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Round I Workshops, 8 - 9 a.m.

Bridging the Generations Gap
In this interactive session, we will explore the characteristics of the current workforce generations, cultivate understanding of major trends, and explore strategies and best practices for working together more effectively. We will take time to explore the deep culture elements that cause workplace divides. By the end of the session, attendees will understand the differences between generational outlooks and will be able to apply best practices for working in thriving inter-generational workplaces.
Kelly C. Weiley, president and principal, CoAct Consulting

Co-leadership: What's it Really Like
Can co-leadership really work? Can two be better than one? How do two executives with shared accountabilities but with different roles and responsibilities ensure strong results and mission impact? Hear lessons from the field about working with the board, complimentary skills needed, and the joys and challenges of a true collaborative relationship. As a participant, you will increase your knowledge about the benefits of co-leadership for mission impact and capacity. You will understand the relationship to the board and staff. And you will learn how to build structures that systematically define roles and shared decision-making.
Renae Oswald-Anderson, principal, Strategic Consulting & Coaching; Joy Persall, executive co-director, Dream of Wild Health; Ben Ratkowski, artistic director and Rob Thomas, managing director, Lakeshore Players Theatre; and Diane Wilson, executive co-director, Dream of Wild Health

Data to Action: Evaluation Reimagined
Organizations and networks are often drowning in data. They spend all their time collecting and pulling together their data; yet, they often lack the buy-in and processes to put it into action. Is your organization feeling the evaluation fatigue? Do you ever wonder if all the data work is worth it? This workshop will help change evaluation’s reputation and make it useful for you. In this session, we will provide strategies that alter your team’s attitude toward data and bring new life to traditional evaluation tools. You will have the opportunity to learn about the power of an evaluation philosophy and take back a process to develop one with your organization or network. The session will also introduce practices that increase buy-in and ownership of staff or volunteers. Finally, we will show how traditional evaluation tools like logic models and theories of change can be used to energize and mobilize your team.
Kara Bixby, co-owner and evaluation director, WithInsight and Jennifer Nielsen, director of programs, CommonBond Communities

Sustaining Change: Authentic Inclusion
How do I make long term sustainable change? How do we assure that those impacted by change are included in the process and decision making? What type of leadership is needed? What is driving the change effort? Often times asking questions is not enough. Creating long term sustainable change often times can be difficult. Understanding individual leadership styles and the lens we are working through are important when proposing change as well as assuring authentic inclusion in the process and decision making. This presentation will identify the different leadership styles needed and how authentic inclusion leads to long term sustainable change.
Arnoldo Curiel, vice president of racial equity and public policy, YWCA of Minneapolis

Tools for a More Positive, Engaging Team Meeting
Does it seem like participants’ eyes glaze over a little too quickly as you launch your team or committee meetings? Meetings are valuable for sharing information and gathering feedback across groups large and small, but don’t always feel engaging for participants. Here is a chance to consider options and approaches that can help engage a variety of participants, who come with different learning styles, backgrounds and skills. We will then learn about and practice a few simple tools, adapted from a community organizing format called Network Night, to help your meetings start and end on a positive note, engage more participants in knowledge-sharing and networking within the team and leave team members feeling more positive and energized.
Arbor Otalora-Fadner, volunteer manager and Brenda Petry, Advantage Services regional manager, CommonBond Communities

Round II Workshops, 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Fearless Coaching: The Power of Inquiry
Managing people takes time and unique skills. In this interactive workshop, you will learn practical tools for effectively developing people through the art of coaching and specifically through the use of inquiry. Coaching is the ability to use a simple yet dynamic conversational approach, engaging others to take initiative, problem-solve with confidence and feel energized to do their best work. Workshop participants will be introduced to ways to balance your leadership style between instructive and facilitative approaches, learn drill-down coaching questions that build awareness and ownership in others and practice real-time coaching strategies to help others tackle challenges and achieve goals. The workshop draws on the book, “Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders” by Judith Wilson and Michelle Gislason.
Debbie Okerlund, executive coach and trainer, Lead With Agility, LLC

Leveraging, Navigating and Cultivating D & I Initiatives
This workshop will give participants a few tools which will help enable them to examine D & I efforts and initiatives and what’s missing in this work. Participantss will examine the concept of diversity in the 21st century and how it relates to leveraging, navigating and cultivating an inclusive workplace. We’ll discuss what it means to be a culturally-inclusive and globally engaged organization. Session facilitators will help participants begin to develop skills necessary for resolving conflicts and building bridges across intercultural styles.
Nichole C. Salaam, principal and Linda S. Miller, principal, LNC Strategic Designs

Older Workers: Assets and Opportunities
Over 55% of workers in Minnesota are aged 50+. Projected growth in the Minnesota workforce between 2017-2025 is measurable ONLY in the cohort aged 55+. Nonprofits compete in the workforce marketplace. A shortfall of 100,000+ workers is projected by 2020, negatively impacting Minnesota’s economic health. How can Minnesota’s aging workforce be utilized as an asset? Over 60% of Boomers plan to work past age 65—mentoring, sharing knowledge and expertise and continuing to contribute to Social Security. The additional years of income (and meaningful engagement) postpones drawing on State of Minnesota supportive human services. This session reviews planned research, highlighting how workers 50-70, can positively impact Minnesota economically, socially and physically. Tools, resources and processes to attract, train and retain older workers will be shared, inviting nonprofit employers and employees to re-think the work-life continuum.
Mary Jo Schifsky, founder, GenSync and Leah Goldstein Moses, principal, The Improve Group

The Proactive Board: Overcoming Inaction
Boards are built to be reactive. At our very root, we have this notion that as board members our job is to listen and react. We wouldn’t be doing our fiduciary duty otherwise. Yet, somehow we are not giving our very best and getting the very best out of our staff, volunteers and fellow board members. Instead of inspiring action, our own reactivity creates inaction. This workshop is designed for board and staff leadership. During this session we will focus on how you develop a culture of proactive engagement within your board, leading to greater collaboration and leadership. You will learn how to reframe board members’ roles, help them listen to and explore difficult issues, motivate members to say yes to tasks and strengthen their ability to follow through and create opportunities for board learning.
Carlo Cuesta, principal, Creation In Common, LLC

What’s the Current Leadership Challenge?
The times are fluid, fast changing and evolving, even as we speak. Join this gathering for a lively discussion about timely issues impacting you and your nonprofit. What are nonprofit leaders doing to stay abreast of changing demographics, political power, social movements and social media messaging? As the nonprofit sector adapts, how do we, as individual leaders and organizational managers, stay at the forefront of the conversations that matter for our causes and communities? Whether at the Capitol, the Statehouse or the front porches of America – nonprofits have a key role to continue shaping a healthy, cooperative and just society. What’s the latest challenge? And how are effective leaders taking up the charge?
Shena Ashley, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute; Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Jodi Sandfort, professor and chair, Leadership and Management Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Work with Congress: Tips, Tactics and Civil Discourse
Weekly marches and protests, boisterous town halls, hyper-partisan political divide and unpredictability at the federal level are defining features to the start of 2017. It is more important than ever for nonprofits to be strong advocates for their missions and issue based work in a thoughtful and strategic way that invites enduring dialogue and sustainable relationships that transcend ideological divides. Join this session to learn from former congressional staffers how Minnesota nonprofits can engage Minnesota’s Congressional delegation (including tips and tactics for working with the district and D.C. office) and a discussion on how we can help bridge the divide through civil discourse.
Bobby Benson, deputy director, Community Action Partnership Minnesota; Mustafa Jumale, president, Khyre Solutions; Rebecca Lucero, public policy director and Rinal Ray, deputy public policy director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Round III Workshops, 1:45 - 3 p.m.

Fundraising Made Beautiful
Beautiful design is not a frill—it is a critical element that captures and motivates people to truly tune in. It creates rich and dramatic experiences. It causes us to stop, to notice, to dig deeper, to understand. And it can do this for your fundraising efforts, as well. And while quality design of collateral pieces is a significant player in the world of communication and fundraising, boxing design in to the visual boxes out a world of possibilities. In this session, learn how the equally significant experiences of touch, taste, movement, smell and sound are powerful methods of connecting donors with emotions that help them stay engaged, connected and invested in your work.
Frances D. Roen, director of development and communications, YouthLink

This presentation titled “Islamophobia” will include an explanation of Islamophobia, factors and actors behind Islamophobia, and how it relates to historic roots of religious intolerance. The presentation will look at how groups are organizing against Muslims, including speakers touring Minnesota spreading hate, the current climate in Minnesota and incidents of hate crimes. Additionally, speakers will explore how groups create fear and how elected officials may succumb to the concept of “legislating fear.” This session will discuss the root of these issues and suggest ways of addressing them as individuals and as an organization.
Jaylani Hussein, executive director; Amir Malik, civil rights director and Ellen Longfellow, civil rights attorney, CAIR MN

Our Data Always Has a Happy Ending and Other Ethical Dilemmas
Data can be used to build trust, equity, and understanding within communities. However, data can unintentionally become a weapon that manipulates, perpetuates inequality, and harms community members. The session will draw from participants' experiences, questions, and insights as we explore ethical considerations and practical strategies to ensure that the data does no harm.
Ivan Lui, data and quality coordinator, The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth and Brandi Olson, executive director, Brandi Olson Consulting LLC

Storytelling as a Leadership Tool to Empower
Green Card Voices is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that shares first-person immigrant stories in order to foster tolerance and understanding between immigrant and nonimmigrant communities. As we move into a new reality with challenges facing immigrants specifically, a new approach towards developing young leadership is necessary. Thus, the book series “Green Card Youth Voices” was created. In 2016, GCV partnered with Wellstone High School to record and publish 30 stories written by immigrant students. This model has been replicated in Fargo, ND and St. Paul, MN. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of recently arrived immigrant students. In this presentation, you will learn about this book model and how the process directly empowers immigrant student authors through storytelling, writing and public speaking. You will see the broad impact of the project as it directly fosters immigrant leadership while also working to navigate this particularly divisive time in our history.
Tea Rozman Clark, executive director and Rachel Mueller, managing editor/event coordinator, Green Card Voices

Who am I? Designing Organizational Alignment for Success
Do you feel like your organization is having an identity crisis? That depending on who you talk to, you get a different take on what you do, why you do it and what you’re trying to accomplish? Have you noticed that there’s a difference between what you write in grants and what actually ends up happening in programming? You’re not alone! This workshop is designed for organizations that are experiencing a disconnect. Join us to unpack what might be happening and what can be done to bring organizational focus and cohesion. Participants will be introduced to a framework for understanding and self-assessing their internal organizational alignment. The workshop will focus on strategies that can be applied to improve alignment so that what you do, how you implement it, and how you measure it are working together strategically to maximize impact.
Nora Robinson, co-owner and strategy director, WithInsight and Christina Saunders, executive director, ACES

Round IV Workshops, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Got Conflict?
Whether you're an executive director, board member, leadership team member or volunteer with a nonprofit, chances are: you've noticed some conflict in your organization. Have you ever wished someone would hand you a road map for respectfully and effectively resolving conflicts of all shapes and sizes at your organization so everyone could breathe, smile and go back to doing the amazing and meaningful work you're all there to do? Come join us in this workshop to get your free conflict resolution road map! Yes, really: We'll begin by learning three simple and effective tools for resolving conflict between individuals as well as in group settings and then we'll break into small groups for a facilitated working session in which you can share ideas and questions to generate creative solutions with each other, building your own customized conflict management plans to bring back to your organizations.
Elise Chambers, program director, Conflict Resolution Center

Leading Complex Systems Change
Making individual or organizational changes are hard enough, but what about trying to lead the change in policies and practices of an entire field? Equity Works is a multi-strategy effort to build greater equity in the workforce development system. The project works with community based organizations, employers and funders to create better outcomes for disadvantaged workers. At this session, you'll hear about how leadership is being developed within this complex system and how it's being used to make change across the system.
Isadora Tabue, program manager, Equity Works

Present Moment Authenticity Through Mindfulness
This session is for people interested in personal, private and public leadership, organizational culture and human resource development, including diversity and inclusion. As a participant, you will be asked to consider how you show up at work, in relationships with significant others and your communities: “Am I authentically present, moment-by-moment?” You will be encouraged to pause, relax, come into the present moment with an open mind. We will consider and discuss mindfulness as simple (but not easy) knowledge, skills and attitudes with significant potential to improve leadership at all levels. Mindfulness can enable greater wellbeing in the workplace, including more effective diversity and inclusion efforts. You will be asked what “non-judgmental, present moment awareness” can mean individually and collectively in our organizations, communities and diverse relationships. And you will be challenged with kindness and supported to make deeply personal connections between mindfulness, a sense of common humanity and self-compassion.
David Alley, C.E.O., Designs for Learning

Succession Planning: Five Stages of Transition
As long-time nonprofit leaders retire, founders step away, and strong board members conclude their term, nonprofit leaders tasked with succession planning go through five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Failure to recognize and adapt to these stages can have damaging ramifications for the organization and the community it serves. Learn tips for successfully navigating a successful transition that is mindful of these stages of grief so your nonprofit and community can prosper. By attending this session, you will learn the application of the stages of grief to the loss of a long-time leader. Plus, you will learn tips about intentional succession planning to minimize disruption of operations.
Eric P. Ewald, general manager, Ewald Consulting and executive director, Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Paul J. Hanscom, vice president of marketing and business development, Ewald Consulting

What Keeps Nonprofit Finance Leaders Awake at Night?
As organizational leaders, we all have issues that cause sleepless nights. But beyond the daily work that causes stress, what are the big picture issues that finance leaders really fear? Join this session to learn about the organizational decisions and situations that create nightmares for the accountants, CFOs and finance staff. Learn about issues of cash flow, organizational liabilities, lax oversight and other things that cause restless nights. Financial transparency and organizational sustainability is everyone’s job. Join this session to learn the things that you can do to help your accountant sleep well tonight.
Peggy Farah, controller, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Peter Farstad, chief administrative officer, LifeSource; Daniel Lemm, accountant, McKnight Foundation; and Peter Olsen, chief financial officer, YWCA St. Paul

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Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Tuesday, June 13
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis



Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota