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Monday, May 15, 2017

Navigating Risk in Today’s Dynamic Environment

Posted by Armanino Nonprofit Team

For the past five years, Armanino has brought you our annual Nonprofit Symposium—a free, half-day event for nonprofit industry leaders that offers education and networking around today’s leading nonprofit finance issues, as well as an opportunity for continuing professional education (CPE) credit. This year marks our sixth anniversary.

To celebrate our sixth year, we’ve highlighted our past keynote speakers. Take a look:

2012: Evolution of the Nonprofit CFO
Willa Seldon, partner at The Bridgespan Group, was our keynote in 2012. She holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. in Economics from Bryn Mawr College. Willa has transformed organizations, led them to viability, and established systems that enable organizations to better achieve their mission and long-term sustainability.

2013: Technology & Reporting: Learn. Apply. Thrive.
The 2013 symposium was unique, as we opted to go without a keynote speaker. Instead, the focus was on a group of speakers and panelists from a variety of organizations. Experts shared benchmarks, analytics and technology that were producing the best-in-class results to support mission-critical objectives. Speakers included Amanda Casey of Playworks, Patrick Duggan of TechSoup Global, Fred McNutt of Campbell Hall and Joan Catherine Braun of United Way of the Bay Area.

2014: Nonprofit Know-How: Turning Bright Ideas Into Best Practices
In 2014 Jeanne Bell, the CEO of CompassPoint, addressed the notion of CFOs as leaders—not just as expert managers, but as change agents and educators within their nonprofits. She talked about current leadership and change management theory, as well as her real-life experience as a CEO, a former CFO and consultant to senior staff across all mission types and business models.

2015: Recent to Cutting Edge: Renovating the Nonprofit Approach to Finance
In 2015 Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, took the stage to discuss the economic outlook in the Bay Area. Christopher is an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment and labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis. He was one of the earliest and most accurate predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007 and of the global economic recession that followed.

2016: Rethinking Sustainability: A Focus on Flexibility, Efficiency and Impact
Last year Vu Le, founder of Nonprofit with Balls and executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, was our keynote. Vu addressed the topic of sustainability, discussing the current state of the nonprofit industry, as well as where he saw the sector in the next five-plus years. His discussion centered around equity, diversity and inclusion, meta-innovation and the critical role that finance leaders and their teams play in the sector.

2017: Navigating Risk in Today’s Dynamic Environment
As you can see, we’ve had some great speakers over the last five years. This year we are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Laura Gassner Otting of Limitless Possibility. Laura will address what it’s like to be a nonprofit organization in our modern times. Laura has over 25 years of nonprofit experience, including serving as a presidential appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House and helping shape AmeriCorps. She is also the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose.

Additional speakers for 2017 include:

Los Angeles

San Francisco

We’ll also be featuring some of Armanino’s own nonprofit experts, including Paul O’Grady, Renee Ordeneaux, Tom Schulte, Monika Pelz, Stacie Kowalczyk, Jeremy Sucharski, Ken Teasdale and more.

The sixth annual Nonprofit Symposium will be the biggest one yet and once again, we are offering the same event in two locations—Los Angeles and San Francisco. The events will take place on Thursday, May 18 at the Montage Beverly Hills and Tuesday, May 23 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. We hope to see you there!

For more information, our complete speaker list, and to register to attend, visit If you have questions about the event, contact Debbie Fossum at [email protected].

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