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Transitioning From For-Profit To Non-Profit And Making Your Desired Impact On The World

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Have you ever thought about shaking up the social sector with your industry experience? Do you ever wonder if being a nonprofit leader is the career transition you need? Are you interested in questioning the status quo in the social entrepreneurship arena? If any of these questions resonate with you, then this is the panel for you!

Learning Objectives:

    • Breaking down the myths of making the transition from profit to nonprofit
    • Tips/Advice on how to make this transition successful
    • The power of perseverance and passion (grit)


Suresh Bhat
Suresh Bhat is a senior finance executive with more than two decades of experience in both the for-profit (Fortune 500 companies) and non-profit sectors. He currently is the chief financial officer (CFO) of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Prior to joining the Hewlett Foundation, Mr. Bhat served as the CFO of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, where he was a key member of the Haas senior management team and thought partner to the dean and advisory board. Prior to that, he headed business finance for the Institutional Client and BlackRock Solutions businesses at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, overseeing all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis.

Mr. Bhat has extensive experience in organizational strategy and financial management. He held senior roles at Barclays Global Investors, where he helped lead its sale to BlackRock (which is the still the largest transaction in asset management history), and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he served as division CFO for retail distribution, retirement service and international businesses. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche and served in various finance roles at Bank of America.

Mr. Bhat enjoys supporting nonprofits and is a board member of the following organizations: Public Library of Science (PLOS), an open access publisher of scientific journals; HomeFirst, the largest provider of homeless shelters and services in Silicon Valley; Castro Valley Educational Foundation. Mr Bhat also was recently elected to the board of Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), which supports foundation leaders (CIOs, COOs and CFOs) across the globe.

Mr. Bhat earned both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.


CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBA

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