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Non Profit Group Meeting - "Collaborate, Merge or Die; A Nonprofit Imperative"
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Members - $29 Guests - $33

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:30am - 10:00am
Where: Crowne Plaza - King of Prussia
260 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania  19406
United States
Contact: Maureen Waddington

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Non Profit Group Meeting


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:3am - 10:00am 

Crowne Plaza - King of Prussia


"Collaborate, Merge or Die; A Nonprofit Imperative"


Panel Discussion with:

Nadya Shmavonian, Director, Nonprofit Repositioning Fund

Ashley Tobin, Program Development Director, Turning Points for Children

Joel Vardy, President, Vardy & Associates

The Panel


Nadya K. Shmavonian is Director of the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, a newly created pooled fund to encourage and support mergers and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations. The Fund seeks to have catalytic impact on the capacity, effectiveness, and financial health of the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit sector.


Nadya has served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining the foundation community, she worked in the health sector, as well as overseas in humanitarian relief, both of which she has continued to address during the almost three decades she has spent in and around philanthropy.


Nadya serves on the Boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the Lenfest Foundation, and Philadelphia Youth Basketball.  She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a joint partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations), as well as the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan supported by Howard Buffet. She is an instructor at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches graduate seminars to SP2 and Wharton students on nonprofit governance, as well an international on-line governance course for the Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Nadya holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.


Ashley Tobin is Program Development Director at Turning Points for Children.  She was formerly principal at Work Better Consulting, which specialized in partnerships and collaborations.  Ashley also facilitates Connecting Coffee, a networking series for nonprofit professionals in which participants learn from peers at other agencies and hear about services and resources available for their clients.  Her article about Building a Culture of Collaboration appeared in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.


Ashley has both a BA and an MPA in nonprofit management from The George Washington University.


Joel Vardy is is the Founder and President of Vardy & Associates, a consultancy focused on the four pillars of innovation: Business Models; Process; Products & Services; and Culture. He has recently completed a groundbreaking Innovation Strategy for the Municipality of Philadelphia and continues to consult at both the state and municipal levels in Pennsylvania.  Among the organizations that Joel has served in leadership and executive roles are: Siemens, IBM, Texas Instruments, PPG, Rockwell Automation, Gemini Consulting and AspenTechnology.

Joel is currently founder and chair of the Innovation Leadership Forum, a group that is dedicated to the networking and educational needs of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group.  Joel is also an Adjunct Professor at the Fox School of Business at Temple University.


Joel holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has authored numerous papers on issues relevant to furthering the fields of cross-functional team-building, supply chain optimization and innovation.


Bring your questions for this dynamic panel of experts.


Members - $29

Guests - $33

Invited guests may register by calling 215-393-3144