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The Arc of Innovation: Timeless Lessons from Thriving Nonprofits

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Hyatt Regency O'Hare

9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave

Chicago, IL 60601

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In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is holding The Arc of Innovation: Timeless Lessons from Thriving Nonprofits on May 2nd, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Gathering hundreds of leaders from across the Midwest, this conference will look forward and backward, drawing on the timeless lessons and tested innovations of thriving nonprofits and their leaders.

The plenary speaker at The Arc of Innovation will be Vu Le, executive director of the Rainier Valley Corps and author of the well-known blog, Nonprofit AF. Breakout sessions will include:



Changes in Philanthropy: What’s Next? – Ellen Alberding, President, Joyce Foundation and Helene Gayle, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Join us for this conversation about the history and future of philanthropy. What is on the horizon? What is changing? What do I need to know? Where should I spend my time and energies? This conversation will help nonprofits think clearly about the future and how they can anticipate and work towards the coming changes.

Developing an Innovation Mindset – Denise E. Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

What does it take to create innovative programs? How do you move from idea to execution? How do you stay innovative and stay on mission? How do you convince others to support your innovation with resources?

Honest Conversations About Leading – Michelle Larson, President and CEO, Adler Planetarium and Jimmy Lee, President and CEO, Good City

In this session, Chicago nonprofit leaders grapple with questions such as: How do you move from frenetic to focused leadership? How do you build a leadership team that compliments your leadership and what your organization needs? How does your leadership connect with the mission and needs of your organization?

Philanthropy and Inequity: Having the Hard Conversations – Maria Pesqueira, President, Healthy Communities Foundation

How does the philanthropic field deal with the realities of inequity? How do we cultivate honest conversations in situations where a serious power imbalance exists?

Going Deeper with DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) – Mary Morten, President, Morten Group

It seems like DEI initiatives are set up to fail. From a lack of organizational commitment, to failing to provide sufficient resources, or not cultivating a culture of inclusion. In this interactive session, learn how to develop the power to effect change in your organization from both the top down and the bottom up.

Government and Nonprofit Relations: Working Towards Sustainability – Judith Gethner, Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Service

How do you strengthen relationships between government entities and nonprofits to ensure sustainability? What does it take to ensure that government resources and relationships aren’t a liability but a strength?

Honest Conversations About Leading – Mark Ishaug, CEO, Thresholds and Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA, Metropolitan Chicago

In this session, Chicago nonprofit leaders grapple with questions such as: How do you move from frenetic to focused leadership? How do you build a leadership team that compliments your leadership and what your organization needs? How does your leadership connect with the mission and needs of your organization?

Nonprofit Governance: Building a Better Board – Greg DiDomenico, President and CEO, Community Memorial Foundation

In this interactive session, learn from stories of struggles and turnarounds regarding board governance. How does your board connect with the mission and needs of your organization? How do you cultivate a strong and healthy relationship with your board? We encourage executive directors to bring a board member with them to this session.



Additionally, the Axelson Center will present our annual nonprofit management awards—the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award— and our new 20 Years and 20 Leaders Awards at the conference luncheon. And back by popular demand, our “Ask a Funder” sessions will allow for nonprofit leaders to sit down for quick one-on-one conversations with foundation representatives. For a full list of the participating funders, see here.

The Axelson Center has been working consistently at the cutting edge of nonprofit management education for 20 years, and The Arc of Innovation will include both comprehensive trends and practical takeaways for organizations and leaders looking to help their organizations thrive. Be sure to register today!



  • Judith Gethner

    Judith Gethner

    Illinois Partners for Human Service Executive Director
  • Ellen Alberding

    Ellen Alberding

    The Joyce Foundation President
  • Greg DiDomenico

    Greg DiDomenico

    Community Memorial Foundation President & CEO
  • Helene D. Gayle

    Helene D. Gayle

    The Chicago Community Trust President & CEO
  • Mae Hong

    Mae Hong

    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Vice President
  • Mark Ishaug

    Mark Ishaug

    Thresholds CEO
  • Michelle Larson

    Michelle Larson

    Adler Planetarium President and CEO
  • Vu Le

    Vu Le

    Rainier Valley Corps Executive Director
  • Jimmy Lee

    Jimmy Lee

    President and CEO Goodcity
  • Dorri McWhorter

    Dorri McWhorter

    YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO
  • Mary Morten

    Mary Morten

    President Morten Group LLC
  • Maria Pesqueira

    Maria Pesqueira

    Healthy Communities Foundation President
  • Denise Williams

    Denise Williams

    Metropolitan State University Associate Professor

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Will meals be provided?

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. They are included in the registration price.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available until seven days before the conference begins.

Is parking available?

Yes, on-site hotel parking is available. A discount rate of $15 is available to conference attendees.

How do I get to the hotel via public transportation?

The conference hotel (Hyatt Regency O’Hare) is walking distance from the Rosemont stop on the CTA Blue Line.

Will WiFi be avaiable?

Free WiFi will be available in certain areas of the hotel for attendees.

What is the dress code?

Business casual is appropriate.

What is the social media hashtag?

The social media hashtag is #ArcofInnovation

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