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Making Long-term Leadership Transitions Work: Managing Nonprofit Founder 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.

There are many questions to answer: How do you prepare for such a transition? How do you identify the next leader of the organization? What role (if anything) should the departing leader maintain?

Join us for a dive into the research on what makes a founder transition successful, and hear from leaders at two organizations that have recently undergone this process. We will also talk about the critical role that racial equity can play in a transition process.

In this webinar, you’ll:
- Learn about the most successful models for founder transitions
- Get practical tips for driving a founder transition
- Hear best practices (and pitfalls to avoid!) from leaders who have been through these transitions

We are proud to welcome these nonprofit leaders as guest panelists, to share their expertise and experiences:
Ali Knight, President and CEO of FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)
Claas Ehlers, CEO of Family Promise
Christa Gannon, Founder of FLY

This free webinar is sponsored by The Bridgespan Leadership Accelerator.

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Mar 16, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Donald Yeh
Partner @The Bridgespan Group
Donald Yeh is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s Mumbai office. Donald has worked with both philanthropic and nonprofit organizations on topics including strategy and portfolio planning, field building, and operating models. His recent engagements include redesigning the operating model for a global NGO and developing a field building strategy for a funder collaborative. He is co-author of Bold Philanthropy in India: Insights from Eight Social Change Initiatives, which draws from initiatives in agriculture, rural livelihoods, health, and education to highlight unique roles philanthropy can play in catalyzing social change. Donald also co-authored Making Founder Transitions Work (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2017).
Meera Chary
Partner @The Bridgespan Group
Since joining Bridgespan in 2010, she has worked with a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic clients in the education, youth development, and community development fields. With these clients, Meera has worked on a range of issues including strategy development, growth planning, organizational effectiveness, and implementation planning. Meera is a member of Bridgespan’s Leadership and Organization practice. She has been a coach and facilitator of Leading for Impact®, Bridgespan's two-year consulting and capacity building program for nonprofit executive teams, and now leads the development of the Leadership Accelerator, Bridgespan’s series of online- and team-based programs.