How to make the most of YNPNdc’s Annual Leadership Conference

By Danielle Devery

It’s Conference Week for YNPNdc! As our Leadership Board is putting the final preparations together, we hope you are getting ready for the conference too. Attending leadership and professional conferences is essential for staying current on industry trends, networking with other professionals in your field, learning new skills, and becoming more proficient at your job. So it’s safe to say–it’s important to maximize the time you have while you’re at these events! Here are few tips on how to make the most of the YNPNdc Annual Leadership Conference this Friday.

Tip 1: Plan your day around what you want to learn

This year’s program includes dozens of talented speakers within the Washington, DC nonprofit sector who will lead breakout sessions on a wide range of topics including: data visualization, nonprofit finance, diversity, and advocacy. Before the conference, review theprogram agenda to decide which sessions you want to attend.  Find a good mix of sessions with topics that will expand your knowledge on nonprofit-related issues you are interested in learning more about, as well as sessions that directly relate to your daily responsibilities and job duties.

You can follow YNPNdc on Twitter (@ynpndc) and with the hashtag #ynpndc14 for highlights of the content presented at sessions you are unable to attend. Keep an eye out for a social media bookmark in your registration packet containing a full list of people to follow on Twitter throughout the conference.

Tip 2: Join the conversation

Bringing young nonprofit professionals together to exchange new ideas and information is the core of what this conference is all about. This is your chance to ask questions, to get tips on how to improve your work performance, to develop your leaderships skills, and to candidly discuss challenges you face at work. Speak up during the breakout sessions and share how your organization addresses some of the topics covered. Introduce yourself to other attendees and ask someone to explain more about how your organization might successfully put an idea discussed in a session into practice. This is also a great time to meet other people who might work at an organization similar to yours who might be interested in fostering a partnership.

Tip 3: Follow up

The conference is over, so now what? Attend the Post-Conference Happy Hour immediately following the conclusion of the event. Mingle with other attendees, YNPNdc Board members, and speakers who you met during the day. When you get home, be sure to complete the post-conference survey to let YNPNdc know what you thought of the conference. Also, don’t forget to follow up with new contacts you made with an email. Take the first step toward putting one of the new ideas you gained at the conference into action by sharing any notes you took during the conference with your manager and colleagues.

Didn’t pre-register but want to attend the Conference?  Don’t worry!  You can still register in-person on May 9th.

Date: 5/9/14

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: National Association of Home Builders, 1201 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Danielle Devery is a Marketing Assistant at the American Society of Hematology and has three years of healthcare marketing experience. Danielle has lived in DC for one year after moving from Columbus, Ohio. She received a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. In her free time, Danielle enjoys exploring DC, running, baking, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Say hello to Danielle at the Conference!

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