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  • Beth Kanter
    Wellness and Self-Care

    Beth Kanter is a well-established international nonprofit thought leader.  Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world.  Her second book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” is a practical guide for using measurement and learning to achieve social impact.   She published her third book “Happy, Healthy Nonprofit:  Strategies for Impact without Burnout” in 2016. She also co-authored the “Emerging Nonprofit Leader’s Playbook,” funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She is the author of Beth’s Blog where she writes about networks, data, learning, training, facilitation techniques, nonprofit organizational culture and self-care for nonprofit professionals.

    Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, and capacity building and has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica).   She is experienced in participatory facilitation techniques such as design thinking, open space, peer learning, and more.  She has over twenty years of experience facilitating online and virtual meetings.  She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013.

    Her past and current clients include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Gates Foundation, Brainerd Foundation, Knight Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Edutopia, HHS, and others. She currently serves as adjunct professor at Middlebury where she prepares graduate students for their internships at international nonprofits and how to use online networking tools to advance their careers. She is on the board of NTEN and Leadership Learning Community.

  • Darwin Davis
    Cross-Sector Alliances, Navigating Organizational Change

    Darwin Davis has taught as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University, Bernard Baruch’s Executive Management and National Urban Fellows Programs, Columbia University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and The City University of New York’s inaugural Certificate Program in Non Profit Management. Mr. Davis has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 37 years; and has served as the CEO of The Black Agency Executives, The Human Services Council of New York City, The New York Urban League and Black Equity Alliance.

    Mr. Davis is the principal of bas Enterprises, which coaches executives on leadership and advises nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, board development, values clarification, and diversity. His clients include Harlem Arts Alliance, Touro College of Medicine, The City College of New York, Hunter College, Baruch College (executive programs), Omnicom, and Black Veterans for Social Justice.

    Mr. Davis received a B.S. from New York University an M.A.  in Human Development and Clinical Counseling from the New York Institute of Technology.

  • Don Waisanen
    Communications

    Don Waisanen is a Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speech training, communication strategy, and seminars on storytelling, conflict and negotiation, and leadership and improvisation. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices. He is the author of Improv for Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs, and co-author and author of Immigration and Strategic Public Health Communication: Lessons from the Transnational Seguro Popular Project, Real Money, Real Power? The Challenges with Participatory Budgeting in New York City, and Political Conversion: Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication.

    Don is currently finishing a book based on five years of data from the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship providing a new framework for training professionals in leadership communication (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and another book on how to address the onslaught of newly developed voter suppression policies across the U.S. (with Sonia Jarvis and Nicole Gordon, under contract with NYU Press). Previously, Don worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He is the founder of Communication Upward, an adjunct lecturer at New York University and Columbia University, and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. He has been an improvisational performer at theaters in Los Angeles and New York for nearly two decades.

  • Edith Asibey
    Social Media Strategies

    Edith Asibey is the Principal of Asibey Consulting, a consulting firm that helps mission-driven organizations take audiences from intention to action. She is an Adjunct Professor of Communications and Marketing at Columbia University. Prior to these roles, Edith led advocacy, partnerships and communication for UNICEF in Brazil, where she launched innovative digital work partnering with Google, Facebook and others. She was also the Chief Communication Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest limited-life foundation in the world.

  • Erika Bernabei
    Racial Equity

    Erika Bernabei, PhD, Co-Principal at Equity & Results, connects intentions to accountability and impact in service of BIPOC community. Through Equity & Results, Erika leads the strategic design and implementation of whole organization and collaborative work to achieve racially equitable results, working with small and large organizations, philanthropies, collective impact initiatives and public agencies to use results-driven, racial equity principles to build the capacity of leaders and collectives.

    Equity & Results uses antiracist principles, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in the Undoing Racism Workshop, to dig into how organizations and collaboratives can alter how their systems work to strategically disrupt common practices and replace them with actions that address the root causes of the problem. Erika is an expert in Antiracist Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and has worked with groups nationally and internationally to successfully use this tool.

    Prior to Equity & Results, Erika served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services and nearly a decade at PolicyLink – where she developed and managed a results-driven infrastructure and support system for more than 50 Promise Neighborhood communities to produce holistic and measurable outcomes and advance equity and opportunity. She lives in New York.

  • Ivy Fairchild
    Organizational Development

    Ever since she can remember, Ivy has wanted to change the world. She found a way to do so when she began working with nonprofits. Armed with a degree in organizational development, she founded Landmark Consultants, a boutique consulting firm that works to strengthen communities across the country by enabling nonprofits to build and sustain their infrastructure, raise funds, develop the leaders of tomorrow, and affect change. Together, Ivy and the nonprofits she works with are impacting millions of individuals and families.

    Before she founded Landmark, Ivy was the Vice President for Resource Development and Integrated Marketing & Events at UNIDOSUS (formerly NCLR), the largest civil rights and advocacy organization for Latinos in the United States. While there, she built the Resource Development Department from the ground up, increased the organization’s individual donor base, diversified its funding sources, and coordinated its annual conference attended by more than 4000 individuals. Ivy was recruited by UNIDOSUS from her job as Chief Development and Communications Officer at Urban Health Plan (UHP), a network of community health centers in New York. At UHP, Ivy developed the organization’s first employee giving program, began its individual donor program, and diversified the Network’s funding streams. She also developed a comprehensive communications strategy that resulted in coverage in major print, television, and digital media.

    A consummate relationship manager, Ivy understands that having transparent and authentic relationships is important to working in communities. Her ability to build strong collaborations, her keen sense of community, her analytical approach, and her commitment to accountability make her an astute and effective partner. Passionate and authentic about strengthening nonprofits, Ivy is not afraid to ask the tough questions, help organizations take calculated risks, and develop strategies tailored to their needs.

    Ivy is the proud mother of James, Tyler, Brandon and Bianca, as well as Gracie, her Shih Tzu. She loves to read and travel. Her superpower is finding the good in everyone she meets.

  • Jamie Lonie
    Social Media Strategies

    Jamie Lonie has several years of experience in traditional and digital communications within the global education sector. As the Education Commission’s Digital Media Specialist, he develops and manages the digital content across the organization’s website, blog, email campaigns, and social media channels. Jamie is also the founder of Amplifi Digital where he supports digital communications for education nonprofits and mission-driven companies. Previously, he was Director of Social Media Community on Teach For America’s national marketing team, developing social media strategy and managing daily digital content.

    Jamie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Today, he serves as president of the university’s New York City alumni chapter. He also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, which he earned while teaching elementary science.

  • Kary Perez
    Marketing

    Kary Perez is a nonprofit leader with a successful background in audience growth and engagement.

    Her work today is focused on expanding Chalkbeat’s audience in service of the organization’s mission to ensure children across the country get fair access to education. This primarily involves being the go-to person for the toughest, most ambiguous problems in the organization. Her responsibilities include audience growth, research and development of new products, and managing Chalkbeat’s small donor program.

    At DoSomething Strategic, Kary worked with over 20 clients to help them better understand and engage young people (millennials and Gen Z). She led the strategy and execution of social good initiatives for major brands like Google and ESPN, and for large-scale nonprofits like The JED Foundation and Feeding America.

  • Kwayera Archer
    Wellness Culture

    For the past 35 years, Kwayera has dedicated her life to working with African diaspora communities in the US, Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America.

    Her longstanding career has focused on performance arts and decolonial education for children and families. Through her endeavors as a teaching artist, activist, founder and organizational chief executive in New York City, her pedagogy has reached thousands of students, their caregivers and community members.

    Kwayera’s unique institutional and leadership development strategy is culturally informed and participatory. It continues to serve as a national model for diverse business structures.

    Most recently she has turned her attention to working in partnership with professionals and their families toward their desired goals through a variety of restorative, dialogical and traditional diasporic practices that she has cultivated throughout her career.

    Kwayera curates a distinctive blend of excellent leadership & management practices, practical mindfulness and movement immersion to facilitate the organic flourishing of spaces for joyful living and communal well- being.
    Participants commit to engagement in collective visioning and inspiration as they work toward greater wholism for their families, communities and vocational desires.

  • Lisette Nieves
    Leadership and Planning

    Lisette Nieves is a Partner at Lingo Ventures, providing consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, professional coaching and change management. For the last three years, she has also served as the Commissioner for the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and currently co-chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education. Prior to her tenure as Commissioner, Ms. Nieves was a Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College and a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation.

    Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director for Year Up NY, a workforce and education program for young adults.  From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Nieves served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York.  Earlier in her career, she held several positions in the New York City educational sector. Ms. Nieves has been both a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar. Her awards include the Robin Hood Hero Award (John F. Kennedy Jr. Hero Award) from the Robin Hood Foundation and El Diario’s Mujeres Destacadas Award from La Opinion.

    Ms. Nieves received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

  • Lori Roth Gale
    Organizational Culture and Organizational Change

    Lori Roth Gale has 25 years of experience in executive education, both as executive director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-profit Management and a member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty.  In these roles she managed, designed and/or directed over 100 programs with over 2000 participants from community-based organizations, established regional organizations and large public-sector institutions.  She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Emerging Leaders, High Impact Leadership, and Executive MBA Programs.  She currently teaches Master’s level seminars at the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School and coaches executives facing leadership transitions.

    Lori is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the programs she develops.  She is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work.  Clients while at Columbia include: Robin Hood Foundation, The After School Corporation, UJA-Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, Fire Department of New York, NYC Police Department, and US Department of Homeland Security.  Areas of particular interest include Strategic Management, Personal Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.

    Lori earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She wrote her dissertation on CEO succession and strategy development in the not-for-profit sector.  She earned her Masters degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Brandeis University.  In addition to consulting, teaching and research Lori enjoys landscape painting and hiking.

  • Marti Fischer
    Communications

    Marti Fischer is a NYC based consultant and executive coach specializing in strategic positioning, communications and business development for individuals, young companies and nonprofit organizations.

    The first decades of her career were spent as a professional negotiator in the television industry. In 2006 Marti turned her business development, relationship building and negotiating experience to help individuals with career and professional advancement, nonprofits tell their story, raise money and become sustainable and first stage companies articulate their value proposition and strategic point of view.

    In addition to her work with Marti Fischer Group, Marti is a co-author of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook, adjunct professor at Baruch College, instructor at NYU and frequent trainer for umbrella organizations and foundations in the areas of communication skills, professional development and nonprofit fundraising. Marti serves as a strategic advisor to YASI (Young Advocacy Service Corps) and Necessities INC.  Marti is an active member of Women in Development New York, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Marketing Association and The Communication Network.

    Marti received a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is currently working on a book to help young adults position their skills for meaningful employment.

  • Michael Seltzer
    Navigating Organizational Change, Resource Mobilization

    Michael Seltzer is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Prior to joining Baruch, Michael Seltzer served as president of Philanthropy New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he was responsible for its work in strengthening the nonprofit sector and promoting organized philanthropy worldwide. He also founded and led a sustainability in business initiative at The Conference Board.

    Seltzer chaired the master’s degree program in Nonprofit Management at the Milano School of the New School University. At Baruch, Professor Seltzer redesigned the core master’s degree course in fund raising and resource mobilization for nonprofit organizations, and teaches Advanced Public and Nonprofit Management in the Executive MPA program, as well as a variety of different topics in the executive certificate programs. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and African Studies.

  • Muneer Panjwani
    Partnerships

    As the VP of Foundation, Government, and Corporate Partnerships at The Trevor Project, Muneer’s team focuses on building impact centered long-term partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and Foundations to help end LGBTQ youth suicide. As a senior leader on the development team, Muneer helped to grow Trevor’s annual revenue from under $10M to over $35M in three years, enabling the organization to grow from a staff of 50 to 225+ during that time.

    Muneer secured Trevor’s first seven-figure partnership that launched a new, holistic corporate partnership model for the organization. In 3 years, this model has 6X’d corporate revenue for The Trevor Project and established partnerships with 150+ national and global companies. Notable partnerships include award-winning cause marketing campaigns with Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, Google.org and an $8M partnership with PwC Charitable Foundation – the largest in Trevor’s 22-year history. Muneer’s partnerships have won 10 Halo Awards presented by the industry’s premier award for excellence in cause marketing.

    Muneer is an expert in high-growth fundraising, cause marketing, for-profit/not-for-profit partnerships, institutional fundraising, and corporate social responsibility. Muneer is also a trained D&I facilitator having designed and led hundreds of anti-bias and inclusion trainings globally. Prior to The Trevor Project, Muneer led corporate partnerships at a high-growth tech not for profit, DoSomething.org, the world’s largest social change organization for young people; and served as a director of youth programs at The National Conference for Community and Justice, one of the oldest anti-racism organizations in the country.

    An avid traveler, Muneer lives in New York City, but is often found planning his next trip abroad to reach his goal of exploring 40 countries by his 40th. Muneer’s pronouns are he/him.

  • Odell Mays
    Budgeting and Finance

    Odell Mays has managed and served on the board of nonprofits for over 27 years, and held the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. As a consultant, Mr. Mays has provided intensive financial management for several executive directors and CEO’s, including senior level consultations for organizations such as Amnesty International USA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Gay Mens Health Crisis (GMHC), National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) and FilmAid International (an international film agency working with refugee communities in Kenya). He has also served as Treasurer and Chair of the board of Gay Mens Health Crisis in NYC.

    Mr. Mays has a BA in psychology from Stanford University and an MBA in finance and taxation from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College (CUNY) in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs where he teaches a graduate course in finance and budgeting. In addition he teaches in the Masters’ program at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

  • Richard Rivera
    Tools In the Midst of Change to Use

    Richard Rivera is President of Renew & Redesign Consulting an organizational consulting firm, specializing in leadership development, strategic planning, and human resource training for nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations. Mr. Rivera’s expertise includes specialized services around racial equity, leadership development, organizational change, strategic dialogues, executive coaching, strategic planning, team building, and employee engagement.

    Richard has been facilitating participatory strategic dialogues for over 20 years, bringing together unlikely allies to co-create more life affirming stories for their communities and organizations. Richard is a global steward of the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter and has facilitated these trainings at the NYU Wagner School, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for Social Innovation and numerous child welfare and school programs in NYC. Richard currently serves as facilitator/coach on race conversations for the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows Program at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Rich also teaches “Participatory Practices and Race Conversations” at the co-lab, NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Rich currently serves as lead facilitator/coach for the College of Staten Island, Equity and Belonging Conversation for Change Project. Rich has led organization race equity conversations with larger organizations such as Good Shepherd Services and Phipps Neighborhood and with smaller nonprofits such as the Women Against Abuse, and CORA in Philadelphia. At the Adelphi University School of Social Work, Mr. Rivera served as an organizational change strategic plan consultant and executive coach for affiliated nonprofits. He also served as coach/facilitator for Columbia University’s Management Development Program. Richard has provided organizational change services to larger organizations, including Montefiore and Bellevue Hospitals, Verizon, Big Brothers and Big Sisters National and the Hispanic Federation.

    Mr. Rivera received his M.S.W. degree from Columbia University, School of Social Work. Mr. Rivera’s professional background includes ten years of service at NYC Health and Hospital Corporation as assistant HR Director, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and Senior Manager of Organizational Development services and three years as a Senior Planner for the Office of the Mayor, City of New York and as Associate Director of the East NY Tap Center. Richard also served as National Corporate Management Trainer, for Nationwide Savings and Loan Bank in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This varied experience has served as his foundation for his consulting work with complex organizations.

  • Sevonna Brown
    Sankofa Self-Care

    Sevonna Brown is the Co-Executive Director at Black Women’s Blueprint.  She leads the Safer Childbirth cities initiative in Brooklyn through Merck for Mother’s. She dedicates her work to maternal health around the globe and strategies for women’s health in Ghana and the U.S. she is also the founder of Sanctuary for Integrative Medicine. She is also recognized as a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow for her writing  through the Op/Ed Project. Her work has been published in Ebony, TIME Magazine, ForHarriet, and Rewire News. She serves on the board of Children of Combahee, which mobilizes against child abuse in Black churches using womanist pastoral and theological methods. She is a reproductive health advocate and doula. Her organizational affiliations include Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute and Standing in Our Power: A Women of Color Transformative Leadership Institute. She has been featured in the documentary “The Business of Birth Control” directed by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

    Sevonna received the ELLA Fellowship through the Sadie Nash Leadership Program where she brings reproductive justice to young women of color through grassroots organizing. Through Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Sevonna has engaged in youth advocacy and young women’s organizing.

    Sevonna Brown has lived in NYC and worked in New York City alongside human rights agencies, non-profit organizations, the New York City Council, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and many other agencies. Her work has intersected with many local businesses and agencies that offer reproductive and holistic health.

  • Sonia Jarvis
    Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector

    Prof. Sonia R. Jarvis, J.D., a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University Law School, has extensive work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors as well as academia.  Her law practice focuses on matters of civil rights, discrimination, diversity, nonprofit governance and equal access to technology, privacy and voting. She clerked for the late Judge Frank Johnson, a Federal Appellate Court Judge in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, managed a law clinic at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and the Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy at a Baruch College/CUNY, served as Executive Director for the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, a national nonprofit civic engagement organization, and has consulted for major foundations and the White House on issues of equality, civic engagement, tolerance, and affirmative action policy.  During the Clinton Administration, Prof. Jarvis was responsible for drafting the final report of the Advisory Board for the President’s Initiative on Race.

    More recently, Prof. Jarvis conducted a study entitled “Leadership, Diversity and Legal Aid: Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of Legal Aid Management in New York and in America’s Most Diverse City” for the New York Leadership Project and the IOLA Fund (September 2009). She has engaged in training sessions for faculty members and administrators on diversity issues in academia.  Prof. Jarvis also conducted a 3-hour Workshop during the 2015 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education Conference entitled “Making Ferguson Matter: How Our Nation Can Achieve Greater Diversity and Social Justice By Dismantling Structural Discrimination Based on Race, Gender, Class, Identity and National Origin– An Examination of Public Policies that Perpetuate Power and Privilege.” She recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation that funds education reform, youth leadership development and social justice projects.  She is currently Board Chair for the Center for Responsive Politics, a national nonprofit that promotes transparency for the role of money in our political process.

    Prof. Jarvis has taught at leading institutions of higher education including Harvard University’s Kennedy School, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and Rutgers, State University of New Jersey’s Eagleton Institute along with teaching positions at Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center’s Foundations of American Law courses.  Her graduate and undergraduate courses have focused on law and public policy; race, media and politics; media, politics and culture; diversity and higher education; non-profit management; voting rights; and immigration.  She has engaged in public advocacy on a number of social justice and racial equity issues in public seminars, on television and other media outlets, including minority civil rights, women’s rights, electoral politics and voter registration reform, access to technology, the right to privacy and civil liberties, poverty and inequality issues, equity in secondary and higher education, employment discrimination, diversity training, and nonprofit management and board governance.

  • Toby Thompkins
    Leadership

    Toby Thompkins has over 30 years of experience working across corporate, for-profit, nonprofit, government and international development sectors as a senior level executive and organizational development consultant. As a leadership coach, Mr. Thompkins has worked in the USA and internationally with a broad range of leaders including CEOs, philanthropists, country managers and grassroots activists, advocates, artists and musicians. Mr. Thompkins is a speaker, blogger, author, and executive coach. In his blog, How I See It… Toby shares his thoughts about culture, personal and community transformation, the future, social justice, and transformative leadership. He is the author of The Real Lives of Strong Black Women (Agate 2004), which chronicles the wisdom and true stories of black women who moved from “giving until it hurts” to lives of self-care and personal power.