"Nonprofits Living in Abundance: Possibility, Breakthrough and Re-Design"
Friday, March 28, 2014
10:15 a.m. Central Time
When you think about your organization, how do you set your goals? Do you think of only what needs to be done, or do you consider your biggest possibilities?
Learn about the work being done at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to imagine their biggest possibilities, set breakthrough goals and re-design services to support neighbors in living delightful lives. An alternative to a sense of scarcity and apprehension about the future, living in abundance is not only a more fun way to work, it is actually more effective in moving mission forward.
Harpstead will discuss the work at LSS of Minnesota to change the orientation of the organization to abundance and the tools they are using to develop the management skills to live that way.
Click here to create an organization of abundance - webinars cost $75 and last 60-75 minutes.
“There is great benefit in hearing Jodi illustrate the method she uses for generating breakthrough goals. Her process fosters big thinking and innovation, which I think is valuable for a number of ALDE members and their organizations. The examples she shared when I attended the Thrivent Fellows opening retreat were helpful in illustrating how those breakthrough goals have a positive impact on programs and advancing organizational mission. We can all benefit from hearing how to do that!”
- Heather R. McGinness, CNM, CFRE - Associate Director of Philanthropic Engagement , Lutheran World Relief
Jodi Harpstead is Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. From May 2007 to September 2011, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for LSS, where she led efforts in Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance. With over 2,300 employees, LSS offers a broad array of community services for people of all ages throughout Minnesota. Ask her why she believes LSS is so successful in sustaining a rich tradition of support for people in need, and she'll say, "We work with compassion and competence. First we need the compassion to serve the neighbor, and to be with them through whatever they are struggling or walking through. Then we need to have the competence to make a difference, so that our clients' lives are enhanced by walking with us in a way that makes a difference."
A native of the Chicago area, Harpstead received an M.B.A. in finance and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University before settling in Minnesota. Prior to joining LSS, Harpstead spent 23 years with Medtronic, Inc. where held several key positions. Most recently, she was Vice President and General Manager of Cardiac Surgery Technologies. An exceptional leader and staff developer, Harpstead helped to grow revenue in a variety of capacities at the pioneering medical device organization. She first came to LSS in 2004 to serve as its Chief Advancement Officer as LSS was kicking off the Movement of Hope capital campaign. The transformational Center for Changing Lives was the result, opening its doors in 2009.
Harpstead currently serves as Chair of the Board of Regents of Augsburg College in Minneapolis and has volunteered in leadership capacities for a variety of other organizations. Harpstead and her husband, Stan, live in Arden Hills, Minn., and have two grown children.