CEO Retreat

2016 CEO Retreat
December 6-8, 2016 | Mercy Corps HQ- Portland, Oregon


This annual retreat is a powerful meeting that provides an opportunity for InterAction CEOs to network, exchange ideas on pressing international development issues, and participate in strategic thinking and capacity building exercises with their peers.


On December 5, 2016, we will hold a one-day Women CEO Retreat, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges and perspectives experienced by women CEOs.


Post-Election Discussion

The outcome of the presidential election was unexpected for many of us in the NGO community. Regardless of individual political affiliations, we are all asking questions about what this means for those we serve, our partners and stakeholders as well as our country as a whole.

In these unexpected moments, this community needs a place to come together and we will be creating space for these discussions at the CEO Retreat, with the exact agenda to be confirmed.

PVO Standards - The Evolution Imperative

In response to our sector’s rapidly evolving dynamics, operational best practices, and metrics around impact, transparency and accountability, InterAction’s board is exploring how to evolve PVO Standards to avoid duplication and redundancy, determine most appropriate, practical and valuable measurements and to use standards to communicate our value and effectiveness to a range of donors and stakeholders. Our work has already commenced by mapping all existing standards around the world relating to U.S. NGOs. This interactive session will be facilitated by board members Jonathan Duffy and Bill Abrams, and will explore what we want to achieve, our approach to change, and how we might organize our standards three lenses: integrity, inclusion, and impact.

NGO Futures

 The international development ecosystem is changing in fundamental and unforeseeable ways. InterAction launched the NGO Futures initiative to leverage the ability of sector CEOs and other leaders to learn and lead together, and to affect sustainable change. NGO Futures intends to revolutionize how NGOs adapt to uncertainties and shape a global future where we all thrive. Join us in exploring this initiative, and learn how you can share and innovate, catalyze innovations, and scale new best practices.

The session is divided into three parts:
- Introduction to NGO Futures and a program update (30 minutes)
- Exploration of innovative finance, illustrating how new funding impacts NGOs (30 minutes)
- Participatory workshop that explores NGO Futures work streams and their relevance to your organization (1 hr. & 15 minutes)

Responding to New Trends in U.S. Philanthropy

Speaker: Carol Rhine, Principle Consultant, Target Analytics

In the midst of the 2016 holiday / year-end giving season, this timely session will explore recent U.S. philanthropic trends and their impact on the U.S. NGO sector. Demographic forces, greater concentrations of wealth, and cultural trends all continue to shape how the public engages with InterAction members. Some of these trends are troubling. While individual organizations may thrive, our sector may be in for some shocks. Carol Rhine, lead analyst for Blackbaud’s international benchmarking and analysis work, will share data and insights. She specializes in broad-based donor support for nonprofits large and small. After reviewing Carol’s data we intend to discuss:
- The impact of philanthropy trends on individual organizations
- Our collective response to a decline in donors
- The appeal of our collective international NGO "brands" in a changing public
- Where can or should InterAction try to shape a response?
Security Management - What Every CEO Should Know
At our Forum CEO track, InterAction presented research on factors currently being grappled with by NGOs in today’s complex environment, including risks that interlock and overlap, presented as general headings of security, legal, fiduciary, financial, reputational and safety. Within this session, InterAction will offer CEOs an opportunity to further discuss security risks and share their own agency’s security management approach and concerns, and explore areas for peer exchange and learning. Topics to be discussed include: security risk management structures, security policies, duty of care – both a legal and human resources framing, financial support to security needs, and accountability.
The Personal Side of Adaptive Leadership

Speaker: Alexander Grashow, Founder the Adaptist and Senior Advisor CLA

Mr. Grashow is a business adaptation expert, master facilitator, speaker, and author. He helps people do more for what they care about most. Mr. Grashow’s professional career has centered on helping organizations and their people adapt and thrive. He works with Fortune 100 CEOs, foundation and non-profit leaders and is co-author of The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Business Press, 2009) and served as senior facilitator at the Clinton Global Initiative. By popular acclaim, Mr. Grashow returns to the CEO Retreat to continue an exploration of your role as a leader.
Women's CEO Retreat

Women’s CEO Retreat! We look forward to sharing with our leadership colleagues a day of getting to know each other, learning and exploring as we prepare to face the opportunities and challenges in 2017. Here is an overview of how the day will unfold:

Welcome, Introductions, Individual “Year in Review” facilitated by Susan Hayes former InterAction Board member and CEO of Resurge. This will be followed by sessions on timely topics such as cultivating your own wellness and happiness and what are our responsibilities as leaders to address issues of workplace safety in context of heighten awareness of Sexual Harassment.  The day will close with dinner featuring Mercy Corps Board member, Gun Denhart, founder of Hanna Andersson Children’s Clothing Company. Gun pioneered, and was nationally recognized for, diverse family-friendly workplace policies, including childcare reimbursements for employees and flexible working hours. She co-authored the book Growing Local Value, showing how to leverage every aspect of a business, and she remains keenly interested in sustainable improvements in our society, including place-based impact investing.

Schedule of Events

Women CEO Retreat

December 5, 2016: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

InterAction Board Meeting
December 6, 2016: 9:00 am -2:00 pm

CEO Retreat

December 6, 2016: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
December 7, 2016: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
December 8, 2016: 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Pricing and Registration

Womens CEO Retreat - December 5: $199

CEO Retreat - December 6-8: $459

Women CEO Retreat & CEO Retreat - December 5-8: $658


Register for the 2016 CEO Retreat HERE by November 18, 2016


Location and Room Reservations

Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204

InterAction's room block for the CEO Retreat will be open until November 14, 2016. You can reserve a room at a reduced rate by using our room block. Click here to access the 2016 InterAction Room Block. Please contact Patrick Giblin with any questions regarding CEO Retreat hotel reservations.

PLEASE NOTE - The InterAction reduced rates are only available for the nights of December 4,5,6 & 7. Any nights outside of these dates will need to be booked with our sales representative Yumiko Johnson (503-575-4050) and may be subject to higher prices.

View photos from previous CEO Retreats here!

Participation in the CEO Retreats is available to InterAction member CEOs only.