Nonprofit Leaders to Discuss What It's Like to Become a Learning Organization

Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology and Society will host "How Goodwill Became a Learning Organization with the Help of Technology."

When: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: ATandT Conference Center Amphitheater (Rm. 204), 1900 University Ave.


Background: Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT) is a nonprofit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have a disability or a criminal record, lack education or job experience, or are homeless. At the end of 2012, GICT was a $65 million organization with 1,500 employees, the 30th largest business in the region.

This presentation will discuss the impact of incorporating new technologies and systems in a large, nonprofit service organization. To continue to grow GICT's mission and operation at about 10 percent per year, the leadership team had to prepare Goodwill's culture it's people to use systematic processes and decision-making through the use of technology in its daily operations and strategic planning.

The speakers are Jerry Davis, CEO and president, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas; and Zachary Haines, director of Performance Excellence, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.