Adapting to Short-Term Challenges with Long-Term Benefits (Carrie Bhada)

April 2020

Carrie Bhada's journey in nonprofit leadership has led her to outstanding higher education and healthcare institutions, but it has also given her the experience of dealing with internal and external challenges. While nothing compares to the unique complexities of the COVID-19 situation, she has utilized previous experiences to adapt and lead her team at North Carolina State University as they navigate this uncharted territory.  Carrie provided great insight into change management strategies all nonprofit leaders can employ as they shape their fundraising, event management and board relations strategies right now. What are the lessons nonprofit leaders should be learning, and how can they best manage their teams, their boards and their donors?  Could the forced changes in how we do staff and board meetings lead to positive structural changes going forward?  Could some of the events that are getting cancelled now be retired permanently??? These are just a few of the topics we discussed, and Carrie offers an optimistic and practical approach that is well worth a listen.

"There's nothing like shutting it all down to make you take a look at what you should be doing and which things are really effective."


Carrie has spent more than 20 years working to advance the goals of national non-profits, healthcare organizations and institutes of higher education. She serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Development at NC State University and collaborates with other senior university advancement leaders on the management of the University's Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign and leadership of the central development team along with several other school and unit-based teams. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Development Officer for the Wilson College of Textiles and Executive Director of the North Carolina Textile Foundation. Before joining NC State University, Carrie served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at St. Joseph's College (NY), as well as the vice president of development at Huntington Hospital and as the senior director of development at Stony Brook Medicine. She holds a master of healthcare administration from Hofstra University and a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College. 



Jim Collins' books Good to Great and Built to Last

Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In

Malcom Gladwell's book David & Goliath