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Leverage 2021

Leverage 2021 delivered! More than 200 gathered June 3rd for a fun and festive evening online celebrating the Collaborative’s 30th Anniversary. At the core of the event was honoring the Founders whose vision and dedicated service fostered the growth of community-engaged design throughout Greater Philadelphia.     

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The Collaborative introduced guests to a new meeting platform, one that provided the opportunity for free form mixing and mingling. After a year of Zoom meetings, we knew attendees would appreciate the ability to move around “tables,” connect with familiar faces, and meet new people.

They also discovered a virtual gallery showcasing images and information for the 30 pro bono design projects spotlighted during the Collaborative’s 30 years of service to nonprofits throughout Greater Philadelphia. The gallery includes short video interviews with several Founders, whom we honored collectively with the 2021 Leverage Award at this major milestone. 

A video interlude welcomed guests with brief remarks from our lead sponsor Ballinger and Tya Winn, the Collaborative’s Executive Director. It also debuted a short film featuring several clients and volunteers associated with the 30 projects. Enjoy the 30 Years of Building Communities Through Design video here. 

This video set the stage for more networking. Additional client and volunteer representatives were spread across the “tables” to help kickoff facilitated conversations about community-engaged design experiences and impact. Some guests were so absorbed that they almost missed the Award ceremony. 

The Collaborative's Founders

Founders Don Matzkin and Alice Berman graciously accepted the 2021 Leverage Award on behalf of the Founders group. The evening concluded with Tya Winn facilitating a thoughtful panel discussion with Founders Sally Harrison, David Hinson, and Emanuel Kelly. Check it out here.   

The digital program book includes additional content about the founding of the Collaborative in 1991 as well as the 2020 Annual Report.

Thanks to everyone who generously supported another virtual Leverage. Your faith in the value of the Collaborative enables us to continue delivering the design services that promote equitable, inclusive community development. 

                                       We thank our generous Sponsors of Leverage 2021 

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