May 4 – 6 and May 11 – 13

Our signature event is back, bigger and better than ever before. Hear from HBS faculty, venture philanthropists, foundation leaders, nonprofit board members and many other social enterprise innovators and experts who will inspire your thinking and action as a nonprofit board leader.

Tuesday, May 4th:  Rethinking Governance

Thursday, May 6thAdapting to a Changing Landscape

Tuesday, May 11th: Equity and Inclusion in Action

Thursday, May 13thPartnering for Systemic Change


Each day will feature 3 key presentations.
(Many sessions will be recorded for registrants unable to attend live.) 
Also on Wednesdays, May 5th and 12th, registrants will be able to attend limited access interactive workshops, structured peer networking, nonprofit board matching opportunities, and more. 
This is an extraordinary opportunity to engage with an ecosystem of HBS alumni, dedicated nonprofit board members, and national thought-leaders.

Coast-to-Coast Virtual Conference Presented by





*Register by April 15th to access the early registration discount* 



Past Events:

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