Stand Together Hosts Catalyst 2017 in Washington, DC

Posted on October 4, 2017

On September 27-28, Stand Together hosted Catalyst 2017 at the National Union Building in Washington, DC. The event convened S+ Catalysts and like-minded individuals across the nonprofit space, featuring powerful stories, inspiring speakers, and engaging workshops. The powerful two-day event showcased the power of community in combating poverty, as well as the value of network across industries to increase impact and help more individuals change their lives. The Catalysts in the Spring 2017 cohort delivered compelling presentations on how their organizations are catalyzing change through innovation, community, and transformation. Sessions also included robust conversations with nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs on applying the most effective business strategies to social sector organizations to make the most impact.

Here are just a few of the special moments from Catalyst 2017:

Executive Director, Evan Feinberg, delivers his opening address.


Kristi Kendall of New Balloon discusses the state of poverty in America with documentary filmmaker and executive director of the Documentary Foundation, Christopher Rufo.


Guests heard from industry leaders about the state of philanthropy in the United States.


Stand Together’s Sam Leyvas facilitates a panel discussion with Jo Kwong of Philanthropy Roundtable, Catherine Ward of Taproot Foundation, and Doug Balfour of Geneva Global, to lay out the state of philanthropy in the United States.


Participants and guests enjoy lunch at the National Union Building.


Attendees heard from speakers on a variety of topics, from inspirational stories of transformation to applied management principles in the nonprofit sector.
Women’s Bean Project CEO Tamra Ryan talks about connecting women to jobs through social enterprise and innovation.
The Joseph Project’s Orlando Owens and Pastor Jerome Smith delivered an energetic, inspiring presentation on how The Joseph Project is connecting men and women to jobs in Milwaukee.


Alex Forrester of Rising Tide Capital captivated the audience explaining the power of entrepreneurship and business in helping break the cycle of poverty.
Attendees enjoy popcorn during the documentary screening of “America Lost.”
Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries Jr. concludes the event with an address about the principles our country was founded upon – a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Rich Tafel of Raffa Social Capital Advisors breaks down the mysteries of social enterprise with Women’s Bean Project’s Tamra Ryan and Cara’s Maria Kim.
Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard To Opportunities, shares about the power of community in helping to transform lives.


Stand Together’s Erin Keating sits down with Bishop Omar Jahwar to discuss the work of Urban Specialists in creating a movement for social change.
Stand Together’s executive director Evan Feinberg and Scott Strode of The Phoenix share a laugh between sessions.
Staff, speakers, and guests enjoyed time to network and connect with others during the breaks.
Stand Together’s VP of Organization Development Declan Lynch facilitates a discussion on the benefit of applying Market-Based Management principles to the social sector with leaders of The Phoenix, Defy Ventures, and Cara.