Register by April 7th for your early bird discount!

The 2022 Nonprofit Board Summit, “Change, Innovation & Impact – Rethinking Board Service” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th through Thursday, April 28th. Sessions begin daily at 12:00 Noon ET/9:00 AM PT.

The virtual Summit is presented by the Harvard Business School Alumni Associations/Clubs of Boston, New York, and Northern California in partnership with the Harvard Business School.

At the Summit, we will explore how social enterprise business models are rapidly changing, and the implications for nonprofit boards and board members. We address questions as to who gets a seat at the table, how to balance various organizational priorities, and who determines the needs and the best path forward for the communities being served.

Day 1: How Innovation Can Produce More Sustained and Equitable Impacts
Day 2: Coast to Coast – Nonprofit Leaders Who are Making it Happen
Day 3: Meeting at the Intersection of Social Change and Community

The Summit seeks to build upon the 2021 themes of rethinking governance, adapting to a changing landscape, equity and inclusion in action, and partnering for systemic change.

Click here to see the full speaker list. Contact with any questions. 

Introducing HBS OnBoard

June 15, 2021
12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Kash Rangan, Baker Foundation Professor, HBS
Anne Wallestad, President and CEO, BoardSource

Join the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative for the launch of OnBoard, a new program designed to inspire and support alumni serving on nonprofit boards. In this first session, SEI Faculty Co-Chair Kash Rangan will host a conversation with Anne Wallestad of BoardSource on the shift to purpose-driven leadership that looks beyond organizational performance to greater social impact goals. They will discuss new ways of thinking and orientation for nonprofit governance, and lay the groundwork for interactive small groups to discuss what this means in practice for you as board members. We will share optional pre-reading for registrants prior to the session.

This session is designed for HBS alumni currently serving on nonprofit boards, or those interested in joining a nonprofit board and want to understand the role of the board in advancing impact.OnBoard will include virtual synchronous sessions with a combination of HBS faculty, social impact practitioners, and alumni to discuss cross-sector topics including systems thinking, driving change, mergers and collaborations, succession planning, and the nonprofit racial leadership gap. Each session will be interactive with opportunities to collaborate with other HBS alumni on problem solving, education and support.

About HBS OnBoard: OnBoard exists to develop and inspire alumni leadership skills critical for modern nonprofit governance. The program is designed to build on the HBS commitment to lifelong learning while contributing to the impact of the nonprofit sector through rigorous examination of the essential roles and practices of board leaders.


Past Events:



May 4 – 6 and May 11 – 13

Coast-to-Coast Virtual Conference Presented by





February 25, 2021  | 7:00pm PST

Our nonprofit community is asking us for more help than ever before, so we hosted Step Up to 2021! to connect, celebrate, and support the impact of HBS Community Partners. If you wish to learn more our featured nonprofits click here: Tiba Foundation and 49ers Foundation.

Thank you to the hundreds of alumni who registered for this event.  For those who couldn’t make it, you can still donate to our Fund A Need, and we still have a few spots left at the Martinis & Manicures Sign-up Party—click Step Up to 2021! now to donate and sign up!  It’s not too late to do more to empower HBS Community Partners to take swift action during this pandemic period. Proceeds from Step Up to 2021! will help HBS Community Partners step up to the challenges of 2021 and serve our community during this pandemic period.

Special thanks to our emcee and comedian, Jimmy Tingle of Humor for Humanity.


Emerging from the Crisis—Planning for Next Year as a Nonprofit

April 23, 2020  |  10:00 – 11:00am PT |  Zoom Webinar

Whether you are a nonprofit leader or an HBS alum who is highly involved in a nonprofit, there are valuable insights offered in this webinar about how nonprofits can start planning for the next year despite the uncertainty of the marketplace. Hear Scott Garell and Seth Schalet, two seasoned executives with for-profit and non-profit experience leading organizations during crisis periods, share their perspectives and a process for rebuilding your organization. Below is the webinar recording, and here are the presentation slides. 

Scott Garell is a former tech CEO (Ask Jeeves,, with significant nonprofit experience including serving as the lead for four HBS Community Partners consulting projects, the Juma Ventures National Board Chair and on several advisory board roles.

In his second career, Scott is now an executive coach and advisor, working with nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit funders and accelerators including the East Bay Community Foundation, REDF and Fast Forward.

Scott specializes in helping organizations at the growth stage when scaling leadership skills, teams, processes, and business models become necessary. Recently, he has been supporting several leaders as they navigate the challenges and complexities of the Covid-19 crisis.  Scott obtained his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1991.

Seth Schalet is a former tech CEO and sales executive (GE Capital Consulting, CommercialWare, CDI Corp).  He has expertise leading organizations through periods of change and transformation (restructuring, turnarounds, and divestures).

Seth transitioned to the nonprofit sector a decade ago.  Currently, Seth is the CEO of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc.  Prior to this, Seth was CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California.

Seth has served as a board member and advisor to numerous nonprofits and family foundations, including the Pacific Vision Foundation, Hiller Aviation Museum, SPARK, StarVista, and WOMAN INC.  Seth holds a certificate in Nonprofit Finance from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from Suffolk University.

The 2019 Nonprofit Board Summit: Building High Impact Nonprofit Boards

October 28, 2019, 5:30 – 9:00pm, Wells Fargo, San Francisco

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 5th Annual Board Summit: Building High-Impact Nonprofit Boards. We hope this summit inspired, educated, and empowered alumni to drive high-impact social change as leaders of nonprofit boards.

Volunteer Showcase

May 14, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Wells Fargo Annex in San Francisco

We reunited with team members, heard share-out learnings, and recognized outstanding alumni contributors. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate.


HBS Hacks:
Solving for the Future of Work in San Francisco

May 18, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, San Francisco

HBS Hacks was an innovative, hands-on, interactive event, that brought together alumni from diverse backgrounds to tackle the question of the future of work in San Francisco. How can displaced workers best be redeployed? How can business, government, and nonprofit leaders come together to mitigate the effects of worker displacement? How should entrants to the workforce best prepare themselves? Read about the winning teams’ ideas and how you can get involved by clicking here. Here are highlights of the event.

HBS-GSB Board Summit:
Building High-Impact Nonprofit Board Leaders

March 19, 2018, 3:00 – 9:00pm, Stanford University, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 4th Annual Board Summit: Building High-Impact Nonprofit Boards, hosted by Harvard Business School Community Partners and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We hope this summit inspired, educated, and empowered alumni to drive high-impact social change as leaders of nonprofit boards.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

September 13, 2017, 6:30—9:00pm, California Historical Society, San Francisco

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate. We were honored to have as our special guest the Chief Innovation Officer of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Jay Nath, speak about our alumni impact in San Francisco. It was a wonderful celebration of all the time and talents that were shared with nonprofits over the past two years.

Scaling Earned Revenue in Nonprofits
April, 20, 2017, 6:00—8:30pm, Cooley LLP, Palo Alto

The Board Match | San Francisco
April 6, 2017, 7:30pm, San Francisco

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

Storytelling for Nonprofits
November 16, 2016 6:00—8:30pm, San Francisco