Session Descriptions

Leaders Institute Breakout Sessions 1

Strengthen the Foundation: How to infuse Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity into our core

A strong chapter includes leaders and members from diverse communities, perspectives and experiences to enrich the YNPN chapter experience. Though it is easy to identify potential short-term fixes, building a long-lasting systematic change requires planning, brainstorming, and collaborative work within the board structure to include Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be at the forefront of board priorities.

YNPN Austin has launch at EDI task force to tackle the large and important question of how to create strategies to implement EDI practices into board councils: development, event planning & logistics, recruitment of new members, marketing and more. In this session learn and discuss how to implement EDI practices into council priorities.

Presented by:

  • Alyssa Clark, Member Events Chair, YNPN Austin
    A Minnesotan native, Alyssa has 10 years experience working in partnership with education nonprofits and schools and has spent the last five years at Breakthrough Central Texas advising first-generation college aspirants. Alyssa holds her BA in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters in Curriculum from Texas A&M University.

    Alyssa currently serves as the Member Events Chair and EDI Taskforce Lead for YNPN Austin. She also serves as the secretary of the board for Measure Austin: data analytics for social change.

    In her free time, Alyssa enjoys taking Spanish lessons, spending time with her dogs: Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift and crafting.

  • Lucy Nguyen, Strategic Partnerships Chair, YNPN Austin
    Before rooting herself in Austin, Lucy graduated with her Master's degree from The Bush School of Government & Public Service in May 2016 with a track in Nonprofit Management.

    Lucy currently serves as the Donor Relations Specialist at the Central Texas Food Bank. She has been on the YNPN Austin board for the last three years, working under the Strategic Partnerships committee. She also serves as the President-Elect of Truc Viet and is a member of the Girls Advocacy League and Global Shapers.

    A few things that bring Lucy joy and fulfillment are working with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Austin (she teaches ESL to adult Vietnamese), hanging out with her cat (and friends too), and travelling/planning her next big adventure.

 

How to Rock Your Next Professional Development Program

Looking to be more intentional with your Chapter’s professional development programming? Discover tips for planning events that are fun, engaging, and reflect YNPN’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

This session will show you how to:

  • -Determine the right topics and speakers.
  • -Select accessible venues with inclusive menu options.
  • -Navigate last-minute cancellations and other challenges that inevitably come with the job.
  • -And more!

Whether you are new to your programming or special event position or just looking for some new ideas, this session will help you find ways to rock your next event.

Presented by:

  • Allison Jensen, Programming Director // Marketing Manager, YNPN Greater Buffalo // Compu-Mail, LLC
    Allison Jensen is responsible for planning monthly professional development programs in her role as Co-Director of Programming & Special Events for YNPN Greater Buffalo. She is also the Marketing Manager for Compu-Mail, LLC, specializing there in helping organizations integrate their fundraising efforts through direct mail & digital marketing. Allison is a graduate of Niagara University.

 

This is What Advocacy Looks Like!

This workshop will explore the various and most effective ways of engaging in advocacy. We will walk through advocating for or against policies, as well as grassroots methods of community engagement and prioritizing. This session will also provide practical steps to understanding advocacy through an equitable, diverse and inclusive lens. We will explore the basics of advocacy as well as your position as community leaders, organizers, and advocates!

Presented by:

  • Mallory Visser, Regional Prevention Specialist, University of Arkansas- Little Rock
    Mallory Visser is completing her term as a Board Member with YNPN-New Jersey and is starting a term with YNPN- Little Rock. She currently works for the University of Arkansas- Little Rock where she coordinates youth coalitions across Arkansas aimed at reducing underage drinking and marijuana use for youths aged 9-20. Prior to relocating to Arkansas, she held positions throughout New Jersey working with victims of domestic violence. This experience spanned from the state level working on a statewide strategic plan to providing individual counseling at shelters across the state. Mallory is a graduate of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, MSW with a focus on Management and Policy and concentration in Advocacy in Government, and Providence College, BSW. She is also a true crime aficionado and cat mom to Wonder Woman and Princess Leia.

  • Maryam Abdul, Advocacy and Equity Coordinator and Racial Equity Advisor, YNPN National and Justice for Muslims Collective
    Maryam Abdul is the Advocacy and Equity Coordinator for YNPN National. She is also the Racial Equity Advisor at Justice for Muslims Collective, where she seeks to employ equitable tactics of advocating, organizing and engaging Muslim communities. Prior to that, she worked as a fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ensuring racial equity through performance measurement. Her work concentrated on qualitative research across several portfolios, including racial/ethnic equity and inclusion practices within the workforce development sector. She is deeply rooted in her faith, which grounds her in principles of justice and compassion.

 

NonprofitReady Resource Focus Group

In this session, we will explore how chapter leaders can provide engaging professional development within local YNPN chapters. We will gather feedback from participants on current approaches to both training and knowledge sharing and discuss some of the successes and struggles of collaborative learning. We will consider how chapters have developed fruitful peer-sharing networks through in-person meetings, virtual meetings, and asynchronous collaboration. We will then explore the online resources provided in NonprofitReady – a free professional development hub for nonprofit professionals. In addition to the 500+ free online resources currently available, we will explore new learning pathways currently in development. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the current courses in these new learning pathways and provide recommendations for additional topics and learning modalities to be included. These pathways include:

  • -Emerging Leadership
  • -Diversity and Inclusion
  • -Program Management

Join us for a timely discussion on how to engage your members before, during, and after your in-person meetings. Participants are encouraged to sign up for a free account at NonprofitReady.org and browse through the catalog in advance of the session.

Presented by:

  • Alec Green, Chief Marketing Evaglelist, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation
    As Chief Marketing Evangelist, Alec Green is responsible for developing the overall marketing plan and strategy for the Foundation, executing all outbound communications, increasing visibility of the Foundation’s programs, and building engagement with our partners and beneficiaries. Previously, Alec was Vice President of Marketing at The Search Agency, the largest independent online marketing agency in the U.S. He has also held marketing leadership roles at Zynx Health and Amgen Inc. and began his career as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher in the New York Unified School District. Alec holds an MBA in marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in psychology and sociology from Amherst College.

 

Initial Lessons Learned from a Professional Development Fund for Young Nonprofit Professionals

Want to learn how to give back to your membership community and enhance young professional’s development even further? In September 2018, YNPN Boston launched the first round of funding from the newly established Chris Herron Professional Development (CHPD) Fund to help young nonprofit professionals access meaningful development opportunities. YNPN Boston and alumni allies have already raised over $10,000 which will allow us to fund over 20 PD opportunities in the coming years; to date, the committee has awarded over $2,000 to 8 nonprofit professionals. This session will discuss the origins and intentions behind the CHPD Fund, established in memory of a former YNPN Boston board member, and the lessons we’ve learned over the past six months. Join us and hear about why we started the fund, brainstorm how you can do the same, and talk through fundraising strategies.

Presented by:

  • Juliana Jackson, Co-Director of Fundraising, Clinton Foundation
    Juliana Jackson is the Contracts Manager for the Clinton Foundation by day, and is the Director of Fundraising for YNPN Boston in her free time. She loves to travel, eat, and will show you 100 pictures of her rescue pup even without you asking. 

 

Leaders Institute Breakout Sessions 2

Time, Talent, and Tools: Working Together to Build a Strong Board

Leading a group of volunteers in your free time is no easy task. Do you need more structure and tools for engagement? Are you looking for ways to increase retention and your recruitment pool?

By recognizing *time* as being the biggest challenge they face, YNPN Chicago executive chairs Ani Schmidt and Brian Elmore work to encourage their teams to be realistic AND have fun with their work.

In the last several years, the YNPN Chicago has leveled up their approach to project management and succession planning. Learn more about how Slack has changed the way the board works, as well as more complex initiatives like revamping their board recruitment process towards a competency-based model.

Presented by:

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

 

Boot Camp for Boards: The Ins and Outs of Board Governance

This condensed professional development provides nonprofit boards a collaborative atmosphere to gain insight about board development and governance. All boards will benefit from the “boot camp” atmosphere – it’s ideal for new and evolving boards alike.. Participants will learn insider-tips for board best practices, oversight and management, recruitment and retention. Boards can better serve the community with clear direction and leading by governing.

You will have access to nonprofit experts, to ask questions and learn best practices on a variety of board topics in these sessions:

  • -Why we have boards and their legal responsibilities
  • -Recruiting and succession planning
  • -Creating a high functioning board including dynamics and structure, meeting agendas and monitoring, committees, and governance

This boot camp will provide boards with practical knowledge that can be immediately implemented within your own YNPN chapter (and other boards, too)!

Presented by:

  • Kristi Birk, Board of Directors Manager and Executive Director to the CEO, YNPN of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

    Kristi has resided in Oklahoma for 26 years. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a focus in English literature education. She has educated students within public and private school settings and has taught grades kindergarten through 12th grade. As a lifelong learner, Kristi received her master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016. She has held director and administrative roles in regards to technological integration and curriculum development. Kristi has always found joy in nonprofit work and appreciates everything the Center has to bring to the Oklahoma nonprofit community! Currently, Kristi serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and President, Board Liaison and Governance Guru at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    In her free time, Kristi enjoys teaching yoga, barre, and fitness classes. She has over 10 years in fitness and wellness development and education. From playing sports in college and training athletes to working with people who have never experienced a wellness plan, she enjoys helping develop programs for individuals who are looking to better themselves through physical and wellness activity. She is an avid soccer fan and still plays indoor and outdoor. Kristi is actively involved in her community and is currently president of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City. She is Co-Director of New Leaders Council Oklahoma and is on numerous committees within the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, HerFlag, Thrive, and League of Women Voters of Oklahoma City/Oklahoma County. Kristi’s daughter, Birkley, is her shining star and most proud accomplishment.

 

Strategic Planning is Easy. Seriously!

An organization's strategic plan serves as the foundation of its day-to-day activity when it is thoughtfully created and intentionally implemented. This interactive session will cover the basics of how to create a strategic plan for a YNPN chapter - and how to use it as a tool to accomplish the goals in your chapter's mission and vision statements. Topics covered will include: (1) how to differentiate strategic priorities from the day-to-day business and long-term vision of your chapter, (2) getting it done quickly enough to use it, (3) how to stay focused on these priorities, and (4) how to implement your next (or first!) strategic plan over the next 3 to 5 years.

Attendees will be asked to identify some of the challenges and priorities that could come up in a strategic planning process within their own chapters, with an opportunity for group sharing and feedback.

Presented by:

  • Cliff Mayo, Chair, YNPN DC

     

NonprofitReady Resource Focus Group (Round 2)

In this session, we will explore how chapter leaders can provide engaging professional development within local YNPN chapters. We will gather feedback from participants on current approaches to both training and knowledge sharing and discuss some of the successes and struggles of collaborative learning. We will consider how chapters have developed fruitful peer-sharing networks through in-person meetings, virtual meetings, and asynchronous collaboration. We will then explore the online resources provided in NonprofitReady – a free professional development hub for nonprofit professionals. In addition to the 500+ free online resources currently available, we will explore new learning pathways currently in development. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the current courses in these new learning pathways and provide recommendations for additional topics and learning modalities to be included. These pathways include:

  • -Emerging Leadership
  • -Diversity and Inclusion
  • -Program Management

Join us for a timely discussion on how to engage your members before, during, and after your in-person meetings. Participants are encouraged to sign up for a free account at NonprofitReady.org and browse through the catalog in advance of the session.

Presented by:

  • Alec Green, Chief Marketing Evaglelist, Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation
    As Chief Marketing Evangelist, Alec Green is responsible for developing the overall marketing plan and strategy for the Foundation, executing all outbound communications, increasing visibility of the Foundation’s programs, and building engagement with our partners and beneficiaries. Previously, Alec was Vice President of Marketing at The Search Agency, the largest independent online marketing agency in the U.S. He has also held marketing leadership roles at Zynx Health and Amgen Inc. and began his career as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher in the New York Unified School District. Alec holds an MBA in marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in psychology and sociology from Amherst College.

 

Chronicles of a Serial Volunteer, Ep.2- "Woke Mentoring"

"Each one, Teach one." Take a journey with two "serial volunteers" as they explore various aspects of mentorship. In this unconventional and interactive session, we'll discuss what it means to be a good mentor, how to prepare to be an exceptional mentee, and distill ways that each chapter can embark on their own path to "woke" (equitable, diverse and inclusive) mentorship.

Let's all share successes, shortcomings and everything in between as we accept the challenge of being leaders and bringing up other leaders in our sector!

Attendees will leave empowered to embrace their role as a mentor/mentee with resources and a support system in tow. Each chapter will also be encouraged to outline ways to integrate mentorship into their organization via an action plan (templates will be provided as well as follow up resources.

Presented by:

  • Arlene Brown, General Director, YNPN Triangle NC
    Arlene is an ambitious, charismatic professional with an amalgam of experience in building quality relationships. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she has devoted her personal life and and the majority of her career to serving others. With a B.A. in Political Science with a non-profit focus from the University of South Carolina, she has worked with various non-profits and having over 20 years of personal volunteer experience, her ultimate goal is to positively impact as many lives as she possibly can. She understands and embraces her gift for finding the joy within her work and is passionate about helping others find and expand their creative horizons. She understands and embraces her gift for anticipating the needs of others and exceeding their greatest expectations. This innate talent is her superpower, and as a "30-something", she's just getting started! Arlene, her cool husband and their sweet dog reside in Raleigh and as a family they are thrilled to empower others to discover, harness and share their unique superpowers with the world! She is a serial volunteer who is #killingit!

  • Chanae Wilson, Programming Co-Chair, YNPN Triangle NC
    Chanae Wilson is the Engagement Coordinator with the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, located in Raleigh, NC. She joined BTC in January 2017, as a Public Allies Apprentice, through the AmeriCorps program. In her time working at Justice Center, she’s learned the best policy solutions are those driven by research practices that are informed by the communities who are directly affected. As a result, Chanae is committed to creating tools that support communities with the knowledge of key social and economic justice issues. Through advocacy, program development and implementation, and community involvement, she aims to encourage a more equitable society through access and opportunity. At the Justice Center, she primarily works on the coordination of community engagement events and key initiatives under BTC such as the NC Summer Policy Institute. Chanae is currently pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Liberal Studies with a focus in Social Policy from North Carolina State University. She earned her Bachelors of Arts (B.A) in Psychology at Saint Augustine’s University.

UnSessions 

Building Citywide Partnerships

Drawing from their experiences leading the planning of regular professional development and networking events around Chicago, YNPN Chicago's Programming Committee Co-Chairs will lead an UnSession discussion of the network's existing organizational partners and considerations for seeking and developing new citywide partnerships.

Presented by:

  • Briana Davis, Miriam Kamya and Bridget McPike, Programming Committee Co-Chairs, YNPN Chicago
    Briana Davis, Assistant Director of Research at the UIC Center for Literacy; Miriam Kamya, Director of Philanthropy at SAGA Innovations; and Bridget McPike, National Volunteer Specialist at the Muscular Dystrophy Association currently serve as co-chairs of YNPN Chicago's Programming Committee. They are collectively responsible for organizing the network's year-round professional development workshops and networking events.

 

So you want to hire a consultant?

Strategic planning, evaluation, equity, diversity and inclusion. These are all areas where we want our chapters to excel but as young nonprot professionals we may not have all the skills we need to put these things in place on our own. YNPN Triangle NC will share how we engaged consultants to help us fufilll our mission and meet the needs our members. Our session will cover the RFP process, lessons learned from engaging with consultants, and how to use consultant deliverables to be a data driven organization.

Presented by:

  • Tanaya Sudddreth Lynch, Chair, YNPN Triangle NC
    Tanaya Suddreth Lynch received her Bachelor’s in Public Health Education and Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her background is in adolescent health and social justice. She has a broad range of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector including program, event, and volunteer management, as well as fundraising. She has worked with organizations including the NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad and the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Tanaya has been on the YNPN Triangle board for over 4 years and has participated in the onboarding and engagement of three consultants (strategic planning, membership evaluation and equity diversity and inclusion).

  • Karyn Miller, Board Treasurer, YNPN Triangle NC
    Karyn currently serves as the Board Treasurer for the Triangle NC chapter of YNPN. She holds a B.S. in International Health from Georgetown University and served as a community health volunteer with the Peace Corps in Rwanda before returning to the Triangle to work as Executive Operations Manager at MiracleFeet, an international nonprofit that provides treatment for clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries. When not YNPN-ing, she spends her time exploring the Triangle and spending as much time outside as possible. 

 

Lessons Learned: Board Orientation/Culture

In January 2019, we organized a board orientation for our newest members. Setting up an on-boarding process for ambitious leaders with new ideas and a lot of questions, was both challenging and a lot of fun! This collaborative discussion will be a place for us to talk about board orientation strategies, setting board culture and expectations, and lessons learned from both good and difficult experiences.

Through group discussion and sharing, we hope everyone, including ourselves, can walk away with new inspiration for creating an effective on-boarding strategy that engages new members.

Presented by:

  • Nicholas Johnson, National Liason, YNPN Triangle NC
    Nick currently serves as on the Executive Committee for YNPN Triangle NC as the National Liaison. Nick has been a proud Chapter Leader for almost three years. Outside of YNPN, Nick works as a Project Manager for BCD Meetings & Events. In this role, he plans and manages meeting logistics for clients both nationally and internationally. A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Nick came to the region to pursue a degree at UNC Chapel Hill and fell in love with the Triangle area. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with friends, going to the movies, and traveling.

  • Meredith Richards, Vice Chair, YNPN Triangle NC
    Meredith has an extensive background in nonprofit work. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Musical Empowerment, bringing music and mentorship to under-served children in North Carolina. She double-majored in business and music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after four years of volunteering with Musical Empowerment, she was excited to begin working as the organization's first Executive Director. Meredith also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. In 2019, Meredith stepped into the role of Vice Chair for YNPN Triangle NC.

 

Leaders Institute Breakout Sessions 3

Strengths-based Leadership

Have you spent much time thinking about your natural talents and how they align with your roles as a leader in the nonprofit community? Learn how to identify clues to your strengths, strengths-based psychology and what it means for leadership, and next-steps for further developing your leadership style. Through fun activities, you'll also discover some strengths of your own that you may have never given much thought to. Keeping your role fresh and engaging can be easy when you play to your strengths!

Presented by:

  • Page Patten, Owner, Glass Always Full Coaching and Consulting
    Page Patten is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and owner of Glass Always Full Coaching and Consulting. She considers herself the coach she wishes she had a decade ago when she was climbing the corporate ladder. Using Strengths Psychology as the basis for her teambuilding workshops, she has a passion for working with small businesses and nonprofits to build stronger communities. Page is serving her first year on the board of YNPN Southern Nevada as Director of Personal Development.

 

Sustaining the Movement: Approaches for Chapter Sustainability

It seems that everywhere you go in the sector there is someone talking about the need for sustainability. Despite this, we rarely provide ourselves the time or space to discuss what does even mean to be sustainable.

Join us as we explore the four key tenants of organizational sustainability, focus, people, partnerships, and funding. Together, we'll zero in on the funding landscape and learn simple exercises and tools for you to implement in your own YNPN chapter or organization.

Presented by:

  • Kevin Peterson, Chapter Support Fellow, YNPN National
    Kevin Peterson is YNPN's Chapter Support Fellow where he assists in developing and managing programming, resources, and spaces for chapter leaders to learn from and engage with YNPN National. Kevin currently serves as a YNPN chapter leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan as YNPN.GR’s Educational Programming Chair and as a Program Coordinator at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy where he supports nonprofit organizations in meeting their capacity building needs. 

 

All Systems Go! Using Integrations to Automate Chapter Management Tasks

YNPN Chapters accomplish a lot with small (but mighty!) teams of board members. With so much to tackle around event planning, programming, board recruitment, financial management, and all the other things that go into running a successful chapter, it's important to make sure you work smarter (instead of just harder!) to avoid burnout and feeling overwhelmed. This session will chat about ways to use some free and affordable integration and automation tools to save your board time and energy taking care of routine tasks to focus more time on bigger picture tasks like strategic planning and pursuing long term goals.

Presented by:

  • Jeff Key, Network Engagement Associate and Consultant, YNPN National and Nfinity Enterprises

    Jeff Key is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and currently lives in New Brunswick. He currently serves as a consultant with Nfinity Enterprises, working with a number of different nonprofit organizations on projects related to leadership training and staff development, improving nonprofit board governance practices, and helping develop partnerships for leadership opportunities in the nonprofit sector for emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds. Prior to his consulting work, he was involved with law-related education programming for students throughout the City of Newark in his work with Citizen Schools and the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP). He is a graduate of Princeton University and Seton Hall University School of Law.

    He has previously served as a founding board member and board co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New Jersey, and is currently serving as a board member of The Apostles’ House and the Center for NonProfits.

Leaders Institute Breakout Sessions 4

Addressing Systemic Racism with EDI

This session will build upon your skills and knowledge as professionals to develop practices, strategies, and policies using an equitable, diverse and inclusive (EDI) lens. It will explore grassroots models of racial and solidarity justice frameworks and provide a deeper meaning to being anti-racist. Finally, this session will serve as an introduction into YNPN's Caucuses, an opportunity to continue the discussion beyond the conference; which will provide individuals the space to engage in healing and accountability as it pertains to racial identity.

Presented by:

  • Maryam Abdul, Advocacy and Equity Coordinator and Racial Equity Advisor, YNPN National and Justice for Muslims Collective
    Maryam Abdul is the Advocacy and Equity Coordinator/Fellow for YNPN National. She is also the Racial Equity Advisor at Justice for Muslims Collective, where she seeks to employ equitable tactics of advocacy, organizing and engaging Muslim communities. Prior to that, she worked as a fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ensuring racial equity through performance measurement. Her work concentrated on qualitative research across several portfolios, including racial/ethnic equity and inclusion practices within the workforce development sector. She is deeply rooted in her faith, which grounds her in principles of justice and compassion.

 

Let’s Dig Deeper (Serving our members)

A satisfied and active membership base is the key ingredient of any successful organization. A healthy organization is one that keeps its members engaged, participating, and interested in their activities and initiatives. Member engagement, retention, and recruitment should be top of mind for any organization that is looking for continued growth. This session will provide you with strategies to increase the following practices to streamline your YNPN chapter.

Presented by:

  • Branden Lewis, College Success Advisor, Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas
    Branden comes with a wealth of experience in education and the nonprofit sector. Branden has experience as a Sports Director/Teen Director at the Boys and Girls Club, a Special Education Teacher at CCSD, and in higher education as a Career Advisor and Academic Coordinator. Branden Currently works for Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, a nonprofit college access organization who serve first generation students. Branden serves as a board member for YNPN Southern Nevada as the Director of Organizational memberships.

 

How YNPN Austin used the Competency Model as an engagement tool

After YNPN Triangle’s presentation on their competency model, YNPN Austin set out to use the tool not only to guide and create well rounded programming, but to engage with the nonprofit community. We used the creation process of the model to survey and interview roughly 80 nonprofit hiring managers and asked them what skills were most important in hiring young professionals to their nonprofits. Our model is based on research, past programming, and Austin nonprofit feedback, allowing the Austin chapter to create a tool that would benefit members and the nonprofits they work for. This also was a method to engage with nonprofits that may or may not have known about YNPN Austin.

If you’re looking to find a unique way to engage and receive feedback with your nonprofit community to 1) create a tool that will benefit your organization on a programming, relationship, and financial level 2) promote your YNPN chapter, 3) get your foot in the door with nonprofits that have not engaged with you previously, this session is for you!

Presented by:

  • Lucy Nguyen, Donor Relations Specialist, Central Texas Food Bank
    Before rooting herself in Austin, Lucy graduated with her Master's degree from The Bush School of Government & Public Service in May 2016 with a track in Nonprofit Management. Lucy currently serves as the Donor Relations Specialist at the Central Texas Food Bank. She has been on the YNPN Austin board for the last three years, working under the Strategic Partnerships committee. She also serves as the President-Elect of Truc Viet and is a member of the Girls Advocacy League and Global Shapers. A few things that bring Lucy joy and fulfillment are working with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Austin (she teaches ESL to adult Vietnamese), hanging out with her cat (and friends too), and travelling/planning her next big adventure.