Name: Alexandra Mitchell, PHR
Title: President
Company: Pathfinder Solutions
Session title: Engaging the Next Generation of Talent
Session date/time:  Monday, October 21 – 3:45 PM
LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alexandra-mitchell/7/231/396
Twitter: @FinderSolutions

Profile: Alexandra Mitchell is the President of Pathfinder Solutions, a nonprofit firm specializing in research and talent development. Alex has teaching credentials, an MA in Public Administration, and 25+ years of experience organizational capacity building and evaluation. She has directed projects for the Council on Foundations, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Center on Aging. She presents regularly at national conferences and has taught at Regis University, the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Publishers of her written work include Stanford Social Innovations Review, Harvard University Law School, the Council on Foundation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Recognition awards Alex has received include the Thousand Points of Light, California’s Golden Bell, and a State Department of Justice award for Youth Crime and Violence Prevention.

At the Nonprofit HR Conference, Alexandra will present on talent management. Comprehensive efforts to improve talent management for the nonprofit sector must span the entire career trajectory. If succession planning is at one end of the spectrum, real solutions start at the other, beginning with robust service learning programs in which strong and sustainable bridges are built between educational institutions and nonprofits. This session will explore how a variety of community stakeholders are working together in several county-wide pilots to bridge the gaps between K-12 /colleges and nonprofits in order to make the service learning experience most beneficial to all parties concerned. Learn about engagement strategies, generational issues, cultural competency, and finding “the hooks” that foster long-term involvement in philanthropy and nonprofit career exploration. What are the keys to success and where do efforts fall short of their potential? Audience Response Technology (clickers) will engage participants in shared exploration and identification of priority areas for systemic improvement.