iron Sharpens Iron Podcast – Live Recording
1:45-2:45pm The DIY Clearing: Making Space for Grace in Your Life and Work
Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart
3:00-4:00pm Organizational Wellness and Its Relationship to Talent Development
Alia Sutton-Bey
3:00-4:30pm PANEL: “Staking Claim to Our Land”
– James Johnson-Piett, Urbane
Melvin Powell, Creative Peacekeepers & Artists
– Chris “TAMEArtz” Rodriguez
Harry Tapia, HACE
– Jasmin Velez, Kensington Corridor Trust, Raíces Consulting, & Neighborhood Gardens Trust
4:30-5:00pm Final Reflections & Day 2 Wrap-Up
5:00-6:30pm Equity Celebration!
Live entertainment
Poetry reading by Pam Bridgeforth

Thank you to our 30th Anniversary Signature Event Series Sponsors:







AARPAssociación Puertorriqueños en MarchaAsian BankBerkadiaCecil Baker + Partners ArchitectsCescapheChildren’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaCinnaireCohn ReznickCommunity VenturesCozen O’ConnorDiamond & AssociatesDomusDonovan ArchitectsDrexel UniversityEsperanzaEustace EngineeringFederal Home Loan Bank of PittsburghHolstein White EngineersInglis ・ Jefferson UniversityJKRP ArchitectsKitchen and AssociatesKramer + Marks ArchitectsMcDonald Building Co.New CourtlandNew Kensington CDCNorth10 PhiladelphiaPennsylvania Housing Finance AgencyPIDCProject HOMERegional Housing Legal ServicesReinvestment FundRichman GroupSaul Ewing Ernstein & LehrStone SherickTN Ward ・ Turner Law ・ Withium

PACDC regrets that the first day of the conference falls on Yom Kippur.