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Round I Workshops, 8 - 9 a.m.

Can't We Just Get Along? Strategies for Successful Partnership
Track: Community Leadership
As social issues grow in complexity and scale, so must our ability to build strong partnerships in the social sector. Nonprofits are increasingly being asked to carry out their work through strategic partnerships but what does that mean? Nonprofits often have the heart for partnership but not always the best practices in place to carry out successful partnership. This session will lay out some of the common pitfalls to partnership and share strategies for mitigating (and maybe even solving!) these pitfalls. Strategies will range from the visionary to the operational, such as developing a partnership philosophy and having formal partnership agreements. Participants will apply these strategies to a nonprofit partnership case study as well as their own organizational partnerships. 
Nora Robinson, strategy director, WithInsight; Kara Bixby, evaluation director WithInsight; and Christina Saunders, executive director, Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) 

Confronting Fragility, Cultivating Humility
Track: Individual Leadership
Why is it so hard for us to speak about the elephant in the room? Why do we hold off discussions on critical issues that deeply impact us? Why are we afraid to ask the tough questions? This is an interactive workshop for participants to dive deeper into their core values and how they live and practice these values at their workplace and in their community spaces. We will explore the FACTS model to curate our own unconscious bias and how that impacts who we are and how we interact with our community. The model will question and provoke our critical thoughts and self-analysis, and the presenter will facilitate participants to share their narratives through authentic dialogue and open vulnerability. There will be small and large group activities and discussion in between to curate a FACTS mural, and the workshop will end with deep reflections and Q&A. 
July Vang, collaborator, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation/Hmong Museum

Development vs. Program: Land (and Manage) the Grant Without Drama
Track: Organizational Leadership 
Development and program staff all too often are frustrated with one another. Program staff have a deep understanding of how to meet the needs of the people the organization serves — clients, customers or patrons. Yet program staff seldom feel empowered to ask for what is needed to strengthen their program and often are unprepared to respond to development staff requests for data, stories or program information on short notice. Development staff know foundations’ funding interests and what motivates individuals to give but struggle to keep up with changing programmatic needs and are often working against deadlines. Understanding the lens through which development and program staff view their work and responsibilities can decrease friction and conflict. Through intentional annual planning and respectful communication from both offices, program staff’s voices can be heard, and development staff can have the content they need to write strong proposals, compelling donor letters and representative final reports. 
Kit Briem, vice president of advancement, The Family Partnership; Christine Durand, director of advancement, Minnesota Museum of American Art; and Aileen Seoane, senior development officer, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Tax Reform: Significant Changes to the Taxation Landscape for Tax-Exempt Entities
Track: Organizational Leadership
President Trump has signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), the most significant overhaul of America’s tax system in decades. While simplification was a broadly stated goal of the reform, tax-exempt organizations are targeted with several changes that may lead to additional reporting requirements and involve implementing changes to existing practices to maintain compliance. One of the Act’s major modifications that impacts tax-exempt organizations includes reforms to the rules for identifying and calculating unrelated business income (UBI) reported on Form 990-T. We will provide insight into the numerous direct changes to tax-exempt entity taxation and highlight a few of the provisions not included in the Act that may be included in future legislation. Plus, we’ll spend considerable time interpreting and translating the direct tax implications to the leadership responsibilities of nonprofit staff and boards.
Larry Mohr, partner, Baker Tilly and Ethan Roberts, director, Jewish Community Relations Council

Who We Are: Intersectionality and Bringing our Identities to Our Work
Track: Community Leadership 
This workshop is created to help professionals that work across communities to develop and acknowledge the identities and experiences they bring with them while also considering how those identities inform their work. Workshop attendees will be given tools to have difficult and courageous conversations across difference, and will leave with an understanding around how we all interact in public spaces. 
Asma Mohammed, program manager, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

Round II Workshops, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Conflict Resolution Skills for Leading Community Engagement Processes
Track: Community Leadership
If you don’t need this workshop, then I’d like to shake your hand. Conflict is normal but it’s rarely normalized in decision making processes where emphasis is placed on either accomplishing goals or building relationships. What if you could do both – build authentic relationships while accomplishing goals, and still end your meeting on time? Sound too good to be true? Join us in this experiential workshop where we’ll learn, practice and debrief a series of exercises so that you leave this workshop able to: (1) De-escalate emotional conversations while increasing engagement in the room; (2) Quickly identify participants’ shared goals and common needs with interest-based communication; and (3) Ask powerful questions of participants using the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to generate truly innovative and inclusive solutions. 
Elise Chambers, program director, Conflict Resolution Center

Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Track: Community Leadership
Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities. Join MAVA for an interactive session in which you'll learn about the 8 strategies, share your own experiences and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization. 
Lisa Joyslin, inclusive volunteerism program manager, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration and Kabo Yang, executive director, Minnesota Women's Consortium

Holding Space for Leaders, Organizations and Communities
Track: Organizational Leadership 
What does it mean to “hold space” for leaders and the organizations and communities they are working for? Join us for an interactive session featuring three varying perspectives on how to hold space and encourage participatory leadership. We’ll learn about how to hold space with individual leaders, how to design programs that hold space for participants and how to build organizational plans that hold space for the communities served. Workshop attendees will share their experiences with each other and identify their own unique ways of holding space as leaders. 
Amy Brugh, principal consultant, Amy Brugh Consulting; Pamela Moore, principal consultant, The Collaborative Consultant; and Lorie Alveshere Sommer, certified coach, Go There Coaching 

Leveling Up: Managing Yourself Through a Career Transition
Track: Individual Leadership
Want to go from co-worker to boss? Or take on more responsibility in your organization? Learn how to expand your position description from three people who have experienced it themselves. You’ll learn more about how to make yourself a great candidate for promotion, how to navigate the transition and how to make the most of your new position. Come prepared to share some of your experiences and wisdom as well! 
Lindsay Bacher, senior program developer, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; Naaima Khan, community innovation program manager, Bush Foundation; and Jarell Skinner-Roy, high school program manager, College Possible 

Nonprofits, Elections, Oh My!
Track: Community Leadership
As the upcoming election season grows near, the possibilities for nonprofit engagement are great. From candidate forums to voter engagement, nonprofits have a key role to play during election season. While 501(c)3 organizations are prohibited from partisan activity, they can and should engage in nonpartisan efforts to encourage civic participation. Join us for a fun conversation with examples of mistakes to avoid and ways to be engaged. 
Rebecca Lucero, public policy director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Jeff Narabrook, elections administrator, City of Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services

The Final Act: Sunsetting Nonprofit Organizations
Track: Organizational Leadership
This session will feature a panel of nonprofit leaders who have brought organizations through the final stage in the nonprofit lifecycle – permanent closure. We will discuss this topic through the lens of case studies from real organizations who have made the decision to "sunset," touching on issues like how to recognize that it's time to wind-down, how to communicate about the closure, how to continue to raise funds as you do so and how to build-in the space for emotions and rituals to celebrate the organization's work.
Scott Artley, executive artistic director, Patrick's Cabaret; Jake Blumberg, executive director, GiveMN; and Gayle Ober, George Family Foundation

Round III Workshops, 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Census: Minnesota is Better When Everybody Counts!
Track: Community Leadership
The Census is essential. It is key to ensuring fair representation and allocation of resources. Plus, it creates access to complete and reliable data to support community engagement, planning, and economic development. Nonprofits play an essential role in this process. Learn how you can help move Minnesota toward the goal of having everyone counted.
Presenter information coming soon.

Creating a Harassment-Free Workplace Culture 
Track: Individual Leadership
It’s important that you, as a leader, are fully aware of what’s happening from a harassment and bullying perspective in your organization. You don’t want to find out about inappropriate behavior from a MDHR or EEOC discrimination claim. In this session, we’ll take a proactive approach to (a) understanding our interpersonal culture, (b) defining a culture where employees are valued, respected and safe, (c) holding managers and employees accountable for positive workplace communication and interaction, (d) harassment policies and training, (e) handling investigations, and (f) other harassment / bullying do’s and don’ts. Creating this positive environment requires more than hanging a poster and writing a policy. We’ll discuss a proactive approach that is deeper than just talking about the issues, but ensures that everyone lives and breathes creating a positive and fully respectful workplace. 
Arlene Vernon, president, HRx, Inc.

Improv to Be a Leader
Track: Individual Leadership
As a nonprofit leader, you’re a passionate and active member of your community. To create change, you have to use the power of your voice. Do you have things you want to do and say, and often feel stuck? Learn how to use the principles of improv to use your voice, speak your truth, get rid of your fear and create change in the nonprofit community. 
Amee McDonald, educator and author, jabber logic and University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and John Gebretatose, director of diversity and inclusion, HUGE Theater

Leadership and Community Problem-Solving: Conversation with Bush Prize Winners
Track: Community Leadership
How do leaders of nonprofits and government agencies think bigger and think differently to solve complex community problems? The Bush Foundation and Wilder Research, along with leaders of organizations recognized with the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, present findings from our ongoing study of Bush Prize winners across our region. For this study, we asked 30 leaders about how their leadership contributes to effective problem-solving in their community and fosters a culture of innovation within their organization. This session will begin with a short presentation about the Bush Prize program and findings from the study, followed by a panel discussion with leaders of innovative organizations that have won the Bush Prize. Attendees will learn – from our research and from Bush Prize winners directly – about how leaders engaged with their communities to solve community problems. 
Ryan Evans, research associate, Wilder Research and Naaima Khan, program officer, Bush Foundation

Leading and Working with a Racially-Conscious Lens
Track: Organizational Leadership
What are key behavioral practices of white racially conscious leaders? Gain new and effective practical tools to interrupt, initiate and model effective race-talk. Learn techniques to use in the workplace and beyond that help dismantle systemic racism, white supremacy and discriminatory practices. These tools are based on studying real-world leaders in nonprofit organizations that were identified by people of color as having a demonstrated commitment and proficiency in dismantling systemic racism, white supremacy and discriminatory practices in their organizations and beyond. Hear summaries of their answers to the question, “Reflecting on your own leadership practice, how does your understanding of race and white privilege impact how you lead?” 
Jazmin Danielson, executive director, Beyond Walls

Moving a Full Rural Community Forward – Together
Track: Community Leadership
Engage Winona began as a volunteer-led conversation project to set a vision for the southeast Minnesota city’s future by bringing the full community to the table. Less than two years later it’s a nonprofit dedicated to guiding resilient, creative and sustainable community transformation. Engage Winona hosts dialogues and events, facilitates groups, launches ideas, connects people and resources, and leads change in a variety of innovative ways that serve the full community and honor the whole person. The presentation will highlight the tools, models and practices Engage Winona is using as creative disruptors for community work to build the kinds of intentional networks and collaborations that break old cycles and support a thriving, connected community. It will also discuss how Engage Winona is a social experiment in progress, creating its core programs, activities and very future in deep collaboration and working to make community engagement integrative, generative - and joyful. 
Brian Voerding, co-founder and executive director and Mollee Sheehan, co-founder, Engage Winona 

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

Better Together: Building Strong Volunteer/Staff Relationships
Track: Individual Leadership
Are you frustrated with your board leadership? Are your volunteers focused on all the wrong things and undermining your fundraising success? In this fun and engaging session, the presenters will draw on their own experience working as board members and staff members to help you review the fundamentals of healthy board/staff relationships, avoid some common pitfalls and come away with new skills for building positive and effective relationships with volunteers. You will learn how to identify problems early on and techniques for addressing them. You’ll learn the basics of delineating staff/volunteer roles, setting expectations and navigating conflict. We’ll also touch on why these volunteer relationships are so important. You will leave this session with a better understanding of both side’s perspectives and challenges, and increased confidence in your ability to engage volunteers in achieving your fundraising goals. 
Juliana Wilkins, director of external relations, COMPAS and Courtney Poja, director of advancement, Cornerstone

Convening and Leading Sustainable, Effective Community Change Initiatives
Track: Community Leadership
This session will provide participants with tools and strategies that can be used for developing, organizing and evaluating community change partnerships. Key learnings from The Initiative for Peaceful Communities in Ramsey County, a highly effective community partnership initiated in 1990 will be reviewed and then applied to community engagement and social change strategies being undertaken or planned by participating agencies and community leaders. Key points will include: determining if and when to form community partnerships; identifying potential partners; going beyond the usual suspects; clarifying partnership purpose(s) and developing doable, sustainable goals that partners agree and commit to; achieving sustainable change using principles of Community Systems Organizing; avoiding potential pitfalls including being driven and controlled by money and grants; and knowing when it may be time to end partnerships.
Donald Gault, founder, Building Peaceful Community

Employee Benefits: Compliance, Trends and Innovation
Track: Organizational Leadership
Nonprofit organizations’ challenges intensify every year with the increasing cost and complexity of managing employee health benefits – a crucial but expensive driver of attraction, retention and engagement. In this session, we will bring participants up to date on key health benefits issues. We will discuss the latest legislative and regulatory requirements, cost containment strategies, the effect of new insurers entering the Minnesota market and employer trends. Plus, we'll share innovative solutions that can strengthen the employment value proposition and improve return on human capital investment – and much more!
Keith Friede, area vice-president, Talent & Organization Development and Jack Duffy, consultant, Gallagher

From Talk to Change: Launching Diversity & Inclusion at Work
Track: Organizational Leadership
This workshop will provide practical strategies for jump starting and leading an organization’s efforts specifically around diversity & inclusion. These strategies can be applied to recruitment and retention, staff/volunteer engagement, organizational policy change, community partnerships and many other important aspects of organizational structure. 
Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt, diversity & inclusion manager, Reading & Math, Inc.

Improving Your Process with Data
Track: Organizational Leadership
As you work hard to improve your organization or change practices, gathering data is one of the first steps in making the right decision. Unfortunately, getting the right information is not always easy. Learn about various measures in obtaining good data, analyzing the information and using it effectively in your organization. 
Rachel Kraemer, C.E.O., Change Group International

Self-Care for Nonprofits: Start with You 
Track: Organizational Leadership
This workshop will go beyond tips for bath bombs and herbal tea. Supporting self-care within mission-driven work can often seem impossible. However, for nonprofits — without a dollar, a minute or any employee’s well-being to sacrifice — creating a culture of self-care is crucial. And the great news for budget-conscious nonprofits? Self-care is most often free. This workshop will help refresh our mindset to overcome the overwhelm. Measuring time-money-energy in a new way, we'll outline simple exercises to put into action immediately — for yourself and to share within your organization. We’ll discover examples from nonprofits, large and small, of how to encourage healthy work & life balance for everyone, from executive leaders to volunteers. The goal is to emerge from this workshop reinvigorated for your good work, serving communities, upholding mission and taking care of yourself along the way. 
Jessica Gallo, creative communications consultant and coach, Jessica Gallo Studio


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Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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