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Executive Director Learning Circle: Organizational Shape-Shifting - Keeping Your Mission Focused AND Allowing it to Evolve
Co-facilitated by Roy Bowen and Marsie Silvestro

Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Executive Director Learning Circle has been designed for active Executive Directors in the New Mexico nonprofit sector. Whether you became a nonprofit executive director because you founded an organization, or you were next in line, or you took a job that aligned with your skills and values, where you take that organization, and how you leave it, are paramount. That doesn't mean it's easy!

Join your peers for candid discussions addressing the inner work, the nuts and bolts, and the people and places we all strive to support. 

This session

Have your programs and services started to feel right for your constituents
but far from your mission? 
Maybe your programs are fully aligned with your mission but poorly attended.
Does that mean it's time for a mission refresh?
When can you take on a new, related piece of work,
and when is it okay to say "no"?
How do you assess suggestions from board, donors, and community?
Guest Resources for this Session:
Ross Chaney
Michele Lis

Ross Chaney was raised in Oklahoma as member of the Osage Tribe and Cherokee Nation. In college, Ross was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs, which permitted him to earn a master's degree from the American University in comparative and regional economic development of East Asia. He was also awarded a Monbusho Fellowship from the Government of Japan to earn a second master's degree in International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
Ross left Japan and went to work for Lucent Technologies - Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. In 2002 he moved to Santa Fe to pursue leadership roles in nonprofits, the New Mexico Legislative and Executive Branches, and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, as well as Santa Fe City Government, the AFSCME Union, Tribal Government and the Arts. Ross was selected as a Sundance Institute fellow and a Harpo Foundation artist fellow and was an artist in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art and the Vermont Studio Center. Ross continues to contribute to and support work in the arts, film, public policy, entrepreneurship and youth programs.  He currently serves on the NM ACLU State Board, KSFR 101.1 NM Radio Foundation Board, the Santa Fe Community Foundation's Native American Advised Fund Committee and is an advisor to Silver Bullet Productions and Global Eye Entrepreneurs. 
“I am here on this planet to create safe spaces for community connection, creativity and healing.” — Ross Chaney

Michele Lis is strategic planning and facilitation consultant with fifteen years experience working on results-driven planning and performance.  Her work has included training and facilitation for organizations using both the Results-Based Accountability and Challenge Centered Transformation methodologies to assist organizations in developing measures to improve performance results.  Prior to starting her own business, Michele worked for nonprofit organizations, colleges and in the private health care sector. 

Resources for this session

Additional sessions in 2019
Thursdays from 8:30-10:30am at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Co-Facilitator Roy Bowen has served nonprofits in progressive leadership roles. Roy's work has included development of effective board membership, vision and strategic planning, using social media with fundraising, and program service strengthening. His program over-sight has included child and adult violence, family counseling, education, and for the past ten years with a grief and loss center. Roy is a SCORE Mentor for small businesses and nonprofits.

Co-Facilitator Marsie Silvestro is an internationally known author, composer, artist, motivational speaker, counselor, life coach and consultant. She is recognized locally and nationally for her leadership positions in non-profit, business and politics. Marsie has received numerous state and national awards for her domestic violence, human rights and social justice work. Her 48-year career includes tenure as the Executive Director of several non-profits agency’s including more recently Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, in Santa Fe, NM. 

Marsie has published three poetry books: “Feast of Sisterly Trance Formation,” “Grief Walks Through Me Like A Rake” and “The Sky Is My Ocean.”  She has facilitated multiple workshops and retreats across the country, using writing, music and art as a genre for healing victims of domestic abuse, PTSD and for personal empowerment of women. Marsie has also produced 4 CD’s of original music “Circling Free” “Crossing the Lines” “On the Other Side” and “In Avalon”.  Her music has been sung in almost every country of the world. Marsie holds a BA in Fine Arts and Theology, and an M.Ed in Pastoral Counseling IN 2015, Marsie was named Santa Fe’s Business Woman of the Year by the Santa Fe Professional Business Women’s Association.


Location: Santa Fe Community Foundation
501 Halona St., Santa Fe
Fees: No charge; please register below.
Calendar: Nonprofit Events and Technical Assistance
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