Leading a Thriving Organization in Uncertain Times

For board members and chief executives

Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations

  • Leading with Vision
  • Governing for the Future
  • Advancing Equity

North Star Recommendations

  • New Financial Policies

This exclusive series of speakers is designed to foster better collaboration and develop a future-systems focus among boards and chief executives, all through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. CEOs and executive directors are strongly encouraged to invite their board members. Participants will begin by learning strategies for mitigating organizational risk through scenario planning and safeguarding their organization’s capacity to support its mission during the pandemic and beyond. 

The learning series will then cover systems and future-focused visioning by introducing the concept of generative board governance, which requires boards to become “sense makers” through greater upstream, generative thinking. Then, consider another topic of the utmost importance—equity, diversity, and inclusion. To achieve their missions and long-term impact, organizations must chart and advance their equity journey, which includes centering and embedding of equity within the board governance structure. Finally, in an exclusive, in-depth, and interactive session, Bob Johansen, noted futurist from Silicon Valley, will share how leaders can break out of categorical thinking and move toward full spectrum thinking to see greater possibilities in our rapidly evolving world. 

Throughout this learning series, participants will have the opportunity to work together, as boards and CEOs, and develop strong networking relationships as colleagues tackling the same challenges. At the conclusion, your organization will have actionable solutions and next steps to move forward in the current climate and you will be equipped to lean into and embrace the future. 

Sessions and Networking Opportunities

All sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing through Dec. 22, 2020 for paid registrants. Included in registration is an exclusive networking event for participants. 

Session 1: Mitigating Risk through Scenario Planning

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. CT


  • Alex Neuhoff, partner, The Bridgespan Group

Networking: Raise More Money by Finding Focus amid the Storm

Tuesday, Oct. 27 from Noon-1 p.m. CT

Complete your fund development plan for late 2020-2022 now! Len Iaquinta of Excellence in Communication and Barb Armstrong, director of development at the Alliance, will dissect a checklist for rising above COVID-19 analysis-paralysis. Then a panel of professionals from the Alliance network will discuss their recent successes in marketing and fundraising. Participants will be encouraged to share their solutions and ample time will be reserved for Q&A with the panel.  

Thank you to Charityproud for sponsoring this session. 

Session 2: Generative Board Governance: Framing Problems through Critical Inquiry

Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 3-4:30 p.m. CT


  • Frank Martinelli, strategic planning and governance consultant, The Center for Public Skills Training

Session 3: Centering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within Generative Governance 

Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3-4:30 p.m. CT


  • Zack Schrantz, president/CEO, UCAN
  • Kim Scott, president/CEO, Trillium Family Services
  • Molly Greenman, president/CEO, The Family Partnership

Session 4: How Boards and CEOs Can Prepare for the Future in a VUCA Environment and Thrive 

Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 3-4:30 p.m. Central 


  • Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow, Institute for the Future

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