Voices of Inclusive Resilience

A Talk by Marcus Coleman, Lottie Ferguson, Michael Grimm, Rev. Susan Hendershot, Kim Maphis Early, Whitney Montague, Vance Taylor and Brandt Thorington
Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, City of Flint, Michigan, FEMA, Interfaith Power and Light, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Natural Resources Division, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and MRCTI

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About this talk

Join the RNPN and leaders across public, non-profit, and faith-based sectors as we discuss building resilience through inclusion. How can we truly serve our community without its equitable voices? We can’t. We will dive deeper into this topic as we continue to deliver on our promise to advocate for equity. Stay tuned for a special announcement! We will launch a new initiative during this session.


– Welcome (1:00 - 1:05) – Bradley Dean, Communications & Partnerships Specialist, FEMA

– Panel: Delivering on a Promise: Nothing About Us Without Us (1:05 - 2:05) – Marcus Coleman, Director, Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Moderator); Kim Maphis Early, Senior Associate, Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Rev. Susan Hendershot, President, Interfaith Power and Light; Whitney Montague, Dam Safety/Floodplain Section Engineering Supervisor, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division; Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

– Break (2:05 - 2:10)

– RNPN Stories of Resilience Campaign Announcement (2:10 – 2:20) – Bradley Dean, Communications & Partnerships Specialist, FEMA

– Closing Plenary Story of Resilience (2:20 - 2:35) – Lottie Ferguson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Flint, Michigan

– Closing Partner Keynote (2:35 - 2:45) – Brandt Thorington, Policy Director, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

– Closing Keynote (2:45 - 2:55) – Michael M. Grimm, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA

– Closing (2:55 - 3:00) Bradley Dean, Communications & Partnerships Specialist, FEMA

The views expressed herein are those of the individual contributors and may not represent the views of the U.S. Government. Nothing herein should be construed as an endorsement of any non-government entities, organizations, or service, or as a formal statement of guidance, or policy position of FEMA or other U.S. Government entities.

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