Executive transition in nonprofits can be perilous and difficult to navigate. At this summit, we learn about how to plan leadership transitions that are positive for the organization and the people who are stepping in and out of leadership.
Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-directors of the Building Movement Project, join us to share their perspective. Building Movement Project is a leading national capacity builder and is known for their research and action related to racial equity in nonprofits, generational shifts and leadership transitions. We also hear from Washington State nonprofit leaders who have approached leadership transition in a thoughtful way and can share lessons learned.
We encourage teams of staff and board to attend together to reflect on how to prepare your organization for change. Even if your CEO is not yet thinking about leaving, it is not too early to lay the groundwork and shape a culture that supports successful transitions. This summit is focused primarily on the adaptive issues associated with leadership transition. Rather than a “how-to” workshop with a checklist of tasks, we explore how organizational culture, power dynamics, and personalities can make or break an executive transition.
Register for the on-demand course to get access to the recording and resources from the virtual event that occurred on 1/26/2022. The recording does not include breakout sessions.
The on-demand course costs $20. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the on-demand content.
Captioning: Closed captions are available.
Visual Descriptions: Presenters will include visual descriptions of themselves to give a person who is low-vision, blind, or calling in without video a sense of space and place.
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About the Speakers
Frances Kunreuther, Co-Director, Building Movement Project
Frances Kunreuther co-directs the Building Movement Project, strengthening U.S. nonprofits as sites of civic engagement and social change. She is co-author of two books, From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change (Cornell, 2006) and Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2009). Frances was a senior fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University for five years and is currently affiliated with the Research Center for Leadership and Action at NYU where she also teaches. In the 1990s, Frances headed the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LBGT youth and was awarded an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship for her work with homeless youth and families, undocumented immigrants, crime victims, battered women, and substance users. She writes and presents frequently on issues related to nonprofits, leadership, and social change.
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at Community Change, where he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in the communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity, and anti-poverty programs. Before joining Community Change, Sean worked as a policy analyst at UnidosUS, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree in social work and multicultural studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Sean and Frances will be joined by a panel of Washington State nonprofit leaders who have successful navigated executive transitions.
La Casa Hogar: Magaly Solis, Executive Director & Eva Chavez, Board President
Seattle Works: Ben Reuler, Connector Director & LaTashia Treise, Equity Director
Ada Developers Academy: Rachel Klein, Board Chair & Christine Martin, Interim Executive Director & Partner at Valtas Group