Staff Report

SurfMedia Communications will present “Adaptive Leadership in a Changing Landscape,” a workshop designed for nonprofit executive directors, CEOs, development directors and board members, on Wednesday, June 27.

The workshop will be hosted by Marybeth Carty, a local corporate social responsibility and philanthropy expert, and facilitated by Tai Sunnanon, an international speaker, author, trainer, and the founder of three nonprofits.

Sunnanon is the CEO of The Strategic Insights Group, a mission-driven strategy firm in Los Angeles, and is an acclaimed expert in social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and adaptive leadership.

He holds a B.A. from UCLA and completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned his MPP and Ed.M. degrees. Sunnanon has consulted and guided national and international organizations, including the United Nations, MasterCard Foundation, UCLA, Silicon Valley Nonprofit Consortium, and Harvard.

“My hope is that after our time together, these dedicated leaders and nonprofit advocates will return to their organizations ready to conquer their next stage of growth and development,” Sunnanon said. “We’re going to challenge these leaders to answer some tough questions about the roadblocks and opportunities in front of them, and provide the insights, tools and resources necessary to make a meaningful impact with their customer base.”

SurfMedia co-founders Juliana Minsky and Chris Davis felt the time was right to put on their first workshop for nonprofit leaders.

“When you think of Santa Barbara and Ventura, you think of all the wonderful nonprofit organizations and their staffs and teams of volunteers who work tirelessly to lift up those around them,” said Minsky. “Even the most experienced professionals benefit from this type of reflection and education, and we are thrilled to be able to bring in someone of Tai’s caliber to lead this experience.”

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at the Narrative Loft in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at For more information call 805-687-3322.