Adaptive Leadership Event and Workshop for Regional Nonprofits June 27

International speaker, trainer and author Tai Sunnanon will facilitate the June 27 Adaptive Leadership in a Changing Landscape workshop for nonprofit leaders (photo courtesy of the strategic insights group)

Nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are well aware that they must be able to adapt if they plan to successfully lead their organizations during challenging times.

Adaptive Leadership in a Changing Landscape, a workshop designed for nonprofit executive directors, development directors and Board members, is presented by SurfMedia Communications and hosted by Marybeth Carty. Tai Sunnanon, international speaker, author, trainer, and the founder of three nonprofits, will facilitate the workshop.

Attendees will join others in leadership positions from local nonprofit organizations including SBCC Foundation, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Easy Lift Transportation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Rona Barrett Foundation and the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization (LVCHO) for a powerful day of new insights and perspective, useful tools, and networking.

“It’s no secret that our region is home to well over a thousand nonprofits, all with missions that are extremely important to the overall health of the community,” said Event Host Marybeth Carty. “But the number of local organizations leads to extremely high competition for resources and funding. The recent disasters are the most dramatic in a series of circumstances, dating back to the recession, that have impacted corporate funding and forced nonprofit leaders to adapt. Nonprofit executives need training and continuing education to keep up with the latest trends and put their organizations in a position to succeed. This workshop will provide meaningful tools and insights that will make a lasting impact in our local nonprofit community.”

Tai Sunnanon is the CEO of the strategic insights group, the premier mission-driven strategy firm in Los Angeles, and is an acclaimed expert in social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and adaptive leadership. He holds a BA from UCLA, and completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned his MPP and EdM degrees. Sunnanon has consulted and guided national and international organizations, including the United Nations, MasterCard Foundation, UCLA, Silicon Valley Nonprofit Consortium, and Harvard University.

“Be prepared for this to be a very different experience, that’s dynamic – not static,” said Sunnanon. “It’s highly organic, highly engaging, with several moving parts, both physically and mentally. Part of what we offer is an experience that’s very different for a lot of people. It puts them both in the driver seat and the passenger seat in various times during the three-hour workshop.”

Workshop attendees will be treated to an engaging program tailored specifically for the unique challenges Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits face today and moving forward. Sunnanon will deliver practical tools, resources and insights related to the following topics:

  • Five Stages of Organizational Growth: Where Do You Fall and How Do You Get to the Next Level?
  • National Trends in Nonprofits and Local Applications
  • Leveraging Your Strategic Plan for Actionable Outcomes and Increased Income
  • Defining and Aligning Leadership & Board Roles

Attendees will also receive an Adaptive Leadership Action Plan Toolkit that can be used to implement strategies to improve their organizations.

Adaptive Leadership in a Changing Landscape is taking place from 8:30am – 11:30am on Wednesday, June 27 at the Narrative Loft in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Doors will open at 8:00am for registration and continental breakfast.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at Please call (805) 687-3322 with any questions.

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