Win more awards with industry-leading peer support

The only community of its kind, founded by global development experts for new business development professionals.

The Leaders Network, one of our favorite of Bid Boss's Boss-to-Boss Peer Support Networks, is designed to foster authentic relationships, aid you in balance competing approaches to support long-term strategies, and ensure that approaches support your team’s well-being.

Does this sound like you?

  • Leading a team

    You are in a leadership role on a business development of four or more dedicated BD staff at a humanitarian or international development nonprofit or firm.

  • Aiming for long-term wins

    You know that sustainable funding and growth depends on a strong BD team empowered to set boundaries and work to their individual strengths.

  • Craving connection

    You want to share best practices on BD and soft skills while building community with your peers, despite the competitive nature of your role and responsibilities.

Meet Your Facilitators

Senior Consultant Jeff Whisenant

Jeff Whisenant (he/him) is a seasoned executive who has led all the major functions of international NGOs. He specializes in strategy, board relations, governance, business development, financial management, operational planning, risk and security management, grant management, operations management, human resources management, and change management. Before joining Bid Boss, Jeff previously served as Interim President and CEO, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer at Lutheran World Relief; President and CEO at ReSurge International; and Vice President for Programs at Pact. Jeff has led business development efforts for a variety of funders including USAID, the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Osprey Foundation, and private sector partners.

Senior Coach and Founding Partner Whitney Kippes

In service of Bid Boss clients in the humanitarian and international development sectors, Whitney Kippes (she/her) leverages her business development, marketing, and coaching skills to empower teams to win more awards and avoid burnout. Whitney has been managing positioning, capture, and proposal processes for business development teams since 2010. With over $12 billion in signed awards from government, multilateral, foundation, and private sector funders, she is well versed in winning complex bids. Since 2020, Whitney has been providing one-on-one coaching to business development teams and individuals. Whitney is the creator and lead facilitator of our Boss-to-Boss Peer Support Networks. She leads Bid Boss's strategic advising services on business development processes and systems and oversees all training development, including custom training programs.

Choose your membership

Annual members receive a 10% discount as well as access to exclusive resources and training opportunities.