Preparing future leaders requires proactive mentoring and a systematic, thoughtful approach.

The good news is this can be accomplished easily if the desire exists. By establishing and implementing succession plans, organizations can be innovative, adaptive and relentless in their focus on core mission and vision, even in the face of change. Let’s invest in succession planning so that we’re ready to act when the time comes.

Emily Croak of Aly Sterling Philanthropy will help leaders of nonprofits work at key questions during this workshop presented by The Learning Center. This event is virtual and we will send you a link to the Zoom once you have registered.

Is there a difference between being a board member and a rising board officer? How do we develop more effective and influential board leaders? Why do we often leave board succession planning to chance?

Learning objectives: participants in this session will:

  • Learn the critical components of a board succession plan.
  • Appreciate the differences between being a board member and a rising board leader.
  • Create meaningful board positions descriptions, especially for executive committees.

About our speaker:

Emily Croak, vice president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy, is an experienced coach and facilitator with a passion for helping clients discern their strengths and weaknesses and connect their vision with clear and actionable strategies.

Her work at ASP has been focused on leading large-scale fundraising campaigns and first-of-their-kind engagements for one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers. At the same time, she has helped a variety of nonprofits develop annual fund programs and major gift strategies that strengthen relationships with stakeholders and raise more money.

Emily is a regular presenter of fundraising and board governance workshops and has facilitated salon dinners – events that bring industry leaders together for a directed conversation about social impact topics – around the nation.

Before coming to ASP, Emily worked for a national leader in skilled nursing services. There, while managing employee engagement and leadership programs, she developed an understanding of the psychological side of business – how to marry employees’ interests with best practices and leadership skills to further an organization’s mission.

Today her clients have the benefit of this perspective, and she relishes the opportunity to help them become the better versions of themselves.

Emily is a graduate of the University of Toledo and serves on the board of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo.

The Learning Center offers free education to Elkhart County nonprofits and those serving Elkhart County. This workshop will be offered via Zoom due to Covid case numbers in our area.

Event Agenda

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County is focused on improving the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.