Using Technology to Build Operational Resiliency

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For Barbara Pirto, Finance Director at Human Rights Watch, the importance of investing in nonprofit technology is a message that goes all the way back to when she first joined the organization over two decades ago. Growing from a 70-employee organization to the international force for good it is now, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a testament to how investing and using the right technology is vital for growth—and resilience. This rings especially true today as this resiliency is what allows HRW to adapt its programs and service delivery for COVID-19.

In this webinar, we’ll explore HRW’s data management journey, digital maturity, and plan of action for continuing its critical work. There will be time for a live Q&A at the end.


Barbara Pirto, Finance Director at Human Rights Watch

Kate Daniels, Industry Partnerships at Oracle NetSuite

Presenter Bios:

Kate Daniels, Industry Partnerships at Oracle NetSuite. Kate Daniels has divided her 15-year career between nonprofit work in sub-Saharan Africa and corporate sector Social and Environmental Responsibility. Today, Kate leads Industry partnerships on behalf of Oracle NetSuite. After making South Africa her home for 12 years, Kate is now based in Morrison, Colorado.

Barbara Pirto, Human Rights Watch’s Global Director of Finance and Administration, has been with the organization since 1993. Under her tenure, she has grown the financial operations of the organization from a $7 million operating budget in the US to an over $90M operating budget across 27 different entities operating in 13 different currencies. In addition to overseeing the financial operations, Barbara is in charge of all external and internal financial reporting including audits, tax filings, financial planning, executive management reports, and donor reports. Lastly she oversees all administrative operations including real estate, leases, insurance policies, security, disaster recovery, etc. She holds a degree in Accounting and Information Systems, is a Certified Public Account, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


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