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1 StriveTogether - Collective Impact “Building a Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure” Core Leadership Team Orientation June 26, 2014

2 Greetings and Introductions Core Leadership Team Frank Borres, CEOAdrienne Farrar Houel, President & CEO American View ProductionsGreater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. Chairman, Citywide NRZ Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, BishopBill Jennings, President & CEO Diocese of BridgeportBridgeport Hospital Joseph Carbone, President & CEODr. Fred McKinney, President & CEO The WorkPlace, Inc.Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Carmen Colon, Executive DirectorJanet Ortiz, Director Alpha Community ServicesNehemiah Commission Pablo Colon III, Vice PresidentRabbi James Prosnit Radio Cumbre Broadcasting, IncCongregation B’nai Israel Rosa J. Correa, Director, Strategic RelationsFrances Rabinowitz, Interim Superintendent Career Resources, Inc.Bridgeport Public Schools George Estrada, Vice President for FacilitiesReverend Cass Shaw, President & CEO University of BridgeportCouncil of Churches of Greater Bridgeport Anita Giliniecki, PresidentMartha K. Shouldis, Ed.D., President & CEO Housatonic Community CollegeSt. Vincent College Armando Goncalves, Market President, Southern CTDonna Thompson Bennett, Curriculum Manager/Consultant Peoples’ United BankParent Leadership Training Institute

3 Tonight’s Agenda (In your binder) Core Leadership Team Orientation Dinner Thursday, June 26 th, 5:30pm -8:00pm Bridgeport Holiday Inn AGENDA: 5:55 – 6:00Opening Thoughts 6:00 – 6:10Greetings/Introductions/What to expect from the evening 6:10 – 6:20Opening Remarks- (Call to action! What do communities usually do? How is this different?) 6:20 – 6:30Role of Core Leadership Team 6:30 – 6:35Blessing of the Team 6:35 – 6:45Accountability Structure 6:40 – 7:00Pre Work Review/Intelligence Transfer 7:00 – 7:20Next Steps (Planning Retreat, Community Sessions, Design Institute) 7: 20 – 7:40Questions/Clarifications/General Discussion 7:40 – 7:45Closing Thoughts

4 Call to Action! 99.1% of Bridgeport families receive free or reduced price lunch. 13.1% of Bridgeport students are not fluent in English. 37.6% of Bridgeport children live in poverty Kindergarten readiness proficiency*- Language Skills 32.4%, Literacy 32.4%, Numeracy 32.4%, Personal/Social 39.2%, Creative/Aesthetic Skills 46.7% 40.4% of Bridgeport children were at or above 3 rd grade reading proficiency in 2013 66.3% of the class of 2012 graduated High School 53.4% Bridgeport youth are unemployed *Avg. 4 year proficiency percentages

5 What do communities usually do? We look for a heroic leader to fix things We undertake “one-off” projects We advocate for investing in “silver bullets”

6 How is this different? Unity and inclusiveness Alignment of outcomes Measure progress toward goals Persist using continuous improvement Mobilize resources for impact

7 7 Collective Impact Collaboration Convene around Programs/Initiative s Work Together to Move Outcomes Prove Improve Addition to What You Do Is What You Do Advocate for Ideas Advocate for What Works

8 Role of Core Leadership Team Champion Vision Affirm Direction Promote the Initiative Encourage Broad Engagement Advocate for What Works Keep the Order Model and Enforce Core Values and Guiding Principals

9 Core Leadership Team: Near Term Action- Affirm Membership. Is there anyone else should help lead? Select Chairperson(s) in coming weeks Attend the Planning Retreat on July 30 th (Prepare for group affirmation and development of Core Leadership Charter/Covenant)


11 Pre – Work Overview: September 2013 United Way (support of BOA and GE) brought Jeff Edmondson from StriveTogether to Bridgeport to discuss the possibility of building a cradle to career civic infrastructure in Bridgeport. While attendees said “Yes” when asked if this work was worth pursuing, there was a clear expression of caution given the erosion of trust, high level of fatigue and conflicting agendas. As a result, United Way (UW) committed to significant additional pre- work to: Gain additional input/insights Demonstrate inclusiveness/promote broad engagement Build understanding of Collective Impact Help raise the dialog Identify the right leadership Determine next steps

12 Pre-Work Continued… Engagement/Input- Over 130+ interviews conducted Input Summarized (Attributes for Leadership Team, Candidate Recommendations, Consensus Observations, Recommendations) Communications- Issued White Paper Developed one page basic Information Sheet Established webpage/very basic Partnership with Sacred Heart School of Management/Effective Communication Strategies Project Ongoing expansion of communication list

13 Core Leadership Team Attributes: Servant leaders/no agenda Neutral (not immediately polarizing)/community credibility Diverse/culturally competent/community competent Influencers/not all the same old/can keep the order Cross walkers/can help bridge divides Can model respect, forgiveness, active listening, transparency, can consider different opinions, values talents and assets of the community Willingness/courage to lead in difficult times

14 Consensus Observations- Community is deeply divided/feelings are much more personal and difficult to recover from Trust is hard to come by/ certain groups or individuals are significantly more polarizing and need to be part of the larger engagement but not seen as leading the effort Community wants to move forward to make positive impact but is rudderless at the moment Concerns exist about how CI will impact funding /resource allocation- “Will this take money away from the community?” The community is changing and the traditional distribution of power and influence is not the future Leadership needs to be developed/long time lock on leadership positions has stifled new leadership potential/diminished energy, enthusiasm, innovation Strategies/actions need to be sustainable and have community ownership/buy in Funders must not set the agenda but should support the agenda

15 Recommendations- Cannot be owned or driven by United Way/Board. Core Leadership Team and community must lead (UW is the support organization). The community will listen and watch this carefully. United Way should engage other organizations to provide backbone functions in areas they are expert in. This will not only avoid duplication and leverage community assets, it can help model servant leadership/collaboration/setting differences aside, etc… Prior to diving into outcomes/measures/evidence/investment, the Core Leadership Team must get out into the community to listen and learn with authenticity and help/model/pursue truth telling and forgiveness work to help with healing and trust building. Core Values and Guiding Principles for the initiative should be developed very early on. Communications must be transparent, culturally relevant, frequent and authentic. Extensive, ongoing, daily, work must be undertaken to promote broad community level engagement and further develop an understanding of the initiative.

16 What the Community had to say… “We can not surrender.” “We have many assets in Bridgeport that we need to tap.” “The voice of divisiveness can not continue louder than the voice of unity.” “We need to replace the anger and hatred with love and understanding. We owe this to our children.” “We can make progress if we are inclusive and if we don’t leave residents on the outside looking in.” “Our children need to see our leaders working together to solve problems regardless of our differences.” “We need to focus positively. People are tired of the ugly, negative dynamics.” “We need to respect one another even if we have differences.”

17 Next Steps: Planning Retreat, July 30 th – 8:00 am – 2:30 pm (University of Bridgeport) 2-4 Community Sessions (August – September) Design Institute/Full Community Engagement (October)

18 Questions/Comments/Clarification s? Orientation binders contain additional background information More information on the Planning Retreat will be forwarded in July

19 Thank you for your courageous leadership! “Together we can improve outcomes for Bridgeport children and families-cradle to career”

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