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Exploring Diverse Voices

We all lead based on the unique lens through which we see the world. When we gather with others with different experiences, different ways of relating and different ways of understanding the world, we can’t help but walk away leading differently. When we start seeing and welcoming difference into our organizations, strategy strengthens, implementation improves and impact amplifies.

The 2014 Nonprofit Leadership Conference will delve into the theme of Exploring Diverse Voices. Through this theme, we hope to engage nonprofit leaders in discussions about the diverse voices present in our sector, our communities and our organizations.

This year’s conference provides us a unique opportunity. Through local and national partnerships, emerging professionals from across the nation will join Minnesota’s nonprofit leaders to engage in discussions, share strategies and debate solutions about how nonprofit organizations can excel at engaging people, improving systems and strengthening communities. Whether you’ve been involved in the nonprofit sector for 2 years or 20 years, this conference offers a space for you!

Join this day-long conversation and learning opportunity to refresh your knowledge of foundational concepts of nonprofit leadership, to discuss current trends for creating community impact and to engage in discussions around the future that is emerging in our organizations and communities.

As in past years, the conference will address themes of nonprofit leadership, governance and management. Plus, this year we'll focus on exploring diverse voices. We hope you'll join us!

Lifting Up Community Voices

During the morning keynote session, Linda Nguyen will share her experiences working with nonprofit organizations around the country to lift up the voices in the communities we serve. Nonprofit organizations have many stakeholders -- staff, volunteers, funders, partners -- all critical to helping us achieve our missions. And our most important stakeholders are the people in the communities we serve. Our communities hold the answers to most of our questions. So how can we be the best partners to community to deepen our impact?

Specifically, Linda will address these questions:

  • How can we be better community listeners?
  • How can we ensure that every voice is being heard?
  • What are the best ways to engage the community?
  • What are specific strategies nonprofit staff can undertake to incorporate community engagement into daily work?
  • What changes are needed, at the individual level and at the sector level, for us to truly embrace the engagement of diverse voices?
  • Why does it matter that all voices are engaged? What happens in communities where all voices are engaged?
     

About Our Speaker

As the director of civic engagement for the Alliance for Children and Families, Linda Nguyen built and currently manages a national initiative that has enabled thousands of community residents across the U.S. to become advocates, leaders and activists. She has worked with the Alliance network to encourage nonprofit staff and board members to embrace civic engagement strategies in their organizations and neighborhoods; and to work in concert with community to address key issues in health, education and economic security. Linda is responsible for identifying and nurturing talent, coaching human service organization staff, conducting research and serving as a national advocate for constituent voice.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Linda researched the civic engagement and advocacy practices of human service organizations in the U.S. She also managed the volunteer program at the YWCA in Berkeley, and developed content for a website covering human rights in Chile.

Linda has served on a number of boards at the local and national level including the YWCA and YNPN. Her current board service includes the Center for Effective Government and Nonprofit VOTE.

Originally from Oakland, Linda earned a bachelor’s in social welfare from UC Berkeley and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metro area.
 

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Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Thursday, June 26
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis


Co-Hosts:

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota