Virtual Conference

If you can't join us in Indianapolis, 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 Indianapolis and workshops for virtual participants, including the full speech from keynote speaker Kimberly Peeler-Allen of Higher Heights!

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 seven hours of programming, including the keynotes from the event in Indianapolis and workshops and trainings. You can watch with us live on Monday, July 30 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 Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Co-Founder, Higher Heights
Monday, July 30 | 8:30am-9:10am ET

It took a long time to build up the systems of inequality we have inherited and change won’t happen overnight. We didn’t all start from the same place and because of that, we don’t all get the same opportunities. We know that diversity is not enough to achieve more equitable outcomes for our communities. What can we do to recognize our advantages and dismantle barriers to success for all? Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years and knows this battle well. As the co-founder of Higher Heights, a political organization dedicated to electing Black women, Peeler-Allen  has spent her career building movements like #BlackWomenLead and #BlackWomenVote. Learn about how she has advocated and built political power for black women as a true “Change in Action” activist and changemaker. Kimberly’s work has been recognized nationwide through her selection as one of Roddenberry Fellowship’s 20 incredible established and emerging activists, as Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 list, as well as one of The Feminist Press’ 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism for her writing in the Huffington Post, which has also been featured in Essence. 

Good for Your Career = Good for Your Organization (How Radical Self-Advocacy in Work Works for Everyone)
Monday, July 30 | 9:30am-10:45am ET 

This session will walk through general considerations of how and why an organization’s investment in facilitating employees’ personal interests, with potential for career development value, is a win-win-win from the employee, employer and client/organization’s target audience perspectives. 

Battling Inequity: Perspectives Across the Sector
Monday, July 30 | 11:00am-12:15pm ET

We cannot achieve equity on our own.  In this ever changing world there is always room for improvement and plenty of space to learn from each other.  Representing three different facets of the nonprofit sector (the private foundation, the community foundation, and the service provider), join three IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumni for a stimulating conversation that  discusses how their organization's are battling inequity and why partnerships and collaborations are vital for success.

Lunch Break: YNPN State of the Network
Monday, July 30 | 12:30-1:15pm ET

One of the network's longest-standing traditions, the State of the Network is an opportunity for us to talk big picture about where the network has been in the last year and where we're headed.

Navigating Complexity and Leading Change in a Fast-Paced World
Monday, July 30 | 1:30-2:15pm ET 

Complexity, leadership and change are concepts that are inextricably linked. The world is changing fast, and we live in turbulent times accelerated by the speed of technological change and massive amounts of information. It seems like society has decided to walk the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy in reverse gear, in search for answers in a sea of big data. Revolutions and recessions have caused some analysts and policymakers to believe that we are facing what they have called a big global reset, a new normal where many people suffer the consequences of increasingly more difficult conditions of living, and organizations must cope with change at a much faster rate. How can leaders create the conditions for successful change in such chaotic times? How can we help ourselves and those around us thrive, not just survive, in a complex world?

Using Your Voice: It's Yours For a Reason
Monday, July 30 | 2:30-3:45pm ET

Often times in the nonprofit sector, many are afraid to speak up about inequality or adversity happening in the workplace for fear of losing donors, partnerships, sponsors or their own jobs. In "Using Your Voice: It's Yours For a Reason," Bui will discuss how she went from feeling silent in board meetings and events to gaining the confidence she needed to stand up for herself and her coworkers. She'll encourage people to not only be advocates for their passion and work, but also advocates for themselves.

Leading Organizational Change and Social Action through Self-Reflection and Cultural-Awareness Practices
Monday, July 30 | 4:00-5:15pm ET

A key part of the Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Learning’s mission is to “promote equity in opportunity, access, and outcomes for all learners.” Until recently, Discovery Center staff had not deeply and purposefully explored how their work reflects this mission. In this session, I will share insights from individual and collective efforts to explore culturally competent and responsive research and evaluation practices, and how these efforts have sparked personal and professional changes within our organization. More specifically, I will share ways Center staff have challenged one another to explore internal biases and beliefs, and how these efforts have influenced the ways we interact with one another and our clients, particularly with regard to disrupting systems of inequality and injustice. I also will share candid experiences from my own self-reflective journey toward cultural awareness, including steps I am taking to better understand my role as a leader at the Center, the responsibilities I believe I have in supporting my colleagues, and the new understanding I have of the larger systems that sometimes restrict equity, diversity, and inclusion practices. Pending interest from participants, I will discuss how the Center is currently applying what we are learning through our research and evaluation practices, and how we plan to exemplify to others, our commitment toward equity and systematic change. Although the Center’s work is steeped in educational research/evaluation, the implications of our equity and social justice work, and the ideas proposed in this presentation have potential benefit to audiences from various backgrounds. 

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