Champion Sponsors

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Community Institute

The Lift360 Community Institute, formerly a program of Friends of Midcoast Maine, provides programming and training on topics facing Maine communities. Each day-long workshop teaches valuable skills, best practices, and hands-on expertise. Participants have the opportunity to connect with funding sources, learn to build economically healthier communities, and engage with community members, organizations, and national leaders.

Each day-long session is a mix of lecture, practice, discussion, case studies, and hands on-application. Some sessions include hands on field work with collaborating organizations and communities. All sessions will include a core curriculum, taught by leading experts with basic instruction in principles of leadership, community building philosophies, and turning ideas into action. See the FINAL REPORTS from Sessions 1-6.

Session #8: “Community Engagement”

THURSDAY, September 14, 2017
Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, Brunswick, ME

Program: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Optional Social: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Registration coming soon
$150 per person includes: full day of session, field work, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and all materials

Sponsorship opportunities available — please email Jane Lafleur for details.

Keynote Speaker: Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is the first Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. She is the Founder and former President of AmericaSpeaks, an organization dedicated to countering the deep partisan divide in Washington and the growing disconnection between citizens and government. Carolyn’s vision is to develop new democratic practices that strengthen citizen voice in public decision-making. Under her leadership, AmericaSpeaks has earned a national reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal. Using innovative deliberative tools such as the 21st Century Town Meeting®, AmericaSpeaks has engaged more than 145,000 people in governance in all 50 states and around the world. Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from November 1993 through June 1994. She also served as the Deputy Project Director for Management of the National Performance Review (NPR), Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government task force. From 1986 to 1991, Carolyn served as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard F. Celeste of Ohio—the first woman to serve in this capacity and, at the time of her appointment, the only Chief of Staff recruited from the professional management field. She also led her own successful organizational development and management consulting firm for 14 years, working with public and private sector organizations on four continents. Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and completed postgraduate training at the internationally-known Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is the 2009 recipient of the Straus Innovator Award, an honor highlighting practices that make a positive and tangible contribution to the health of global civil society. An avid traveler and outdoors adventurer, Carolyn has led a rafting expedition down the Colorado River, tracked panda bears in the remote Sichuan Province of China, and trekked in major mountain ranges all over the world. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.