Members of Mississippi’s non-profit, government and philanthropic organizations will gather at the Jackson Convention Complex today and tomorrow for the 2013 Positioned for Progress conference to look for more proactive ways to invest in Mississippi’s future.
The so-called ‘super conference’ combines four state organizations’ annual conferences into one mass gathering where professionals from the varied groups can share experiences, opinions and ideas on the challenges the state faces.
“This ‘super conference’ was developed based on the goals of Blueprint Mississippi, the major statewide initiative designed to create an action strategy for putting Mississippi in the place of greatest opportunity,” said Haley Fisackerly, 2013 chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council and president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, Inc. “A key way for this to happen is to bring all sectors together so each can have a voice in what it will take to move the state forward.”
Today’s keynote speaker, Entergy Corporation CEO Leo Denault, will talk about how Entergy began its low-income customer assistance program as a way to reinvest in its communities and enhance the quality of life in those areas that are largely responsible for the corporation’s success, and ultimately end poverty in the region.
The closing day’s keynote speaker, United Way U.S.A. President Stacey D. Stewart, will address efforts by United Ways to create lasting changes in three key areas: education, financial stability and health care.
This is the annual conference’s second year. Partners are Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies, Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, Volunteer Mississippi and the Mississippi Grantmakers Association. Sponsors are Entergy Mississippi, Inc., Atmos Energy, Mississippi Power Company, BlueCross Blue Shield of Mississippi and the Phil Hardin Foundation. Supporters are Children’s Defense Fund-Southern Regional Office and United Ways of Mississippi.
Source: Entergy Mississippi