Leadership Summit

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


WOW! Thank you for bringing the energy. We loved being surrounded by so may nonprofit friends for two days.

Here are few follow up items for you:

  • You can find the handouts from the presentations on our website below.
  • If you haven't already, let us know what you thought of the Summit by filling out this survey
  • Joan Garry is opening her Nonprofit Leadership Lab membership to all attendees. You can learn more about this limited-time offer here.
  • Continue to learn from our other speakers - follow Vu's blog, Scott's blog, and read Edgar's top-selling book.
  • Learn more about Foraker's new search and transition services here.
  • For those who had a professional portrait taken, our photographer Matt Waliszek sent out a link with instructions. Let us know if you still need it.

Stay connected! Be sure to check out our educational opportunities, including Certificate for Nonprofit Management, Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence, Executive Leadership Initiative, and our newly created Fund Development Planning cohort (applications due this Friday!).

Thanks again also to our sponsors, listed below, for making the conference possible.

Leadership Summit Downloads

Leadership Summit Agenda

2019 Leadership Summit Pre-Conference Schedule (152 KB)
May 1, 2019 Pre-Conference Schedule.
2019 Leadership Summit Program (940 KB)
View the full program.

Day 1

Morning Session

Science Happy Productive At Work Short With Bonus Flow To Goals - Scott Crabtree (198 KB)
A review of the key concepts of being happy and productive at work.

Afternoon Session

Group 2 - Engaging Employees - Scott Crabtree (200 KB)
A review of the key concepts of engaging employees.
Group 3 - Executive Transition & Leader Succession - Tom Adams & Rachael Gibson (468 KB)
A review of the key concepts of successful executive transitions.
Group 4 - Ted Lord - Powerhouse Convening Guide (2706 KB)
This guide provides the tools needed to design and facilitate powerhouse convenings.
Group 5 - DEI: What's Keeping You Up At Night? - Edgar Villanueva & Will Cordery (599 KB)
Review of the key concepts of operationalizing DEI
Group 6 - Building an Army of the Engaged - Joan Garry (156.2 KB)
As a lead ambassador for your organization, consider yourself to be in the invitation business. Your role is to be a visible and vocal voice/face/storyteller in the service of building what we call the army of the engaged.
Group 6 - Sample Board Composition Matrix - Joan Garry (120.9 KB)
Matrix to help guide your board member selection process.

Day 2

Afternoon Session

Group 1 - Storytelling Handout - Joan Garry (426.8 KB)
You are one of the organization's lead ambassadors, a champion for the work of your organization.
Group 1 - Board Of Dreams List - Joan Garry (69.0 KB)
Top 10 competencies and attributes.
Group 1 - Sample Board Composition Matrix - Joan Garry (120.9 KB)
Matrix to help guide your board member selection process.
Group 2 - Less Stress More Ease - Woodrie Burich (1192 KB)
A review of the key concepts of using awareness and boundaries.
Group 4 - Ted Lord - Powerhouse Convening Guide (2706 KB)
This guide provides the tools needed to design and facilitate powerhouse convenings.
Group 5 - Defining Your Leadership Trajectory - Laurie Wolf (1.9 MB)
A review of the key concepts of defining your leadership trajectory.
Group 6 - The Nonprofit Hunger Games - Vu Le (419.7 KB)
A review of the concepts of ending the nonprofit hunger games.
Group 6 - Nonprofit Hunger Games - Vu Le (2.1 MB)
Flipchart notes taken during Vu Le's workshop.

2019 Leadership Summit Speakers

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 2019 Leadership Summit ?

The Summit will be May 2 & 3, 2019. We will host a pre-conference on May 1 at the Foraker office.

Where is the summit held?

To attract leaders from all parts of Alaska, the summit is held in Anchorage as a central location. The 2019 summit will be at the Dena'ina Center.

How much does it cost to attend the summit?

The cost to attend is $400, or $350 for Foraker Partners.

This year, we will have a special rate for board members. Board members are invited to attend two breakout sessions (one each day in the late afternoon) that will feature board-specific topics for $200, or $150 for Foraker Partners.

In addition, we will have pre-conference sessions on May 1 on topics such as advocacy, finance, and governance. The fee is $175, or $125 for Foraker Partners.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we offer limited travel assistance for people attending from outside Anchorage and Mat-Su. Apply for a scholarship here. Applications are due March 15.

In addition, the Mat-Su Health Foundation is offering scholarship assistance for those in the Mat-Su Borough. Apply here

I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

We have a room block at the downtown Marriott. You can use this code to receive a discount (book your room by April 1 to recieve this discount!) Other hotels and Airbnb's downtown would also be convenient.

What if I am a board member and I want to attend the whole conference? 

Register for the full conference! The board track will only allow entrance into two breakout sessions - one on each day of the conference. 

I am interested in sponsoring the Leadership Summit. What are the benefits? 

Our sponsors make this event happen. There are many benefits available. We are grateful for sponsors at all levels. 

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