Executive Director Bob Rybicki discusses the business of leading nonprofits through times when organizations must be reshaped to provide better service at lower cost.Bob Rybicki began his career as Pastor of the Visitation Catholic Church in Chicago, after receiving a Master of Divinity. He spent the subsequent years in the human services field and has held senior and chief executive leadership roles for organizations including the AIDS Alliance, Chicago Department of Public Health, Shanti, Youth & Family Enrichment Services, and the National Brain Tumor Society. In that time he has also overseen complex mergers of nonprofits, their boards, programs and staffs to better position the resulting organization to serve the community. For 40 years Westside Community Services has provided clients in need with a comprehensive array of services through its mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence response and prevention, and youth leadership programs.
Executive Director Sue Gardner discussed the challenges of stewarding an international community that develops, contributes to, and uses the world’s largest free knowledge project. Interview from 2009.
Taking a sabbatical from his career as a venture capitalist to work on ocean and other forms of conservation, Tod Bensen discusses how a VC business perspective informs his work as Board Chair of WildAid, a nonprofit that reduces demand for endangered species products
Deborah Cullinan, Chief Executive Officer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, discusses the role of arts center in bringing together diverse communities and in grappling with the complex, important issues of our time.
Thinking differently can pay off, particularly for nonprofits faced with the challenges of operating today. Mark shares some of the experiences of nonprofits that are thinking beyond conventional solutions to strengthen their organizations. Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Palo Alto University, one of the world’s premier psychology institutions is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.
Melissa Smith, Conservatory Director and Head of Acting of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), discusses the importance for actors in training to interact with communities to develop empathy and a greater capacity to appreciate humanity.