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These days, on a given Monday morning, nonprofit Executives may be dealing with anything from quarterly projections, marketing, or strategic initiatives to grant proposals, HR issues, and board recruiting. It’s time to help nonprofit leaders of the future prepare to effectively face these complex challenges. We will discuss these issues and many more with a panel of three experts from our nonprofit community.

Leadership Development Series – Designed for nonprofit professionals working toward senior-level positions including the CEO/Executive Director role, and for organizations committed to developing your leadership bench strength. The process has two steps:

  • December 13, 2022 – A panel of Executive Directors share their professional journeys, skills and attributes needed for the ED role, and answers audience questions. Participants, you will learn about the Readiness Check Assessment and Development Planning Process. Then between the 1st and 2nd session, you will assess your strengths and growth areas on 15 key nonprofit leadership skills and attributes. We encourage you to also get feedback from your supervisor or a trusted advisor.
  • January 24, 2023 – Receive your Readiness Check Feedback Report and create an individualized plan to develop and hone your skills. We will discuss developmental opportunities including on-the-job assignments, workshops/seminars, industry-specific news & updates, and mentoring/peer support opportunities.


  • Allison Wexler – Executive Director – Tucson Jewish Free Loan
  • Jeff Grobe – Executive Director – Coyote TaskForce, Our Place Clubhouse/Cafe 54/Re-Threads
  • Kristen Garcia-Hernandez – Chief Executive Officer – Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

About Our Facilitator – Betsy Wallace
Betsy has worked in Leadership Development for more than 30 years, including seven years with Merrill Lynch where she managed an Executive Development group.  Her team designed succession planning and development processes for the top 300 leaders of a 15,000-person business unit.  Recent nonprofit consulting projects include succession planning and emergency transition planning for nonprofit executives and board leaders; board governance including board assessment, recruiting, onboarding, and development; and identifying agency-wide core values and linking them with HR practices.

To help organizations committed to developing their leadership bench strength and to support nonprofit professionals working toward senior-level positions including the CEO/Executive Director role, Betsy recently created the Readiness Check Assessment and Development Planning Process.  Feedback on the 15 leadership dimensions will give professionals a snapshot of strengths as well as those areas that are growth opportunities.   They can then create individual development plans to hone and develop skills