9th Annual Gathering Schedule


Tuesday, April 24 – Business Day

The first day of the Gathering will be devoted to Network business. First, the Network's five working groups will have a chance to meet in person and develop next steps for their work plans. While current members are encouraged to attend their working group's meeting, non-members and new members are invited to learn more about the Network in an Introduction to the Network session. Later in the afternoon we'll come together to discuss Network business for 2018 and create open space for peer learning between funders; we'll end the day with a fun rooftop reception.

11:00a   Registration Opens

Pick up your registration packet in the library of the Hilton Garden Inn.

1:00 – 3:00p   Working Group Meetings (Current WG Members Only)

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Health
  • Food & Agriculture Systems
  • Strengthening Community Capacity
  • Arts & Culture

1:30 – 3:00p   Introduction to the Network & New Member Orientation 

Learn about the history, work, and structure of the Network and explore ways to get involved.

3:00 – 3:15p   Break

3:15 – 4:15p   Network Update & Business Meeting

Catch up on the impact and role of the Network in the Appalachian Transition and hear updates on the past year’s work. Discuss central elements of the Network, including budget, communications, and leadership.

  • Steering Committee nominations announcements
  • Budget Update
  • Goals for 2018
  • Announce next year’s Gathering planning team (2019)
  • Introduce Open Space signups

4:30 – 5:30p   Open Space

6:00p   Opening Reception 

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres with old and new friends. Each attendee will receive 2 drink tickets

Wednesday, April 25 –Learning and Relationship Building

This full day will be devoted to learning—from experts, Network working group members, other networks, and practitioners. Deepen your understanding of eastern Kentucky history, current national work relevant to Appalachia, working group priorities, and innovations in philanthropy, and submerge yourself in the best work happening across the subregion. End the day by deepening your relationships during a celebration of Appalachian foodways.

7:00 – 7:45a   Wake-up: Yoga Class or Walk Through Pikeville 

7:45a   Morning Refreshments

8:30 – 9:00a   Opening & Welcome

Welcome from your Steering Committee, Gathering Planning Team, and local leaders.

9:00 – 9:30a   The Story of Eastern KY Energy

Learn about the history and culture of Eastern Kentucky and explore the past and current state of Eastern Kentucky energy.

9:30 – 10:30a   Federal and National Updates

Engage in lively discussion with members of federal and national organizations about cross-cutting work relevant to Appalachia happening at the national level.

10:30 - 10:45  Break

10:45 – 11:45a   Working Groups: Issues & Analysis 

Working Groups share information about their priorities for 2018 and provide analysis on why these issues matter to the Appalachian transition

11:45 – 1:00p   Keynote Luncheon

Rosa Lee Harden and Kevin Jones, Co-Founders of SOCAP, the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise, will discuss philanthropy’s role in the current moment, with analysis of impact investing, PRIs, mission-aligned investments, and other innovations.

Rosa Lee Harden is the Executive Producer of SOCAP17 and has been a producer throughout the growth of the conference from 600 people in 2008 to more than 2,700 in 2015. She is a successful serial entrepreneur and for 25 years was an owner and publisher of newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, accomplishing turnarounds and launching successful startups that became the top publications in their markets.

Kevin Jones creates information businesses inside emerging markets. He believes that markets emerge in conversation, as people try to explain and understand value. Kevin is also founder of Good Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in social enterprises. 

1:30 – 6:00p   Learning Journeys

Explore topics of equity and learn about investible opportunities through the work on the ground by joining one of 4 learning journeys.

  • Pikeville
  • Whitesburg
  • Hindman/Hazard
  • Williamson

6:30p   A Celebration of Appalachian Foodways

Join us at the Jenny Wiley Theater in Pikeville for a celebration of Appalachian foodways co-presented by Appalachian Food Summit. Dinner will feature culinary creations from Travis Milton of Milton's. Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals, will speak. Nancy Bruns, of JQ Dickinson Saltworks and opportunities for food-based small business and artisans in the region. Music & square dance in partnership with Hindman Settlement School.

Thursday, April 26 – Learning & Relationship Building                 

On the third and final day of the Gathering we’ll reflect on our learning from the past two days and how that learning affects our work going forward. Hear from the next generation of Appalachian leaders to gain new perspectives and gather again with working groups to welcome new members.  

7:30 – 8:30   Morning Refreshments & Networking 

8:30 – 8:45a   Welcome & Reflections

8:45 – 10:00a   Investing in Coal Country – Learning Journey Group Reflection

Learning journey attendees will share and reflect on their learning from the previous day.

10:00 – 10:15a   Break

10:15 – 11:30a   Working Group Meetings (Open)

All Gathering attendees (current and future Network members) are invited to attend an in-person working group to dive deep into the group's priorities and work plan for 2018.

11:45 – 12:45p   Young Appalachian Leaders Keynote Panel & Boxed Lunch

Grab your boxed lunch and listen to young leaders (under 40) from across Appalachia discuss opportunities and challenges to their work.

12:45 – 1:00p   Closing Remarks

1:00p   Adjourn