Martin Nesbitt, ’89, chairman of the Obama Foundation and co-CEO of the Vistria Group, LLC, reflects on nonprofit board service at the On Board conference

Making an impact is central to any nonprofit’s mission, and it’s often what draws people to nonprofit board service. But of equal importance are the management team and strategy behind the organization. During the keynote at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation's On Board 2018 conference in Chicago, Martin Nesbitt, ’89, chairman of the Obama Foundation and co-CEO of the Vistria Group, LLC, shared his experiences serving on a nonprofit board and working to achieve the balance between mission and management.

Nesbitt recalled that his first foray into civic leadership—as a district chair for the Boy Scouts of America—was inspired by a mentoring experience he had in college. He and his roommates became de facto mentors to a boy in the neighborhood who would hang out at their house and do his homework. Those same feelings of empathy helped shape his career and the ways he gives back.

“Helping other people was always very satisfying to me,” he said. “Sometimes you’re not even conscious of the satisfaction that you get out of it until you look back.”

Read takeaways from his conversation on civic leadership in the Chicago Booth Magazine Blog »

 

Martin Nesbitt gave the keynote address at the On Board conference on nonprofit board service on April 13, 2018, in Chicago. Hosted by Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the fifth annual On Board conference in Chicago convened a crowd of more than 400 Booth alumni and students and business and nonprofit leaders. Attendees learned key trends in nonprofit board service, gained insight from faculty into how research and other academic tools can be applied in the nonprofit sector, and connected with others looking to make an impact in the social sector.

To view a photo slideshow from On Board 2018 in Chicago, go to this link »