Building Healthy Leadership Transition Practices with Elsa Ríos, Lisa Garrett, and Shella Brenner

March 31, 2023  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

About the workshop:

If managed well, a leadership transition can inspire! Transition processes can spark new thinking and innovation, galvanize stakeholders, and propel organizations to achieve even greater impact. The Learning Lab will explore the essential steps for planning a healthy executive leadership transition and will be facilitated by Elsa Ríos and Lisa Garrett, Leadership Reimagined Co-Leads, and Shella Brenner, Transition Consultant extraordinaire at Strategies for Social Change.

The Learning Lab will explore the following key topics:

  • An Introduction to the Five Phases of Leadership Transition
  • Understanding and navigating leadership transition as a major organizational change process
  • Building an organizational culture that supports healthy leadership transition
  • Commencing board conversations about leadership transition
  • Fundraising for the Leadership Transition process

This learning lab has passed.


Elsa Ríos is the Founder and Principal of Strategies for Social Change (SSC), a woman of color owned consulting and leadership coaching firm dedicated to serving social change organizations and movements. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of management, grant writing, program design, community organizing and public policy analysis and writing. She has led numerous community organizing and social change initiatives addressing gender violence, HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice and child welfare reform, among others.

Elisabeth Garrett (Lisa) is a leadership consultant and coach with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and has worked primarily in community based and youth serving organizations. Lisa is part of the national Somatics and Social Justice Collaborative which explores how combining both somatics and social justice activism leads to transformative change for individuals, organizations and communities.

Shella Brenner has been working in nonprofit resource development and management for 30 years and for a range of progressive causes–affordable housing, immigrant rights, educational equity, healthcare access, and juvenile justice reform among them. She has helped grow fundraising and infrastructure at the Lexington Center for the Deaf, Marymount Manhattan College, and the Community Service Society in New York, and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Legal Services for Children in San Francisco.