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Barb Gibbs, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon


Aliza Kuperstock, Business Advisory Support Services Program Coordinator
Albina Opportunities Corporation

Arturo Caro, Metro Services Coordinator
Oregon Food Bank

David Sims, Friend
Friends of the Children

Emiko Goka-Dubose, Youth Services Manager
Bradley Angle House

Tara Doherty, Program Director

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

What is it like to be a young nonprofit worker today?

This panel will explore views on work ethics, authority, leadership, relationships, communication styles, technology, and more. The discussion will draw on the landmark 2008 study Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Meyer Foundation,, and CompassPoint as well as a 2012 survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy to consider the leadership aspirations of younger workers, their preparedness for executive roles, and the noteworthy barriers to pursuing executive directorships.

There are many reasons to pay attention to younger workers in the nonprofit sector. While it’s not happening as fast as anticipated, Boomer generation nonprofit leaders are retiring and the “changing of the guard” has begun. Many young workers who join nonprofit organizations will be the sector's potential leaders.

Our panelists, representing a variety of experiences and positions in the nonprofit sector, will address such questions as:

  • What attracts young workers to the nonprofit sector?
  • What types of organizations attract them?
  • Are they adequately prepared for the work environment?
  • What happens after they land that first or second job—are they fulfilled; can they afford to stay; how do they move up; and what do they see for their futures?
  • Are their values and priorities really so different from that of older workers?

The morning’s intergenerational dialogue may help supervisors, executive directors, and Board members understand what motivates younger workers and how to help them stay the course, while helping younger workers better understand those who have gone before them. We look forward to a lively conversation with lots of audience interaction, so bring your curiosity and questions.

About the Presenters

Aliza Kuperstock coordinates the Albina Opportunities Corporation Business Advisory Support Services. She is instrumental in growing the community of business owners, business advisors, community partners, and Board of Directors in her role as Program Coordinator. Aliza previously worked as the local coordinator for the Ways to Work Program of Metropolitan Family Service. She worked with over 100 individual borrowers to purchase vehicles to get to work. These small loans required her to assist clients with loan applications and processing, implement training opportunities, coordinate outreach services, maintain data collection and reporting, organize creative marketing strategies, and effectively work with people from diverse cultural, socio-economic, religious, an experiential backgrounds. Through this process, Aliza gained a great deal of passion and knowledge for asset building opportunities for underserved individuals. Aliza is a graduate of Clark University with a BA in Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy.

Arturo Caro-Gomez has worked in community building since 2007, first in immigration law, then supervising a community outreach program for the 2010 Census, and now with the Oregon Food Bank as one of its Metro Services Coordinator. Arturo’s current geographic coverage includes all of Clark County, most of Clackamas County and Lents, and inner Northeast Portland. His scope of work includes servicing partner agencies, managing grants, building relationships, troubleshooting, and advocacy.

Barbara Gibbs works directly with a wide diversity of client organizations to provide management consulting services. With over 30 years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Barbara brings a rich array of experience and wisdom to her capacity building work. Before joining NAO in early 2012, Barbara worked for seven years as a Program Officer and the Director of Policy & Strategy at the Meyer Memorial Trust. Prior to her foundation work, Barbara held different leadership roles in social services and arts organizations, where she led strategic and business planning, capital campaigns, facility renovations, and program innovation. She considers herself fortunate to have worked both as a grant seeker and a grant maker. Barbara holds an MBA in Arts Management from the Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

David Sims works with Friends of the Children as a Friend, a Professional Mentor that engages, encourages, and counsels the youth that they work with through a close and long lasting relationship. David currently has eight youth that he mentors weekly, both in and out of school, on a variety of skills including educational awareness, social and emotional development, anger management, physical activity, hygiene, and basic life skills. He is also a current volunteer mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. David has a heart and passion for working with underserved and at-risk youth and has also participated with many other youth-based programs in the Portland area including The Boys & Girls Club and The YMCA. David is a graduate of Western Oregon University.

Bradley Angle’s Youth Coordinator, Emiko Goka-Dubose, has extensive experience working with children and young people, including expertise in individual and group advocacy for homeless youth, youth harm reduction counseling, conflict resolution, therapeutic art and developmental play, legal advocacy, domestic violence crisis advocacy, child safety issues, school advocacy, teen dating violence, teens in the criminal justice system, and support group facilitation. She has led the Youth Program at Bradley Angle for the last five years and is working toward her Masters in Child Counseling at Portland State University.

Portland Program Director, Tara Doherty, graduated with a degree in Finance, but found that the nonprofit world and her long history of working with youth was really what inspired her. With Playworks roots planted strongly in the Bay Area, where she began as a program coordinator at Fairmont Elementary in El Cerrito, Tara has been a proud member of the Portland team since its inception in 2009. She is continually impressed by the power of play and has experienced its impact with folks across the country—from her home state of New York to the 'Great Land' of Alaska.

About the Network

Diversity Leaders Network is a proactive, comprehensive approach to institutionalizing cultural competence at your organization. This Network is designed to help leaders better understand the cause and effect of varying viewpoints and to inspire open-mindedness and a willingness to learn from those with diverse backgrounds.

April 11th, 2013 8:00 AM   through   10:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
NAO Members $ 22.50
Nonmembers $ 25.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event?
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Presenter Barbara Gibbs, plus panel
Event Region
Programmatic Approach

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