Nonprofit Leadership Summit

October 29, 2019  |  Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Presenting Sponsor: 


BVU's Nonprofit Leadership Summit will be packed with useful and practical knowledge focused on nonprofit management and governance topics led by seasoned experts in their field.  The Summit will provide nonprofit professionals, like yourself, with the opportunity to network and learn from leaders in the technology, human resource, governance, finance, and communications fields.









ACT FAST: The first 100 registrants receive early bird pricing of $99.

Regular registration is $119 for BVU members and $149 for nonmembers.

Register two or more individuals from your organization and receive a 15% discount.


Summer of Service with Deloitte.

What the $#*@*@*^ is Authentic Leadership and How Do I Get It?

Authentic Leadership is a "hot" topic in business and leadership development articles, posts and books. Come learn the critical ingredients of authentic leadership and why now, more than ever, being an authentic leaders is what helps you connect, motivate, inspire, and lead the people to achieve their best for themselves and the organization. You will begin to explore your own authentic leadership style and walk away with an understanding of what makes you an Authentic Leader!

Jennifer Cohen, SVP Leadership Development, Ratliff & Taylor

Doctor's In

Onboarding an Effective Board

The MetroHealth Foundation Board consists of over forty members, the majority of whom are highly engaged in their roles as stewards, ambassadors and fundraisers for the organization.  The President and Board Chair of MetroHealth Foundation will share their strategic and proactive efforts to build an engaged and effective board.

Kate Brown, President, The MetroHealth Foundation
Brian O’Neill, Partner, Tucker Ellis (Board Chair, The Metrohealth Foundation)
Moderated by Elizabeth Voudouris, EVP, BVU

Summer of Service with Deloitte.

18 Years, 18 Lessons Learned

Leading a nonprofit is a labor of love with many lessons to be learned. Hear the top 18 lessons learned about operating and growing a successful mission-driven business from an 18-year veteran nonprofit executive who has transformed her organization from a grassroots local service to a nationally award-winning model. This fast-paced count down will cover topics ranging from collaboration, culture, and compliance to budget, board, and brand. And of course, fundraising and friend-raising!

Natalie Leek-Nelson, CEO and President, Providence House

Think Pro Bono

The Art of Storytelling: Getting Your Audience to Listen, Care and Act

We all have stories to tell. Gain insights and ideas on how to mine for compelling stories within your organization and how to identify, craft and share those stories to get the audiences that matter to your organization to listen, care and act.

Todd Morgano, SVP, Public Relations, Falls Communications






7:45 am Doors Open – Registration
Join us for continental breakfast, networking and visit with exhibitors.

8:30 am Morning Keynotes

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Skill Builder Session 1 and 2
Skill Builder sessions will be 60-minute breakouts where you are able to choose from six nonprofit management and governance topics.

12:30 pm Lunch and Keynote

1:30 pm Hot Topics Session 1 and 2
Hot Topic sessions will be 25-minute breakouts where you are be able to choose from a variety of topics.

2:35 pm Skill Builder Session 3
Skill Builder sessions will be 60-minute breakouts where you are be able to choose from six nonprofit management and governance topic sessions.

3:35  pm Break

3:50 pm Afternoon Keynotes

5:00 pm Adjourn






We will have over 25 breakout sessions for you to choose from on technology, human resource, governance, finance, and communications.

Breakout sessions will be categorized as Skill Builder sessions which will be 60-minutes and Hot Topics which will be 25-minutes.  Attendees will have an opportunity to attend three 60-minute and two 25-minute sessions.  All 60-minute sessions will be available to attendees post summit.

Below is a list of breakout topics.  They are subject to change and we will be adding more.

  • How to Diversify Your Board
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Board and Committee Collaboration
  • Succession Planning
  • Nonprofit Mergers/Collaborations
  • Threat of Fraud
  • Nonprofit Tax Laws
  • Make your Content Shine with Better Storytelling
  • Turn Data Points into Useful Information with Dashboards
  • Creating Culture to Prevent Cybersecurity
  • Assessing your Technology
  • ROI of HR: Using Analytics to Show Financial Impact
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Talent Gap
  • Ecommerce/Fundraising
  • Risk Management
  • 990 Tips and Tricks




Thank you to our sponsors:



Would you like to be part of BVU’s 2019 Nonprofit Summit? 

We welcome additional sponsors, exhibitors and presenters. Contact Melanie Meyer at or  216-736-7711 to learn more.

“BVU offers high quality programs presented by high caliber professionals on topics of critical importance to nonprofits.”  Valerie Kocin, Cuyahoga Falls Library

“What a great first experience with BVU’s seminar. It has given our organization a fresh way of looking at management opportunities”  Betsy Glosik, Destination Hope

"I received much more practical information that can be put to immediate use than I had expected. I was intending to hear high-level strategies and philosophies about the topic, but was refreshed by all the immediate actions that I could take as a result of the information from the session."  Michael Bernot, West Side Catholic Center

“I was very happy with my experience attending a BVU seminar. Registration was a breeze, the location was great, and the seminar provided a lot of value and practical strategies! I'm excited to implement what I learned to drive success at our fundraising events.” Ivica Miljak, Humane Society of Summit County

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