Amy Wishnick is passionate about organizations. With skill, sensitivity, and good humor, Amy works with diverse organizations to enhance their management, leadership, and adaptive capacities. Since founding Wishnick & Associates in 2004, she has worked with an array of nonprofit clients on executive search and transition, strategic planning, organizational assessment and development, board development and governance, and more. Wishnick & Associates works successfully with nonprofit organizations of all sizes and budgets in the Chicago area and nationally. Clients include human services agencies, arts, cultural, education, advocacy, workforce, and community development organizations, foundations, associations, and religious organizations.

Amy began her career in Washington, D.C. at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upon returning to Chicago, she worked at Mayer Brown & Platt, an international law firm, managing the law school recruiting program and lateral hiring. Immediately prior to starting Wishnick & Associates, Amy spent seven years at CMC Consultants, a boutique executive search firm.

Amy has served on and chaired nonprofit boards and committees. She is currently a member of the board of directors of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation and is slated to be a Vice President for FY2019.

From 1993 to 1995, Amy had the unique opportunity to serve on the United States Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a committee of civilian volunteers appointed to advise the Secretary of Defense. As a member of the executive committee, Amy designed and implemented a training program for new committee members on how to conduct domestic military installation site visits and was the primary author of two reports for the Secretary of Defense highlighting findings and making recommendations from the executive committee’s overseas trips to military installations in Europe (1994) and Asia (1995).

As a member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits since 2004, Amy was president from 2009 to 2011 and served on the board from 2006 to 2012. She co-authored the association’s 2013 publication Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Hiring and Engaging Consultants. She is an advisor member of Forefront. Amy taught strategic planning at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs from 2011 to 2017. In addition, Amy served on the selection committee for the Alford-Axelson Awards for Managerial Excellence from 2010 to 2017.

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Five Ways to Shake up Nonprofit Board Meetings

We all know the feeling: the essential but sometimes routine business that makes up the board meeting agenda can sap board members’ energy. Before you know it, board members are looking at their watches, thinking about their next meal, and planning their great escape. This doesn’t have to happen! Break the tragic cycle of board meeting monotony with these five ideas.

Strategic Planning: Why Engage Diverse Stakeholders?

One of the most interesting and meaningful steps in the strategic planning process is engaging stakeholders, both internal and external. The insights you gain by eliciting a range of perspectives about your organization contribute to the creation of a high-impact strategic plan.