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HBP’s Nonprofit Bites: December, MD

December 5, 2018

Join us for breakfast in December over four TED-style talks with the theme of CHANGE. We look forward to seeing you at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.



Superheroes and Systems: A New Way to Think About Organizational Change

All organizations go through periods of change, sometimes in response to growth or new opportunities, sometimes to address underlying problems or vulnerabilities. In both cases, the need for change arises as soon as the existing processes and structures are no longer sufficient for the challenges ahead. Identifying the possibilities and crafting a vision for a new way of doing things are the fun parts of planning for change, but as always, the devil is in the details.

This presentation will share a fun and engaging strategy for planning for and implementing organizational change in a way that maximizes the chance for success while minimizing disruptions.

Presented by Alexandra Suchman, AIS Collaborations

What Increases Volunteer Giving? Three Must-Haves That You Might Overlook

Did you know that your volunteer program has the potential to do even more than deliver valuable service to clients – it can build sustainable revenue for you, too?

Research shows that volunteers give ten times more to their charities of choice than non-volunteer supporters. To leverage this generosity, you must strengthen and support development/volunteer program collaboration.

In this talk, volunteer engagement specialist Elisa Kosarin covers three often-overlooked practices that nonprofits must have in place to cultivate their volunteers as donors. Your volunteers want to support you – here’s how to leverage that untapped potential.

Presented by Elisa Kosarin, CVA, Twenty Hats

Latest in Recruiting Trends

Learn what’s new in recruiting, what’s changed, what new recruiting tools are available and how they are working. The processes of recruiting and retaining top talent are constantly changing, so be sure you are in the know heading into 2019.

Presented by Eileen Levitt, The HR Team

CHANGE…What’s Good About it?

Very few people like change, but many times the “other side” is better than where they were! Like most of us, Brian Roberts has had many career inflection points. He’ll share those experiences along with his method of reframing every “bad” experience, helping him to then be open to the exciting possibilities of the “other side.”

Presented by Brian Roberts, Vistage Worldwide

About the Speakers

Picture of Alexandra Suchman from AIS CollaborationsAlexandra Suchman, AIS Collaborations

Alex helps those who do good work be able to work better! Her business, AIS Collaborations, helps mission-driven nonprofits and small businesses overcome the struggles, clutter, and tediousness of day-to-day operations.

Having spent 15 years working in small, mission-based businesses and non-profits, Alex understands the unique challenges faced by small workplaces that:

  • operate with a limited number of people, often with limited resources.
  • allocate most resources for mission-focused efforts rather than internal operations and administration.
  • require all personnel to fill multiple roles and figure out how to perform new responsibilities on the fly.

Alex knows that these small workplaces are capable of accomplishing amazing feats through dedication, flexibility, and ingenuity. Her mission is to help clients become as successful as possible by identifying the root of the problems in order to provide customized, time-saving, and sustainable solutions that ensure all work is performed as efficiently and effective way.


Picture of Elisa Kosarin, CVA, Twenty HatsElisa Kosarin, CVA, Twenty Hats

Elisa Kosarin, CVA, helps nonprofits deliver fully on their mission and raise more money by strategically integrating volunteer management and development. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Elisa’s work is driven by the underlying belief that volunteers have the potential to transform communities – if they commit to nurturing the volunteer/nonprofit relationship and developing high impact volunteer programs.

Elisa consults, coaches, and trains nonprofit staff on volunteer management best practices. She has presented at multiple conferences, and serves on the faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the Catalogue for Philanthropy, both in Washington, DC.

Elisa is Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) and guest blogs regularly for the VolunteerMatch Engaging Volunteers website, and has hosted webinars for the AL!VE and VolunteerPro communities.


Picture of Eileen Levitt, The HR Team

Eileen Levitt, The HR Team

As Founder and President of The HR Team, Eileen Levitt loves helping small, mid‐size and emerging companies focus on what they do best: directing business growth and profitability.

In 1996, Eileen re‐focused her vast knowledge and experience in human resources–including business strategy, communications, training, coaching, and financial management–to found The HR Team. Utilizing industry‐leading recruiting tactics, Eileen has built her company on the strength and commitment of her talented team of employees. She now dedicates herself and her company to providing consistent and quality HR expertise that serves the needs of her clients.

In addition to leading The HR Team, Eileen has served on the following nonprofit boards: Athena PowerLink Baltimore; Association for Corporate Growth (where she is a past board president); Network 2000 (where she served as chair of the membership, mentoring and philanthropy committees); University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business (where she served on the entrepreneurship advisory board); Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund (where she served on the board); Business Women’s Network (where she is a past board president); American University Alumni Association (where she served as the Baltimore Chapter president); and Leadership Howard County (Class of 2003 and served on the General Membership Executive Committee).

Eileen is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP). She holds an MBA from The University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The American University.


Picture of Brian Roberts, Vistage WorldwideBrian Roberts, Vistage Worldwide

Brian Roberts is the CEO of Croix Connect. He provides “CEO Whisperer” services to small business owners ranging from $5-100M. This service includes advising and coaching CEOs and other executives, and a “connector” to any services they may need.

Brian also serves as CEO Peer Group Leader for Vistage Worldwide, where he has four groups of 10-15 executives who work on real-world problems together in a confidential and agenda-free setting.

Prior to founding Croix Connect in 2001, Brian had various senior executive roles at various technology companies of all sizes in the 90s.
A 15-year veteran of the US Air Force, Brian’s favorite assignment was with the White House Communication Agency where he was part of the Presidential Communications Advance team for the first two Reagan-Gorbechev summits in Geneva and Reykjavik.

Venue Information

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

8:30–11:00 am
830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202