Feedback+Denver

In 2024, we celebrate ten years of Feedback Labs with the theme “Feedback in Community.” This year’s Summit will involve those new and old as we define – and redefine – what it means to listen and act on feedback in community. Join us as we reimagine what high-quality listening and acting on feedback can accomplish, together with those at the heart of our work.

Registration Information

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Voqal, Fund for Shared Insight, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and the Omidyar Network, ticket prices to Feedback+Denver have been set at $250 for representatives of nonprofits with budgets under $1 million, $500 for general admission (i.e., larger nonprofits, academia, government, healthcare, etc.), and $650 for individuals representing philanthropy/foundations.

Thank you for joining us! Check out this recap from the Summit last year.

Sponsor Feedback+Denver

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for Feedback+Denver? Sponsors help to keep the cost of the Summit low and accessible for people to attend no matter where they are coming from. We’d love to work together with you to make listening and feedback the norm across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

 

Let’s talk! Download our FB+Denver Sponsorship packet and email Britt at [email protected] so we can learn more about your interest.

Tracks

Learning in CommunityToo often, organizations conduct listening and feedback activities in a silo. While they are learning from community, that learning isn’t always with community or shared across community. This track will explore how we can learn together in community through new ways of understanding through listening, sharing feedback data across organizations, and collective action.

Geography in Community – Often, our communities are defined and delineated by geographic lines. However, sharing space doesn’t mean people within a physical space share the same experiences, needs, or opinions. Geography and the way power is exercised in decisions over resource use can put people in conflict with each other, as we’ve seen in issues that arise around the rural/urban divide, housing crisis, and climate change. At the same time, geographic boundaries can also impact how listening and feedback conversations are structured and whose voices are heard and prioritized. This track explores how feedback and listening can help us understand and address these conflicts when they come up.

Giving in Community A shift in how individual and institutional supporters interact with communities has been growing over the last few years. The philanthropic sector has been experimenting with new ways to cede power to communities at the heart of their work through practices such as participatory grantmaking, listening tours, and advisory committees. At the same time, long-standing ways of giving that allow communities to find and carry out their own solutions, such as mutual aid, crowdfunding, and community philanthropy, have gained more prominence. This track will explore how listening and acting on feedback is supporting a shift toward more responsive giving to and within communities.

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Feedback+Denver 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 Denver!

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, May 14, 2024, 9 am – 5 pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Agenda

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Event Host

feedback labs logo

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.

Event Sponsors

Jessie Ball DuPont fund logo

Rose Community Foundation logo

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Meet the 2024 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 Denver and greater Colorado.

Benny Samuels

Benny Samuels (she/her)
AYA Foundation

Benny Samuels (she/her)

Executive Director, AYA Foundation

Benny is an independent change-maker who supports grassroots nonprofits with operations capacity and strategic thought-partnership. Through her firm, Imaginable, Benny deploys her skills and knowledge in communications, operations, program management, and fundraising in service of grassroots nonprofits and their leaders. The idea behind imaginable is to break the cycle of limited and amateur support that is typically offered to grassroots organizations, and replace it with skilled, experienced capacity support aimed at lifting leaders and scaling their vision.

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Julie Reiskin (she/her)
Cross Colorado-Disability Coalition

Julie Reiskin (she/her)

Co-Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Julie Reiskin is the Co-Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). CCDC advocates for social justice for people with all types of disabilities.

CCDC is a leading disability rights organization whose unique model of blending legal and non-attorney advocacy has achieved results for thousands of Coloradoans with disabilities. With a motto of “Nothing About Us Without Us—Ever”, CCDC has led the way in citizen or “client” engagement, and CCDC-trained advocates permeate the Colorado public policy arena. CCDC and Reiskin assist other organizations with assuring real and meaningful participation by “clients” at all levels. Through CCDC and the disability community, Ms. Reiskin has gained expertise in nonprofit accountability and best practices, publicly funded long-term community-based services, disability rights law, public benefits and the intersectionality of systemic and individual advocacy.

In 2010, Ms. Reiskin was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation as the client representative. In 2018, she was elected to serve on the Board of the ACLU of Colorado and is currently Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Foundation and Treasurer of the National Pain Advocacy Center.

Ms. Reiskin is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver at the Graduate School of Social Work acting as a field liaison and teaching macro practice social work.

Ms. Reiskin provides consulting with organizations seeking to improve, expand or enhance their ability to effectively practice real and meaningful client/constituent engagement at all levels of the organization. She also helps organizations develop disability cultural competence and understand the intersection of ableism with racism and other forms of oppression. She has her MSW and BS from the University of Connecticut.

Lindsay Church

Lindsay Church (they/them)
Minority Veterans of America

Lindsay Church (they/them)

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Minority Veterans of America

Lindsay Church (they/them) is MVA’s Executive Director and Co-Founder and has nearly a decade of experience rooted in veteran’s advocacy and grassroots organizing. They have facilitated agency-wide cultural competency trainings and assessments to ensure organizations and governmental entities are able to serve their minority and veteran constituencies effectively and efficiently.

Their previous appointments include LGBTQ Commissioner for the City of Seattle, Co-Chair of Congresswoman Suzan Delbene’s (WA-1) Veterans Advisory Council, and they have participated in Armed Forces Academy selection for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s (WA-7).

Lindsay is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where they served as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretative.

Rod Jacobs

Rod Jacobs (he/him)
Native Americans in Philanthropy

Rod Jacobs (he/him)

Vice President of Development & Engagement, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Rod Jacobs (Anishinaabe, Bkejwanong First Nation) brings a wealth of experiences from across North America.

Most recently, Rod was the Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts at Vassar College, which included building relationships with alumni and their philanthropic values/interests. He has also worked in development and program management roles with Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of Washtenaw County, North American Indigenous Games, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Sport Circle, and Native Women’s Association of Canada. In addition, Rod enjoys facilitating transformative conversations using techniques from traditional Indigenous practices, Technology of Participation, and Liberating Structures.

Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cleary University with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University Global. He has also completed graduate certificate programs in Facilitation from Eastern Kentucky University and Sports Business Management from Algonquin College.

Rod lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his wife, the traditional territory of the Munsee Lenape people.

Rachel Griego

Rachel Griego (she/her)
Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Rachel Griego (she/her)

Senior Vice President, Community Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Rachel Griego is the Senior Vice President of Community Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC). She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years in Los Angeles, Washington, DC and presently Denver. Prior, Rachel worked in government and for the largest national Latino civil rights organization UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration at the U.S. State Department in the Dominican Republic and served the Clinton Administration at the Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.

Rachel graduated from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. She is a Lideramos Fellow and recent recipient of the Unsung Heroine Award from Latinas First Foundation. She lives in Denver and is the proud mother of her son Luca.

Summit Venue and Hotel

Feedback Labs will host the 2024 Summit at The Tivoli, part of the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, Colorado. The Tivoli, a Denver landmark since 1870, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a Student Union to three separate and distinct institutions: Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver.  All three institutions are officially designated Hispanic-serving institutions, serving nearly 38,000 students a year. Feedback Labs is thrilled to bring together the feedback community in a space that values intellectual pursuit and increased access to education for all.

 

 

 

 

 

The Tivoli
1068 9th Street Park
Denver, Colorado 80204
ahec.edu/

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, owned by MSU Denver, serves as a true learning laboratory. Students receive hands-on hospitality training working throughout the hotel. Collaborative tours for students entering the field of hospitality provide real life insight into the field, and hotel staff teach at the university offering guidance on how to work in hospitality. With 120 art pieces throughout the hotel, all crafted by MSU students, alumni, and faculty, The SpringHill Suites is a unique property offering a local, community driven feel. 

All hotel profits go back to the University to fund student scholarships and programs.

Feedback+ has partnered with SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown to provide attendees a discounted rate. Book before April 13th to qualify for the group rate of $219 per night. You can book your room here.

Summit Hotel
SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
1190 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, Colorado 80204
City skyline of Denver Colorado downtown with snowy Rocky Mountains and the City Park Lake.

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Land Acknowledgement

We honor and acknowledge that the Auraria Higher Education Center is on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations. This area was also the site of trade, hunting, gathering, and healing for many other Native Nations: The Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone, and others.

 

We recognize the Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land, water, plants, and animals who called this place home.  As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties that these nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. Let us also acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal. We respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. We pay our respect to them and give thanks to all Tribal Nations and the ancestors of this place.

 

We also want to recognize the community and families of Auraria who lived, worked, and worshipped at Auraria.  The decision to provide this sacred land in order to create a permanent home for Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado Denver was a difficult one.  Let us honor the families of Auraria and their generous contribution, which made this public campus of higher education possible to benefit so many.

FAQ

Must I attend all days of the event?

You are more than welcome to attend part of the Feedback+Denver 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.

Can I cancel or transfer my registration?

Upon written request, Feedback Labs can offer to refund tickets minus processing fees until April 1, 2024. Tickets purchased after that date are non-refundable. To cancel and receive a refund before April 1, 2024, if eligible, please notify us in writing at [email protected].

Refunds, if applicable, will be based on the actual fees paid and returned to your original payment method within ninety days. 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. To transfer your ticket to another attendee, please email [email protected] with the new attendee’s name and email address.

Can I present online/using a hybrid model?

Feedback+Denver will be an entirely in-person event. If you plan to attend or present, you must do so in person in Denver.

Will I receive a confirmation for my registration?

Yes, you should receive an email confirmation soon after registering.

Will I need to rent a car?

Renting a car will not be necessary unless you’d like an opportunity to explore the greater Denver area on your own. The conference hotel where Feedback+Denver attendees receive a discounted rate is a short walk to the venue location. Transportation will be provided for any off-site events. Shuttles, taxis, and Ubers/rideshare options are available to take you between the airport and the hotel.

Are there nearby hotels?

This year, Feedback+ has partnered with the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown to provide accommodation for attendees. The hotel is a short walk from the Feedback+ Summit venue. However, attendees are welcome to stay at other nearby hotels.

Will there be a discounted rate for nearby accommodations?

Feedback+ has partnered with SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown to provide a discounted rate. You can book your room(s) here. Booking before April 13th will qualify attendees for the group rate of $219 per night.

What is the dress code?

Please dress so that you are comfortable and can participate in the ways would like. The conference space is large, so comfortable shoes or tools you need to move around are recommended.

Can I bring family/a partner with me to share my hotel room?

You are welcome to bring along guests to stay with you in the room(s) you book at The SpringHill Suites as long as you are respecting the limit of guests per room communicated by the hotel. Please note: guests must purchase a ticket in order to attend Feedback+Denver programs.

What are the COVID-19 policies?

Feedback Labs is committed to the well-being of its community. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, masks, hand sanitizer, and testing resources for COVID-19 will be available at the conference venue. Additionally, we will work to have ample space for social distancing and outdoor sessions when possible. Participants are not required to show proof of vaccination and masks are optional. 

If you feel unwell or test positive for COVID-19 during the Summit, please notify us immediately by sending an email to [email protected]. If you are local, please stay home. If you are staying at a nearby hotel, please stay in your room.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for Feedback+Denver regularly informed by guidance from the CDC, local public health authorities, the venue, and participants. We reserve the right to modify these policies at any time.

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]

Who should I contact if I need to make changes to my registration information?

Please email [email protected] if you need to make changes to any of your registration details. 

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