The Financial Resilience Intensive is facilitated by a team who themselves have led organizations, and bring a wealth of experience to the table. Greatly shaped by working in the trenches for rights and justice, they have developed the Intensive at the intersections of strategic and social finance, resource development, communications, and organizational transformation grounded in neuroscience and integral theory.
Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for human rights and social justice and since 2004 the founder and CEO of Spring Strategies. She is a believer – especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. During the first decade of Spring Strategies she went through five espresso machines and traveled the planet sixty-five times. Previously she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator®. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation and funding trends globally and does her most creative work listening to Marion Verbruggen playing Baroque music on recorder. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada and lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C.
Elizabeth Seja Min
Elizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Strategies.
Dale Needles is a nonprofit financial professional with extensive experience as a senior executive, consultant and trainer. He has held senior executive positions in nonprofits ranging from international human rights to performing arts and educational organizations. From 2002 to 2012, Dale was the Chief Financial Officer for the Global Fund for Women. Dale was also an instructor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco from 2010 to 2014 in their Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program. In 2012, Dale was part of the Spring Strategies team that launched the Financial Resilience Program. As a specialist in Strategic Finance, Dale has co-facilitated training workshops in India, Kenya, and Uganda. He has also provided on-line trainings and consultations on Strategic Finance for NGOs from Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.
Rohan is interested in unlocking the capability of organizations working to innovatively address major development issues at domestically and abroad. At CoreAlign, he is responsible for improving organizational capacity to achieve its mission, aligning operational, fund development, and programmatic goals, and developing and promoting a high-performing, impact-driven, positive, and collaborative organizational culture. Rohan previously worked at Arabella Advisors supporting a diverse portfolio of social change projects to scale their impact, and at the Naandi Foundation in India implementing programs to enhance maternal and early childhood healthcare and education. In his free time, Rohan serves as the Chairman of the Board for Breathe California Golden Gate and explores Sufi poetry and music. He is also a podcast addict.