Guiding the Future of Nonprofits through Environmental Scanning, Foresight, and Drivers of Change

Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) presents:

"Guiding the Future of Nonprofits through Environmental Scanning, Foresight, and Drivers of Change"

Nonprofits are largely unprepared for the powerful forces of transformation and change that are constantly reshaping our world. How can consultants help nonprofit leaders anticipate and prepare for long-term change as a part of their strategic planning?

Environmental scanning is the ongoing tracking of trends and occurrences in an organization’s internal and external environment that bear on its current and future success. Foresight, which encompasses environmental scanning, helps organizations’ leadership home in on—and develop plans around—forecasts and alternative futures.

Learn about the ASAE ForesightWorks research initiative, which through a disciplined process identifies and regularly updates 50 drivers of change impacting nonprofit organizations in the near to long term future.

We’ll discuss three particular drivers of change relevant to nonprofits and consultants and learn how to use this resource to incorporate environmental scanning and foresight into strategic planning.

Learning outcomes:  Participants will:

  • Learn about the ASAE ForesightWorks initiative research identifying 50 drivers of change impacting membership-based nonprofit organizations in the near- to long-term future.
  • Explore in-depth three drivers of change relevant to nonprofits and consultants
  • Understand how consultants can use ASAE ForesightWorks resources with nonprofit clients to conduct environmental scans and use foresight as part of near- to long-term strategic planning.
  • Have 35+ minutes for questions and answers, followed by a guided discussion.


Keith Skillman, CAE, is the senior research and content advisor at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. He is responsible for publishing and content-distribution activities including publications and digital tools. Keith is a member of the ASAE Research Foundation staff, with responsibility for dissemination of foundation research through a range of vehicles such as ASAE’s primary web site and, foundation events, and educational programming. He is also the senior staff liaison to the ASAE ForesightWorks Advisory Group and the ASAE Small-Staff Committee.

During his lengthy ASAE career, Keith has held several roles, including those of VP, publications and editorial director, VP, publications and knowledge integration, and editor in chief of Association Management magazine and professional-interest-area newsletters. As VP, publications and editorial director, Keith helped lead the launch and development of Associations Now, the successor to Association Management. Prior to joining the ASAE staff, Keith held publishing and communication roles with the Chemical Manufacturers Association (now American Chemistry Council) and The Toledo Hospital. Outside of work, He is a past president of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives. Outside of work, Keith can usually be found shuttling either or both of his sons to soccer, cross country, music lessons, or another activity they’ve dreamed up. A passionate cyclist, he rides his bicycle as much as he can.

Kristine Metter, MS, CAE, has worked in the nonprofit and association industry for 30 years, primarily in the health care arena. She is currently president of Crystal Lake Partners, LLC, a consulting firm supporting associations and community-based nonprofits. Ms. Metter's experience spans the breadth of professional association practice with deep knowledge in membership recruitment and engagement, meetings and events, governance and volunteer management, and non-dues revenue. She has served as a member of the senior management team for several professional societies and trade associations, providing both strategic and operational leadership.

Prior to founding Crystal Lake Partners, Ms. Metter held senior management positions with America's Essential Hospitals, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), AcademyHealth, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). She has also worked in the health services field with organizations such as the American Red Cross, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Marrow Donor Program.

Ms. Metter has volunteered on a variety of ASAE councils, sections, and ad-hoc activities, including the ForesightWorks Advisory Group, Research Committee, Health Care Committee, Membership Council, the Greater Washington Network, the Associations Now writer’s pool, and the CAE Immersion Course. She earned her CAE in 2005 and has a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Missouri and an MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.


Feb 26 2021


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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm



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