SESSIONS

Morning Sessions | 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Using Data to Tell the Story of Your Impact
Reyda Taylor, PhD, Senior Consultant for Data & Research, Mission Capital

So, you have crunched the numbers and created beautiful graphs, but now what? Numbers rarely speak for themselves. How do you communicate the story behind your data in a way that can engage your audience and drive action? Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop exploring the craft of data storytelling. In this workshop, you will: Learn about storytelling theory at a high level, Identify ways to tease out and communicate the contextual story behind data visualizations, Learn tips to anchor your insights in the data and avoid creating unintentionally misleading stories, Practice crafting data stories with specific audiences and goals in mind.


Collective Impact through Strong, Smart Partnerships and Collaborations
Katy Bourgeois, Director of Aligned Impact, Mission Capital

Partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofits, government, academia, business and the communities we serve are essential to achieving long-lasting impact through our work. But, what does it truly take to make partnership with others truly successful? Who defines success and how? What makes one collaboration work when others seem to go nowhere?

This session explains the key components of a successful partnership or collaboration and how to avoid common pitfalls. You’ll learn about several current collective impact projects happening in Texas and explore how you can establish or participate in a collaboration more effectively.  


Maximize Your Leadership Strengths
Cynthia Colbert, President & CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Mary Grace Landrum, State Service Commissioner, OneStar Foundation

Today’s nonprofit leaders serve as CEOs, program directors, coordinators, board members and in other roles where they influence people or teams to accomplish goals.  Communicating with and motivating others are key skills for successful leaders.  Knowing your communication style and the styles of others helps minimize conflict and motivate others to take action. 

How do you identify your strengths and the strengths of the team members you work with?This workshop will provide information and skill practice with tools and resources to know your leadership and communication styles to help you build your leadership team.


Critical Legal and Compliance Issues Every Nonprofit Needs to Know
Session and Presenter Info Coming Soon!  

Early Afternoon Sessions | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Conscious Inclusion: Leading through Awareness & Action
Sonya Ware, CEO & Diversity Champion, Blue Beagle Consulting

Successful Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) requires both systemic and interpersonal leadership. Everyone in the organization is capable of learning skills that influence a more inclusive workplace culture. This interactive conversation will explore the D&I landscape, raise your personal awareness and review implementation best practices.

 Members of the Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas (NMAT), OneStar Foundation’s Academic Affinity Group (AAG) and others who help to build nonprofit organizational capacity are encouraged to attend this session.


Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Dr. Robert (Bob) Wimpelberg, Executive Director, All Kids Alliance, University of Houston

Continuous improvement is critical for strong development, at both the organizational and program levels. It happens to be a key element in successful collective impact. In this interactive session, Bob Wimpelberg will demonstrate how All Kids Alliance (University of Houston) approaches continuous improvement with nonprofit organizations and their funders. He will share 10 years’ worth of lessons learned and some tools that All Kids Alliance has found essential for seeding a culture of continuous improvement.


Building Your Brand and Marketing on a Budget
Tiffany Galligan, Founder & CEO, Too Good Strategy

Your brand is the representation of what you stand for, and why anyone should care. Even the smallest of nonprofits need to build and nurture their brand to create lasting change and impact. In this session, you will learn skills that will help your organization evaluate and evolve your brand. You will discover tools and resources that will help you maximize your budget and achieve greater awareness. You will learn how to evaluate for effectiveness, why it’s important to iterate on your efforts, and how to tell the story of your impact.


Exceptional Board Relations: How to Build and Sustain Impactful Nonprofit Boards
Session and presenter info coming soon! 

Late Afternoon Sessions | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Building the Bench: Cultivating Our Future Leadership
Susan Schmidt, MPA, CNP, President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

If current nonprofit workforce hiring trends continue, the sector will need to replace every existing senior executive position within the next eight years. What’s more, effective leadership is the most important predictor of organizational sustainability and success. However, most organizations do not have a current succession plan in place -- and the ones that do, it is often only for the top-ranking position.

Effective succession planning isn’t just about securing the next CEO -- it is about building our bench so that we have a team of effective emerging leaders ready to take on their next big assignments. Join us for a hands-on workshop that will assess how your organization’s culture and operations are impacting your succession planning strategy. You will leave armed with a succession plan tailored to your organization that you can launch as soon as you return to the office.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the key drivers of retention

  • Conduct an organizational audit that will determine what policies, procedures and operations need to change in order to achieve succession planning goals

  • Assess their organization’s capacity to attract and retain top talent

  • Explore findings from a study on career paths of nonprofit executive leaders

  • Use the Cost-of-Turnover© calculator to understand the opportunity costs of filling vacancies

  • Create a succession plan to cultivate leaders within their organization as well as recruit new talent dedicated to nonprofit careers.


Exploring the Workplace Experience: Guidance for Making Your Nonprofit a Great Place to Work
Katie Popp, Senior Consultant, Mission Capital

Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations must focus on creating strong internal teams and talent if they plan to attract and retain a skilled and passionate workforce. What type of workplace experiences lead to real employee engagement? How can nonprofit organizations- with limited budgets and demanding workloads- keep employees happy and fulfilled?

We’ll define the ideal workplace experience and uncover the components that make good places to work great – including many strategies that are low or no cost. You’ll walk away with lots of actionable tips for employees at all levels and a framework for making short and long-term changes in your workplace.


Effective Community Engagement and Relationship Building
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Volunteer Recruitment, Readiness and Engagement: Tips from the Trenches
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