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Leadership Summit 2023   |  September 19–21  |  Washington, D.C.

As a leader, you divide your time and focus between three levels of impact:

ME, yourself as a visionary, innovator, guide, and engineer. WE, your organization, team, or other circle of influence. And COMMUNITY, the nonprofit sector as a whole. The Leadership Summit is your opportunity to come together with other sector leaders to envision what’s possible.

The TNPA Leadership Summit prioritizes networking time over podium speakers.  We use Liberating Structures, facilitation techniques that stimulate critical conversations and liberate the full potential of any group to elevate the expertise in the room. Attendees will take these facilitation tools and skills back to their own organizations to help ensure all voices are being heard and to spur greater leadership and innovation.

TNPA Leadership Summits offer an exceptional opportunity to deepen connections with fellow senior leaders. Attendance is restricted to TNPA members and invited guests. Seating will be capped at 150 attendees. Participation is recommended for senior leaders with 15+ years experience, a title of Vice President (or equivalent) and higher, or other distinguishing experience as a sector change-maker.

Registration Rates

Nonprofit Member $495
Corporate Member* $725
Nonprofit Non-Member $595
Corporate Non-Member – Not Available

*Corporate attendance is limited to TNPA Member Companies AND one person per company to allow for greater diversity of participation.  Registration for current Essential Leadership Lab enrollees does not count against this one person limit.

Headshot Of Tim Arnold.

Keynote Speaker

Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold has spent over two decades helping leaders manage complexity, increase resilience, and deliver results, with clients that include The United Nations, Royal Bank of Canada, Allstate Insurance, Compassion International, Toyota, and Siemens. After running both a for-profit business and a homeless shelter, he leverages his real-world experience to help organizations pursue both profit and purpose. Tim’s work focuses on helping leaders unleash the superpower of Both/And thinking in an Either/Or world.


Tuesday, September 19

1:00pm:   Scavenger Hunt Join the fun to shift gears from your usual day-to-day, spend some quality time with fellow Summit Attendees, learn a few new things about Washington, DC, and have a few good laughs. One team will have bragging rights for the rest of the Summit!

3:00 – 4:45pm:   Panel:  Facing Challenges / Embracing Opportunities: The Biggest Changes in the Nonprofit Sector Right Now.
From economic winds to staff recruitment and retention, DEI to public trust, emerging technologies to cybersecurity risk, our panelists will share their expert insights. Followed by Q&A and Discussion.
   Hannibal L. Brumskine II, CFO | The Executive Leadership Council
   Joy Cruz, Principal, Data & Digital Services: National Business Intelligence Leader | RSM US LLP
   Simone Putnam, SPHR, Partner-in-Charge, Managed Services – Human Resources | Marcum LLP

5:00 – 7:00pm:   Nonprofit Sector Networking Happy Hour (Summit attendees and others)

Wednesday, September 20

8:30am:   Breakfast

9:00am – 12:30pm:   Opening Session & Workshop with Tim Arnold: Lead with “And.”
The secret is to move beyond divisive and limiting Either/Or thinking and embrace the transformational power of Both/And leadership.  When you can successfully leverage six key leadership tensions, you will break through to a new level of resilience and results.

12:30 – 1:30pm:   Lunch

1:30 – 5:00pm:  Facing Challenges / Forging Paths
In this “World Café” you will dig deeper into several current challenges, bringing insights and expertise to some, and questions and challenges to others. In working groups, we’ll define possible paths forward for each issue.


Nonprofit sector leaders are facing personal challenges, whether it is finding balance or fighting burnout. A portion of the afternoon will be your opportunity to surface those “Me” speedbumps and learn from peers about their successful strategies.

5:00 – 6:30pm:   Business Unplugged: Leadership Summit Reception (Summit attendees only)

Thursday, September 21

8:30am:   Breakfast

9:00am – 11:30am:  Case Studies in Courageous Leadership: Facing Critical Scenarios in Today’s Evolving Landscape

In your leadership role, you make significant decisions every day. Yet, what happens when you face a choice that truly will change the course of your organization? How do you navigate an irreversible decision?

A panel of organizational executives will present examples of defining moments when they chose to do what they knew to be “the right thing” despite resistance from stakeholders. What can we learn from these exceptional examples? What will you take away to apply to your own leadership in pivotal moments and day-to-day decisions? Bring your questions and be ready for discussion.

Winding Down an Organization with Terri Bartlett, former CEO & President, Marketing EDGE; and Jennifer Phillips, Ph.D., Principal, JLP Strategy.

Program Pause for Staff Mental Health with George A. Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City (BFC).

Critical Financial Choices: Real Estate or Ambitious Growth with Don Mitchell, CFO and Interim CDMO, Children Believe, ChildFund Alliance.

After the panel, join in an engaging small-group discussion. We’ll dive into how these remarkable stories shape our everyday choices and inspire our personal leadership visions.

11:30am:   Closing

12:00 noon:   Departures

Book Your Hotel Room

The deadline has passed to get the special room rates. Most Leadership Summit attendees are staying at The Madison Washington D.C., right across the street from the Leadership Summit venue. You can still book a room at the Madison at their regular room rates:

Hotel Reservation Information


Summit Venue

We are happy to be returning to the National Housing Center for the Leadership Summit 2023.

What Summit Attendees Are Saying

“High-level, strategic thinking approach to all the sessions. It wasn’t the normal ‘how to implement xyz,’
but more ‘how do we transform our industry for the better.’ This was exciting!”

“The configuration, with a great mix of partners and nonprofits, brought together in a small group setting was amazing for networking and group discussion.”

“The small size gave you a great ability to network and have great 1:1 conversations.”

“Great people. New ideas. Thoughtfully executed.”

“Best Leadership Summit I have attended.”

Platinum Sponsors

Logo For TruSense.
Logo For RKD Group.

Gold Sponsors

Logo For Arjuna.
Logo For Mission Wired.
Logo For Moore.

Silver Sponsors

Logo For Adstra.
Logo For Lautman Maska Neill & Co. New. 2024.
Logo For Newport One.
Logo For The PMG Family.
Logo For ROI Solutions.
Logo For Wiland.

Bronze Sponsors

Logo For Pursuant & Allegiance Group.
Logo For Avalon, Celebrating 25 Years.
Logo For Concord Direct.
Data Axle Logo
Logo For Epsilon.
Logo For Further.
Logo For NNE Marketing.
Logo For Path 2 Response.
Logo For Westfall Gold.

Leadership Steering Committee 

Nick Ellinger, Moore | Kelly England, Multiply Strategies | Steve Froehlich, ALSAC / St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital | Jennifer Ingram, Wiland

Rich Kostro, Share Our Strength | Linda Platt, Mikva Challenge | Allison Porter, Avalon Consulting Group

Kyla Shawyer, Philanthropy & Fundraising North America | John Thompson, TrueSense Marketing | Debbie Weir, Cancer Support Community

Code of Conduct: 

1. The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) exists to foster the development and growth of nonprofit organizations and to protect the donors, members, partners, and volunteers that support them.  At all educational offerings and conferences, we commit to fostering an environment free from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, and intimidation of any form. All individuals must exhibit professionalism, must demonstrate respect for others, must act with civility, and must refrain from inappropriate and unwelcomed physical contact, sexual references and aggressive advances.

2. Anyone who experiences or witnesses a violation to these standards, should immediately contact TNPA CEO Shannon McCracken.  Anyone found in violation of the TNPA Code of Conduct by any means may receive a warning, have membership suspended, registration forfeited, or experience escalation to legal authorities.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refunds will be available on all cancellations emailed to The Nonprofit Alliance 30 business days or more prior to the start of the event minus a $50.00 processing fee.
  • No refunds will be issued 29 days before the first day of the event.
  • Registrants failing to attend the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Substitution of registration is permitted up until two weeks before the event with written consent. Any substitution must be of the same type (Member for Member, Nonprofit for Nonprofit, Commercial for Commercial). The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations.
  • If the event is canceled by The Nonprofit Alliance for any reason, registrants will receive a full refund for registration fees, or said registration fees can be credited to a future program.  However, The Nonprofit Alliance cannot and does not assume responsibility for any other expenses, including the purchase of airline tickets, incurred by the registrant in connection with attending the event. 
  • Hotel reservations will need to be cancelled directly through the Hotel unless otherwise communicated.
  • All applicable refunds will be issued following the close of the event. A refund will be returned in the original purchase format. If paying with a credit card, a refund will take an additional 10 business days to post to your account.

Site Selection Policy

  • The Nonprofit Alliance and The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation (collectively, TNPA) are committed to fostering effective networking, professional development, and advocacy among its members through conferences and other events. To view our site selection policy click here.
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