Featured Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Jamie Smith, Executive Director, YNPN National

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Jamie Smith is YNPN's Executive Director. Prior to solely taking the helm of YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2016 Interim Co-Executive Directors and the former Communications & Network Engagement Director. In that position, she managed communications, social media, and public relations for YNPN as well as resource development and programming for our chapter leaders and members.

Jamie first connected with YNPN as a member of YNPN Chicago and was selected as a Launchpad Fellow in 2013. Before coming on full-time with YNPN, she was a freelance writer and content strategist working with nonprofits, technology companies, and travel brands to amplify their impact with clear and compelling communications.

She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy and has a Master's degree in Communications from Northwestern University. Additionally, Jamie is a 2016-2017 Independent Sector NGen Fellow. When she's not working, she's reading, traveling, and riding her bike.

You can reach Jamie at jamie@ynpn.org or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.

 

Ani Schmidt, Chair, YNPN Chicago She/her/hers

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In the Education Department at the Chicago History Museum, Ani develops and facilitates programs for adult, youth, and family audiences, including special commemorative events such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Fourth of July. She works closely with interns and volunteers to share Chicago’s stories in new and engaging ways. Ani is the vice chair of the museum's digital future committee and manages the Out at CHM committee, an LGBTQ community advisory group.

Prior to entering the museum world, Ani worked as an English teacher and administrator in Dongtan, South Korea. She holds a Master’s in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science and Art History from Northwestern University. Besides YNPN, Ani loves running along the lakefront, reading post-apocalyptic fiction, and exploring the city. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MuseumUnhinged.

 

Brian Elmore, Vice Chair, YNPN Chicago He/him/his

Brian is a Financial Analyst at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. He manages the financial framework around philanthropic funding of pediatric medical research initiatives. Prior to Lurie Children’s, Brian worked at PwC, performing financial statement audits of insurance and financial service companies.

Brian is originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, he has become active in advocating for legislative transparency and social justice in city and state politics. Brian is a year-round cyclist, loyal supporter of the Philadelphia Phillies, and frequenter of live music shows across this fine city.

Al Heartly, Board Member, YNPN National

Al Heartley currently serves as Managing Director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University where he oversees all operational and programmatic aspects of the center. A recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, he has worked at various theaters across the country in managerial positions including Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Writers Theater. Recently, Al started a ALJP Consulting, a search and consulting firm with Jocelyn Prince focusing on mid-level and executive hiring, organizational consulting. Prior to graduate school, Al served as the National Conference Coordinator for the 2015 YNPN National Conference and as a board member of the YNPN Cleveland chapter. Starting in the fall 2019, he will serve on faculty in the theater department at Northwestern.


Alex DeCamp
, Associate Director of Full-Time Admissions, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Alex joined the Full-Time MBA Admissions team in December 2018. He is responsible for supporting the planning, operations, and execution of the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Civic Scholars Program, and Dougan Scholars Certificate Program. Prior to joining the Admissions team, Alex spent 3 years in Chicago Booth’s Evening & Weekend MBA Programs office in Student Life. During this time, Alex advised several student groups and managed the Evening/Weekend student orientation program otherwise known as LAUNCH. He also oversaw the Chicago Business Fellows, a cohorted seminar experience for early career professionals. Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies & Theatre Studies from DePaul University and received his master’s degree in Higher & Post-secondary Education from Argosy University.

Caitie Deranek Stewart, Board Co-Chair, YNPN National

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Caitie Deranek Stewart is the Associate Director of Development at the IU School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the United States. Prior to joining the IU School of Medicine in the fall of 2014, Caitie was the Donor Relations Specialist at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the first school focused on philanthropy in the world.

Caitie is an active volunteer with a number of initiatives. She joined the board of the YNPNindy chapter in 2015 and is on the board of Giving Sum, an Indianapolis giving circle for 40 and under civic leaders. She serves on the Executive Committee for the IUPUI United Way of Central Indiana campaign which raises over $300,000 annually to support important causes around the greater Indianapolis area.

Caitie completed her Masters of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and Masters of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University in 2016 and received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School in 2014. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2011. In addition to fundraising and nonprofit work, Caitie is an active musician. She holds the position of Soprano Section Leader at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and maintains a studio of voice students.

 

Sentari Minor, Board Co-Chair, YNPN National

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Sentari M. Minor is a social impact advocate and passionate relationship builder. As Arizona Director of Gen Next, Mr. Minor oversees the development and engagement of accomplished and purposeful local leaders to ultimately drive generational change. Prior to Gen Next, he worked to steward effective philanthropists and strengthen social enterprises at the venture philanthropy firm, Social Venture Partners Arizona.

A Phoenix native, Mr. Minor continued his education in the Midwest and is an alumnus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He is also a member of Class IV of the American Express Leadership Academy through the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation.

With an extensive background in high-touch stakeholder engagement, fundraising, public relations, and strategic planning, Mr. Minor serves on the board of directors for a diverse set of nonprofits. Passionate about strengthening the social sector, Mr. Minor speaks nationally on governance, leadership, and the concepts of venture philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, and social entrepreneurship.

When he’s not busy changing the world, he enjoys fitness, reading, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

 

Deep Dive Trainers


Systemic Racism

Michael P. Russell, Facilitator, Crossroads

Michael P. Russell has been training with Crossroads for fifteen years as an independent contractor but recently joined the staff as a National Organizer/Workshop Facilitator. Michael has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has completed post graduate studies at the Keller Graduate School of Business Management in Chicago IL.  He is also president of SOUL, a grassroots coalition of faith-based organizations focused on economic justice, leadership training and political responsibility in Chicago’s Southland. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Michael has a call from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA to do antiracism work with Crossroads.  He co-authored “Lazarus at the Gate: Writings and Reflections on Poverty and Wealth”, a resource of the ELCA Poverty Ministries Networking program. Michael’s inspiration for his antiracism work is his spouse, Debra their three children and grandson. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, reading comics, and spending time with his family.

Lori Adams, Facilitator, Crossroads

Lori Adams has been working with national, regional, local and international religiously affiliated organizations for more than 20 years in the areas of operations, organizational development and leader development. In this work she has participated as a member of several antiracism teams, partnered with Crossroads to train teams, and facilitated antiracism and cultural competency work across the life of several national organizations. Lori joined Crossroads staff in early 2015. She lives in Indianapolis, IN with her spouse. Together they have parented four daughters and they have four granddaughters.

 

Outward Leadership

Jo Schaeffer, Senior Consultant, The Arbinger Institute

Clients praise Jo for being humorous, authentic, energetic, and credible. She is deeply interested in understanding people as they really are and the organizational challenges they face. This curiosity undergirds all her presentations, leaving audiences with a sense of connection and conviction.

Even more importantly, Jo is committed to inviting clients to create their own way forward through their various challenges. She translates Arbinger’s powerful principles into real-world application through her vast organizational experience and authentic connection to humanity, enabling attendees to see with a clarity that brings new solutions and opportunities. Jo has wide-ranging speaking experience; engagements include large organizations such as the Association for Talent Development (ATD), TEDx, the U.S. Air Force, the University of Texas at Austin, Keller Williams International, and Tokyo Electron International, as well as non-profit events with FrontSteps Homeless Shelter and New Sector Alliance.

Jo has a background in leadership and organizational development, with nearly 15 years of experience in consulting, training, and systems development for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. She has taught business and management classes as well as highly technical topics to audiences as diverse as c-suite executive teams to inner-city disadvantaged youth. Her professional background also includes senior leadership roles within the manufacturing and technology services industries.

Jo earned a B.A. from Southern Virginia University and an M.A. from the University of Utah. She enjoys music and the outdoors. She has served on various non-profit and education-oriented boards and advisory groups. She is an avid reader and has a surprisingly large number of children.

 

YNPN Strategy Session

Jamie Smith, Executive Director, YNPN National

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Jamie Smith is YNPN's Executive Director. Prior to solely taking the helm of YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2016 Interim Co-Executive Directors and the former Communications & Network Engagement Director. In that position, she managed communications, social media, and public relations for YNPN as well as resource development and programming for our chapter leaders and members.

Jamie first connected with YNPN as a member of YNPN Chicago and was selected as a Launchpad Fellow in 2013. Before coming on full-time with YNPN, she was a freelance writer and content strategist working with nonprofits, technology companies, and travel brands to amplify their impact with clear and compelling communications.

She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy and has a Master's degree in Communications from Northwestern University. Additionally, Jamie is a 2016-2017 Independent Sector NGen Fellow. When she's not working, she's reading, traveling, and riding her bike.

You can reach Jamie at jamie@ynpn.org or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.