10th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute

Executive Education for Social Sector Leaders

Building Resiliency: Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society

Visionary Sponsor

The Rockefeller Foundation

Supporting Sponsors





September 9-10, 2015
With optional post-conference intensives: September 11, Stanford campus
Plus: Welcome reception at the Sheraton Palo Alto, September 8

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA

Coproduced by Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Conference Overview

To celebrate the 10th annual Nonprofit Management Institute, the theme of this year’s conference is building resiliency.   

The concept of resiliency has captured the imagination of growing numbers of people in the field of social innovation because it helps answer pressing questions such as these: Why do some societies bounce back so quickly after a disaster while others don’t? Why do some organizations grow and innovate when others falter? Why are some people able to push forward even in the face of adversity? 

This year’s Nonprofit Management Institute—Building Resiliency: Yourself, Your Organization, Your Society—will explore these and similar questions, examining the role that resiliency plays at the personal, organizational, and social levels.

Yourself: Our communities, organizations, and companies need leaders who are resilient, who can stay the course of social change even after being knocked down, and who can sustain their work and themselves over the long haul. You will learn the characteristics and skills that define a resilient leader, and the ways that you can develop those characteristics and skills yourself and in members of your team. 

Your Organization: What are the qualities and attributes of organizations that can scale up and have a positive social impact have in common? Many of those qualities can be grouped under the term resilience. At this year’s Nonprofit Management Institute you will learn how to turn your organization and its culture into one that is resilient, adaptable, and equipped to “bounce forward.” 

Your Society: Resilience is an important factor that helps explain why some communities weather crises and emerge stronger than before and why others do not. Based upon tenets that are grounded in research, experts will explore and share with you the key attributes that resilient societies share, and explain how you and your organization can help to build resiliency into all parts of society. 



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

5:30-7 p.m.

Welcome Reception, Palo Alto Sheraton Sponsored by Nonstop Wellness

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8-9 a.m.

Registration and Complimentary Breakfast Sponsored by Posiba

9-9:15 a.m.

Welcome from Stanford Social Innovation Review and Association of Fundraising Professionals 

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Developing Resilient Global Leaders
Barbara Bush, CEO and cofounder, Global Health Corps
Joya Taft-Dick, senior communications officer, Tostan
Eliza Ramos, alumni program manager, Global Health Corps 

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45-12:15 p.m.

Lean Experimentation for the Social Sector: Build Smart to Learn Fast
Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, educator, and author
Chase Adam, founder, Watsi
Alethea Hannemann, vice president of product and national programs, Taproot Foundation
Giff Constable, CEO, Neo

12:15-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cultivating Resilience: Mindfulness, Leadership, & You
Leah Weiss, PhD, lecturer in management, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Pat Christen, managing director, The Omidyar Group

3:30-3:45 p.m.


3:45-4:45 p.m.

The "Secret Sauce" that Led to Victory at the Supreme Court and Freedom to Marry Nationwide
Kevin Nix, communications director, Freedom to Marry

4:45-5 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5-6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception Co-Sponsored by Indiegogo

Thursday, September 10, 2015

8-9 a.m.

Complimentary Breakfast

9-10:15 a.m.

Resilience and Transformation: Thriving in an Age of Volatility
Andrew Zolli, author

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-12 p.m.

Building Resilient Organizations and Networks
Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors
Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director, Philanthropy Futures

12-1:15 p.m.


1:15-2:30 p.m.

Panel: Creating Resilient Cities
Neill Coleman, vice president, global communications, The Rockefeller Foundation
Dan Parham, CEO and cofounder, Neighborland
Jeff Shumway, vice president of advisory services, Social Finance
Victoria Salinas, chief resilience officer, City of Oakland

2:30-3 p.m.

Networking Break

3-4:15 p.m.

Resilience and Life After Failure
Leticia Gasca, cofounder and director, Fuckup Nights and the Failure Institute
Derene Allen, consultant; adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship and innovation, University of San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley
Roderick Campbell, CEO CommitChange

4:15-5 p.m.

It Goes to 11: Communication Matters
Sean Gibbons, executive director, The Communications Network

5-5:05 p.m.

Closing Remarks



September 9-10 Sessions

Developing Resilient Global Leaders
Barbara Bush, CEO and cofounder, Global Health Corps
Eliza Ramos, alumni program manager, Global Health Corps
Joya Taft-Dick, senior communications officer, Tostan

Barbara Bush will discuss the role of vulnerability and collaboration in leadership; the leadership practices of Global Health Corps (GHC) model and community; the need for a new, emerging cadre of leaders to address the particular global health and development challenges we face today; and her personal experience as the founder and leader of Global Health Corps putting this vision into practice. She will be joined by two of Global Health Corp's alumni, Joya Taft-Dick and Eliza Ramos, both of whom are inspiring young leaders in their own right. As GHC fellows, they went through the GHC leadership and management development training, a program which prioritizes resilience in a number of different ways. They will speak about resilience in leadership through their own narrative and experiences, both as GHC fellows and as emerging leaders since.

Lean Experimentation for the Social Sector: Build Smart to Learn Fast
Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, educator, and author
Chase Adam, founder, Watsi
Alethea Hannemann, vice president of product and national programs, Taproot Foundation
Giff Constable, CEO, Neo

Resilience depends on agility: learning as quickly as you can about what works, so you can scale the right investments. The popularity of Lean Startup principles in the nonprofit sector is helping to bring that agility, so that organizations can build and sustain successful programs without huge up-front investments that sometimes lead in the wrong direction. Imagine you have a limited budget, a disruptive idea for a social-innovation product or service, and a short timeline to get your vision built and launched. How do you know if your idea will work—without burning through all your time and money? In this session, the presenters take a deep dive into a recent project to explain how they went from idea to successful launch in just under four months—on time and on budget—by using a Lean Startup inspired approach. Product development teams often use prototyping to explore new products, but in social-networking systems, prototyping will only get you so far. In other words: some kinds of innovations just need to be launched to test. Come hear the story and learn when this Lean Startup-inspired approach makes sense, and hear a detailed case study on how a small team of designers, developers and product managers did it—carefully launching and developing in a way that minimized spend and risk, and maximized the chances that this new venture will succeed. The presenters will discuss some of the most important principles of lean experimentation and explore how you can start using lean in your work tomorrow. Plus, you'll hear from organizations using lean principles to build and scale new platforms.

Cultivating Resilience: Mindfulness, Leadership, & You
Leah Weiss, director of contemplative education and scholarship, HopeLab; lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Pat Christen, managing director, The Omidyar Group

 Just as insights from psychology and biology are illuminating markers of resilience in individuals, businesses and social enterprises are looking to create and support systems that allow people and communities to respond to adversity in healthy ways. How might we cultivate resilience, in ourselves as leaders and in our teams, to unlock human potential and greater well-being in the communities we serve? This interactive session will explore the science of resilience, actionable frameworks for cultivating resilience in teams and communities, and practical, evidence-based tools for individuals.

The "Secret Sauce" that Led to Victory at the Supreme Court and Freedom to Marry Nationwide
Kevin Nix, communications director, Freedom to Marry

Kevin Nix will discuss how strategic communications was absolutely imperative in moving the U.S. from opposing marriage equality to supporting it just a decade. Tailored approaches were used to pass legislation, win at the ballot box and in the lower courts—all of which built the momentum necessary to win at the Supreme Court last month. Although Freedom to Marry found the "secret sauce," it was only after some serious setbacks, major doubts, a personal toughening, and tons of discipline along the way. 

Resilience and Transformation: Thriving in an Age of Volatility
Andrew Zolli, author

In an time of profound and sustained disruption and volatility, organizations need greater agility, innovation, and creativity than ever before. In this session, Andrew Zolli will provide a big-picture view of critical trends and forces of change shaping the decade to come, discuss the biases that limit our understanding and ensure surprises, and explore the new ways in which organizations are creating more resilient organizational strategies and cultures.

Building Resilient Organizations and Networks
Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors
Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures

How can we create resilient nonprofit organizations and networks? Now more than ever, nonprofit leaders need to know how to build adaptive nonprofits and resilient networks in order to sustain and increase their social impact. This session will be lead by two experts in nonprofit and network development: Heather McLeod Grant and Alexa Cortes Culwell. They will draw upon the best-selling book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits co-authored by Heather, along with a Framework for Impact, developed by Alexa first with the Sobrato Family Foundation for their Thriving Nonprofit Sector program, and later for webinars, an institute, and a nonprofit management class taught at Stanford University. What Heather and Alexa have learned in their 20+ years in the sector: success in nonprofits requires developing the core components for creating greater impact with a relentless focus on continuous improvement AND creating larger systemic change by building resilient networks. This session will provide new insights from Heather and Alexa's on-going consulting work building leadership, organizations, networks and movements for social change. Participants will leave with new insights about important trends in the field, and new ways of thinking about increasing their own effectiveness.

Creating Resilient Cities
Neill Coleman, vice president, global communications, The Rockefeller Foundation
Dan Parham, CEO and cofounder, Neighborland
Jeff Shumway, vice president of advisory services, Social Finance
Victoria Salinas, chief resilience officer, City of Oakland

Cities are at the forefront of resilience. Urban areas are on the frontlines of responding to the growing number of shocks and stresses that make crisis the new normal: from climate change to health pandemics to social unrest. But cities are also hotbeds of innovation and creativity around how to use new technology, financing and personnel to better prepare cities, and their residents for whatever the future holds. This session will explore several of the innovations already working in several cities and their replicability to other geographies and sectors. The panel will also examine the growth of resilience as a job description and professional practice.

Resilience and Life After Failure
Leticia Gasca, cofounder and director, Fuckup Nights and the Failure Institute
Derene Allen, consultant; adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship and innovation, University of San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley
Roderick Campbell, CEO CommitChange

Learning to embrace and even thrive on failure may be just as important as success! In this session, Leticia Gasca, cofounder of Fuckup Nights (a global gathering that fosters discourse around success and failure), will review how to foster a culture willing to face failure and present research about the resilience process, from the immediate aftermath through to recovery, and re-emergence. Three social entrepreneurs will also share their failures, flubs, flops, and fiascos.

It Goes to 11: Communication Matters 
Sean Gibbons, executive director, The Communications Network

Organizations that communicate well are stronger, smarter and vastly more effective at creating change. So, how do you build an extraordinary communications department? The secret is: you don't. Sean Gibbons, executive director of The Communications Network shares how fostering a culture of communication across your organization can yield outsized impact. 


September 11 Intensive Sessions (Optional, Additional Fee)

Join Stanford Social Innovation Review and experts for a third day of workshop sessions. Pre-registration is required and must be purchased during your online registration. All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stanford University campus. The additional fee per workshop is $275. 

Developing Mindful Leadership
Mark Abramson, DDS, Instructor, The Mindfulness Program in the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine Clinic 
Mindful leadership is a way to create the space in one’s life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and to use that insight to lead with authenticity in a way that inspires others. Mindfulness not only provides leaders with calmness, clarity, and tranquility, but it helps leaders develop more authentic and resilient organizations. In this four-hour intensive session, attendees will learn about new research that supports the mindful leadership approach, along with the practical techniques that will help them transform their lives, their organizations, their communities—and their world.

Creating Strategic Communications
Erin Hart, managing director, Spitfire
All too many nonprofit leaders fail to make communications a true priority. To be successful, leaders need to develop and constantly reinforce an internal culture that values effective communications as a programmatic strategy. In this intensive four-hour workshop, attendees will explore how investments in communications can pay enormous dividends! Attendees will learn about a variety of tools, media platforms, and practices where capacity, metrics, content, listening, and engagement can take their organizations to the next level.

Tapping into the Millennial Mindset
Kathleen Kelly Janus, lecturer, Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford University
Jackie Rotman, executive director, Spark

This year, Millennials will surpass Baby Boomers to become America’s largest generation. There are also signs that Millennials may match and even surpass Boomers in their efforts to change society for the better. Nonprofit organizations can’t afford to ignore this energetic and creative generation. This four-hour session will provide research, strategies, and tactics to organizations that want to learn how to engage millennial donors, volunteers, and employees. Attendees will learn how to:

  1. Appeal to Millennial preferences.
  2. Create ways to help Millennials be personally engaged in the cause.
  3. Show Millennials specific examples of how their gifts of time and money will affect people in need of help.
  4. Leverage the peer influence of Millennials to spread the word about a cause.


Confirmed Speakers

Mark Abramson, DDS, Instructor, The Mindfulness Program in the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine Clinic 

Mark Abramson's passion to teach people to use there own minds to be kind, compassionate and to heal and grow lead to him developing a course called "Love Yourself for Everyone Else's Sake" which started as a graduate course at Stanford.  In addition to the Stanford courses Abramson, leads workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Besides the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop, he conducts workshops entitled "Mindfulness and Heartfulness" and "Love Yourself For Everyone Else's Sake" and does a silent meditation retreat for the week of New Years holiday

Chase Adam, founder, Watsi

Chase Adam is the founder of Watsi, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that connects medical patients who can’t afford the procedures they need with donors through an online platform. Before the age of 21, Adam traveled, worked, or studied in more than 20 countries around the world. He spent time in private sector intelligence in Washington, helped start a national health program in Haiti, and served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He’s rarely the smartest person in the room, but he’s usually pretty good at figuring out who is.

Derene Allen, consultant; adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship and innovation, University of San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley

Derene Allen is an experienced change agent, comfortable with complexity and challenge, having held senior leadership positions in both for profit and nonprofit organizations.  She is currently a social impact consultant working with NGO’s and social enterprises in workforce development. Allen is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and Uuniversity of California, Berkeley teaching social entrepreneurship and innovation as well as a mentor in the Global Social Benefits Incubator at Santa Clara University. Allen is passionate about working with underserved communities. She is currently on the board of AnewAmerica, a microenterprise nonprofit providing entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to underserved communities for economic and social empowerment and the Bay Area chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a membership organization that facilitates a participatory platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement.

Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, educator, and author

A retired eight-­time serial entrepreneur‐turned-­educator and author, Steve Blank has changed how startups are built and how entrepreneurship is taught around the globe. He is author of the bestselling The Startup Owner’s Manual, and his earlier seminal work, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. His May 2013 Harvard Business Review article on the Lean Startup defined the movement. Steve is widely recognized as a thought leader on startups and innovation. His books and blog have redefined how to build successful startups; his Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia has redefined how entrepreneurship is taught; and his Innovation Corps class for the National Science Foundation forever changed how the U.S. commercializes science. His articles regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic and Huffington Post

Barbara Bush, CEO and cofounder, Global Health Corps

Barbara Bush is CEO and cofounder of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twentysomethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Since that time, GHC has placed nearly 600 young leaders with nonprofit and government health organizations in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States. Prior to GHC, Bush worked in educational programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She has worked with Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana, and has traveled with the UN World Food Programme. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. She sits on the board of directors for Covenant House International, PSI, Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.

Roderick Campbell, CEO, CommitChange​
As an outspoken advocate for nonprofit technology reform, Roderick works with hundreds of organizations throughout North America to radically increase online giving, eliminate donation-skimming business models, and make nonprofit data both intuitive and intelligent. Roderick's work at CommitChange has been published in Forbes, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Fundraising Success Magazine. 
In his personal life, explored 35+ countries, grew up on a cattle ranch, sailed tall ships, won prestigious debate tournaments, worked as a stunt actor, studied Irish Gaelic, and occasionally helps good people get elected. Roderick is also a mentor at BUILD and a board member of Thrive Alliance for Nonprofits in San Mateo County.

Pat Christen, managing director, The Omidyar Group

In her role at The Omidyar Group, which represents the philanthropic, personal and professional interests of Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Pat Christen works directly with Pierre and Pam to provide strategic counsel across all Omidyar Group enterprises, organizations and special projects. Christen previously served as president and CEO of HopeLab, the health-focused R&D organization of The Omidyar Group. For more than 10 years, Christen helped guide the evolution of HopeLab’s work creating tech products to improve the health and well-being of young people. Prior to HopeLab, Christen was president of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for 15 years, where she worked with her counterparts nationally to craft the federal Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act. Christen also served as president of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, establishing AIDS clinics and playing an active role in AIDS-planning efforts globally. Christen has written, studied, and lectured on social and health issues both in the U.S. and abroad. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa from 1982–1985.

Neill Coleman, vice president, global communications, The Rockefeller Foundation

As vice president, global communications, Neill Coleman leads the foundation's global communications team in New York, Bangkok and Nairobi. The team uses a broad range of communications tools to publicize The Rockefeller Foundation's work to build resilience and more inclusive economies. Coleman is focused on how the foundation can pioneer new ways to hear and share innovative ideas and perspectives on serving the needs of poor or vulnerable people in a time of rapid change. Prior to joining Rockefeller Foundation, Coleman served as chief external affairs officer at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development where he helped communicate the Obama Administration's response to the housing crisis. Before assuming the leadership of HUD's Office of Public Affairs in 2009, Coleman served as assistant commissioner for communications at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and as director of communications for the New York League of Conservation Voters. He also managed North American communications for the global architecture firm RMJM. Coleman is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and has a master's degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He serves on the board of the Stonewall Community Foundation, the only public foundation focused on the needs of New York’s diverse LGBTQ community.

Giff Constable, CEO, Neo

Giff Constable is CEO of Neo, an innovation consulting firm that builds digital startups for others and for themselves. Constable is an entrepreneur and product designer with 20 years in the technology space. His eclectic background bridges six software and Internet startups, and includes dalliances in the art world and doing technology M&A. He wrote the book Talking to Humans, now used at Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and entrepreneurship programs around the world. His next book, titled The Innovation Studio, is focused on recurring innovation capabilities for large organizations.

Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director, Philanthropy Futures; visiting practitioner, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Alexa Cortes Culwell is the founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures, a strategic advisory firm that works alongside leaders to chart the course for creating positive social change. The firm develops vision, strategic direction, and business models, energized by effective meeting design and facilitation, as well as leadership coaching to support implementation. Cortes Culwell also serves as a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. For nearly two decades, Cortes Culwell served as a foundation chief executive officer guiding philanthropic investments focused on building capacity and scale, first at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation and then at the Stupski Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of San Francisco.

 Joya Taft-Dick, senior communications office, Tostan

Joya Taft-Dick is originally from Vermont, however, as the daughter of UN World Food Program employee she grew up overseas, primarily in the developing world. Taft-Dick has spent the last nine years working on, writing about, or studying human security, development, gender, and violence prevention in Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Ghana and the US. She served as a Global Health Corps Fellow from 2013 to 2014 as a communications and youth advocacy officer with Together for Girls in Washington, DC. She is now the senior communications officer with Tostan—still in DC. Taft-Dick received her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in 2006, where she double-majored in religion and French, and holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with a research focus on gender-based violence in conflict settings.

Leticia Gasca, cofounder and director, Fuckup Nights and the Failure Institute

Leticia Gasca is cofounder and director of Fuckup Nights and the Failure Institute. She has a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, journalist and mentor, and is under 30 years old. In 2014 Gasca was recognised as Citizen Gifted for leading one of the 30 most innovative projects in the world and in 2015, was awarded as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, by World Innovation Expo. Gasca is columnist at Forbes and cohost of the radio show "La Enredadera," focused on innovation and startups. Before, Gasca was editor of the magazine CNN Expansion and the mexican newspaper The Economist. She organized the first Latin American Impact Investment Forum ( FLII ) in Mérida, and represented Mexico at the UN during the 62nd Session of the General Assembly.

Sean Gibbons, executive director, The Communications Network

Sean Gibbons is the executive director of The Communications Network, which supports foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through the power of smart communications. Prior to joining The Communications Network, he held a series of leadership roles at Third Way, a public policy think tank in Washington. D.C. and served as director of media strategy at the Center for American Progress. Before his career in public policy, Gibbons was an award winning producer at CNN. He was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his role in the network’s live coverage of the September 11th attacks. His commentary and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News & the BBC. An honors graduate of Colby College, he was a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Alethea Hannemann, vice president of product and national programs, Taproot Foundation

Alethea Hannemann leads the product team at the Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit that is changing the social sector by making pro bono—including board service—ubiquitous, reliable, and rewarding in all professions. Hannemann speaks regularly on product design and cross-sector partnerships. Before joining Taproot, she worked in product and content management for Bay Area technology firms, and as a college instructor.

Erin Hart, managing director, Spitfire

Erin Hart believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change. She’s worked with foundations, nonprofits, government agencies and more to help them engage their audiences and develop programs that make a difference for people’s health, the environment and social justice. Before coming to Spitfire, Hart served as Fenton’s chief client officer and built the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s first communication department. During her time at the Foundation, she refreshed the organization’s identity and built an online presence to help people better communicate the Foundation’s focus and forge partnerships in science, patient care and the environment. At her own firm and GolinHarris, Hart worked with the American Legacy Foundation—and its popular truth campaign—and state and local health departments to develop tobacco-control campaigns that would prevent youth from starting to smoke. She also developed communications and marketing plans for smoking cessation campaigns across the country.

Kathleen Kelly Janus, lecturer, Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford University; cofounder, Spark

Kathleen Kelly Janus is a lecturer at the Stanford University Program on Social Entrepreneurship and a regular blogger for Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Impact section of the Huffington Post. She is currently writing a book on lessons from social entrepreneurs about how to successfully scale early stage organizations.  

An attorney, Kelly Janus has spearheaded numerous social justice initiatives. Kelly Janus is a cofounder of Spark, a nonprofit focused on building a community of young, global citizens promoting gender equality. Since its founding in 2004, Spark has engaged more than 10,000 young professionals nationwide and raised more than $1.5 million to support grassroots women’s organizations. From 2007 to 2011, Kelly Janus helped launch and direct Stanford Law School’s international human rights clinics in Namibia and South Africa, supervising Stanford students on fieldwork projects related to HIV/AIDS, water rights and rural women’s issues. Kelly Janus lectures widely on human rights and has taught courses at Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law School, Santa Clara Law School, and the University of San Francisco Masters of Arts International Studies Program.

 A graduate of Berkeley Law School, Kelly Janus also graduated with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley with degrees in political science and Spanish. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ted and their two daughters.

Heather McLeod Grant, founder, McLeod-Grant Advisors

Heather McLeod Grant is founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors; she’s a consultant, advisor, speaker, trainer, and entrepreneur with more than twenty years experience in the social sector. Her current work focuses on creating transformative leadership and networks for social change. McLeod Grant is helping launch several new leadership programs: the Irvine New Leadership Network (in the San Joaquin Valley of CA) and Catalyst Corps, a network of high-impact board leaders. She is also currently helping facilitate several issue-based networks in California: the iZone Silicon Valley, Housing California, and writing case studies of the Pioneers in Justice leadership network (Levi Strauss Foundation). She is the coauthor of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and numerous other articles. Formerly she worked at McKinsey and Monitor Institute. McLeod Grant holds a master's in business administration from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Harvard.

Kevin Nix, communications director, Freedom to Marry

Kevin Nix served as Freedom to Marry’s communications director, having previously served as campaign media director for the Human Rights Campaign and a key part of the team that Freedom to Marry led, along with HRC and litigation partners, to generate positive media coverage in the run-up to the 2013 Supreme Court marriage rulings. As the president of Playbook Strategies, Nix now takes that successful formula and applies it to other public affairs campaigns for a broad range of clients. Beyond his involvement with other freedom to marry campaigns around the country, Nix served as lead communications specialist for the Americans for Workplace Opportunity coalition in its successful efforts to secure Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Nix also served as communications director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which led the work to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; a deputy at Media Matters for America; and an aide to two U.S. Senators from Texas. He holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in government and bachelor’s degree from Tulane.

Dan Parham, CEO and cofounder, Neighborland

Dan Parham cofounded Neighborland with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Neighborland is a civic engagement platform that helps residents and community leaders take action on local issues. Over 150 civic organizations have engaged with 500,000 neighbors to collaboratively shape the development of their communities. Parham is the lead designer, product manager, and runs operations for the team. Before founding Neighborland, Parham was a director of user experience at Yahoo, working for the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform teams. Previously, Parham was the associate creative director for Aol’s entertainment division. Parham received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina. Parham’s work has been recognized by the Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Parham has spoken about civic engagement and technology at the Smart Cities World Congress in Barcelona, San Francisco Placemaking Summit at the American Institute of Architects, Adaptive Metropolis Conference at University of California, Berkeley, and SPUR San Jose. 

Eliza Ramos, alumni program manager, Global Health Corps

Eliza Ramos, is the alumni program manager at Global Health Corps, an organization that is building the next generation of global health leaders to address health inequities worldwide. Her passion for global health began while working on child and youth development programs in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. She then worked with UNICEF's Strategic Investment & Performance Assessment team in New York and India to research and improve health access initiatives for vulnerable women and youth. Ramos was a 2012-2013 Global Health Corps fellow in Rwanda, serving as the FACE AIDS program manager with Partners in Health, and the strategy fellow with Gardens for Health International. After completing her fellowship, she returned to Global Health Corps to expand the organization's efforts to support global health leaders throughout their leadership careers. She holds a master's in public health in maternal and child health from Harvard University and an master's degree in social enterprise administration from Columbia University. Ramos is from Beaverton, Oregon, and currently resides in Oakland, California.

Jackie Rotman, executive director, Spark

Jackie Rotman is the executive director of Spark, the largest network of Millennial donors focused on improving the lives of women and girls. Spark members have raised more than $2 million to support women’s empowerment, and have provided grants and services to over 150 grassroots organizations internationally and in chapter cities, San Francisco and New York City. Prior to Spark, at age 14, Rotman founded a nonprofit called Everybody Dance Now! (EDN!) to use dance to help underserved youth build self-esteem. EDN! is now a national, youth-led movement that has served more than 7,500 students in 14 cities and been featured on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Previously, Rotman served as an associate consultant at Bridgespan, where she advised foundation and nonprofit clients tackling critical social problems. Rotman graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree with university distinction in Public Policy in 2012 and was named one of Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women in 2011.

Victoria Salinas, chief resilience officer, City of Oakland

Victoria Salinas is dedicated to helping communities thrive in the face of adversity. Presently, as the chief resilience officer for Oakland, California, Salinas is leading a city-wide process to identify and take action on Oakland's most pressing resilience challenges, which range from natural hazards to social and economic justice issues. Prior to becoming CRO, Salinas was with the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, where she contributed to international efforts to help high-risk, low-income developing countries reduce their vulnerabilities to natural hazards, adapt to climate change, and recover following large disasters. In the US, as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she helped build and lead the federal government’s long-term recovery program and assisted communities recover after Hurricane Katrina and other major disasters. She has also aided communities and governments with post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in post-war Sierra Leone, US State Department and World Bank. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Jeff Shumway, vice president of advisory services, Social Finance

Jeff Shumway is the vice president of advisory services at Social Finance. In this role, Shumway works to prepare governments, nonprofits, and philanthropies to pursue pay-for-success financing with an emphasis on measuring performance and achieving results. Before joining Social Finance, Shumway spent nearly a decade with The Bridgespan Group where he worked with foundations, intermediaries, and direct-service organizations to develop actionable, data-driven strategies. His projects included strategic planning initiatives with nonprofits and major philanthropies in the areas of health, economic development, homelessness, college readiness, youth mentoring, and youth development. Prior to joining Bridgespan, Shumway spent two years at the Monitor Group working with Fortune 500 clients in energy, transportation, and health care. He also worked in the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center. Shumway is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Leah Weiss, PhD; lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; director, Contemplative Education & Scholarship at HopeLab

Leah Weiss’s current book distills evidence-based approaches to mindfulness, self-compassion, and compassion meditation along with complementary, easily integrated exercises that can be readily applied in work-place contexts. Weiss teaches in a variety of settings, including Stanford Business School, Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Young President’s Organization, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs specializing in running groups with veterans with post-traumatic stress. 

Andrew Zolli, author

A central thrust of Andrew Zolli’s work has been on how to harness the power of networks for collaborative discovery, innovation and change. Zolli also spends much of his time advancing a global dialogue on resilience—how to help people and systems persist, recover and thrive amid disruption. For several years, he traveled from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine exploring these issues—the results are encapsulated in his book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, published by Simon and Schuster. Zolli was the primary creative and curatorial force behind PopTech, a renowned innovation and social change network. Zolli has served as a fellow of the National Geographic Society. Zolli also serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (a vanguard contemporary performing arts center) and Blurb (a breakthrough personal publishing platform). He helped incubate the I2 Institute (which is working to advance the innovation ecosystem in the Middle East) and serves as an advisor to PlanetLabs (a revolutionary Earth-imaging company) DataKind, which is bringing data science to the social sector, and the Garrison Institute, a remarkable not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization exploring the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world.



Rates and Registration

Early Bird Rates (Effective through July 31, 2015):

  • $995: Early bird rate for SSIR subscribers* and AFP members
  • $1,220: Early bird rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,395: Early bird rate for non-subscribers and non-members

Regular Rates (Effective August 1 through September 8, 2015):

  • $1,175: Regular rate for SSIR subscribers* and AFP members
  • $1,400: Regular rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,595: Regular rate for non-subscribers and non-members

On-Site Rates:

  • $1,375: On-site rate for SSIR subscribers* and AFP members
  • $1,600: On-site rate plus addition of AFP membership
  • $1,875: On-site rate for non-subscribers and non-members

*A US/Canada Print PLUS Digital subscription to Stanford Social Innovation Review is $49.95. To qualify for the discounted subscriber rate to the Nonprofit Management Institute, you must be a subscriber with a current, paid subscription. If you are not yet a subscriber, or if your subscription has recently expired, you can qualify for the SSIR discount if you subscribe or renew now at the web rate of just $49.95 ($69.95 International) for one year at www.ssir.org/subscribe. If you are not sure if your subscription is up to date, you can check by going to www.ssir.org/subscribe and clicking on “manage my subscription.”

Group Discount
We also offer a group discount: Register three people from your organization and the fourth colleague attends for free! To register a group, please email Rhonda Starr at RStarr@afpnet.org or call (703) 519-8471. 


What Previous Attendees Liked


  • "Once again, the Institute hit a 'home run' in terms of knowledge transmission, provocative thinking, and excellent speakers. This educational activity is truly transforming."
  • "Overall, this was an excellent valuable experience. It was the perfect event for me and my colleagues for this moment in our evolution as an organization."
  • "Terrific conference. A week out, I'm still digesting the information and will devote a lot of time to communicating it to my organization. Bravo!"
  • "One of the best conferences I have ever attended. Nice thoughtful mix of speakers, content—both theory and case examples, and delivery. The people I met at the conference were interesting, engaged and great to meet. Thank you so much for organizing! I look forward to more engagement with Nonprofit Management Institute and SSIR."


What Your Conference Fee Also Includes


  • Two full days of sessions and networking
  • Welcome reception at the Sheraton Palo Alto the evening before the conference
  • Opportunity to sit with other registrants in affinity groups or around discussion topics
  • A list of conference attendees with contact information
  • A program guide with details about the presentations and other useful information
  • A post-conference website for additional resources
  • Optional add-on intensives the day after the conference ends (additional fee)
  • For all attendees, attendance qualifies for CFRE credits
  • Free internet service at the conference center and access to business center
  • Free shuttle from the Palo Alto transit center to the conference location
  • Opportunities to buy books written by speakers
  • Certificates of completion at the end of the conference upon request
  • You will also enjoy delicious, primarily organic and locally grown food:
    • Welcoming poolside reception at the Sheraton hotel the night before the conference opens
    • Networking reception in Ford Gardens at the conference center after the first day
    • Continental breakfast both conference days
    • Delicious lunches in the outside garden
    • Coffee and refreshments at the end of the conference


Conference Facility and Location


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni CenterFrances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105

The September 9-10 program will be held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on Stanford University's campus. More information about the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, including public transportation, directions, and parking, is available here.

The September 8 welcoming reception will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto, 5:30-7 p.m.. The September 11 post-conference intensives will be held on campus and exact locations will be available in August.

View a Google map of the Stanford campus with the conference venue pinpointed. 

Stanford is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. The campus's 8,100 acres reach from the rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. Stanford is conveniently located between two major airports—25 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and 20 miles north of San Jose International Airport. Mass transit is available from both airports to the Stanford campus and area hotels:

Find information about the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle here.
Find information about Caltrain here.
Find information about Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) here.

The campus and surrounding areas offer a myriad of opportunities for recreation and sightseeing. World-class shopping and dining are located only a mile away at the Stanford Shopping Center. A half hour drive north brings you to San Francisco. A two hour drive south brings you to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To find out more, visit Stanford’s Visitor Information Services.



Sheraton Palo Alto SOLD OUT
A room block has been reserved for Institute attendees at the Sheraton Palo Alto, which is conveniently located across El Camino Real from Stanford University and is next to the Palo Alto Transit Center. Rooms are available September 8-11 at these rates:

  • Double-bedded Room: $309 + tax
  • King Bed Room: $309 + tax

Book a room at the Sheraton Palo Alto online here, or call (800) 325-3535 and mention "2015 Nonprofit Management Institute" to receive the rates given above. These rooms and rates are available until the room block is fully booked or until August 17, whichever comes first. Any reservations received after the cut-off date will be taken on a space-available basis and the group rate will no longer be guaranteed. 

Cardinal Hotel SOLD OUT
A room block has also been booked for Institute attendees at Cardinal Hotel—a charming, vintage hotel in downtown Palo Alto. If you want to stay here, you'll have to act fast. The room block offers 25 rooms a night, September 8-10, for these room types and rates:

  • Standard Room with Private Bath: $269 + tax
  • Room with Shared Bath: $139 + tax

Book a room at the Cardinal Hotel online here, or call (650) 323-5101 and mention the promo code "NPI2015" to receive the rates given above. 

These rooms and rates are available until the room block is fully booked or until August 14, whichever comes first. After August 14, conference attendees may still book a room using the room block reservation link and receive the rates listed above based on general hotel availability. Find more information about the hotel, including parking options for guests, at www.cardinalhotel.com.

View a list of other nearby lodging with a variety of price ranges. We do not have room blocks at these locations.



Visionary Sponsor

The Rockefeller Foundation

Supporting Sponsors


Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event? Contact Carrie Pogorelc at pogorelc@stanford.edu.


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Privacy Policy

Stanford Social Innovation Review and Association of Fundraising Professionals are committed to your right to privacy and to the ethical use of information online. We adhere strictly to the following privacy practices: We do not rent, sell, give, exchange, or otherwise share contact information with unrelated third parties. This conference may be audio or video recorded, podcast, photographed, published, and archived. As such, participants and speakers grant SSIR and AFP permission for recording and use of images.


Cancellation Policy

A refund charge of twenty percent of the registration fee will be assessed for any cancellations received through August 28, 2015. After August 28, there will be no refunds for cancellation. A registration fee for a program may be transferred to another person one time with no penalty. Refund requests must be submitted in writing and will not be processed until after the event.

To speak to an AFP representative about your cancellation, please contact Rhonda Starr at RStarr@afpnet.org or call (703) 519-8471.



For questions about registration or a cancellation, please contact:

Rhonda Starr
(703) 519-8471

For questions about the conference program or travel logistics, please contact:

Devin Briski
(650) 497-7620