Author & Speaker
Leslie Crutchfield is an internationally-renown author, speaker, and leading authority on scaling social innovation and high-impact philanthropy. Leslie serves as a senior advisor with FSG, a nonprofit strategy firm cofounded in 1999 as Foundation Strategy Group by Mark R. Kramer and Michael E. Porter. Leslie and FSG managing directors John Kania and Mark Kramer are co-authors of a new book on catalytic philanthropy, Do More Than Give, which showcases high-impact funders who change the world (Wiley 2011). She co-authored the critically-acclaimed book, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (Wiley 2008), recognized by The Economist on its Best Books of Year list. An Updated and Revised Edition of Forces for Good was released in May 2012, and includes additional chapters on how high-impact national nonprofits have not just survived but thrived during the 2008 – 2009 recession, and new research on how local and smaller nonprofits apply the “six practices” in the book to achieve greater impact in their regions.
Leslie previously was a managing director at Ashoka. In the 1990s, she cofounded and ran a nonprofit social enterprise. Leslie is a frequently invited to lecture at domestic and international events, and conducts workshops and private training sessions for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. She is an active media contributor whose work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and she has appeared on programs such as ABC News, NPR and PBS. Leslie serves on the board of the SEED Foundation and she was a Crossroads volunteer in Africa. She holds an MBA and a BA from Harvard University, and resides in the Washington, D.C., area with her family.
Title of Presentation : What Makes Great Nonprofits Great”
Description: What makes great nonprofits great? The answer is not what you think. Leslie Crutchfield and her Forces for Good coauthor spent four years studying a dozen of the highest-impact nonprofits founded in recent US history, unearthing their secrets to success. Find out what the authors learned in these interactive sessions designed for nonprofit leaders who seek to create greater social change and maximize results.
President & CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
J. Noah Brown was named the fourth president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) by the association’s Board of Directors and assumed his new responsibilities on October 1, 2005. An experienced association executive specializing in public policy, legislative advocacy, and strategic planning, Noah is a nationally recognized authority on community college governance, a contributor to national publications, and a speaker on a broad range of topics to large audiences. His experience spans more than 29 years in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector.
Noah provides national leadership on behalf of more than 6,000 elected and appointed officials governing 1,200 community colleges throughout the United States. Much of his work has focused on strengthening the strategic connections between community college boards and the array ofnational and state organizations important to supporting the mission of community colleges. In addition to its focus on advocacy, ACCT also provides trustee education and board leadership services to its memberboards.
Noah serves an ex officio member of the Board for Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., and Board of Directors for the Council for Resource Development (CRD). He also serves on the Board for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the Board of Directors for the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company (AMHIC), where he serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee.
Noah represents ACCT on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat and Committee for Education Funding. He is an appointed member on the Steering Committeefor the United States - Denmark Partnership for Vocational Education, U.S. Department of Education. He serves on the Executive Advisory Councilfor Sungard Higher Education. Noah previously served a three-year term (through 2010) as Commissioner on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, U.S. Department of State.
Noah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Honorary Associate of Arts from Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey. He is married and the father of two daughters.