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KEYNOTE: Beth Kanter
Master Trainer, Author, and Blogger
Bay Area, San Francisco 

Beth is an internationally recognized thought leader in networks, social media, and data.  Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building.  She has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media," Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013.  Her past and current clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gates Foundation, Brainerd Foundation, Knight Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Edutopia, The U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services, and others. She is author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books published by J.Wiley and is currently working on her next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit:  Impact with Burnout.  



Jeff Leo Herrmann
Chief Strategy Officer, Fathom
Cleveland, OH

Jeff serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Fathom, where he is the champion of Fathom's growth and innovation strategy and new business. Prior to Fathom, Jeff spent 15 years at the Nielsen Company in audience measurement and advertising effectives.

Jeff is a champion of B2B sales and marketing alignment and brand audience development through content marketing. His passion lies in the development of strategies to leverage content, technology and data to accelerate sales and realize extraordinary growth.


Leon Wilson
Chief Technology & Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland, OH 

Leon Wilson serves as the Chief Technology & Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, focusing on strategic initiatives that will help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work. In addition, Leon is also responsible for helping to develop and implement an external Cleveland Foundation technology strategy that will focus on elevating Cleveland to become a recognized leader in technology, particularly in the areas of digital equity and inclusion, cyber security, and big data.

Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the foundation and our community. In his most recent role as Senior Director for Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), Leon advised executive staff, board and advisory committee members on strategic planning initiatives and significant technology investments that would positively impact both the internal structure at MNA as well as the IT service offerings to MNA's external nonprofit clients through its Highway T program. He also played a role providing strategic and executive leadership for MNA's former high-profile data analytics program, Data Driven Detroit, and other nonprofit sector-based technology initiatives.


Linda Widdop

Linda Widdop
Director of Technical Services, Tech Impact
Philidelphia, PA 

Linda has over 20 years experience in technology.  She currently leads client relations for Tech Impact, a nonprofit dedicated to nonprofit adoption of sustainable technologies and business processes.  She frequently presents in the nonprofit community with local, national and global partners. Linda, together with her team, has propelled hundreds of nonprofits around the world to realize the potential of technology to achieve their mission and improve outcomes.



Kathryn Svobodny
Program Director, TechSoup
San Francisco, CA 

As a Program Director for TechSoup Global, Kathryn is responsible for developing new scalable technology solutions and services for the nonprofit sector.  Currently she is the program manager for TechSoup Boost, TechSoup's new subscription service.  

Prior to working at TechSoup, Kathryn was a consultant at READ Global, an organization that builds community libraries in South Asia.  While at READ, she helped build the capacity of small business in rural areas where READ works in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.  Kathryn his involved in a number of nonprofits in the Bay Area, focusing in the areas of economic development, access to capital, and direct service.  


Karen Graham

Karen Graham
Executive Director, Idealware
Minneapolis, MN 

Karen serves as Idealware's executive director, where she leads a team of researchers, presenters, and writers who create technology information resources designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leading the technology learning and networking programs at MAP for Nonprofits, helping the startup thedatabank transform into a thriving software company, and various roles in arts and human services organizations. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.


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David Geilhufe
Senior Director, NetSuite.org 
Silicon Valley, CA 

David serves as the Senior Director of  NetSuite.org, David manages an organization within the fastest growing provider of cloud-based financial software tasked with bringing donated and discounted back office technology to a large number of global NGOs.

David's career started designing income and employment generation programs in East Africa and post-Soviet Europe. He was the founding director of the Eastmont Computing Center which provided technology access and learning to over 400 community members each week, including one of the first Cisco Networking Academies serving at-risk youth. He's helped put together CiviCRM, open source software that runs over 10,000 global NGOs and designed and executed a grant program to give away $350M in computers to schools and community based agencies in the US.

One of his favorite accomplishments was the Katrina Peoplefinder Project, helping to coordinate over 2,000 volunteers to build a crowd-sourced web-based index for every missing person on the web after hurricane Katrina.

David has been in and out of technology, philanthropy, nonprofits and for-profits throughout his entire career. He's founded non-profits and for-profits, put together corporate and private foundation philanthropy programs, developed venture-funded enterprise software systems and mentored at-risk youth into high-tech employment. He's always looking to create and execute a big idea that will do a little good for the world.

Additional national and local leading experts to be added.



Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Summit? Contact Melanie Meyer at mmeyer@BVUvolunteers.org or 216-736-7711 and download the sponsorship document.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to reach an audience of nonprofit leadership, technology and communications staff.  




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Friday, September 30, 2016

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

4:30 -6:00 pm - optional

All attendees are invited stay for a reception to network and have one-on-one discussions with presenters and exhibitors. Appetizers will be served