Elevate 2016

May 4-5 │ Montgomery

We’ve learned that the best way to empower others is by listening to what they have to say. For three years, we have worked side by side to accomplish a shared mission of making our state the best place to call home. This year, we invite you to help us elevate Alabama by empowering positive change throughout our state.



May 4

The Warehouse at Alley Station

130 Commerce St., Montgomery, AL 36104


May 5

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel

201 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, AL 36104


Wednesday, May 4 The Warehouse at Alley Station
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Networking reception and dinner
Thursday, May 5 Renaissance Montgomery Hotel
7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address – “Social Enterprise Movement”
Becca Stevens, Founder and President, Thistle Farms (Nashville, TN)
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion – “Social Enterprise Movement in Alabama”
Facilitator: Hill Carmichael, Executive Director, Urban Ministry (Birmingham, AL)
11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn


Becca Stevens, Keynote Speaker

Founder and President, Thistle Farms


Becca Stevens is many things…an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN.


In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change”. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year in 2014 by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South.


When Becca speaks the listener is struck by her earnest, empathetic delivery infused with her personality and sense of humor. Her message is honest and she offers groups a way to move from fear and cynicism into inspired action.


She regularly keynotes at national events, business gatherings, morning worship in churches as well as universities and colleges across the country inspiring young adults to live into their ideals. She is an international voice for the growing global movement for women’s freedom and a fervently hopeful and determinedly loving champion for the marginalized.


She lives in Nashville, TN where she serves as an Episcopal priest and lives with her Grammy-winning songwriter husband and three sons.