Summit 2017



Friday, March 24, 2017
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Early bird registration is now open for Summit 2017! Register here.

The YNPN Greater Bflo Summit is designed to provide a space for training, general leadership development, and networking for YNPN Greater Bflo membership and other young nonprofit leaders. This year our theme is “Make It Happen.” Whether you are looking to learn cutting-edge practices, meaningfully network, deepen your learning, or to deepen your understanding of how your passion & career intersect, Summit 2017 has workshop sessions designed for you to make “it” happen in 2017!

Summit 2017 is focused on enhancing the nonprofit sector and is open to all.  This year’s event will feature a keynote presentation and various breakout sessions.  Please click here for a description of each breakout session. 

All sessions will take place in the Bulger Communication Center unless noted otherwise.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Developing Effective Relationships with Corporate Partners 

Panelists – Suzette O’Brien, United Way of Buffalo & Erie Co.; Sandy Falsone, Wegmans Food Markets; Bob Pokrzyk, Rich Products Corporation; Maureen Hanagan, Buffalo Olmstead Park Conservancy; Karen Christie, United Way of Buffalo & Erie Co.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Breakout Session #1

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Breakout Session #2

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Campbell Student Union)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Keynote Presentation – “Finding Your North Star”
Presented by Amanda Shaffer, Shaffer Coaching, LLC (Campbell Student Union)

In our 24/7 society with competing career and personal demands, finding ways to leverage your resources starts with plotting your course. Amanda Shaffer presents a thoughtful and compelling narrative on how to discover, evaluate, and maximize opportunities to advance your career and impact your community by first “Finding Your North Star”.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. – Breakout Session #3

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks

*Schedule is subject to change*


1. What are my parking options for Summit?

Parking will be complementary in all Buffalo State College Parking Lots. A map of Buffalo State can be found here.

2. What if I have questions?

Please email with any questions or concerns.

3. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring either a printed ticket or an email confirmation.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available for Summit 2017! Various levels are available. Please
click here to see ways in which your organization can partner with YNPN Greater Blfo for Summit 2017, and contact our Philanthropy & Giving Team at with any questions. Thank you for your support!