Our Breakout Sessions

Here are our breakout sessions for the upcoming Heartland 2050 Summit, March 22nd at The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center:

Loess Hills Missouri River Region: Bringing Parks to People
Teamwork and Collaboration

Find out more about this amazing, collaborative, three county framework, that crosses jurisdictional, political and physical boundaries! The Loess Hills Missouri River Region Parks to People Plan promotes enhanced connections, re-imagines opportunities for its rural communities, and supports the vitality of economic, cultural, and natural resources.

Michelle Franks
Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development

Ron Tekippe
Loess Hills Missouri River Region Board

Shawn Koehler
Loess Hills Missouri River Region Board


Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
Diversity and Inclusion

Black young professionals were 5-6 times less likely than their peers to recommend Greater Omaha as a place to live, work and play in a local 2015 survey. To craft a plan for change and address community disparities, a collaboration was formed between the young professionals groups of the Urban League of Nebraska and Chamber. This resulted in recommendations to address disparities that exist within the community and workplace. Hear about the steps taken to collaborate and how listening guided action.

Joyce Cooper
Urban League of Nebraska Board of Directors

Ashley Turner
Urban League of Nebraska & Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals

Sarah Moylan 
Greater Omaha Chamber


Making Health a Shared Value: Cross Sector Collaboration
Recognizing and Mobilizing Assets

Did you know just 9 socioeconomic factors influence 4 health behaviors that lead to 4 chronic diseases causing 78% of early deaths in Douglas County? Armed with this information, a collaboration of 95 leaders from multiple sectors have formed the Accountable Health Community to join forces and eliminate health disparities.

Dr. Adi Pour
Douglas County Health Department

Sarah Sjolie
Live Well Omaha