Strategic Consultant, See What I Mean, LLC

Jordan has spent his entire career working to be a voice for people who, for various reasons, are not heard. His 12-year tenure in the Feeding America network was concentrated on challenging people to think differently about the work of ending hunger in America by focusing on the people facing hunger, understanding the value each member of the network holds and maximizing those resources to have the biggest impact on food insecurity in our country. He is now taking those learning to social-impact organizations addressing the world’s wickedest problems. 

Jordan holds a master’s in nonprofit management and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional. He is a frequent speaker on the national, regional and local stage addressing topics related to leading in a network, human-centered design, and putting mission first. He believes that the way to provide a voice for the issues he cares about is through storytelling that brings to life the challenges we must face together. People leave his sessions understanding the plight of their neighbor, and being confident that they have the ability to make a positive impact in the world.

Keynote: Using Influence Over Power: Leading in a Collaborative Context

It times of change or crisis, we need collaborative relationships that can’t be managed through power. Leaders must learn how to use tools of influence to develop trust and support communities in addressing their biggest challenges.

We have witnessed real change when leaders recognize and challenge their default settings, and begin to re-imagine collaboration that cultivates:

  • Trust before control
  • Mission before organization
  • Distributed leadership before hierarchy

This session will explore real examples of how we shift the ways we lead in a collaborative context in order to move from transactional, power-driven, relationships to transformational, trust-driven, relationships.