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Keynote Speaker

Our conference keynote speaker will be Suraj Vadgama, a tech-for-good designer and developer. Suraj is the project lead for developing digital products at CAST (the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology). CAST works to accelerate the use of digital technology to meet social and charitable objectives, creating a digitally enabled and responsive sector in the UK.

Suraj successfully founded Beehive (, a funding suitability checking tool that uses a funder's guidelines, priorities, and open data to produce a report that helps grantwriters decide where to apply.

With over a decade of experience of designing, developing, and growing digital and traditional services in the nonprofit sector, he brings a wealth of real world experience on what it takes to deliver value with digital.


Workshop Presenters

Biographies will be listed in early-2019


Jackie Aman, research scientist, Wilder Research

Joel Barker, chief strategy officer, Washburn Center for Children

Sarah Berres, volunteer coordinator, Metro North ABE

Steve Boland, managing partner, Next in Nonprofits

Abby Breyer, engagement director, Azul Seven

Tim Broeker, technical director, Electric Citizen and a nonprofit partner

Natasha Brownlee, independent consultant, Girls’ Rights and Gender Equality

Neil Chudgar, communications strategist, CHUDGAR

Andrea Cole, graphic designer, AmplifyDMC

Sarah Crumrine, communications coordinator, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Christy Dickinson, senior program director, Arts Midwest

Kate Downing Khaled, founder and managing director, Imagine Deliver

Nancy Doyle Brown, brandsStrategist,

Lisa Dunnigan, CIO, principal, Olsen Thielen CPAs 

Christine Durand, director of advancement, Minnesota Museum of American Art

Joshua Feist, program director, Arts Midwest

Kristen Felegy, communications and marketing manager, People Incorporated

Eddie Glenn, software engineer, Software for Good

Briana Gruenewald, senior account executive, Bellmont Partners

Lisa Guyott, national marketing and communications director, College Possible

Ruth Hamberg, lead consultant, Squaretree

Jonathan Hatch, executive director, Saint Paul Media

Kelly Heikkila, CTO, Accessible360

Lisa Helminiak, CEO, Azul Seven

Chris Hintz, creative director + filmmaker, iSee Communications, LLC

Justin Hollis, research scientist, MN Compass

Ellery July, technology specialist, Nacel Open Door

Joanne Kosciolek, vice president of development & external affairs, Project for Pride in Living

Valerie Lockhart, executive director, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network and the MN Women in Tech

Mallory Mitchell, co-founder, NoMi Events

Bridget Nelson Monroe, vice president, Bellmont Partners

Glyn Northington, senior program director, Propel Nonprofits

Ivan Nunez, UX Lead, Azul Seven

Josh Oswald, client partner, The Nerdery, LLC

Autumn Patterson, web & IT director, Arts Midwest

Daniel Peterson, co-founder, NoMi Events 

Jen Riemenschneider, vice president for communications, American Heart Association

Brian Roemen, principal, technology operations, Brave North Tech LLC

Kallie Rollenhagen, marketing manager, Propel Nonprofits

Katherine Rose, communications strategist, Kate Rose Communications LLC

Erin Rufledt, principal, Luminary Lab

Ashley Schweitzer, business analyst, Hennepin County

Alyssa Scott, founder, 1,000 Words & More

Rebecca Shavlik, executive director, Shavlik Family Foundation

Yesenia Sotelo, digital skills trainer, SmartCause Digital

Erika Stenrick, creative director, Us Creative Works

Lisa Tabor, owner, Culture Brokers 

Dan Thiede, strategic communications and engagement director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS), University of Minnesota

Suraj Vadgama, project lead, CAST Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology

Kaying Vang, board president, Minnesota International NGO Network

Jennifer Victor-Larsen, founder and executive director,

Abby Wellan, nonprofit services & communications manager, Charities Review Council

Michelle Wilczynski, director of professional services, Firefly Partners

Jay Wilkinson, CEO, Firespring

Lynn Winter, digital strategist, Manage Digital 

Cory Woosley, professional development director, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Edith Young, IT supervisor, Public Defender's Office


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2019 Communications & Technology Conference
Thursday, March 7, 2019
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Saint Paul RiverCentre


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