Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

November 9th, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Stanford University David and Joan Traitel Building 435 Lasuen Mall
Stanford , CA 94305

For the public launch of the new book, Engine of Impact, John Hennessy interviewed authors Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker.

Engine of Impact is an essential handbook for every aspiring social sector leader and philanthropist. Creating social impact is an art and a science, requiring investments of heart and mind. Meehan and Jonker’s outstanding analysis combines the intense rigor of business strategy with the critical soft skills of courage and creativity to equip us with the toolkit necessary for transformative social change.”

– Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder, laaf.org, Author, Giving 2.0, Founder and Chair, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Founder and Chair, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

About the book, Engine of Impact

We are entering a new era—an era of impact. The largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history will soon be under way, bringing with it the potential for huge increases in philanthropic funding. Engine of Impact shows how nonprofits can apply the principles of strategic leadership to attract greater financial support and leverage that funding to maximum effect.

As Good to Great author Jim Collins writes in his foreword, this book offers “a detailed roadmap of disciplined thought and action for turning a good nonprofit into one that can achieve great impact at scale.”

William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker identify seven essential components of strategic leadership that set high-achieving organizations apart from the rest of the nonprofit sector. Together, these components form an “engine of impact”—a system that organizations must build, tune, and fuel if they hope to make a real difference in the world.

Meehan and Jonker provide an actionable guide for executives, staff, board members, and donors to jumpstart their own performance and achieve extraordinary results for their organization. Along with setting forth best practices using real-world examples, the authors outline common management challenges faced by nonprofits, showing how these challenges differ from those faced by for-profit businesses in important and often-overlooked ways.





This event will be made available globally through live-stream and is archived here on the Stanford PACS event webpage and on Vimeo, courtesy of Perpetual.


  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Reception
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Welcome and introductory remarks by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen followed by interview and audience Q&A with John Hennessy, Kim Jonker, and Bill Meehan
  • 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Book signing


  • Dr. John L. Hennessy - James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars, and the tenth president of Stanford University.
  • Kim Starkey Jonker - is President and CEO of King Philanthropies, Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the former Executive Director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership.
  • William F. Meehan III - is the Lafayette Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company.
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen - founder and chairman of Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, founder and chairman of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation and a lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.