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Understanding Collaboration

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
In-person | Cleveland, OH

Strategic collaborations, joint programming, and mergers are becoming more and more important to the nonprofit sector every day and understanding your options for working collaboratively to achieve mission-critical impact is a must for today’s nonprofit leaders.  Karen L. Talbott will be discussing what works and what does not work in a collaboration.

This free class, developed in partnership with La Piana Consulting, will walk you through the basics of collaboration and provide you with:

  • an understanding of why nonprofits are choosing collaboration
  • knowledge on the range of collaboration options available
  • a framework for the basic process steps in forging successful collaborative relationships
  • action steps for further exploration
  • access to model collaborations

Including an introduction to the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, this presentation of Understanding Collaboration will feature tools that can put your organization on the path to successful collaborative partnerships. 

About the presenter:

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Karen L. Talbott is Principal of the Talbott Consulting Group.  She is also the retired President of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, Ohio’s largest comprehensive home health care system, and a member of the Akron General Health System.  She was also previously a client service executive with Ernst & Young, specializing in the health care industry with primary focus on hospitals and home health care.  Her consulting practice includes engagements for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development, new business startups, financial management, board governance matters, and executive recruitment and development.

Karen holds both bachelors and masters degrees from Kent State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She is also a Fellow of Hospice and Home Care, one of only a few so designated in the United States by the National Association for Home Care.  She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class VI. She is active in both professional and community organizations, including Chair of Summit County’s Social Services Advisory Board which is responsible for the Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project, a major initiative in the community; Past Chair, emeritus Board member and Executive Committee member of Summit Workforce Solutions; member of the Business Advisory Council for Akron Public Schools; Board member of the Greater Akron Chamber; Past Chair and current Board Treasurer of Info Line; member of Leadership Akron Board and Strategic Planning Committee; member of the Center for Community Health Improvement Advisory Committee at the Austen BioInnovation Institute as well as its Advisory Council; member of the Board and Second Vice Chair of Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio; Board member of Akron Roundtable; Board Chair of Cascade Capital Revolving Loan Fund, and member of the Blossom Board of Overseers.  She is also a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Kent State University (KSU) National Alumni Association and has been a distinguished Commencement speaker at KSU. 

Karen has received numerous awards, including the Woman of Note Award from Crain’s Cleveland Business; special award for eminence in a professional field by the Kent State Alumni Association; Northern Ohio Live’s Top Woman Rainmaker Award as one of the most influential business women in Northeast Ohio; 2006 Extraordinary Woman Award from the Akron Beacon Journal; public service award from the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants; Dorothy Royce Award for leadership and Governor’s Award for leadership from the Ohio Council for Home Care; Founders Medal of Honor from the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and the Carl I. Brahce Gerontology Service Award from The Gerontology Center, College of Continuing Studies, KSU.

Come prepared to share, ask questions, and have fun.  Don't forget your business cards! 

Executive directors, board members, and organizational decision makers are encouraged to attend.

The Foundation Center-Cleveland thanks Deaconess Community Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for supporting the development of this class.


1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115-1835

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