2012 CEO Track

Chief executives of Independent Sector members share closed-door, in-depth, peer-to-peer exchanges on issues relevant to running their organizations. CEO Track sessions occur each year as part of the Annual Conference. The 2012 conference was held November 11 & 12 in the San Francisco.

There is no additional registration fee for the track or its sessions, but advance sign-up is required and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The CEO Summit is limited to 150 participants and the other sessions are limited to 45 to encourage discussion.  

To participate, you must be a CEO of an IS member organization. Membership begins at $350 and is based on payroll or grantmaking. Not a member? Join today!

The CEO Track is where leaders from nonprofits and foundations can have candid discussions and receive valuable feedback and insight that you can't get at any other conference. It's great for new CEOs and just as important for established leaders to have these unguarded peer-to-peer conversations. - Ralph B. Everett, president and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Confirmed 2012 Sessions

Sunday, November 11

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Diana Aviv and Friends I
Room: Franciscan A
Jonathan Greenblatt
, special assistant to the President of the United States and director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation at the Domestic Policy Council; and John Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises and former assistant to the President of the U.S., director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps under President Bush, and recent member of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Obama, are slated to appear with Diana Aviv to discuss the Washington agenda following the national elections.  Together they will consider how government, business and nonprofits can work better together to address the challenges that lie ahead.
Speakers: Diana Aviv, Independent Sector; John Bridgeland, Civic Enterprises; Jonathan Greenblatt, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation at the Domestic Policy Council
Moderator: Ralph Everett, president and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Strategic Leadership for Nonprofits
Room: Franciscan B
Creating strategic change is one of the most critical challenges that CEOs face today. Professor James Phills draws from his research and consulting experience to illustrate the psychological and organizational barriers that can get in the way. Explaining the need to balance advocacy with inquiry, he introduces a framework to surmount communication breakdowns that prevent effective decision making and hinder constructive change.
Speaker: James Phills, director of the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, Stanford University
Moderator: Kim Meredith, executive director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford Social Innovation Review

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

CEO Summit I
Leaders Make the Future
Bob Johansen
Room: Imperial B
Futurist Bob Johansen, the distinguished fellow from the Institute for the Future, will provide insights from his book, Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World. Bob has been a ten-year forecaster for more than thirty years, with remarkable success. Based on his forecasts for the next decade, he will immerse us in the most skills that independent sector leaders need to effectively lead in the future. Using engaging videos to bring his forecast to life, Bob will help us move from foresight to insight to action.
Speaker: Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future
Moderator: Irene Hirano Inouye, U.S.-Japan Council

Monday, November 12

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

CEO Summit II
Using Behavioral Economics to Change the World
Room: Imperial B
At the heart of every social problem is human behavior. Improving our understanding of that behavior can be transformative. It changes how we design solutions - how we diagnose problems - and even how we define the problems we face. The MacArthur “genius fellow” and Harvard professor of Economics, Sendhil Mullainathan will discuss practical ways of joining psychology, behavioral economics and policy to address societal problems.
Speaker: Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University
Moderator: Diana Campoamor, Hispanics in Philanthropy

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

CEO Summit III
Diana Aviv and Friends II
Room: Imperial B
Diana, joined by other nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, will discuss some hard issues that present deep moral and ethical dimensions for leaders of the sector to consider including the role of the board and CEO in the Penn State child abuse scandal, the Three Cups of Tea controversy, the Boy Scout’s ban on gay members and the use of 501(c)(3)s for political purposes. What ramifications do such events have for civil society and how can its leaders prevent it from recurring?
Speakers: Diana Aviv, president and CEO, Independent Sector; Jim Canales, president and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Neil J. Nicoll, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA; and Tyler Norris, vice president of Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

How Successful CEOs Develop Their Future Leaders
Room: Franciscan A
On every CEO’s “worry list” is whether they have the leaders the organization needs to thrive in the future. Will current managers be ready to step up? If not, then what? In this session, Bridgespan will share findings from its new guide Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders. Prior to the session, you’ll have the opportunity to take a short diagnostic to assess your organization’s strengths and weaknesses in developing future leaders. The session itself will be an opportunity to reflect on your results and identify essential steps to building best practice within your own organization.
Speakers: Kirk Kramer, partner, The Bridgespan Group; Preeta Nayak, manager, The Bridgespan Group
Moderator: Rick Williams, senior advisor, American Indian College Fund

Recent CEO Track Speakers and Moderators

Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation
Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Edward P. Henry, President and CEO, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Jo Ann Jenkins, President, AARP Foundation
Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Kelvin Taketa, President and CEO, Hawai'i Community Foundation

Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector
Melissa Berman, President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Bill Drayton, Founder and President, Ashoka
Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause
Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO, ZeroDivide  
Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Wendy Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network
Rev. Larry Snyder, President, Catholic Charities USA
James L. Weinberg, Founder and CEO, Commongood Careers

Lucy Bernholz, Founder and President, Blueprint Research and Design, Inc.
Nolen V. Bivens, Brigadier General (ret.), U.S. Army
Mark Carey, Partner, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte LLP
Roger Ferguson, President and CEO of TIAA-CREF,
Strick Walker, Client Strategy Lead, IDEO   

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