September 28th, 2017
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Boulder Jewish Community Center
6007 Oreg Ave


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BoCo Strong’s 2017 Resilience Summit is an all day event featuring a variety of learning sessions in the morning and panel discussion in the afternoon. This year’s theme is Resilience in Action! We have come a long way since the flood commemoration of 2013 to the point where we have to pick and choose which projects to focus on because of the wealth of material. That’s why we are expanding this year’s summit to a full day. This way we can focus on both workshops for building resilience skills and also presentations of inspiring best practices from local experts and practitioners. Recognizing that everyone has very busy schedules, you are free to come and go throughout the day. We only ask that you don’t enter in the middle of a workshop or panel.

As always, this event is free and open to the public. Please share with your networks and invite your friends! Our preliminary schedule is below. We will update with changes as they happen. Please contact with any questions, thoughts, or needs. For more on our speakers, you can read their bios here.

8:30-9:00 Registration and Welcome

Morning Learning Sessions

9:00-10:25 Learning Session Round #1

  • Asset Mapping from Small to Large Scale – Rob Pressly, Colorado State Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • Best Practices for Resilience – Claire Chase, Resilience By Design LLC
  • Grant Writing Demystified – Blaire Young, Cultivation Center LLC

10:30 – 10:50 Group Activity and Networking

11:00-12:25 Learning Session Round #2

  • Small Business Disaster Recovery – Susan House, CDBG Disaster Recovery Program Manager for Businesses, Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT)
    Marianne Ballantine, Boulder County Disaster Recovery Counselor, OEDIT
    Sharon King, Small Business Development Center
  • Scenario Planning for Resilience – Larissa Read, SE Group

12:30 – 1:05 Lunch for Everyone!

1:10 – 2:00 Key Note Address: Resiliency for All

  • Carmen Ramirez and Marta Loachamin, City of Longmont
  • During the devastating flood of 2013, Boulder County did its best to care for all of its community members.  As we moved from emergency response to recovery and then resilience, it became apparent that our Spanish speaking community members faced some additional barriers.  In reflection after the tragedy, residents shared that systems continue to view sectors of our community through a deficit lens.Throughout this collaborative project, 260 voices from the Latino community were brought to the table to help change the lens to an asset based one.  Our Resiliency for All assessment included Cultural Brokers, Bilingual Youth and Community Members in Boulder County.  We’ll share the Resiliency for All process that was developed to identify barriers and create recommendations as well as host the Premier viewing of Bilingual Cultural Brokers, a video project aligned with the assessment done in 2017. Join us to learn the benefit of knowing cultural brokers and engaging vulnerable populations in your own community to build Resiliency for All!

2:05 – 3:00 Afternoon Panel Sessions

Unshockable: Creating Disaster Prepared Communities

  • As the number of natural disasters continues to increase, individual preparedness messaging is no longer enough. Recognizing that neighborhood connections and relationships create a robust defense for sudden shocks, these panelists will discuss the latest in community and training to not only survive, but thrive in the face of disruption.
  • Speakers: Mackenzie Boli, City of Boulder; Shayle Nelson, Larimer County; Emily Gubler/Toshen Golias, Lyons Prepared

Leading to Change: Impacts of Local and Community Leadership

  • Strong local leadership is a key part of resilience. When policy makers and community advocates are setting the pace, we all are stronger. This panel features leaders of community projects that are making an impact in their various areas. Their work showcases different methods of leadership that builds strong connections and local advocacy. Together they will speak about ways to identify and support local leaders to create positive and resilient change for communities around Boulder County.
  • Speakers: Mardi Moore, Out Boulder; Manuela Sifuentes, CU Engage; Celina Esekawu, Sister Carmen

Framing and Measuring Success: How We Define and Measure Resilience

  • How do we define and measure success when resilience encompasses so many different types of systems not to mention social processes? This panel will offer a diversity of thinking on how to define, frame, and analyze resilience from experts in the field. Together they will discuss not only challenges for measurement but also how to approach the impact of social relationships and more qualitative data.
  • Speakers: Iain Hyde, Colorado State Office of Resilience and Recovery; Paty Romero Lankao UCAR & Rachel Norton, UC Denver; Molly O’Donnell, City of Longmont

3: 10 – 4:40 Storytelling for Community Impact

4:45 – 5:00 Thank You and Closing