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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!

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.

The vital links between mental health and housing

Featured participants: David L. Michael, Executive Director & CEO, Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State; Dr. Anthony Carino, Director of Psychiatry, Center for Urban Community Services; Dr. Jonah DeChants, Senior Research Scientist, The Trevor Project; Lennon Flowers, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Dinner Party Labs; Shannon Razsadin, President & Executive Director, Military Family Advisory

May 10, 2023 | 1 hour

Redefining citizenship in a divided world with Dr. Richard Haass

Featured participants: Dr. Richard Haass, president, Council on Foreign Relations; Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International

March 27, 2023 | 1 hour

Building for the future: prioritizing climate resilient housing around the world

Featured participants: Anjali Mahendra, Tom Mitchell, Joseph Muturi, Patrick Canagasingham

December 8, 2022 | 1 hour

Building hope through service

Featured participants: Jonathan Greenblatt, Eboo Patel, Jonathan Reckford

October 24, 2022 | 1 hour

What are the housing options for refugees from Ukraine as winter approaches?

Featured participants: Lilet Breddels, Sytske Claassen, Katarzyna Przybylska, Dave Keating

October 12, 2022 | 1 hour

In Conversation with Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics

Featured participants: Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, and Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford

August 10, 2022 | 30 minutes

In Conversation with Xochitl Torres Small, USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development

Featured participants: USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small and Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford

July 20, 2022 | 30 minutes

Closing the racial homeownership gap in the U.S.

Featured participants: Nikitra Bailey, Maurice Jones, Alanna McCargo, Shereese Turner, Jonathan Reckford, Renee M. Willis

June 14, 2022 | 1 hour

3D-printed homes: New trend or lasting solution?

Featured participants: Miriam Axel-Lute, Ryan Colker, Janet V. Green and Adithya Jain

March 10, 2022 | 1 hour

+You: Building the Beloved Community through inclusive volunteering

Featured participants: Jacqueline Innocent, Michael D. Smith, Kirby Page

Jan. 26, 2022 | 45 minutes

+You: Prioritizing children’s access to housing around the world

Featured participants: Thomas George, Robert Ndugwa, Sarah Sabry, Patrick Canagasingham

Nov. 18, 2021 | 1 hour

+You: In Conversation with HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge

Featured participants: Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge

Sept. 27, 2021 | 27 minutes

+You: What housing innovations will grow out of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Featured panelists: Gayatri Datar, Charly Ligety, André Nogueira, Sameh Wahba, Lizan Kuster

Aug. 24, 2021 | 1 hour

+You: What will it take to build 10 million units of housing?

Featured panelists: Raphael Bostic, David Dworkin, Jonathan Reckford, Edward Seiler

July 1, 2021 | 1 hour

+You: Advocating for home affordability

Featured panelists: Anna Caballero, Henry Cisneros, Tony Pickett, Dan Rosensweig

June 14, 2021 | 1 hour

+You: Confronting global inequities exacerbated by the pandemic

Featured panelists: Patrick Canagasingham, Raj Kumar, Dr. Joan Nyanyuki, Julia Sánchez, Sofía Sprechmann Sineiro

May 13, 2021 | 1 hour

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

Featured panelists: Lee Bird, Lisa Gordon, Christine Rasche, Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Megan Strand

April 13, 2021 | 1 hour

+You: Building the Beloved Community

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

Jan. 22, 2021 | 1 hour

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

Featured panelists: Preeti Das, Jenna Elfman, Katherine O’Regan, Adrienne Goolsby

March 11, 2021 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 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, 2020 | 1 hour

+You: Housing is the prescription we need

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

June 12, 2020 | 1 hour