The Network Leader Mindset

Session One of The New Network Leader

Presented by:
Jane Wei-Skillern, Adjunct Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Center for Social Sector Leadership
Marty Kooistra, Executive Director, the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County
Jean Horstman, CEO, Interise

Moderated by:
Michael Slind, Senior Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PST, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

This webinar is the first in a two-part series on The New Network Leader.

Why do seemingly selfless nonprofit organizations have such a hard time working together? To harness the tremendous potential of networks, social sector leaders must let go of conventional wisdom and shift their focus from organization-level goals to network-level impact.

Join Jane Wei-Skillern, a researcher of nonprofit networks, to learn the four principles that are critical to network success. Targeted at managers and executive leaders, this webinar offers participants lessons on how to build cultures and structures that enable networks to thrive. 

This webinar will:

  • Explain why networks are critical catalysts for change
  • Examine the four principles crucial for network leader success
  • Describe the critical mindset shift that leaders must undergo in order to achieve network-level impact
  • Provide practical lessons that they can apply in their own organizations, sectors, and fields

The era of networked nonprofits has arrived. Social sector leaders increasingly recognize that it’s folly to work alone in tackling complex social or environmental problems. Models such as collective impact have laid the framework for a coordinated approach to addressing social issues. However, many of the skills that are essential for working effectively within networks may often conflict with what is required to scale and grow institutions. To address this tension, network leadership requires a fundamental mindset shift and entirely new ways of leading.

Jane Wei-Skillern, a faculty member at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business will lead the discussion along with practitioners Marty Kooistra, executive director of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, and Jean Horstman, CEO of Interise.

Price: $49, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides. Purchase this webinar with "The Network Leader Roadmap" for the discounted price of $89. 


Speaker Bios

Jane Wei-Skillern, Adjunct Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Jane Wei-Skillern is an adjunct associate professor at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she has served on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School (HBS), and London Business School. She is the author and coauthor of dozens of HBS case studies, book chapters, and journal articles. She is the lead author of the casebook, Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector (Sage Publications, 2007). Her research on the leadership and management of social enterprises examines the topics of nonprofit growth and management of multi-site nonprofits, and most recently has been focused on nonprofit networks. This research examines how nonprofit leaders that focus less on building their own institutions and instead invest to build strategic networks beyond their organizational boundaries can achieve dramatic gains in mission impact with the same or fewer resources. Wei-Skillern earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in business research, and a doctorate in organizational behavior, both from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Marty Kooistra, Executive Director, Housing and Development Consortium, Seattle-King County @MartyKooistra1

Marty Kooistra is the executive director for the Housing and Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. He has been a champion of community revitalization and affordable housing for over 26 years, serving in leadership roles both domestically and globally. Consistently learning about board governance, Kooistra serves and has served as an officer on many nonprofit boards. He was awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship for study at the Joint Center for Housing in the Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his fellowship, he studied social entrepreneurship with Jane Wei-Skillern and participated in her extensive research on network non-profits.

Jean Horstman, CEO, Interise

Jean Horstman has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience partnering with other national social entrepreneurs and serving in senior leadership roles spanning the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and two continents. Before joining Interise as its first CEO, Horstman worked with organizations such as Citizen Schools, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and the Society for Organizational Learning. A graduate of Duke University and the City University of London, Horstman is a fellow of the Society for Organizational Learning and the Royal Society for the Advancement of the Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce.

Michael Slind, Senior Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Michael Slind is senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and publishing professional. Slind is coauthor, with Boris Groysberg, of Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Previously, he worked at Harvard Business School, where he wrote widely used case studies on corporate strategy and entrepreneurial management. Earlier in his career, he served as managing editor and as a senior editor at Fast Company magazine.