Managing for Mission: Leadership and Talent Imperative

WED, APR 26, 2006 (1:50:56)

This forum focuses on a dialogue about the leadership and talent imperative, with case studies highlighting issues of management in the face of growing complexity, demographic diversity and examples of successful recruitment, development and retention of talent. The complexity of nonprofit operations today requires nonprofit leaders to be many things at once: charismatic motivator, persuasive fundraiser, issues expert, manager of complex systems. What implications does this changing role have for nonprofit leadership and management structures? How will organizations handle the transition from seasoned leaders to emerging leaders?

+ BIO: Paul Grogan

Paul Grogan is the president and chief executive officer of the Boston Foundation. Previously, Paul served as vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University, where he oversaw all government relations for Harvard, relations with Harvard’s host communities of Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Paul also created a new national organization, CEOs for Cities, comprised of large city mayors, business leaders, university presidents and foundation executives. Paul has also served as President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. During his term as president, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America, channeled through local nonprofit community development corporations. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, founder and a director of the for-profit company, the Community Development Trust, and a director of New Profit, Inc.

+ BIO: Jackie Jenkins-Scott

From 1983 until 2004, Jenkins-Scott served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Dimock, she held several positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Departments of Public and Mental Health. As a community leader, public health advocate and innovative administrator, she has been a nationally known figure for nearly thirty years. Jenkins-Scott has served on many professional, civic and community boards and committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation, the Kennedy Library Foundation and Museum, the Boston Plan for Excellence, WGBH, the National Board of Jumpstart and the Council on Social Work Education. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Century Bank and Trust Company and the Tufts Health Plan. In April 2007, Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino selected Jenkins-Scott to Co-Chair his School Readiness Action Planning Team, charged with developing specific strategies to prevent the achievement gap among the next generation of students. Jenkins-Scott has received numerous awards and citations including the 2005 Associated Industries of Massachusetts Legacy of Leadership award, 2004 Pinnacle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

+ BIO: Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez is the executive director of MassVOTE, a non-partisan voting rights organization. Under his direction, MassVOTE has expanded its community programming to over 300 non-profit organizations in six cities in Massachusetts that have worked to increase voter registration and turnout in their neighborhoods. Since 2004, MassVOTE has distributed multilingual voter education materials to thousands of voters, successfully completed an 11-city Election Protection project and launched a Voter Access Campaign with Election Day Registration and poll worker reform at its heart. Prior to joining MassVOTE, Juan was president of Darkhorse Media, a company that worked with non-profits to improve their media outreach, marketing and fundraising strategies. In addition, Juan spent six years in public broadcasting managing community outreach, education and civic journalism projects. An alumnus of the LeadBoston and Commonwealth Legislative Seminar programs, Juan also serves on the board of the West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton.

+ BIO: Marylou Sudders

Marylou Sudders became President and Chief Executive Officer of MSPCC in February of 2003. Previous to this, Marylou was Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for seven years, serving as the Commonwealth’s chief spokesperson on mental health issues. In May 1999, she was honored as one of the selected invitees to the first White House Conference on Mental Health. In June, 2002, she testified before Congress on the issue of criminal justice and mental illness. Marylou holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Boston University. She serves on the Governor’s Commissions on Children’s Mental Health and on Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America, and the Children’s League of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of several prestigious local and national awards, including the 2004 Friend and Leader award by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health; the 2004 Social Worker of the year award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation’s 2004 Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement in Health and Mental Health Policy Award. Marylou also serves on the Board of the Pine Street Inn and Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

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