Events and Topics

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:

  • 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

June 15, 2022 | Webinar

Mutual of America – Too Important to Fail

April 27, 2022 | DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, Eatontown, NJ

Keynote Speaker – HFMA New Jersey Chapter – Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits


April 26, 2022 | Variety Club Board Retreat

Variety, the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley – Too Important to Fail

March 23, 2022 | Conversation with the Dean Adya, School of Business

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

December 3, 2021 | Virtual

BIO NJ – Inspiring Women in STEM Conference – Journey to the C-Suite

November 20, 2021 | Keynote

Nursing Organizations’ Alliance – Mission/Margin Balancing Act

April 8, 2021 | Monthly Woman’s Lunch Webinar

Flaster Greenberg, Women in Leadership

February 16, 2021 | Virtual Format

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children Annual Leadership Conference

October 28, 2021 | Moderator and Panelist

Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey – Journey to the C-Suite

January 13, 2021 | Virtual Format

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) Monthly Webinar

November 18, 2020 | Virtual Format

Association Headquarters’ Annual Leadership Forum

October 28, 2020 | Virtual Format  

2020 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat


October 23, 2020 | Virtual CEO Roundtable  

Leading Through the Unknown

October 20, 2020 | Virtual Format

New Jersey Business and Industry Association

September 23-24 | Virtual Platform

Pennsylvania Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Annual Conference

August 11, 2020 | Webinar (click here)

Live Virtual Author Event – Toni Pergolin, Too Important to Fail ~ Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits 


June 11, 2020 | Virtual Event sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (www.chambersnj.com)

CCSNJ Women’s Council – Leading Through a Time of Crisis 

February 21, 2020   | Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill, NJ

Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce TD Bank Leaders Series

January 16, 2020   |   Philadelphia

HMFA Professional Development Workshop

December 9, 2019 | The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ

SJ Magazine – Women’s Empowerment Series Panel Discussion on a New Kind of Girl Power

December 6, 2019 | Riverton Country Club, Riverton, NJ

Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Keynote; Women in Business Holiday Luncheon

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