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Leadership Conversations Series: Building a 3-Year Strategy and Vision: 5 Tips

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:00 am - 10:30 am  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

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Nelson Mandela once said, “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

As the leader of a nonprofit, having a vision of where you want to move the agency is essential, but getting there requires both a strong partnership with the Board and with the staff. Starting out with a new and updated vision for a nonprofit can be challenging, but if you weren’t up for the challenge, you wouldn’t have successfully applied and been hired for the job--right?

Getting your vision integrated into the existing cultural and operational environment takes more than giving it verbally, it takes adoption of that vision at all levels of the organization.

 How do you get there?

Join Alison Motz and Kauser Razvi of Ascend Advisors for this key session of our new leadership series Conversations and hear more about building a 3-year strategy from your vision. .  Among the topics covered will be:

  • Organizational Performance Review
  • Staff Relations: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • Making Your Case for Change

Registration is limited.    Please call 216-861-1933 x322 or email if you have any questions.

Sign up here for the entire Leadership Conversations Series.

About the Presenters: 


Allison Motz, M.P.A., President & Owner of Ascend Advisors is an innovative, strategic thinker with over 18 years of executive management experience creating solutions and strategies moving organizations to their highest potential. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

After completing 10 years in the non-profit and government sectors, she left to pursue a consulting practice with a goal of strengthening organizations that strengthen lives and communities. Her focus is customized to the needs of her clients and supporting their efforts to further their strategic visions. She seeks clients willing to work in partnership and welcomes organizations facing complex challenges. She thrives in work that requires strategic and tactical problem-solving. She can see the “big picture” and translate the picture into an operational plan for implementation. She has experience managing staff and support consultants and the ability to build relationships to enhance project goals. She is seeking opportunities with for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Allison has facilitated business and non-profit collaborations to address youth and workforce development challenges with shared solutions.  She worked with healthcare systems to develop the Northeast Ohio Health, Science, and Innovation Coalition, an unprecedented partnership of regional health systems (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, The MetroHealth System, Southwest General Health Center, EMH Health System, and the Louis V. Stokes Medical Center) working towards mutual workforce pipeline solutions.


Kauser Razvi is Director of Community and Developer Relations and engages with community groups, data stewards, and software developers in solving complex social problems through systems thinking, design, collaboration, and technology.  The basis of her work has always been the cultivation of civic engagement and transformation of public sector and non-profit agencies through organizing and technology work that promotes transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Kauser implemented the first integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) for the City of Chicago and its 42 city departments, and the system won an award as the best GIS implementation for the State of Illinois. She then worked across all city agencies, park districts, schools, and libraries to create an integrated out-of-school time system to ensure that out-of-school programs for kids were funded, high-quality, and accessed by those in need.

She has provided strategic consulting services to support the Cleveland Transformation Alliance’s work on access to quality schools; started the Global Cleveland initiative for talent attraction to Cleveland; and has supported clients across the country and in major cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Newark on various stakeholder engagement, program design, and technology projects.


1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115

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