Tom Tierney and Jeff Bradach

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Tom Tierney and Jeff Bradach
Chairman and Co-Founder, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
The Bridgespan Group




About the Speakers: 

Tom Tierney -- Tom is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999, he co-founded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact.


Tom co-authored the popular organization and strategy book, Aligning the Stars, published in April 2002 (Harvard Business School Press). Additionally, he co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, published in March 2011 (Public Affairs). In 2012 Tom led the production of Conversations with Remarkable Givers, a groundbreaking, free video series on of candid conversations with a range of extraordinary philanthropists. He has been profiled in a number of publications, including Stewart Friedman's Wall Street Journal bestselling book Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life.


Tom joined Bain & Company in 1980 following graduation from Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA with distinction. He was promoted to partner after three years and from 1987 to 1992 served as the managing director of Bain's San Francisco office. In 1992, while reporting to acting CEO Mitt Romney, he became Bain's president. In 1993, Tom assumed full leadership responsibilities for the firm as Bain's first worldwide managing director. During the 1990s, under his leadership, Bain grew its revenues six-fold, while significantly expanding its international operations. During 2000, he stepped down as Bain & Company's chief executive to concentrate on Bridgespan-related activities.


A native of California, he received his BA in Economics with highest distinction from the University of California at Davis, where he was honored as that year's most outstanding graduate. He served as a field engineer for Bechtel International in North Africa before entering business school.


Tom recently completed a two-year appointment at the United States Military Academy West Point Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership. He is chairman of eBay, Inc., and also serves on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory groups: director, Global Board of The Nature Conservancy; chairman, Hoover Institution; and chairman, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. He is a past director of many other nonprofit organizations, including The National Center for Public Policy and Higher EducationUnited Way of the Bay AreaUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Committee for Economic DevelopmentCatholic CharitiesWGBH, and The National Academies.


Jeff Bradach -- Jeff Bradach is the managing partner and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Bridgespan collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning, helping them to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society's most important challenges and opportunities.


Over the past fifteen years, Jeff has advised many of the highest impact nonprofits and philanthropists in the United States and India.  He writes and speaks extensively on nonprofit strategy, transformative scale, social sector leadership, and high impact philanthropy.  His publications include: "Transformative Scale: The Future of Growing What Works" (SSIR, 2014), "Scaling What Works: Implications for Philanthropists, Policymakers, and Nonprofit Leaders" (, April 2009), "Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits" (Harvard Business Review, 2008), and “The Early Childhood Challenge for Philanthropists” (SSIR, October 2015). Jeff led Bridgespan’s opening of an office in Mumbai in 2015.


Prior to co-founding Bridgespan, Jeff taught at Harvard Business School, where he was a member of the Organizational Behavior and the Social Enterprise Initiative faculty. Jeff began his career at Bain & Company.


He is a graduate of Stanford University, elected Phi Beta Kappa, and completed his master's in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior at Harvard University.


Jeff serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations including: Project Healthy Children and Independent Sector.


Jeff was interviewed by Sally Hicks of Duke's Divinity School (see link below). Sally Hicks authors the Faith & Leadership blog out of the Divinity School.


About the Seminars: The Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations.



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