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Vanessa Wilkins, Co-Founder
Partners in Scale


Gun Denhart, Founder
Hanna Andersson

Mark Langseth, President & CEO
“I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon

Susan Hammer, Attorney & Mediator
Dispute Resolutions Services

Pizza, Salad, No-host Bar & Networking at 5:00
Presentation at 5:30

Join us for a fun and informative evening with three experienced Board leaders who will walk us through the dos and don’ts of successful nonprofit Board service. Don’t miss Gun Denhart, Mark Langseth, and Susan Hammer exchanging stories, ideas, and tips.

At this session, you will learn:

  • What great Boards do differently than average Boards
  • What new Board members need to know to succeed
  • What Board chairs and EDs can do to help individual members contribute and flourish
    • About the Presenters

      Gun Denhart, a native of Sweden, founded the Hanna Andersson children’s clothing company in 1983 in the garage of her Portland home. Through her leadership, the company became known for its quality, cotton clothing, and innovative contributions to the community through nonprofit and school partnerships. She pioneered, and was nationally recognized for, many family-friendly work place policies, including childcare reimbursements for employees and flexible working hours. Gun co-authored the book Growing Local Value, showing how to leverage every aspect of a business, and remains keenly interested in sustainable improvements in our society. Gun currently serves on the Boards of the Threshold Group, Ecotrust, and Mercy Corps. She is a founding member and past chair of the Oregon Business Association.

      Mark Langseth is President and CEO of “I Have a Dream” Foundation - Oregon, whose mission is to help low-income students succeed in school, college, and career. Over the course of his 30-year career, Mark has served on eight nonprofit Boards (currently on the Boards of NAO and College Possible-Portland), has reported to three Boards, and has led transformation of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation - Oregon’s Board. Mark is a devout student of organizational leadership—he holds a Master’s in Leadership from Augsburg College and he participated in the prestigious Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship along with 37 other social change leaders from 1997 to 2000.

      Susan Hammer is an attorney and mediator with Dispute Resolution Services. She has chaired the Board of Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette, and served as President of the City Club of Portland. She currently serves on the Boards of Pacific Northwest College of Art, Ecotrust, International Academy of Mediators, and Willamette University.

      Vanessa Wilkins enjoys helping organizations build capacity to grow promising programs and organizations to scale. Vanessa has held senior management positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors, and has served in leadership roles on nonprofit Boards of Directors. Recent projects have included organizational assessment and capacity building, strategic planning and business planning for replication and scaling, marketing strategy, cost structure analysis, and financial impact analysis.

      Vanessa started her career in Latin America and still speaks passable Spanish. She holds a BS in Finance (summa cum laude) from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

      About the Network

      Nonprofit Board Network offers regular opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere for you to learn about nonprofit governance, network with Board members from other organizations, and meet the experts. Nonprofit Board Network gives you a chance to interact with respected thinkers and practitioners in the nonprofit world and to share information and experience.

January 14th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
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 Board Development and Governance
Presenter Vanessa Wilkens
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach

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