2019 National Planning Conference

Featured Events

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate. An esteemed performer, communicator, educator, and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the founder and artistic director of Street Symphony, a nonprofit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue, and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles.

Recognized for his "dedication to bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society while demonstrating the capacity of music to validate our shared humanity," Vijay Gupta is a 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.

Closing Keynote: Brett Culp

Brett Culp is an acclaimed filmmaker whose work has inspired audiences around the world. He is also the founder of The Rising Heroes Project, a not-for-profit that supports charitable organizations and empowers community leaders. Culp is known for the films Legends of the Knight and his latest, Look to the Sky, both of which explore the power of heroic stories and heroic individuals to inspire us to believe in a better tomorrow.

Through his groundbreaking nonprofit documentary work, Culp has pioneered the art of creating "mini-movements" that inspire the super-human spirit in us all. His unique approach to community-building and relationship-driven engagement invite people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together.