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Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris

Summit Facilitator Tyler serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente – the leading integrated health delivery system in the United States. For three decades, Tyler has served as a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, NGOs and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. His work in the public, private, non-profit and civic sectors has included initiatives with over 400 communities and organizations in the United States and internationally. As a volunteer, Tyler is a Board Trustee of Naropa University and serves as an advisor to the Convergence Partnership, Active Living by Design, Transportation for America, and the Food Commons. Previously he was Founding Board Chair of IP3 where he co-created the Community Commons; was a Fellow of the Public Health Institute; a co-founder of the High Desert Center for Sustainable Studies in Paonia, Colorado and the Kuhiston Foundation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Central Asia.) He completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Program (2014), earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University (2011) and BA in World Political Economy from The Colorado College (1982.) Tyler is engaged in projects in his adopted home of Oakland, across the US, and in the Middle East.


Jay Conner

Jay Conner

Jay Connor, J.D., MBA- Keynote Jay Connor is the Founder/CEO of The Collaboratory for Community Support in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has extensive leadership experience in the business, nonprofit, and public policy arenas. He has spoken to audiences across North America on a broad range of subjects which have at their root the elements of change and leadership development fundamental to success in each of these sectors. His major interest is in crossing the borders between sectors and articulating their interdependence for the benefit of community dialogue and system effectiveness. Jay holds a J.D. and MBA in management from Northwestern University. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches graduate students from the schools of Urban Planning, Business, Public Policy and Social Work. The Collaboratory will soon, also, be associated with Florida State University. Jay is also the author of Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact.


Special Presentation: "I'll Push You"

Two best friends, Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray, walked “The Way of St. James” or more commonly known as the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile epic pilgrimage across the vast terrain of northern Spain. What was unique about this journey was Justin was pushed in a wheelchair by Patrick the entire way! Born a little over 36 hours apart in the same town and in the same hospital, they have grown up together, traveled together, and have navigated many of life’s challenges together. Over the past 20+ years, a progressive neuromuscular disease has slowly taken away Justin’s ability to use of his arms and legs. From each morning until night, Justin requires daily assistance in every aspect of life such as eating, getting dressed, bathing and even using the restroom. Though immensely challenging, Justin has never decreased his capacity to live life to the fullest and maintains a positive attitude through it all! In the spring of 2012, Justin asked Patrick what he thought about tackling the Camino. Patrick's response was simple and direct. He said “I’ll push you. Two years later, they started their journey and had no idea how they would make the 500 miles from France to the Cathedral in Santiago; over several mountain ranges like the Pyrenee’s, through rivers, and across the vast “desert of Spain" called the Meseta… they just knew they had to get there. Through it all, Justin and Patrick had to rely on the help and strength of friends, acquaintances and even complete strangers in order to navigate the many challenges they faced on their 34 day journey. Upon returning from Spain, they have used their heart felt storytelling to share the comical details of their journey… the joys, the struggles, the beautiful relationships, and the lessons they learned in faith, hope, love and friendship. Their goal is that people will walk away recognizing that each life is not defined by its limitations, but is defined by what is accomplished in spite of those limitations. Justin and Patrick have been featured and interviewed on NBC, ABC, Fox & Friends, Huffington Post, People.com, The Meredith Vieira Show, many worldwide news media outlets and recently delivered a TEDx talk. Both Justin and Patrick are based out of the Boise, Idaho area and can be contacted at patrick@illpushyou.com.

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