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Roundtable considers careers in nonprofit industry

by Carol Elliott

January 12, 2010

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Executive leaders from several nonprofit organizations ranging from the arts to education will describe career opportunities and their own job paths during the Third Annual Non-Profit Roundtable at the University of Notre Dame. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus.

“The nonprofit sector is a place where you can work and dedicate your passion for service,” said Kimberly Brennan, program manager for the Master of Nonprofit Administration program at the Mendoza College of Business. “Those attending the roundtable should come away with a comprehensive understanding of the many forms servant leadership can take in the sector. The discussion also will highlight critical elements for success in the industry, which includes having solid business acumen and staying true to mission.”

Speakers include Angela Cobb, chief diversity office for Teach for America; Jane Hunter, executive director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra; Hodge Patel, district director for Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly; and Frances Shavers, chief of staff and special assistant to Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, CSC. The roundtable is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame MBA and Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) programs at the Mendoza College of Business.

The roundtable provides a good forum for those considering careers in the nonprofit industry, which is undergoing dramatic shifts in leadership trends. “The demand for the services provided by nonprofit organizations and government agencies is expected to continue growing dramatically in the coming years, while baby boomers are retiring in record numbers from executive positions,” said Cynthia Proffitt, assistant director of the Notre Dame MBA Career Development. “These trends add up to a significant need for leaders in the nonprofit industry who are well-skilled in business management.”

A recent Conference Board report found that the nonprofit sector will need to recruit as many as 80,000 executive leaders by 2016.

The roundtable is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by e-mailing mbacareer@nd.edu or calling Cynthia Proffitt at (574) 631-2843. They also can submit questions in advance via the e-mail address for discussion during the roundtable.