Kirsten Lodal on “The Critical Role of Non-profits in a Divided Society”

Kirsten Lodal's seminars will be held the week of February 5, 2018

All IOP Pritzker Fellows Seminars will be held in the IOP Living Room unless otherwise noted. 
All seminars are students only and closed to press/off the record.

Session 1 (February 5 at 12:30pm) - Built to Last: The LIFT Story | RSVP

In this session, Kirsten Lodal will share the story of building LIFT and the organization’s journey through two decades of fighting poverty. Started when she was a sophomore at Yale, LIFT has gone from campus start-up to what is now widely considered to be one of the country’s foremost anti-poverty organizations. What were the challenges of starting, scaling, and effectively running an organization? What metrics does one use to measure success and how do those evolve? This will be an unvarnished, off-the-record conversation that features the good, the bad, and the ugly of non-profit start-up, survival, and impact.

Session 2 (February 6 at 3:30pm) - Staying Revelant: How To Evolve Social Change Organizations To Meet Society's Changing Needs | RSVP

As an organization grows and develops over time, social needs also change, as do the policy and political waters an organization must navigate to continue to have impact. What worked 5, or even 2 years ago may no longer be relevant, and an organization must keep a critical eye on its mission and strategic vision and hold itself accountable. In this session, Kirsten Lodal will delve into the necessary but difficult process of organizational and strategic transformation in order to drive social change. She will use LIFT’s own transformation over the last several years – evolving from an organization largely delivering poverty “remediation” services to an organization laser focused on poverty “alleviation” – as a case study. She will also delve into different approaches to transformation and change management, including lean design and the Japanese practice of Nemawashi.