Executive Transitions and Emergency Planning

January Brown Bag: Executive Transitions and Emergency Planning
presented by Bob Marsenich of Glacier HR Services, inc. and Ned Cooney of Ascent Strategic Development
hosted by NpDP

Thursday, January 14, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Museum at Central School
124 First Avenue East, Kalispell

Nonprofit organizations rely on strong leadership to pursue their missions, and so need a strong transition (also known as a succession plan) to continue to be successful. 

A national leadership study completed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2004 confirmed that Baby Boomers account for nearly 73% of the chief executives of nonprofit organizations and that 55% are over 50. These Baby Boomers are going to leave the sector in two waves: the first by 2010 and the second by 2020. A little over half of the Boomers (57%) in Executive Director positions are planning on leaving by 2010. Nearly 85% plan to leave during the next 7 years. David and Lucille Packard Foundation surveyed its grantees and discovered that 40% had experienced a change in Executive Directors within the last 3 years.

At the same time, more nonprofits are realizing that executive director transition is a crucial moment in an organization’s life: a moment of great vulnerability as well as great opportunity for transformative change. Executive transitions should be a topic broached even when no one is anticipating a change in leaders. And of course, illness and other events can lead to sudden and unanticipated departures.

In this presentation, we will consider various aspects of transition planning, including:
* Assessment and Recruitment Strategies for the Long-term and Transitions
* Behavioral Based Interviewing
* Matching Organizational Needs to Personalities
* Grooming from Within or Going Outside—a case by case answer
* The Basics—getting started, options, strategies and resources.

Please RSVP to rsvp@npdp.org or 406/756-3618 to ensure enough seating and handouts if you plan to attend.

About the presenters
Bob Marsenich was the Director of Human Resources for Plum Creek Timber Company’s Northwest Region for seven years. Mr. Marsenich has worked in the field of human resources for over 20 years providing training, consulting and daily human resource management for many organizations. Mr. Marsenich is the published author of two books and a number of management articles in such magazines as “The Rotarian” and “Training Magazine.” Mr. Marsenich has vast amounts of experience working with leaders in private, public and nonprofit organizations.

Ned Cooney is the Program Director for the Nonprofit Development Partnership, which provides education and networking for nonprofits in the Flathead region.   He recently coordinated an executive transition process at a local nonprofit organization.  Ned also owns an independent consulting practice, Ascent Strategic Development, specializing in strategic planning, consulting with nonprofit leaders and board members, and meeting facilitation. Ned was raised in Southern California and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University. Before falling in love with the Flathead and moving with his wife Cathy to Bigfork in 2004, he ran two nonprofits, the Volunteer Center of Riverside County operating a variety of volunteer and social service programs, and the Resource Center for Nonprofit Management, specializing in training and consulting with nonprofit organizations. Currently, Ned is serving as President of the Board of the Montana Nonprofit Association and as a member of the Nonprofit Public Policy Council.

For information, contact:
email: admin@npdp.org
Phone #: 406/756-3618


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