Leading a faith-based organization can be isolating and discouraging, but it doesn't have to be! Join this track to hear from leaders who have gone through the same struggles you have, and are asking the same questions you are. The room will be full of rich experience and wisdom. All are welcome!

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

All sessions and descriptions subject to change

Session 1: Moderated Panel: Leadership Lessons from the Next Generation

Join us as we hear from a select group of young leaders share their ideas on recruiting, developing and retaining a strong emerging leader pool for tomorrow’s senior leadership positions.

Moderator:  Beth Birmingham


Beth Birmingham is an NGO Leadership Advisor, tenured professor, and long-time engaged member of the Accord Network.  She’s served the sector in the areas of organizational development, leadership development and international development research and evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change, and MBA in Economic Development and lives just outside Philadelphia, PA.

Session 2: Principles of Gender Equity in the Faith Based NGO

Representatives of the Wheaton Consortium for Development, Gender, and Christianity will present 2 years of work from the consortium representing 22 Faith Based NGOs - A preview and discussion of the Principles of Gender Equity will be facilitated by Eeva Sallinen Simard of World Relief and Amy Reynolds of Wheaton College.

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Eeva Sallinen Simard is the Project Director for Human Capital and Gender Focal Point at World Relief. Eeva holds a MSc in International Politics from the University of Helsinki and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Baltimore with her husband Rene and two children.

Session 3: Engaging and Developing Your Board of Directors

A well developed and highly engaged board fosters a healthier leadership atmosphere at your NGO.  This session will focus on garnering better board engagement and board development strategies for boards of all sizes.

Speaker: David Johnson, Development Associates International

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David Johnson has a diverse background in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including the pastorate, coaching and CEO roles in professional soccer, university faculty and administration, and COO and CEO roles in media and medical missions with Reach Beyond. He is currently a senior consultant and regional director for Latin America with Development Associates International.

Session 4: Tracking Leader Growth: Are Your Leader Development Efforts Paying Off?

How do we “measure what matters” when it comes to our leadership development dollars spent?  In partnership with the Accord Research Alliance, this session will focus on various ways to measure the impact of leadership development strategies with tips for good leadership development design integrated into the discussion.

Facilitators: Beth Birmingham and Kristen Check.

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Kristen Check currently serves both Compassion International and Water Mission under her research firm, Edessa Research LLC, in all aspects of impact evaluation design, implementation, and reporting to improve program effectiveness and organizational learning. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and one year old son Jude.