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LLC Webinar Series | Leading for Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change



  • Ashley B. Stewart, Senior Associate, Talent and Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Michelle Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Northside Achievement Zone

2015-04-17 LLC Webinar Series | Leading for Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.


Suggested Donation $30 


What is the best way for leaders in the field of social change to move from intention to action? How can diverse groups work together to improve outcomes for children and families? For more than 20 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been helping people develop the skills, the behaviors and the relationships they need to lead organizations and public systems toward lasting improvements in child and family well-being. This interactive session will: 1) explore Casey’s results-based approach to leadership development; 2) share tools and resources others can use to further their work; and 3) discuss how this approach is helping to create sustainable, system community change.

Webinar Results:

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the cornerstone of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s results-based leadership approach and methodology
  • Explore how to bring diverse groups together that can work across race, class and ethnicity to create equitable opportunities and improved outcomes
  • Have insights about the complexities, challenges and opportunities that accompany results-driven community change in the Northside Achievement Zone

Ashley B. Stewart is a senior associate for talent and leadership development at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for vulnerable children, their families and communities. There he oversees an array of results-based leadership development and capacity building programs that the Foundation offers to develop leaders in the human services field and within the Foundation. In this role, Stewart designs and implements leadership initiatives that increase the pool of diverse, results-based leaders with the confidence and competence to accelerate sustainable change and ultimately improve child well-being.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Stewart served as the senior director for community initiatives at the National Summer Learning Association leading community initiatives and trainings to increase public investment in high-quality summer programs for low income children in Baltimore (MD), Grand Rapids (MI) and Newark (NJ).  There helped to scaffold NASA’s Summer of Innovation initiative which leverages the expertise and reach of NASA’s 10 field centers, national academic and industry partners and smaller, non-traditional collaborators to keep students engaged in STEM activities during the summer school break. Stewart also served as a U.S. Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Before joining the Foreign Service, Stewart was a speechwriter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and a high school teacher. Mr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from Morehouse College and a Master in Public Policy with concentration in human resources, labor, education and leadership from Harvard University.


Michelle Martin For more than a decade, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Chief Operating Officer, Michelle Martin, has been leading change efforts in the North Minneapolis community. Formerly a licensed social worker, she focuses on building solutions for sustained community change that move beyond the social services paradigm. 

As the architect of the NAZ organization, she works to repair broken systems in ways that shift power back to the community—enabling neighbors themselves to drive the positive change on the Northside.

Ms. Martin chaired the formative NAZ steering committee of organizations and residents that resulted in their common goal to prepare youth to be college ready within a geographic Zone of North Minneapolis. She designed the NAZ service delivery model with strong families at the center; built their family engagement process with one-on-one support from neighbor leaders; developed the NAZ Connect online achievement planning and tracking tool; and leads the NAZ seal of Effectiveness quality assurance process. 

Today, Ms. Martin acts as a partner with their President and CEO in leading the NAZ effort.