Date(s) - 11/12/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and SHOFCO Wesleyan presents
Major Trends in the Non-Profit World
A conversation with Lee Bodner ‘91 and Julie Meyer ’79
Moderated by Makaela Kingsley ’98
Thursday, November 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Allbritton 103
Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Alumni Network
Lunch will be served for those who register in advance HERE.
Private meetings with Lee and Julie are available following the lunch. Sign up HERE.
Much like the corporate world, the world of non-profits is ever-changing. This constant development and transition leads to trends within the industry. Panelist Lee Bodner ’91 and Julie Meyer ’79 have vast experience working for, managing and starting their own non-profits in various industries. With their various experiences, these speakers will share an overview of their work and what the future may hold for non-profits.
Julie Meyer has been the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, DC’s oldest charter school, for over ten years. TNS is a bilingual GED and ESL program for older “disconnected” youth ages 16-24 with full-time day and part-time evening programs and extensive wraparound services. Ms. Meyer has overseen the school’s rapid growth in size and program offerings, facility acquisition, re-chartering and re-accreditation. She has been a tireless advocate for disconnected youth and immigrants. Ms. Meyer has worked for over 30 years in the non-profit sector as volunteer, staff, management, founder, and board member for small to medium-sized organizations in the areas of social services, international development and policy, health care, and education. She has worked with grassroots and activist organizations, the community service sector and the philanthropic community. In addition to her extensive fundraising and management experience, Ms. Meyer has helped found numerous organizations and re-structure others to better fulfill their goals. She founded the New England Central America Network and represented the New England region for CISPES. She helped found and direct The Lambi Fund of Haiti and Grantmakers Without Borders. She is fluent in Spanish and has worked primarily in the areas of Latin American policy and development and the local, DC Latino community and education issues.
Lee leads the New Venture Fund, a US-based public foundation which houses more than 100 innovative charitable projects in global health and development, conservation, human rights, education and civic participation. He previously served as a managing director at Arabella Advisors, leading its engagement with NVF the nonprofit organizations that Arabella has managed, including the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Latino Victory Project, and others. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding executive director of ecoAmerica, a nonprofit that works to make conservation a higher priority for the American public. At ecoAmerica, Lee was instrumental in launching the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which puts the fight against climate change at the center of higher education’s agenda. Lee also currently serves as a national at-large trustee for EarthShare, a nonprofit that raises $8 million annually for environmental groups through workplace giving campaigns. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.