The University of Iowa

Reimagining Executive Transitions: A Candid Discussion of Harmful Assumptions & Powerful Possibilities
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For many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, executive transition has been a largely fixed set of "best practices." Outgoing executives, boards, funders, and consultants often work from a playbook embedded with a host of assumptions: from what executive leadership looks like, to how search must be done, to the roles board and staff play, to what kinds of support new executives need.

Today, as organizations seek to hire people of color and people with relevant lived experience into executive roles, they are finding that so-called executive transition best practices are creating conflict among staff, board, and community stakeholders. White dominant systems and habits manifest across the traditional executive transition process–in board decision-making, in recruitment, in philanthropic support to transitioning organizations. This is leading to mis-hires, to staff and community mistrust, and to challenging onboarding processes for new BIPOC executives, among other serious problems.

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  • Juliet DeJesus Alejandre, Executive Director, Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
  • Liz Sak, Executive Director, Cricket Island Foundation


Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 1:00pm
88 Broad Street
1st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Nonprofit Quarterly
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Nonprofit Quarterly