AKA’s Tech for Social Impact Day 2019-01-21T16:31:58+00:00

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What: AKA’s Tech for Social Impact Day is an educational, free, and in-person event that brings together non-profit organization and Microsoft leaders to share how technology is a powerful tool in helping to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Where: Microsoft Conference Center – 5th floor, 11 Times Square (Between 41st & 42nd Streets on 8th Ave.) New York, NY 10036

Hear from one of our panelists, Commit Partnership, a community navigator and connector focused on ensuring students receive an excellent and equitable education, in this short video:



11:00AM – 12:00PM – Registration and Lunch

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Keynote

Justin Spelhaug, General Manager, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies

As a company at the forefront of digital transformation, Microsoft is committed to bringing the benefits of technology to all. When we step back and look at challenges facing non-profits, they struggle with the lack of technical capacity, scarcity of resources, lack of partners, and few technology solutions customized for their environment. Microsoft’s commitment is to help non-profits leverage technology for greater impact through Tech for Social Impact (TSI).

TSI provides practical guidance to help non-profits achieve their missions and drive greater impact through digital transformation. The road map for our solutions, offers, and resources, built hand-in-hand with non-profits will meet some of their most critical needs. Collectively, these offerings put more advanced technology into the hands of non-profits so they can increase productivity and efficiency—ultimately strengthening their impact on some of the world’s most pressing issues.

12:45 PM – 2:45 PM – Panel

Harnessing the Power of Data: How to Help Your Non-Profit Provide Evidence Based Outcomes and Manage Resources, Funding, and Reporting to Better Support the People You Serve

Outcomes are the ultimate measuring stick for non-profits. If they cannot be measured, there is no way to determine the success of a program or initiative. That can lead to a decline in service and loss of funding. How can you cost-effectively manage large amounts of data to gain critical, actionable insights that create a real impact on the people you serve?

Panel: Kyle Turk, IT Director at LifeWorks; Erica Adams, Managing Director of Strategic Relationships at The Commit Partnership; Ashwina Kirpalani, Managing Director of Analytics at The Commit Partnership; Ernest Ostro, Director of Applications at International Rescue Committee; Erik Arnold, Director of Industry Solutions at Microsoft; and Lori Kunick, Solution Architect at AKA Enterprise Solutions, moderated by Katie Leonberger, President & CEO of CRE.

2:45 PM- 3:15 PM – Networking Coffee Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Panel

To Protect and Serve: How Non-Profits Can Gain and Maintain the Trust of Beneficiaries, Donors, and Volunteers by Guarding Their Information Against Any Threat or Disaster 

Studies show that 43% of organizations that lose a significant amount of data immediately shut down and never open back up again. Your non-profit organization and the people you serve can’t afford to take that risk. Are you prepared to protect the data that supports what you do from the next disaster—natural or otherwise?  

Panel: Vish Jain, VP of IT at Americares; John Ryan Brooks, Director of Systems at Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Sonia Dua, Information Security Manager at Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Tim Walton, Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft; and Greg Inks, Cloud Practice Lead at AKA Enterprise Solutions; moderated by Katie Leonberger, President & CEO of CRE.

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM – Panel

Making Connections that Serve Your Mission: How Non-Profits Can Break Down Barriers to Better Support Donors, Volunteers, and Beneficiaries

A non-profit cannot survive without those who support it. Employees, donors, and volunteers are the backbone of your organization—and part of your mission is to take care of them. How do you make sure everyone is on the same page, clearing the path for effective communication and collaboration across the board? Are your front and back office supporting your mission and contributing to positive outcomes?  

Panel: Kevin Gilrain, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Americares; Rob Bushway, Director of Application Architecture at Americares; Rochelle Eichner, Regional Lead, Americas, Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft; and Jim Bretschneider, Executive Vice President of Solutions at AKA Enterprise Solutions; moderated by Katie Leonberger, President & CEO of CRE.

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM – Networking Cocktail Hour