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2023 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

The 2023 Nonprofit Leadership Summit presented by United Way of Westchester and Putnam will be held in a hybrid capacity on Tuesday, April 4, at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College in Purchase, NY. The event is underwritten in part by TD Bank


Now in its 21st year, the Nonprofit Leadership Summit builds professional excellence in the purpose-driven organizations of Westchester and Putnam counties. As United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s core capacity-building program, the Summit is an opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes to provide professional development to their staff and essential volunteers at an affordable cost. The Summit attracts a diverse audience of professionals and volunteer leaders in the nonprofit sector – across disciplines, fields, and experience levels.


The in-person 2023 Summit will occur at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature two keynote speakers, plus panels, networking, a vendor expo area, activities, and a couple of TED-styled talks. 

2023 Nonprofit Leadership Summit Tickets

In-person tickets include breakfast and lunch. The first 500 tickets sold also include a swag bag and a signed copy of Carla Harris’ book Lead to Win.



Virtual participants will be able to live stream the keynote speakers, panels, and TED-styled talks.



The in-person tickets are $75 person. In-person groups of 5 or more will get tickets for $65 per person. Virtual tickets are $25 per person. 

Morning Keynote Speaker

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.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

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.

Schedule of Sessions

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, and Networking 


9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Welcome and Morning Keynote

“Innovation in Philanthropy” by Asha Curran, Founder and CEO of Giving Tuesday. She will be interviewed by Hillary Millman, Executive Director of the Association of Development Officers in Westchester and Founder of In Better Words, LLC.

10:15 to 11 a.m. – 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

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – “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

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch in the Lobby Area 


12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Afternoon Keynote 

“Lead to Win” by Carla Harris, former Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley, former chair of the National Women’s Business Council, and past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation. She will be 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


2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.- 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

3:15pm to 3:30 p.m. – “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
3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Community Conversations and Closing Remarks
*schedule subject to change

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Thank you to the Summit Committee Members

Ron Abad

Community Housing Innovations, Inc.

Anne Bradner

Carver Center

Pat Brigham      

Westchester Library System

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        


Christopher Oldi, Esq.    

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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