In 2008, Adam Braun founded Pencils of Promise (PoP) with a pocketful of pencils, a $25 bank deposit, and a passion to change the world through educating its children.
Under Adam's leadership, PoP has since broken ground on more than 140 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and delivered more than 4 million educational hours.
Pencils of Promise has been identified as one of the world's most impactful new nonprofits. Under Adam's leadership, PoP raised an unprecedented $1.6 million in funding at their second annual gala in New YorkCity. In creating a dedicated community of more than 250,000 members, PoP has also become a leader in social media engagement and digital innovation.
With unabashed passion, belief in the impossible, a firm and thorough grasp of technology, and a commitment to the same business principles that are the underpinnings of every profitable organization, Adam has blazed a trail of "profitable purpose" for Pencils of Promise, and at digitalNow 2014, he will provide a model that all association executives can adopt as they develop G.R.I.T. and lead their organizations into a future of vitality and relevance.
When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the world’s top brands, they brought in none other than Mitch Joel. Dubbed “the rock star of digital marketing” by Marketing magazine, he helps companies understand and harness digital-marketing and new-media opportunities, allowing them to stay on top of, and ahead of, the trends—in social media, blogging, podcasting, mobile, e-commerce, and more.
Mitch is president of Twist Image, an award-winning digital marketing and communications agency. Given his expertise, he is on the advisory councils for many businesses and charitable organizations: he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association; a former board member for the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada; and has been involved with the content committees for both Shop.org and the Web Analytics Association.
Mitch will join us on day two of digitalNow 2014, and he will share strategies for how you can use today's technologies and systems to reboot your organization's presence in this new association universe.
Marina Gorbis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization based in Silicon Valley. In her 14 years with IFTF, she has helped hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services. Her current research focuses on how social production is changing the face of major industries — the subject of her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World.
The Nature of the Future introduces us to the emerging relationship-driven or socialstructed economy, where individuals harness the powers of new technologies to create new, social models of products, services, and wealth. Marina argues that the Internet's low transaction costs are facilitating distributed, social solutions to some of our most immediate needs and our most intractable problems. She shows how pioneers are filling gaps and doing the seemingly impossible by reinventing business, education, medicine, banking, government, and even scientific research.
“To paraphrase Margaret Mead, we are all immigrants to the future; none of us is a native in that land. The very underpinnings of our society and institutions—from how we work to how we create value, govern, trade, learn, and innovate—are being profoundly reshaped. We are all migrating to a new land and should be looking at the new landscape emerging before us like immigrants: ready to learn a new language, a new way of doing things, anticipating new beginnings with a sense of excitement if also with a bit of understandable trepidation.”
At digitalNow 2014, Marina will help association leaders understand how models for governance, revenue, and member service are being affected by this new reality and how this impacts what it means to be an association executive.
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digitalNow registration is exclusively open to C-suite leaders of Trade, Professional, and Not-for-Profit Associations, their senior leadership teams and volunteer leaders.
Eligible titles include CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, President, Vice President, Board Chair, Executive Director, etc. When one eligible individual from a qualifying organization has registered, members of the senior team from that same organization become eligible as well. This includes Directors of Membership, Communication, IT, etc. Please note, this eligibility only occurs once the C-Level leader has registered and payment has been made.
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