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BoardSource Leadership Forum: Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact

October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact embodies our commitment to nonprofit leaders’ roles as standard-bearers for their organizations. We believe that together, board members and executive directors or chief executive officers can develop nonprofit organizations that are not only healthy and viable, but that are also innovative, adaptive, and relentless in their focus on core purpose. This holds true whether leaders are advocating for the issues that affect their missions, exploring the benefits associated with intentional partnerships and collaborations, or sharpening their understanding of the relationship between overall strategy, effectiveness, and impact.

The 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum is the opportunity for us to come together as a community to support, empower, and inspire one another, and to ensure that every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good. We invite you to join us in that vision.

Go here to learn more about the sessions and speakers.

Keynote Speakers

Eric J. Jolly, PhD (pictured)

Eric Jolly, president & CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, has dedicated his life to educating, elevating, and giving voice to people in his communities. As president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, he matches donors’ charitable resources with community solutions via a network of Minnesota foundations that includes The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, Mardag Foundation, and more than than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds throughout the state. Eric has declared his intention to create a philanthropic arc to serve donors at all stages of life who are committed to strengthening their communities.

Widely recognized for his work with communities and policy makers, Eric has published articles and books and has lectured around the world about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for culturally diverse populations. He believes science is an essential literacy for civic and economic participation.

David Williams, PhD, MPH

David Williams, an internationally recognized authority on social influence on health, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies.

He has played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities and identifying interventions to address them. This includes his service as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America and as a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?



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