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Nonprofit Talent, in partnership with Cohen and Grigsby, The Forbes Funds, The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and Maher-Duessel is pleased to bring to the nonprofit community of SWPA:

Joan Garry

With a focus on building healthy relationships between nonprofit Boards and Staff, Joan will present: The Power of Shared Leadership  followed by a specialized workshop: How To Create A Five Star Relationship Between Board and Staff.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
8:00AM – 12:00PM
Point Park University
Lawrence Hall Ballroom
212 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


7:30AM:  Doors Open

8:00AM:  Continental Breakfast

8:30AM:  Keynote Address with Q&A: The Power of Shared Leadership

10:00AM:  Book Signing

10:30AM:  Deep Dive Workshop: How To Create A Five-Star Relationship Between Board and Staff

Keynote Address: The Power of Shared Leadership

Joan will share her belief that the key to a thriving nonprofit is building a strong partnership between the board and staff. Using the metaphor of a twin engine jet, she will offer practical strategies for board and staff to lead together. Joan will talk about what she sees as the important keys to a healthy nonprofit – from identifying the right person power (on board and staff) to building a culture of storytelling. Joan is smart, practical, funny and inspirational.

Deep Dive Workshop: How To Create A Five Star Relationship between Board and Staff

Building on the morning keynote, Joan will drill down on specific strategies for ensuring that this relationship is as strong as your organization and your clients and communities deserve.  We’ll cover a lot of ground, from board recruitment and engagement to building a board meeting that is engaging, informing and enriching. Joan will have practical advice and handouts you will find valuable in moving this relationship to a new level.

Joan has created the programs of the day specifically for our region and encourages Staff members of organizations to bring Board members with them for the day.

Ticket Options:

Keynote and Workshop – $85

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Keynote Address – The Power of Shared Leadership
  • Complimentary copy of Joan’s Book “Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy” and author signing
  • Deep Dive Workshop – How to Create a Five Star Relationship Between Board and Staff

Board Member Discount – $75
(Only for Board members attending with members of your organization’s staff)
Includes all Keynote and Workshop events

Keynote Only – $40

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Keynote Address – The Power of Shared Leadership


Register Here


About Joan Garry:

Joan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S.

She joined GLAAD to find an organization in deep financial crisis (18 staff and yes, $360 in the bank), led it out of the depths to a place of prominence focusing on the power of the media to change hearts and minds. From the accurate coverage of the murder of Matthew Shepard to the successful lobbying of The New York Times to include gay and lesbian couples on its wedding pages, Garry’s strategy was clear:  keep GLAAD focused on the media because the road to acceptance begins with visibility and understanding.

After her eight year run at GLAAD, Garry built on this expertise and became a successful political fundraiser, co-chairing the LGBT Finance Committee for the Obama 2008 Presidential campaign. She has been in a leadership position on a large national board and her family makes significant contributions to causes near and dear.

She brings all of this experience to her work as the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions. From executive coaching to strategy engagements to crisis management, Joan works with organizations across a variety of sectors – independent schools, social justice, illness based organizations, LGBT advocacy. She works with large organizations like UNICEF USA and The Union for Reform Judaism to organizations that are anxious to move to the next level.

Her blog at for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly from over 150 countries and her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is frequently the #1 nonprofit / government podcast on iTunes. Lastly, she is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting.  Through a vast array of content and a community moderated by experts, Joan is reaching nearly 2,000 board and staff leaders worldwide.

Joan currently teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Nonprofit Communications Strategy and Media and Social Change to undergraduate seniors.

Her book, Joan Garry’s Guide To Nonprofit Leadership (John Wiley and Sons) was published in early 2017.

Lastly, in the spirit of using her voice for change, Joan was the first female singing member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

Joan lives in NJ with her wife of 34 years. Joan and Eileen were plaintiffs in a 1993 landmark NJ court case granting a lesbian couple a second parent adoption. Their three grown children all legally have two mothers (whether they like it or not).


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