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2022 Leadership Summit – Session Descriptions

Balancing the Nonprofit Leader with Becky Mathis-Stump

Have you ever driven with tires that are out of balance? If so, you’ve likely felt the vibrations and found it difficult to steer. And those are just the short-term impacts of imbalanced tires. Over time, you may noticed bad fuel economy and even abnormal wear and tear on your tires, shocks, and bearings. As nonprofit leaders, we are tempted to work in a state of imbalance, and that temptation has been even stronger over the last few years. During our keynote session we’ll work together to identify signs of imbalance and strategies that will help us get back into balance. Come prepared to share and encounter hope as you seek to be a balanced leader.

Balancing Workplace Culture with David Ray

Why do some teams add up to be greater than the sum of their parts while others add up to be less? One word: CULTURE. The culture of a group is one of the most potent forces on the planet. We sense its presence in successful businesses, thriving families, and championship teams. We all know that culture makes a difference, but the difference it makes has been magnified in today’s working environment. Research suggests that an unhealthy workplace culture is one of the key factors contributing to the great resignation. Workers in America have been resigning at a higher rate than ever before, but we don’t have to be part of those numbers. In this session, we’ll explore together how we can experience a different reality by identifying signs of imbalance within our culture and what we can do to intentionally cultivate a healthy environment for our team to flourish.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Danielle Walker: More information coming soon!

AMPLIFICATION EFFECT: Leveraging Collaboration for the Greater Good with Taylor Johnson & Kimberly McLain

Collaboration has the power to create thriving and resilient communities. It is an essential aspect of the work being done in for-good organizations. However, it is rarely done among other organizations as most services are being provided in their territories. If organizations and services commit to working together, the impact in their communities are boundless.

Storytelling that Ignites Your Donors with Kiersten Hill

From the beginning of civilization, storytelling has maintained a uniquely impactful position in defining culture, motivating action and bringing people together. Today’s marketers need to be better storytellers than ever before as more and more stories are told all around us. Join Firespring’s Kiersten Hill as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern nonprofit marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.

This session is for you! Regardless of whether you are a versed storyteller or find it challenging, this session will teach or help you sharpen your storytelling techniques for your organization. 

Key Takeaways:

  • An analysis of StoryBrand and other storytelling frameworks.
  • Tools to aid in the process of compiling and refining the most compelling stories.
  • Using social media story tools to build community and motivate action.
  • Exercises that will enhance and refine your storytelling process.

Leveling Up Your Volunteer Program: Tips, Tricks, and Action Steps with Erin Susman and Olivia McConnell

Volunteers provide an invaluable service to organizations of varying sizes across the state. However, there are a variety of factors that can prevent volunteer programs from reaching their full potential. Over the last two years, these challenges have grown. What hasn’t changed is our collective desire to make a difference. In this session, we will discuss strategies to level up your volunteer program and resources to get there. It will feature a mixture of information sharing, discussion, and group troubleshooting.