The Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Communication Conference

October 16, 2015

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2015 Nonprofit Communication Conference
Schedule of Speakers and Sessions

7:45-8:30 Registration: Exhibits, coffee, and networking
8:30-8:40 Welcome
Dan Prater, Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership
8:40-9:20 Keynote Session
Marlene Chism - “The Power to Create”

9:30-10:30 Track 1: Governance
Social Intelligence: What’s on Your Social Radar? by Gregory Dlabach
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Supporting Your Mission and Your Bottom Line by Anne Silea
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Mobilize Ambassadors to Champion the Cause by Charity Reed
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Track 4: Funding & Finance
Real People Real Impact: Focus on Your Mid-Level Donors by Ryan Owen
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10:45-11:45 Track 1: Governance
Life is a River: Experiences in Leadership by Todd Parnell
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Planning, Creating and Implementing your Digital Strategy by Jeff Barlow with Jerod Barlow
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Using Volunteers to Create BIG Events: Low Cost, High Yield Marketing by Rob Blevins
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Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
How Logical are Logic Models? by Julie Turner
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11:45-12:45 Lunch: Networking and Exhibits

12:45-2:00 Track 1: Governance
Talent Selection for Cultural and Motivational Fit – Recruiting Strategies to Build Your Talent by Karen Shannon
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
How To Get Your E-Mail Programs Fit, Fascinating and Fashionable by Joe Mueller
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Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
We’re a Small Nonprofit- Why Should We Bother with a Strategic Plan? by Mark Lassman-Eul
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Track 4: Funding & Finance
Mining for Gold: Turning Grant Research into Grant Dollar by Southwest Missouri Grant Writers
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2:00-2:30 Refreshments and Exhibits

2:30-3:30 Track 1: Governance
Accountability is a Dirty Word by Don Harkey
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Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Collaborating in Crisis - When every Minute Counts by Debi Meeds
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Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
Cyber Crime & Protection – 5 Targets, 5 Answers by R. Dek Prentice

Track 4: Funding & Finance
Sharing your Failures with Donors and Other Fun Ways to Raise More Money by Nathan Mallonee
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Panel (Moderator: Brian Fogle, CFO of Community Foundation of the Ozarks)

Advocating for Public Policy

  • Mike Ussery, Representative for Congressman Billy Long
  • Robert Stephens, Mayor of Springfield, Mo.
  • Lincoln Hough, State Representative, District 135
4:30-4:45 Closing remarks and giveaways

Jeff Barlow: Executive Director & Board Member - Sustainability Builders, Jefferson City, MO
Rob Blevins: Community Relations Coordinator - Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Springfield, MO
Marlene Chism: Author, consultant, national speaker
Gregory Dlabach: Principal Consultant - CAMEO Performance Systems, Strafford, MO
Don Harkey: Chief Innovation Officer - People Centric Consulting Group, Springfield, MO
Nathan Mallonee: Intl. Programs Manager - Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO
Debi Meeds: President/CEO - United Way of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO
Keith Morris: President - Southwest Missouri Grant Writers
Joe Mueller: Principal, Mueller Communications, Fenton, MO
Ryan Owen: Development Director - Children International, Springfield, MO
Todd Parnell: Author - Community leader, speaker
Dek Prentice: Business Dev. Manager - KPM Technology, Springfield, MO
Charity Reeb: Founder - Do Good Business, Springfield, MO
Karen Shannon: Human Resources & Business Consulting Director, Springfield, MO
Anne Silea: Advocacy Facilitator - Lutheran Family & Children's Services of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
Julie Turner: Department Chair and Nonprofit Professor - Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
Robert C. Vogel: President - Good Faith Business Network, St. Louis, MO

Conference Sponsors

DL Media, Inc.

KPM CPAs and AdvisorsOllis/Akers/ArneyPanera Bread


Community Foundation of the Ozarks 

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