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+ you thought leadership series

Habitat’s +You thought leadership series brings together experts from across the U.S. and around the world to discuss how housing intersects and interacts with other areas of societal concern including public health, racial equality, faith and the economy.

This series of live discussions spans critical topics including housing and health, the effect of COVID-19 on low-income families, redlining and racial inequity in housing, and more.

In the meantime, please enjoy past discussions below. Check back soon for new opportunities to engage with the series!

Upcoming live streams:

+You: Women, housing and the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

As we mark International Women Build Week, March 8-15, Habitat for Humanity will convene a discussion about what the pandemic has revealed and changed about the status of women, and about how safe, decent and healthy housing has never been more important in supporting their stability and opportunity.

Featured panelists:

Preeti Das, Additional Director at Karnavati University
Jenna Elfman, Actress and Habitat supporter
Katherine O’Regan, Professor of public policy and planning at New York University
Adrienne Goolsby, Senior Vice President, U.S. and Canada at Habitat for Humanity International

March 11 | 11:00 a.m. EST

open door against a purple wall.

+You: Philanthropy in action — cause marketing supporting affordable housing

Panelists will discuss why companies should prioritize shelter as part of their philanthropic efforts, the role of cause marketing initiatives in aligning brand value and social responsibility, and the impact that a corporate giving program can have on its employees, customers and communities. We’ll also discuss the vital role that safe, decent and affordable housing plays in our lives.

April 13 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Row of houses.

Past live streams:

Each live event brings together a different panel of experts as they dig into a new critical topic. Hear what they have to say below.

+You: Building the Beloved Community

Featured panelists: Thomas Wilson Mitchell, Jonathan Reckford, Natosha Reid Rice, Errin Haines

Jan. 22 | 1 hour

+You: Serving those who served – veterans, housing and COVID-19

Featured participants: Stephen Peck, Sean Walker, Anthony Luton, Mark Andrews, Corinne O’Connell

Nov. 10 | 1 hour

+You: Is housing the secret to economic recovery from COVID-19?

Featured participants: Ariel Cano Cuevas, Debra Erb, Marja Hoek-Smit, Dhaval Monani and Patrick Kelley

Oct. 5 | 1 hour

+You: Helping older Americans stay safe at home during COVID-19

Featured participants: Dr. Alice Bonner, Dan Soliman, Jonathan Reckford and Janice Watkins

Sept. 30 | 1 hour

A safe, decent home put us in the game

Featured participants: Adrianna “A.D” Franch, Malcolm Mitchell, Isaiah Roby, Maria Taylor and Jonathan Reckford

July 30 | 1 hour

COVID-19’s impact on housing and efforts to upgrade slums worldwide

Featured panelists: Eugénie L. Birch, Anacláudia Rossbach and Patrick Canagasingham

July 28 | 1 hour

A discussion with Sen. Jack Reed on housing stability during the COVID-19 pandemic

Featured panelists: U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Julián Castro, Jonathan Reckford, Melissa Sanzaro, Catherina Chabot

July 15 | 1 hour

How historic housing discrimination against Black Americans contributes to racial inequities today

Featured panelists: Richard Rothstein, Alexi McCammond and Dwayne Spencer

June 23 | 1 hour

+You: Housing is the prescription we need

Featured panelists: Dr. Megan Sandel, Dr. Stephen Klasko, Jonathan Reckford and Lisa Gordon

June 12 | 1 hour