2021 Flinn-Brown Convention

You’re Invited

Please join us at the 2021 Flinn-Brown Convention!

Moderated panel ∙ Breakout sessions ∙ Skills workshop
Flinn-Brown Awards ∙ Afternoon Reception

November 12, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Heard Museum | Phoenix 

(This event is only open to Flinn-Brown Fellows) 


(Tickets are $25 and financial assistance is available) 


Join us on Friday, Nov. 12 at the Heard Museum for the annual Flinn-Brown Convention. With a theme of “Media and the Message,” the all-day event will focus on the role of the media in communicating and influencing public policy; showcasing the inter-relationship between the media, the public and policymakers; understanding diverse media platforms; and identifying opportunities to expand information access.

Kris Van Cleave
Kris Van Cleave
Congressional Correspondent
CBS News
Stephanie Sy
Stephanie Sy
Anchor, PBS NewsHour West;
PBS NewsHour Correspondent

CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave will be the morning keynote speaker. PBS NewsHour West anchor and PBS NewsHour correspondent Stephanie Sy will present the afternoon keynote.

Mi-Ai Parrish
Mi-Ai Parrish
President and CEO
MAP Strategies Group

Moderating a morning panel about diverse media will be Mi-Ai Parrish, president and CEO of MAP Strategies Group; managing director of media enterprise and Sue Clark-Johnson professor for media innovation and leadership at Arizona State University; and former Arizona Republic president and publisher.

The Convention will also include breakout sessions, a lunch program celebrating the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership’s 10th anniversary, presentation of the annual Flinn-Brown Awards, and an early-evening networking reception in the beautiful Piper Courtyard at the Heard Museum.


Convention Agenda

8:00 a.m. | Continental Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Welcome
9:15 a.m. | A Look Ahead to the Day – Mi-Ai Parrish, MAP Strategies Group
9:30 a.m. | Morning Keynote with Kris Van Cleave, CBS News
10:15 a.m. | Break
10:30 a.m. | Diverse Media: Delivering the News Across Cultures Through Diverse Representation – Moderated by Mi-Ai Parrish
12:00 p.m. | Lunch (Networking, Awards, and Network Highlights)
1:00 p.m. | Afternoon Keynote with Stephanie Sy, PBS NewsHour West
2:00 p.m. | Break
2:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
Media 101: Interacting with Local Media – Tips, Tools and Skills for Success
Digital Media: Learning the Good, Bad, and Ugly of a Constant News Cycle
Traditional Media + Politics: Covering Groundbreaking Moments
4:00 p.m. | Reception


New Flinn-Brown Directory

An updated Flinn-Brown Fellows printed directory will be distributed at the Convention. Please email Danielle Underwood with any updates including a new headshot.

The deadline to submit information for the printed directory is Friday, October 15.


Nominate a Fellow

The 2021 Flinn-Brown Awards nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 15 at 5 p.m. Fellows should submit the name of the nominee and a short description of 50-100 words describing why the nominee should receive the award. Five awards honoring high-impact leaders are granted each year at the Convention: Jack Jewett Award, Network Builder Award, and three Arizona Champion (Northern, Central and Southern Arizona) awards.


Sponsorships and Swag

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available to fund national speakers, breakout sessions, and the Flinn-Brown Network reception, which includes prominent logo display, brand recognition through social media and recognition on the event website and program. More information is available in this brochure.

The Center will also collect and distribute free promotional items representing Fellows’ organizations. Please email Danielle Underwood if you’d like to donate.


Health and Safety Protocols

In alignment with Flinn and Brown Foundations and CDC recommendations, we strongly encourage all Convention guests to get vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 29, 2021 to ensure the best possible protection at the Convention. The two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are widely available throughout Arizona for those age 12 and older. Flinn and Brown Foundations will adhere to the CDC guidance on safety protocols for indoor social gatherings at the time of the Convention. Please look for additional communications one week prior to the Convention.


Meet the Planning Committee

(This event is only open to Flinn-Brown Fellows) 


(Tickets are $25 and financial assistance is available)