Late Afternoon Sessions | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Building the Bench: Cultivating Our Future Leadership
Susan Schmidt, MPA, CNP, President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

If current nonprofit workforce hiring trends continue, the sector will need to replace every existing senior executive position within the next eight years. What’s more, effective leadership is the most important predictor of organizational sustainability and success. However, most organizations do not have a current succession plan in place -- and the ones that do, it is often only for the top-ranking position.

Effective succession planning isn’t just about securing the next CEO -- it is about building our bench so that we have a team of effective emerging leaders ready to take on their next big assignments. Join us for a hands-on workshop that will assess how your organization’s culture and operations are impacting your succession planning strategy. You will leave armed with a succession plan tailored to your organization that you can launch as soon as you return to the office.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the key drivers of retention

  • Conduct an organizational audit that will determine what policies, procedures and operations need to change in order to achieve succession planning goals

  • Assess their organization’s capacity to attract and retain top talent

  • Explore findings from a study on career paths of nonprofit executive leaders

  • Use the Cost-of-Turnover© calculator to understand the opportunity costs of filling vacancies

  • Create a succession plan to cultivate leaders within their organization as well as recruit new talent dedicated to nonprofit careers.


Exploring the Workplace Experience: Guidance for Making Your Nonprofit a Great Place to Work
Katie Popp, Senior Consultant, Mission Capital

Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations must focus on creating strong internal teams and talent if they plan to attract and retain a skilled and passionate workforce. What type of workplace experiences lead to real employee engagement? How can nonprofit organizations- with limited budgets and demanding workloads- keep employees happy and fulfilled?

We’ll define the ideal workplace experience and uncover the components that make good places to work great – including many strategies that are low or no cost. You’ll walk away with lots of actionable tips for employees at all levels and a framework for making short and long-term changes in your workplace.


Effective Community Engagement and Relationship Building
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Volunteer Recruitment, Readiness and Engagement: Tips from the Trenches
Session and Presenter Info Coming Soon!