April 15, 2016
11:30am – 1:30pm
Good Samaritan Hospital
Mosely-Salvatori Conference Center
2nd Floor, Sycamore Room
637 S. Lucas Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Speaker: Dyan Sublett, President, MLK Community Health Foundation
Topic: “Be a Little Crazy: Career Risks Worth Taking”
Career paths for development professionals are often clearly laid out. We move from entry level to management jobs, from smaller programs to organizations with greater scale and complexity. But what happens when an opportunity comes along that invites us off our path? That involves risks some tell us are crazy to take? How do we best assess how to use our own unique strengths for personal and professional growth?
Reflecting on more than three decades of work in philanthropy, Dyan Sublett offers lessons learned with purpose–intentional “craziness”–as well as valuable tips on how to assess career moves worth taking. Her leadership in launching the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles will provide encouraging stories for everyone in healthcare today.
Dyan Sublett brings a background of over thirty years in philanthropic work throughout greater Los Angeles to her current position as President of the MLK Community Health Foundation, providing philanthropic support for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and the community it serves. As the organization’s first executive in 2012, she was responsible for developing the Foundation’s board, establishing communication strategies, donor base and infrastructure, and integrating vision and strategy with hospital leadership. Successes to date include over $20 million in funds raised for capital projects and community programs.
Formerly Dyan was Executive Vice President, Development and Communications, for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, one of the largest YMCA associations in North America. Her leadership included $120 million in contributed revenue, and eight North American YMCA communications awards. Dyan has also served as Senior Vice President for Advancement and Communications at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Art Center College of Design, Vice President for Development at Sundance Institute, and Senior Development Director at the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded and directed UCLA’s Women and Philanthropy Program. She is an advisory board member for Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the California Dance Institute. Past board memberships include the University of Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, the Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Group under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and the Creede Colorado Repertory Theater. Dyan serves as the Minister of Congregational Giving for St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
Dyan’s work on women and philanthropy has been used as a model for nonprofits nationwide. She is a contributing writer to the book Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, a commentator for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent public speaker and consultant with organizations throughout the nonprofit sector. She received a B.A. with Honors from Indiana University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts.