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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: A Conversation and Celebration with New and Former CEOs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -
3:00pm to 6:30pm PST
Public Policy Institute of California
500 Washington Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA
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Over the last several years the Bay Area has experienced what could be described as the most significant transition in philanthropic leadership in local history!

That may sound like pure hyperbole but over a dozen of our members have CEOs who have left their position or leaders that have been on board for 2 years or less. And in a number of cases these new leaders have taken the reins from long-time CEO’s.

These transitions have come about in a number of different ways. A significant number of CEOs retired from their positions (and a few have been dragged back into the fold). Some transitions have occurred because of new (or renewed) foundation missions which necessitated changes in organizational structure. And others have come about due to the natural evolution of careers, interests, and opportunities. But whatever the case, understanding what these transitions are like for the leaders—current and former—is instructive to both the field and the larger community.

Join us for this lively discussion with new and former CEO’s about leadership, change, philosophy, and impact. And we’ll also get a glimpse of a life after or beyond “philanthropy.”

Following the program will be a reception to celebrate both the new CEOs and those that have left their institutions. Attendees will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with the leaders who have shaped and are shaping philanthropy in the Bay Area.

Come Join Us To

  • Learn about effective management of transitions for both incoming and outgoing leaders;
  • Hear from a range of philanthropic leaders. From those that helmed their organization for a decade or more to leaders who have just assumed their positions;
  • Hear stories, experiences, and insights about what it’s like to steer organizations that have such significant impact in communities and trying to address intransigent issues;
  • Celebrate our philanthropic leaders 

Target Audience

This program is open only to NCG members.  

Speakers and Participants

Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

James W. Head, President and CEO, East Bay Community Foundation

Sandra R. Hernández, MDPresident and CEO, California HealthCare Foundation

Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

Allison Magee, Executive Director, Zellerbach Family Foundation

Diane Parnes, Sunlight Giving Foundation & NCG Board Chair

Christy Pichel, former President, Stuart Foundation

Jonathan Raymond, President, Stuart Foundation

Sterling Speirn, President, Stupski Foundation

Sandra Treacy, former Executive Director, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation