Online Event


A National Conference for Young People Ready to Build the Future, Now Online

YPWeek 2020 presented by Concordia University Wisconsin is a national conference for young people who are ready to build a new, more equitable future. Normally held in-person in cities nationwide, this year we are asking the young do-ers, makers and leaders from across the country to come together online.

Together, we can form a community to drive collective action in the fight against injustice and systemic oppression. This is the conference to challenge your thinking, hear from those working toward progress on the frontlines, learn about existing community efforts and form lasting relationships with the leaders of tomorrow.

This two-day conference is a time to be present, active and engaged. Sessions will alternate between speakers and workshops, with interactive feedback loops and opportunities to put what you’ve learned into tangible action steps you can take in your company or community.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 20

Living in a Time of Extreme Social Isolation: Taking Care of Our Mental, Emotional, and Physical Wellness
Mapping Your Culture: 3 Ways to Create and Sustain Social Change
Pre & Post-Election: Civics 101 & Relational Organizing
Finding the Truth: The State of the (Social) Media
Leading a Purpose-Filled Life
Racial Equity 101 & How to Be Anti-Racist
Rest Ethic: Building Resilience to Contend with Uncertainty
Believing in Better: Bringing Corporate Missions Statements to Life
Building Cross Cultural Connections and Networks

Wednesday, October 21

Social Entrepreneurship as the Future of Capitalism
Reinventing Cities: Public Infrastructure for the Greater Good
Purple Solutions: A Bipartisan Roadmap to Better Healthcare
The Digital Divide: How Bridging the Tech Gap Would Create a More Diverse Workforce and Equitable Society
Financial Health and Wealth Building in a Time of Uncertainty
Leading Courageous Conversations in the Workplace & Beyond

Featured Speakers (more coming soon!)

Munther Barakat
Director of Behavioral Health Therapy, Advocate Aurora Health

Licensed clinical psychologist currently in the role of director of behavioral health therapy at Advocate Aurora Health Care. Clinical background includes working with children, adolescent and adults within multiple settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment. Currently as the director of behavioral health therapy responsibilities includes overseeing all programing from acute care to ambulatory. This involves ensuring programming evidence-based, staff is trained and services are designed to meet patient needs.

Zech Dahms
Co-Founder, Perennial Culture LLC

Visionary thinker, MBA in Organizational Design. Passionate about facing organizational and societal challenges of today and redefining how companies utilize culture to sustain and grow over the long term.

Aneysha Bhat
Co-Founder, Perennial Culture LLC

Aneysha is co-founder of Perennial Culture LLC, a social enterprise on a mission to empower social and cultural change through actionable system design methods. Working as an AI Engineer, she is passionate about "cultural engineering", a process that she describes as the harmony between vision and action. She is passionate about social change in our community, specifically in the mental health and public policy space. She is also the Impact Officer for the Global Shapers Community Milwaukee hub (subset of the World Economic Forum), through which she leads projects to create social impact in the Milwaukee community. Aneysha is also a graduate student at Northwestern University studying Public Policy & Administration. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and exploring new restaurants.

Billy Moyer
Founder & President, SOS Leadership

Billy Moyer has been teaching others about leadership and personal development for over 27 years. He went through his first goal setting program at 4-years-old and spoke to his first group at seven. He started SOS Leadership, a leadership development resource center at 21 and wrote the first of four books at 22. Billy has served as the interim CEO or COO of six companies in transition and has spoken to, trained and/or coached thousands of leaders helping them realize their potential and improve results. SOS Leadership specializes in serving as the tour guide for organizations looking to grow. Billy has a Bachelor's from St. Edward's University and is certified in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University where he completed a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Billy is also the Past Chair of the Board for the Austin Young Chamber.

Ashley Alaniz-Moyer
Executive Director, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

After graduating from TCU, Ashley Alaniz-Moyer was an AmeriCorps Vista member and worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Irving, Texas. Since then, she has worked in education serving various underrepresented student populations. She now serves as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium. Her work has been recognized by the Austin Business Journal, Austin Under 40 awards and Austin Woman Magazine. She also serves on the Mayor of Austin’s Taskforce on Institutional Racism. She is deeply passionate about racial equity. In 2019, Ashley was given an Equity Warrior Award by The Excellence & Advancement Foundation. Ashley received her MBA in Organizational Leadership and Management from Concordia University Texas where she received the Alumni Emerging Leader Award.

Rachel Sumekh
Founder + CEO, Swipe Out Hunger

The organization is the leading nonprofit in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House and landed her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Since, it has grown onto over 120 universities, serving 2 million nourishing meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. Rachel authored the Hunger Free Campus bill which has sent over $20 million dollars to college campuses to end hunger. Rachel serves on the board of her spiritual community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish immigrants for her intersectional perspective.

Ani Grigorian
Founder / Disability Access Consulting Manager, Ani G LLC / Detroit Disability Power

Ani G is a geriatric social worker turned community & systems designer improving how we move throughout and interact with our built environments. Ani believes that the key to life is being able to do what we have always been doing, no matter how our ability changes as we grow older. With her consulting firm, Ani gets to work with people across industries and sectors impacting how we think and design with accessibility, age, and disability at the core of initiatives. Ani’s more recent projects aim to increase access within arts & culture organizations with organizations like Red Bull Arts Detroit and Allied Media Projects/Conference. She also supports Detroit Disability Power as their Disability Access Consulting Manager.

Ani grew up moving around the world with family living in England, South Africa, Argentina, and China while studying and working in Spain and Nicaragua. Her early exposure to a global world at a young age enabled her to recognize the power of diverse cultures and the pressing need to create barrier-free infrastructure in our societies. Ani is currently the Co-Vice Curator for the Global Shaper's Detroit Hub, a community of the World Economic Forum.

Jilly Gokalghandi
Strategic Partnerships Strategist, American Family Insurance

YPWeek Advisory Board

Jyl Feliciano
Diversity & Inclusion Director, Talent – Advocate Aurora Health

Ashley Hines
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)

Yussef Morales
Community Outreach Coordinator, America Works Wisconsin

Emily Phillips
Financial Advisor, ‎Robert W. Baird & Co

Bill Crowley
Ombudsman, Disability Rights Wisconsin

Aneysha Bhat
Founder & Culture Strategist, Perennial Culture

Lauren Rock
Director of Individual Engagement, ‎United Way of Greater Atlanta

Lilia Figueroa
Policy Initiatives Advisor, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Claudia Krepsky
Senior HR Project Leader- College & Community Relations, Kohler

Alyssia Palacios-Woods
President and CEO, Austin Young Chamber

Brandon Polachowski
Human Capital Management Broker, ADP

Jessica Boling
Director of Community Engagement, AAPI at Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee

Zech Dahms
Founder & Cultural Architect, Perennial Culture

Ranell Washington
Partnership Development Advisor, American Family Insurance

Michael Sapiro
Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Concordia University Wisconsin

Angie Emrey
Communications Strategist, Northwestern Mutual

Partner Communities

United Way of Greater Atlanta

Austin Young Chamber

Y-Link – Young Leaders in Kenosha

Young Professionals Salt Lake City

About Concordia University Wisconsin

YPWeek 2020 is presented by Concordia University Wisconsin. For 137 years, they have been uniquely developing people to step out into the world ready to lead uncommon lives of higher professional purpose for the betterment of self and community.

Concordia University Wisconsin and its 9 educational centers are home to undergraduate and graduate, traditional, and non-traditional students from 46 states and 35 foreign countries. The University has been doing online education since the 1990s, and has been a consistent leader in the region. The University offers more than 90 programs in-person and online. Programs include not only Wisconsin’s largest MBA program, but a variety of master’s degree programs and doctoral degrees in Education, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Nursing Practice.

YPWeek participants can apply at no cost to CUW graduate programs using the waiver code “CUWYPAPP.”


08:30AM - 04:00PM

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sign Up: Free


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