Session 1: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Session 2: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Session 3: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Rethinking your Strategy: Planning Recovery for COVID-19 (a series of three sessions)

Steve Patty, Ph.D., Founder, Dialogues In Action

You hold a precious stewardship. Your work is invaluable to our society. We need you. We need your team. But these days are uncertain. The pandemic has changed everything. It may have been Winston Churchill who first said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And yet many of us will.

Why?  Because we are attached to what we have been doing. We are organized to pursue our pre-Covid19 strategy. We are overwhelmed by making contingency plans. And we are feeling stress.  Especially now, we are set up to want to survive instead of thrive.

We need to rethink our strategy.

If we can use this crisis to rethink our strategy – not simply to make it through but to emerge better, more valuable to our communities, having a greater impact than we have ever had – then we will be able to thrive.

This three-part series will show you how.

Session 1 – The opportunity of a crisis (Access recording)

In this session, we will examine the opportunity of adaptation, the value of holding fast to key parts of your identity, the importance of focusing on impact, a way to become re-oriented to the new context, and the need to evolve.

  • Seeing what a crisis can fix
  • Understanding three essential principles of adaptation
  • Knowing what changes, and what doesn’t
  • Paying attention to your spotlight, what you are watching? 
  • Discovering new bearings for a new context

Session 2 – How to adapt your strategy

In this session, we will explore the mechanisms of adaptation – how to reposition your value proposition, find the potential amidst of uncertainty, and make directional adjustments for the future.

  • Getting on the balcony
  • Regulating the heat of discomfort
  • Adapting your value proposition
  • Finding the up elevators
  • Seeing a way forward

Session 3 – Create a new future for a new normal

In this session, we will talk about how to take adaptive steps in your strategy, what to experiment with, how to help your team make critical shifts, and why having a renewed vision for impact is critical. 

  • Experimenting and prototyping
  • Negotiating the loss of strategy left behind
  • Building your supports
  • Taking the first steps
  • Renewing your vision

Participants are asked to attend all three sessions. If you are not able to attend all sessions, due to a schedule conflict, please register and you will receive the recording and materials from any sessions missed in the follow up email. 

*Space is limited to 500 participants. Please note that a recording of this webinar will be made available on NAO's webinar page for later viewing.


Steve Patty, Ph.D., Founder, Dialogues In Action

Steve Patty, Ph.D. is the founder of Dialogues In Action.  He has been helping leaders and organizations develop programs, evaluate impact, and design strategy for 20 years, working on the strategy of organizations such as Oregon Food Bank, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. 

Steve has consulted in leadership development and impact evaluation for national organizations such as the YMCA of the USA and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, international organizations like MEND Central and Josiah Venture, and regional organizations like the nonprofit sector Labor Management Partnership of British Columbia.

He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has been trained at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  His expertise lies in design of education and training, strategy and program development, and impact evaluation and measurement.  He is a published author and frequent public speaker. 

Principal Consultant

Thank You Funders and Supporters

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online COVID-19 events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation
Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank, First Interstate Bank, Comcast and Heritage Bank
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Portland General Electric



A link to access webinar will be provided in registration confirmation e-mail and e-mail reminder prior to event date.

If you have any questions or trouble registering contact



May 28th, 2020 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Development & Fundraising, Financial Management, Fundraiser or Festival, Operations & Planning, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Thought Leadership, Voice

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