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January 2020
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
Leaving a Legacy - Leadership Legacy Award Winners!

We are SO excited for the 20th anniversary of the Securing the Future Conference, to be held March 5, 2020. Established by the Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIV in 2001, this conference has been hosted first by volunteers, then by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and in 2016 it transitioned to Leadership Council for Nonprofits.

To honor this outstanding legacy, we chose the theme of  The Life You Lead is the Legacy You Leave. Keynote, Barry Posner, author and co-author of many books, including  A Leaders Legacy, will discuss how leadership opportunities are presented to everyone on a daily basis. What makes the difference between being a leader or not is how we respond in the moment. What evidence exists that you are living your values and making decisions consistent with those values? 

What better time than the 20th anniversary of the Securing the Future conference to establish the Leadership Legacy Awards to shine a spotlight on our nonprofit sector. Leaders have been identified who have demonstrated great efforts to help secure the future of the organizations they serve and support, allowing these nonprofits to continue to build and secure the future of every individual, and community, they serve.  

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Leadership Legacy Awards:
Visionary Board Leader
This award honors an established and proven board member of a nonprofit organization in the Greater Cincinnati region who has led their organization through transformational change, weathered difficult circumstances, or demonstrated outstanding vision and achievement.

Shannon Starkey Taylor, CEO of newly formed Learning Grove, nominated two board members who were instrumental in the recent merger of Children Inc. & Cincinnati Early Learning Center "Undoubtedly, Bob’s and Lori’s combined leadership, hard work and dedication, on behalf of CI and CELC, has led not only to our transformation into Learning Grove, but also our ability to transform the lives of children and families across the region through high-quality early learning and education and support services to families."
Congratulations to:
Lori Zombek
Board Member, Children Inc. and
Bob Grace
Board Member, Cincinnati Early Learning Center
VUCA Leader - Vision, Understanding Clarity & Agility
This award recognizes an early-career leader in the Greater Cincinnati nonprofit sector who is positively impacting their organization and the community through demonstrated vision, understanding, clarity & agility in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) world.  

Dan Hurley, former Leadership Cincinnati Director, and Interim President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, shared "The GreenLight approach in the hands of Tara Noland to systematically identify local gaps in services, search for effective organizations nationally working in those arenas, and a data-based assessment model for evaluating progress has created a model for other organizations as they search for creative ways to address a variety of challenges in the community.”
Congratulations to:
Tara Noland
Executive Director
The GreenLight Fund
Inclusive Culture Award
This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that is welcoming at every level to every individual.   

Cathy Goold, VP, Chief Administrative Officer, wrote in her nomination; "Lighthouse is an agency where employees are heard, can succeed, and have opportunities to be actively engaged with leadership. This is a direct result of the agency’s culture, known as The Lighthouse Way, which includes 22 fundamentals that are an embodiment of Lighthouse principles, values, and behaviors. Fundamentals include seeking diversity, embracing change, and always listening to understand. There is regular messaging on the 22 fundamentals through weekly emails and discussions or activities in staff meetings.”
Congratulations to:
Lighthouse Youth
& Family Services

Congratulations to all the Leaderhip Legacy Award winners and thank you for leaving a legacy in your organizations and our community.
Events Calendar
Feb 19
Help Your Employees Reduce their Student Load Debt
Competitive compensation goes beyond straight salary. As nonprofit leaders know, investing in employees is crucial for attracting and retaining the best talent for complex nonprofit jobs. That’s why having a compensation strategy is essential. Join Deirdre Bird from VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm for this interactive session on how your organization can develop a compensation strategy to attract and retain talent. Click Here for More Information & to Register
Mar 5
Securing the Future Conference & Leadership Legacy Awards
This educational conference is designed to address the needs and concerns of board members and senior leadership. The keynote address "The Life You Lead is the Legacy You Leave" will be presented by Barry Posner, co-author of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book The Leadership Challenge. Following the keynote, participants will attend breakout sessions led by local speakers for a deeper dive into the keynote topic.  Click Here for More Information & to Register
Mar 6
Deadline to Apply
BOLD Cohort 3 - Applications Now being Accepted
Board Orientation + Leadership Development Applications for BOLD #3 is now open. This training is for anyone who desires to learn how to be a better board member. 6 sessions with topics like legal responsibilities, fund development, outcome measurements, the nonprofit landscape, board roles and more! If you are interested in learning more about board service in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, this is the program for you!  Click Here for More Information & to Register
Mar 17
3-Part Workshop Series: Nonprofit Strategies for Compliance
A strong foundation is critical to the success of your 501(c)(3) organization. Join Probono Partners of Greater Cincinnati for this seminar as we provide you with real-world guidance to common governance issues for nonprofits. Each participant will receive a checklist to self-audit their organization’s practices during the presentation. This is a “can’t miss” seminar for nonprofit leaders and board members.  Click Here for More Information & to Register
Apr 16
19th Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit
The dynamic of donor relationships are experiencing a revolution unlike any seen before. Donor Relations is at the center of fundraising relationships. Lynne Wester will walk you through the four pillars of donor relations, outlining what you could have, should have and MUST have in each area to ensure your program is superior and effective.  Click Here for More Information & to Register
Apr 21-23
The Leadership Challenge®
The Leadership Challenge® is an intense and interactive three-day program held at Camp Joy that helps you tap into your personal leadership skills through a variety of activities. And each of you needs to serve as leaders as you work toward your shared vision.  Click Here for More Information & to Register
Welcome to New Members
Elizabeth Pierce, President & CEO

Chara Fisher Jackson, CEO

Jerry Schmits, President/CEO

Lisa Jackson, VP of Marketing & Development

Jacinda Dariotis, Director
Nonprofit Offerings
Understanding and Preparing Nonprofit Financial Information Workshop | Feb 25th 9am-10:30am
This session will provide guidance to nonprofit leaders who want to understand and prepare compelling financial information through the following topics:
  • Overview of financial statements and terms
  • Guidance in creating financial data that is accurate, complete and timely
  • Review of best practices and pitfalls in developing grant submissions
This workshop is co-sponsored by Impact 100 and Ducks in a Row with the goal of helping to uplift local nonprofits, particularly smaller ones. It is open to any nonprofit leader/staff member in the community. Free parking is available. Click Here for More Information & to Register
Member Spotlight
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Roni Luckenbill
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio serves over 37,000 girls, ages 5-17, in a 32-county area of western Ohio and southeastern Indiana. We are the 6th largest council in the United States and are committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This means fostering an environment for girls that reinforces impactful leadership and seeds the workforce development pipeline for the next generation of start-up founders, cybersecurity specialists, engineers, and other in-demand professions. Girl Scouts is the world’s first and largest girl leadership program, preparing every girl to practice a lifetime of leadership.

I have worked for five Girl Scout councils in three states throughout my 40+ year career. I currently serve as CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, a position that I have held for over eight years. In my position, I work with 140 paid staff and over 11,000 adult volunteers.   Read More
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Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Leader Level Sponsors:
Collaborator Level Sponsors
Leadership Council - 2020 Board of Directors
President  - Jeff O'Neil
President Elect  - Jennifer Goodin
Treasurer  - Bob Wilson
Secretary  - Bill Tucker

Executive Director - Jenny Berg
Deborah Allsop
Debbie Brooks
Mary Delaney
Jim Hudson
Paula Kollstedt
Mark Lawson
Roni Luckenbill
Ross Meyer
Jorge Perez
Adrienne Russ
Kristin Smith Shrimplin
Russell Winters