Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Divide
The digital divide affects millions of Americans: young, old, communities of color, and rural towns. It creates barriers to education and access to health and human services. In this session, speakers from the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), a regional community foundation, share their study, learning and systems-change plans bringing cross-sector leaders together to invest in and expand initiatives that can bridge the digital divide for thousands of people.
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About our speakers:
Beth Francis, President and CEO of ECCF – Many of the early years of my career I spent in development and communications at the YMCA of the North Shore, raising vital funds for annual, capital and endowment support, while building the brand of the organization. Before that, I was the organization’s director of product development. In 2016, I joined ECCF as the vice president for development and worked to expand our donor base and, together with our dedicated staff, helped to increase ECCF’s overall impact in Essex County. ECCF’s increasing presence in our region is something I am very proud of. Today, my role as President and CEO is truly a labor of love. I owe a great deal to my family and especially my husband, Rich – a Gloucester High School history teacher – who supports the work I do and the schedule it takes to do it. His partnership allows me the dedication to do a job I truly love, for a community I truly love.
Stratton Lloyd, Executive Vice President & COO of ECCF – I manage the Foundation’s strategy, finance and business operations and serve as the lead for our systems philanthropy initiatives, which focus on tackling some of the most complex social issues facing Essex County today. I joined the ECCF staff in July 2018 after serving as a strategic advisor on Impact Essex County, the Foundation’s lasting commitment to effecting positive change in our region. Since then, I have been consistently inspired by the relentless efforts, smart ideas and passion of the many community partners that we collaborate with on this work. Prior to joining ECCF, I served as executive vice president of Strategy, Product Management and Customer Operations at EBSCO Information Services, a private Fortune 200 company based in Ipswich, where I worked for 14 years. I was also the founder and managing director of First Look, Inc., now known as YouthServe, a nonprofit global youth service-education organization that empowers young people through volunteerism and leadership.
This Webinar is a non-commercial presentation sponsored by ZurickDavis
Posted on Apr 07, 2021