The Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Communication Conference

October 16, 2015

The 2015 Nonprofit Communication Conference will focuson topics that help you grow your organization and engage donors, volunteers, and community partners. The event will be held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center. Topics aredesigned for leaders, staff, volunteers, and board members of all experience levels who work in charitable groups, civic, faith-based, health care, education, and the public sector. Industry professionals will present sessions that focus on four tracks:

  • Track 1: Governance
  • Track 2: Internal & External Communication
  • Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
  • Track 4: Funding & Finance

One-of-a-kind perspectives, expert-led sessions and an exceptional lineup of speakers from nonprofits of all sizes will be featured throughout this unparalleled conference program. Whether you are large or small, national or local, an association, museum, school or a charity, the Nonprofit Communication Conference will help bring to light the skills and knowledge you need to get you and your organization on point.


Beginning September 1: $49.50

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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?
Gregory Dlabach

Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Supporting Your Mission and Your Bottom Line
Anne Silea

Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Mobilize Ambassadors to Champion the Cause
Charity Reeb
Track 4: Funding & Finance
Real People Real Impact: Focus on Your Mid-Level Donors
Ryan Owen

10:45-11:45 Track 1: Governance
Life is a River: Experiences in Leadership
Todd Parnell Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Planning, Creating and Implementing your Digital Strategy
Jeff Barlow with Jerod Barlow Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Using Volunteers to Create BIG Events: Low Cost, High Yield Marketing
Rob Blevins

Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
How Logical are Logic Models?
Julie Turner

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
Karen Shannon

Track 2: Internal & External Communication
How To Get Your E-Mail Programs Fit, Fascinating and Fashionable
Joe Mueller

Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
We’re a Small Nonprofit- Why Should We Bother with a Strategic Plan? 
Mark Lassman-Eul Track 4: Funding & Finance
Mining for Gold: Turning Grant Research into Grant Dollar

Keith Morris

2:00-2:30 Refreshments and Exhibits

2:30-3:30 Track 1: Governance
Accountability is a Dirty Word
Don Harkey

Track 2: Internal & External Communication
Collaborating in Crisis - When every Minute Counts
Debi Meeds

Track 3: Strategic Planning - Vision
Cyber Crime & Protection – 5 Targets, 5 Answers
R. Dek Prentice

Track 4: Funding & Finance
Sharing your Failures with Donors and Other Fun Ways to Raise More Money
Nathan Mallonee


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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