Virtual Catapult Institute Workshop: The New Network Leader
Join network leadership experts Dr. Jane Wei-Skillern and Marty Kooistra for a session that will spark entirely new ways of thinking about, and acting on, collaboration. Using a framework of four straightforward but counterintuitive principles, leaders can form and sustain vibrant and impactful networks. The model Jane and Marty will present grew out of Jane’s many years of field research and is continually tested and validated by Marty’s leadership on the front lines of complex cross-sector collaborations. This interactive session will offer participants an opportunity to examine their collaboration experiences from a new perspective, and will equip them with the network mindsets, tools, and strategies that can greatly increase the social impact of their work.
About the Facilitators
Jane Wei-Skillern is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Sector Leadership at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she has served on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School (HBS), and London Business School. She is the author and coauthor of dozens of HBS and Haas UC Berkeley case studies, book chapters, and journal articles. A distillation of her work can be found at New Network Leader.
Wei-Skillern is the lead author of the casebook, Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector (Sage Publications, 2007). Her research on the leadership and management of social enterprises examines the topics of nonprofit growth and management of multi-site nonprofits, and most prominently has been focused on network leadership. This research examines how nonprofit leaders that focus less on building their own institutions and instead invest to build strategic networks beyond their organizational boundaries can achieve dramatic gains in mission impact with the same or fewer resources.
Marty Kooistra is the executive director of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, a 195-member association focused on affordable housing. Marty began his career as founder and CEO of a diversified construction business. A subsequent degree in social work allowed him to merge his passion for the built environment with his commitment to social justice and led him directly to the affordable housing sector. He has been a champion of community revitalization, strategic alliances, and affordable housing for 34 years, serving in staff and board leadership roles in both small community-based organizations and large INGOs domestically and globally. When awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship for study at the Joint Center for Housing in the Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Marty collaborated with Dr. Jane Wei-Skillern. Her research on networked nonprofits struck a chord, and Marty has been sharing the value of, and leadership principles for, networked nonprofits ever since. This is a particular focus of the work he does as a partner in the boutique consulting firm Sapwood Advisors.
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