NH Summit on Digital Equity for Economic Opportunity

Friday, 3 February 2017 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM EST

676 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH, 03109, United States

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Friday, 3 February 2017 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM EST

Comcast Conference Center, Manchester NH, 676 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH, 03109, United States.

                                                      New Hampshire Summit on Digital Equity

For Economic Opportunity

Friday, February 3rd, 2017


Comcast Conference Center, Manchester NH

 Thanks to generous support from Comcast and Connection

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and dazzling door prizes




·       Community teams comprised of leaders from P12, postsecondary and adult education, economic development, workforce development, banking and human services committed to closing the digital divide in support of educational and economic opportunity.

·       Banking and philanthropic leaders wishing to explore the implications of a recent shift in federal policy that encourages use of Community Reinvestment Act, philanthropic and other funds in support of digital equity.

·       Educational and workforce development leaders seeking to strengthen collaboration in order to improve preparation for and participation in living wage careers for low-income learners of all ages.




Participants will:


·       Learn why investments in digital equity must be systemic, extending beyond affordable access to broadband and computers, in order to yield such meaningful impacts as improved educational achievement, financial literacy, participation in living wage careers, and access to banking services for the underbanked and unbanked.

·       Learn about the essential dimensions of systemic digital equity and network with leading national providers of resources in each dimension.

·       Learn about the collective impact planning process for mobilizing local stakeholders to successfully undertake systemic. (Note: following the summit, a sequence of nonprofit online professional development courses will be offered to provide ongoing support through all five phases of the collective impact planning process. The summit is not intended to be simply a one-time awareness-raising event.)



7:30 – 8:15 a.m.                            Continental breakfast, registration and showcase set up


8:15 – 8:40 a.m.                            Welcome

·       Mark Reilly, Sr. Vice-President, Government and Regulatory Relations, , Comcast

·       Dr. Paul Resta, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, Co-Chair


8:40 – 9:10 a.m.              Summit Vision and Overview, Dr. Robert McLaughlin, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, Co-Chair


9:10 – 9:40 a.m.              1st Panel: Digital Equity in the Digital Age Economy:


Judith Burrows, Director of Student Aid, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Matthew Cookson, Executive Director, New Hampshire High Tech Council

David A. Juvet, Senior Vice President, Business & Industry Association of New


Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technology, Division of Economic

Development, NH Dept. of Resource and Economic Development



9:40 – 9:55 a.m.              Q & A with the panel


9:55 – 10:10 a.m.            Break


10:10 – 10:40 a.m.          2nd Panel: Why a “Systemic” Approach to Digital Equity?


Susan Ballard, Past President, American Association of School Librarians          

Dr. Dennis Harper, Executive Director, GenYes

Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Mobilization and Emerging

Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents

                                         Maisha Moses, Executive Director, The Young People’s Project


10:40 – 10:55 a.m.          Q & A with the panel


10:55 – 11:10 a.m.          Break


11:10 – 11:45 a.m.          Team Planning Time: brainstorming local priorities for improving educational and economic opportunity for low-income learners of all ages


11:45 – 12:05 p.m.         Community teams report out


12:05 – 1:30 p.m.            Buffet lunch and Digital Equity Resource Showcase


                                         Showcase participants include:




                                         Comcast Internet Essentials

                                         Connection, Inc.




National Center for Competency Based Learning

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

                                         New England College graduate certificate programs in digital equity leadership

and collective impact facilitation

                                         Next Century Cities

New Hampshire Department of Education Office of Education Technology

                                         Rosen Digital



1:30 – 2:00 p.m.              3rd Panel: Cities undertaking digital equity initiatives for workforce and community development


                                         Dr. Kim Carter, Executive Director, QED Foundation

                                         Dr. Ethel Gaides, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, SAU 48, Plymouth NH

Jennifer Grantham, Technology Teacher Coach, Nashua School District

                                         Theo Hanna, Co-Director, Tech Goes Home

                                         Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.              Q & A with the panel


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.              4th Panel:  The Collective Impact Planning Process: What, Why and How


Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher New Hampshire

Jeff Cohen, Managing Director, Leadership Team, FSG

                                         Kelly LaFlamme, Program Director, Endowment for Health



2:45 – 3:00 p.m.              Q & A with the panel (break refreshments available)


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.              Ongoing resources available from the National Collaborative for Digital Equity: Bob McLaughlin and Paul Resta


3:15 – 3:45 p.m.              Community team planning time: interest in initiating local collective impact planning in digital equity for economic opportunity?


3:45 – 4:00 p.m.              Community teams report out



4:00 – 4:15 p.m.              Next steps, wrap-up and door prizes

National Collaborative for Digital Equity


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