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Donald Sussman to Deliver Opening Keynote at MANP Annual Leadership Conference

by LK Gagnon

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) and Colby College invite you to our third annual leadership conference, Building Movements: Food as a Metaphor for Systems Change, which will take place at Colby College, April 6 and 7, 2011. This year’s event will feature  two keynote addresses – one by Donald Sussman, a Maine philanthropist and generous supporter and advocate for sustainable food systems in Maine, and another by Ben Hewitt, the author of The Town that Food Saved, an examination of one rural Vermont town’s efforts to implement a localized food system. A lively panel discussion on the elements necessary for successful movement building will follow the keynote, using lessons learned from Maine’s local food movement. The conference will conclude with a luncheon recognizing recipients of the Dirigo Awards for Nonprofit Excellence. Please join us!

Donald Sussman will deliver the Keynote on the opening evening of the conference, April 6.  Mr. Sussman is chairman of Trust Asset Management and has worked in hedge fund and private equity investing for thirty years. He is the Founder of the hedge fund firm Paloma Partners and was the recipient of Donald SussmanInstitutional Investor’s Alternative Investment News Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Mr. Sussman is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School Finance Group Advisory Board, a board member of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, and a Trustee of the Portland Museum of Art. Mr. Sussman owns two organic farms in Maine: David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville and Turner Farm in North Haven. He lives at Turner Farm. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and co-chair of the Investment Committee of Carnegie Hall, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Skidmore College, and a Trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands. He is a board member of the Center for American Progress and a board member of the Democracy Alliance.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the MANP website,

Many thank to the Lead Sponsor: Healey and Associates, Co-Sponsors: UNUM and NE Delta Dental, and Media Sponsor, Mainebiz.

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