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Leadership Conversations Series: A Series for New Nonprofit Leaders

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The hiring of a new Executive Director, whether from within the current staff or from outside the organization, marks a key transition for a nonprofit organization. For a small nonprofit, which is probably already challenged by a too small budget and a too-small staff, a smooth transition can be especially critical and especially difficult.

In most of these organizations, the Executive Director will need to be intensely involved in several functions: board relations, fund development, program management, human resources, etc. Therefore, s/he must already have, or be able to quickly acquire, knowledge and skills in these areas. Yet, precisely because of all the different functions Executive Directors of small nonprofits must engage in, they often lack the time to strengthen their skills. In addition, nonprofit budgets often lack resources for staff professional development, even for Executive Directors.

In response to this need, Foundation Center is providing a series of web-based and in-person workshops for new nonprofit leaders with a team of experts led by Ascend Advisors' Allison Motz. This series will address the biggest concerns of directors and other leaders, and provide useful resources for enacting change within organizations.

Below is a list of the web-based and in-person sessions - sign up for one, a group, or all of the sessions today!
Click on links for more information on each session.
(Each session is $35, but see below for discounts on multiple sessions)

  1. November 28, 2017 – Webinar: Implementing YOUR Vision in 7 Easy Steps

  2. December 19, 2017 – in person: 10 Tips for Working with Your Board and Committees

  3. January 23, 2018 – Webinar: Fund Development: 10 Tips to Consider

  4. February 27, 2018 - in person: Building a 3-Year Strategy and Vision: 5 Tips

  5. March 27, 2018 -Webinar: 7 Steps for Customizing Your Team’s Performance Management

  6. April 24, 2018 -in-person: 5 Steps to Stay on Top of It All: Work/Life Balance

  7. May 22, 2018 – Webinar: 10 Tips for Partner Engagement

  8. June 26, 2018–in-person:7 Budget Tips That Really Work

  9. July 24, 2018 -Webinar: 10 Tips to Increase Visibility and Awareness

  10. August 28, 2018–in-person: 10 Steps to Keep Yourself Motivated

About the Lead Presenter:
Allison Motz, M.P.A., President & Owner of Ascend Advisors is an innovative, strategic thinker with over 18 years of executive management experience creating solutions and strategies moving organizations to their highest potential. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

After completing 10 years in the non-profit and government sectors, she left to pursue a consulting practice with a goal of strengthening organizations that strengthen lives and communities. Her focus is customized to the needs of her clients and supporting their efforts to further their strategic visions. She seeks clients willing to work in partnership and welcomes organizations facing complex challenges. She thrives in work that requires strategic and tactical problem-solving. She can see the “big picture” and translate the picture into an operational plan for implementation. She has experience managing staff and support consultants and the ability to build relationships to enhance project goals. She is seeking opportunities with for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Allison has facilitated business and non-profit collaborations to address youth and workforce development challenges with shared solutions. She worked with healthcare systems to develop the Northeast Ohio Health, Science, and Innovation Coalition, an unprecedented partnership of regional health systems (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, The MetroHealth System, Southwest General Health Center, EMH Health System, and the Louis V. Stokes Medical Center) working towards mutual workforce pipeline solutions.

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