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[liberationtech] Boston event: From nonprofit chief technology officer to nonprofit chief executive officer

Deborah Elizabeth Finn deborah_elizabeth_finn at
Mon Jan 25 08:33:43 PST 2016

Dear Liberation Tech Colleagues,

(Putting on my Tech Networks of Boston hat.)

What if the CTO of your nonprofit organization became its CEO?  Wouldn't he
have a lot of great insights to share about technology strategy, executive
transition, and organizational culture to share with other nonprofit chief
executive officers?

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as TNB) is pleased to invite local
employees of nonprofit organizations to a Roundtable session in which our
featured guest will be David Leonard, the interim president of Boston
Public Library.  We will discuss lessons learned from his transition from
nonprofit chief technology officer (CTO) to nonprofit chief executive
officer (CEO).

In this conversation, David will share some of his experience and
challenges of the last six months of leadership at the BPL, having taken
the reins during a time of very public crisis. This leadership experience
follows upon his transition from CTO to a deputy director role at the BPL
during the last 6 years. David's background spans the academic, non-profit,
technology, business, and consulting worlds, all of which has been helpful
to him in his current work.

Here's a bit more about David:

David Leonard has served as interim president of the Boston Public Library
(BPL) since June 2015. Appointed to the role by the Boston Public Library
Board of Trustees, and serving under the leadership of Mayor Martin J.
Walsh, Leonard provides oversight of the library’s strategic initiatives
and partnerships as well as the day-to-day operations of the nearly
170-year old institution. Previously, Leonard served as the director of
administration and technology at the BPL, and joined the library as chief
technology officer in July 2009.

In his role as interim president, David is currently focused on the
completion of the second phase of the $78 million renovation of the Central
Library in Copley Square as well as a significant number of branch and
collections management improvement projects; improving the customer
experience; collaborating with city departments and with local cultural
institutions; and supporting Mayor Walsh’s arts and culture vision.

Please note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session
will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service.  This will be a
professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want
to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not
designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants,
job-seekers, and others.

3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by
nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts
Nonprofit Network.

4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit
professionals. However, you must have a confirmed reservation in order to

5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register
for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a
good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the
waiting list.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation,
in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with
your peers.

To register, please follow this link:

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place  | South Boston, MA  02127
Phone: 617.504.8188   | Fax: 888.527.9333
deborah at |
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