The Nonprofit Management Institute 2010

Leading During Times of Change

October 5-6, 2010
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA



2010 Nonprofit Management Institute
For the fifth consecutive year, nonprofit leaders from across the US and the world came to the Stanford campus to attend the Nonprofit Management Institute. The theme “Leading During Times of Change” provided a lens for two full days of sessions aimed at supporting the important work nonprofit leaders do to run their organizations and achieve impact in today's quickly evolving operating environment.

The Nonprofit Management Institute's presenters are leaders in the field of social change: academics known for their work at Stanford and at other renowned universities and practitioners who share their insights and experiences from successes in the field. The Institute also offers many opportunities for networking, including small group activities, receptions, and group lunches with affinity table seating. We aim for participants to leave energized, brimming with ideas for their organizations, and with a long list of new contacts.

The Nonprofit Management Institute is for senior-level nonprofit executives including CEOs, executive directors, board members, and others with significant leadership responsibilities. Sessions are for leaders at all types and sizes of organizations, domestic or international. In 2013, attendees came from 30 states and 8 countries. About 15% of participants are funders. Every year the Nonprofit Management Institute features an all-new program; so many attendees come again and again.

2010 Program Overview

While the adage that change is the only constant still holds true, there is little doubt that the nonprofit sector is now going through a significant transformation. Traditional funding sources are drying up, and tried-and-true fundraising approaches are being turned on their heads by changes in technology and demographics. In addition, the sector faces a significant leadership gap as the large Baby Boomer generation retires and leaves tens of thousands of positions potentially unfilled. Finally, the ability to reach consensus and lead an organization has grown even more difficult as the sector and the world have become more diverse.

The institute is geared specifically to help attendees address these and other changes that are affecting the way we run and manage our organizations. But even as we learn solutions, ideas, hints and tips to lead effectively through these transformations, it’s important that we understand what change is and the limits on our ability to overcome it. After all, change is not always simply a problem we can overcome. Nor is there always a step-by-step, methodical process for addressing change, as much as we might want one. Nor is change always negative. In fact, change is often what inspires us to do better and look for more effective ways of accomplishing goals.

2010 Nonprofit Management Institute

2010 Sessions

The Dragonfly Effect: Harnessing Social Media for Impact
Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Taking Action to End the Starvation Cycle
Don Howard, Partner, Bridgespan Group
Ann Goggins Gregory, Director of Knowledge Management, Bridgespan Group


 Raising Governance Performance
Edward A. Martenson, Professor and Chair of Theater Management, Yale School of Drama


The Emerging Social Impact Market: Fostering Social Innovation and Investing in What Works
Andrew Wolk, CEO, Root Cause


Good News
Kim Nyegaard Meredith, Executive Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder/Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society


Building Consensus in Multi-Stakeholder Groups
Sam Kaner, Executive Director, Community at Work


Influence Without Authority
Carole Robin, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Design for Inclusion
Jocelyn Wyatt, Social Innovation Lead, IDEO

Leadership in a Networked World
Katherine Fulton, President, Monitor Institute



Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters.

Attendees have round table discussions throughout the conference.



What Past Attendees Liked

“This conference is unique in providing tools and a platform to be more strategic, deliberate, and innovative in moving our organizations forward in this new social economy. This isn't the conference that simply gets you on the emotional “change the world with these few steps” ride. Instead, this conference deepens our knowledge, our work and provides resources that have the potential of leaving a lasting footprint on our communities.”

“This conference celebrated thought leadership and enabled me to think globally and strategically. Thank you!”

“Caliber of speakers is outstanding and relevancy cannot be matched by any other conference.”

“Astonishing level of correlation/relevance to our world and to our opportunities. A very interesting mix of academia/field expertise. Mostly excellent presenters both in content and presentation. And lastly—good hosts and perfect location.”

“This institute consistently delivers high quality speakers, timely topics, research-based methodologies, and thoughtful hospitality. What I find most compelling about this program are the profound questions it generates for leaders, organizations and the nonprofit sector. Thank you so much for investing in nonprofit leadership development so intentionally.”

“This was my first time to attend. Will be sending staff and partners in the future!”

“Overall, this was one of the best professional development events I have ever attended. Many of the ideas presented at the Institute will probably be discussed by our senior staff or board. I am going to recommend our CEO or Chief Development Officer attend next year. Go Cardinal!”

“Conference is a great resource—gets you thinking, exposes attendees to new ideas, speakers and sparks creativity.”

“Loved participating in this conference. Overall, the topics were quite relevant to my work and I'm excited about having a new set of tools as I take in new work in 2012. Topics that weren't directly related were also very interesting and expanded my thinking on a personal level. This is just what I needed at this point in my career and left me wanting more!”



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