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    Dan Pink, Dave Norton to Keynote 2012 Mission Driven Management Summit

    "Bestselling authors David Norton and Daniel Pink will headline a list of strategy and performance management thought leaders speaking at the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit at the National Press Club March 6-8."

    WASHINGTON, DC, Feb, 03, 2012 -- Bestselling authors and strategy gurus Dan Pink and Dave Norton will headline a schedule of world-class strategy and performance management thought leaders at the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit on March 6-8 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

    Dave Norton, author of Balanced Scorecard: The Measures that Drive Performance and The Execution Premium, will kick off the conference on March 7th with a keynote on “Creating an Execution Premium with Mission Organizations.” His presentation will be followed by best practice case studies from Hall of Fame organizations like the Hillside Family of Agencies and the Canadian Federal Government.

    Concurrent afternoon sessions will include tracks on Driving Results and Transparency—featuring Charity Navigator, ASME, and the Citi Performing Arts Center—as well as GPRA Modernization & Performance Management at which the U.S. Office of Management & Budget, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Aviation Administration will speak.

    Dan Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind will wrap up the first conference day with a discussion on creating Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose in the Mission-Drive Sector. Immediately following Dan Pink’s presentation, delegates will get an opportunity to meet Dan Pink and Dave Norton at an exclusive book signing reception.

    “We have assembled a fantastic group of speakers for the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit,” said Ted Jackson, managing partner at Ascendant. “With this year’s addition of Dan Pink and organizations such as Charity Navigator and BoardSource, we have moved beyond mere performance management to explore transparency and board governance as well.”

    The morning of the second conference day features Dave Norton’s second keynote on “Forecasting Strategic Results for Mission-Driven Organizations,” which will be followed by a best practice case study from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.

    Concurrent sessions during the second day of the event feature BoardSource, Rare Conservation, and the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council discussing “Good Governance as a Strategic Asset,” while the second track will include a panel discussion of “Transforming Regional Government” by the Maryland State Government, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority, and the City of Durham, NC. The second day will conclude with two final best practice case studies by the U.S. Treasury and Folkh?lsan.

    Overall, there will be four Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame presentations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, Hillside Family of Agencies, Folkh?lsan, and Citi Performing Arts Center. The conference will also feature a workshop day, where attendees can learn about the Balanced Scorecard, Strategy-Focused Organization, Risk Management, and Strategy Reporting. The full schedule of the Mission-Driven Management Summit is available at

    The 4th Annual Mission-Driven Management Summit is presented by Ascendant Strategy Management Group with the generous support of Stanford Social Innovation Review, BoardSouce, Charity Navigator, and the Federal Managers’ Association. Pricing starts at $1195 for nonprofit and public sector organizations and tickets can be purchased online at

    About the Mission-Driven Management Summit

    Now in its fourth year, the Mission-Driven Management Summit is an annual convening of social and public sector leaders. The Mission-Driven Summit features keynote presentations and case studies on the topic of strategy execution and performance management in the government and nonprofit sector. For more information, visit

    About Ascendant Strategy Management Group

    Ascendant Strategy Management Group helps nonprofits, agencies, associations, and foundations manage strategy, collaborate with stakeholders, and build communities around their strategy execution efforts. We offer Balanced Scorecard and performance management training, facilitation, and consulting to help organizations accelerate mission results. For more information, visit Ascendant online at