Virtual Conference

If you can't join us in Atlanta, join us online for the YNPN Virtual Conference!

The virtual conference is a professional development opportunity for you to engage the same high quality content being presented in-person at our National Conference. The conference will feature plenary sessions from our live conference in Atlanta and workshops designed specifically for the virtual participants, including the full speech from keynote speaker Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim of the Future Foundation!

Check out the agenda at the bottom of the page for a full listing of the sessions that will be available virtually!


Your registration gets you access to more than four hours of programming, including the keynotes from the event in Atlanta and workshops and trainings. You can watch with us live on Monday August, 14 or watch the recordings at a later date. 

Registration for the virtual conference is $35. You can register for the virtual conference at the bottom of this page. And here's what you'll be registering for: 

Keynote with Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, CEO of the Future Foundation
Monday, August 14 | 8:45am-9:30am ET

The CEO of the Future Foundation, a non-profit, which empowers Atlanta’s youth, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim is a status-quo disruptor. The Atlanta native attended the University of California, Berkeley and realized local schools had not prepared her for college. She earned her degree in social work, then a master’s from the University of California San Francisco, before returning to Atlanta to help kids like her. Transforming a small afterschool program into a phenomenon spanning nonprofit, business, and government sectors, Qaadirah quadrupled the Foundation’s revenue while earning an MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The results speak for themselves: Future Foundation participants have a 100% high school graduation rate, compared to a 60% average across community high schools. 

It Starts With Me: Strategies to Prepare You for Leadership
Monday, August 14 | 9:45am-11:30am ET 

You don’t need a degree for that! Facilitator Melissa Brogden will teach you practical habits and tools for self-education to help you expand competencies and become a resource for your team and leadership. Learn strategies to assess your talents, see self-education as self-care, empower yourself to lead by discovering hidden learning opportunities, and leverage your immediate and extended network to help you work smarter.

How to Engage in Local Politics & Make Positive Change
Monday, August 14 | 11:30am-1:00pm ET

A distinguished panel of local Atlanta leaders will be discussing how to get involved in local politics. Panelists include Taifa Smith Butler, the Executive Director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute; Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director & Founder of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; Lionell Thomas, the Director of the Fulton County Arts Council; and Aisha Yaqoob, the Policy Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. 

Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Overcoming Barriers
Monday, August 14 | 2:00-3:30pm ET 

This workshop with Antoinetta McKay of Western Michigan University will focus on tools and strategies for current and future leaders who are interested in advancing diversity in their organizations and the nonprofit sector. Antoinetta will discuss current research on the experiences of women and minorities in the sector, the current state of diversity in nonprofit leadership, and strategies and solutions that individuals and organizations can employ to help overcome disparities in leadership diversity. 

Painting with Equity: Creating Community Projects
Monday, August 14 | 3:45-5:15pm ET

Brandon Jones, Head of the Creative Placemaking Department at WonderRoots, will share a practical approach to building infrastructures for equitable decision-making, leveraging cross-sector collaborations, and aligning community identity with the built environment. By examining a case study of WonderRoot’s public art project at the King Memorial Station, the workshop will allow for vulnerability, honesty, and critical reflection on the nonprofit administrator’s role in equitable community-based work.


These sessions are CAN'T MISS! If you aren't able to join us in Atlanta, join us online for these incredible, informative, and inspiring workshops!