Past Events

Building High Impact Non-profit Boards
 February 16, 2017, 6:00—9:00pm, Redwood Shores

Back by popular demand, join us for an evening where you will sharpen your non-profit board leadership skills and connect with a network of peers working to make positive change in the world.  HBSANC Community Partners is partnering with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK) and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) to host its third Building High Impact Non-profit Boards event.  Sold-out in 2014 and 2015, this event will inspire, educate, and empower HBS alumni to drive high impact social change as leaders of non-profit boards. The program will feature keynote speaker, Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Kash Rangan, co-founder of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, as well as a choice of breakout panels moderated by HBS, DRK, and SV2 experts that will help you increase your impact in addressing realistic board scenarios.  This event is designed for those interested in joining non-profit boards, current non-profit board members wanting to be more effective, and those interested in connecting with like-minded peers to foster relationships and community leadership opportunities. Breakout sessions available to choose from are:

  1. Finding the Right Non-profit Board to Join (moderated by Diane Parnes, Founder, Evolutionary Philanthropy & Nonprofit Services)
  2. Fundraising as a Board (moderated by Kelly Pope, Executive Board Member, Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2))
  3. Board Chair and Executive Director Roles and Collaboration (moderated by Nancy Heinen, Partner, SV2; Simone Marean, Executive Director and co-founder, Girls Leadership; and Kash Rangan, Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing & Co-Chair HBS Social Enterprise Initiative)
  4. The Board Life Cycle and Transitioning (moderated by Christy Remey Chin, HBS ‘98, Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; Alexis Morin, Executive Director and co-founder, Students for Education Reform)
  5. Effective Board Practices and Common Challenges (moderated by Lance Fors, former board chair of SV2, SVP International, New Teacher Center, Reading Partners, and SVCF; Kathleen Kelly Janus, Lecturer, Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship)

  The event will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception and end with a cookies and conversation networking session. Tickets are $60 for HBS Association of Northern California members, DRK grantees, and SV2 partners/grantees.  Affiliate tickets are $85.  Sign up now as this event will sell out!


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Storytelling for Non-profits

November 16th, 2016 6:00-8:30 pm

Cooley LLP, 101 California Street, 5th floor, San Francisco

Uncover the story-gain insight on how a non-profit’s brand can be used to create a powerful message that speaks to the mission, attracting funders, volunteers, and clients. You will leave with simple, actionable tools to help improve a non-profit’s messaging and communication initiatives. This interactive workshop is designed to help non-profit leaders, board members, and advisors breakthrough the clutter.

This engaging workshop will be facilitated by Juan Carlos Velten, HBS ’98, and branding guru. Juan Carlos started his career at Procter & Gamble, launching several initiatives in personal & home care in Latin America. For the past 15+ years, he has been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, selling his last company – Softcoin – to Kroger in 2013. A seasoned branding expert, Juan Carlos is the founder of Zealmark, and has branded major technology and social enterprises, as well as venture capital firms. As Chair of HBS Community Partners, he advises non-profits on mission and branding on a regular basis. He has been a guest lecturer at Standford on new business branding and is part of the new business competition panel of judges at USF.

Networking reception with appetizers and drinks included.

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