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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

    Don Waisanen is an associate professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication including executive speech training, campaign and advocacy strategies, media analysis, and seminars on leadership and humor. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens voices. In particular, his recent publications have focused on the functions of political language, the increasing role of comedy in public culture, and the factors that can best sustain a deliberative democracy.

    Before entering academia, Don was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He has conducted communication strategy for various domestic and transnational projects, and serves on the board of the Resilience Advocacy Project, a nonprofit helping youth transition out of poverty. He writes for The Huffington Post, and has long enjoyed and been informed in his professional work by involvement in the performing arts, particularly improvisational comedy. He received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

  • Edith Asibey
    Social Media Strategies

    Edith Asibey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also the Senior Advisor at the Education Commission. Until December 2016, Edith led advocacy, partnerships and communication for UNICEF in Brazil, where she launched some of the most innovative digital work UNICEF has done to date, partnering with Google, Facebook and others.

    Previously, Edith held roles with the Global Business Coalition for Education, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the AVINA Foundation and NetAid (one of the first digital-only organizations in the world). Starting her career in the countryside of Paraguay, she led environmental education campaigns and directed the environment program for USAID in the country.

    She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies from Stanford with focus on digital media; a specialization in leadership from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • 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.

  • 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 is the founder of Strategic Learning Associates, a consulting group that provides intensive professional development for mission-driven organizations, working with management, staff, and boards.  Services include organization development, professional education program assessment and design, executive coaching, and research.

    Lori is a part-time Assistant Professor at the New School for Public Engagement’s Milano School. She teaches Master’s-level seminars on Management and Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, and capstone project research. Lori served on the Executive Education Faculty at Columbia Business School from 2004-2010 and as the executive director of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management from 1996-2004.

    Lori earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Brandeis University.  

  • Marti Fischer

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.