Strategic and Business Planning for Not for Profits: All Hands on Deck

Track Leader: Aimee Russillo

This track will help develop the knowledge and skills for more effective strategic planning and business management in serving your organization. It will also provide inspiration and preparation for leading positive, transformational social change efforts.

Designed specifically for not for profit professionals, community leaders, and not for profit board members, this track features an interactive learning environment that includes management training, peer learning, critical analysis, and problem solving activities.  Key strategic topics will be tailored to the group and include core issues of strategic planning, governance, leading not for profit boards, board development, management roles, performance assessment, and managing for change.

What Can I Expect to Learn?

  • Develop a greater mastery of management skills and increase confidence in applying these effectively in the resource-constrained, mission-driven organization.
  • Lead and develop strategic thinking within their own organization
  • Develop skills to manage change and achieve balance
  • How to harness the power of Board and staff in order to maximize organizational assets
  • Work with other leaders across organizations, sectors, and stakeholder groups to capitalize on opportunities for synergy in addressing critical social issues

Physical tools and takeaways for this session:

  • Participants will develop a peer network for ongoing mutual support.
  • Resource lists including tips and tricks related to management topics on a flash drive to take home
  • Templates and checklists for essential management processes
  • Board Development resource package

Track capacity: 20

Aimee Russillo began her career more than twenty-five years ago as a management consultant and as the newest recruit was given all of the pro-bono work for not for profits that no one else wanted. She realized this opportunity to apply her business management skills in the not for profit setting to make her difference in the world – helping organizations be more effective and efficient in delivering on their mission.

Over the years she has served dozens of not for profits through skills training in organizational development, project design, operations management, managing for impact, and strategic planning. Her areas of specialization are in small and medium sized not for profits, transitioning for growth, and institutional strengthening. She is known for her proactive, practical  approach to solving problems and understanding and empathy for overworked staff with competing priorities.

Aimee has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa, and Europe, but she found her home in Berea after meeting her husband, a Kentucky native, working in Ecuador. Her clients include the Ford Foundation, USAID, and United Nations with a focus on assessment and organizational development of not for profit and civil society grant recipients. She serves as a volunteer Board member and technical advisor for several small not for profits in the US. She has a BS in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth and a joint MBA-JD from the University of South Carolina.