Toni is a sought-after speaker in the areas of nonprofit, leadership, women in business, management, health and healthcare.  She speaks to local, regional and national organizations.

Speaking Topics

Business Leaders Are Best for Nonprofits:

Out of the more than 1.5 million nonprofits organizations in the U.S., half are in jeopardy of failing at any given time, more than 10% close within five years and nearly 20% shutter within ten years.  It’s not because their mission isn’t important, or because good-hearted people aren’t committed to improving the lives of others. It’s because these organizations are missing vital expertise at the very top–business acumen.  In her talk, Toni Pergolin will discuss why business leaders are critical in today’s environment and the difference it makes in whether a nonprofit will thrive and survive.  

Not a Lemonade StandNonprofit Organizations Are Real Businesses:

The belief that nonprofit organizations are soft and don’t need to generate a “profit” is misguided, and worse, dangerous. For nonprofits providing essential life supporting or life changing services, the absence of an operating margin threatens the existence of the organization and the people it serves. In this talk, Toni Pergolin will dive into how to lead with the mantra of “no margin, no mission” to empower nonprofit leaders to operate their organizations like any other business.  

Other Speaking Topics Include:

  • Leading through a time of crisis 
  • Nonprofit leadership to achieve results
  • Career path to Real Purpose:  Nonprofit Leadership
  • Creating, nurturing and sustaining healthy nonprofits
  • Developing future women leaders
  • Effective nonprofit boards
  • Nonprofits are businesses, too
  • The mission vs. margin balancing act
  • Turnarounds don’t happen in the finance department

Speaking Engagements Include

November 16, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. | Leadership Forum

Union League of Philadelphia Business Leadership Forum

Too Important to Fail 

November 15, 2022 at 12:00 noon | Luncheon Event – Register Here

Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce Game Changer Series’

Too Important to Fail

April 27, 2022 |  Conference Keynote 

HFMA New Jersey Annual Conference

Lessons Learned from Nonprofit Leadership


April 26, 2022 | Variety Club Board Retreat

Variety, the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley Annual Board Retreat

Too Important to Fail

March 23, 2022 | Rutgers School of Business

Rutgers University Women’s History Month – “How I Became” Series

Conversation with the Dean Adya

December 3, 2021 | Virtual Conference Session

BIO NJ – Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

Journey to the C-Suite

November 20, 2021 | Conference Keynote

Nursing Organizations’ Alliance

Mission/Margin Balancing Act

February 16, 2021 | Virtual Conference 

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children Annual Leadership Conference

Mission/Margin Balancing Act

October 28, 2021 | Moderator and Panel Discussion

Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey

Journey to the C-Suite

November 18, 2020 | Virtual Conference 

Association Headquarters’ Annual Leadership Forum

The Board’s Role in Nonprofit Leadership

October 28, 2020 | Virtual Retreat   

2020 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat

Mission/Margin Balancing Act


October 20, 2020 | Virtual Conference 

New Jersey Business and Industry Association

Too Important to Fail – A Nonprofit’s Path to Recovery

September 23-24 | Virtual Conference 

Pennsylvania Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Annual Conference

Leading Through the Life Cycle of a Crisis


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