1. Leadership Transitions: Surviving Unexpected and Planned Succession Events

Leadership Transitions: Surviving Unexpected and Planned Succession Events

Leadership Transitions: Surviving Unexpected and Planned Succession Events
Event ID: 40113
Session ID: 14036

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, board members, volunteer managers, HR managers, program managers, supervisors, department heads, outreach & education managers

One of the realities of the nonprofit world and business in general is that, at some point, all leaders leave the organization. With the average tenure of a nonprofit leader being just three years—this issue is unavoidable. In some instances, this will be a known change with time for a carefully planned and carried out transition process. All too often though, this happens unexpectedly (or with short notice) due to a personal crisis or performance issue. Because nonprofits are at a very vulnerable point during leadership changes, organizations that ignore succession planning place their organizations at great risk.

The process of planning for smooth transitions, whether planned or “emergency,” temporary or permanent, is a huge responsibility shared by board members and organizational leaders. While succession planning ideally begins as soon as a new leader steps into his or her role, barely one third of nonprofit organizations report that they have a written succession plan. This problem is expected to intensify as the number of leadership turnovers accelerates with the increasing rate of baby boomers retiring.

Join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as she explores three types of transition planning: leadership succession, emergency succession, and leadership development. Learn strategies to cope with the challenges of leadership changes while sustaining the organization’s viability, and key aspects to include in your planning process.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Discuss the change process and steps to manage change within your organization
  • Discuss how to prepare your formal succession plan
  • Discuss how to plan for and cope with leadership succession, and emergency succession
  • Understand your organization’s readiness for change
  • Review key questions to ask to spark the planning process
  • Consider best practices for succession planning
  • Understand how to develop your talent pool and increase your readiness
  • Identify key aspects for building a successful board to support the change process
  • Find ways to achieve a smooth transition
  • Identify how using an interim director can benefit your transition process
  • Understand how to increase the effectiveness of the selection process
  • Consider steps to take for onboarding new leaders
  • Review practical tips and case studies


Your conference leader for “Leadership Transitions: Surviving Unexpected and Planned Succession Events” is Lynn Ivey. Lynn is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the US. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a strong passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. She has also held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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