Event Details


Virtual Conferences that Make a Difference

How to Design and Deliver a Conference That Leads People to do Things Differently

Friday, November 13, 10:00 AM - Friday, November 13, 2020, 11:00 AM
Friday, November 13, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee:  $49 for MCN members / $150 for nonmembers

You organize conferences - or you are going to. You spend considerable time scheduling speakers and managing logistics. You want people to come, have a good experience, and feel connected to your organization. The problem is: how do you know you made a difference? How do you make sure the people who attend your conference are able to do their work differently because they invested time and money in your event? How do you use your conference to move the needle on some important issue facing your organization or sector?

This session will explore the four elements of conference design:
  • Strategy and overall approach
  • Pre-conference activities
  • The big day: deliver a day that makes a difference
  • Make it stick: post-conference activities
At the end of the webinar, you will be able to:
  • Describe how a conference can fit into your organization’s strategy
  • Name several ways that you can get attendees ready to learn before the conference begins
  • Support your speakers to deliver excellent workshops
  • Describe how to build in opportunities for networking and reflection
  • Explain ways to “boost” learning after the conference

Event Details

This virtual training is presented in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. MCN member will receive the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' member rate. 

Please register through the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' website.

Speaker Information

Nancy BaconNancy Bacon is a teacher, instructional designer, consultant, and speaker on topics at the intersection of learning and nonprofits. She created Washington Nonprofits’ learning program in 2013, the third learning program she designed over the course of her career. A former ESL and middle school teacher, Nancy has done nearly every job within a nonprofit: executive director, program director, board chair, strategic planning chair, and volunteer. Nancy regular writes and speaks about topics related to nonprofits and learning. In 2019, she co-authored with Mark Nilles the e-book "Conferences That Make a Difference."

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