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Author, InterAgency Coordinator To Speak At Nonprofit Leadership Summit

Author Andrew Solomon, pictured, and NYS InterAgency Coordinator Fran Barrett are set to be the keynote speakers at the Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit in Tarrytown. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fran Barrett, pictured, will be a keynote speaker at the May 5 event in Tarrytown. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Author Andrew Solomon and New York State InterAgency Coordinator Fran Barrett will be the keynote speakers at the Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit in Tarrytown.

The 12th annual summit, which is anticipated to sell out with a crowd of more than 700, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5, at the Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown.

It is presented by the Westchester Community Foundation and the United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

"Solomon is an acclaimed writer and lecturer who explores the subjects of politics, culture and psychology," representatives said. "Beyond his writing, Solomon is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in mental health, LGBT rights, education and the arts."

Solomon's latest book, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity," was named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012 and wom the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.

Barrett founded the nonprofit consulting group, CRE, in 1979 to help nonprofit leaders build strong and effective infrastructures to position their organizations to affect poverty, according to a release.

"Barrett has dedicated herself to improving lives and providing opportunities for poor New Yorkers for four decades," representatives said.

“Westchester professional and volunteer leaders will be impressed and enlightened by Andrew Solomon and Fran Barrett’s widespread knowledge of the not-for-profit sector,” said Carlene Gentilesco, interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “We are thrilled that they are part of this year’s Summit and know that they will inspire local nonprofits to accomplish even more.”

After breakfast, those who attend will be able to choose from 16 breakout sessions on topics such as branding, leadership transition, organizational restructuring, disaster risk management, crowd funding, advocacy and public policy, social media in the workplace, strategic planning and profitable fundraising techniques.

“The nonprofit sector is integral to both the economy and quality of life of Westchester,” said Catherine Marsh, executive director of the Westchester Community Foundation. “This Summit brings together local nonprofit leaders to identify new leadership strategies to meet evolving challenges and opportunities and build organizations that excel.”

The Leadership Summit is underwritten in part by the TD Charitable Foundation. There is a $30 non-refundable event fee for a nonprofit’s initial reservation. Sponsorships and vendor tables are also available. For more information, call the Summit Hotline at 914-997-6700, ext. 704.

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