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Succeeding with Succession & Nonprofit Executive Transitions
Nonprofit boards and CEOs almost universally agree – succession planning and executive transitions are critical to get right. This is especially true when a departing leader is a founder or has been in the role for a long time.

So why do so many leaders put it off? It's critical to build your organization’s future leaders before the need for a transition arises.

In this webinar we’ll share what succession planning is, and how to build succession plans aligned to your broader organizational leadership development framework.

We’ll also talk about how to center equity in your organization’s definition of “leadership” and ensure your team is actively mitigating bias in this process.

In this webinar, you’ll:
- See a competency-based framework for leadership development
- Learn about the components of an effective succession plan and the process for crafting one
- Hear about other elements of a successful leadership transition process

We'll be joined by Christa Gannon, founder of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, to share her organization's experiences with planning for an executive transition.


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Sep 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Barbara Christiansen
Consultant @The Bridgespan Group
Barbara Christiansen has worked with many nonprofits to strengthen their approach to talent and leadership development, primarily through Bridgespan's Leading for Impact Program in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Additional experience in nonprofit strategy and management has given her an understanding of the challenges facing many nonprofits as they seek to grow their impact while retaining and developing a strong team. Barbara has seen the positive changes that come when organizations commit to staff development and she is excited to continue this work with the Investing in Future Leaders cohorts!
Christa Gannon
Founder @Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
Christa Gannon is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc. (“FLY”). FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. In addition to her work at FLY, she sits on the leadership team of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (an alliance of nonprofits in Santa Clara County), and is a past board member of Thrive (an alliance of nonprofits in San Mateo County) and Stanford’s National Haas Advisory Board. Christa is also a wife, mother of two children and a volunteer basketball coach.