• Leading the Business of Global Non-Profits

12/13/2011

Distinguished nonprofit leaders shared their experiences and discussed some of the main challenges facing their global organizations at the “Leading the Business of Global Non-Profits,” luncheon on December 8, 2011.

The panel discussion was part of the Institute for Executive Education’s Life-Long Learning Series at the Sawyer Business School. During these programs, Suffolk alumni, students, faculty, and corporate learning partners hear about industry leaders' experiences and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Celeste Wilson (’98 EMBA), former executive director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, moderated a panel of industry leaders that included Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, Ed Wilson, Robert Minetti, and Kathy Taylor.

Ferrell-Jones is president and CEO of YWCA Boston, which aims to eliminate racism; empower women; and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity. She has led YWCA Boston through financial, operational management, and program transformations.

Wilson is CEO of Earthwatch International, which promotes scientific research and education on environmental issues. Earthwatch is a community of scientists, educators, students, and businesspeople that empowers individuals to engage in environmentally sustainable practices. Under Wilson’s leadership, the organization has expanded and opened new offices in China, Brazil, India, and Costa Rica.

As director of Development at Massachusetts General Hospital, Minetti works with the Center for Global Health to raise support for the hospital’s healthcare programs; disaster response teams; and research initiatives focused on maternal-newborn child health, HIV/AIDS, and mental health.

Taylor is vice president of Community Development for Road Scholar, the program division of Elderhostel Inc. Her organization promotes lifelong learning through educational travel programs. The programs engage participants socially and intellectually with interactive and experiential teaching techniques.

The panelists also answered questions from the audience, and talked about transitioning from profit to nonprofit organizations, discussed how mergers and acquisitions are unique to nonprofits, and identified business skills that are particularly important for nonprofit leaders.

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Third Sector New England co-hosted the event.

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