Our 50th Anniversary Speaker Series is all-virtual – and FREE!

Since March, we have been working on rescheduling and reformatting our remaining Speaker Series Panels to be all-virtual in recognition of our common changed reality.  We’re pleased to provide you with the dates of the rest of our panels, which are free and open to the public:


Education Speaker Panel 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Focus Area: Early Childhood Education in the Age of Covid-19

Featured Speaker: Sonia Manzano

“Maria” on Sesame Street & Author

The positive impact of early childhood education on child development has been proven.  One of the best indicators of whether a child could go to college is the simple act of a parent reading to a child. Added to this is the belief that when a family is provided the tools and resources to support the child on an early educational journey, that family also learns and grows.  Parental involvement can pave the way to a greater family stability and an increased interest in education.  How has Covid-19 changed this dynamic?  How can our community continue to maximize the interest in education and provide needed support resulting in benefits for the entire family?  Early intervention in childhood development is an effective tool in keeping a child on the best path forward.  How do we strengthen those interventions?  This speaker panel will identify the best tools and resources as APM continues to invest in children and in their families.


The panel will feature the following speakers in addition to Ms. Manzano:

Dr. Pedro Rivera, Former Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Dr. Robert Stechuk, Director of Early Childhood Education Programs, UnidosUS

Avi Wolfman-Arent, WHYY Education Reporter (Moderator)

The program will run from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

To register for this free event, please go to https://bit.ly/32kLhqF

If you donate $50 to APM (http://apmphila.org/get-involved/donate/), you can participate in a 30-minute VIP virtual “meet and greet” with Ms. Manzano following the panel.  Invitations are limited!



Community and Economic Development Speaker Panel –

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Focus Area: Inequality, Race, and Gentrification

Featured Speaker: John Quiñones

ABC News Correspondent &  Host of What Would you Do?


Non-profit organizations throughout Philadelphia have worked for decades to create homeownership, affordable rentals, and economic opportunities for low-income residents.  This has enabled thousands to climb out of poverty and increase individual wealth, while the wealth and attractiveness of the community also increases.  As the community prospers, more affluent residents move in and the area becomes “gentrified.”  Property taxes and rents increase, thereby leading to potential displacement for long-time residents.  This potential displacement has only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis with its impacts on the economy and housing stability.  Class, racial, and ethnic differences between long-time and newer residents generate distrust and lead to increased tensions.  How can these tensions be addressed? How has gentrification exacerbated racial inequities in property ownership, and what can be done to address those inequities? The need for quality, affordable housing, and a pathway to homeownership and wealth building is evident.  How can we respond? We are all too familiar with the lack of affordability in San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Chicago and yet we continue to keep making the same mistakes….


Child Protective Services Speaker Panel –

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Focus Area: Childhood Trauma

Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Smart

Child Safety Activist


How can we each contribute to raising children who thrive, despite adversity? We in the child welfare community work to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families in our care, but all too often it is an unfortunate truism that children in child welfare experience long-lasting trauma, either from their parents or from a system that has a “one size fits all” approach. Children who age-out of care often have little to no supportive networks available to them.  These challenges have been amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, with added stressors on children, caregivers, and families.  Despite this, there are children who not only survive traumatic experiences, but thrive. What can we learn from these children that we can then share? How do we prepare children who “age-out” of the child welfare system, and better equip them for independence? We can positively impact the child welfare system, making it more responsive and compassionate to all children. This speaker panel will examine possibilities and solutions.


For more information about sponsorship opportunities for future APM events, please contact Teresa Mulligan, Director of Fund Development, at terry.mulligan@apmphila.org or at 267-296-7363.


 50th Anniversary Diamond Sponsors



Supporter, Behavioral Health Speaker Panel:

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

Program Book Sponsor, Community and Economic Development Speaker Panel:

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Supporters, Community and Economic Development Speaker Panel:

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

Fox Rothschild LLP

50th Anniversary Sponsors:

Goya Foods

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and National Equity Fund

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