Join us at Feedback+Atlanta!
Feedback+Atlanta will explore the theme of Feedback+Action, with tracks focused on Advancing Equity, Shifting Power, and Uncovering Evidence. There will be peer-to-peer sessions with some of the best nonprofits, philanthropy, aid, and frontline organizations from the Atlanta area and across the globe.
Thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, ticket prices to Feedback + Atlanta have been set at $100 for representatives of nonprofits with budgets under $1 million, $200 for general admission (i.e., larger nonprofits, academia, government, healthcare, etc.), and $300 for individuals representing philanthropy/foundations.
Still deciding whether to go? Check out the recap from our last Summit in Jacksonville, Florida.
Advancing Equity – Feedback can be a tool for equity, but to make sure that it contributes to more equitable programs or outcomes foundations and nonprofits must be intentional about incorporating an equity lens in their listening and feedback practice. This topic highlights examples, best practices, and case studies where organizations have listened to and acted on feedback in ways that have advanced equity for the people and communities at the heart of their work who have, historically and because of persistent systemic and structural racism, been least heard.
Shifting Power – Funders and nonprofits currently hold too much power over decisions that affect the communities at the heart of their work. This track will explore how listening and feedback can help shift power to ensure people and communities have the ability to shape the programs, policies, and funding that affect their lives.
Uncovering Evidence – After several years of rigorous studies, exciting new evidence is emerging that shows that constituent feedback can predict program outcomes, and listening and acting on feedback can help programs chart the course to greater impact. This sub-theme explores current research on feedback and how we can act on it.
Feedback+Atlanta Crash Course
Are you new to facilitating feedback in your work? Or looking to brush up on your feedback practices before the Summit? Then join us for the one-day Feedback Crash Course in Atlanta!
This hands-on training will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to listen to and respond to feedback from the communities at the heart of your work. Throughout the day, you will hone your understanding of the phases of the feedback loop–buy-in, design, collect, analyze, dialogue, and course correct–while tackling your own feedback challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to gain mentorship from experienced practitioners and collaborate with their peers.
By the end of the day, participants will be able to:
- Articulate the value of feedback and describe each of the stages of the loop;
- Design a concrete, minimum viable, unflashy closed feedback loop; and
- Feel like they can really get started!
The Crash Course will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 9 am – 5 pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Get tickets to the Crash Course!
Feedback Labs is a nonprofit that believes people are the best experts in their own lives and should ultimately drive the policies and programs that impact their lives. Launched in 2014 with eight founding organizations, Feedback Labs is now joined by hundreds of organizations that represent nonprofits, foundations, local governments, and aid agencies. These members are working together to build a norm around listening and acting on feedback from those we seek to serve. The feedback community believes that when done right, listening and responding to feedback can be a strong force for increased equity in the world and getting better results to improve people’s lives.
Feedback+Atlanta is made possible through the support of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The Blank Family Foundation aims to provide positive change in the lives of communities in Atlanta, Georgia. Committed to the impact of philanthropy, the Blank Family Foundation focuses on areas of giving including youth development, democracy, environment, mental health and well-being, and Atlanta’s historic westside as a way to address the increasing disconnect across the country. The Blank Family Foundation envisions a world in which every member of those communities feels they belong and is engaged in shaping the future of their community. The Foundation’s work focuses on increasing equitable access to opportunities and resources for members of society whose lived experiences have historically been excluded, and on placemaking to build stronger communities where all voices are heard and valued.
Meet the 2023 Summit Advisory Committee
Each year since we shifted our Summits from being DC-based to hosting them in cities worldwide, we have assembled a committee to advise the Feedback Labs team on planning a world-class event. Advisors have deep roots in their city and ensure that the Summit reflects the voices of each Feedback+ location. Advisory Committee members are leaders in their fields, civically engaged, but most importantly, care about listening to the folks they aim to serve and want the opportunity to influence the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors in Atlanta and greater Georgia.
Second Helping Atlanta
Executive Director, Second Helping Atlanta
As the Executive Director of Second Helping Atlanta, a food rescue and hunger relief organization, Andrea leads a small but mighty team of dedicated professionals in changing the landscape of hunger in our community, and at the same time, reducing food waste. Andrea is the Immediate Past Chair of the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, a collective of women who create opportunities for social change both locally and internationally for Jewish women and girls, and previous served as Chief Development Officer at Meals on Wheels Atlanta and Director of Development for the Southeast Region of the ANti-Defamation League, among other roles.
President and CEO, Philanthropy Southeast
Janine Lee is the President and CEO of Philanthropy Southeast, with more than 25 years of leadership with nonprofits and foundations. Through Philanthropy Southeast, she aims to promote peer-to-peer learning and leadership development and build a brighter future for the South, its communities and all its people. During her career in philanthropy, she has served in leadership roles for several Boards and Committees such as The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation as well as the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA). She has also been the recipient of numerous accolades such as being named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in 2015 and named an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Aspen Fellow in 2017. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services Education, a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
President & CEO of Georgia Center for Nonprofits
As President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Karen Beavor oversees a professional association representing Georgia’s nonprofit industry, with capacity building programs that serve more than 5,000 organizations per year. Prior to her work at GCN, Karen was the executive director of a nonprofit law firm serving people confronted with poverty. She is a six-time member of Georgia Trend’s yearly “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Leaders” list, and one of their 2020 Legacy Leaders. She has served as a board member or advisory board member for a variety of civic and nonprofit organizations, and currently serves as Chair of the Unemployment Services Trust. Her education includes graduating from Agnes Scott College and completing multiple executive education certificates from Harvard and Stanford Universities.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Chief of Staff, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Kelley D. Gulley joined The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation from The James Irvine Foundation where she most recently served as Initiative Director of Irvine’s Better Careers initiative which she co-developed. She has over 30 years of experience in community and youth and workforce development, as well as leading initiatives that engage residents in communities of color throughout the country. Prior to joining the Irvine Foundation, Kelley worked at the Thrive Foundation for Youth, led the nonprofits of Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) and National Community Development Institute (NCDI) as President and CEO. While at NCDI, Kelley opened their first Midwest office, while advocating and working towards social change in marginalized communities across the nation. Her education includes receiving a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, being a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), as well as completing coursework toward obtaining a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Our 2023 Summit will be held at the Legacy Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Legacy Center’s mission is to enhance the individual lives and circle commerce in its surrounding community by providing affordable access to capital, real estate curriculum, financial literacy programs/coaching, career resources, premium co-working facilities, art and studio space, back-office essentials, business incubator, and more. The Legacy Center Campus is the only building in the qualified opportunity zone of East Point, Georgia that is community-owned by 14,240 individuals. Feedback Labs is excited to bring together the feedback community in a setting that appreciates the rich history of the city while responding to today’s calls to action.
The Legacy Center
3015 R.N. Martin Street, East Point, GA 30344
Transportation from the conference hotel will be provided. There are also parking options available at the venue.
Our Summit host venue does not feature guest rooms, but we have negotiated competitive rates at a nearby hotel and will be providing free transportation between the hotel and all Summit events. Please remember to book early, as there are limited rooms available for attendees of Feedback+Atlanta. We highly recommend staying at the Summit hotel for ease of transportation.
The deadline for discounted rooms is January 17, 2023.
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Must I attend all days of the event?
You are more than welcome to attend part of the Feedback+Atlanta Summit if you are unable to stay for all days. However, please note that we are unable to offer single-day or discounted tickets for attending only part of the event. We strongly recommend full attendance as attendees will deepen their understanding and skills regarding feedback as the Summit progresses.
Do you offer refunds?
Upon written request, Feedback Labs can offer to refund tickets minus processing fees by Stripe until December 15, 2022. After that date, we will not offer refunds but will be happy to work with you to transfer your ticket to another participant from your organization.
Are there any discounts for tickets?
Thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, ticket prices to Feedback + Atlanta have been set at $100 for representatives of nonprofits with budgets under $1 million, $200 for general admission (i.e., larger nonprofits, academia, government, healthcare, etc.), and $300 for individuals representing philanthropy/foundations. Additionally, speakers will receive a 50% discount on their ticket. Should one still need assistance to attend, please apply to our
Scholarships are available to apply for here before December 15th to receive further financial assistance.
Will I receive a confirmation for my registration?
Yes, you should receive an email confirmation soon after registering.
Is there a dress code?
Similar to most professional conference dress codes, Feedback Labs suggests dressing in smart or business casual attire during one’s attendance at the Summit.
Will I need to rent a car?
Renting a car will not be necessary unless you’d like an opportunity to explore the greater Atlanta area on your own. Feedback Labs will be providing transportation between the conference hotel and the venue and reception location. We strongly recommend that you make arrangements to stay in the conference hotel to easily access the free conference transportation. Shuttles, taxis, and rideshare options are available to take you between the airport and the hotel.
Who should I contact if I need special accommodations?
We are happy to assist any attendees who may need different accommodations. Please reach out to [email protected] to let us know how we can help make your experience most accessible and comfortable.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have any additional questions that might not have been answered here, please contact us at [email protected]
Feedback can be a tool for equity, but to make sure that it contributes to more equitable programs or outcomes foundations and nonprofits must be intentional about incorporating an equity lens in their listening and feedback practice. This topic highlights examples, best practices, and case studies where organizations have listened to and acted on feedback in ways that have advanced equity for the people and communities at the heart of their work who have, historically and because of persistent systemic and structural racism, been least heard.
Funders and nonprofits currently hold too much power over decisions that affect the communities at the heart of their work. This track will explore how listening and feedback can help shift power to ensure people and communities have the ability to shape the programs, policies, and funding that affect their lives.
After several years of rigorous studies, exciting new evidence is emerging that shows that constituent feedback can predict program outcomes, and listening and acting on feedback can help programs chart the course to greater impact. This sub-theme explores current research on feedback and how we can act on it.
Thanks to the generosity of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, all tickets to Feedback+Atlanta are subsidized. We understand, however, that many folks may still benefit from financial assistance to attend the Summit. Please submit this application if you would like a full scholarship on your Summit ticket. Applications are due by December 15, 2022. Applicants that are selected will be notified by January 6th. We will ask for continued engagement with the feedback community by writing a blog post within three months of the Summit.