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2023 James R. Dumpson Symposium: Leading for Change—How to Create Sustainable Impact in Children and Family Services

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 69 p.m.

McNally Amphitheatre
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
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It is more important than ever to share practices with emerging leaders in social services and education fields, as leaders and students need to understand the practical application of theories and policies. This symposium will address the re-occurring themes of leadership development, collaboration with communities, and the importance of diverse teams to bring about systemic change, large-scale reform, and reimagining the human service system.

This event will include two panel discussions, followed by a reception for attendees.

Panel 1: The Power of Partnerships


  • Linda Gibbs, principal, Bloomberg Philanthropy
  • Gerard McCaffery, former president and CEO, MercyFirst
  • Ronald Richter, CEO, JCCA
  • Fred Wulczyn, director, Center for State Child Welfare Data, University of Chicago
  • Moderator: Shirley Gatenio Gabel, professor and Mary Ann Quaranta Endowed Chair, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service

Panel 2: Confronting Challenges


  • Jess Dannhauser, NYC ACS commissioner
  • Benita Miller, executive director, Powerful Families, Powerful Communities
  • Raysa Rodriquez, chief program and policy officer, FPWA
  • Willie Tolliver, professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
  • Moderator: Jennifer Jones Austin, president and CEO, FPWA

The event will feature closing remarks from Anne Williams-Isom, NYC Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services.

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