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  • Investing in Nonprofit Leadership
    November 12, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wisconsin nonprofits are at the heart of our communities. Recognizing the impact of a strong leader, the investment in nonprofit leadership is critical to assuring the vitality and sustainability of the great work happening in our nonprofit sector.

But, how do we develop successful nonprofit leaders? Investment, dedication and commitment are the vital components in this process.

Join Mary Stelletello, Vista Global Coaching & Consulting, and Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services, to learn more about best practices in non-profit leadership capacity building. Following the presentation, a panel of nonprofit leaders (listed below) will discuss opportunities for growth, the challenges they face, and the skills needed to overcome them.


Mary Stelletello, Vista Global Coaching & Consulting

Mary Stelletello brings 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her coaching and consulting work in the areas of leadership development, training, facilitation, organizational capacity building, governance and strategy development.

Mary is a certified professional coach with the Coaches Training Institute and credentialed by the International Coaching Federation. She uses these skills with nonprofit executives, board leaders and management staff to strengthen their abilities and skills to guide organizations to excellence. Mary has supported more than 30 boards in moving toward higher impact.

Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies throughout the country.

Steve is co-author of the newly released book, The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions and Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability published by Jossey-Bass with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint and Jan Masaoka of Blue Avocado.


Tanya Atkinson, MSSW, APSW, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Tanya Atkinson is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI). PPWI is the state’s largest reproductive health care provider serving nearly 60,000 patients statewide through its 21 health centers. The organization also offers education and advocacy to help keep our communities safe, health, and strong.

Tanya began her career with PPWI as a community organizer in 2004, subsequently serving as the organization’s field director, vice-president of public affairs and education, vice-president of external affairs and chief external affairs officer. She also currently serves as the board chair for Diverse and Resilient, a non-profit LGBTQ public health organization.

Tanya received her MSSW at the University of Wisconsin Madison and BS at Carroll University. She attended Leadership Advanced in 2015 and considers it a transformative learning and leadership experience.

Joel Brennan, President & CEO, Discovery World

Joel Brennan began his tenure as President & CEO of Discovery World, a private non-profit educational and cultural organization, in October 2007. Under Brennan’s leadership, Discovery World has employed innovative tools and creative ideas to stabilize debt and build a sustainable long-term future. Previously, Brennan served as the head of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM).

Joel Brennan grew up in the Milwaukee area and worked his way through Marquette University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1992.

Gerry Howze, Executive Director, PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc.

Gerry Howze is the Executive Director of PEARLS for Teen Girls and strives to positively impact the world through the development of meaningful relationships. Prior to this position she was the Director of Program Services at PEARLS, the Club Manager at Hillside Boys & Girls Club, Director of the COA Goldin Center, and held many different roles at Aurora Family Services. Gerry is also on the boards of Diverse & Resilience, and Renaissance Theater Works.

Passionate about creating spaces to partner with the underserved and create transformational life changes, Gerry works to ensure all are treated with dignity and respect.

Raj Shukla, Executive Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin

Raj joined the River Alliance of Wisconsin with over a decade of experience in program design, development and management experience tackling pressing social and environmental needs. Most recently as Director of Programs with Wisconsin-based nonprofit, Cool Choices, he led public engagement and energy efficiency programs in businesses, schools, and government agencies across the United States.

Previously, Raj developed youth education programs for former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He trained elected officials and candidates how to effectively mobilize resources and voters with Progressive Majority Wisconsin. With the Greater Milwaukee committee, he organized businesses in southeastern Wisconsin to invest in inner-city neighborhoods.

Raj currently serves as Chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee, a city advisory committee of mayoral appointees who work to realize the community’s social and environmental aspirations.


This is a FUNDERS ONLY event.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Program starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.


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Contact Amanda Buckley, Director of Program Development, or call her directly at 262.317.6005.





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