Interest Group: Managers

Block A  |  Monday, March 16  |  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Managing for Success: Developing a Toolkit to Manage a Team

Learning Track: Skill Building
Level: Advanced

Presenter: Lesley Mallow Wendell, President, Rosewood Consulting Group

Managing a team (one you’ve hired, inherited, or a combination of the two) is not an easy task. It’s important for managers to have a well-stocked toolkit for building collaborative teams, facilitating difficult conversations, developing talent, and preparing staff for new opportunities. Managers also need to build trusted networks they can rely on for advice and support. In this session, panelists and participants will work together to discuss and solve common problems faced by managers. We will also use real situations to devise practical solutions for every day management issues.

Session participants will:

  • Learn how to use peer networking as a tool for solving problems.
  • Understand the importance of managing up and across and tools for doing each successfully.
  • Know how to “give the work back” on the road from problem to solutions.

Block B  |  Monday, March 16  |  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Career Coaching: When, Why, and for Whom?

Learning Track: Skill Building
Level: Advance

Presenters:

  • Lesley Mallow Wendell, President, Rosewood Consulting Group
  • Satonya Fair, Director of Grants Management, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Grants managers are often change agents for our organizations. We have the latitude for innovation and creation, which means our jobs can be ever changing. As our roles evolve, so do our skills and expertise. This can offer amazing opportunities for career mobility, but it’s important that we are able to articulate and maximize each new talent. Utilizing an executive coach can be a vital step in your professional journey. This session will focus on what to consider when selecting a career coach as well as when a coach can best assist you with highlighting your skills and determining where your career will go and grow.

Session participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of why and when to engage an executive coach.
  • Know how to select the coach who is best for you and your career path.
  • Find out about the tools and resources a coach applies to assist you in articulating your career path in the short and long term.

Block D  |  Monday, March 16  |  4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Is Director the Final Rung on My Career Ladder?

Learning Track: Skill Building
Level: Advanced

Presenters:

  • Charles Story, Principal, Executive Coaching Solutions, LLC

Being an organization leader is not just about advancing your organization’s mission, it’s about being the lead when creating an innovative culture, managing change, and grooming a team of learners, no matter how smart and accomplished your staff is. All bucks stop with you. Are you ready to take the steps you need to take on an executive leadership role? If so, what are those next steps? This working session will help you identify the concrete skills and experiences you will need to move into a C-suite role – CAO, COO, Chief of Staff, or even CEO, if that is your vision for yourself. It will also give you insight into the sometimes grueling and guarded vetting and recruitment process used to identify the best talent for C-suite roles. We will touch on the value of coaching, executive leadership training, and peer networking as resources that will allow you to stop wondering about your future and move you closer to building your future.

Session participants will:

  • Understand the skills required for a leadership, or C-suite, role and whether you are currently qualified for such a position.
  • Gain perspective on whether you are interested in a C-suite role.
  • Become more knowledgeable about the vetting and recruitment process used to identify talent.
  • Learn the next steps you need to take to pursue your development and transition to a step-up position of your choice (C-suite or otherwise).

Block E  |  Tuesday, March 17  |  2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Telling Stories with Purpose (Digital Storytelling 2.0)

Learning Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate

Presenters:

  • Traci Carpenter, Senior Speechwriter, Communications, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • RJ Bee, Vice President, Hattaway Communications
  • Andy Goodman, Director, The Goodman Center

In 2014, The Rockefeller Foundation posed this question to its grantee Hattaway Communications: How do we go beyond the buzz of storytelling to create powerful, compelling stories that influence our audiences and move them to action? During a year of exploration, Rockefeller and Hattaway unearthed some powerful lessons in storytelling: from how to build capacity for storytelling in their organizations to choosing the right digital platforms to get that story told to the right audiences. Hear more about what they’re learning from the perspectives of grantmakers, grantees, and expert storytellers, and learn about the new storytelling toolkit, Hatch.

Session participants will:

  • Learn how digital storytelling can help organizations achieve their goals and create greater social impact.
  • Become a storytelling ambassador to encourage and equip grantees to tell stories that demonstrate their efficacy, approach, and impact.
  • Discover what tools are available for your organization to improve its storytelling capacity and competencies.

Block F  |  Tuesday, March 17  |  4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Fearless Leadership Is … Making Every Day Count

Learning Track: Skill Building
Level: Intermediate

Presenter: Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Vice President, Public Affairs, Independence Blue Cross

Feeling stuck? Not sure what to do or how to develop your skills to move forward? This interactive session will engage, entertain, and motivate you to reflect, review, and reshape your leadership style. Become empowered to be the leader you envision.

Session participants will:

  • Inventory your current leadership skills.
  • Determine at least one change you will make to grow your leadership style.

Block G  |  Wednesday, March 18   |  9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Leading in the Gray: Exceptions Management

Learning Track: Skill Building
Level: Advanced

Presenters:

  • Satonya Fair, Director of Grants Management, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Stacey Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide

In the world of grantmaking, there is always a decision to be made that lies outside of established policies and procedures, and sometimes saying “no” just isn’t an option. Decisions can be even more challenging in the midst of leadership, strategy, or policy changes. Grantmaking doesn’t pause just because your organization is in flux, so leaders must be able to use the practices and strategies in place – even as changes are occurring – as a foundation for making decisions on the fly. This session will provide you with tools and advice on how to be successful leading in the gray, where exceptions are the rule. Let’s shine a light on how we manage these challenging situations and bring our collective voices together to generate our own policy on exceptions management.

Session participants will:

  • Understand how to strike the right balance of transparency and caution in making decisions and communicating exceptions.
  • Find out how to channel your inner communications expert when working with internal staff as well as grantees and partners.
  • Learn how to find your leadership voice “in the gap.”
  • See how exceptions can be used as a trigger to know when policies and procedures need refining and learn how to close the loop.