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Speaker Series

Non-Profits Moving Beyond Managing Symptoms to Curing Systemic Problems


Founder & CEO, KaBOOM!


Founder & CEO, Share Our Strength


President & CEO, Community Wealth Partners

April 3, 2014

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When is good not good enough? Three socially entrepreneurial CEO’s, Darell Hammond of KaBOOM!, Billy Shore of Share our Strength and Amy Celep of Community Wealth Partners share their hard-won lessons from the field on realizing sustainable, scalable social change. Their recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article When Good Is Not Good Enough, argues that the non-profit sector needs to shift its attention from short-term success over symptoms to bold and audacious goals that offer long-term solutions to the root causes of intractable social problems. Join Darell, Billy and Amy for an engaging discussion on how KaBOOM! and Share our Strength have pivoted their orientation from reactive organizations to ones focused on saving play for America’s children and eliminating child hunger.

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Founder & CEO,
Founder & CEO,
Share Our Strength
President & CEO,
Community Wealth Partners

DARELL HAMMOND is the Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit based in Washington, DC dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve by ensuring they get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. Hammond wrote the New York Times bestseller KABOOM! A Movement To Save Play (Rodale, April 2011; paperback, September 2012).

Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $250 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of over 2,400 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Hammond has been named an Ashoka Fellow, Schwab Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum and has been awarded the American Express NGEN Leadership Award by Independent Sector and the Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by New York University's Stern School of Business. Hammond lives in Washington, DC with his wife Kate Becker.

BILLY SHORE is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength has raised and invested more than $376 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment.

Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Partners, a Share Our Strength organization that helps change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist.

From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential cam¬paign staffs of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado). From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Nebraska).

Shore is the author of four books focused on social change, including “Revolu¬tion of the Heart” (Riverhead Press, 1995), “The Cathedral Within” (Random House, 1999), “The Light of Conscience” (Random House, 2004) and most recently, “The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men” (PublicAffairs, 2010).

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Shore served as a director of The Timberland Company from 2001 through 2011. He was also named one of America’s Best Leaders (October 2005) by US News & World Report.

Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and an advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

As CEO of Community Wealth Partners, AMY CELEP guides the organization’s strategic direction and oversees the team in their efforts to support partners in solving problems at the magnitude they exist. Amy was named to this role in April 2010, and since then has led the organization in developing and implementing a new strategy for greater impact, while achieving 50 percent revenue growth and securing a marquee list of partners. Amy served in various consulting and management roles with Community Wealth Partners for eight years before moving into her current position. Prior to joining the organization, she worked in the nonprofit sector as a marketer and fundraiser and in the private sector where she served as a producer for a CBS affiliate’s award-winning evening news. In 2011, Amy was honored as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes the region’s brightest young business leaders. Amy also is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2012. Amy received her MBA from Georgetown University and her BS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University