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Strategic Leadership Series: The Power of Social Labs

December 1, 2015 @ 4:00 PM6:00 PM

Strategic Leadership Series

Experience some of the best thought leaders in the business right here in West Michigan. The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Strategic Leadership Series engages nonprofit professionals and the larger philanthropic community to encourage the development of a diverse, equitable, local ecosystem that supports entrepreneurialism when addressing critical social issues. These experiences will infuse our region with fresh thinking on the power and potential of nonprofits to be catalysts for change.

Join special guest speaker Zaid Hassan and Strategic Leadership Series Host Dennis McMillian as they explore the power of social labs.

Full series pass: $45
Includes admission to all four presentations.
Tickets to individual events may be purchased for $15 each. GVSU students attend FREE with student ID.



Learn more about the 2015–2016 Strategic Leadership Series.

Zaid HassanZaid is the co-founder of Reos Partners, a social innovation consultancy that addresses complex, high-stakes challenges around the world. Reos helps teams of stakeholders work together on their toughest challenges. Zaid has over a decade of experience in developing strategic responses to complex social challenges, including aboriginal issues, climate change, child malnutrition, employment, energy, financial systems, global food systems, and security issues. He has a background in technology and communications. Zaid left university where he was studying physics to join the .com boom, where he set up his own company, Anthropic, which focused on both the delivery of new media and the social implications of technology. He has extensive start-up experience, including serving for two years as Chief Technology Office for smartchange, a .com nonprofit start-up. Zaid is Strategic Advisor to a number of organizations. He is a Guest Lecturer at the KaosPilots, an innovative business school in Denmark. Zaid is an alumnus of the University of Oxford, where over 2009-10 he was an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, at the Said Business School. Zaid writes for various publications. He was a contributor to the best selling book,Worldchanging: A User’s Guide. A native Londoner, Zaid grew up in Bombay, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi and London. He currently lives in Oxford.

Dennis McMillianDennis has devoted his professional career to helping nonprofit organizations better meet the needs of their communities. For 21 years he served as a development officer, and then as a CEO with United Way in numerous communities around the country. He came to Alaska in 1992 to lead the United Way of Anchorage. Since moving to Alaska, he has helped build the state’s philanthropic infrastructure through his work with United Ways across the state and through his support in developing the Alaska Community Foundation. He is a strong advocate for Alaska’s nonprofit sector. In 2001, Dennis led the effort to start The Foraker Group with the mission of building sustainability and organizational capacity in Alaska nonprofits. During his career, he’s trained thousands of professionals and volunteers, spoken at numerous conferences, and consulted across America, Canada, Asia, and Russia. He serves on numerous national nonprofit committees and is a regular speaker at conferences including The Council on Foundations, Tides Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, and the National Council of Nonprofits. He sits on the board of Nature Conservancy in Alaska, and on the national boards for Camp Fire, Inc., the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the National Council of Nonprofits.


December 1, 2015
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Loosemore Auditorium
401 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
(616) 331-5000