Pallotta to speak at Thought Leaders Luncheon

Dan Pallotta, who is widely considered a philanthropic figurehead in the national spotlight, will keynote this year’s Thought Leaders Luncheon, an annual event held by Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin that brings together members of for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations to discuss how nonprofits can inspire greater community impact.


Pallotta, visionary behind the Breast Cancer Three-Day Walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, has gained attention in recent years with his bestselling book, “Uncharitable: How Restrains on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” and his 2013 TED Talk on the operations of charities.

Since March, his talk has been viewed by more than 2 million individuals, including Bob Glowacki, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin.

“When I saw it myself, I was blown away,” Glowacki said.

Glowacki received emails from at least three individuals encouraging him to bring Pallotta to Milwaukee for the Thought Leaders Luncheon.

During his speech, Pallotta will discuss critical issues in the nonprofit sector that are largely preventing its organizations from maximizing their missions.

“His keynote will be focused on his book, ‘Uncharitable,’ and his reflections on how nonprofits are funded and how the expectations put on them, like administrative expense, are actually hampering their efforts to ameliorate our society problems,” Glowacki said.

According to Glowacki, Pallotta’s address will advance discussions started by last year’s headliner, Jason Saul, the founder and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Mission Measurement and an expert in measuring social impact.

“I think what Dan Pallotta is talking about builds on the talk of Jason Saul, where it’s focusing on nonprofit outcomes and how they’re changing the community and not dwelling on arbitrary measures of administration or salaries and things of that sort but (instead) saying what are you doing and how are you impacting the discussion,” Glowacki said.

Both thought leaders emphasize the importance of investing in organizations that deliver impact and positive outcomes, according to Glowacki.

The luncheon, sponsored in part by BizTimes Media, is open to the public and typically draws corporate executives, nonprofit leaders and board members among other community stakeholders.

“We see the Easter Seals’ annual Thought Leaders Luncheon as a spark and a place where the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors meet to discuss big issues, and we hope from there people start to change their behavior,” Glowacki said.

The lunch, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West, located at 10499 W. Innovation Dr. in Wauwatosa. Networking will precede the lunch at 11 a.m.

Cost to attend is $60 for individuals and $1,200 for a corporate table of 10. Companies that register prior to Oct. 11 can reserve a table for $1,000.

For more information about Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin and the Thought Leaders Luncheon, visit

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