Resilient Communities Symposium

Image Monday, March 12, 2018
8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weber Retreat & Conference Center
Adrian, Michigan

An extraordinary opportunity to hear what five national thought leaders in community development have learned is vital to creating and sustaining resilient communities.

Sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

COST: $45 (includes lunch) - Event Flier


Nick Tilsen


Nick Tilsen - Creating and Sustaining the Vision

Nick Tilsen, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, is the Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and has more than 15 years’ experience working with nonprofits and tribal nations on projects dedicated to creating social change. He works to bridge governmental and philanthropic partnerships in order to maximize community impact by getting resources and support to those leading positive social change in Native American communities.


Janie Barrera


Janie Barrera - Economic Empowerment as a Pathway to Resiliency

Janie Barrera is founding president and CEO of LiftFund, the largest nonprofit micro- and small-business lender in the United States. Since its inception in 1994, LiftFund has disbursed more than 18,000 loans totaling more than $222 million – with an impressive 94 percent repayment rate. She has received nationwide recognition for her accomplishments and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.


Rev Starsky Wilson


Rev. Starsky Wilson - Resiliency Through a Racial Equity Lens

The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, pastor, philanthropist, and activist pursuing God’s vision of community marked by justice, peace, and love. In 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Rev. Wilson to lead the Ferguson Commission to study the underlying conditions and make public policy recommendations to help the region progress through issues exposed by the tragic death of Michael Brown Jr.


Ahmina Maxey


Ahmina Maxey - Environmental Justice and the New Economy

Ahmina Maxey is the U.S. & Canada Regional Coordinator with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). She works to support communities that are opposing polluting industries and advocating for zero-waste alternatives. She is a 2011 Green for All Fellow, 2014 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Bunyan Bryant Environmental Justice Award, and was included on Grist’s 2017 list of 50 emerging green leaders.


Michael Rozyne


Michael Rozyne - Partnering to Move Edgy Ideas to Mainstream Action

Michael Rozyne is the founder and “evangelist” of Red Tomato, a regional “food hub” based in Plainville, Massachusetts, that sources from 45 mid-sized fruit and vegetable farms. In 1986, he co-founded the fair trade coffee company Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative. Before that, he worked on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and as buyer/marketing manager for the natural foods warehouse Northeast Cooperatives.


Space is limited, register early.

Overnight accommodations are available on a limited basis. Fees per night are $80 single occupancy or $60 per person for double occupancy. These prices include meals. For questions and reservations, please contact us at or 517-266-4000 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Shuttle transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport or Toledo Express Airport is available. The charge for this service is $30 each way and must be reserved and paid for in advance.  >>Download Transportation Request Form<<


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