Prosperity Indiana's annual Summit energizes and inspires more than 200 community development professionals every year! On February 17, 2022, you will build relationships and an equitable economy through policy, programs, performance, and philanthropic investments. This Summit balances theory and practice by catalyzing asset-building strategies, affordable housing opportunities, and system change to impact racial, health, gender, age, and economic disparities within Indiana's rural, urban, and suburban communities. 

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Due to COVID, this will be a virtual event. 
The deadline to receive a Summit care package is February 7, 2022!


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8:45 AM
 - Welcome and Ho
usekeeping - Main Hall

9:00 AM - Keynote - Main Hall

    • An Equitable Economy for All

10:00 AM
- Break

10:15 AM
 Session One

    • Supporting Microenterprises for Recovery and Resilience - Room 1
    • Redlining's Impact on Communities: The Spatial Practice of Democracy - Room 2
    • Effective and Ethical Storytelling: How to Share Stories Respectfully - Room 3
    • Assessing and Advancing Equity in Organizational Practice - Room 4

11:15 AM
 - Break

11:30 AM
- Session Two

    • Neighborhood-Led Inclusive Economic Development: South Bend's Model - Room 1
    • Addressing Indiana's Racial Wealth Gap: Equity-Centered Community Development - Room 2
    • New Markets Tax Credits as a Financing Tool to Promote Equity - Room 3
    • Strategies to Manage Bias - Room 4

12:30 PM
- Lunch Break

1:30 PM
- Prosperity Indiana Awards Ceremony - Main Hall

2:15 PM
- Break

2:30 PM
Session Three

    • Reducing Infant Mortality through Housing: Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH) - Room 1
    • From Vacancy and Blight to the Affordability Crisis: Housing Policy Solutions Across the Spectrum - Room 2
    • Leveraging Public and Private Funding to Build a Multi-Level CDC - Room 3
    • Equity and Diversity in Real Estate Development - Room 4

3:30 PM
 - Break

3:45 PM
- Call to Action - Main Hall

    • Inclusive and Equitable Economic Growth

4:30 PM
- Reception - Main Hall

    • Sponsored by Old National Bank

5:00 PM
- Summit ends

    • Attendees may continue networking until 5:30 PM


Reverend Dr. Starsky Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president & CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), pursuing the vision of a nation where marginalized children flourish, leaders prioritize their well-being, and communities wield the power to ensure they thrive. Since 1973, CDF has been leading the movement to build power for child-centered public policy, informed by racial equity and the lived experience of children and youth.

Dr. Wilson is board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and vice chair of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). He also serves boards for CDF Action Council, Duke Divinity School, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and Sojourners.

From 2011 through 2020, Rev. Wilson was president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based philanthropy for child well-being and racial justice in St. Louis. Under his leadership, Deaconess constructed and established the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, a community action tank engaging more than 15,000 citizens annually. From 2008 through 2018, Dr. Wilson also pastored Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community), an inter-racial, inner-city congregation related to the United Church of Christ.

After the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., Wilson and the church hosted the #BlackLivesMatter Freedom Ride to Ferguson and served as the welcome center for #FergusonOctober. In service of community healing, Wilson co-chaired the Ferguson Commission. In 2015, they released the ‘Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity’ Report, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility.

Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from Duke University. For his public theology, he was awarded Doctor of Public Service and Doctor of Divinity degrees honoris causa by Saint Louis University and Eden Theological Seminary, respectively. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Starsky is married to Dr. LaToya Smith Wilson, a dentist and child advocate. They are raising four children.

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