Learning with Leaders webinar series

Learning with Leaders: Lean Impact: Navigate Uncertainty using Proven Innovation Techniques

Presenter: Ann Mei Chang 

In this time of upheaval and disruption, many nonprofits are turning to the best practices for innovation, as they were designed for just that - working under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Given we still have no idea all the ways the pandemic and ensuing effects will reshape our world, building a nimble organization is going to be more important than having the “perfect” solution.

The most successful nonprofits will be able to pivot quickly and step into emerging opportunities for transformation in ways that are responsive to both evolving societal needs and take advantage of opportunities such as the upsides of virtual interactions. To do so, they will need to deeply engage both clients and stakeholders to understand their new realities, be willing to let go of long-held approaches that are no longer appropriate, and run experiments targeted at accelerating learning about the most critical risks/opportunities when stepping into the unknown.


Ann Mei Chang Bio: Ann Mei Chang is a leading expert on social innovation and author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Ann Mei served as the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world's most intractable challenges. In addition, she was Chief Innovation Officer for Pete for America, Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps, and Senior Advisor for Women and Technology at the U.S. Department of State.

Ann Mei earned a BSc degree in Computer Science, Stanford University and is a member of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellows' class of 2011. She has been recognised as one of the 'Women In the World: 125 Women of Impact' by Newsweek/The Daily Beast in 2013, "23 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in tech" by Business Insider in 2019, and "20 Top LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs, Executives and Thought Leaders" by Global Shakers 2019.

Learning with Leaders: Senior Leadership During Turbulent Times

Presenter: Daryl Conner

This presentation will focus on common pitfalls senior leaders of charitable organizations fall prey to when implementing significant change. In addition, we’ll review key requirements senior leaders must fulfill to ensure major change endeavors are successfully executed. 

Daryl Conner Bio: For over forty-five years, Daryl has educated and advised strategic leaders and veteran change practitioners in many of the world’s most successful organizations, helping them to understand and navigate the challenges and opportunities they face during transformational change. He is co-founder and chairman of three distinct but related platforms that he uses to deliver his work: 

  • Conner Advisory (www.conneradvisory.com) provides change execution guidance to senior leaders in the civil society sector, particularly with international NGOs and non-profit organizations. 
  • Conner Academy (www.conneracademy.com) offers a methodology-agnostic learning environment where experienced internal and external change professionals (change management, HR, OD, corp. strategic planning, executive development, IT, etc.) can pursue mastery-level professional development. 
  • Conner Partners (www.connerpartners.com) equips senior leaders in the for profit sector with change execution architecture and advice as they implement transformational endeavors critical to their organization’s future. 

Daryl’s work is built on a strong foundation of research, extensive consulting experience, and a master’s degree in psychology. He has authored two books— Managing at the Speed of Change (Random House, 1993) and Leading at the Edge of Chaos (John Wiley & Sons, 1998)—and more than 250 publications, including journal and magazine articles, monographs, book chapters, and videos. In recent years, his newer published work has been made available through blogs, essays, and white papers (Advisory Research, www.conneracademy.com/blog, www.conneracademy.com/essays, and changethinking ).

Learning with Leaders: Resilience reimagined: the new normal for organisations

Presenter: Professor David Denyer

The need for Organisational Resilience has increased in recent years, but what does it really mean? Organisational Resilience is the product of having the right mindset, structures and capabilities across three key aspects: strategic, operational and cultural resilience.  Resilience is not only about bouncing back, but managing the unexpected and preparing and adapting to challenges and disruptions to survive, prosper and be future ready. The session will focus on how to build resilience into future strategy and decision-making and develop the organisational capability not just to survive, but thrive.

Professor David Denyer Bio: David is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at Cranfield School of Management.  He also leads Cranfield’s Resilience Grand Challenge initiative.  His research interests include leadership, resilience, organisational change, and evidence-based management.  David has published a large number of important and highly cited articles and book chapters and regularly speaks at international conferences and high profile events.  Working across a range of sectors and organizations, he helps senior leaders to establish strategic direction, implement change and deliver sustained high performance.  David is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, British Academy of Management, CIPD, Higher Education Academy, Advanced Institute for Management Research and the Centre for Evidence-based Management.  He is a past recipient of HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Thinker’ award. 

Learning with Leaders: Survivor Syndrome: how a mentor can help

Presenter: Professor David Clutterbuck

As working life begins to return to normal, those who still have jobs are liable to feel a mixture of relief and guilt. This is a time when they need the support that a coach or mentor can bring. 

Professor David Clutterbuck Bio: David Clutterbuck is one of the early pioneers of developmental coaching and mentoring and co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. Author of more than 70 books, including the first evidence-based titles on coaching culture and team coaching, he is visiting professor at four business schools. He leads a global network of specialist mentoring and coaching training consultants, Coaching and Mentoring International.

Future Focus webinar series

Future Focus: Next Steps - What does the future look like for your organisation?

Presenter: Rachael Charmbury - Cranfield Trust Volunteer 

This session will allow CEOs/senior management teams to reflect and ask themselves the difficult questions and consider next steps. The future could be growth on the back of new opportunities presented by COVID, business as usual, contraction, re-structuring, merger or in fact closure.

Rachael Charmbury Bio: Rachael Charmbury is an experienced CEO and non-practising lawyer who has worked across a number of sectors including law, franchising, events, travel and property. She has experience of start-ups, growing businesses, mergers, acquisitions and disposals.  Rachael has been a volunteer for The Cranfield Trust for the past 2 years and has facilitated sessions around cultural alignment together with undertaking merger feasibility and organisational sustainability work for charities. After working for 30 years, she is currently taking a “gap year” and is currently involved in setting up a local community wellbeing group and running a COVID-19 volunteer group in her village.  

Future Focus: Charities Collaborating – Why it’s important in a fast changing world and how to make it work.

Presenter: Colin Pinks - Cranfield Trust Volunteer

This session looks at different types of collaborations, the challenges that can be faced and when done well, the benefits that can be achieved.


Colin Pinks Bio: Colin creates experiences for collaboration and learning that are engaging, playful and deliver real change. Embracing leadership, teamwork, communications & personal performance.

Future Focus: Re-thinking remote working: looking beyond zoom and teams to efficiency, effectiveness and well being.

Presenter: Kirsten Edmondson - Cranfield Trust Volunteer

As part of Cranfield Trust’s Future Focus series Kirsten will take us through key considerations for working remotely.  Attendees will be learn how to:

  • Create clear objectives, develop connections and measure success
  • Maintain well being and life work balance
  • Identify the right remote working tools for you

Kirsten Edmondson Bio: Kirsten in a longstanding Cranfield Trust volunteer. She is passionate about the people in the digital equation; the customers and their experiences plus the staff going through cultural and organisational change. She is an active member of various diversity and inclusion initiatives and have a particular interest in social, gender and neurodiversity inclusion in the education and the workplace.

Future Focus: Talking and walking through numbers – focussed on financials, including cashflow forecasting and funding

Presenter: Kate Masters - Cranfield Trust Volunteer

This is a financials session which will include going through what a robust cashflow model looks like, tools, packages that charities could use, tips etc. It will briefly cover funding in the financial accounting context – where it comes from and mix – contracted, grants, enterprise etc. Does this mix need to change to ensure sustainabilty? 

Kate Masters Bio: An international, dynamic and commercially astute Company Director and Chartered Accountant with general management and due diligence experience:  Demonstrated ability to successfully lead multi-national, multi-disciplinary business project teams: Highly analytical, pro-active and results oriented. Kate is an experienced Cranfield Trust volunteer.

Covid -19 webinar series

Covid-19: A Practical Guide to Re-Opening after Covid Closedown

Presenter: Steve Hodgson - Cranfield Trust Volunteer

Looking to the near future this webinar provides information about returning to your normal places of work. 

The webinar covers:  

  • Staff availability and team rotations 
  • Transportation to and from work
  • Visitors Temperature and other screening
  • Workspaces and common areas
  • Cleaning protocols and PPE
  • IT provision, accessories and furniture
  • Awareness and education
  • Handling unwell staff and reinfection response

Resources from the webinar:

Download the Webinar as PDF with Notes

Download the trainers Script

Re-Entry Checklists by Cranfield Trust

Return to Office by Advanced Workplace Institute

Steve Hodgson Bio: Steve is a Business Continuity Consultant working for Clearview Continuity. He has previously built his own consulting business specialising in Business and Cyber Resilience. His background is IT Services with 30 years experience at IBM in numerous Global and European executive roles covering IT Transformation, Change Management, Organisation Change and Strategy, Process Management and Audit as well as Business and Cyber Resilience. He is a Trustee on the board of two Charities, bringing expertise in Digital Transformation and IT & Cyber Risk Management, volunteers as a consultant at the Cranfield Trust and is a Lay Representative at Health Education and Improvement Wales. He has a Diploma in Management from Henley Business School.

Covid-19: Managing Resilience in Difficult Times

Presenter: Matthew Curtis - Project Manager in the North East for Cranfield Trust.

In this webinar Matthew explores what is resilience within a charity and what it means to us as individuals, 6 keys to resilience, keeping control, recognising and managing our engird states, as well as handling trigger events. 

Covid-19: Cash Flow Forecasting for Charities 

Presenter: Marie Langan - South West Project Manager at Cranfield Trust

In this webinar Marie explores practical suggestions for cash flow forecasting, shares ideas and resources, as well as a variety of knowledge and experience for charities. 

Webinar Resources 

Covid-19: Be Alert - Protect Your Data - Stay Secure: Cybersecurity Essentials

Presenters: Matthew Curtis - Cranfield Trust Project Manager and Clare Gray

In this webinar from Cranfield Trust Project Manager in the North East, Matthew and former Head of Cyber Security Academy at BT Clare Gray talk about Cybersecurity essentials. 

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