Agenda at a Glance


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 Hollowssponsored by United Healthcare



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)


 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.