Collaborating across power differences

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:00 PM until 01:30 PM EST
90 minutes
Webinar Replay
Who should attend

Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.


Power dynamics can really get in the way when you are trying to build a healthy, strong organization. If family foundations and their grantee partners don’t see eye to eye, or if junior members of the family pose challenges to their board leaders or elders, the back-and-forth struggle isn’t just uncomfortable; it can undermine the organizational stability and compromise impact. But there are practical, effective solutions for this struggle. In this session featuring Dr. Miki Kashtan, Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration, participants will learn both concrete tools and out-of-the-box solutions for bridging power differences and collaborating more effectively. Miki will be joined by Cindy Mercer, co-founder of the Planet Heritage Foundation, who will share her own experiences with collaboration and power differences in philanthropy.

Special offer!

Participants are invited to share specific questions and concerns you have faced in your own work by emailing them to prior to the webinar (questions will be confidential, unless you wish to be identified). Miki and Cindy will be available to provide on-the-spot consultations for resolving specific issues for a limited number of registrants.

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What participants said:

“Shared values are not enough. If we want our core values to be lived out in our organizations, we need decision‐making systems and resource-allocation systems that embody those values. Those are the kind of insights and practical applications that this workshop provides. I dream about placing what I have learned from Miki in the hands of every leader, so they can be nourished by the vision and the radically new tools that I have learned from her.”

Cindy Mercer, Planet Heritage Foundation

I thought Mikki and Cindy gave a thoughtful and refreshing framework for thinking about collaboration in a new way, as well as some practical connection to their model. 

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