CEN + AFP | Foundation for the Future Luncheon | 7/26
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11:00 am July 26 - 1:00 pm July 27, 2018

CEN & AFP Silicon Valley Present…

Foundation for the Future: What professionals in the nonprofit workplace need to grow and lead.





Join our panel of nonprofit leaders for lunch and learning!

AFP Silicon Valley and CEN are partnering to host a “Lunch and Learn” style panel discussion dedicated to helping nonprofit professionals understand what it takes to successfully navigate a career in this sector. We're excited to be featuring Michele Lew, CEO of The Health Trust; Anna Waring, Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education; Ryan Eisenberg, Executive Director of AchieveKids; and Lisa Putkey, Program Director at San Mateo County Pride Center. These exceptional leaders will share their diverse backgrounds and personal strategies to effect community change. Whether you are in the initial growth stage of your career, or have a more extensive background but are new to the nonprofit workforce, this session is just what you’ve been waiting for. The nonprofit sector is uniquely challenging and our panel of nonprofit executives will share strategies to develop new professional skills, expand your personal capacities, and acquire the tools, visibility, and network necessary to grow in your career. Seating will be affinity based, giving attendees the opportunity to easily network with other nonprofit professionals in similar stages of their careers. This session is proudly co-presented by the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter.

Intended Audience

Nonprofit professionals looking for strategies to deepen community impact and achieve personal career growth.


Find peer support with colleagues in similar stages of the nonprofit journey.

Gain insight into how you can advance your career.

Learn about how our community’s nonprofit leaders have arrived at their positions, and what you can do to follow in these foot steps.


Registration Cost

Cost includes catered lunch from Mendocino Farms

CEN and/or AFP Members: $25 | Non-members: $50



When: July 26th, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: UPDATED Residence Inn San Carlos (Edgewood Meeting Room) | 800 East San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos 


More about our panelists:

Michele Lew, an active community leader in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, began her tenure as Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust on January 9, 2018. Prior to Joining The Health Trust, Michele served as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members. Michele also worked as the district director for former California State Senator/State Assemblymember Joe Simitian. A Santa Clara County native, Michele holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.


Anna L. Waring, Ph.D. has been Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education, an East Palo Alto organization dedicated to increasing the number of local low-income students of color who graduate from four-year college or university, since 2007.  Before coming to the Bay Area, Anna was in Chicago, IL, serving as president of Josephinum Academy, a Catholic school that educated low-income Latina and African-American girls.  At DePaul University, Anna was an administrator and a faculty member in the Public Services Graduate Program. Anna has a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College (1978) and received her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University (1995). She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA, the Education and Youth Development Fellowship and John Gardner Selection Committees for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and is on the advisory board of Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto, CA.


Ryan Eisenberg is the Executive Director of AchieveKids, a non-profit organization which operates two non-public special education day schools, and provides educational services in the Bay area.  Ryan earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California, conducting research on the efficiency of special education outsourcing, investigating public-private partnerships to meet the needs of students with significant mental health needs.   He has worked in both the public and private sectors, spending the last 15 years in the non-profit field, helping to design programming to meet the needs of the most complex learners in our communities, and developing innovative programming to expand impact and sustainability within his organization and community.  In addition to his professional career, Ryan is a life-long hockey player; he enjoys traveling, and finds cooking soothing.


Lisa is works for the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ community as the Program Director of the San Mateo County Pride Center. She has previously worked as a Peace Studies teacher, program administrator, community organizer, youth program coordinator, and union representative. She is pansexual, polyamorous and has experience creating and facilitating curriculum and trainings on gender diversity, queer liberation, anti-oppression, peace and environmental justice. Lisa has collaborated with multi-issue, multi-generational activists and educators nationally and internationally to organize peace and justice conferences, workshops, trainings, direct actions and demonstrations focused on amplifying youth and community voices omitted from mainstream narratives. She received her masters in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies for the University of California at Berkeley.

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