Don Crocker – Leadership Transitions & Organizational Sustainability – June 19

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, the Hollingsworth Funds, The Graham Foundation and the Jolley Foundation presents “Go the Distance: Leadership Transitions and Organizational Sustainability” on June 19 (8:00 – noon) at Zen, located at 924 S. Main St in Greenville. Nonprofit expert Don Crocker will facilitate this session on succession planning, which is specifically designed for nonprofit executive directors and their board members.

Don Crocker, who travels to Greenville from New York, is a Senior Fellow and Immediate Past Executive Director/CEO of the Support Center /Partnership in Philanthropy and currently serves on the Board of Grantmakers for Effective organizations. Don has worked with the Annie E. Casey, JPMorgan Chase, & Clark Foundations and the New York Community Trust to establish the Executive Search & Transitions Management program at the Support Center, which has benefitted hundreds of nonprofits nationwide.

On June 19th participants will deepen their awareness and understanding of the risks and challenges inherent in “unexpected” chief executive transitions and learn strategies for reducing these risks. They will walk away with an understanding of current learning in the nonprofit sector about exceptional and effective practices in executive transition management. As in the design of all Shine the Light sessions, participants will be asked to commit to “one simple step” towards embracing succession planning and reducing the risks of executive transition within their organizations.

“I am delighted to be hosting Don Crocker in Greenville. His expertise in the area of leadership transitions is unsurpassed. This topic, while extremely important for an organization’s sustainability, is often overlooked. In a recent community assessment succession planning was identified as a priority for developing the capacity of our local nonprofits. Our ongoing goal for each Shine the Light session is to provide a creative learning environment that leads to implementation,” shared Debbie Nelson, founder and producer of Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums.

This year Shine the Light is piloting a new learning initiative. A month after each Shine the Light session workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a two-hour professionally facilitated Booster Session to discuss implementation strategies with their peers.

Shine the Light has two more forums scheduled for 2018. On August 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:00 at Zen, Charles Weathers of The Weathers Group in Columbia will facilitate the full-day workshop, “Circuit Training: A Workout for Emerging Leaders.” And finally, Shine the Light will conclude its 2018 series at Zen with a forum on October 16, from 8 a.m. to noon, led by Adrienne Burris of Greenville Wordsmiths. This final session is entitled “Daily Exercise: Build Your Storytelling Muscles.”

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Posted June 05, 2018 in: Blog by Debbie Nelson

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