Event Details


Spotlight on Hybrid Work

Tuesday, August 02, 09:00 AM - Tuesday, August 02, 2022, 03:30 PM
Tuesday, August 02, 2022, 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Fee: $129 for MCN members / $169 for nonmembers

Many nonprofits are in the throes of switching to hybrid work. Those that have made the switch know that it has a big impact on four key areas -- culture, supervisory styles, meetings, and technology. On August 2, join us for a day focused on learning how to do hybrid better. 

Our Spotlight on Hybrid Work features four interactive virtual sessions, each exploring one of those four key areas – how to build a culture, evolve supervisory relationships, facilitate meetings, and design technology systems in ways that support and sustain effective hybrid work.  

Each session will be led by an experienced nonprofit leader or consultant and is designed to offer practical information that can be applied immediately. Registrants can participate in the live sessions and will also be sent a link to a recording of the session after the event ends.  

9-10 a.m. CT - Culture: Building Community in a Hybrid Environment

In a time when many organizations have shifted to a hybrid work model, leaders are searching for ways to keep staff engaged and strengthen culture. Learn how to engage your employees in a hybrid environment. Discover how to successfully navigate the challenges and get practical tips to implement with your hybrid teams. 

Milpha Blamo, Vice President of Talent and Culture, The Minneapolis Foundation 

10:30-11:30 a.m. CT - Supervision: How to Lead People in a Hybrid Environment

Hybrid environments require people managers to continually adapt their supervisory approaches. In this session, you will learn how to adjust your supervision for each member of your hybrid team to create healthy working relationships, foster open communication, and coach employees in different settings. 

Lisa Negstad, Negstad Consulting 

1-2 p.m. CT - Meetings: Engaging and Connecting the Roomies and the Zoomies Equally

More hybrid work means more hybrid meetings. But how do you decide if your meetings are best held in person, virtual or hybrid? In this session, we'll explore how to decide, and for your hybrid meetings, share proven techniques for creating a space where the roomies (those attending in-person) and the zoomies (those attending virtually) can equally engage, connect, and share. 

Sondra Reis, Director of eLearning, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 

2:30-3:30 p.m. CT - Technology: Tech Tools to Collaborate and Communicate with Distributed Teams Asynchronously

Virtual teams need ways to share files, message each other, and work together all day long. In this session we will share some examples of collaboration and communication tools, as well as touch on security considerations and technology policies. 

Karen Graham, Chief Advancement Officer, Tech Impact, and John Robinson, technical consultant, Tech Impact  

Event Details

This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Your access link will be emailed to you the day before the event after 12 p.m.

This session will be recorded. The recording will be made available to registrants after the live event.

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Speaker Information

Updated speaker information coming soon.

Milpha BlamoMilpha Blamo, MNM, is the vice president of talent and culture at The Minneapolis Foundation. She leads and executes strategies for talent management, learning and development, and HR systems. With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Milpha is currently serving her third term on the board of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and she is a member of the business advisory committee at Normandale Community College and Forbes Human Resources Council. Milpha is currently a doctoral candidate (Ed.D) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and she recently joined the adjunct faculty of the Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Saint Catherine University. 

Lisa NegstadLisa Negstad
consults with a diverse clientele of nonprofits, philanthropies, and government in leadership and organizational development. Believing anyone can be a leader, Lisa lives in two worlds: traditional hierarchies, where she helps managers excel in their role, and collective teams, where she helps groups think systemically and improve their shared leadership skills. Before starting her own consulting firm, Lisa held senior leadership and management positions in several international and U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. Lisa has an MBA from Yale and a B.A. in psychology from Luther College and is certified as a human systems dynamics professional. Lisa, an ongoing learner of cultural agility, brings a strong value of inclusion and participatory processes to her training. 

Sondra ReisSondra Reis,
Director of eLearning at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, is a virtual learning strategist. She is highly experienced in developing, producing and supporting virtual trainings, presentations, meetings and facilitated planning conversations. Through her work, Sondra helps trainers, presenters and subject matter experts create engaging and valuable virtual learning experiences using virtual meeting platforms including Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Adobe Connect. She also loves helping others explore visual collaboration tools that can bring their virtual spaces to life. 

Karen GrahamKaren Graham is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software, and digital strategy. She is the Chief Advancement Officer at Tech Impact, a nonprofit that leverages technology for social impact, and the home of the Nonprofit Technology Learning Center. Her experience includes leadership roles in capacity building, arts, and human service organizations as well as a software startup. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.

John G. RobinsonJohn Robinson 
has 40 years as an Information Technology professional. Over the course of time, he has had to re-invent himself as the technology continues to advance. He has certifications in desktop hardware and software as well as networking. For a brief period, he was the Operations Manager at one of Philadelphia’s most challenging high schools. John has a B.A in Microbiology from Rutgers College and a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary. During his formal education, he has studied five foreign languages.

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