Talent & Staff Development Panel

Jodi Weiss

Practice Leader, Korn Ferry Nonprofit & Higher Education

Career strategist and adviser dedicated to helping organizations hire executives in nonprofit and higher education. Well versed in assisting professionals to pinpoint their skills, purpose, passion, and the culture they thrive in. Background includes 14+ years in retained search at Korn Ferry, 11 years in academic publishing, and over 14 years as a professor of English.

Jodi is the author of quintessential career guide for teens: 145 Things To Be When You Grow Up, and is a regular contributor to Linked In Pulse, Huffington Post, and running magazines, covering topics ranging from careers, motivation, to communication. Her motivational capabilities run deep: she is a 30 + time finisher of 100 + mile ultramarathons, including the infamous Badwater 135 and Brazil 135.

George Lino

Vice President Human Resources and Administration, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas

As a diverse servant leader with over 15 years of HR leadership experience within the non profit and for profit industries of Human Services, Technology, Education and Healthcare I have been able to leverage my bilingual diverse background for the areas of employee engagement and organizational development.

I have gained a great deal of informed knowledge based on my experiences coupled with fantastic mentors and role models (PANO, SHRM and individual leaders). These experiences have formed my understanding of how to improve performance management practices, systems improvement, create/improve policies that reduce risk, improve quality and support measurable metrics that leads to a culturally competent and accountable workforce/organization.

Arquella Hargrove

Author, Consultant and Facilitator, Epic Collaborative Advisors

Arquella Hargrove is an innovative human resources leader with over 25 years of experience in HR management working alongside leaders in corporate, government and nonprofit organizations to establish professional development skills. As the President of Epic Collaborative Advisors consulting firm, Hargrove designs and delivers experiential workshops to build stronger, more effective teams and companies including "Managing Your Human Capital for Success," "Engaging and Retaining Your Employees in a Down Economy" and "Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace." Additionally, Hargrove teaches Human Resources and Business Communication at the University of Houston, is a certified mediator for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and author of Coaching Perspectives, Leadership Coaching Strategies chapter.

Recognized in 2018 among the top 30 Influential Women in Houston, Hargrove is known for her skills in facilitation of leadership development, strategy, Inclusion and Diversity, Women in Leadership and Collaboration. Taking a three-point philosophy for each project to empower, engage and enlighten, Hargrove has developed and implemented various HR initiatives such as compensation strategies, employee recognition programs and leadership development training.

Dana Corey Litwin

Consultant and Speaker

The value of volunteering is truly priceless. In a culture that emphasizes monetary value as personal value, it is more urgent than ever to shift that paradigm and recognize that time and talent are the most precious commodities. Freely giving of our time, doing meaningful work creates the greatest return on investment by modeling a better way to be in our relationships with each other and in the balance of nature. My passion for building community and conservation is at the core of my leadership of volunteers. I am in this profession to create a world that works for everyone, and my commitment does not stop at the end of the work day.

Brian Broadbent

President & CEO, Business Volunteers Unlimited

Brian Broadbent is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Volunteers Unlimited, which was founded in 1993. BVU has successful programs that strengthen nonprofit governance and operations. BVU has placed over 3,500 business executives on 500+ nonprofit boards of directors; over half of the candidates have risen to board leadership positions. BVU assists over 120 business clients annually in developing and implementing strategies for community involvement. BVU also provides board consulting and training services to 900 nonprofits annually. BVU was featured in a front-page article of The Wall Street Journal. The organization developed a unique business model that supports BVU’s annual operating budget of over $2 million.

Prior to joining BVU, Mr. Broadbent was one of the global Directors of Human Resources for Accenture. He has worked on employee relations, professional development, performance management and compensation and benefits. He has had extensive international experience supporting consulting and operations personnel in North America, Europe and Asia. Brian established HR policies and processes for the consulting and outsourcing businesses in periods of rapid expansion. He has developed personnel and finance programs to improve profitability and manage the workforce.

Derrick Fulton

Regional Vice President, City Year

Experienced senior level executive with a demonstrated history of leading results driven non-profit organizations, programs, collaboratives and initiatives. Skilled in Developing Results Driven Programs and Initiatives, Fundraising, Financial Management, Board Development, Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Team Building, and Facilitation. Strong business development professional with a Human Services Management focused in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Franklin University. 

Programs & Services Panel

Lisa Peterson

Data Literacy Lead, Centre for Humanitarian Data

Creating order and efficiency in the midst of crisis and chaos can seem daunting – it is what fuels my passion in humanitarian work, to better serve affected populations. As a senior information manager, I am committed to this - bringing the best available evidence to the table when making humanitarian decisions.

This means establishing policies, systems and processes to a most granular level throughout the programme cycle for collecting and analysing data, and most importantly presenting findings to help answer tough questions - of the extent of humanitarian need, what action can and should be taken, the performance of humanitarian actors and the effect humanitarian action has had.

From Sana’a, Yemen to Timbouctou, Mali, I have tackled the challenges that humanitarians face in complex crises with measurement and making decisions off of non-existent or complicated, disparate data sources.

Carlos Gonzales

Chief Innovations Officer, People Assisting the Homeless

Have worked in mid/executive management for over 10 years in the non-profit sector and in Social Services for over 15 years.

Extensive knowledge of social media management and digital/visual creations through photography and videography.

An experienced program/project developer with a soft spot for strategic planning and implementation of services. 

Emily Taylor

Principal, teenyBIG

Emily helps nonprofits increase engagement and impact through meaningful experiences. Using a combination of human-centered design and user experience research, she helps nonprofits better understand their people, remove obstacles, and build engaging experiences that make an impact on their mission.

teenyBIG can help you;
- Better understand how to use experiences to motivate engagement with your organization
- Increase your impact through improved experiences and reduced obstacles
- Get buy-in from the stakeholders important to your mission
- Integrate new engagement strategies into your organization

Have a question about how we can help you increase engagement through inspirational experiences? Reach out at https://teenybig.com/lets-talk

Alexandra Bekker

Founder, un/likeminds

I help teams and organizations do good better. I consult and collaborate with social impact organizations around the world to help them envision a bold new future, and create the strategy, culture, capacity, and partnerships to make that future real.

If you have interesting insights to share on social innovation or simply want to have a coffee to see how we can work together, let’s get connected at alex@unlikemind.org

Marketing & Fundraising Panel

Sherry Quam Taylor

Growth Strategy & Fundraising Coach, QuamTaylor LLC

(As a rule of thumb) Your Top 30 donors should make up around 50-75% of your annual revenue. Too often I see nonprofit leaders spending time and energy on the activities that lead to small gifts. Small gifts are great – but they won’t scale your organization. They won’t allow you to hire staff, get paid a living wage salary, or be around for years to come.  How do I know how to do this? I’ve been in your shoes.

And now I teach my 90-Day LET’S GROW Fundraising Accelerator all over the country to people who need to know exactly how to start securing gifts from individuals who want to give every year. They have gained the ability to find, cultivate, and secure donors while becoming less dependent on a high percentage of foundation, government, or event funding.  My clients (with no previous major-gift fundraising experience) are soliciting $5,000, $10,000, $50,000, and $300,000 gifts. All because they invested in themselves and learned what activities get different results.

Do you need larger donors this year? FREE GUIDE to finding larger donors right here: https://mailchi.mp/13387a51178c/5bhemy4nb9

Tammy Charles

Founder & Managing Director, Tampa Bay Spark

Tammy is a millennial leader with a passion for community impact and development, building community partnerships, acquiring resources to meet strategic goals, and strategic planning and execution. She has strong background in management, consulting, entrepreneurship, fund development, and program development. She also has an unbeaten record in leading and managing cross-functional teams to promote active collaboration to achieve strategic goals such as increasing corporate giving revenue by 26% and raising $900,000 in cumulative revenue by developing compelling corporate proposals and enhancing partnerships with major corporate funders at Metropolitan Ministries. All in all, she has multiple degrees and certifications including 5+ years of professional experience in business management, non-profit, community relations, and program development, evaluation and execution, and entrepreneurship. She is a passionate networker and connector and is a highly recognized emerging leader in Tampa Bay. 

Julia Campbell

Founder & Principal, J Campbell Social Marketing

Emotional, inspiring nonprofit storytelling deepens relationships with donors, entices more people to join your cause, and raises the visibility of your work.

I train nonprofits on the most effective ways to use storytelling and social media to accomplish their goals and to achieve the kind of growth that they desire and that they deserve.

Storytelling works in fundraising, it works in marketing, it works in outreach, and it works internally for staff and volunteer development.

Using storytelling and digital tools, my nonprofit clients reach more supporters, engage more donors, and build their movements! Email me to explore working together - julia@jcsocialmarketing.com

To get a free chapter of my book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, click here: https://jcsocialmarketing.com/storytellingchapter/ 

Nathan Webster

Podcaster, Business Professor, Marketing Guru

This really can't be a job when it's my passion. I'm a social entrepreneur who loves to educate others through a consulting framework, NW & Associates, LLC. My bio is complicated, so feel free to reach out to me if you really want to get to know me, my credentials and aspirations. 

Tesha McCord Poe

Founder, Joy-Raising

Tesha McCord Poe, CEO and Founder of Joy-Raising, is a passionate educator and fundraiser who uses her legal and business background to leverage and support the long-term success of non-profit organizations.

Tesha has spent more than a decade working as a senior administrator in Independent Schools from K-12. In this capacity,  Tesha has partnered with leadership teams to set and implement innovative strategies and growing revenue streams through admissions and fundraising.  Tesha has been instrumental in raising over $50M, including direct solicitations of 6 and 7 figure gifts. She served as the Chief Advancement Officer for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, where she helped to lead the largest campaign in the school's history and also for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in Menlo Park. She served as Associate Head of School for Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California where she later returned to serve as a trustee.

A dedicated volunteer leader, Tesha also serves as a trustee for Live Oak School in San Francisco and is the Board Chair for the Mariposa Foundation DR based in the Dominican Republic. In addition to founding and leading Joy-Raising, she is the Director of Advancement at Girls Middle School in Palo Alto. 

Farra Trompeter

Partner and Chief Growth Officer, Big Duck

Nonprofit strategist with over 20 years of experience helping organizations develop strategic communications to achieve their mission. Expert in helping nonprofits connect with donors and activists.

Nonprofit clients, staff positions, and volunteer affiliations include:  92Y, Action Against Hunger, Ad Council, American Lung Association, Auburn Theological Seminary, Bat Conservation International, Corporate Accountability, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Foundation Center, Fountain House, Girl Scouts of the USA, HIAS, National Breast Cancer Coalition. News Revenue Hub, NeighborWorks America, NTEN, NYC Anti-Violence Project, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Reconstructing Judaism / Camp Havaya, SCO Family of Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Fund for UNICEF

Specialties: branding, online strategy, fundraising, advocacy, nonprofit management, strategic communications, public relations, strategic planning, content development, social media, social networking, coaching, capacity building 

Molly Golish Hanley

Director of Marketing and Events, Business Volunteers Unlimited

Experienced fundraising professional specializing in the strategy, design, and execution of high-impact and fully integrated marketing and communications. I am a consummate relationship builder on external and internal fronts with proven ability to cultivate leads, enhance support networks, navigate challenging situations, and thrive in rapidly changing, fast-paced environments.

In integrated development and external relations roles, I have managed strategy, execution, and reports for multi-industry cause marketing portfolio with responsibility for over $2 million in unrestricted annual revenue. As a project manager, I have led strategic development and execution of new business and revenue initiatives including special fundraising initiatives and headline stewardship events. I continue to work cross-departmentally on sponsor fulfillment for multiple accounts, liaising with vendors, executives, program teams, and communications staff to craft customized stewardship concepts that drive revenue, value, and retention. 

Maryanne Dersch

Founder, Courageous Cummunication, LLC

Can you imagine donors flocking to your nonprofit instead of you scrambling to find them? To end the stress of constantly finding new donors while keeping the ones you have? Maryanne Dersch specializes in helping nonprofit organizations increase their influence and connect with new donors so they can raise more money.

She has spent almost thirty years working in the nonprofit world helping organizations understand and articulate their value so they can ask for and receive what they want, need and deserve.

She is author of Courageous Communication: How Codependence Is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It and founder of Superstar Fundraising Academy. She is leading a movement to change "nonprofit" to "human investment company" to accurately reflect the contributions of the sector. She’s known for her love of ultrahigh heels, extra-large Diet Cokes, and short karaoke rotations.

Board & Strategy Panel

Leslie Spethman

Founder & Principal, Spethman Consulting Services 

Nonprofits are my passion. I have held various leadership roles and have direct experience with private foundations, grant writing and grant making, corporate giving and sponsorships, event planning, community relations, communications, copywriting, marketing, strategic planning facilitation, fundraising, nonprofit board service, nonprofit board leadership, volunteer program development and management, and board committee work. Additionally, I have significant experience with IRS form 990, Schedule H (501r community benefit and community health improvement requirements for nonprofit hospitals).

My top five Gallup strengths are: strategic, woo, connectedness, belief, and responsibility. I have training in design thinking, human-centered experience design, journey mapping, and Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

Benetta Standly

Principal Consultant, Standly Solutions Consulting

High energy, passionate non-profit executive, thought leader, influencer, and organizational development expert with 20 years of experience in social justice environments.

Standly Solutions Consulting is an organizational development consulting firm serving non-profit organizations and individual leaders globally. We specialize in developing social justice non-profits led by people of color serving people of color, where we leverage our expertise in non-profit management, civil rights, racial, economic and reproductive justice as well as human rights to strengthen client capacity and infrastructure.

Standly Solutions Consulting operates from an intentional space that centers the experiences of those most marginalized—women of color, Black women, Black trans womxn, the Black queer community, and their families.

We center you and your experiences and deeply understand the need for grassroots, regional, statewide, national and global non-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations who serve, empower and advocate for women of color, their families, and communities.

Miguel Vasquez

Executive Director, Wahupa Educational Services

Miguel D. Vasquez is a turnaround executive leader with a proven career in finance, FinTech, EdTech, and transformational technologies. In 2010, Miguel founded the California Foundation Fund to inspire and empower social entrepreneurs and young leaders.

At the California Foundation Fund, Miguel developed several academic and business collaborative programs including the annual FUTUREBOSS Youth Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. The program takes place at the University of San Diego where faculty and business leaders teach multiple lessons and share their love for entrepreneurship. Winners of this highly coveted award receive prizes, grants and mentoring to start their own business.

Miguel was the CEO of the Financial Fitness Group (FFG), an enterprise FinTech software company that developed a financial e-learning platform and actionable ecosystem designed to maximize employee engagement, financial knowledge, and desired behaviors.

Gregory Scott

President & CEO, Community Action of Orange County

Serving as the President & CEO of the premier organization changing peoples lives, who embodies the spirit of hope, improving communities and fighting against poverty and economic inequality. Leading and serving as the chief executive overseeing all of the operations, management, external relationships, and strategic direction of the fight against poverty in Southern California. Provide strategic business leadership, agency vision, and executive oversight for a growing CAP agency in Southern California.

Also, build community and business connections, help develop resources and support to further the organization's mission of poverty alleviatoin and social justice.

Earl Pike

Executive Director, University Settlement

Provides consulting and strategic advice on Leadership, Government Relations, Media Relations, Grants and Foundation Relations, Strategic Change, Advocacy and Public Policy, Research and Writing, and Community Engagement. Clients have included educational institutions, human service organizations, health care agencies, and private foundations. Recent and current engagements: Special Advisor, Office of the Chairman, Morino Ventures, LLC; Executive Consultant, The Intergenerational School, Breakthrough Charter Schools; Researcher, Asian Pacific Islander Health Care Forum; Co-Director, Community Research Scholars Program, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Consultant, the Cleveland Leadership Center; Managing Director, SEAChange, The Business of Good Foundation; Adviser, El Sistema Cleveland; Policy Advisor, AIDS Resource Center Ohio; Consultant, Open Doors Academy; Consultant, Cleveland One World Festival; Adviser, Towards Employment; Consultant, Policy Matters Ohio; Consultant, American Federation of Musicians Local 4; Program Consultant, Museum of Contemporary Art; Adviser, Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen; Consultant, United Way 2-1-1; Strategy Consultant, HeightsArts; Adviser, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET); Adviser, Evi-Base; Reseracher, Refugee Services Collaborative; Consultant, Blinded Veterans Association; Adviser, The Gathering Place; Consultant, Ascend Advisers; Adjunct Faculty, John Carroll University.

Julie Clark

Vice President for Nonprofit Engagement, Business Volunteers Unlimited

Experienced nonprofit leader focused on program delivery and consulting. Skilled in governance and management consulting, organizational assessments, event management, and public speaking. 

Julie provides guidance and consulting to nonprofit board and staff in the areas of governance/board development, succession planning, strategic planning, and organizational capacity assessments. For more than 10 years, she led BVU’s board matching program, where she prepared, trained, and matched business professionals to nonprofit board opportunities. She serves as President of the Board of The Treehouse Ohio and as Secretary of the Board of South Suburban Montessori School. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Arts in Communications Management from John Carroll University.

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