Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies - 2013 Program Highlights

2013 Summer Coursework: Perspectives in Philanthropy
Kenneth Gladish, President and CEO of the Seton Foundations, will teach Perspectives in Philanthropy during the 2013 summer session. This Advanced Topics in Management course will explore the “roots, character, dimensions, problems and achievements” of the nonprofit sector as it relates to the rise and practice of the American philanthropic tradition and the government, business, and family sectors. The course format will include open lectures, case studies, and guest speakers.

Ken Gladish is a nationally recognized leader in charitable and philanthropic endeavors. Prior to joining Seton, he served as president and CEO of the Austin Community Foundation. His distinguished career includes serving as president of the YMCA of the USA and academic leadership roles at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
Building a Career in the Nonprofit Sector: Alumni Career Panel
On April 25, the RGK Center hosted a career panel featuring alumni of The Nonprofit Studies Portfolio Program. RGK, Interim Director Sarah Jane Rehnborg moderated the panel, which included representatives from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the New Media Consortium’s Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), Texans Care for Children, and AIDS Services of Austin.  Panelists provided their perspectives, discussed their responsibilities, shared career trajectories and answered questions in a lively discussion with current students.
Spring 2013 Guest Speakers
Students in Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg’s Nonprofit Governance: A Management Perspective and Comparative Analysis course had the opportunity to hear from local, state, and national nonprofit leaders on topics such as international board service, assessing leadership strengths and managing nonprofit risk.  Guest speakers during the spring 2013 semester were:
o   Nancy Blaich, Executive Director, Samaritan Center
o   Maggie Miller, founder and first Executive Director, and Hector Dominguez, board member, DiscoverHope
o   Geoff Tumlin, President of On-Demand Leadership and former Assistant Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership
o   Robert Arends and Charles Ball of First Nonprofit Insurance Group, Chicago,
o   Mike Nellis, Executive Director of the Austin Children’s Museum
o   Matt Dow, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP