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2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

Registration for the Nonprofit Leadership Summit is closed.


8:30 AM Registration & Networking
9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30 AM Changing Directions: Interview with Peter Evers
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Keynote: Robert Egger
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM Summary and Closing: Sara Kobylenski


A limited number of partial scholarships are available, including some specifically designated for board and staff of arts organizations.

Morning Session
Changing Directions: An Interview with Peter Evers

In the morning session, we'll take a look at the power of changing public perceptions to advance our missions. Peter Evers, President & CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, helped bring the Campaign to Change Direction to New Hampshire. Peter will discuss how this bold initiative is not only changing the way we think and talk about mental illness, but has broader lessons for our sector. What are some of the traditional ways of thinking and working that are holding us back? How can we get out of the silos we so often work in and engage new champions for our work?

Robert Egger

Robert Egger—founder of the DC Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen, author, and vocal champion for the nonprofit sector—will be this year's keynote speaker.

As communities across America struggle to create jobs, attract investment dollars and entice people to buy homes and support the community, few leaders recognize the role nonprofits can play in achieving those goals. Robert Egger has been a longtime champion for the nonprofit sector, as well as a 30 year veteran of direct service work. His ideas about our economic impact and the role we should be playing in the new American economy will both challenge and inspire you to think, and act differently.

Read NH Business Review's Q&A with Robert in their August 4 issue.

Learn more about Robert and read his blog posts at

Breakout Sessions

Advocacy in the New Political Landscape

The last election cycle created unprecedented waves of change at the federal level. Not only are issues related to the sector as a whole in play—such as the charitable deduction and rules of nonpartisanship—but almost every nonprofit has some concern with proposed funding cuts or regulatory changes that affect their core mission.

How are these changes affecting NH's nonprofits? Is the current political landscape inspiring engagement in nonprofits that previously stayed away from advocacy?

This breakout session will highlight the reactions and actions from organizations focused on a range of issues including the arts, environment, higher education and human services.


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

Building Your Social Enterprise

As the economy changes, many nonprofits are considering launching businesses that can generate revenue, create jobs and have positive impacts in the community. Commonly known as "social enterprises" this new business model might be something your organization is considering.

Join Robert Egger, who has led two pioneering social enterprise businesses, the DC Central Kitchen and the L.A. Kitchen, for this nuts and bolts primer. With over 30 years of experience, Robert has a wide breadth of knowledge about the pros and cons of launching your own business.

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Every day, nonprofits across the sector are exploring new and creative ways of working together. Collaborative strategies are a powerful way for nonprofits to accelerate their impact, and nonprofit partnerships can help organizations expand their reach, deliver more effective programs and advance their missions.

But effective collaboration and partnerships do not come easy.

Using La Piana Consulting's Collaborative Map, this session will highlight the benefits and challenges of various forms of collaboration and partnership and share examples of each that will help to inform participants' consideration of collaborative strategies for their own organizations. In addition to an overview of options nonprofits can consider for strategic restructuring, we will cover the process of assessment, negotiations, implementation and integration.

  • Explore the various options for strategic partnerships among nonprofits and highlight the benefits and risks.
  • Explain the strategic restructuring process from assessment to integration.
  • Review the success factors and roadblocks that require attention during partner assessment.

Presented by Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant with La Piana Consulting.

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

The wave of Baby Boomer retirements is about to crash on the nonprofit sector, the only thing tougher than recruiting the right people is retaining them, Millennials are going to make Gen Xers look like the Greatest Generation, and your organization doesn’t have a Snapchat policy in your employee handbook.

There’s been more than enough hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about the upcoming generational leadership transition, so let’s talk about reasons why you should be excited about the next generation. More importantly, let’s talk about ways to get the next generation excited about you.

Join Justin Kang, Executive Director of City Awake—the civic innovation lab of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce—to discuss strategies for energizing and empowering emerging leaders he’s developed during his quest to make Greater Boston the Silicon Valley of social impact.


This year's Nonprofit Leadership Summit has been generously sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors

Citizens Bank

Gold Sponsors

The Couch Family Foundation Devine Millimet Southwest Airlines

Silver Sponsors

Eversource New Hampshire Business Review New Hampshire Charitable Foundation New Hampshire Public Radio

Bronze Sponsors

Date/Time: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:30am to 2:30 pm
Location: Grappone Conference Center , Concord
Fees: $185 for Members; $260 for Not-yet-members; $25 discount for 2nd and subsequent registrations from same organization

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