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CEO Forum: Building Your Talent Pipeline

We are excited to kick off our new CEO Forum series, exclusively for chief executives of GCN member nonprofits. This program, developed with the guidance of a committee of member leaders, is designed to provide a series of unique opportunities each year for organizational leaders to engage in critical conversations about topics that highly impact their work. Our goal is a lively exchange of insights and experience with peers and experts.

In partnership with The Bridgespan Group, our inaugural Forum explores the following question: What are nonprofit organizations doing to strategically develop homegrown leaders?

A 2015 national leadership study conducted by The Bridgespan Group revealed that, over the past two years, only 30 percent of senior executive positions in the sector were filled by internal promotion—that's only about half the rate among for-profits. Even more concerning, this low promotion rate did not vary by the size of the organization: even larger organizations, which should have more opportunities to promote internal talent, are not doing so. When studying the same issue in Georgia, GCN and The Bridgespan Group found comparable results.

Join us to hear key insights and explore strategies for building your own leadership development pipeline:

Presentation of Key Findings

Study co-author Kirk Kramer, Partner with The Bridgespan Group's Boston office, will share the study’s key findings, along with his recommendations for improving the trend and implementing strategies to develop and support developing leadership in and throughout your organization.

Key insights from the study include:

  • Why employees stay longer when leaders support their growth
  • How you can offer meaningful leadership development opportunities on a small budget
  • How to combine experiential learning, mentoring, and content-learning for the most successful results

Case Study & Group Exercises

Eric Robbins, Chief Executive Officer of Camp Twin Lakes, and Mary Hughes, GCN Senior Consultant, will offer an interactive program using Camp Twin Lakes as a case study in how to create a robust leadership development program. Robbins will explain how the leadership team at Camp Twin Lakes assessed their future leadership needs to create their leadership development plan. Hughes will then facilitate two group exercises that will help you get started with developing your organization’s leadership development plan.

Q&A/Next Steps

In closing, GCN EVP Chris Allers, Mary Hughes, and Kirk Kramer will answer questions on how to get started and the best ways to address challenges around leadership development. They'll also ask for your feedback to guide us in developing future CEO Forum events.

About Our Presenters

Kirk Kramer
Partner, The Bridgespan Group, Boston
Kirk Kramer joined the Bridgespan Group in 2005 as a partner in the Boston office and currently serves as the head of its Leadership practice. He has over 30 years of global for-profit and nonprofit consulting experience in strategy, organization, and operations. He has written extensively on leadership topics in the nonprofit sector and is co-author of “Nonprofit Leadership Development: What’s Your ‘Plan A’ for Developing Future Leaders.”

Chris AllersChris Allers
GCN Executive Vice President
Chris has excelled as a nonprofit professional for more than 20 years, and is currently GCN's Executive Vice President, Programs. He has a distinguished professional record of training and consulting with emphasis on executive coaching and leadership development, organizational/board development, and program measurement and evaluation.

Mary Bear HughesMary Bear Hughes
GCN Senior Consultant
Mary’s consulting expertise includes strategic and business planning, board development and governance, executive succession planning and transition, search consultation, and organizational development. Her 30 years of experience includes consulting and operational roles in the private and nonprofit sectors including leadership as an Executive Director and a board leader.

Program Stats:


Wednesday, February 10, 2016


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


The Jewish Federation of
Greater Atlanta
1440 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Program Agenda

Registration & Networking
9:00 – 9:30 am

Presentation of Key Findings
9:30 – 10:00 am

Case Study & Group Exercises
10:00 – 11:30 am

Q&A/Next Steps
11:30 am - 12 pm


Registration Details

This event is complimentary and exclusively for CEOs and EDs of GCN member nonprofits.

If you need assistance with logging in and registering for this event, please call our GCN membership team at 678-916-3080.