Support Center, Succession Planning: A Roadmap for the Changes to Come
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When: 03/14/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Webinar
New York
United States

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This webinar is the first of our Board Lunch & Learn series. Leadership transition represents the most vulnerable point in the evolution of any organization. Planning for succession ensures that the critical changes at these times will be strategic and conducive to the organization's success.  Succession planning serves as a roadmap and helps prepare staff, funders, and the board for changes to come. A clearly articulated succession plan is especially important as founding and long-term executive directors consider retirement.

This webinar addresses methods that nonprofits can use to prepare for leadership transition, including having systems in place for emergencies and loss of critical staff, planned communications strategies, and policies that ensure a smooth transition for all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers and funders. This webinar is perfect for the executive director, board member, or senior staff member looking to ensure a smooth transition by developing an emergency and/or long-term succession plan for the departure of a CEO and/or key management staff. Participants will also learn how to plan for leadership change at the ED/CEO level using an interim executive director. This webinar is the first of a two-part series on leadership succession.

Following Lunch & Learn Webinars in this Series are below. Feel free to sign up for as many as you are able to attend:

Tuesday, March 27th: Leadership Transition and Search
Tuesday, April 10th: Board Leadership & Sustainability
Wednesday, April 25th: Board Leadership & Collaboration

This webinar series is best suited for:
  • Executive Directors
  • Board Members
  • Senior Leadership Staff


Gilles Mesrobian

Gilles Mesrobian is a Senior Associate at the Support Center, and facilitates Interim Executive Leadership Training. Most recently, he completed Interim Executive assignments at Abraham House, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York and Abraham House.

With many years of experience, Gilles' consulting background covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational restructuring, mission change, search, development, as well as addressing structural deficits.

Gilles formerly served as the Executive Director of Miracle House of New York and is membership Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Health. He holds an M.S. degree from Boston University in International Communications/ Journalism and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto. Gilles is a Tanenbaum Leadership Initiative Fellow of the Milano School for Non Profit Management, and is bilingual in French/English.

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