CEO, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Jeanne Bell, MNA is the CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services---one of the country’s leading providers of leadership and organizational development services to nonprofit organizations. She is the co-author of "Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability" (Jossey-Bass) and "Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives: Guiding Your Organization to Long Term Success" (Turner). In addition to frequent speaking and consulting on nonprofit strategy and finance, Jeanne has conducted a series of research projects on nonprofit executive leadership, including Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership and Securing the Safety Net: A Profile of Community Clinic and Health Center Leadership in California. Jeanne currently serves on several boards, including the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, The Nonprofit Quarterly, and Intersection for the Arts.
Director of the Pathways Out of Poverty Program, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
In January of 2013, Kyle Caldwell accepted the position of Director of the Pathways Out of Poverty program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan. Previous to this, he was the president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), a statewide membership nonprofit focused on serving nonprofits to advance their missions.
Prior to leading MNA, Kyle’s career spanned work in the private and public sectors including serving three Michigan Governors as the executive director and an appointee of the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). Kyle serves on a number of boards and committees including the National Council of Nonprofits, Independent Sector, Points of Light, Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network Leadership Council, Michigan Association of United Ways, and the Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee.
Managing Partner & Principal, Western U.S., No Margin, No Mission
Larry is passionate about social change. He recognized the need for entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in the health and human service sector through his many years of experience working with nonprofits and foundations across the country. With a career that spans nearly 30 years at Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Larry has been a pioneer in the social innovation movement and is widely respected as a true social entrepreneur. Through his extensive work in philanthropy and with health and human service organizations, Larry is nationally recognized by both sectors as a cutting-edge thinker and innovative leader. He is a frequent and distinguished speaker on topics pertaining to social enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking in the nonprofit sector, and has developed unique expertise in income generation, intellectual property development, and strategic partnerships. Larry has served on several national boards including Grantmakers in Aging, Philanthropy Northwest, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Local Funding Partners.
General Manager, Hershey Cause Communications
Marie is General Manager of Hershey Cause Communications, where she leads communication and marketing strategy development and client relationships. Marie brings 15 years of experience as a communications leader in cause advocacy, government, educational institutions, and consumer services. Marie joined Hershey Cause after five years as a communication executive at Bank of America, where she launched and managed the company's first internal social media platform for consumer banking employees and helped increase employee awareness and participation in the company's volunteer and philanthropy activities. Prior to that, Marie led marketing and communication for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where she increased the visibility of the Chamber through rebranding, doubling media coverage of the organization, and relaunching its print and online newsletters, which both earned first place awards from the regional and national chamber associations. At the Office of L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn, Marie helped launch the Cash for College project, an award-winning public education campaign that expands access to higher education for L.A. families, now a statewide program in its tenth year. Born and raised in West Virginia, Condron holds a B.A. in International Communication from The George Washington University. Condron was a community organizer in downtown L.A. and helped establish its neighborhood council, and she serves on the board of UNITE-LA, an influential voice in improving public education and creating pathways to college and careers for L.A. Youth.
Judy Issokson, EDD
Producer, Innovation Culture, Smallify
Judy is an organizational development specialist, executive coach, and innovation lab facilitator. Judy works with individual leaders and intact teams to improve leadership effectiveness, align people and processes, identify emerging issues, assess the sustainability of organizational interventions, and develop the next generation of leaders. Her passion is to build people’s capacity to ask better questions—of themselves, their colleagues, and their organizations.
Senior Advisor, Hershey Cause Communications
Jan Kern is Senior Advisor at Hershey Cause Communications, where she brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and oversees training, convening and knowledge center creation initiatives as well as early stage facilitation projects and network development for emerging issues. Jan has served in a variety of leadership and management positions, and her expertise includes strategic program development and execution, staff management, team building and relationship development. As a pioneer in collaborating with community leaders to create nonprofit organizations that answer the needs of Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods, Jan has a longstanding interest in providing children and youth with the services and programs they require to succeed. During her tenure as the vice president of incubator services for Community Partners, and most recently with Southern California Grantmakers, she helped fledging community projects, initiatives and foundations maximize their impact on civic life. Jan has been a founding board member of several nonprofit organizations and continues to provide leadership on selected boards and community initiatives. Since 2002, she has served as the president of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, a nonprofit organization of educators, health professionals, and community members that improves the health of the children of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
John E. Kobara
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation
John E. Kobara is a respected figure nationally in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As chief operating officer of CCF, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation.
He joined the foundation in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department. From 2003-2008, he was on the foundation’s board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
For 35 years, Kobara has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.
In 2007, Kobara received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's from UCLA, a master's in business administration from USC and a master's from Occidental College.
Lawrence T. McGill, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Foundation Center
Lawrence T. McGill, Ph.D., is the Foundation Center’s Vice President for Research. Under Dr. McGill, the Center’s research department has significantly expanded its research capacity while continuing to produce definitive analyses of philanthropic sector trends.
Previously, Dr. McGill was director of research and planning for the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) and deputy director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS). His work with CPANDA involved identifying, evaluating, and analyzing key social science data sets for inclusion in the archive, on topics related to artists, arts audiences, arts organizations, and public support for the arts. By the end of 2006, the archive held more than 200 such data sets. He served as director of research for the Freedom Forum from 1994 to 2001 and manager of news audience research for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from 1989 to 1994.
Dr. McGill has consulted on research projects with the Urban Institute; the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University; the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University; the Columbia University department of art and architectural history; the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU); the American Society of Newspaper Editors; and NBC News and CBS News, among other organizations. He has taught in the departments of sociology and journalism at Northwestern University, where he received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1987.
President/CEO, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Patrick McWhortor is President and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. The Alliance is a 501(c)3 statewide membership organization dedicated to serving, supporting, protecting and promoting all Arizona nonprofits. McWhortor’s background in the nonprofit community includes founding NPower Arizona, serving as Interim Executive Director of the NPower National Network, working as Assistant Director at Data Network for Human Services, and serving on many nonprofit boards of directors. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits and serves on the board of Arizona Town Hall. He also taught nonprofit, public policy and political science courses at Arizona State University. McWhortor, a 2011 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow and a 2004 graduate of Valley Leadership, cut his teeth as an advocate in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as a lobbyist for education and environmental causes. McWhortor earned both a B.A. in political science and M.P.A. in public administration from Arizona State University. A resident of Arizona for more than 30 years, he and his family live in Cave Creek.
Executive Director, Leadership Learning Community (LLC)
Deborah Meehan is the founder and Executive Director of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). In 1991 Deborah received a Kellogg National Leadership fellowship. She was also a 1991 Salzburg Fellow and returned to Salzburg in 2007 as a member of the Global Youth Leadership faculty. Deborah also conducts an annual Women’s Leadership Seminar for women law fellows. She has served as a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an alumni association for the 700 leadership alumni of the Kellogg program. She serves as a board member for the International Leadership Association and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN. Deborah has created a consulting services arm of LLC and conducted evaluations for national and international leadership programs and produced leadership scans, literature reviews and made program recommendations on behalf of 30 foundations that include a broad range of small, large, regional, state and prominent national foundations.
Robert G. Ottenhoff
President and CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Robert G. Ottenhoff, a veteran in philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, and entrepreneurship, is President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). Prior to joining CDP, Bob spent a decade as president and CEO of GuideStar, an industry leader in the use of providing high-quality data to help donors make better decisions and improve nonprofit practice. While there, Bob developed a sustainable business model which supports free and fee-based services to more than 10 million users. He also led efforts to build partnerships with more than 150 leading U.S. and community foundations, and oversaw the development of www.guidestar.org into a nationally respected, comprehensive source of reports and services on more than 1.5 million nonprofits.
Bob has more than 25 years of management experience in public broadcasting and high-tech companies, including nine years as chief operating officer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Bob is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus, and quest to make an impact on the world. In addition to his role at CDP, he serves on the board of Inspirit Foundation (formerly Vision TV); Grameen Foundation USA; Link TV; and Write on Sports. He also serves on the advisory committee of the Netherlands-America Foundation. He previously served on the board of the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy and the e-Philanthropy Foundation. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree in planning from Rutgers University. He frequently writes and comments on nonprofit and philanthropic issues, and has been quoted in a variety of media, including television, radio and print publications such as NPR, the New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.
Managing Partner & Principal, Eastern U.S., No Margin, No Mission
Michael believes in the power of innovation to transform the nonprofit sector. A self-described entrepreneur and business leader with a strong desire to create a better world, he embraces opportunities to help organizations build a lasting future so they can achieve greater mission impact. As a seasoned consulting executive with some of the world's largest and most respected advertising and communications firms, Michael’s talents have been widely embraced by nonprofit and philanthropic leaders nationwide. His extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurial ventures has earned him respect nationally as a subject-matter expert, consultant, and speaker on topics pertaining to earned income generation, business planning, as well as brand and marketing strategy. Michael has served on several Chicago-area nonprofit boards, including Ravinia Music Festival’s Ravinia Associates and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
C. Davis Parchment
Manager for the Electronic Reporting Program, Foundation Center
Davis is the manager for the Electronic Reporting Program at the Foundation Center, a role in which she oversees outreach efforts and relationships with foundations, affinity groups, regional associations, and software partners to promote detailed and timely sharing of grants information – all in an effort to support a social sector driven by better data, research, and analysis. Originally hired as part of the Center’s nonprofit services team in 2006, she was responsible for designing and delivering training programs to build the capacity of nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining the Center, she spent over 12 years in various nonprofit organizations working in fundraising, nonprofit management, education, and international development. She received her BA in Political Philosophy & Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and her Ed.M. in Education from Harvard University.
Senior Partner, The Giving Practice
Mark has spent the last ten years as a consultant helping foundations, philanthropy organizations, and other nonprofits use inquiry and influence to achieve greater impact in their work. In addition to his consulting practice, he also directed the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, a project initiated and supported by the Packard, Gates, Hewlett, Irvine and Robert Wood Johnson foundations to help organized philanthropy build support and engagement among influential Americans. With 25 years of experience working with public interest organizations, Mark helps clients with strategic planning, facilitation, training, research, knowledge sharing and all facets of communications. He has a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy, both from Harvard University.