Episode 51

Published on:

22nd Sep 2022

Making your Succession Plan a Success

On this week's episode of IMPACTability®, we are joined by Joshua Borenstein, Art Executive and Yale Lecturer on "Theatre Organizations." We'll look at the value of a proper succession plan and get expert tips on how to achieve the best possible results regardless of the situation. Save yourself from the future headaches with this week's episode of IMPACTability®!

About Joshua Borenstein:

As a teacher, he has been a Lecturer in Theater Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale since 2017. He served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including eight as its Managing Director, and he guided the organization through three different leadership transitions. Josh was recognized in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Class of 2014.” He is also a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University's David Geffen School of Drama.


  • Introductions 0:30
  • Why succession plans can be "scary" 2:00
  • Who should create the plan? 2:30
  • Is a succession plan as important as policy? 3:40
  • Best practices for making a plan 4:18
  • Beware of ego's, stick to missions 6:27
  • How often should nonprofits assess their own leadership? 7:20
  • Should you have multiple plans? 8:45
  • Josh's Interim leadership story 13:00
  • Should a nonprofit include interim leadership in their plan? 16:20
  • Do interim Leaders have a say in the choice for the next director? 17:29
  • How to motivate staff during a surprise leadership change 18:40
  • Dealing with the donors 20:58
  • Coaches corner 22:59

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IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each episode, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

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Josh Hirsch, M.S.

Josh Hirsch, M.S., is the Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions and on faculty for The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006, most recently as Social Content Marketing for Susan G. Komen. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research and writing, individual giving, special event planning, stewardship, and cultivation of donors.