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Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

What the Harvard Business Review has to say about leadership

Ron Ashkenas

Leadership is the secret sauce to all effective organizations, nonprofit or otherwise. How to consistently grow as a leader is one of the most important goals for all nonprofit leaders. But growth in leadership takes time.  My guest today is Ron Ashkenas, the co-author of a new book entitled: ”The Harvard Business Review Leader’s Handbook.” He and co-author Brook Manville provide an excellent guide for all leaders who want to excel in leadership through providing step-by-step instruction, curated best practices and real-life stories of people and organizations that have made a significant impact through their leadership, collected from Harvard Business Review.

As Partner Emeritus of Shaffer Consulting, Ron is a trusted advisor and coach to senior leaders across industries including the nonprofit sector. He has helped leading organizations achieve dramatic performance improvements while also helping CEOs and senior executives to strengthen their leadership capacity.
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How do we increase our impact for social change as Nonprofit organizations?

Ann Mei Cheng

Social change is far more complicated than simply creating a new app. It requires intentionality, listening and collaboration. But change is slow. What if we collectively could exponentially increase our social impact?

My guest on today’s show argues that to increase our impact, we must come up with solutions that are embraced by beneficiaries and include an engine that can accelerate growth to match the scale of the needs. My guest today is Ann Mei Cheng.

She is the Author of “Lean Impact”. Previously, she was Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and Mercy Corps, and served the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Office of Global Women’s Issues. Prior to that, Ann Mei Chang had more than 20 years’ experience as a technology executive at such leading companies as Google and Apple, and she is a keynote speaker who has been featured at TEDx among others venues.

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What kind of impact is the “Age of Automation” that we are living in, having on our Nonprofits?


Beth Kanter is my guest on today’s show. Beth has been named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and is the award-winning author of The Networked Nonprofit books. She is an internationally acclaimed master trainer, blogger and speaker. She has been most recently researching the impact of Automation on the nonprofit sector. This is our focus with today’s show. Thanks for listening!

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What does successful leadership look like?

What has made the New York City Marathon the largest and arguably the most successful race in the country? Hint: It has a lot to do with the Director of the Marathon.
My guest today is Peter Ciaccia. Peter is the globally respected Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon and President of Events at New York Road Runners (NYRR). He has announced that he will retire following this year’s New York City Marathon.
We are excited to have him on the show and share about the secret to his leadership success. Enjoy today’s show.

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Why Building Leaders is Your Most Important Job

Organizations live or die on leadership. As the leader goes, so goes the organization. My guest on the show today knows about the critical nature of leadership. She is Tami Heim and she has three decades of executive leadership in a variety of industries including department stores, specialty big box retailing, publishing, strategic brand development, technology, and nonprofit work.

She currently serves as the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, where she leads a team dedicated to providing transformation learning experiences for over 6,000 nonprofit leaders and the organizations they serve. She seeks to inspire and engage leaders in higher thinking for greater impact.

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What’s the most effective way to alleviate poverty?

What is the most effective strategy to alleviate poverty?
My guest today would answer that very simply: Create Jobs. He would go on to say, creating dignified and sustainable work, is the most effective way to alleviate poverty over the long haul and actually serves as the foundation that brings about transformative change in people and communities.

My guest today is Atul Tandon. He is the CEO of Opportunity International. Opportunity International is a Nonprofit Organization that has been around for 50 years. They support over 10 million from across the world with microenterprise loans, technology and other resources that help them break the cycle of poverty and become prominent business leaders. Opportunity International is active in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Atul Tandon brings 35-plus years of experience that spans both the For-Profit and the Non-Profit sector. I know you are going to really benefit from hearing Atul share his unique perspective on how to alleviate poverty in some of the world’s most difficult places.

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Malaria No More

Can you imagine a country once infested with malaria, to be declared malaria-free?

This is exactly what is happening around the globe. Thanks to the impactful work of organizations like Malaria No More, countries are becoming malaria-free.

How did this global nonprofit get started and what is its mission? My guest today is Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, here to tell us all about their fast growing nonprofit.

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Linda Myers

What emerges in your mind when it comes to Native Americans in our country?

Today’s guest has been working with the Navajo Native American community for 34 years. Her name is Linda Myers. You may have seen her and her work highlighted by CNN, where she was selected as a “CNN Hero”. She started the Program in the 1980’s during the turbulent years of the Hopi-Navajo land dispute which ultimately resulted in 10,000 Navajos being relocated from their traditional homelands. During those times there were many Elders facing severe hardships and deprivations. When Linda became aware of this desperate situation it was food more than anything else that these people needed for their survival. With the assistance of Grace Smith Yellowhammer, Linda began to help. And the Adopt a Native Elder nonprofit began.

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Kate Hayes

Diversity on Nonprofit Boards – According to a survey by BoardSource, a research and support organization for nonprofit boards, 25% of boards are all white, and only 20% of board members are people of color. Yet, most nonprofit leaders and board chairs desire to have boards that are more diverse–not only racially, but in terms of gender, socioeconomic status, age, and experience. In order to reconcile this desire with reality, creating intentional plans for diversifying nonprofit boards is essential. Further, we know that boards–and teams–that are more diverse actually perform better, so how can nonprofits take intentional steps to diversify their boards?

  

Kate Hayes is my guest today on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast. Kate is the Direct of Impact for Echoing Green (https://www.echoinggreen.org), a social impact fund that identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. She oversees programming for a dynamic group of emerging business leaders who are dedicated to realizing their full potential as agents of social change. Prior to joining Echoing Green, she worked as Director of Evaluation and Program Impact in the national office of Minds Matter. 

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Jenna Benn Shersher

Cancer. Many of us, if not all of us, know someone very close who has faced or is facing cancer. How to care for those facing cancer in an effective and loving way is something we all want to know. Today’s guest saw firsthand through her own battle with cancer, the unique challenges and set of needs that are not being addressed or talked about, for those dealing with cancer. Jenna Benn Shersher is our guest today on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast and she is the founder and executive director of Twist Out Cancer (http://twistoutcancer.org), a non-profit organization she founded after surviving Grey Zone Lymphoma in 2011. Jenna has found that one way of helping those facing cancer is through the creative arts, which can be used as a mechanism for coping and healing. Twist Out Cancer was founded on the principle that when you share, the world opens up. Since Twist Out Cancer was founded in 2011, over 100,000 people worldwide have been touched by its programs and events.

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