Wow, it’s really bright up here!

By Lauren Woodman, CEOUnarguably, this was the most frequently uttered phrase from onstage presenters at the NetHope Global Summit 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. They said it as they peered out with squinty eyes, trying to connect with a hard-to-see audience in the Pan Pacific Crystal Ballroom.And, you know what? Nearly two weeks after the Summit, … Continued

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Digital transformation: Losing sight of the shore

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOThis is second in a series of blog posts that will explore the factors that drive digital technology and how NetHope will lead and support it. “On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d’abord et longtemps, tout rivage.”  — André Gide, “The Counterfeiters,” 1925Almost a hundred … Continued

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What nonprofits must learn from Amazon, Uber, and Tesla

By Lauren Woodman, CEOThis is the first in a series of blog posts that will explore the factors that drive digital technology and how NetHope will lead and support it.  When Amazon announced recently that it was buying Whole Foods, many marveled at how a company that started as an online book seller had become … Continued

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We are passengers on the same planet

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I generally try to share my reflections immediately, but I needed to shake off a cold and allow time to get some perspective. It was a frenzied week – the meeting … Continued

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Closing out 2016 with gratitude, and hope

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOAs 2016 comes to a close, many of us turn to family and friends during this season of reflection and gratitude. At NetHope, we’re immensely thankful for our strong and vibrant member community, as well as our deeply committed partners for their unwavering support. We have accomplished much together in 2016, … Continued

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Summit Day Four: Security, cognitive computing and until next year …

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s the last day of the formal Summit (in-depth training sessions happen Friday), and I’m so pleased with the level of participation, collaboration and content we’ve seen this week. A special thanks to CDW for sponsoring our Community Celebration at the Center for Civil and Human Rights last night. If we … Continued

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Summit Day Three: Celebrating our community

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s Wednesday at the NetHope Global Summit — the day after election day in the U.S. We had more than a few bleary-eyed attendees who’d stayed up late to watch returns, but our morning speakers did a terrific job of bringing us back to our missions. Elizabeth Mynatt, Executive Director at Georgia Tech’s Institute … Continued

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Summit Day Two: Digital transformation, and DanChurchAid

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s Tuesday in Atlanta (and election day in the U.S.). Though we’re sure our delegates were surreptitiously checking for election news, we also know that today’s Summit provided an excellent distraction.  First, a big thank you to the International Procurement Agency for hosting our daily breakfasts here in Atlanta. We all appreciate … Continued

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Summit Day One: It’s a NetHope family reunion!

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOToday was a terrific start to the NetHope Global Summit in Atlanta. This is our biggest Summit to date, with longstanding members, vendors and partners, but also plenty of new faces. While there’s no way I could possibly capture all of the powerful and insightful talks and session of this first … Continued

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Looking ahead to the 2016 NetHope Global Summit

By Lauren WoodmanIt’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for the NetHope Global Summit to convene once again — this time, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is my third Summit, and I’m looking forward to so many sessions on our jam-packed agenda. I’m also excited to welcome over 300 delegates to the Georgia Tech Hotel … Continued

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