Good Talk! is a quarterly panel series covering a variety of topics and issues facing today’s nonprofits. Join us for coffee and conversation with a superstar lineup of local social impact movers and shakers!

The topic for our October Good Talk! is “Turning Board Members into Brand Advocates!”

Your Board of Directors is a critical internal audience, yet too often, Board Members may have a limited understanding of their nonprofit’s unique brand attributes, positioning, or messaging. And sometimes, it can be difficult to explain the value of new marketing ideas and outreach activities.

How can Board and staff work together to grow audiences and fundraising dollars?

Join us for our October panel, where we’ll showcase nonprofits that have successfully empowered Board Members to become enthusiastic Brand Advocates and active ambassadors that engage new audiences! We’ll dig into real-world case studies so that attendees can learn what works (and what to avoid!) from some of Philly’s top nonprofit leaders.


When & Where

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Skyline Room at the Free Library of Philadelphia located at 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

The panel will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 10:30 am. Come early at 9:00 am or stay until 11:00 am for mingling and networking! The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Coffee and light breakfast fare included.

Once again, we are thrilled to partner with The Regional Foundation Center to ensure this event is free and open to the public! They house Philadelphia’s largest publicly accessible collection of resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy, and more.


Tickets & Availability

The event is free but space is limited, so please RSVP on our event page.



While spanning diverse sectors, our panelists all share the common threads of connecting with communities, pushing their industries forward, and sharing knowledge with others.

Justin Nordell, Executive Director
Philadelphia Folksong Society | @folksongsociety

Justin Nordell began at the Philadelphia Folksong Society over a decade ago before taking a job with a recording studio in Texas. Upon returning to Philadelphia, Justin became quite culturally promiscuous, working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Film Society, FringeArts, and even as Director of Business Development for a law firm before becoming PFS’ Executive Director in 2015. It didn’t feel as if he was taking a new job–it felt as if he’d come home! Justin hopes to bring his trademark exuberance and experience as a board member and staff board wrangler to this panel. And world peace.


Diana Ramsay, President
The Ramsay Group 

In 2018 Diana formed The Ramsay Group to build a model of excellence in behavioral health and human services Executive Search. Prior to that, Diana was brought into an Interim CEO assignment at Wordsworth Academy to manage a bankruptcy, and broker its acquisition. She served as President/CEO of Woods Services, CEO of Way Station, and she headed up clinical systems’ integration for Johns Hopkins Health System. She spent 10 years as the EVP/COO of Sheppard Pratt Health System, one of the nation’s top ten psychiatric hospitals, and as a Capitol Hill and state lobbyist. She has also received numerous awards and has served on numerous boards including the National Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo, and National Association for Behavioral Healthcare.


Lisette Gonzalez, Licensed Community Benefits Advisor
UPMC Health Plan 

Lisette Gonzalez embodies hard work, resiliency, determination, and passion. She is currently a Licensed Community Benefits Advisor with UPMC Health Plan. Lisette currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Hispanos Unidos Para Nino Excepcionales (HUNE) and is an Executive Board Member of the Hispanic Leadership Association. She also sits on the Advisory Committee for the American Heart Association’s Multicultural Committee and their Latina Luncheon Advisory Committee, serves as Co-Chair for the Boy Scouts of America’s Cradle of Liberty Council Advisory Committee, and is an Advisory Committee member for the Alumni Association & Foundation for Community College of Philadelphia. Lisette formerly served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for ASPIRA of PA’s five charter schools, Vice President of The Lighthouse, Board member of Taller Puertorriqueno, and President of the Home and School Association at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School.


David E. Griffith, Executive Director and Head Coach
Episcopal Community Services | @ECSPhilly

David is the first nonclergy, non-MSW to lead the 148-year-old faith-based social service agency focused on the issues of intergenerational poverty. In addition to his work at ECS, he is the Chairman of The Modern Group LTD., Chairman of Delaware Valley Floral Group, Chairman of Verus LLC., Chairman of Hoober Inc., Director of the JJ Haines Company, and Manager of Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC. He also serves on the board of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University where he chairs the Governance Committee, and Friends of Foundation Academy as Secretary. He is the Chairman of the McEwen Family Scholarship Foundation and a director of the Griffith Family Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to the Journal of Social Innovation, The Caliper Corporation, and the IBM Customer Advisory Council.



Lansie Sylvia, Senior Strategist
J2 Design | @fancylansie

Lansie leads the studio’s strategy team and builds new community partnerships in the regional and national nonprofit sectors. Since 2010, she has held director-level positions at Here’s My Chance, EHL Consulting, and the Philadelphia Film Festival. An award-winning storyteller, she frequently presents to groups and is a regular contributor for with her popular philanthropic advice column, “How To Give.” Lansie received her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and completed her AmeriCorps Year of Service in Providence, RI.


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