Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit

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2021 Greater MN Summit

Schedule at a Glance

June 22

9:00am – 10:30am: Keynote with Tuleah Palmer, president and CEO, Blandin Foundation

11:00am – noonBreakout Session 1

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Wellness Session 1

1:00pm – 2:00pmBreakout Session 2

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Wellness Session 2

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Breakout Session 3

4:15pm – 5:00pm: Happy Hour Trivia


June 24

9:00am – 10:30am: Breakout Session 4

10:15am – 10:45am: Wellness Session 3

11:00am – noon: Breakout Session 5

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Wellness Session 4

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Breakout Session 6

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Keynote with Benjamin Winchester, rural sociologist, University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality

4:15pm – 5:00pm: Happy Hour Trivia


Breakout Sessions

Check back as more sessions are added!

How to Collaborate Effectively Using Google Drive
Google Drive is a cloud storage and sync service. It also includes a suite of online applications like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and more. This session will showcase how use these applications to collaborate effectively with your co-workers, clients, and vendors. Topics for this session will include how to use some of these applications and how to store, sync, and share your work files with google drive.
Ben Nwachukwu, information technology specialist, Southwest Minnesota State University

Leadership Care for Money
Do you want to know where money and leadership intersect? Money as one of the major pillars of the society, influences every aspect of the organization. In this session, we will discuss how money impacts leadership excellence and organizational success. Discover how leaders can ensure financial efficiency, accountability, and responsibility within their teams. This session will also help leaders to understand their roles in the financial sustainability of their organizations.
Ayodeji Oyebola Ed.D., founder, Emmright Business Management & Consulting Services

Increasing the Diversity of Boards
Nonprofits should strive to have board members who are representative of the organization’s constituents. To be open to new viewpoints, boards should seek out new potential board members from outside the organization’s traditional circles. How can organizations prepare themselves for welcoming a diversity of viewpoints? The presenter will discuss their experience recruiting and including new board members who are representative of the community being served.
Ashley Charwood, Bemidji State University

Responsive in Crisis: Family Engagement in a Pandemic 
Winston Churchill taught us “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Join this engaging session to learn strategies one organization in rural West Central Minnesota has used to improve family engagement during crisis to help families reach their goals. Rather than waiting out the pandemic, MAHUBE-OTWA fully embraced core concepts of a Whole Family Approach from seeking out family voice, to strengths-based coaching, refining goal-development, centering on mindfulness, and working from an equity lens. These strategies led to record setting outcomes for our families, with milestones achieved that seemed impossible previously. This interactive session will provide tools for frontline staff and opportunities to practice them while also giving managers and directors keen insights for continuous improvement.
Liz Kuoppala, executive director, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership; Alice Meyer, family coach mentor, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership; Sandy Andress, family service worker, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership. 

Earned Revenue: The Business of Sustainability 
As the fundraising environment continues to evolve, many organizations are looking to diversify the income streams that support our important work. In this session, we will examine models for earning income from the services and expertise of our nonprofits to create new, sustainable sources of revenue.
Cameron Kruger, president & CEO, Duluth Children’s Museum 

Minnesota Not Nice: the History of Racism on the Prairie
This session explores the history of indigenous removal, anti-Blackness, and the construction of white supremacy in Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota name for this land that settler-colonizers transformed into state of Minnesota.  Harper explores the complicated relationships between surviving indigenous communities, native-born white and black settlers and European immigrants, and Black migrants in the aftermath of the Civil War as Minnesota navigated through social upheaval and civil rights movement through the 20th century. Her work asks us to consider how this history winded toward the state murders of Black Minnesotans including Philando Castile (2016) and George Floyd (2020), enables the hypervisibility of Minnesota’s indigenous communities fighting environmental and political racism, and demands accountability from the state’s white-settler majority.
Dr. Misti Nicole Harper, visiting assistant professor, Gustavus Adolphus College 

HR and COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward 
Our world has been turned upside down over the past year+ of the pandemic. This session reviews the transformative role of HR during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as lessons learned and future forward considerations all organizations must have on their radar.
Stacy Johnston, HR thought leader, Audacity HR 

Child Care Landscape in Rural Minnesota
What is the business that keeps other businesses in business? I’ll give you a hint: it’s the industry that helps build brains. Lack of quality childcare throughout our nation impacts your work—directly or indirectly. The current business model for child care isn’t working. We’re losing the child care workforce for many reasons (much more on that later!). The significant shortage of childcare in Greater Minnesota has a negative impact on businesses, including nonprofits and your employees. What can we do about this? Learn how you and your nonprofit can make a difference in the child care landscape of Minnesota. 
Nancy Jost, director of early childhood, West Central Initiative 

Emerging Leadership & Culture of Excellence
Behind each successful company/nonprofit lies a culture that inspires excellence. A major component that drives this success is the introduction of a transformative leader-ship style into an organization. Leadership is a matter of tapping human resources. Capable people who don’t become leaders have not exhausted all of their opportunities. We need to develop leaders to be bold at those decision-making tables and to never leave their community behind. This is how we tell our own story. This is a story that tells everybody that we belong.  Leadership is not defined by an org chart, title or paycheck. If no one is following you, you’re probably not a leader. Some philosophies on leadership include: get comfortable being uncomfortable, give up control to get control, don’t be a credit taker and stay contemporary.
Eunice Adjei, president, Adom Consulting LLC 

The Ojibwe Perspective on Rural Equity Work
Session description coming soon.
Jay Schlender

Public Policy TBA
Session description coming soon.
Dr. Kara Lindaman, professor of political science/public administration, Winona State University

Tips from a Program Officer
Session description coming soon.
LeAnn Littlewolf, senior program officer, Northland Foundation & J. Pablo Obregón, community engagement officer, Southwest Initiative Foundation

Leadership through a Critical Race Theory Lens
Session description coming soon.
Dr. Padam Chauhan, writing consultant, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Measure Twice to Build a Solid Nonprofit
Session description coming soon.
Dr. Darla Hamann, assistant professor of political science, St. Cloud State University 


Sponsored by:


Initiative Foundation logo            Mankato Area Foundation logo       Northwest Minnesota Foundation          Southwest Initiative Foundation