Are you interested in finding a new way to honor the legacy of a loved one? Would you like to further collaboration efforts with community leaders beyond your family’s grantmaking? Join us for an in-depth look into fellowship programs, an emerging community-based approach to meeting your charitable giving missions. In addition to evaluating both the benefits and challenges of fellowships, we will hear stories from families on their personal journey to implementing a fellowship program and its impact in the community.
Adam Simon (@adamsimon1) is Director of Leadership Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (@SchustermanFoun), a global organization committed to igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change in the Jewish community and beyond. In this role, he builds organizational capacity by increasing the quantity of qualified and inspired volunteer and professional leaders through a suite of opportunities for individuals and organizations.
Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. Monisha brings 10 years of experience in the business and nonprofit sectors. Prior to launching ProInspire, she was a Senior Business Manager for Capital One Financial Corporation. Previously, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow with ACCION International, a pioneer in the commercial approach to microfinance. Monisha has worked with a number of leading non-profit organizations throughout her career, including CARE, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Clinton Foundation. She began her career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen. Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was recipient of the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha has spoken about developing nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurship to audiences at universities, conferences, and more. She has been recognized as an American Express NGen Fellow, National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change, and as part of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society. Monisha serves on the Advisory Council of the Talent Philanthropy Project and as a mentor for the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Fellowship.
Susan Dobkins joined The Russell Family Foundation in May of 2008. Susan serves as the Foundation's Program Officer and manages various aspects of the foundation's regional leadership development work and is focused on building relationships with partners and the northwest community. Her portfolio includes responsibility for the Jane's Fund Team and Jane's Fellowship Program, amongst other efforts. Susan brings over 20 years of community organizing experience from work as a social justice director of a local church, supporting immigrant farm workers, and documenting human rights abuses against civilians in the war zone in Nicaragua in the 1980s. She was a former Jane's fellow.