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 April 18


 Non Profit Panel


Winning Strategies for Non Profits 


May 24-26



ASP Annual Conference







Upcoming Events 2017


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April 18


Winning Strategies for Non Profits

We are delighted to have our nonprofit panel. We will have 4 senior leaders from Los Angeles nonprofits on our panel.




A successful strategic planning process will enable an organization to make informed projections about environmental realities to help an organization anticipate and respond to change, by focusing on goals that support the vision, target spending; and creating activities that support its programs, fundraising and operations.


Panel Topics

·         Strategic planning process adopted by each organization

·         Volunteer engagement and involvement in the strategy

·         Fundraising to enable resources to execute on the plan

·         Execution of the plan

·         Agile strategy to respond to political and economic changes


Why you should attend

Anyone working in Southern California will benefit from hearing our panelist including those that work or volunteer for nonprofits. For those of you working in government and for profit organizations, our local nonprofits affect us all in our communities.



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More about our Moderator

The panel is led by Warren Riley, a distinguished strategist with NPO Solutions, a strategic planning organization with a focus on non-profit organizations. 

Winning Strategies for  nonprofits 
We have a panel discussion from LA based nonprofit organization on how they handle the everchanging climate whether, political, fund raising and recruiting. Come join us at the LA Times building in the facilities of the Los Angeles Educational Partnership. The panel is led by Warren Riley, a strategist with NPO Solutions, a strategic planning organization with a focus on non-profit organizations.




NPO Solutions have specific skills in strategic planning. They engage leaders and stakeholders in a robust, rigorous and professional strategic planning process that results in a mutually-agreed upon road map for the organization. They support the organization in operationalizing the strategic plan – creating annual operating plans and scorecards to promote and monitor their progress. 



More About our Panelists



Jill Govan Bauman

President and CEO

Imagine LA

Joe Costa

President and CEO





Jill initially joined Imagine LA in 2007 as a member of the Board of Directors, and was named the President and CEO shortly thereafter. She came to Imagine LA as a seasoned entrepreneur, business development executive, and fundraiser. Her 25 years of experience included computer system design, investment banking, fundraising for numerous political and non-profit organizations, launching three companies and helping numerous others with their business initiatives. Jill is an active member of the Los Angeles community and has helped start two non-profits as well as develop an adopt-a-family program and a transitional housing facility for women and children. She is a former Board member of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation and co-founder of Weingart Center Partners. She is also an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, a founder of Thad's Episcopal Church and an Honorary member of Leo Baeck Temple. Jill has her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Smith College and an MPPM/MBA from Yale University.




Joe has served as President and CEO of Hillsides for over 7 years. Prior to Hillsides, he led Sunny Hills Services, a multi-service children's charity in Northern California. Joe is widely acknowledged as a leader in the child welfare community, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Child Welfare League of America Board. Previously, Joe served on the governing body of the California Alliance for Child and Family Services. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in philosophy/social services, a Master’s degree in divinity from St. John's Seminary College, and a Master's degree in social work from Boston College. He also served as an ordained Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1998.

 Ellen Pais

President and CEO

Los Angeles Education Partnership


Bob Smiland

President and CEO

Inner-City Arts



Ellen became President & CEO of LAEP in 2012, after seven years as Senior Director of LAEP’s Connecting Communities programs. She has 25 years of experience in community building, community relations, and law. She was the driving force behind LAEP’s expansion and development of community collaboratives, and community-school partnerships and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the National Coalition for Community Schools.  Before joining LAEP, she was CEO for Planned Parenthood of Pasadena. As a lifelong community activist, Ellen facilitated relationships and coordinated resources between communities and nonprofit organizations with a particular emphasis on educational equity. Ellen earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law.


Bob was appointed President and CEO of Inner-City Arts in July 2013, after nearly three decades of service as a volunteer and board member for multiple youth service and educational nonprofit organizations. Bob brings more than 30 years of business experience as a CEO, executive and chairman for private and public companies. Bob began his career as CEO of the family-owned Smiland Paint Company, which he led for 25 years, growing it into an $88 million business with more than 400 employees. He was the youngest person to be elected to the South Pasadena Board of Education, serving from 1984-88. He served as vice chair of the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA from 1996-2002, and was chair of the board of trustees of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles from 1992-98, prior to which time he ran their youth and camp programs. In 2010, he co-founded Extera Public Schools, charter schools that serve elementary age children in his native neighborhood of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley, where he was an offensive lineman on the Cal Bears' football team. 


Spotlight on Rodney Stone


The Los Angeles Education Partnership recently held an important event called One Zip Code for Education. Rodney Stone, the CEO of Environetics LA Office and the President of the ASP LA chapter was honored for his donation of time, talent and resources for the LAEP. he and his team designed two of the LAEP offices.  Congratulations Rodney! Click here to learn more. Rodney will be at the non profit panel on April 18 so you can congratulate him personally




Where and When

Event Location

Los Angeles Education Partnership

202 W. 1st Street

Suite 6-4010

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Enter the building from 1st Street


Date and Time

April 18, 2017

5:30 Registration and networking

6:15 to 7:45 Panel

8:00 Close of Meeting


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What you missed in March


 Strategy Demystified


Strategy Demystified brings clarity to strategy management. Determining the firm’s current position is the first step. Then, figuring out where the leader wants to take the business, based on current and future capabilities and external environmental factors, is the next. Finally, the CEO must prepare the business to implement or execute the plan including having a supportive culture. This last point is overlooked by most organizational leaders; however, it is the prime reason why 70% of change initiatives fail.



What you missed in February


Scenario Planning and Healthcare


Neelima Firth



We live in interesting and changing times and in an environment of unpredictability. Scenario planning is a method for organizations to manage unpredictability in a logical and structured manner and succeed in an uncertain future.



Scenario planning enables organization to develop higher quality strategic plans and forecasts in less time. Neelima Firth, a biopharmaceutical executive with experience at Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK and Alfred Mann Foundation will review what Scenario Planning is, a method of capturing different options for the future and use examples from healthcare industry

What you Missed in January



Myer Sankary



Myer Sankary gave an excellent presentation on the topic of Persuasion and Bias at ASP meeting on Tuesday 17th Jan in downtown LA

There is increasing interest in this area of social science currently due to the recently published book by best-selling author Michael Lewis on the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

Mr. Sankary, a Harvard trained lawyer and certified trainer of the principles of persuasion studied under Dr Robert Cialdini who identified and codified the ‘Six Principles of Persuasion’

They are;

  • ·         Reciprocity – Give what you would want to receive.
  • ·         Liking – People say yes to people they like
  • ·         Consensus – Show that many others agree with you
  • ·         Authority – People say yes to those who are credible experts
  • ·         Commitment – We act consistently with our commitments
  • ·         Scarcity – We want more of what there is less of ‘Loss Framing’

In his presentation, Myer Sankary pointed out that these principles are particularly applicable in conflict resolution negotiations and in the areas of Advertising, Marketing and Political Campaigns. For those of us in strategic planning, it is about getting buy in to the concepts and the process. Mr Sankary also gave examples where the principles of persuasion can be used unethically and it is incumbent on those who become well versed in these techniques to always be ethical in their use.

We hope that Myer Sankary can come back later in the year to repeat his presentation on this important and topical subject.

Meetings we held in 2016


Competitive Intelligence: Saves Money or Makes Money......Every Time by Seena Sharp

Think this is hype? Spend just one hour to discover how to develop the best strategy – the first time – that is far more likely to deliver expected results. The bonus is finding new opportunities and immediate competitive advantage.

It's not enough to have information; it must be the "right" information. And it's rarely available from the Internet or software.

Most companies include and value financial due diligence for developing strategy, minimizing risk, and making growth decisions. Yet, they don't have comparable market due diligence (also referred to as market or competitive intelligence. Successful organizations know the importance of understanding their market and keeping up to date with trends. For those of us involved in strategic planning and strategy in Los Angeles, we know getting competitive intelligence helps us build successful strategies.

Data is not intelligence; technology is not intelligence. They may be the first steps, just as raw ingredients are to a finished recipe.

Strategic Competitive Intelligence reveals emerging and substitute competitors, unknown customers (who don't fit the target profile), market drivers, alternative uses, external forces that are impacting the industry, the changing competitive landscape, distributors’ likelihood of switching suppliers, market assessments, and more. 

When the company’s decision doesn't deliver expected results, they usually blame the economy, technology, low prices, bad substitutes, or the customer’s failure to understanding their fabulous product/service.  And then they go back to building strategy in the same way—relying on internal data, industry experience, and old- fashioned wits to roll out another product based on their perceived competitive advantage.




Wild Cards- Keys to Certain Business Success in an Uncertain Future

Optimism is no substitute for planning!

Understand the important predictable and unpredictable events that effect you and your organization

Learn how to forecast – and tame – the Wild Cards that could make or break the future of your business in the blink of an eye


Wild Cards are the single biggest determinant of the future success or failure of your business.  If you don’t know what they are, how to forecast and prepare for them, or how to leverage them, your business is destined to be nothing but a memory in just a few years.  Attend the November meeting of ASP LA to learn a step-by-step process for forecasting and taming the Wild Cards that lurk in the future of your business.  You’ll be eligible to win a free copy of Jim’s book, Blueprint for Certain Success:  How to Design a Thriving Future for Your Business.






Technology Trends Impacting Business


Summary: Technology is touching more aspects of businesses and has an ever growing impact on business strategy.  In this panel discussion, we will look at major technology trends and their implications for business strategy both in terms of innovation and value creation as well as technology service delivery within organizations. Some of the technology trends we will discuss are:



1) Value Creation

  • Continuous Integration- Innovation/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Software Defined Everything
  • Big Data and Data Management
  • Data Science / Machine Learning / Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • New Digital Business Models (i.e., Amazon, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb)
  • Customer/Partner/Employee Access/Enablement/Collaboration/Support

2) Delivery

  • Web Content and App Stores, Business Workflows
  • Interoperability: The problem of pre-web islands of process, data, platform and hardware being locked-in
  • Real-time Analytics, Energy and Data Growth Trends, Machine Learning
  • With outsourcing and attempts to externalise costs - what are risks for your information, IP, compliance, security and supply chain
  • Legal issues, penalties for data breach of customer data,
  • Implications to talent sourcing
  • Emerging Platforms including Big (Car) and small IoT (Data Center) [time permitting]


The Panel 

Tony Karrer, Founder and CEO TechEmpower, Consulting CTO


Diane Waters, Partner Hitchcock Waters and SVP TTG Consulting



Andrew Robinson

President FTS