2019 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Keynote Presentation

Passion is Not Compensation: Why we must professionalize the nonprofit sector and how your organization can lead the charge

Professionalizing the nonprofit sector starts with examining the reasons why the sector doesn’t adhere to higher standards of practice with talent recruitment and development, organizational culture, and strategy. This presentation will discuss the three key mindset shifts organizations must take in order to achieve this, giving applicable strategies for nonprofit leaders, board members, and funders.

Keynote presenter: Meg Myers Morgan, Ph.D., MPA

Dr. Meg Myers Morgan is an expert nonprofit professional development and management. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and leads the graduate programs in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management on the OU-Tulsa campus. She is also a certified Executive and Leadership coach who works exclusively with nonprofit leaders. Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, certification in Executive and Leadership Coaching from Columbia University, and a degree in English and Creative Writing with honors from Drury University. Her latest book, Everything is Negotiable (Seal Press, 2018), offer tactics to help women negotiate for more in work and life. In its first week, the book is a best-seller and has now been translated in multiple languages. Meg gave a TED Talk, "Negotiating for Your Life", for TEDxOU in 2016. She was honored as a 2018 Distinguished Alumni from Drury University. She lives in Tulsa with her husband and their two young daughters.

Dr. Morgan's keynote will be discussed by a panel featuring Amy Amason, Brian Fogle, Ryan Hale and Erin K. Risner.

Breakout Sessions

Governance and Leadership, Funding Track

  • There's Gold In Them There Hills - Wealth in the Ozarks (Brian Fogle)
  • Making Sense of Financial Reports (Laura Knese and Krystal Creach) 
  • What Funders Want You to Know (Crystal Mapp, Winter Kinne, Sarah Morrow, Heather Zoromski)
  • Lessons Learned from the Capital Campaign Trenches (Lisa Farmer, Bruce Nasby)

Strategic Planning and Vision Track

  • Theory of Change - for impacting investment and measuring outcomes (Ryan Hale)
  • Using Data/Info for Decision Making (Erin K. Risner) 
  • Collecting What Counts (Cassidy Miller)
  • Scaling Up with Intention (Leadership Springfield: Mike Brothers, Katie Davis, Don Harkey, Caitlin Kissee, Carrie Richardson)

Internal and External Communication Track

  • Building Transparent Partnerships to Drive Impact (Erin Gollhofer)
  • Harnessing Volunteer Engagement (Ellen Herbig)
  • Using Emotional Data as a Differentiator (Grant Gooding and Katie Lord)
  • Leveraging Communication Audit Results (Cindy Beecher, Cassie Binkley, Jerrod Ellis, Kathryn Flores)

Win a Free Professional Video from Clear Point Video

Nonprofit Leadership Conference attendees will have the opportunity to win a free professional video shoot produced and edited by Clear Point Video! This prize is valued at $1,500. 

To Enter

  • Post on Facebook in 100 words or less why your nonprofit needs the video and how you will use it
  • You must include a photo of yourself somewhere at the conference
  • You must also use the hashtag #NLC2019
  • Only one entry per nonprofit organization 
  • Must be posted by 1 p.m. on Friday, October 11

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