Plenary Session: Your Foundation: 50 Years of Global Impact
Charles “Chic” Dambach is a nationally Recognized Leader in Nonprofit Governance, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of the 2010 memoir: “Exhaust the Limits: Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker.” A knowledgeable and inspirational speaker, Mr. Dambach has helped dozens of nonprofits evaluate and improve their organizational operations and resource development capacities. In this presentation, he will apply his considerable expertise and insights on leadership, service, building peace, and creating climates of respect to demonstrate how to improve organizations and increase productivity. Mr. Dambach will explore the half-century of national and global impact of the A.C.N.M. Foundation, incorporated in New York in 1967. By exploring the Foundation’s mission, which is to promote excellence in health care for women, infants and families worldwide through support of midwifery, Mr. Dambach will reveal why the Foundation must expand its influence in the next 50 years. In particular, he will highlight the many ways the Foundation has supported ACNM goals related to diversity and inclusion of students and the membership, along with efforts to narrow the gaps in health equity and access and increase the leadership of midwives globally. By reflecting on his exemplary career in nonprofit governance, Mr. Dambach will provide insights from his life-long peacemaking work that will give Annual Meeting attendees inspiration for midwifery’s future.
Charles “Chic” Dambach, MBA, is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, American University, and the University of Juba (South Sudan). He is a former chief of staff for a prominent Member of Congress, has held several CEO positions at national nonprofits, including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the National Peace Corps Association, Operation Respect, Museum Trustee Association, and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. He also serves as an adviser to the Director of the Peace Corps, and he is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1967 through 1969.
As a consultant, he has advised the executive staffs and governing boards of prominent national and local nonprofits and published books on the subject of effective governance. Together with Peter Yarrow, he led the Operation Respect program to address bullying, ridicule, and violence in schools. His widely praised 2010 memoir, “Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder,” features a lifetime of service and successful initiatives for peace. In recognition of his peacemaking, Mr. Dambach has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Institute for Economics and Peace presented him with the Leadership and Service for Peace Award in 2016.