On Friday, September 15th, 2017, 250+ New Hampshire leaders convened for the 11th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit in Concord. The packed schedule included:

  • an interview with Peter Evers, President & CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, to discuss how the Campaign to Change Direction aims to tackle persistent problems in a new way;
  • an inspiring keynote from Robert Egger, founder of the DC Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen, on how to realize and communicate the power of nonprofits—“there is no profit without nonprofits;”
  • breakout sessions featuring both new faces and New Hampshire natives on topics like advocacy, social enterirpise, collaboration, and connecting with the next generation of leaders; and
  • opportunities to reconnect with far flung friends and meet new potential partners.

After a warm welcome and opening remarks from Center Board Chair Jeanine Tousignant, Center CEO Kathleen Reardon, Citizens Bank State President for NH & VT Joe Carelli, and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Vice President of Community Impact Katie Merrow, the first session of the day began.

Morning Session
Changing Directions: An Interview with Peter Evers

Elissa Margolin of Margolin Consulting facilitated a wide-ranging interview with Peter Evers about the Campaign to Change Direction. Evers described how he was able to convince others to shift already scant resources to support an awareness campaign. The larger lessons of the campaign—the power of changing the conversation from “how little can we spend to help a few” to “look at the benefits of this investment in everyone”—are appliable to nearly every nonprofit's mission.

Robert Egger

Building on the themes of the morning session, Robert Egger shared his story, from starting the DC Central Kitchen to bringing his innovative model across the country to LA. He described the direct connection between politics and need and encouraged nonprofits to fight for their mission on both a day-to-day, indivdual level and on the equally important advocacy and policy level. Robert's unique combination of experience and radical optimism left the room buzzing.

Breakout Sessions

Following lunch, attendees attended one of four breakout sessions to dive deep on a particular topic:

Advocacy in the New Political Landscape

A panel discussion on how nonprofits are reacting to changes in the political landscape and what we can learn from the results.

  • Nicolette Clarke
    Capitol Center for the Arts
  • Tom Cronin
    University of New Hampshire
  • Matt Leahy
    Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  • Elissa Margolin, Facilitator
    Margolin Consulting
  • Nancy Rollins
    Easterseals NH

Building Your Social Enterprise

Robert Egger talked about his experience launching and leading two social enterprises and the pros and cons of launching your own business.

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Using La Piana Consulting's Collaborative Map, Senior Consultant Makiyah Moody described the different types of collaboration and partnership and how to ensure success, from negotiation to implementation.

Making Your Mission Their Passion: Connecting with the Next Generation of Leaders

Justin Kang of City Awake eased our collective fears about the next generation and shared strategies for how to attract and engage young leaders.

Southwest Airlines® Free, Roundtrip Ticket Winner!

The winner of this year's Early Bird Ticket Giveaway—which rewards one person who registered for the Summit before the Early Bird deadline with a free, roundtrip ticket from Southwest Airlines®—was Amber Johnston, Director of Volunteer Services at Upper Valley Haven!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Nonprofit Leadership Summit possible.


Thank you to this year's sponsors: Citizens Bank, The Couch Family Foundation, Devine Millimet, Southwest Airlines®, Eversource, NH Business Review, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, Nathan Wechsler & Company, Northeast Delta Dental, Optima Bank & Trust, and Waste Management.

Speakers, Facilitators, and Panelists

  • Nicolette Clarke
    Capitol Center for the Arts
  • Tom Cronin
    University of New Hampshire
  • Robert Egger
    L.A. Kitchen
  • Peter Evers
    Riverbend Community Mental Health
  • Justin Kang
    City Awake
  • Matt Leahy
    Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  • Elissa Margolin
    Margolin Consulting
  • Makiyah Moody
    La Piana Consulting
  • Nancy Rollins
    Easterseals NH

Center Board & Summit Committee Members

  • Jeanine Tousignant, Board President
    Jeanine & Company
  • Ken Koornneef, Board Vice President
    Nobis Eingineering
  • Sara Kobylenski, Board Secretary
    Upper Valley Haven
  • Jim Miller, Board Treasurer
    Granite State College
  • Borja Alvarez de Toledo
    Child and Family Services of NH
  • Chris Conroy
    Heartwood Media
  • Sharon Drake
    Southeastern NH Services
  • Joseph DiBrigida
    Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
  • Lyn Gelinas
    Citizens Bank
  • Grace Mattern
  • Kim Pecora
    Nathan Wechsler & Company
  • Susan Ryan
    Spaulding Youth Center
  • Susan Scacchi
    Tree Care Industry Association
  • Mark Zankel
    The Nature Conservancy

Nonprofit, Corporate, and Individual Members

Thank you to our members, whose inspiration and support makes the work of the Center possible.

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