When high-performing leaders turn their attention from creating wealth to creating impact—from working in the business sector to operating in the nonprofit sector—they confront a new set of challenges. Whether they opt to serve as donors, board members, or nonprofit executives, they require a fresh set of tools in order to continue performing at a high level. Jon Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and the 10th Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business will interview GSB Lecturers Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker as they discuss leadership tools presented in their book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, and offer lessons on how to hone them for maximum impact. The program will include a discussion of the common management challenges faced by nonprofits, showing how these challenges differ from those faced by for-profit businesses in important and often-overlooked ways. Drawing from principles outlined in Engine of Impact, Kim and Bill will discuss the essential components of strategic leadership that set high-achieving donors, board members, and executives apart from others in the nonprofit sector. Together, these components form an “engine of impact”—a system that organizations and leaders must build, tune, and fuel if they hope to make a real difference in the world. Bill and Kim will offer crucial insights that will help philanthropists, board members, and executives to equip their organizations to fire on all cylinders.
About Bill Meehan
William F. (Bill) Meehan is the Lafayette Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director emeritus of McKinsey & Company. In addition, he is Special Advisor to King Philanthropies, where he also serves as board member. At the GSB Bill has taught the course “Strategic Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Ventures” for 20 years, and he developed and teaches a pioneering course focused on the role of private investment in developing economies, “Private Equity in Frontier Markets.” In 2014, he received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the GSB. Bill also helped launch the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (known as Seed), is a founding member of the advisory council of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a faculty member in both the Public Management Program and the Center for Social Innovation, and a member of the Arts Advisory Council. Over many years, Bill has served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations. He is a life governor of the San Francisco Symphony, chair emeritus of GuideStar, and former chair of United Way of the Bay Area. He is also a former board member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and a former trustee of the OSF Endowment Fund. Currently, he serves on the board of GiveDirectly and on the North American Council of Ashoka.
About Kimberly Jonker
Kim Starkey Jonker is President and CEO of King Philanthropies. In that role, Kim oversees the organization’s ambitious initiatives to alleviate global poverty by identifying, supporting, and partnering with high performing social sector leaders and organizations. Working closely with its founders, Robert and Dorothy King, Kim leads all aspects of King Philanthropies’ strategy, operations and grantmaking, with more than $350 million in grants committed to date. At the GSB as a lecturer in management, Kim teaches “Social Ventures Practicum”. In this course, students develop ideas and plans for establishing new ventures with a social mission (structured either as a for-profit or nonprofit organization). Kim brings more than 25 years of experience as a leader in both the business and social sectors. She has served as an advisor to a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on topics such as strategy, impact evaluation, board governance, and organizational effectiveness. Kim was executive director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership for a decade, selecting and recognizing extraordinary leaders and organizations in the nonprofit sector. She also served as a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Previously, Kim was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.
Books by Kim Jonker and Bill Meehan:
Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector