In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is holding The Arc of Innovation: Timeless Lessons from Thriving Nonprofits on May 2nd, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Gathering almost 500 nonprofit leaders from across the Midwest, this conference will look forward and backward, drawing on the timeless lessons and tested innovations of thriving nonprofits and their leaders.

The plenary speaker at The Arc of Innovation will be Vu Le, Executive Director of the Rainer Valley Corps and author of the well-known blog, Nonprofit AF.

Additionally, the Axelson Center will present their annual nonprofit management awards—the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award—at the conference luncheon. And back by popular demand, Axelson’s “Ask a Funder” session will allow for nonprofit leaders to sit down for quick one-on-one conversations with foundation representatives.

The Axelson Center has been working consistently at the cutting edge of nonprofit management education for 20 years, and The Arc of Innovation will include both comprehensive trends and practical takeaways for organizations and leaders looking to help their organizations thrive.


Hyatt Regency O’Hare

9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60601

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST



Ellen Alberding, President and Board Member, The Joyce Foundation

Greg DiDomenico, President & CEO, Community Memorial Foundation

Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Judith Gethner, Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Service

Mae Hong, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Mark Ishaug, Chief Executive Officer, Thresholds

Michelle Larson, President and CEO, Adler Planetarium

Jimmy Lee, President and CEO, Goodcity

Dorri McWhorter, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Mary Morten, President, Morten Group LLC

Maria Pesqueira, President, Healthy Communities Foundation

Denise Williams, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University, College of Management–Entrepreneurship & Innovation

If you have not done so already, be sure to register today!

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