2015 Conference Sessions

We're excited to share our diverse, growth-driven sessions on May 8. There's going to be something for everyone--make sure you begin building your conference schedule today! 


Morning Breakout Sessions: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Make Your Data Count: New, Visual Approaches to Evaluation Reporting

Johanna Morariu, Director, Innovation Network, Inc. and Katherine Haugh, Research Assistant, Innovation Network, Inc.

Data visualization is taking the world by storm! Charts and graphs built on dataviz principles are transforming nonprofit reporting and increasing the communication power of traditional reports. Breaking out of the standard 8.5" by 11" written report is the next frontier. Long, dense reports are less likely to be read and less likely to make an impact. This session will provide principles and case studies of new, visual approaches to reporting drawn from data reports. We will provide examples, such as incorporating a wealth of visuals in text reports, using large format hand-outs to emphasize findings, and designing slide reports. Tips and tools will be provided to help attendees streamline and enhance their own reporting.

Finding the "Right" Fundraising Mix

Blair Greenbaum, Associate Director, and Derek John Rogers, Associate,  Orr Associates, Inc.

Blair Greenbaum and Derek John Rogers of Orr Associates, Inc. will lead a presentation and discussion on “Finding the Right Fundraising Mix.” While there is no one-size-fits-all fundraising solution for a nonprofit, Blair and Derek will discuss the various revenue stream options you and your organization have to achieve your fundraising goals. They will also address the pros and cons, and key considerations to take into account, when thinking about whether or not to diversify revenue streams.

Managing Up – Building a Stronger Relationship with Your Boss

Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO, ProInspire

Most professionals identify having a good relationship with their manager as the number one factor in workplace happiness. This workshop will focus on how to manage up and develop a strong relationship with your boss. This session will help participants understand five key elements of managing up, how to assess their boss’s work style, and effectively use the Cycle of the Promise.

Leading Digital Transformation within your Organization

Steven Jones, Business and Digital Strategist, Sapient

Are you interested in becoming a digital leader for your organization? Do you see opportunities to use digital tools in new and better ways to create a greater impact?

If so, then join us for an interactive session that will explore and explain how you can help your organization think strategically about building digital capabilities.

This breakout will provide an overview of the key elements of a digital strategy, and delve into some not-so-obvious considerations that every individual should understand in order to become an effective part of an organization’s digital presence.

Coming out of the session, participants will be able to critically evaluate their organization’s overall digital capabilities and presence, and utilize an analytic toolset to help guide others toward alignment on priority projects in the digital space.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions, Round One: 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

The Self-Expression Revolution Workshop

Michelle Akin, PCC, Michaelle Akin Coaching

Un-expressed creativity is a crime. Against humanity, sure, but really against ourselves. How many people are living their lives with a secret passion, dream, talent, or intention that they have yet to bring to fruition? What if we could stop keeping these things a secret and start truly embarking upon creating the lives we desire?  When we begin to do this, we lead by example. We cause those around us to do the same. We incite our own revolution. A Self-Expression Revolution. We become leaders in the effort of creating a world in which we all benefit from the brilliance of each unique mind and skill set. A world where love, creativity, passion, and vision prevail. Where we work together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Join me for this interactive workshop in which we will discover what your un-expressed brilliance lies and have you take steps to truly move it forward. I will support you in discovering it, getting specific about what it will look like, and making a plan to execute in the next year. Want to be a leader in the self-expression revolution? Say yes. Step in. Let's rock the world together.

Hands-On Data Visualization Workshop in Microsoft Excel

Ann K. Emery, Independent Consultant: Data Visualization and Evaluation

Have you ever emailed a report to a colleague and wondered whether they even read about the results? Have you tried sharing data during meetings only to watch their eyes glaze over? If so, this hands-on workshop is for you. Visualizing data through charts and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized pieces of information that viewers understand at a glance and retain for the long run. You’ll participate in a step-by-step data visualization design process, from matching visualizations to viewers' information needs, to identifying the appropriate dissemination formats (like slidedocs and dashboards), to building graphs in Excel. You’ll practice improving upon Excel’s default settings by customizing RGB codes, writing titles that summarize key findings, and reducing clutter. You’ll also build advanced chart types from scratch, like small multiples layouts. This workshop is highly interactive; laptops required.

Facilitation Skills for Collaborative Meetings

Mae Cooper, Learning and Development Specialist, George Washington University

Tired of meetings dominated by just a few speakers? Come to this session to learn facilitation skills that will help you create an inclusive environment ripe for collaboration. Using an experiential learning approach, we will explore the role of a facilitator, learn techniques to enhance engagement, and discuss strategies to address challenges commonly faced by facilitators. Be prepared to participate in a fast paced session and leave with tools you can put to use immediately!

Focus: The Choice for the Option Generation

Tucker Wannamaker, Director of Communications and Outreach, Character.org

As nonprofit professionals, we have options. Options for people we can serve, options for jobs, options for how we market to donors and get people involved in our programs... options.

But then we have to choose.

Which choice is the right choice? We will discuss ways to make decisions more efficiently and without paralysis. Learn how to find clarity in your nonprofit for you to make clearer and more confident decisions.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions, Round Two: 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Please Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others, or Self-care Essentials for Successful Nonprofit Professionals

Elizabeth Hubley, Holistic Health Coach, Siena Wellness

In the nonprofit world we’re often so busy supporting our clients, volunteers, donors, and programs that we neglect our own health and well-being. We find ourselves exhausted and frustrated despite the incredible impacts we make every day. In this workshop, you’ll learn simple steps to take to avoid burnout, improve your happiness, and increase your productivity in and beyond the workplace. You’ll take away habits to easily incorporate into your life that will support you to thrive and succeed doing the work you love. 

Mapping Your Digital Audiences: How to Take Your Communications Strategy to the Next Level

Erin Gamble, Online Communications Officer, World Bank and Charrosé King, Online Media Coordinator, ACDI/VOCA

So you have followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the NextBigThing.com—but what does that mean in terms of your organization's online media audiences’ relationships to you? To other organizations?

Applying social network analysis to your audience can help map your digital landscape to see the highly bonded followers and the ones that could be cultivated further. Social network analysis--which examines social relationships in terms of network theory--is a methodology that nonprofits can apply to gauge organizational network position in key areas important to your organization and show opportunity for improvement.

Attendees will learn about key concepts of social network analysis, will see demonstrations of *free* tools and approaches for conducting their own analysis plus how to gather data on their respective audiences, and will discuss concrete examples of how to apply social network analysis to better understand their organization’s audience and develop a strategy for moving forward. Attendees will learn “quick and dirty” ways to gauge their network position around issues core to their mission to better understand their organization’s network position and opportunities for developing new connections to likeminded influencers. 

The session will be a mixed learning approach of short presentation on concepts and case studies, practical demonstration of tools, and interactive Q&A to apply concepts using the tools and approaches shared. All slides and links to tools will be provided after the session online.

Volunteer Engagement 101

Kristine Jensen, Volunteer and In-Kind Manager, Bread for the City

Learn the basic grounding in concepts related to effective volunteer management. This session will introduce these concepts, sharing practical tools and ideas that participants can take back to their organizations, and discuss why best practices are so important when working with volunteers and the larger community.

INPUTS, OUTCOMES, AND OUTPUTS, OH MY!: Your Road to Logic Model Success

Alayna Buckner, CEO and Arielle Baker, Trainer, Elevate

Logic models are a systematic, visual tool nonprofit leaders use to evaluate the effectiveness of their program design. They are essential to understanding the work and impact of your nonprofit -- from the resources you have, to the activities you plan, to the changes you hope to achieve.  Unfortunately, logic models can also be confusing, overwhelming -- or unhelpful!

Our logic model workshop will go over everything you need to know – while keeping it interesting in the process. We'll cover what a theory of change is, why your programs need one, what a logic model is, and how it can help you better evaluate your work. Past attendees share, "What impressed me the most was the...hands-on practice appealing to different learning styles."



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