Past Sustain Dane Summit Highlights


Sustain Dane Summit Conference

Thank you for an amazing 2019 Sustain Dane Summit. We were inspired by all the energy and ideas that you shared with us. We’ll see you next year!

Sustain Dane and Edgewood College invite you to be part of the 2019 Sustain Dane Summit: Regenerate for Wellbeing. Gain new knowledge and skills, strengthen relationships with a local community of peers, and work together to identify ways to co-create regenerative culture and actions that bring together ecological sustainability, social equity, community wellbeing, and leadership in our organizations and in the region.

The Sustain Dane Summit is an annual sustainability gathering that brings together students, activists, professionals, and community leaders. The exciting day is filled with inspiring speakers, fun activities, great conversation, and local awards. We’ll gain new skills, relationships and ideas, as well as take time to reflect on our role in making social and environmental change.

Where: Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center located at 5445 E Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg

When: Tuesday, November 19th

Contact Lorenza at with any questions.

Featured Speakers

Dayna Cunningham

Executive Director, MIT CoLab

Dayna is Executive Director of Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT University and Board/Core-Team USA member of the Presencing Institute (Theory U). CoLab builds collaborations with communities and implements strategies that harness existing community assets and capture value to promote inclusive economic development that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and deeply democratic. The Presencing Institute (Theory U) shows how individuals, teams, organizations, and large systems can build the essential leadership capacities needed to address the root causes of today’s challenges through a process to shift in consciousness from ego-system to eco-system awareness. 
An attorney by training, Dayna has worked throughout her professional career on promoting democratic participation and addressing social marginality. She works with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Prior to her current position, Dayna was an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S.

Gyasi Ross

Author & Storyteller from the Blackfeet Nation

Gyasi Ross comes from the Blackfeet Nation and resides on the Port Madison Indian Reservation near Seattle. TV and radio programs and print and online publications regularly seek his input on politics, sports, pop culture, and the intersections thereof with Native life.

Ross is the author of Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). “I come from a family of storytellers. My family tells long stories, drinking coffee and blowing smoke in your face. It just fit for me to tell stories, and then I started writing them.” He is in demand as a speaker on race, social justice and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans and guests on MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now and radio shows nationwide. Ross writes for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, Deadspin and Gawker. Ross has also released a spoken word/hip hop CD titled “Isskootsik (Before Here was Here)” on Cabin Games Records.

Elected Officials Conversation

Satya Rhodes-Conway

Satya Rhodes-Conway

Mayor of Madison

Joe Parisi

Joe Parisi

Dane County Executive

Aaron Richardson

Aaron Richardson

Mayor of Fitchburg

Wenona Wolf

Wenona Wolf

Legislative and Policy Director from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Barnes

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Founder & President, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness and Founder/Host of Black Women’s Wellness Day

The Elected Official’s Panel will be moderated by Lisa Peyton-Caire, Founder & President, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness and Founder/Host of Black Women’s Wellness Day. Lisa is an educator, social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, women’s health advocate, and change agent whose work and service over the last 20 years has spanned the PreK through 16 education spectrum; merged the fields of education, human services, business, community and youth empowerment, and advocacy; and has included extensive leadership experience as a manager and administrator. Over the past 10 years, her work has expanded to include health advocacy with a particular emphasis on combating health disparities impacting African American women and their communities.

Afternoon Workshop

Stephan Gilchrist, EdD

Director of Edgewood’s Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program

Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist’s professional career has spanned sustainable forestry, international business, civic engagement and higher education. He came to Edgewood College from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, where he was the director of the Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership, and founder of the Leadership for a Better World Global Summit. Prior to his work with the Center, Steve was the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and at Wells College in Aurora, New York. He holds a B.A. in international business, M.S. in environmental education, M.A. in conflict resolution, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.

Program MC

Sarah Jacobs

Wisconsin Public Radio, Certified Coach & Owner of SKJ Coaching

Sarah Jacobs’ heart work is in organizational, leadership, and personal development and wellness, including diversity, equity and inclusion. She is the Membership Director at Wisconsin Public Radio, where she leads highly-skilled and dynamic fundraising and audience services teams to advance the sustainability and accessibility of WPR programming and services. Sarah is also a certified coach and the owner of SKJ Coaching, helping individuals and small groups connect with their personal and professional fulfillment, purpose, and power.

2019 Live Forward Awards Nominees

The Live Forward Awards recognize local changemakers and inclusive leaders who are accelerating sustainability and advancing community wellbeing. Nominees are put forward by the community through an open call for nominations process. Awardees are chosen by the Live Forward Awards Selection Committee, which is comprised of past recipients and other local leaders.

Join us to elevate the innovation and impact happening in our own neighborhoods, and celebrate these nominees at the Sustain Dane Summit on November 19.

Mariam & Joe Maldonado

Luna Groceries

Christopher Jimieson

Aldo Leopold Elementary School

Bjorn “Red” Thompson and Jon McCarthy

Angel Attic Community

Stephanie Fitch and Nina Bricko

Mighty Seeds Forest School

Alnisa Allgood

Collaboration for Good

Tutankhamun “Coach” Assad

Mellowhood Foundation

Thank you to the Summit 2019 Sponsors

Advanced Drainage Systems, Allegra Marketing Print Mail, City of Madison, Clean Lakes Alliance, Dean Health Care, EQT by Design, EZ Office Products, First Weber, Focus on Energy, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Home Savings Bank, J.H. Findorff & Son, Madison Concourse Hotel, Promega, Slipstream, Strang Inc., UW Credit Union, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, Willy Street Coop, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, YWCA, Zendesk