Leadership Summit

Experience two days of learning, sharing, reflecting, and networking.


Join us for the Leadership Summit, the largest gathering in Alaska of nonprofit leaders. Bring your staff and your board. Unlike traditional conferences, the Leadership Summit is highly interactive, deeply engaging, and immediately applicable to your nonprofit work. We carefully select each of our national guests not only for their expertise, but for their ability to facilitate rather than just present on a topic. This means you are invited to explore a topic with them, not just have it come at you.

You will also be joined by the whole Foraker team who will be ready to provide support, make connections, and highlight new Foraker tools and resources. The summit, too, is an opportunity for our Certificate and Catalyst cohorts and Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical recipients to connect. Come to the summit to learn, catch up with colleagues, meet new friends, and deepen your support network.

2019 Leadership Summit Alumni Gallery

Vu Le

Vu Le, author of the popular blog Nonprofit AF, and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, is known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and passion for social justice.
Joan Garry

Joan Garry is a nationally recognized nonprofit expert, blogger, and author. She hosts the popular nonprofit podcast Nonprofits are Messy.
Scott Crabtree

Scott Crabtree, founder & Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, is known for empowering individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to boost productivity and happiness at work.
Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood, Outgoing President of the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Akaya is known for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit sector.
Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva is a recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth. Edgar is the Vice President of Programs & Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

About the Leadership Summit

When is the next summit? 

We host the Leadership Summit every two years in the spring. The next summit will be in April 2021.  

Where is the summit held? 

To attract leaders from all parts of Alaska, the summit is held in Anchorage as a central location. 

How much does it cost to attend the summit?

We make every effort to keep costs low. In 2019, the summit fee was $400 for general admission or $350 for Foraker Partners. Costs may be adjusted for each summit and do not include meals, travel, or lodging.

I'm interested in helping to sponsor the summit. How can I do this?

We'd love to have you join our group of sponsors. Contact us to learn more about how you can help support the next event.

What can I learn at the summit?

Each summit has a theme to inspire and grow nonprofit leaders. You can find featured speakers from the 2019 Leadership Summit above.

In the past, we have explored topics like these with internationally recognized speakers:

Getting to What Matters: On Designing Evaluation - Steve Patty, Founder of Dialogues in Action and author of Moving Icebergs: Leading People to Lasting Change

The Roots of Innovation: Addressing Complex Challenges - Richard Evans, President of EMCArts 

Weathering the Storm: Leadership in a Time of Disaster - Gary Ostroske, retired President of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area

Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change - Peter Brinckerhoff, author of Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization

The Power of Healthy Community - A Wellness Approach - Dr. Margaret Wheatley, respected speaker, teacher, and author of numerous books including Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time

The Power of Positive Emotions to Transform Organizations - Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, PhD, author of Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences, and Constructive Ways of Organizing

Understanding the Networked Nonprofit - Beth Kanter, author of Beth's Blog and expert on thinking and operating in a connected world

Why Your Story Matters - Thaler Pekar, pioneer in the field of organizational narrative and communication

It Starts with Your Elevator Speech: Making a Powerful Case for Donor Support - Tom Ahern, internationally recognized expert in donor communications

How to Communicate Like Your Favorite Nonprofit: Attract Supporters through Feelings, Not Facts - Kivi Leroux Miller, President, Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com

Playing Well Together: Collaboration, Partnerships and Mergers (Oh My!) - Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits

Getting to What Matters: How to Evaluate and Communicate Your Impact - Steve Patty, PhD, Dialogues in Action

Crossing the Watershed: The Death of Planning and the Rise of Prototyping - Zaid Hassan, author of The Social Labs Resolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges

2019 Leadership Summit Sponsors

Signature ($25,000+)
Sustainability ($15,000+) Impact ($10,000+)
Focus ($5,000+) Resiliency ($2,500+)

Partnership ($1,000+)

Kris Norosz
Alaska Children's Trust
Koniag Education Foundation