February 26, 2021

Wes Moore to Headline 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

United Way of Westchester and Putnam announced that best-selling author Wes Moore, the CEO of New York City’s Robin Hood Foundation, will lead the lineup of keynote speakers at the 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Summit. The event, running May 3-May 7, 2021, will feature a daily keynote speaker, breakout sessions of panels and workshops, and networking. Although registration will be required, TD Bank’s generosity has enabled the event to be free for the attendees.

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.

“We believe that a strong nonprofit sector is vital to having a thriving community,” said Tom Gabriel, president and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “Our speakers will inspire and educate the attendees on topics affecting the nonprofit community.

On Monday, May 3, kicking off the event will be Dr. George S. Everly, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, co-author of The John Hopkins Guide to Psychological First Aid, and co-founder of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, discussing Empowering Personal and Community Resilience. Fordham alum Joan Garry, an author, who is founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab and hosts the popular podcast Nonprofits are Messy, will speak on Moving Nonprofits from Messy to Thriving on Tuesday. Tirza Barnes-Griffith, CEO of Tirza Motivates, LLC., a professional training, personal development, and coaching company, is holding a double session on Wednesday to present The Real DEI Work: Building Capacity & Accountability for Cultural Integration. Thursday will feature authors Beth Kanter and Allison Fine sharing insights from their most recent research on the impact of AI on philanthropy supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during their session The Smart Nonprofit: How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Make Your Org Smart – and Your Staff Smarter. Moore, who is also a television producer and a combat veteran, will close out the Summit with his talk Society at a Tipping Point: Race, Class & the Way Forward on Friday, May 7.

Registration for the 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Summit opens on March 1 online at

The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is sponsored by TD Bank, Con Edison, The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, Allison Fine and Beth Kanter, Council Services Plus, Marks Paneth, Mercy College, Mutual of America, Arc Westchester, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University School of Social Work, Nonprofit Westchester, Pace University School of Social Entrepreneurship, and Pro Bono Partnership. Sponsorships are available at