TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Participants arrive to venue in the morning or early afternoon. Some participants may choose to arrive in the evening before the conference begins.
10:00a - 2:00p Pre-conference Event: "Singing in the Smokies" (Optional, pre-registration required, space limited)
12:00p Registration Opens
2:15-3:00 Introduction and Update of the Network
2:30 – 5:45p Group Meetings (Current and Prospective Group Members)
2:30 - 4:00p Equity, Energy and Natural Resources, and Food and Agriculture
4:15 - 5:45p Arts and Culture, Health, and Place-Based Foundations
3:15-5:30 Invest Appalachia Series and Open Space
Session 1: 3:15-4:00p
Session 2: 4:15-5:30p
5:30 – 6:00p Break
6:00 – 8:00p Reception with musical performance, Hills and Hollows, sponsored by United Healthcare
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
7:00 – 7:45a Wake-up Yoga Class or Walk (optional)
7:45a Registration Opens
8:00 – 9:30a Welcome, Breakfast, and Keynote sponsored by Tennessee Department of Health
Sarah Smarsh: best selling author of Heartland and host of Homecomers.
9:30 – 10:00a Transition to Deep Dive
10:00 – 11:30a Equity Focused Deep Dives
12:00 - 1:15p Lunch and Carpet Bag Theatre Co Performance
1:45 - 5:30p Learning Journeys
6:00 - 8:30p Dinner and Celebration of 11 Years of the Appalachia Funders Network
9:00p Afterparty and Trivia (optional)
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
8:00-9:30a Breakfast and Official Closing
9:00-10:15a "Economic Update: The Numbers and Beyond" led by Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
10:00 – 11:30a Critical Conversations, Invest Appalachia Session, and Open Space
11:45-12:30p Closing Lunch
1:00p Dollywood Theme Park (optional)
The Dollywood theme park pass is not included with registration. This is a separate fee and can be purchased on site or online prior to the event.
Participants depart in the afternoon.