CEO Briefing

Civic engagement is a part of our Christian witness. As CEOs and leaders in the relief and development space, issues confront us daily that are difficult to tackle alone. Join this track to hear updates on critical issues for Accord members, including Poverty Focused Development Assistance (PFDA), Gifts-in-Kind, religious hiring, tax reform, and others.

Each track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the subject.

Session titles, subjects, and descriptions subject to change

Session 1: Findings from Accord/Gates Foundation Advocacy Program

Accord Network has been partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the past two years. In 2019, we have educated our members on Storybrand marketing and proper advocacy. We used these tools to reach out to the constituents of Accord Members - donors, board members, and volunteers, to education them about poverty focused development assistance.

Join this session to learn more about our partnership with the Gates Foundation, and the results of our grand 2019 educational experiment.

Session 2: Fairness For All - Where We Stand

One of Accord’s long standing policy areas of focus has been religious freedom and religious hiring. As such, Accord has been involved in discussions about the upcoming Fairness for All legislation.

In this session, we will be facilitating conversation about FFA’s broader context, where the Network stands, and what you and your organization should know.

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Speakers: Gregory S. Baylor, Alliance for Defending Freedom

Gregory S. Baylor serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is the director of the Center for Religious Schools and Senior Counsel for Government Affairs.

Since joining ADF in 2009, Baylor has focused on defending and advancing the religious freedom of faith-based educational institutions through advice, education, legislative and public advocacy, and representation in disputes. He has testified about religious liberty issues three times before congressional committees.

Greg regularly comments on religious liberty and higher education issues in television, radio, and print media, including The New York Times, Christianity Today, National Public Radio, and network and cable news programs. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the Museum of the Bible.

Greg earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif, with high honors, and served on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree in Honors English in 1987 from Dartmouth College. Following graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Jerry E. Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He practiced labor and employment law at two large international law firms for three years before joining the staff of Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom, where he served for 15 years prior to joining ADF. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife (a medical doctor) and two daughters.


Tim Schultz, President, 1st Amendment Partnership

As president of the 1st Amendment Partnership, Tim Schultz directs all aspects of the organization’s work, building national faith alliances, guiding public policy and educating key influencers on religious freedom issues. He is a leading expert on religious freedom legislation, having worked alongside most national faith groups and with legislators from both parties in over 30 states. He is frequently featured in national media, including the Associated Press, NPR and The New York Times, and is a regular contributor to The Hill. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and Georgetown University Law School.

Session 3: Tax Reform and Its Effects

For the last several years Accord’s staff has been involved in conversations about tax reform and how it will affect our organizations. Now that we’ve had a year under the new tax structure, we will use this session to review what happened, what has changed, and how we can advocate for more improvements.

Speaker: Brian Walsh, Civil Rights Research

Session 4: California Legislation that Impacts Nonprofits

Several controversial issues have come out of California recently that are either currently causing problems or have the potential to cause problems for nonprofit organizations. In this session, we will review these cases, relevant member responses, and discuss potential strategies moving forward.

Speaker: Carol Wylie, World Vision USA



Chad Hayward has served as Executive Director for Accord Network since 2007. Prior to this, Hayward served in the federal Faith-Based Initiative as the Senior Adviser for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  USAID is the primary United States governmental agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

Prior to joining USAID, he spent several years on Capitol Hill where he served as Communications Director for Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas and Policy Aide to Rep. John Thune of South Dakota. Before his time in Washington, Hayward worked as Director of Operations for Prayer for the Persecuted Church, an organization working to encourage involvement among the church to the subject of persecuted Christians worldwide as well as for a development/consulting firm that specialized in helping non-profit organizations.

Chad holds a Bachelors degree in political science and history from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and resides in Washington DC.