Summit 2019

Summit 2019 

Sharing Our Stories: Exploring Diverse Voices and Achieving Your Goals

Friday, March 29, 2019            Buffalo State College           8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

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The YNPN Greater Bflo Summit is an annual one-day professional development conference which attracts over 100 entry-level, intermediate, and advanced nonprofit professionals from Western New York. At our premiere event, we strengthen the nonprofit community by serving as an inclusive and innovative resource for networking and growth that empowers young professionals.

Our theme this year is Sharing Our Stories: Exploring Diverse Voices and Achieving Your Goals. Each person and organization in our community has a story to share. This year features diverse sessions focusing on a variety of “stories” and diversity.

Tickets are available now. Tickets for community members are $50. YNPN members are only $35! Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and access to all our great sessions!

For only $5 more, you can also attend the Volunteer WNY Why Not You Awards on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the WNED/WBFO Studios located at 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202. This year, the inaugural VolunteerWNY-YNPN Greater Bflo Commitment to Service Award will be presented!

Group ticket pricing is available for this event, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to find a package that works for you.

We cannot do this event without community support–so please consider our summit sponsorship opportunities!

If you or your organization are interested in being part of this year’s event, please contact us at ynpngreaterbflo@gmail.com.

Keynote Speaker

Pamela Witter will act as our keynote speaker, presenting A Metamorphoses: Emerging into Executive Leadership (Setting Forward On Your Journey to Your Personal Best). 

Pamela Witter, BA, MBA, CFRE is a sought-after, nationally-published author, speaker, higher education administrator, and small business owner. The youngest appointee to the President’s Executive team, Witter serves as VP for Development and Community Engagement for Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY, but her influence expands far beyond the reach of the region. Her award winning work in fundraising, marketing, and leading high performance teams commands international attention. Witter was featured recently in Advancing Philanthropy Magazine (a global publication of the Association of Fundraising Professionals) in a column on discovering your personal best leadership. In an interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, she contributed to a special insert entitled Fixing the College Fundraising Crunch, and her book Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue was highlighted in the national Wiley Journal Fundraising Success. Witter has raised millions of dollars for non-profit missions. She has inspired staff to smash through marketing metrics and coached best-in-class teams. Learn more at http://www.BeASeedPlanter.com.

Schedule Overview

8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

8:30-8:45 AM Welcome and Chapter Updates

8:45-9:30 AM Keynote Speaker

9:30-9:45 AM Break

9:45-10:45 AM Breakout Session 1

10:45-11:00 AM Break

11:00-12:00 PM Breakout Session 2

12:00-12:30 PM Lunch

12:30-1:00 PM Panel Discussion

1:00-1:15 PM Break

1:15-2:15 PM Breakout Session 3

2:15-2:30 PM Break

2:30-3:30 PM Breakout Session 4

3:30-4:00 PM Coffee and Cookie Bar Networking

Detailed Schedule

*sessions are repeated when possible to allow attendees to be part of as many session offerings as possible*

8:00-8:30 AM Registration, Breakfast, and Networking 

Register and then grab breakfast while networking with other attendees.

8:30-8:45 AM Welcome and Chapter Updates 

Hear from our YNPN Greater Bflo Board Co-Chairs to hear about our local chapter.

8:45-9:30 AM Keynote Speaker – Pamela Witter, BA, MBA, CFRE 

As human beings we don’t come out of the womb wearing a suit or carrying a ceremonial mace. We don’t decide one day to receive the title “leader” and so it comes. Effective, authentic leaders develop over a lifetime by engaging a process of personal transformation and overcoming inward and outward challenges to claim their place among greatness. Pamela Witter emerged into leadership through a long, deliberate journey characterized by humble beginnings and intense effort. In this keynote, she shares her experience and key lessons learned along the way including (1) her trademark “T.I.M. Principle” – Translate, Innovate Manage; (2) how to discover and develop “pockets of brilliance;” (3) the importance of extrapolating the value and diversity of every team member; and (4) the secret ingredient to greatness.

9:30-9:45 AM Break 

9:45-10:45 AM Breakout Session 1

Jeffrey Mendola, CFRE & Thomas Harter: Story Telling & Fundraising When Your Mission is Diverse (But Your Greatest Potential Supporters Are Not) 

Let’s face it. The majority of charitable contributions come from older white donors while many diverse populations are in the most need. Let’s talk about story telling to connect the two.

Michael J. Oliver: Telling Your Organization’s Story

Share best practices for those in the business of story telling, who is anyone working for a nonprofit, on how to share their organization’s mission to diverse groups in often diverse settings.

Mary Beth Debus: Taking Charge of Your Professional Reputation

Explore how the choices you make every day enhance or hurt your professional reputation. The best time to think about this is NOW!

Pauline W. Hoffmann, Ph.D.: Using Data to Determine Your Audience and Drive Your Strategy

Data is everywhere and is overwhelming. How do you use what’s free and available to help achieve your strategic goals, determine your audience, develop tactics, and evaluate? 

Jack Kavanaugh: Navigating Relationships in the Workplace

What are the appropriate boundaries for coworkers? How do we build a personal network in the workplace? Explore how these relationships affect our ability to do our work and be effective professionals. 

10:45-11:00 AM Break 

11:00-12:00 PM Breakout Session 2

Christy Panagakis: Legislative Advocacy 101

This presentation offers an overview of legislative advocacy, in addition to an introduction of how nonprofit organizations of all sizes can participate in similar efforts. 

Michael J. Oliver: Telling Your Organization’s Story

Share best practices for those in the business of story telling, who is anyone working for a nonprofit, on how to share their organization’s mission to diverse groups in often diverse settings. 

Mary Beth Debus: Taking Charge of Your Professional Reputation

Explore how the choices you make every day enhance or hurt your professional reputation. The best time to think about this is NOW!

Pauline W. Hoffmann, Ph.D. : Using Data to Determine Your Audience and Drive Your Strategy 

Data is everywhere and is overwhelming. How do you use what’s free and available to help achieve your strategic goals, determine your audience, develop tactics and evaluate?

Jack Kavanaugh: Navigating Relationships in the Workplace

What are appropriate boundaries for coworkers? How do we build a personal network in the workplace? Explore how these relationships affect our ability to do our work and be effective professionals.

12:00-12:30 PM Lunch

12:30-1:00 PM Panel Discussion 

Morgan Williams-Bryant (Moderator) 
Collin Gehl 
Maureen MacLefko 

Finish enjoying your lunch while hearing from a local panel on our Summit theme as they tell the story of their career!

1:00-1:15 PM Break 

1:15-2:15 PM Breakout Session 3 

Laura Douglas: Public Speaking–What You Can Do to Craft Better Speeches & Combat Your Speaking Anxieties  

In this session, we will provide you with the information you need to craft valuable speeches, engage speakers using unspoken techniques & combat your nerves to provide the best speech possible.

Christine E.B. Howard: Show Me the Grant Money! 

Learn strategies that help you identify the right timing and the right sources of grant fund your programs. Take away practical advice overcoming obstacles with a successful grant writing game plan.

Paula L. D’Amico: Developing YOUR Personal Branding 

Learn how to take your personal branding to the next level by building a powerful rolodex, effectively using social media, and creating the perfect press release.

Michael Crisona: Just Go Get Coffee–Throwing Away the Proposals and Start Telling Your Story

Far too often we enter a meeting with the goal in mind of what we hope to sell. We want to then go back to the office and tell our team about the big win. This discussion is designed to explain why that NEVER happens. The reason it never happens is because we are so often focused on goals, metrics, and numbers, that we forget what the best part of being a nonprofit professional and professional fundraiser is all about…building meaningful relationships. The development of these relationships all begin with your mindset. This fun/engaging discussion is designed to help early career nonprofit professionals focus their efforts on building relationships through telling their organization’s story, focusing on truly listening to how best a volunteer or donor can support your organization based on their interests, and then the steps to take from there. This process will not only result in that big “win”, but it will yield the beginnings of building a community of long term sustainable supporters. By coupling this mindset with the idea that we need to simply be meeting with as many people as possible, early career professionals can being to formulate an effective community engagement plan for themselves and organization.

Ebony Singletary & Heather Reed: Mission-Driven Story Telling 

This session will cover how to build a good story, in which situations to use certain stories, an appropriate call to action that ties into the story, and a follow up after the call to action.

2:15-2:30 PM Break 

2:30-3:30 PM Breakout Session 4 

Jess Kent: Navigating Politics in Nonprofits 

Are you working for a 501c3 or c4? Do you know how the political leanings of your board may affect the nonprofit’s reception in the community? How can we navigate inevitable politics successfully?

Christine E.B. Howard: Show Me the Grant Money! 

Learn strategies that help you identify the right timing and the right sources of grant fund your programs. Take away practical advice overcoming obstacles with a successful grant writing game plan.

Paula L. D’Amico: Developing YOUR Personal Branding 

Learn how to take your personal branding to the next level by building a powerful rolodex, effectively using social media, and creating the perfect press release.

Michael Crisona: Just Go Get Coffee–Throwing Away the Proposals and Start Telling Your Story

Far too often we enter a meeting with the goal in mind of what we hope to sell. We want to then go back to the office and tell our team about the big win. This discussion is designed to explain why that NEVER happens. The reason it never happens is because we are so often focused on goals, metrics, and numbers, that we forget what the best part of being a nonprofit professional and professional fundraiser is all about…building meaningful relationships. The development of these relationships all begin with your mindset. This fun/engaging discussion is designed to help early career nonprofit professionals focus their efforts on building relationships through telling their organization’s story, focusing on truly listening to how best a volunteer or donor can support your organization based on their interests, and then the steps to take from there. This process will not only result in that big “win”, but it will yield the beginnings of building a community of long term sustainable supporters. By coupling this mindset with the idea that we need to simply be meeting with as many people as possible, early career professionals can being to formulate an effective community engagement plan for themselves and organization.

Ebony Singletary & Heather Reed: Mission-Driven Story Telling 

This session will cover how to build a good story, in which situations to use certain stories, an appropriate call to action that ties into the story, and a follow up after the call to action.

3:30-4:00 PM Cookies & Coffee Bar Networking

Stay for a few minutes to digest what you’ve heard while also digesting some sweet treats! This informal networking opportunity gives you a last chance to network with conference attendees. Can’t stay? Stop by and grab something for the road as our way of saying thank you for attending this important community event.

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