Tools for Leadership

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM | Ballroom

This panel discussion will provide participants with a variety of perspectives on how leadership can be created, encouraged, and grown in all levels of a business. The panelists will share a variety of perspectives and experiences of using technology, personal development, and non-traditional management models to create a culture in which everyone is, in fact, a leader. Participants will leave the panel with easy to implement tools, and executable strategies for seeing leadership come alive in themselves and their organizations.

Panelists: April Burrows (Flow Office Wisdom), Trishala Pillai (Myplanet), Melanie Wood (Grantbook), Ron Spreeuwenberg (HiMama)

April BurrowsApril Burrows (Flow Office Wisdom)

April is the visionary behind Flow Office Wisdom, a social enterprise, Certified B Corporation based in Guelph, Ontario. April specializes in creating and working for change. She looks for the potential in people, and is most satisfied when she can empower others to tap into their personal passion and energy.
April’s greatest strengths are in strategic thinking and team-building. She has experience as a mediator, facilitator, general manager and entrepreneur.

Trishala PillaiTrishala Pillai (Myplanet)

Trishala Pillai is the Partnerships Manager for Voice + AI, growing an ecosystem of technology partners in Voice, AI + Analytics and collaboratively implementing bespoke AI. Myplanet is a software studio making smarter interfaces for the world’s most influential organizations. She is fascinated by the human-AI partnership and the impact and implications it will have on society, at large. 

Melanie WoodMelanie Wood (Grantbook)

Melanie is a results-driven IT Project Manager and Grantbook’s client services director with 10+ years of success in the support and execution of projects related to technology and organizational change in not-for-profit, philanthropic, and public sectors. Having joined Grantbook when it was a team of 3, one of her greatest accomplishments has been her role in building the team of 17 autonomous and collaborative colleagues that have made Grantbook a leader in philanthropy technology consulting. 
With a solutions-oriented leadership style that builds trust and affinity with diverse community members and stakeholders, Melanie thrives in building relationships with foundations and other innovators in the philanthropy/technology space so that she can better advocate for the people they work with and their beneficiaries.

Ron SpreeuwenbergRon Spreeuwenberg (HiMama) 

Ron Spreeuwenberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of HiMama, a software company with a social purpose that enables child care, preschool, and early learning programs to realize educational and business leadership. As a Harvard Business School graduate, Ron is passionate about using business to deliver positive social change. In line with that, HiMama is a Certified B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of transparency and accountability.