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Keys to successful value driven leadership at a not-for-profit

Date: Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto, CA
Registration closes on: Monday, Oct 16, 2017 8:00 AM

Keys to successful value driven leadership at a not-for-profit


1. Key differences between a for-profit and a not-for-profit
2. Start with WHY: How some teams pull together while some do not
3. How to attract and retain the best talent
4. Best practices for presenting to boards and stakeholders




Chief Financial Officer


As Chief Financial Officer, Mike McGee oversees all accounting, planning, legal, and IT functions for the Academy, ensuring that the institution’s resources are managed wisely and aligned with its long-term strategic plan and mission.

Before joining the Academy, McGee served as Vice President of Finance and CFO at Discovery Science Foundation, the operating, marketing, and fundraising arm for Discovery Cube—a nonprofit science education institution with campuses in Orange County and Los Angeles. There, he led the Foundation through the construction and launch of its second Discovery Cube museum location in Los Angeles, which opened in November 2014. In 2015, he was named “CFO of the Year” in the “Not-for-Profit” category by the Orange County Business Journal, an award that recognizes the achievements of Orange County’s top CFO’s.

Prior to his work at Discovery Science Foundation, McGee served as Vice President of Finance and CFO for Palace Entertainment, the largest operator of water parks and family entertainment centers in the country. He was also an executive with the Walt Disney Company for 11 years, holding key leadership roles in the Theme Park and Resorts segment including CFO of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club.

McGee is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting theory and practice from California State University, Northridge and earned his CPA certificate while at Coopers & Lybrand.

About the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a worldclass aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. For more information, visit www.calacademy.org.



Continuing Professional Education:

One (1) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBD.

CPE CreditsFEI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Questions regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website, www.learningmarket.org


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Please arrive early for registration!


PAHGCC Tall Trees Room

3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304


RSVP/Career Sessions Cost : 

Members and Partners: Please register (included in membership).
Non-Members and Other Chapters: Please register and pay $15.00 online or $20.00 for registrations received after the preceding Friday and “walk ins” at the door.


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