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

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

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Back by popular demand, Harvard Business School Community Partners and the Stanford Graduate School of Business are partnering to host the 4th Annual Board Summit: Building High-Impact Nonprofit Boards. The largest convening of HBS and GSB alumni, this summit will inspire, educate, and empower alumni to drive high-impact social change as leaders of nonprofit boards.

With fresh content and cutting edge workshops, this is an opportunity for alumni to sharpen their nonprofit board leadership skills and connect with a network of peers addressing similar challenges. The event includes:

  • Afternoon Workshops: Choose two workshops listed below for hands-on interactive learning on specific topics relevant for nonprofit boards of all sizes
  • Networking Reception and Resource Fair: Featuring nonprofits seeking alumni skills for their open board positions. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served.
  • Evening Presentations: Keynote speaker HBS Professor Dutch Leonard and a fireside chat with William F. Meehan lll, MBA ’78, GSB Lecturer in Strategic Management & Kim Starkey Jonker, MBA ’01, GSB Lecturer in Management and President and CEO of King Philanthropies

(Tickets are available for the Full Program, Afternoon Workshops alone, or Evening Feature Presentations alone.)

Afternoon Workshop Session Topics Include:

  1. Are You Board Material? The Insider’s Guide to Board Recruitment
  2. Falling in Love with the Right Nonprofit and Selecting the Right Board to Join
  3. Put Your Board to Work – Effective Board Engagement
  4. Building Fundraising Capabilities in Your Board
  5. How To Divide, Conquer and Collaborate: What Should a Nonprofit Board Do vs. Staff

Workshops Presenters Include:

  • Christy Chin, HBS ’98, Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Karen Francis-DeGolia, HBS ’89, Board Director & Strategic Advisor, Positive Coaching Alliance and PGA Reach
  • Kate Hayes, Director, Echoing Green
  • Nancy Huang, HBS ’96, Chief of Staff, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Maeve Richard, GSB ’84, Assistant Dean & Director, Career Management Center GSB
  • Jenny Shilling Stein, GSB ’99, Visiting Practitioner, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society


3:00 pm Registration for Afternoon Workshops
3:30 pm Workshops Session 1
4:45 pm Workshops Session 2
5:45 pm Reception & Nonprofit Board Fair (Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served.)
7:00 pm Feature Presentations from Keynote speaker HBS Professor Dutch Leonard and a fireside chat with William F. Meehan lll, MBA ’78, GSB Lecturer in Strategic Management & Kim Starkey Jonker, MBA ’01, GSB Lecturer in Management and President and CEO of King Philanthropies on their book Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Those interested in joining nonprofit boards
  2. Current nonprofit board members and Executive Directors seeking to be more effective and stay current
  3. Nonprofits seeking new board members. (Nonprofits will receive a complimentary table for recruiting alumni board members during the evening reception with a full program ticket.)
  4. Those interested in connecting with like-minded individuals to foster relationships and community leadership opportunities.

Early Bird Ticket Prices (Prices go up March 1st)

  • Full Program (Afternoon Workshops/Reception/Board Fair/Evening Presentations): $90
  • Afternoon Workshops (Reception & Board Fair included): $55
  • Evening Presentations (Reception & Board Fair included): $55

Click here to join us for an unforgettable event!


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

May 18, 2018

A collaboration between HBS,, and the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, this innovative, interactive full day event will enable HBS alumni to work with cross-sector parties (businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and community colleges) to craft solutions to the growing Future of Work dilemma facing our community. Details to come soon!

Past Events

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 reunited with team members, heard share-out learnings, recognized outstanding alumni contributors, and enjoyed the artwork and ambiance at the California Historical Society.

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 non-profits over the past two years.

Scaling Earned Revenue in Non-profits
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 Non-profit Boards
 February 16, 2017, 6:00—9:00pm, Redwood Shores

Storytelling for Non-profits
November 16, 2016 6:00—8:30pm, San Francisco