LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY

Friday, January 17th
8:00am-3:00pm
Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue

8:00am: Coffee & Conversation
8:30am: Welcome Remarks

Brooke Herlihy Cooper – SEA Board Member
Steve Gregg – Executive Director, SquashSmarts
Jose Rubert-Zayas – SquashSmarts Alumnus

9:00am: The SEA Report: The State and Outcomes of Our Network

Edgardo Gonzalez – Director of Squash, SEA
Sonia Gonzalez – Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni, SEA
Jennifer Sewell – Director of Program Support & Evaluation, SEA
Tim Wyant – Executive Director, SEA

10:00am: 25 Years Later: What has our model achieved? What are our successes? What are our failures?

Moderated by Greg Zaff – Founder & CEO of SquashBusters
Mikhail Darlington – SquashBusters Alumnus and Senior Manager: Academics and Pathways, SquashBusters
Hope Blinkoff Lynch – Executive Director, 716 Squash
Jesse Pacheco – CitySquash Alumna and SEA Board Member

11:00am: Q &A with John Palfrey, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 

Interviewed by Tim Wyant, Executive Director, SEA

12:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Breakout Sessions

Fundraising: Advice from Leaders in Philanthropy

Moderated by Abby Markoe – Executive Director, Baltimore’s SquashWise
Lauren Coape-Arnold – Global Head of Citizenship, Apollo Global Management
Patrice Cromwell – Director, Youth Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Ambika Kapur – Program Officer, Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Career Readiness: How do we prepare our students for the workforce?

Moderated by Sonia Gonzalez, Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni, SEA
Alana Lerner – Employment Placement Manager, Year Up
Monete Johnson, SquashBusters Alumnus and Assistant Director College Advising, SEO Scholars NY
Ronald German, SquashBusters Alumnus and Assistant Vice President, Investor Services, Brown Brothers Harriman
Patricia Melton – New Haven Promise, President

Looking Outward: What we can learn from other sports-based youth development organizations

Moderated by Derek Aguirre – Executive Director, Racquet Up Detroit
Devin O’Brien – Executive Director, Harlem Lacrosse New York

Amanda Kraus – Founder & CEO, Row NY
Andrew So – Executive Director, South Bronx United

2:00pm: Breakout Sessions

Excellence in Squash: The Challenges, Opportunities & Path Forward

Esteban Espinal – Executive Director, Squash Urbano Colombia
Edgardo Gonzalez – Director of Squash, SEA
Julie Monrad – Squash Manager, Design & Integration, MetroSquash
Simba Muhwati – Chief Squash Officer, StreetSquash

Q & A with a Pioneer in Education

Guest: Ivan Hageman – Head of School, East Harlem School
Interviewer: Terence Li – Executive Director, CitySquash

Attire is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

Guest Speaker

John Palfrey is President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies with assets of approximately $7 billion, and offices in Chicago, Mexico City, New Delhi, and Abuja, Nigeria.

A member of SEA’s Board of Advisors, Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, he served as Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover, the only school of its kind to maintain need-blind admissions. During his tenure, the number of faculty members of color doubled, and  the student body grew more diverse.  Palfrey oversaw the creation of the Tang Institute at Andover, which seeks to reform and democratize excellent teaching and learning. Under Palfrey’s leadership, Andover became one of two facility partners of SquashBusters’ operations in Lawrence, MA.

Palfrey was the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is founding board chair of the Digital Public Library of America, is the former board chair of LRNG, a nonprofit launched and supported by MacArthur, and currently serves on the board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Palfrey has published extensively on how young people learn in a digital era, as well as the effects of new technologies on society at large. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education.

Palfrey earned a B.A. from Harvard College, where he was captain of a national championship squash team, and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Palfrey is a squash player and longtime supporter of SquashBusters and the SEA network.

Want to attend? Email maggie.riehl@squashandeducation.org