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The authors of The Talent Development Platform: Putting people first in social change organizations founded Talent4SocialChange to share resources and tools you can use to energize your staff and volunteers, build professional development systems for your team, and enhance the return on your investment for talent.

IMG_6858editHeather L. Carpenter

Dr. Heather Carpenter is Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University. She is an experienced and highly networked nonprofit manager, researcher, trainer and blogger. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University with a certificate in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University (Chicago, Illinois) and her Ph.D. in Leadership with a specialization in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Previously, Heather was a nonprofit manager for ten years in California and Illinois. Find out more about Heather at




IMG_6925editTera Wozniak Qualls

Tera Wozniak Qualls, M.P.A. is founder of Momentum, a nonprofit consulting firm focusing on plan and program implementation, and talent development. Most recently Tera served as the Director of Communications and Advancement for the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University and Communications Manager for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, where she implemented a variety of social media and brand management strategies for the organization. Tera serves as an adjunct professor of nonprofit administration in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley, where she teaches introduction to nonprofits and volunteerism for undergraduate students. Find out more about Tera at