Webinar: Building a Culture of Learning and Leadership

March 20, 2017

Join us on April 6 from 12:00-1:00 PM EST / 9:00-10:00 AM PST as we bring together leading voices in talent and people management for an interactive discussion on how to embed a culture of learning and leadership into your organization, while meeting the needs of today’s emerging social impact leaders.



  • Explore the concept of organizational learning (from the perspective of self, organization, and field), as it relates to leadership development.
  • Discuss the critical role executive leaders and talent managers play in creating a culture that empowers the rising generation of leaders to reach their full potential.
  • Share new tools and best practices that can help support all employees shape their own professional trajectories.
  • Ensure that thoughtful, intentional talent and leadership development becomes the norm for the social sector.


MEGHAN CURRAN, Head of Talent at Acumen

As the Head of Talent at Acumen, Meghan manages the systems and tools that enable Acumen to attract, engage, and develop Acumen’s global team. Working closely with other colleagues around the world, Meghan champions the employee experience, ensuring that the recruitment, onboarding, compensation, talent development, and performance management processes match Acumen’s values and empower the organization to fulfill its mission.

Meghan’s career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, working on enterprise development and citizen participation initiatives. Upon returning to the States, Meghan facilitated loans and created a financial literacy program for Grameen America, the U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank.

Just prior to joining Acumen in 2013, she completed her MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she co-taught a social impact consulting course in India and launched a secondary business unit for Soluciones Comunitarias, a Guatemalan social enterprise. Meghan also holds a BA from American University in Public Communication and Political Science, and is fluent in Spanish.


TRACY DUNBAR, Vice President of Talent at The Mission Continues

Tracy’s personal life vision is “Expand. Elevate. Empower” and her personal credo is that every human interaction matters. She is passionate about helping organizations reach their mission with a focus on building equitable human resource policies, programs, and structures that allow employees to thrive and reach their full potential. Currently, Tracy is the Vice President of Talent & Culture for The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to find a new purpose through community service. She leads the entire lifecycle of talent management from recruiting to compensation to learning and development.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Tracy spent 10 years working in financial services and retail management and earned an MBA degree from the University of Georgia. Outside of work, she enjoys indulging in spin class, yoga, and watching the pros show-off on the Food Network.


MANDY TAFT-PEARMAN, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at The Bridgespan Group

Mandy Taft-Pearman has been with the Bridgespan Group since 2003. She is a partner in the Boston office and has served as the organization’s chief operating officer (COO) since 2012. In her role as COO, Mandy oversees Bridgespan’s HR/Talent, Finance, and Information Services functions. She also works with the organization’s leadership team more broadly to set and manage Bridgespan’s annual strategic and operating agendas.

Prior to becoming COO, Mandy was an operating partner working with a variety of clients in the youth development, education, and environmental sectors. In addition, she has developed a particular expertise on nonprofit networks, having served many different network clients of varying sizes, missions, and legal structures. Mandy is the co-author of two Bridgespan articles: “Getting Replication Right: The Decisions that Matter Most,” and “Growing Network Impact: How Nonprofit Networks are Raising the Bar on Results.”

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Mandy worked for the National Safe Kids Campaign, a national network focused on children’s public health, and served as an independent consultant for several other nonprofit organizations. Mandy has been active as a volunteer with many nonprofits over the years, most recently serving as a board member of Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA.

Mandy earned her BA in History from Yale University magna cum laude and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar and president of the school’s Social Impact Club.