Forum 2018 CEO Track

Forum features a track for InterAction member CEOs, allowing leaders of our member organizations to meet as peers, discuss strategic issues, and engage with experts from various fields and the leadership of InterAction. The breakout sessions in this track are open only to InterAction member CEOs.


8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Opening General Session: Courage of our Convictions

10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

General Session: State of Transformation: Adapting to the Changing Roles of our Sector

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session: Sexual Harassment & Abuse

Abby Maxman, Oxfam America; Megan Nobert, CARE International; Andrea Tamburini, Action Against Hunger

In March, 118 CEOs joined InterAction in signing on to the CEO Pledge on Preventing Sexual Abuse, Exploitation, and Harassment of and by NGO Staff. The pledge represents a public commitment to practices and policies that will not only protect our staff, but also the communities they serve. In addition to urging action to establish work environments free from sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment by and of NGO staff, the pledge calls for establishing a reporting culture within organizations that supports confidential reporting of all allegations of misconduct, with regular updates to CEOs. During this session, you will have an opportunity to hear the reflections of two peers and a subject matter expert on their efforts to change both their organizations and the sector’s culture. There will also be time to discuss amongst yourselves individual priorities, challenges and next steps.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

CEO Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session: Impact Investing - Bottom Lines or Beneficiaries?

Scott Jackson, Global Impact; Chris Jurgens, Omidyar Network; Randall Kempner, Aspen Institute; Donnella Rapier, BRAC USA; Chris Walker, Mercy Corps

What social outcomes can be secured with philanthropic investments that also seek to deliver a modest monetary return on investment (ROI)? As financial institutions, foundations, and NGOs navigate impact investing as a way to unleash more resources in service to both the greater good and investor expectations, what opportunities and challenges should we keep top of mind?

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session: The Future of NGOs - Sentiment, Symptoms, and Action

Kate Davies, Gates Foundation; Wolfgang Jamann, ICSC; Michel Terran, France Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator: Sam Worthington, InterAction

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust in the U.S. has suffered the largest-ever-recorded drop in the survey’s history among the general population – including a drop in trust of NGOs. InterAction CEOs in a recent survey also report pressure from changing attitudes and contexts domestically and abroad. What is happening behind these pressures? How do we make the case for positive assumptions? In this session participants will learn more on our individual and collective image and unpack our experiences together.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Breakout Session: The Vital Partnership - CEOs and their Boards during Transformational Change

Daryl Conner and Ed Boswell, Conner Advisory

NGO Boards have a critical role to play during efforts to accomplish fundamental transformational change. Their potential to make significant contributions, however, is a function of how well they understand several factors: when such involvement is warranted; how to operate in alignment with the CEO and the senior management team; what kinds of actions they should be expected to take; and where the boundaries are for their participation (when to engage vs. when to keep at a distance). This session will address these questions (as well as pitfalls CEOs should be attentive to) so that participants can determine how and when to engage their boards when pursuing major changes.

5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Reception and InterAction Awards Recognition



8:00 a.m.-8:45 p.m.

CEO Breakfast: Conversation with USAID Administrator Mark Green

The 18th Administrator of USAID, Ambassador Mark Green (ret.) will meet with InterAction’s CEOs over breakfast to have a candid off the record conversation regarding his vision for USAID, from the transformation task team redesign to the journey to self-reliance.

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

General Session: INGO Impact Investment Competition with Keynote by USAID Administrator Mark Green

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session: Conversation with the Executive Office

This will be a candid, informal exchange on policy, leadership, and trends that are shaping our community and InterAction’s role. During this session, where any topic is welcome, InterAction’s Chief Executive Officer Sam Worthington will explore collective solutions to our common concerns, share lessons learned during the last year, and examine the priorities guiding InterAction’s future course.

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting and Networking Lunch

InterAction member CEOs or their designated representatives are invited to attend the Annual Members Meeting. This is your opportunity to hear a high-level overview of InterAction’s activities, including issues under consideration by the Board of Directors and the election of new Board members. The meeting will feature a conversation with the InterAction Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer Sam Worthington and President Lindsay Coates. A quorum is required.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session: Fostering Innovation

Emily Bove, Women Thrive; Anne Lynam Goddard, ChildFund; Jenny Malseed, ChildFund

In the recent CEO survey many organizations expressed desire to increase their organization’s innovation – particularly those with lower thresholds of funding that can be used for new, creative purposes. How can organizations cultivate greater support for the risks that accompany innovation? This panel will look at funding challenges surrounding innovation and how an organization can support and maintain a culture of innovation.

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Closing General Session: Climate Change and Civil Society Leadership: Let’s Step Up

Highlights from:  Forum 2018 | Forum 2017 | Forum 2016 | Forum 2015 | Forum 2014 | Forum 2013