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How Can We Be Strategic When We Are So Busy Firefighting?

Many nonprofits are in survival mode. But as we fight the critical fires in front of us, what are we doing to create the future that we and our communities need?

If we remain only in reactive mode, we may be positioning ourselves to simply recreate the past that we have known. In this session, we will explore seven practical and easy-to-implement ways to bring more strategic thinking to your organization in these times. We will discuss approaches to infuse strategy into day-to-day work even as you face significant short-term operational challenges. Explore ways to integrate more generative and strategic dialogue in existing meetings, how to get the most out of your board and staff in these times, and a tool that can help you make significant decisions in challenging times.

These tips can work for all size organizations—whether you are a small but mighty nonprofit or a larger, thriving operation. Come engage in some fun virtual tools and discussions to learn together, and identify ways you can help your staff, board and overall organization think more strategically. 

Zoom link to access the session will be sent to all registrants a day or two in advance.

About the Presenters

Kellie Wardman has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years. She worked in operations for The Granite YMCA as Chief Operating Officer, VP of Operations, and branch executive. She also worked with Earthwatch Institute as Deputy Director of Constituent Relations, overseeing financial development and marketing.

Kellie worked in the field of systems thinking and organizational learning for a decade, translating ideas about how to manage complex systems for managers in a variety of industries. Kellie is a certified Professional Co-Active Coach, an Associate Certified Coach, and serves on multiple non-profit boards and as co-VP of Programming and Education for the International Coaching Federation of New England. She is a senior consultant with DBD Group and focuses on strategic planning, board governance, executive coaching, and organizational culture and team development.

Jason Fry brings more than 20 years of working with nonprofit organizations building impactful programs, establishing dynamic community partnerships, and creating capacity for the delivery of greater good. A thoughtful coach and leader, he understands the power of genuine philanthropy and what it takes to develop an impactful organizational culture. 

Jason earned a degree in psychology from Wittenberg University followed by a stint in the late ’90s driving a 1976 Dodge RV around the U.S. After receiving his master’s degree in performance psychology from Ithaca College, Jason settled down in Idaho where he has spent the past 19 years serving not-for-profit organizations and enjoying the great outdoors with his family. Jason is a Senior Vice President with DBD Group, focusing on financial development, capital campaigns, strategic planning, board governance, and organizational culture work.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Webinar ,
Fees: Member - $25; Not yet member - $50

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