11:45 am - Fireside chat begins with interactive Q&A
1:00 pm - Program adjourns
While nonprofit organizations differ in their mission and objectives, they face many of the same strategic issues that challenge all nonprofit boards: implementing strategy, engaging stakeholders, fostering innovation, and remaining relevant. In addition to these challenges there is increasing competition for diminishing government funding, donors, partners, and volunteers. Notwithstanding board development and succession planning remains at the top of the board planning agenda. So how does a nonprofit board navigate these and other strategic issues it faces, while delivering the best value possible to the communities it serves? Attendees observed leading nonprofit experts and sitting directors discuss their perspectives on meeting these challenges and learned how to tackle these issues inside the boardroom.
Adjunct Professor, UT School of Law
Independent Nonprofit Consultant and Attorney
Ms. Staricka spent the majority of her legal career overseeing the charge of the Texas Office of the Attorney General to protect the public interest in charity, including nonprofit organizations and charitable trusts. Following her graduation from The University of Texas School of Law, she spent nearly a decade in private practice, before embarking on her career in public service where she maintained a committed focus on the betterment of the charitable sector through regulatory oversight and education. As Chief and Senior Attorney with both the Consumer Protection Division and the Financial Litigation and Charitable Trusts Division of the Office, she served under four Texas Attorneys General and oversaw teams of investigators and assistant attorneys general. As part of her duties at the OAG, Ms. Staricka lectured frequently at nonprofit conferences, training sessions for nonprofit associations and trusts, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law, amongst many others. She served on the Board of the National Association of State Charity Officials and was a frequent speaker at its annual conferences dedicated to education and training.
Ms. Staricka has recently opened her own consulting firm offering consultation and legal services to nonprofit organizations and their legal counsel in a variety of matters utilizing her skills and expertise to assist and guide nonprofit organizations. She is honored and thrilled to return to her alma mater as an adjunct professor.
As president & CEO, Mike leverages resources and works collaboratively with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Mike is responsible for leading the Foundation and increasing its role as a community resource through strategic partnerships, conversations and initiatives.
Before joining the Foundation, Mike led a strategic reorganization that transformed the children’s museum into the Thinkery, a leader in science, technology, engineering and math education. Prior to joining the museum, Mike directed program development and consulting services for Greenlights, then a start-up nonprofit management service organization. Prior to moving to Austin in 2001, Mike spearheaded the regional expansion of Tides, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that connects donors and doers around common issues and goals.
Mike has served on the boards of several Austin nonprofits including I Live Here, I Give Here, Greenlights, Community Action Network and United Way Capital Area. Nellis was honored with an “Austin Under 40” award and is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class.
University of Pittsburgh, BA in Social Work
University of Michigan, Master’s in Social Work
Jeffrey W. Travillion, Sr. was elected Travis County Commissioner of Precinct 1 on November 8, 2016 and took office on January 1, 2017.
He has more than thirty years of experience providing management solutions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. During his career, he has conducted extensive operational reviews of State agencies and City Departments, and worked on teams producing recommendations adopted by the Texas legislature that saved the State of Texas more than $8 billion. He has also developed and presented policy recommendations at the local, state, and national levels.
Jeffrey received his undergraduate degree with honors from Jackson State University and participated in the University’s W.E.B. Dubois Honors Program. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow who studied at the Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz School (formerly the School of Urban and Public Affairs), the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and received his Masters Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Jeffrey is involved in a number of civic activities. He is married to the former Perri McKinney and they have three children, Jeffrey, Jr., Paige, and Andrew.
Partner, Ernst & Young
Director, United Way of Texas, Boys and Girls Club of Austin, Breakthrough Austin
Taylor is an assurance partner with more than 20 years experience serving SEC registrants, private-equity investees, and VC funded private companies in the real estate, retail, software, hardware, and utilities industries. He’s assisted numerous clients with the successful completion of numerous initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings, equity, and debt private placements, acquisitions, and carve-outs. He’s also assisted companies working through complex accounting issues.
Taylor has served notable Austin clients such as Whole Foods Market, American Campus Communities, Torchy’s, Epicor Software Corporation, Cirrus Logic, Inc., Silicon Laboratories, among others.
In addition to serving clients, Taylor also is the Director for the Central Texas EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, which annually recognizes high-impact entrepreneurs whose successes are deserving of celebration. Taylor also teaches extensively for EY and helps lead the recruiting efforts for Austin and the University of Texas at Austin.
Taylor also serves on the digital leadership team for the SW region, which is responsible for challenging teams to embrace/adopt new audit technologies.
He is also very active in the Austin community, including serving on the board for the United Way of Texas, Boys and Girls Club of the Austin area, and Breakthrough Austin.
Taylor earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.