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WELL Wednesday withMarian Kaanon Pres/CEO, Stanislaus Community Foundation

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The Women's Education & Leadership League Presents...

WELL Wednesday - “Tender is the New Strong: Living & Leading with Your Whole Heart”

Marian Kaanon

President & Chief Executive Officer, Stanislaus Community Foundation

As the CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation, Marian Kaanon has led the philanthropic organization to record asset growth in the past five years. As importantly, Stanislaus Community Foundation has become an emergent voice on systems change and intentional leadership in our region. One of the core values of Stanislaus Community Foundation is to be ‘a joy to work with.’ Marian’s own leadership practice is rooted in authentic relationships, in building a culture of learning among partners, and ‘showing up’ wholeheartedly and authentically for those around her.

A first generation Assyrian American, Marian Kaanon was born in Baghdad, Iraq, grew up in Canada before moving to Modesto as a teenager. She currently resides in Modesto with her two children.

After graduating from UC Davis in 1997, Marian began her career in broadcast journalism before working for a number of years in public relations and lobbying/legislative affairs. Marian has managed award-winning marketing campaigns for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit advocacy groups. She served as Vice President of Marketing for Community Hospice for 8 years, developing and executing a holistic brand strategy that grew the organization’s reach triple-fold prior to her departure.

Marian joined Stanislaus Community Foundation as their CEO in 2012. Stanislaus Community Foundation is a place-based funder that provides grants and scholarships to community organizations in Stanislaus County. To date, the organization has invested close to $14 million in local nonprofits and students.

During Marian’s tenure, Stanislaus Community Foundation has doubled its charitable assets under management and now supports two large-scale initiatives to boost the ‘cradle to career’ education pipeline: Stanislaus READS! and Stanislaus Futures. In 2016, Stanislaus Community Foundation launched the Irvine New Leadership Network to equip emerging local leaders with the cutting-edge tools to transform the region.


In 2006, Marian was named by The Modesto Bee as one of ’20 Under 40’ young civic leaders to watch in their inaugural list, and in 2015 she was named an Outstanding Woman for Stanislaus County. In 2017 Marian was named the Distinguished Alumna of the Year for Modesto Junior College, the youngest person to be honored. She is an active Rotarian with Modesto Rotary Club, a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, and a graduate of the Irvine New Leadership Network.

www.stanislauscf.org

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