Executive Director Roundtable: Attracting and Retaining Talent Recording





Are you experiencing turnover in your organization or having trouble attracting qualified job and volunteer candidates? Julie Shannan of Big Mission Consulting, will moderate our roundtable of experienced ED’s and ask how they handle challenges related to this topic within their own organizations.


Julie Shannan is the founder and CEO of Big Mission Consulting. She helps organizations align their brand and mission throughout their marketing, communications, development, and programs. Julie has dedicated her career to building strong nonprofits that make a measurable impact. With over 25 years of leadership and fundraising experience, Julie is an expert at creating marketing and fundraising pieces that inspire people to join a cause and make a difference.

Julie started her nonprofit career in programs and volunteer management and has served as an Executive Director twice. Julie is a recipient of the prestigious “Austin Under 40” Award for leadership in Youth and Education. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has developed nationally recognized science and technology programs that have been funded by Oprah’s Angel Network, the Texas Education Agency, and the National Science Foundation. Ms. Shannan has presented at conferences all over the nation including SXSW Interactive, SXSWedu, the Texas Conference for Women, Women in Technology International, Games 4 Change, the National Science Teachers Association, and more.


Our panel is comprised of three very experienced Executive Directors:

Jessica Van der Stad

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Massachusetts Chapter

Mark Ostrom

Joy Collaborative

Amy Thomas

Lake Travis Education Foundation