Joanne Sonenshine is Founder + CEO of Connective Impact, aiding organizations in strategic goal development, partnership strategy, fundraising diversification, and collective thinking in order to solve some of the most complex problems of our time. Immediately prior to launching Connective Impact in January 2014, Joanne was a Director at Conservation International where she managed programs focused on climate mitigation and adaptation, climate smart agriculture, responsible sourcing and effective land use. Joanne is a trained development economist and has been living and working in the Washington, DC area for over a decade. Her professional experiences have included working at the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Association and as a registered lobbyist advocating for more comprehensive environmental sustainability regulations. Joanne lives and works in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons.

Speaking Topics

6-step Approach

Has your organization set a far reaching social, economic or environmental impact goal, yet it seems unclear how this goal will be achieved without the right partners? Joanne will share her 6-step partnership and collaboration approach to set partnership strategy, guide implementation and monitor progress for stronger impact.​

Creating Concise Action Plans

Is your organization unsure where to begin identifying social, environmental or economic impact goals? Does it feel like everyone in your organization has a different implementation plan in mind around poverty alleviation, CSR or sustainability? Joanne will share her thoughts on how best to create concise action plans around goals developed in effective organizational consensus building, and assist in pursuing the right collaborations to fulfill them. ​

Diversify Organization's Funding Sources

Are you looking for ways to diversify your organization's funding sources? Joanne will share how to prioritize goals, refine fundraising objectives and determine the best use of resources to bring in greater funding.

Finding Meaning

How do you move on from a career that is not feeling fulfilled or impactful? Joanne will share highlights from ChangeSeekers, her professional and personal journey to find meaning in her day-to-day.

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