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Watch the 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Summit Recap

Morning Keynote Speaker Recap

Asha Curran, founder and CEO of Giving Tuesday is the morning keynote speaker. She serves as Chair of the Board of and is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and a Marla and Barry Beck Visiting Social Innovator at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was a Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Finalist in 2021 and was named to the Nonprofit Times’ Top Fifty Power and Influence list in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.


She was interviewed by Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker Recap

Carla Harris’ 2018 TedTalk about mentorship has over 4.7 million views. She is an internationally renowned public speaker, and the author of the books Strategize to Win (2014), Expect to Win (2009), and the newly released, Lead to Win (2022). Carla is a Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley and as Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley from 2013 to 2021.


She was introduced by Michelle A. Nicholas, Founder and CEO of The Nico Consulting, Inc. and Former SVP, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Community Development, PCSB Bank.

Recaps from the Other Sessions

Yes, You Can. Yes, You Should Advocacy Panel 

  • Carola Bracco, Executive Director, Neighbors Link
  • Kathy Halas, Executive Director, Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc
  • Cindy Kanusher, Esq., Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center
  • Allison Lake, Executive Director, Westchester Children’s Association
  • Moderator – Jan Fisher, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester

 Collaborating in the Nonprofit Sector to achieve More TED-Style Talk 

  • Cynthia Knox, Chief Executive Officer, Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill
  • Anahaita Kotval, Chief Executive Officer, Lifting Up Westchester
  • Introduced by Alison Paul, Co-president of Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

Learning to Lead Leadership Development Panel 

  • Victoria Bruno, Business Development Manager, Kings Capital Construction (BCWs Star Power Graduate and Alumni Association Manager)
  • Dante Hudson, Chief Operating Officer, YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester (NPW’s Emerging Leaders Graduate)
  • Carmen Martinez Lopez, Dean, School of Business and Professional Careers at Westchester Community College (Volunteer New York! Leadership Westchester Graduate)
  • Moderator — Valerie Mason Cunningham, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mason & Rice LLC

Storytelling Through the use of Social Media TED-Style Talk 

  • Christine Gritmon, former Senior Editor of Social Media Pulse
  • Introduced by Nancy Eberhardt, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership

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Thank you to the Summit Committee Members

Ron Abad

Community Housing Innovations, Inc.

Shara Abraham, Esq.    

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Anne Bradner

Carver Center

Pat Brigham      

Westchester Library System

Valerie Mason Cunningham
Mason & Rice LLC

Bill Cusano        

Caritas of Port Chester, Inc

Cindy Delfino    

YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester

Joanne Dunn     

Youth Shelter Program of Westchester

Nancy Eberhardt             

Pro Bono Partnership

Karen C. Erren  

Feeding Westchester

Jan Fisher           

Nonprofit Westchester


Elliott Forcheimer

Westchester Jewish Council

Jeanette Gisbert             

Volunteer New York!

Cosette Gutierrez            

Latino U College Access

Kathy Halas       

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

Stefanie Hubert

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Dante Hudson  

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

Joseph D. Kenner            


Cynthia B. Knox, Esq.     

Caring for the Hungry & Homeless of Peekskill

Anahaita Kotval

Lifting Up Westchester

Allison Lake       

Westchester Children’s Association

Kathleen Macias-Torres

Sparc Inc.


Jirandy Martinez             

Community Resource Center

Becky Mazzanobile

Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

Hillary Millman

Association of Development Officers

Richard Nightingale        


Marisa O’Leary

Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.

Lucria Ortiz        

Yonkers Family YMCA 

Nancy Patota    

The ARC Westchester Foundation

Allison Paul       

Grant Professionals of the Lower Hudson

Judy Troilo         

The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center

Sam Wallis        

Yonkers Partners In Education (YPIE)

Judith Watson  

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.