The speakers for the Nonprofit Rockstar Leadership Intensive have been announced. The full list is below but let me just say how excited I am that these experts from the nonprofit sector, government, and philanthropy will be sharing their insights with the retreat participants. I'm even more excited that I will get to learn from their stories of leadership. More info about the retreat is at www.becomeanonprofitrockstar.com. Rebecca Cokley | Director of Priority Placement for Public Engagement, White House Presidential Personnel Office
“Personal Branding for Career Advancement and Community Impact”
Rebecca is responsible for outreach to constituency communities to identify the most qualified candidates to fill political appointments across all agencies. She previously served as the Confidential Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education and has spent the last 15 years reaching out to marginalized and underrepresented communities. During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Rebecca served on the leadership team of the Obama Disability Policy Committee. Rebecca has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Cruz and is an alumnus of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Robert Egger | Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen
“Authentic Leadership: What It Is, What It Looks Like and How He Does It”
Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women gain full time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens.
In Washington, Robert was the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.
Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Robert was included in the Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 14-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.
Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. He writes blogs and editorials to share his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America. To check out Robert’s most recent speaking schedule, blogs, and editorials, please visit www.robertegger.org.
Melissa Johnson | Executive Director of Neighborhood Funders Group
“Movin’ On Up: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Nonprofit Executive Director”
Melissa Johnson is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Funders Group. Prior to NFG, Melissa served as the national field director for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. With over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has served as a philanthropic consultant helping to seed giving circles, develop models of community philanthropy, and advising foundations on issues of social justice and racial equity. Melissa’s career in philanthropy began in her work with community foundations in her native state of North Carolina where she served as a program officer and other key roles in rural and urban grantmaking, funding collaboratives, and major community initiatives. Additionally, her prior work at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits grounded her commitment to build nonprofit capacity and strengthen the sector as a whole.
She holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration on community practice and community development. Melissa’s voluntary service has spanned several organizations including Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Guatemala Human Rights Campaign-USA, North Carolina’s Youth for Tomorrow (ncyt), NCNG Emerging Leaders Network, United Way of Greensboro, YWCA of Greensboro, Resource Generation, and the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work Alumni Council.
Monisha Kapila | Founder and CEO of ProInspire
“Developing Valuable Expertise: Essential Skills for Nonprofit Managers”
Monisha founded ProInspire to address the gap between nonprofits that seek broader pools of talent, and business professionals who want to transition into the sector. Monisha brings 10 years of experience in the business and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she was a Senior Marketing Manager for Capital One Financial Corporation. Prior to Capital One, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow with ACCION International, a pioneer in the commercial approach to microfinance. Monisha has worked with a number of leading non-profit organizations throughout her career, including CARE, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Clinton Foundation. She began her career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen.
Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was recipient of the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha is an Advisor to the Social Enterprise Program at American University and previously served as Vice Chair of the Board for the I Do Foundation.