Opening Session

Tuesday, July 11, 2017   |   10-11:45 a.m.   

The future is a pretty exciting place. It's full of new opportunities to address the needs of our communities. Think of it, we'll have tools like Artificial Intelligence which can help us make better decisions, knowledge will be available at the sound of our voice helping guide us to better problem solving, we'll know more about the impacts of our efforts and where to steer our investments to produce the best possible outcomes, and our costs will be lower while our expectations will be higher. Can you see this? After all, you will be leading your organization into the future whether you see this or not.

What we're really talking about is the evolution of your organization and your role in that process. We also know that evolution is pretty unforgiving to those who don't adapt to the world around them. Will your organization evolve into a thriving future entity or will it evolve into extinction? The decisions you make today can impact your organization's evolution. And your community is depending on you to help guide your organization's evolution.

Please join Wipfli's Brian Dietz, Steve Lipton and Denes Tobie along with Denise Harlow, CEO of the Community Action Partnership, as they share a vision of the organization of the future. This team will present a peek into how the organization of the future will operate along with a discussion of our current operating realities. There is a path and a process to guiding your organization through evolution. By understanding what is coming we are better prepared to make the right decisions today. Our communities depend on us to guide our organizations down the evolutionary path. Let's start here.

Denise Harlow, CCAP
CEO, Community Action Partnership
Keynote Speaker

Denise Harlow, CCAP was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership in December 2014. She has been with the Partnership since 2011 and served as Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Interim Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her tenure at the Partnership, she was the CEO of the New York State Community Action Association and Sr. Vice President for Capacity Building for the New York Council of Nonprofits. Ms. Harlow has more than 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, served on several nonprofit boards of directors, and was an appointee to the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council in New York State. She started her Community Action career as a social worker with the Schenectady Community Action Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany where she was also a Fellow on Women and Public Policy at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University.

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