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Skillman Foundation president speaks at Lawrence Tech May 20

Release Date: May 7, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Skillman Foundation President and CEO Tonya Allen will discuss ways to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in “When Good in Not Good Enough” on Tuesday, May 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield.

Allen is the fourth speaker in the Executive to Executive series hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Management at LTU and sponsored by Plante Moran. The cost is $30. Register online at ltu.edu/nonprofit or at the event starting at 8 a.m. outside the Marburger Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building.

Allen will discuss why the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors must anchor their work in innovation and offer new tools that will broaden the mosaic of solution sets for social problems. Her talk will cover data and analytics, market-based principles, creative capital and democratic engagement in problem solving.

As CEO of the Skillman Foundation, Allen has worked on education reform, urban revitalization and public policy with the overall goal of improving the well-being of Detroit’s children. She serves as the architect of the 10-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods program. She orchestrated the development of a $200 million, citywide education reform organization called Excellent Schools Detroit, and a high-school improvement strategy that has resulted in 15 new college-preparatory high schools.

Executive to Executive is a speaker’s series featuring prominent leaders making a difference in the social sector. This four-part speaker series is sponsored by Plante Moran in partnership with Blender Consulting, The McGregor Fund, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Technological University. For more information, visit www.ltu.edu/nonprofit or contact Blender Consulting Group at (248) 245-7900 or dblender@comcast.net.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.