Insights from the Strategy Summit
As navigating the human services landscape has become increasingly complex, strategy and its effective deployment have never been more critical. In September 2012, the Alliance for Children and Families hosted a Strategy Summit with 85 participants to refresh their strategic perspective, build their strategy skill set, and increase their organization’s impact.
Representing 56 organizations, these presidents, CEOs, chief strategy officers, board members, and other senior executives who lead and deploy strategy met with thought leaders from the nonprofit human services sector for an intense experience of exploring issues related to strategy and practical tools to address them. The event also provided a tremendous opportunity for networking with colleagues from across the country.
The Strategy Summit is one component of the Strategy Counts initiative, which is a multi-year pilot project of the Alliance funded by The Kresge Foundation to explore the impact of the elevation of strategy in nonprofit human service organizations.
About the Author
Michael Mortell directs the Strategy Counts Initiative. He came to the Alliance after leading one of several Lean Six Sigma projects underway within a major public school system, in partnership with the GE Healthcare Foundation. Previously, he launched an Innovation Fund while directing a $5.1 million grant for the Greater Milwaukee Committee and for 10 years prior, he oversaw operations in the multiple locations of a 12-agency human service partnership. As a senior member of the American Society for Quality he served as an examiner with a state-level Baldrige-based program. Mortell earned a master’s in industrial organizational psychology and has additional training in organizational culture and strategic change.