Gregory Boyle

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.

In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  His new book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.



Gregory Boyle’s Monday Sessions:

Tapping Into the Joy Inside Us All

Keynote Address by Ella L.J. Bell, Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Within each of us is a spark of joy that fuels our ongoing commitment to the causes and communities we serve. Particularly during complicated times like those we currently face, our work as nonprofit leaders can feel exhausting. How can we tap into our own spark of joy and share it with each other, to regularly renew that sense of inspiration that first called us to serve the greater good?

Ella L.J. Bell, Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, is a nationally recognized researcher and advocate on women’s workplace issues. She has shared her expertise and knowledge on discriminatory barriers in the workplace, strategic leadership, managing inclusion, and work-life balance with leaders across the country. Ella is considered by industry and the academy to be one of the leading experts in organizational change, and the management of race, gender and class in organizational life.

As our keynote speaker, Ella will bring her contagious positive outlook to help us both rediscover our own spark of joy and practice sharing that joy with each other, to strengthen a collective wave of inspiration that will keep us energized around our commitment to goodness and positive impact for the communities we serve.

Liabilities, Income Statements, Cash Flow…Oh My! Getting comfortable with basic budgets and financial statements

Nonprofit staff need a good understanding of finances and budgeting to effectively secure, track and utilize financial resources. Beyond the accounting department, senior staff, program staff and fundraisers can greatly benefit from having the acumen to manage and articulate your nonprofit organization’s finances.

This session, led by La Clinica colleagues Jill Borovansky, Chief Financial Officer, and Maria Ramos Underwood, Chief Development Officer, will help participants build their skills in preparing an effective, understandable budget, interpreting financial statements and using them to report budget progress, and handling a re-budgeting process. They’ll also help you think through what to consider for long-term budget planning and how budgeting and financial reporting can impact fundraising.