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Innovate for Impact with Engine 1 / Engine 2
A familiar challenge for many nonprofits is that as they succeed and grow, they find themselves pulled by two competing forces.

On one hand, they want to expand their existing programs and services to meet ever-growing needs. On the other, they feel pulled to innovate to develop new solutions that can extend their impact much, much further. It is often hard to pursue both.

This tension between continuing to run the core business while investing in innovation is a common challenge in the private sector. Bain & Co. has created a concept called Engine 1 / Engine 2 to describe this dynamic and help leaders effectively manage it. The concept is equally useful for nonprofits that need to balance a focus between continuing to tend to their existing programs and services (their “Engine 1”) while simultaneously innovating new approaches to impact (their “Engine 2”).

During this webinar, authors of “Twin Engines for Propelling Social Impact,” (Laura Lanzerotti and Ann Mei Chang) will provide an overview of the Engine 1 / Engine 2 concept and two social sector leaders (Melissa Connelly, CEO of OneGoal, and Dr. Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring and co-founder of EYElliance) will share their experiences applying it.

Attendees will learn:
- What is the Engine 1 / Engine 2 concept, and when is investing in an Engine 2 important?
- Why Engine 1 and Engine 2 require different mindsets, capabilities, and success metrics.
- How to think about your nonprofit’s Engine 1 and Engine 2.
- How to balance the strategic and organizational tensions required to pursue both.


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Jun 8, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Ann Mei Chang
Author; Former Chief Innovation Officer @USAID
Ann Mei Chang is a leading expert on social innovation who brings together unique insights from her extensive work across the tech industry, nonprofits, and the US government. As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women’s Issues.
Melissa Connelly
Chief Executive Officer @OneGoal
Melissa Connelly is the CEO of OneGoal, a national college access and success organization. Prior to becoming CEO, Melissa served as the organization’s first Chief Program Officer. In this role, she was responsible for executing the programmatic vision to ensure all students have a legitimate opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree or credential. Melissa has spent more than a decade in education leveraging her experiences, empathy, and drive to make certain her accomplishments are not an anomaly, but the norm for underserved youth.
Dr. Jordan Kassalow
Co-Founder at EYElliance, Founder at VisionSpring
Jordan Kassalow is the founder of VisionSpring and co-founder of EYElliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition driving global strategy to increase access to eyeglasses at scale. He also launched the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Jordan served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International.