Why     How     What

The Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2022, held in a hybrid capacity on Friday, March 25.

The keynote speakers are  Angela F. Williams, CEO of United Way Worldwide;  Cristina Alesci, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Chobani and former CNN correspondent; and Areva Martin, a Harvard-trained civil rights attorney, advocate, nonprofit founder, television host, CNN Legal Analyst and Contributor, and author.

In its 20th 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. Last year’s virtual event garnered 2,000 unique visitors from 418 cities and 20 countries.

This year’s Summit’s theme is collaboration and innovation for community building. In addition to the keynote speakers, the event will feature TED-styled talks related to the theme from local leaders. There will also be a vendor expo and collaboration activities to engage the participants.

The in-person event for the 2022 Summit, which will be limited to 500 people, will occur at the Goldstein Fitness Center on the Pleasantville Campus of Pace University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature the three keynote speakers, networking, a vendor expo area, activities, and six TED-styled talks.

Tickets will include breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception that runs from 4 to 5 p.m. In-person attendees will also receive a swag bag that includes Areva Martin’s book “Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We’ve Been Told.” COVID-19 protocols will be in effect and subject to change … more information will be provided closer to the event date.

Virtual participants will be able to live stream the keynote speakers.

All attendees will have access to pre-event sessions during the week leading up to the Summit and on-demand content, a virtual vendor space, and nonprofit capacity-building resources.

In-person Tickets $75 per person

Groups of 5+ $65 per person (discount automatically applied at checkout)

Virtual Ticket $25

Schedule of Events for In-person Attendees

8 a.m. Registration and Vendor Expo Open

8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Welcome Address

9 a.m. Keynote – Cristina Alesci

10:15 a .m. Ron Abad, CEO, Community Housing Innovations – Why We Collaborate and Jointly Advocate in the Fight Against Homelessness and for More Affordable Housing

10:45 a.m. Sam Wallis, Executive Director, Yonkers Partners in Education – Good Intentions to Good Outcomes: Maximizing Measurable Impact

11:15 a.m. Dr. Sophie Kaufman, Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University, College of Health Professions – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

11:45 a.m. Buffet Lunch 

12:30 p.m. Keynote – Areva Martin

1:45 p.m. Donald Stevens, “The Hope Ambassador” and recent Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Singer-Songwriter – Changing the World from the Inside Out

2:15 p.m. Dr. Penny Jennings, Vice President of Strategic Programs & Partnerships, Greyston – Innovation in Open Hiring and Social Enterprise

2:45 p.m. Maria Imperial, Commissioner of the NYS Division of Human Rights – Human Rights is a Collaborative Issue

3 p.m. Keynote- Angela F. Williams 

4 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Pre-Summit Virtual Learning Sessions (Open to all Ticketholders)

Benefits of Partnering with
Higher Learning Institutions

Tuesday, March 22

1-2:30 p.m. EST


Find out how partnering or collaborating with local colleges and universities can aid a nonprofit in furthering its mission. 

PanelistsDr. Rebecca Tekula, Executive Director, Pace University Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Brian Scott, Director, Graduate Admission & Corporate Outreach; Ji Seon Lee, PhD, MSSW, MPA, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.
Moderator: Joanne Dunn, Executive Director, Youth Shelter of Westchester

Incorporating DEI Throughout the Work of an Organization

Wednesday, March 23

1-2 p.m. EST

The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. How does this mission impact the delivery of social and recreational services? Join a panel of YWCA directors for an honest conversation about the challenges and rewards of mission-centered work and operationalizing racial equity.

Panelists: Kristin Pinkerton, Senior Director of Programs; Wanda Smith, Director of Special Programs and Operational Support; Lesley Mazzotta, Youth Leadership Director

Moderator: Maria Dautruche, Westchester Center for Racial Equity Director

The Form 990: A Financial Document and Marketing Tool

Thursday, March 24

9-10:30 a.m. EST

Nonprofit Westchester is hosting this session. It is free for Summit attendees. 

The Form 990 is a public document that the IRS uses to gather information about an organization’s compliance with tax laws and regulations.

This workshop will help 501c3 organizations understand the probing nature of the Form 990, showcase the charitable work that they do and how to prepare and complete an accurate form that demonstrates its compliance with tax laws and regulations.

Presenter: Melissa Modelson, CPA, Senior Manager, PKF O’Conner Davies

Moderator: Jan Fisher, Executive Director, Nonprofit Westchester

Q & A on Board
Governance Questions

Thursday, March 24

12:30-1:30 p.m. EST

Do you have questions about your nonprofit’s bylaws, board governance issues, or ways to strengthen your board, but are not sure where to begin? Curious about what other nonprofits are doing?

Here’s your chance to get the answers you’ve been looking for from nonprofit legal experts. Pro Bono Partnership Program Director Maurice Segall, Esq. and Senior Staff Attorney Judy Siegel, Esq., will be available to answer your questions at this live, interactive session. You can learn more about Pro Bono Partnership and find other resources at, and see if your nonprofit might qualify to become a client to receive free pro bono legal help.

Presenters: Maurice Segall, Esq. and Judy Siegel, Esq., Pro Bono Partnership

Thank You to Our Sponsors (List in Formation)

Thank You to Our Committee Members

Vendor Exhibitors (List in Formation)

The Arc Westchester

Association of Development Officers

Atlantic Westchester, Inc.

Baruch College, Marxe School of Public and
    International Affairs

The Business Council of Westchester

Cancer Support Team

Charles Newman Co.

Choice of New Rochelle
Community Housing Innovations

Con Edison

Council Services Plus, Inc.

Executive Printing & Direct Mail, Inc

Fordham University – Westchester
Funtime Amusements

Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

Grassi Advisors & Accountants

Hope’s Door

League of Women Voters of Westchester

Marist College

Marks Paneth LLP
Mental Health Association of Westchester

Mercy College
Merrill Lynch

Mines Press

Mutual of America

MVP Health Care

Nonprofit Westchester
Ossining Padres Hispanos 

Pace University: Wilson Center for Social     

Pro Bono Partnership

PURE Insurance

Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers

TD Bank

United Way of Westchester and Putnam/211

Volunteer New York!

Webster Bank

Westchester Community College

Westchester Institute of Human Development

Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.

Westchester Library System

Westchester Local Development Corporation

Westchester Marketing Cafe

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester