Transformational Leadership and Entrepreneurial Thinking for Nonprofits: Moving from Surviving to Thriving Conference

Sept. 22, 2014

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The service and fiscal environment for nonprofits is changing rapidly. A national leader in health and behavioral health recently observed that successful nonprofits in this changing environment will be integrating the following into the way they do business:

  • Demonstrating service impact
  • Operating and marketing in a competitive environment
  • Innovating
  • Using technology effectively to engage clients, deliver services and guide strategic decision-making

These qualities exemplify entrepreneurial thinking while leveraging effective technology. This conference provides you with a foundation in these concepts and models.


  • 8-9 a.m. – Registration
  • 9 - 9:30 a.m. – Introduction to Current Context
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Thomas Ulbrich - Is There a Better Way? The Entrepreneurial Nonprofit
  • 10:45 a.m. - noon – Beth Kanter - Be Networked, Use Measurement and Learn: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Succeed in the Age of Connection
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m. – Buffet lunch with presentation from entrepreneurial nonprofits: Community Connections of New York and YWCA of Niagara Catering Crew Program
  • 1:45 - 5 p.m. – Concurrent workshops
    • Beth Kanter: Part 2 (continued from morning) - Becoming a Networked Nonprofit- An Essential Transformation
    • Thomas Ulbrich: Part 2 (continued from morning) - Aligning Your Team, Organization and Stakeholders with Entrepreneurial Thinking and a One-Page Strategic Plan
  • 5-6 p.m. - Networking and refreshments

Lead Presenters

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Beth Kanter, co-author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Beth Kanter is a well-established international leader in nonprofits' use of social media. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training and capacity and has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). Her first book, The Networked Nonprofit, introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit - Using Data to Change the World, is a practical guide for using measurement and learning to achieve social impact. Watch Beth in Doing good online: Beth Kanter at TEDxBerkeley. She is the author of Beth's Blog: How Networked Nonprofits Leverage Networks and Data for Social Change, considered the go-to source for how nonprofits can use networks and social media for social change. Beth was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media." She was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013.

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Thomas R. Ulbrich, MBA, Assistant Dean, School of Management and Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University at Buffalo

Tom provides strategic oversight of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and works to advance the center's mission of invigorating the Western New York economy and community through entrepreneurial development. The CEL has been recognized multiple times as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in North America. As one of our community's most passionate advocates for small business, and a business owner himself, Tom intimately understands the incredible significance of entrepreneurship to our economy and culture for both nonprofits as well as for-profits. He is a frequent author and orator on topics concerning the importance of small business and entrepreneurship to the vitality of the American economy. A testament to Tom's insights is his recent TEDx talk, "Is There a Better Way?", which explores the necessity of developing entrepreneurial skills and spirit in students from a young age. In a world where modern technology and unprecedented access to information have rendered entrepreneurial skills essential, Tom's keen business sense and unique knowledge are invaluable.