2018 CEO Academy Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Melissa Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. Currently, she is a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. Previously, she served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, where she oversaw the development of the Pay for Success Program. Melissa’s private sector experience began at the Student Loan Marketing Association; other corporate experience includes her role as Director of Investment Services at CIT GAP Funds, and as a Vice President at UBS in the Private Client Group.

Melissa has also spent significant time in the social sector. Melissa founded New Capitalist and Entrepreneurial Development Institute (TEDI), organizations that leverage capital for social good and economic development. Melissa also served as CEO of Tides, where she led innovation through new products and services, as well as initiated business model improvements. Melissa has served as an adviser, consultant, and board member to many organizations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Credit Suisse New Markets Advisory board, Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. 

Dan Cardinali

Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector (IS), the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. Before joining IS in 2016, Dan led Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years. Early in his career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education, and held a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Dan is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow and leads the K-12 subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Education Excellence for Hispanics. He also serves on the board of Child Trends, as an advisory board member of Big Bets, an initiative of The Bridgespan Group and Forbes, and on the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Advisory Board. 

Antony Bugg-Levine

Antony Bugg-Levine is CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, where he oversees more than $340 million of investment capital and a national consulting practice, and works with a range of philanthropic, private sector, and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. A frequent speaker on the evolution of the social sector, he is the co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.

Prior to joining NFF in 2011, Antony designed and led the Rockefeller Foundation's Impact Investing initiative and oversaw its Program Related Investments portfolio. He is the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network, and was previously the country director for Kenya and Uganda for TechnoServe. As a consultant with McKinsey, he advised Fortune 100 financial services and healthcare clients and helped develop frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy. He teaches at Columbia Business School and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Michelle L. Janssen

Michelle Janssen is the Dean for College Advancement at Wabash College, where she oversees the Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Advancement Services, and Alumni and Parent Relations functions. Before joining Wabash, she served as Vice President of Alumni and College Relations at Berea College, and in a variety of senior leadership positions at Valparaiso University, including Executive Director of Development. She also directed Valparaiso’s largest comprehensive campaign in history, the $200 million “Our Valpo, Our Time” campaign that exceeded its goal by $38 million. Janssen also has fund-raising experience at Washington University in St. Louis and Lutheran Child and Family Service of Michigan.

Janssen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and is a frequent speaker and trainer in the areas of major gift solicitation and relationship building. She is a past-president of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives, from which she was honored with the Virgil Anderson Award for lifetime achievement in resource development and the President’s Award for Volunteer Service.

Member Speakers:
• Marian Baldini, KenCrest
• Angela Bovill, Ascentria
• Luanne Fisher, Liberty Lutheran
• Colleen Frankenfeld, LSMNJ
• Eric Gurley, Immanuel Communities
• Jodi Harpstead, LSS-Minnesota
• James Hereford, Fairview Health Systems
• Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Marshfield Church
• Damyn Kelly, LSS-New York
• Kevin McFeely, Tacoma Lutheran
• Larry McReynolds, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
• Mark Pile, Diakon
• Mark Stutrud, LSS-Illinois
• Brenda Swartz, Concordia Place
• Linda Timmons, Mosaic