Overview of Deep Dives and Innovation Tours


At the 2018 YNPN National Conference, deep dive sessions will be offered beginning on Sunday, July 29 and Monday, August 30 and innovation tours will be offered on Sunday, July 29. Registration for the sessions and tours will be begin in June. If you already registered for the conference and would like to add a Deep Dive or Innovation Tour to your ticket, please see the Registration FAQs (Question #8) for instructions.


Deep Dive Sessions

Deep Dives offer attendees the unique opportunity to spend time in an extended workshop thinking and learning more deeply about a particular topic or skill. Facilitated by an expert trainer, deep dive sessions are a "roll up your sleeves" experience that gives attendees a chance to explore their leadership on a deeper level.

Marketing Fundamentals & Storytelling Strategies

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Presented by: Colton Strawser, President, Colton Strawser Consulting

Nonprofits large and small are tasked with sharing the stories of impact of an organization, but sometimes this work is easier said than done. In the hectic day of the nonprofit, sometimes managers spend their time communicating more internally than they do externally. This workshop is designed to help nonprofits gain an understanding of marketing fundamentals, while also discovering how to use stories to generate both clients and donors.


Invest in Nonprofits’ Most Valuable Resource: The Nonprofit Workforce

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Presented by: Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Director of Programs, Fund the People

Recently, there's been lots of buzz about the false notion of a deficit of nonprofit leadership. For many years, we've suffered from a deficit of investment in nonprofit professionals who represent 11% of the U.S. workforce. It is time for nonprofits and grantmakers to set aside the scarcity mentality and develop attitudes and practices that reinforce the incredible value nonprofit professionals contribute to our communities and society. In this session, we’ll provide practical framing, data, examples, and tools to equip participants to "make the case," and to integrate talent-investing into foundation and nonprofit practices for increased impact and effectiveness.

In this deep dive workshop participants will learn the following:

  • *What is talent-investing & why it’s needed now
  • *Value it offers to nonprofits and grantmakers
  • *Importance of prioritizing equity and inclusion in talent-investing
  • *Learn about the impact of talent-investments on nonprofits
  • *Guidance on how to get started

This session will be stimulating, interactive, and hands-on. Participants will leave with their own written plan of how they are going to make the case and take the first steps or deepen their investments in talent within their nonprofits.


Making DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Part of Your DNA: Embedding Equity in Nonprofit Organizations

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Presented by: Sana Rahim, President, Emerge Consulting

Nonprofit and social impact organizations exist to compensate for two major gaps that leave people vulnerable to poverty and inequality: market and government failures. These failures disproportionately affect communities of color, specifically the black and Latino community in the United States. Although well intentioned, sometimes organizations alienate or sometimes entirely omit the diverse and complex communities they want to help. In order to develop solutions that create truly effective and responsible interventions to poverty in these communities, DEI must be at the heart of how the organization strategizes, operates and delivers programs and services. In this session, attendees will learn how DEI can guide nonprofit strategy from design, management and measurement. The workshop will cover discussion of how the civil rights movement should inform our work and language around social change today, techniques to work in partnership with the communities being served and ensure that marketing avoids reductive or one-sided narratives. The session will be an interactive lecture with activities and discussion.


Unapologetic Activism & Organizing for Equity

Monday, July 30, 9:30am-12:30pm
Presented by: Dominic Dorsey, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A discussion of issues impacting justice, equality and equity as it pertains to minoritized communities, key issues urban leaders face and uncovering rational approaches to address these issues.


Implicit Bias: What’s Hidden Within

Monday, July 30, 9:30am-12:30pm
Presented by: John McShane, Director of Community Programs, Peace Learning Center

Implicit bias is something we all have. This workshop examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. Join us for a session of self-exploration and self-reflection in a safe, encouraging space.

Implicit Bias is defined by the Kirwan Institute as attitudes or stereotypes that are activated unconsciously and involuntarily. They are not the same as biases that a person might try to hide because they’re unpopular or socially incorrect. Social scientists believe that implicit biases are learned as young as age 3, and may be fueled by stereotypes perpetuated in the media, or beliefs passed along by parents, peers, and other community members

The group will be led through the following self-reflection and discussions:

  • *Identifying and owning your own implicit bias(es) and overt bias(es)
  • *How this connects to being a gatekeeper (person with power)
  • *Self-reflection about how this can inform/influence actions & interactions with people


Is My Non-Profit Racist? Exploring how oppression may show up in our agencies despite our best intentions

Monday, July 30, 2:30-5:30pm
Presented by: Ali Tabb, Leadership Team, Showing up for Racial Justice Indianapolis (Indy SURJ)

Racism shows up and is perpetuated in our lives and organizations in a variety of ways, not just by individual acts of meanness. Come learn about characteristics that are part of the dominant white culture that may perpetuate the oppression of marginalized populations. Begin to explore how these characteristics may show up in your agency and brainstorm how to “defect” from systems of oppression that show up in the non-profit sector.


Racial Equity: A Priority for Nonprofit Sustainability

Monday, July 30, 2:30-5:30pm
Presented by: Dr. Michael Twyman, Principal/Owner, InExcelsis Consulting

The session will explore the origins of race, racial ideologies, and the politics of racial classifications in the context of American history. It will overlay the development of these themes with the evolution of the nonprofit sector, with a focus on how systemic and institutional racism has been embedded in policies, programs, processes, procedures, and practices that continue to diminish the sector's value to society. The workshop will also explore how white privilege, implicit bias, stereotyping, and micro-aggressions Impact how the nonprofit sector lives out its values and achieves its goals. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to advocate for racial equity, and, in doing so, will come to know what it will take for the sector to be viable and sustainable in a multicultural marketplace and environment.


Innovation Tours

Innovation Tours offer attendees a chance to get out and see the conference host city - through the eyes of a nonprofiteer. Host organizations open their doors for a site visit to explore the history, culture and nonprofit happenings in their community.

Indianapolis Zoo Elephant Exhibit

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Host Organization: Indianapolis Zoo

Humongous, intelligent, and majestic! Come visit the elephants behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Zoo! See them up close and personal while a zoo keeper introduces you to Tombi, Sophi, Nyah, and the whole elephant herd. Learn about the Indianapolis Zoo’s role in elephant conservation around the globe and how you can be a part of it.


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Host Organization: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Love presidential history? Or 19th century architecture? Take a tour of this beautiful 10,000 sq.ft. Italianate Victorian family home of President Benjamin Harrison – our country’s 23rd US President (1889-1893) and Indiana’s only President. Built in 1875, the home is beautifully furnished with many of Harrison’s paintings, furniture, and other artifacts including political memorabilia.

Tours start in the Welcome Center, located in the red barn behind the home. This museum home features two Special Exhibits: A Trip to Unify and Six Degrees of Benjamin Harrison. Entrance to special exhibits is included in the price of daily tours.


Indiana Avenue Gentrification Walking Tour

Sunday, July 29, 2:30-5:30pm
Host Organization: Center for Black Literature and Culture

Dive into the context of one of Indianapolis’ most historic locations. Learn from the stories of Madame CJ. Walker, Wes Montgomery, Babyface, the development of IUPUI and truly engage with the history of Black Culture, Literature & Entrepreneurship in Indy. The critically acclaimed Center for Black Literature and Culture takes us on a journey to discover this hidden gem in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis!