Laura Weinman

KEES / Alford Executive Search


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KEES / Alford Executive Search
Vice President
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3075 Book Road Suite 103-9682
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Company Profile

Company Overview
KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds transformative teams and leaders. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support.
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Executive Search, Specialty and Interim Staffing, Leadership Development, Human Resources Consulting, Staffing Assessments, Compensation Analysis, Succession Planning, Annual Appeals, Major Gift Building, Database Training, Capital Campaigns, Culture Audits, Board Training, Event Planning, Team Enhancement, Staff and Board Retreat Facilitation, Grantwriting
Practice Areas (select top 3)
  • Board Support (Development, Governance, Retreats, Training)
  • Capacity Building
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Executive Coaching
  • Human Resources (Including Recruitment/Training, Benefits, HR Tech)
  • Interim Leadership
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Program Design and Management
  • Program Evaluation (Outcome Management, Data Analytics)
  • Project Management
  • Strategic planning
  • Workforce Recruitment, Training & Development
Client List
Active Transportation Alliance
Adler University
Albany Park Theater Project
All Chicago
Alzheimer's Association – multiple locations
Anixter Center
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Calvary Hospital
Canterbury Court
Chicago Debates
Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
City Year
Covenant House Missouri
Covenant Living Communities & Services
Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Dairy Management Inc.
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform
Erie Family Health Centers
Facing Forward To End Homelessness
Farm Foundation, NFP
Financial Health Network
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Freedom Alliance
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Heifer International
Homeboy Industries
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Illinois Library Association
Imerman Angels
Institute for Therapy through the Arts
International Child Care
International Music Foundation
JCFS Chicago
JVS Chicago
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Kingsley House, Inc.
Kobe College Corporation
Legacy Health Endowment
Listen and Talk
Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League
Louisiana Policy Institute for Children
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Meadville Lombard Theological School
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
National Runaway Safeline
North Shore Art League
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Outreach Community Ministries
Risk Management Foundation
Rotary International
Saint Anthony Hospital
Sigma Chi Foundation
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Temple Sinai Washington DC
Union for Reform Judaism
United Methodist Communities
Unity College
University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary
YMCA – multiple locations
Youth Job Center
YWCA – multiple locations
Testimonial 1
“We are excited about our new Director of Development! We could not have found a candidate of this quality without KEES’ help. Thank you for all of the great advice and support you have provided over the last few months. And thank you also for providing Interim Staffing during the search, ensuring a smooth transition.”
-Linda Listrom, Executive Director, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
Testimonial 2
“Specialty staffing is exactly what we need and is allowing us to move forward in a way that will be so much more effective. This view is shared by the whole committee. Thanks for great work and all you’re doing. Can’t imagine a better experience to take us where we want to go.”
-Denise Siegel, Board President, North Shore Art League
Testimonial 3
"Want to resuscitate a dormant Foundation but not quite sure how to begin? From extensive networking to persistent follow-up, the experts at KEES literally recruited a new board of talented community residents for our Public Library Foundation. We have leaders, we have direction, we have strategies: We're ready to roll."
-Allan J. Ruter, Past President, Glenview Public Library Board of Trustees

Publications & Articles

Article 1
Interview Tips for Hiring Managers
Article 2
Year End Appeal: More Important Now Than Ever
Article 3
Paving the Way

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Speaker Bio
Laura has more than a decade of executive search experience, and prior, over 20 years as a staff leader in various institutions. Her expertise focuses on leadership and staff recruitment, staff management, board recruitment, career coaching, and philanthropy strategy. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as “Engaging your Board in Philanthropy,” “Recharging Your Development Program” and “Networking Tips for Introverts.” Laura leads many of the firm’s executive searches, oversees Specialty and Interim Staffing, and occasionally steps in to provide leadership coverage or strategic consulting to fill short term gaps. She has been a member of the KEES team since 2012.
Topic 1
Engaging your Board in Philanthropy
Topic 1 Description
An important part of any Board Member’s responsibility is helping to garner resources; however, this is the part that many fear the most! Help your board members understand what “type” of board they currently are, and where they can go with philanthropy if they move forward. Steps to transform to a Philanthropic Board will be shared. Helpful examples of where any board can start, as well as where your board can grow will be discussed. Every board member should be involved in building a culture of philanthropy, even if they are not the one making the ask!
Topic 2
Networking Tips for Introverts
Topic 2 Description
People OVERESTIMATE the power of their persuasiveness online and UNDERESTIMATE their persuasiveness in person. Find out the top reasons face-to-face networking works better, and learn how even the most introverted of us can become Networking Experts!
Topic 3
Hiring and Retaining a Vibrant Major Gifts Team
Topic 3 Description
In this session, we cover elements that set your Major Gifts program apart and are vital to enticing and attracting top level staff. Learn how the MG culture impacts satisfaction and longevity, strategies for helping retain staff (beyond the typical 22 months), and trending rewards and recognition that team members truly want.
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