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About the Conference

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

The Power in Leadership: Why We Need It; When to Hold Back; and How to Pursue It
Dr. Vanjelis Ngwa, professor, University of St. Thomas

In this keynote address we will hear from Dr. Vanjelis (Van) Ngwa, an expert on power. He will offer a brief synopsis regarding the importance of power in navigating every stage of one’s personal life and professional career. His presentation will delve into why individuals and leaders sometimes experience a certain level of unease regarding the topic of power. And he will explore why we all need to better understand power – both interpersonally and as leaders. Van will provide detailed and practical guidelines on how each of us, as individuals and leaders, can harness personal power, access power as a leadership tool, and understand organizational power. These guidelines can support us to meet personal and professional goals at all stages of our careers.  With over a decade studying the topic and experiencing life on different continents, Vanjelis will offer a fun-filled and informative presentation on one of the most quintessential concepts of everyday life.

Vanjelis NgwaVanjelis Ngwa is a speaker, coach, consultant and writer. He currently serves as a board member and adjunct professor in the leadership program at the University of St. Thomas, where he instructs masters and doctoral students on various aspects of leadership. Van’s expertise is on the topic of power. Through his company CollisaGroup, he works with a team of experts to help individuals, leaders, and organizations properly comprehend and leverage the concept of power in order to achieve their personal and organizational goals. Van has taken the stage on various platforms within the United States as well as globally; most recently in Dubai. He has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies (nationally and internationally) and brings a wealth of experience in navigating the multi-pronged challenges of today’s world. His book, Power: Its Variance and Ambivalence, will be available later this summer.

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August 9, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits