This track (now in its second year at Fundraising Day) focuses on robust high-level senior discussions. Geared to those with senior level (15-20+ years) experience in the sector, these discussions provide a unique opportunity for leaders to learn what their peers are thinking and doing, and to stretch their thinking about the forces shaping philanthropy, the charitable sector, their donors, organization, staff and senior volunteers. Each discussion is facilitated by a sector leader and the outcome is the conversation itself.


The Leadership Deficit 

Presented by Tara George, Deborah Legrove, Cathy Preston & Sharon Rudy | Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Sutherns

Strong strategic leadership is needed to produce impact, and yet many charity boards and executives are missing the mark on things like succession planning or strategies to attract and retain top talent. With some of the GTA’s top executive search firms as panelists, explore the issues including whether or not there is indeed a leadership deficit.


This is an action-packed session including a facilitated panel, connecting with your peers in table discussions and asking this panel of executive search leaders high-level questions about the leaders of tomorrow.


Ethics & the Digital Age

Presented by Darrell Keezer & Ashley Wyand

The digital landscape is exciting, challenging and evolving. With the rapid pace of innovation, are you asking the right questions and preparing the right strategies to lead your organization through digital changes? What things should your board understand about cyber attacks or the misuse of your brand in the digital marketplace? This session will cover a wide range of topics linked to digital systems and ethical collection and use of data in our changing digital landscape. 


Bringing together thought leaders in digital design and data systems, this informative session includes time to explore different issues through a facilitated panel, connecting with your leadership peers in table discussions, and asking this panel your high-level questions about digital strategy and protecting your organization in the fundraising frontier.


Powerful Boards for the Digital Age

Presented by Ted Garrard, Jennifer Bernard & Dave Toycen | Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Sutherns

It takes a forward-thinking, engaged and dynamic board to keep pace with changing systems and strategies that impact raising funds. The changing digital fundraising frontier is going to push CEOs and senior executives to be even more agile.  Learn from these three influential CEOS, with decades of experience, how they have developed powerful boards that have and will support innovation and change.


This fast-paced executive leadership session includes time to explore board development issues through the facilitated panel, connecting with your leadership peers in table discussions, and asking this panel your high-level board development questions.


Executive Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion

Presented by Ken Mayhew, Deborah Gillis & Roger Ali | Facilitated by Rebecca Sutherns

Numerous studies outline the benefits of teams that are diverse and inclusive. So why are so many leadership and board teams homogenous? How can you begin to lead change in your organization?


Bringing together CEOs who are committed to diversity and inclusion, this session will explore how strategies have transformed their boards, leadership teams and staff cultures to benefit their organizations. Hear their stories, discuss your own situation among your executive peers and begin a new chapter for your growing organization.


This inspiring leadership session includes time to explore the issues through a facilitated panel, connecting with your executive peers in table discussions, and time to ask this panel your compelling questions about diversity and inclusion strategies.

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