Nonprofit Leaders to Discuss What It’s Like to Become a Learning Organization

Jan. 7, 2013

Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society will host “How Goodwill Became a Learning Organization with the Help of Technology.”

When: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater (Rm. 204), 1900 University Ave.

Website: http://www.austinforum.org

Background: Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT) is a nonprofit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have a disability or a criminal record, lack education or job experience, or are homeless. At the end of 2012, GICT was a $65 million organization with 1,500 employees, the 30th largest business in the region.

This presentation will discuss the impact of incorporating new technologies and systems in a large, nonprofit service organization. To continue to grow GICT’s mission and operation at about 10 percent per year, the leadership team had to prepare Goodwill’s culture ― it’s people ― to use systematic processes and decision-making through the use of technology in its daily operations and strategic planning.

The speakers are Jerry Davis, CEO and president, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas; and Zachary Haines, director of Performance Excellence, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.

For more information, contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos, Texas Advanced Computing Center, 512 232 5771.