The Network Effect: How We Create a New Ecosystem of Good, Together

Problem Statement

During this session, attendees will be invited to consider a modern, open, and network-driven model that enables the social good community to achieve greater measurable scale and impact.

As individual nonprofits or vendors, we can only create so much scale and impact. And in a cloud-first, rapidly changing world, with new data being produced faster than it can be consumed, risk increases as a new mandate emerges: “innovate or die”. But together, we can create an ecosystem of good.

As nonprofits, foundations, education institutions, corporations, government entities, other key influencer groups—and even individual change agents—come together in new way to share information, cultivate best practices, catalyze ideas, and leverage smarter technology, the course of the philanthropic movement will be re-charted, positioning it to drive dramatically higher levels of excellence and success. Specific outcomes include improved measurement, increased program effectiveness, sustainable programs, replicable models, which continue to feed a more and more powerful ecosystem of good.

Attendees will hear perspectives from nonprofits and other organizations and will walk away with three clear steps to living into this new high-velocity model for good.

Mary Beth Westmoreland
Chief Technology Officer
Mary Beth Westmoreland is Chief Technology Officer, responsible for leading Blackbaud’s worldwide technology strategy and planning across the company’s entire solution portfolio. This includes the development of strategic hardware and software to support Blackbaud’s innovative cloud capabilities, and also includes leadership of Blackbaud's user experience, user education, cloud services, and mass market solutions engineering teams. She started with Blackbaud in 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in software engineering and product development. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Mary Beth was Vice President of Research and Development at Ipswitch, Inc. where she led product development for the company’s entire product portfolio, including the WS_FTP family of products and WhatsUp Gold Network Monitoring and IMail Server product suites. Before Ipswitch, Mary Beth spent 15 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory where she started as a programmer and eventually managed the company’s Enterprise and Technical Systems Engineering organizations. Mary Beth graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Physics from Immaculata University located near Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and is actively involved in a variety of STEM programs and Women in Technology Initiatives.

Justin Dillon
Made in a Free World

Irena Hein
National Children's Alliance
Director of Member Relations and Grants

Jenny Lawson
Corporate Institute, Points of Light
Executive Director