Center Events

Nonprofit Leadership Summit

​Please note: Registration for the Nonprofit Leadership Summit is now closed. Please contact us by email at with any questions. All registrants were emailed the Zoom link on Friday, September 17 and will receive reminders with the link by email each morning of the Summit. 

The NH Center for Nonprofits’ signature event returns in a virtual format to bring together nonprofit board and staff leaders, along with corporate, and philanthropic partners to explore trends and issues impacting the Sector. Join us September 21-23 from 10am-12pm daily.

Our world has changed in ways we never could have imagined and through these historic times, the nonprofit sector has proven itself indispensable and a champion for good. Join us as we celebrate the power of nonprofits and examine the lessons that can light our path forward. We'll explore leadership in these times and the future of the sector, nonprofit boards and philanthropy. 

Zoom links will be sent out a few days prior to the event. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants.

Tuesday sESSION, 10am-12pm
Finding Our Way Forward: Leading with Purpose

Join Akaya Windwood and Zach Palmer as they discuss how recent crises have impacted the nonprofit sector and primed us for transformation. What is required of us as leaders in this moment in time? What old ways of working do we need to shed? We look forward to your contributions in this thought-provoking conversation about moving beyond our individual silos to building strong communities grounded in authenticity, understanding and generosity. 

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally and societally. She is on the faculty for the Just Economy Institute, and is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women. She was President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directs the Mycelium Fund, which awards small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness.

In 2018, Akaya was one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights,and received the 2020 Vision Award from Middlebury College. Akaya is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction, makes sauerkraut, and relishes growing enormous squashes in her garden.

Zach Palmer

Zach Palmer

Zachery Palmer was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Growing up in the diverse city and being introduced to different cultures has given him the experience to adapt to different environments. Coming to NH in 2013 to attend college, he recognized the similarities of the two cities he has come to call home just that they’re at different stages of development. He has chosen to establish deeper routes within the state of NH through board and committee volunteerism outside of working at a state wide non-profit to other non-profit organizations who are in high need of his skills, time, and millennial point of view. 
Zachery Palmer is a Housing Cooperative Specialist with ROC-NH, a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund providing loans and technical assistance to residents in Manufactured Home parks across the state of NH. He is also working to improve the presence and success of businesses across the state who are in need of access to capital combined with technical assistance in order to create success. The NH Community Loan Fund is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution serving to meet the needs who have been left out of access to traditional capital providers. 
He sits on the board of directors of Waypoint NH, Neighborworks SNH, and NAMI NH as well as a Member of the Advisory Council of the All Youth Count initiative of Easterseals NH.

Wednesday sESSIONs, 10am-12pm

The Future of Philanthropy

Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, will lead an exploration of some of the biggest trends in philanthropy and implications for the future.  Drawing from the headlines, data and latest stories, we’ll examine how giving is changing, lessons learned in the midst of COVID-19 and racial justice protests, and how both donors and nonprofits are transforming their relationships. 

stacy palmer

Stacy Palmer

Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its website, She plays a hands-on role in many Chronicle services, such as its Philanthropy Today daily newsletter and its webinar series offering professional development for people involved in fundraising, grant seeking, advocacy, marketing and social media.

Palmer has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is the editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she helped found The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

​​​Integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Our Mission-Driven Work

Join NH Center for Nonprofits CEO Kathleen Reardon, as she leads a discussion of the Center's work on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) with local consultant Talmira Hill of T. L. Hill Group. Learn about how NH nonprofits perceive DEI issues and the Center’s process to develop a strategy that assists with advancing their DEI efforts.  Key findings from our DEI survey and needs assessment will be shared along with the next steps of the project.

Talmira Hill

Talmira Hill

Talmira Hill is principal of the T. L. Hill Group, an independent firm she founded in May 2001 that consults at the nexus of philanthropy and community change to strengthen social impact. Talmira brings 30 years of leadership experience at the national level in the broader nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors, specializing in partnerships and collaborative enterprises to improve outcomes in low-income and underrepresented communities. Talmira has worked with nonprofits in northern New England since 2016. She facilitates the NH Funders Forum, serves as lead strategy consultant on the Race & Equity in NH Series, completed a 2-year project with Manchester Community College to promote a thriving culture, and facilitates the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging project on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Talmira has authored reports on the NH Immigrant Integration Initiative and Portland Empowered. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Talmira began her career in international economic development in 1986. Talmira and her husband Jim have lived in Bartlett, NH (Mt. Washington Valley) since 2003.

Thursday sESSION, 10am-12pm

Purpose-Driven Boards

In the face of increasingly pressing systemic inequities, nonprofit board leaders are asking important questions about the traditional ways they have worked. Join Jim Taylor, Vice President of Leadership Initiatives at BoardSource, as he shares a new way of framing the nonprofit board’s role. Purpose-Driven Board Leadership centers on four key principles that drive board leadership and thinking of the future. 

Jim taylor

Jim Taylor ​​As vice president of leadership initiatives, Jim Taylor focuses on leading BoardSource’s efforts to position nonprofit boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. This includes leading the organization’s work to spark and support understanding, action, and change at the board level on these issues; serving as an external representative, speaker, and writer; developing new resources and programming; and partnering with peer organizations around the country. Jim also supervises the education team, which manages other key leadership initiatives, including nonprofit engagement in public policy advocacy and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining BoardSource in December 2018, Jim held several leadership roles in community development and diversity, inclusion, and equity. As vice president of multicultural leadership at AARP, he developed partnerships to create greater access to health, wealth, and “quality of life” programs and information for African Americans of age 50+. At Capital One, in the roles of director of community relations and director of community development, Jim developed and implemented impactful national and local strategies that leveraged the organization’s philanthropic, volunteer, and programmatic resources to serve lower-income populations. As director of product innovation at Fannie Mae, he developed several successful first-time homebuyer programs targeted to multicultural audiences. And most recently, Jim was the corporate relations program officer at the Fairfax County (VA) Office of Public Private Partnerships, where he was a key member of the strategy team for the county’s racial and social equity policy, “One Fairfax.”

Gold Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Silver Sponsors

New Hampshire Business ReviewUnite Us

Bronze Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the Nonprofit Leadership Summit? Check out opportunities here or contact Keryn Kriegl.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00 pm
Fees: Member - $100, Not-yet-Member - $150; $15 off additional people from same organization

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