Though critical to achieving impact, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that challenges old practices and pursues innovative and collaborative solutions has simply been an elusive and challenging proposition for the social sector. What’s even more, many organizations have not been able to keep pace in deploying innovative and creative strategies around recruitment, retention, and achieving an equitable workplace and diverse workforce.

During this kickoff session, engage with a panel of experts in examining the challenges and opportunities the social sector is facing. Panelists will also offer insight on innovative approaches to recruiting, engaging, and retaining human capital. In addition, panelists will engage the audience around what has and has not worked for them.

The panel, which will be co-moderated by Richard Brown, vice president of philanthropy at American Express and Undraye Howard, vice president of the Center on Leadership at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, includes:

  • Kim Brown, human resources director, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • David Griffith, executive director, Episcopal Community Services
  • Monisha Kapila, founder and CEO, ProInspire
  • Adair Mosley, interim president and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities
  • Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-director, Building Movement Project

About the Panelists

Kim Brown

Human Resources Director
Annie E. Casey Foundation

With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, Kimberley “Kim” Brown serves as the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s director of human resources and talent strategies. In this role, she leads the foundation’s efforts to position human resources as an integral business unit by managing a team of professionals who embrace a collaborative approach in serving and meeting the needs of management and staff. The team supports all staff by providing a full complement of services including but not limited to talent acquisition and development, employee relations, coaching and counseling, benefits and wellness programs, professional and management training, compliance advisement, and succession planning. The work focuses on achieving the foundation’s mission by creating a work environment of objectivity, fairness, inclusion, and confidentiality. Before joining the foundation, Brown was the director of human resources for The Washington Home & Community Hospices, a nonprofit long-term care and hospice facility in Northwest Washington, D.C. She has also served as the director of human resources and administrator for a national homecare agency in the Baltimore/D.C. market, as well as the director of employment services for MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a 907-bed acute care facility. Brown holds a bachelor’s and master’s in business administration from the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University.  

David Griffith

Executive Director
Episcopal Community Services

David Griffith, since July 2013, has served as the executive director of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) in Philadelphia. With a legacy of tackling the impact of chronic poverty in the Philadelphia area, ECS asks all individuals to look up, challenge poverty, and empower individual choice and advocates in a community to make a change. He is the first nonclergy, non-social worker to head the organization in its 146-year history. He is an advocate for individuals and families in poverty and believes firmly that the call to service, along with the call for inclusion, diversity, and equal access to opportunity, is core to the Episcopal faith. His blog Wear Muddy Boots, which is widely followed, focuses on leadership, talent development, management, faith, and the call to service. He is recognized nationally as an authority on governance and leadership in both for profit and nonprofit settings.

Monisha Kapila

Founder and CEO
ProInspire

Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to develop leaders at all levels for the social sector. The Chronicle of Philanthropy named ProInspire to its list of seven nonprofits to watch in 2015. Kapila previously worked for Capital One, Accion, CARE, and Arthur Andersen. She has a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School, where she received the Dean’s Award, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. Kapila is a member of the National Human Services Assembly and AchieveMission’s boards of directors, and she is an advisor to Fund the People. She has written extensively about equity and inclusion, leadership, and millennials in the nonprofit sector. Kapila has been recognized as a Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40 Leader, Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow, American Express NGen Fellow, and America's Leaders of Change.  

Adair Mosley

Interim President and CEO
Pillsbury United Communities

Adair Mosley currently serves as Pillsbury United Communities’ interim president and CEO, leading an organization of over 170 employees, six neighborhood centers, and eight social enterprises. Previously, Mosley served as the agency’s chief innovation officer. Mosley leads strategic and divergent thinking in the pursuit of innovative solutions to address multi-dimensional social issues. Mosley’s most recent work is leading a $6.7-million capital campaign for the development of a grocery store and wellness center, North Market, in North Minneapolis that revolutionizes the intersection of economic development, food and health care access. Prior to this, Mosley served as Pillsbury United Communities’ chief of staff. Mosley has been a fervent advocate for children and families as guardian ad litem for Hennepin County, and advancing equity as a commissioner for civil rights with the City of Minneapolis. He attended the University of Minnesota, completed the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Executive Leadership Institute, and received a certificate in human-centered design at Stanford’s prestigious Institute of Design, also known as d.school.  

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

Co-Director
Building Movement Project

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld is the co-director of the Building Movement Project (BMP). In this role, he is responsible for developing research, tools, and training materials that bolster the potential of nonprofit organizations to support progressive social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Thomas-Breitfeld spent a decade working in a variety of roles at the Center for Community Change, where he moved from the policy and communications departments to developing training programs for grassroots leaders. Thomas-Breitfeld started his career at UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), where he developed research and lobbied on issues related to employment and income security. He holds a master’s in public administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.    

About the Moderators

Richard Brown

Vice President of Philanthropy
American Express

Richard Brown is the vice president of philanthropy at American Express, where he oversees all three of the company’s global giving programs: Community Service, Historic Preservation, and Leadership, which includes the Partners in Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Monument’s Watch, as well as the American Express Leadership Academy. Additionally, Brown was a key presenter of the first-ever White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership and played a leading role with the Presidio Institute and Acumen in the development of their online leadership development platforms for social purpose leaders.

Brown is also a trustee of the Lincoln Fund, a foundation that supports a wide-range of community-based programs in New York City; a member of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Advisory Board; and a member of the Education and Research Foundation of the BBB of Metro NY Board of Trustees. A graduate of Syracuse University, Brown has a master’s in organizational change management from The Milano Graduate School at the New School University in New York.   

Undraye Howard

Vice President of the Center on Leadership
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

In his role as the vice president of the Center on Leadership, Undraye Howard leads and assists in the coordination of Alliance for Strong Families and Communities products and services related to leadership development for the Alliance network. This includes development, creation, implementation and coordination with network members and other key departments within the Alliance in providing strategy, solutions, and support for the development of leaders in the social sector. Howard was instrumental in developing the Alliance’s proprietary leadership model, rEvolutionary Leadership, premised on the development of change leaders driving for system and population level results.

Howard provides strategic leadership and direction related to the Alliance’s efforts to advance equity, which includes managing a member core team and co-creating deliverables and resources. Howard has been with the Alliance over 10 years, serving in various capacities including director of consultation and leadership services and vice president of intellectual capital.