Session Descriptions
TRACK
01
Engaging Our Neighbors
10:00 AM     |     WORKSHOP
Building Your Neighborhood Toolkit
Facilitated by Gordon Harmon, Chair of the Highland Heights Neighborhood Association
In this session, we will take an inventory of possible tools that you can use to connect with your neighbors. We’ll explore everything from the traditional neighborhood organizing tools to current technology.  We will then look at when and how these tools are best used.
1:00 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Working Together in a Culturally-Diverse Neighborhood
Moderated by Fabian Bedne, Planner, Neighborhood Development, Infrastructure in the Office of Mayor John Cooper
Panelists: Ahmed Hassan, Jen-Jen Linn, Council Member Sandra Sepulveda, and Shirzad Tayyer
Neighborhood leaders in culturally-diverse neighborhoods report having great difficulty getting immigrants and refugees to be part of their neighborhood organization. How do we make connections, form relationships, and work together? In this panel discussion, we will have representatives from different ethnic communities share their experiences in neighborhoods and help us understand how to more effectively engage people from their communities.
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Youth in Action
Facilitated by Allie Duke, Nashville After Zone Alliance Youth Advisor
Are you interested in seeing what a model for youth-led community change looks like? Join us for an interactive demonstration of Nashville After Zone Alliance’s (NAZA’s) Youth in Action Initiative. In this session, we will walk you through our process: how NAZA is working to uplift youth voices, and  how we can partner with you on issues that effect us all.
TRACK
02
Developing a Neighborhood Identity
10:00 AM     |     WORKSHOP
Creating an Oral & Written History of Your Neighborhood
Facilitated by Victoria Hensley, Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University
Everybody has a story to tell. Oral and written histories are systemic ways of gathering the stories about those experiences. Your stories and the stories of the people around you are priceless treasures for your neighborhood. In this workshop, you will learn how to create oral and written histories for your neighborhood.
1:00 PM     |     MULTIPLE PRESENTATIONS
Pecha Kucha: My Neighborhood
Hosted by Joe Mayes, Program & Project Manager at the Civic Design Center
Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming. In this session, amateur photographers from eight neighborhoods across the metropolitan area will “show and tell” their neighborhood using 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary per slide. You will be amazed at how much you will discover!
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Changing Your Neighborhood’s Identity (Inside and Out)
Facilitated by Edward Henley and Brittany Campagna, Pillars Development
What does it take to change the identity of a neighborhood? Outsiders may have a powerful negative image of a neighborhood in their minds, which the local residents may or many not hold as well. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to change your neighborhoods identity both inside and out.
TRACK
03
Making Government Work for Your Neighborhood
10:00 AM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Developing Working Relationships with Elected Officials
Moderated by Nancy VanReece, Metro Council Member for District 8
Panelists: Dan Clemmons, Jennifer Gamble, Del Harris, Courtney Johnston, Gina Ross, and Joy Styles
Establishing effective working relationships with elected officials is critical to the success of your neighborhood organization. In this session, panelists will discuss methods for developing positive working relationships with government officials that help your neighborhood succeed.
1:00 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Influencing and Impacting Decisions in Your Neighborhood
Facilitated by Mike Hodge, Lead Organizer for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH)
It is YOUR neighborhood, so shouldn’t you and your neighbors be able to bring public officials to your meeting to hear what you have to say? Shouldn’t you be able to hold them accountable for what they do and what they don’t do? If you think so, this workshop is for you. Learn what a Public Accountability Session is and how to use it to educate public officials about issues in your neighborhood, to ensure they consider and reflect the neighborhood’s best interest, and to hold them accountable when they don’t. After participating in this workshop you will be equipped to organize Public Accountability Sessions on any issue that affects quality of life in your neighborhood.
2:30 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Toward a More Responsive Metropolitan Government

Moderated by Robert Guth, Immediate Past President of The Nations Neighborhood Association

Panelists: Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman, MNPD (TBA), and TBA

Trust in government can depend on citizens’ experiences when receiving public services. The interaction between citizens and our metropolitan government is a crucial factor of trust in government. Under tight fiscal constraints and growing expectations, many governments are increasingly engaging with citizens to ensure quality, responsiveness and ultimately trust in public services. In this panel discussion, we will hear from key government leaders who are working to ensure a more responsive government in our community.
TRACK
04
Neighborhood Beautification & the Environment
10:00 AM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Taking Action in YOUR Neighborhood
Moderated by Kenneth White, Lead for South Madison Neighborhood Association and Beautification Commissioner for District 8
Panelists: Gill Geldreich, Joe Mayes, Meg Morgan, Anthony Viglietti, and Pam Wilkie
A visually-appealing neighborhood increases property values, attracts businesses, and improves the neighborhood’s image. Beauty is one of the three most influential features in community attachment, which means loyalty to your neighborhood. Some research even shows that nice-looking neighborhoods promote good behavior. In this panel discussion, we will hear from leaders in organizations that approach beautification in a variety of ways.
1:00 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Be the HeART of Your Neighborhood
Moderated by Lauren Fitzgerald, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Metro Arts Commission
Panelists: Rebekah Alexander, Simone Boyd, Rebekah Hampton Barger
Being involved in an art project can be a rewarding and dynamic experience. Community arts projects involve a variety of media and often function to facilitate dialogue within a group. They provide an opportunity to create art and build self-esteem. Some are a means to revitalize disenfranchised neighborhoods, and some simply offer people a place to express themselves. In this workshop, participants will learn how to effectively and creatively facilitate a neighborhood arts project.
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Stormwater Impacts on Water Quality in Our Neighborhoods

Facilitated by Will Caplenor, Program Manager at Cumberland River Compact

We will discuss water quality on a localized level and how we can improve our own neighborhood’s influence on water quality and stormwater runoff — why thinking about water is important, and some practical things you can do to make a positive difference.
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05
Schools & Neighborhoods
10:00 AM     |     PRESENTATION
Why Neighborhood Experiences Matter
Facilitated by Kyla Krengel and Caroline Marks
Vanderbilt’s MNPS Youth Safety and Well-being Study is exploring how issues from public health to transportation to parks to recreation impacts learning and behavior in school-age children. During this session, we will explore how neighborhood experiences matter and how neighborhood organizations can help create neighborhoods that nurture learning and positive behavior.
1:00 PM     |     PRESENTATION
A History of the Relationship Between Schools & Neighborhoods in Nashville

Presented by Brenda Haywood, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement for the Office of Mayor John Cooper, Nashville Native, former Teacher, and former School Board Member

In order to move forward, we must understand our past. Nashville's desegregation has had a lasting impact on our schools, neighborhoods, and families. In this session, we will explore the history of our schools and the interaction, or lack of interaction, with our neighborhoods.
2:30 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Schools and Neighborhoods Working Together

Moderated by LaTonya Turner, Nashville Public Television

Special Guests: Rubén De Peña, Kim Henderson, Amanda Kail, and Freda Player-Peters

In this final session, we will visit with neighborhood and school leaders to discuss how we can all work together more closely to ensure the success of our children. We will look both at how neighborhoods can support our schools and, just as important, how schools can support our neighborhoods.
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06
Youth in Partnership
10:00 AM     |     COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Forming Meaningful Partnerships with Youth
Facilitated by Jim hawk, Executive Director of Neighbor 2 Neighbor
We invite you to participate in a conversation on how youth and adults can work together to create a safe, welcoming, and vibrant neighborhood. Together, we will explore perceptions and misperceptions, identify barriers to full and meaningful partnerships, and how our models for neighborhood organizing may need to change.
1:00 PM     |     MULTIPLE PRESENTATIONS
Pecha Kucha: My Neighborhood

Hosted by Joe Mayes, Program & Project Manager at the Civic Design Center

Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming. In this session, amateur photographers from eight neighborhoods across the metropolitan area will “show and tell” their neighborhood using 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary per slide. You will be amazed at how much you will discover!
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Youth in Action

Facilitated by Allie Duke, Nashville After Zone Alliance Youth Advisor

Are you interested in seeing what a model for youth-led community change looks like? Join us for an interactive demonstration of Nashville After Zone Alliance’s (NAZA’s) Youth in Action Initiative. In this session, we will walk you through our process: how NAZA is working to uplift youth voices, and  how we can partner with you on issues that effect us all.
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07
Show Me the Money
10:00 AM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Grants for Neighborhoods
Facilitated by Kate Monaghan, Member of College Hill Neighborhood Association and Nonprofit Consultant
Panelists: Laruen Fitzgerald, Brenda Morrow, and Hwesi Zanu
Did you know that your neighborhood organization may be eligible to receive a grant for your neighborhood project, event, or activities? Come and find out how to research and apply for funding. We’ve invited some of the major local foundations to participate in this panel discussion.
1:00 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Partnerships with Faith-Based and Secular Organizations

Moderated by Kenyatte Tidwell, Lead Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood Group

Panelists: Amanda Frick Keiser, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, Carlina Bell Rollins, and Rae Sovereign

During this session, we will explore with leaders of faith-based and secular organizations ways that we can work together for the common good of our neighborhoods.  Neighborhood leaders and leaders of these organizations will talk about the work that they have already done and some suggestions for how to create successful partnerships.
2:30 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
Partnerships with the Business Community

Moderated by Cheryl Mayes, Member Cambridge Forrest Homeowners Association and Director of Finance And Operations at US Congressman Jim Cooper (5th District)

Panelists: Ed Branding, Mac Watson, and Daryl Woods

Being active in the neighborhood positions a company as a community partner and demonstrates to its clients that they care about the place where their employees and customers live. What can partnerships look like and how to you get them started. We’ve invited neighborhood and business leaders who are already in partnership to help us explore this important topic.
TRACK
08
HOA | Homeowners Associations
10:00 AM     |     PRESENTATION
How State Laws Impact Your HOA
Facilitated by Scott Weiss, Ortale Kelley Law Firm
Homeowners Associations are generally creatures of state law. State legislatures enact statues authorizing HOA’s within a state, and, for the most part, state laws and regulations govern how they operate. In this session, we will examine how state laws impact your HOA and how to ensure compliance.
1:00 PM     |     PRESENTATION
HOA’s and Short-Term Rental Issues

Facilitated by Scott Weiss, Ortale Kelley Law Firm

Most governing documents regulate the minimum length of time a residence may be rented. Yet, with the advent of Airbnb and similar sites, owners have discovered a new income stream through the short-term rental of their home. What is your HOA going to do? In this session, we will review a range of options and how your governing documents help or hinder your progress.
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
How We Change the Attitude of Homeowner Apathy in HOA’s

Facilitated by Bill Chance, Division Manager at CMA (Community Management Associates)

Unfortunately, apathy is an issue that most homeowners associations heal with to some extent. Consider the normal turnout for board meetings versus how many members are in the community. While this isn’t all the result of apathy — some people may be busy and unable to attend or participate as much as they would like — getting homeowners excited about the HOA and involved in activities can be challenging. In this session, we will explore some ways to ease apathy and encourage more active involvement in your HOA.
TRACK
09
Variety Pack
10:00 AM     |     MULTIPLE PRESENTATIONS
Competitive Showcase
Hosted by Tonya Sherrell-Bond, Immediate Past President of the North Nashville Leadership Council
Five (5) local neighborhood organizations will compete for a $500 grand prize to see which group had the best project, event, or activity during the past 15 months. This will be a great opportunity to discover some new ideas that have already been successful right here in Nashville.
1:00 PM     |     PANEL DISCUSSION
The Value of Inter-Neighborhood Partnerships

Moderated by Van Pinnock, Past President of College Hill Neighborhood Association

Panelists: Yolanda Hockett, King Hollands, Irwin Venick, and Tim Weeks

Join us for this great panel discussion on how working within a coalition of neighborhood organizations can make your own neighborhood stronger. We’ll hear from local neighborhood leaders who are leading efforts to create coalitions that are mutually beneficial.
2:30 PM     |     WORKSHOP
Let’s Talk Transit!

Facilitated by Jessica Dauphin, President & CEO of The Trannsit Alliance

Nashville has been challenged for a number of years by the transit issue.  How do we have conversations with our neighbors about transit that benefits our neighborhoods?  In this session, we will begin that process by understanding who are the major players, what is the historical context, and finally how do we get the terminology right? This is a great primer for those who want to be “in the know.” 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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