NIKI NICASTRO McCUISTION
Niki Nicastro McCuistion is a serial entrepreneur dedicated to helping organizations develop and implement strategies for transformational culture change, peak performance and profitability. As a consultant, coach and speaker, she works with companies internationally and locally aligning purpose, performance and people, in governance processes, strategic planning facilitation and engaging employees.
Niki combines her education, a Masters in philanthropy and development, and an MBA in leadership and governance with hands on business and nonprofit CEO experience. She has served on the boards on numerous nonprofits. Niki is the author/ co-author of several business books including the just released Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise. Her honorifics include being a Malone Fellow and an International Women of Peace.
She is the executive producer/ producer of the independent award winning McCuistion program, now in its 25th year on PBS, and the film maker for the controversial Roots of War- The Road to Peace documentary on 9/11, which took her from Iraq to Syria numerous times. She believes and works toward peaceful resolution, collaboration and transformation in organizations and countries- and believes all things are possible if we show gracious dignity and respect towards others differences.
Anthony Pace has a rich blend of business experience earned within the nonprofit, private and public sectors. He has worked as the Executive Director of the PLAN Fund, a microfinance organization targeted to low/ moderate income small business owners, manager of agency capacity at the North Texas Food Bank. He currently consults to non-profits and small businesses and teaches economics, government and US history at the High School level. He is a marketer by profession, having held corporate marketing positions at Sprint and UPS and early in his career worked in economic development at the United Nations. Anthony has a MBA (NYU) with a concentration in marketing and international business, a M.A. in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University) and a B.A. (Connecticut College).
Marianne is a business professional having over 25 years in the wholesale and retail industry, and over 3 years in non-profit social enterprises. Born and raised in Chicago, she was working as the Sr. Product Development Manager at JCPenney when she was promoted and relocated as Buyer to their corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas. After a career spanning nearly 20 years with the company she moved to Fitz and Floyd and became the VP of Product Management, and then an 8-year tenure at Tandy Brands Accessories as VP Belts & Wallets. She came to Catholic Charities Fort Worth in 2013 as the General Manager of WORN, a CCFW social enterprise, where she was soon promoted to Sr. Director of Social Enterprises. Her current position is Vice President of Social Enterprises at CCFW. Her exceptional skills in project and team management, budgeting and financial analysis, communication, negotiations, and strategic planning have resulted in the successful oversight of three current social enterprises at CCFW (Translation & Interpretation Network, Immigration Services, and Transportation Services), as well as the planning and development of future enterprises.
Kirsten is an avid believer in the power of business to create lasting social change. After graduating from TCU (Go Frogs) with a background in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing, she decided to make Fort Worth her permanent home. Combining her love of startups and helping others, she is now the Director of Social Enterprise overseeing Clean Slate at Presbyterian Night Shelter.
Clean Slate is an employment-based social enterprise program that erases the barriers preventing the homeless clients of Presbyterian Night Shelter from working. The program provides job skill training, employment, and case management in order to give Clean Slate employees the resources they need move out into their own home. Since its founding in September 2016, Clean Slate has launched a commercial janitorial business, litter removal service, and commercial kitchen rental.
Linda Gray, DCL residing in Dallas, Texas is a nonprofit business consultant with more than 25 years of experience. President of Corporate Connections, a nonprofit management business with expertise in nonprofit start-ups, nonprofit management, grant research and development for over 200 Churches, grassroots faith-based organizations and community nonprofits. She has successfully helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations in receiving technical assistance in IRS 501C3 certification. Associate Partner with IndustryHUB, Inc. and Associate Consultant with National Academic Consulting Services. Received an Honorary Doctorate in Christian Leadership in 2015 from JKU University Family Bible Ministries Worldwide, Inc in Houston, Texas. Professional affiliated memberships include the National Association of Professional Women, American Association of Grant Professionals, National Grants Management Association and dear to her heart a Certified Business Mentor for SCORE Chapter in Dallas, Texas.
Erin McClarty, principal of Erin McClarty, PLLC. Erin serves as legal counsel for social impact organizations where she marries her years as Corporate Counsel for Fortune 500 organizations with her years of board service, community work and training. Adept at strategic planning, capacity building, governance and legal compliance she writes about legal issues impacting nonprofits on Notations on Nonprofits and is currently working on a nonprofit formation book. Erin’s experience with nonprofits is long and varied. From serving on local governing and advisory boards, to chairing grants initiatives, community committees and serving on panels. She’s also spoken on nonprofit/social impact issues at local legal conferences, most of Houston’s universities, and national conferences.
Despite all of this, Erin makes sure to get into the community. Attending local events and townhalls, volunteering for programs, mentoring, and working with social impact incubators.
“Helping do-gooders plan, create, grow and manage their social impact.”