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Reframing Nonprofit Leadership Succession: The Ultimate Strategic Hedge Against a “Bad CEO
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When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: United States

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Reframing Nonprofit Leadership Succession:
The Ultimate Strategic Hedge Against a “Bad CEO Hire”

 Intended Audience: Consultants and Funders


In the past, nonprofit executive transitions have been hampered by a set of limiting assumptions that treat the leader like a stand-alone, all-important organizational component. The almost ceremonial act of choosing the new organizational hero has over and over again resulted in any number of problems that negatively destabilize the work of nonprofits. In fact, the problem of bad nonprofit leadership hires may not be in the implementation, but in the frame or ethos of the practice. 

There are alternative approaches that are more grounded and gradual, and therefore less likely to endanger the organizations our communities depend on. In this workshop, two of the field’s foremost experts and a panel of practitioners will present the new framework for a less risky and more robust leadership succession process.

NPQ is doing something different with this important session, in that they will run one workshop for nonprofit board members, executives, and other nonprofit staff on October 3rd and another for consultants and funders on October 10th. In the latter workshop, they will explore how consultants and funders may be of greater assistance to nonprofits in helping to guide (or at least not stand in the way of) updated processes. You may, of course, sign up for either or both, but the content will be tailored to the specified audience for that date.

Our presenters are Jeanne Bell, Chief Executive Officer at CompassPoint, and Tom Adams, Director of Succession and Sustainability Practice at Raffa, P.C.

They will be joined by panelists Jennie Lucca, CEO of The Children's Inn at NIH; Holly Cobb-Parker and Kelvin Womack, board members at Children’s Inn at NIH; and Gayle Williams, board member at MAG (Management Assistance Group).

Our panelist will also include the following funders: Marissa Tirona (Program Officer for Building Institutions and Networks—BUILD—at Ford Foundation); Linda Wood (Senior Director for Haas Leadership Initiatives at Haas, Jr. Fund); and Deborah Linnell, Senior Program Officer at van Beuren Charitable Foundation.


Click here to register. All questions can be sent to [email protected] to have them answered during the web event. 

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