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Your nonprofit works hard – providing services, working in communities, raising funds, coordinating volunteers, and managing finances and daily operations. Nonprofit Essentials provides a back-to-basics overview of the many management topics essential to nonprofits, and re-focuses staff on the core elements of working and managing nonprofit organizations. This day-long conference will provide you with training to help your organization work smarter!

At this conference, you will find valuable information through an insightful keynote presentation, sixteen skill-building breakout sessions and opportunities to build networks with your peers.

You will learn practical tools and information about: fundraising, communications, finance, HR, programs, management, leadership, governance, and more!

Keynote Presentation

Building Trusting and Meaningful Working Relationships Within and Across Organizations

How can we create long-lasting, trusting, working relationships within organizations and with our strategic partners, both locally and globally? Dr. Rama Hart will explore the hidden potential of the seemingly mundane and everyday interactions we exchange to build trust, in the face of an ever increasingly diverse, dispersed, and multicultural context. She will provide leadership strategies to engage team members and colleagues, making use of technology and knowledge about generations and cultures.

Rama HartDr. Rama Hart has spent the past 20 years as an educator and consultant in the areas of leadership and organization development, virtual team collaboration and communication and management consulting. She has consulted with many nonprofit and Fortune 100 organizations, helping them apply innovative approaches to leadership and team development, strategic visioning and planning, and organizational change.

Rama is engaged in research and practice focused on three areas: virtual team communication and decision making, particularly in technology-mediated environments, leadership and organization development through "action research," "critical," and "appreciative” methods, and issues facing minority women working in dominant culture climates, such as women workers in Indian call-centers, and minority women faculty in higher education. Her teaching includes masters, doctoral and undergraduate honors courses focusing on topics such as organization development, leading organizational change, virtual team effectiveness, group dynamics, leadership, organizational change rheory and practice, technology-mediated communication, and learning and development in 3D virtual environments.

She has provided leadership and service to the University of St. Thomas in curriculum redesign and review, diversity strategy and planning, search/hiring for deans, department chairs and faculty, faculty governance, and student practicum and dissertation supervision. Rama is enthusiastic about forging collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, organizational leaders, and consultants who have a drive to advance their learning and practice through new knowledge, innovative approaches, and expert guidance.

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August 20, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits