NH Next

Are you a young person in New Hampshire aged 18 – 40  who wants to make the Granite State — or your corner of it — a better place?

The 3rd annual NH Next: A Summit for Young Changemakers will be held in Spring 2021.

Attendees hear from, and engage with, other compelling young people who have made a difference in their communities or the Granite State. They meet others who share their interests, connect with individuals and organizations with whom they might partner to help create the change they want to see, and gain access to information and other resources that help them along the way.

The 2020 online sessions can be found on our YouTube channel.

Day 1: Bring Your Positive Intention to Life to Make an Impact

Hear from Deo Mwano, Fouder and Creator of Deo Mwano Consultancy, about his personal and professional journey in NH and finding his voice and making an impact. He will discuss the different mediums he uses to build relationships, design services/products and tell his story. Find recorded session here.

Day 2: Diversity Matters: A Panel Discussion

Hear about the experiences of young people of color in New Hampshire. What challenges do young people of color face here and how can we as individuals, and collectively, help make the Granite State and our respective communities and organizations more welcoming to people of color. Find recorded session here.

Speakers: Emerald Anderson-Ford, Sr. Diversity Strategy Manager, City Year; Rabia Gandhi, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Dartmouth College; Dr. Jazz Jackson, Associate Dean of First Year Experience, Retention, and Special Programs, Southern NH University; and Diamond LeGrande, Membership Coordinator, New Hampshire PBS.

Day 3: Long Story Short

Hear from young changemakers like you who have led successful events, efforts, projects, and initiatives in their communities. In these fast paced presentations you will learn how they did it, why they did it, and the challenges they faced and overcame. Find recorded session here.

Speakers: Laura Harper Lake, Owner and Interdisciplinary Artist/Co-Host and Co-Creator, Artful Harper Studios/Creative Guts Podcast; Ryan Hvizda, Realtor & Owner/Co-Owner, Hvizda Realty Group at Keller Williams Realty, Inc./Bona Fide Green Goods; Jonathan Noury-Elliard, Owner, NH Rocks; and Keating Tufts, Owner, Boards & Brews.

Day 4: Setting the Stage with Caroline Dillon

Hear from Caroline Dillon, Stay Work Play’s 2019 Rising Stars Awards High School Student of the Year award recipient, about her experience getting the “Period Poverty’” bill passed by the NH Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Learn how she did it, as well as tips and best practices for making policy change from someone who has first hand experience. After a brief Q&A, attendees will break out into smaller groups where they will be able to connect with other changemakers in NH to take what they’ve learned and discuss how to advocate for change in their own backyards. Find recorded session here.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

2019 Attendee Take-Aways

NH Next attendees left inspired, connected, educated, and ready for action. Check out what the 2019 attendees had to say when describing their experience via the word cloud.

“I often attend events like this and sometimes I leave thinking that I could have spent my time better but not this event! It over delivered and I can’t wait to see what you do next!”

“…I learned that I have power and influence in my community, and can make a difference.”

“As someone who attends a lot of conferences and is often the youngest person in the room, it was remarkable to see the sheer number of dedicated, bright, and amazing young people we have working across the state! I hope to see some of those people at future conferences that aren’t necessarily targeted toward young people. It shows what an important role SWP has as a connector between industry and young energy.”