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Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021 

Sara Bronin

Opening Session: The Time is Now for Zoning Reform

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker whose interdisciplinary work focuses on how law can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. She is a Professor at the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, an Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School, and a Fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainability.  She is also the lead organizer and founder of DesegregateCT, a coalition of neighbors and more than 75 non-profits who have been working to change the landscape of zoning in Connecticut.  In 2021, the Connecticut legislature enacted Public Act 21-29, an important step toward a more affordable, sustainable, and economically dynamic state, marking the first significant update to the State’s Zoning Enabling Act in decades. Learn about the statewide zoning atlas, the coalition, and the transformative changes to the Zoning Enabling Act. Can the Connecticut experience become a model for change in Michigan? 


Wednesday afternoon, October 27, 2021 

Keynote: The New Framework for Connection

The Ohlay framework provides a practical lens to uncover the foundation of any strong organization - its culture and its people. Learn how building strong connections enhances personal power and increases professional performance while tapping into community strength. This session tees up the interactive breakouts scheduled later during the conference (Thursday at 1p.m.) that will help us create meaningful connections and build greater engagement in the workplace.