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Where We Collide is a community engagement conference that features short intimate talks from industry professionals, faith influencers, and community leaders— posing the big questions about our cities.
Combined with intentional inter-disciplinary networking sessions, visioning, and communication exercises this assembly is designed for anyone who considers themselves a leader in any area.
8:00 - 8:30
Registration + Breakfast + Networking
8:40 - 9:00 What If We Were Intentional? Dr. Kristen Guillory What does moving with INTENTION look like - individually and collectively? These two former mayors, businessmen and faith leaders will discuss how our intentional movement as individuals contributes to the progression of the community as a whole.
9:00 - 9:20 What if Our Youth Moved Back?
Dr. D'Andre Weaver - DeSoto ISD Go to school. Go away to college. Go off and start a family - that's the narrative that has been told to our children for years. But what happens when our youth move back to the communities we build and how would that affect our local economies? And what has to happen for our cities to be prepared for them to come back home?
9:20 - 9:40
What if Artists Had a Voice? Will Richey - DaVerse Lounge Artists are known for being entertaining us and helping us to escape reality. But artists also possess the special ability to think CREATIVELY. What happens when we invite artists to contribute to being problem solvers in communities?
9:55 - 10:25 What if We Knew Our Neighbors? Michael Baughman - Union Coffee Remember the days when we'd send our children out to ride their bikes for hours, just waiting for the street lights to come on? We knew if something happened to them, our neighbors would call.
We live in a time when our neighbors feel more like strangers. What would happen if the basic idea of knowing your neighbor returned to the culture of our lives?
10:25 - 10:45 What if Faith Had a Seat at the Table? Becky Hennesy - Trinity Church
What does it look like when the faith community takes an active seat at the table outside the four walls of their places of worship? And what happens when the idea of leading with love transcends even the most complicated issues and relationships?
11:00 - Lunch • SkewU Food Truck • Union Food Truck
11:30 - 12:30 enVISION Session Small Group Creative Discussions Everybody plays a part. What does our community look like in the next 5 years, the next 10 and 20 years? And how can we serve in our respective places and spaces to do our part to help us get there? • Cheryl Rischer • Feleceia Benton • Frankie Wilson