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2015: A Look Back

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With a new year on the horizon, days are getting shorter, and lists ever longer. In that spirit, here is our short list for top of the charts memories from 2015.


Embark: A Retrospective of Our 2015 Conference

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"The first action of an important journey. The moment you decide to leave the past behind and venture into an uncharted future…"


Steps for Strengthening and Diversifying the Nonprofit Talent Pipeline

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"During the past few years, I have traveled extensively across America meeting with hundreds of nonprofit and foundation leaders in 37 states. Across diverse regions, there is a shared recognition that recruiting and developing diverse talent is a key challenge and priority for our sector."


A New Start

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When I clean out my desk at the end of September, I will have been at Independent Sector just over 12 years. In my previous jobs I stayed for 5 to 9 years, a contrast to the peripatetic ways of many younger workers. My new beginning has prompted me to meditate on what happens when the most senior professional in an organization leaves. How does the organization move forward and how do the circumstances of the leader’s departure inform a successful transition? It goes without saying that executive transitions vary quite dramatically. So I decided to share my experience with you.


Wake Up, 2016 is Here

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In these quiet hours of August you may be seeking a bit of refuge from the fast heating up presidential politics and the kind of issues we tend to talk about here. And you surely deserve a break. Sadly the reality is that an early and intense battle for the hearts and minds of American voters is well underway, and I would be remiss if I didn’t urge you to get involved now when there is opportunity to make a difference.



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