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2018 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

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The Nonprofit Leadership Summit, the NH Center for Nonprofits' signature event, brings together 250+ nonprofit board and staff leaders, along with corporate and philanthropic partners to explore trends and issues impacting the sector.

Keynote Speaker: Vu Le

Vu Le, keynote speaker of the 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

In this political and social climate, the work of the nonprofit sector is even more critical than usual. However, we still have many challenges that we must work through, including society's unrealistic perceptions, destructive mindsets such as scarcity and martyrdom, constant comparisons of ourselves to the for-profit sector, funding power dynamics, and the Nonprofit Hunger Games. To unlock our sector's full potential and address the many challenges facing our communities, we must own our strengths and influence, let go of archaic philosophies and practices, and work effectively not just with one another, but with our friends from the for-profit and government sectors.

About Vu Le

Vu Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. He shares his humorous and thought-provoking perspective on the nonprofit sector on the popular Nonprofit AF blog.

Read more about Vu Le

Breakout Sessions

After we hear from Vu, participants will attend the breakout session of their choice. These sessions are designed to expand on the ideas from the keynote presentation.

Your Voice in the Voting Cycle
If a true democracy represents a contest of ideas, then there is, indeed, an important role for nonprofits during elections. Although 501c3s must refrain from endorsing candidates, political parties and raising political contributions, they can and should help inform the discussion by educating candidates and the voting public on the most important challenges and opportunities within communities. This panel will review successful models of nonprofit engagement in New Hampshire and explore an increased presence of nonprofits during election season to raise the profile and importance of the sector. 
Facilitator: Elissa Margolin, Margolin Consulting

  • Anna Brown, Citizens Count
  • Tom Derosa, Arts4NH
  • Laura Millikien, Spark NH

Promises and Pitfalls of Partnerships
More than ever, nonprofits are working together, creating unique partnerships to achieve impact. From full-blown mergers to coordinated collaboration, nonprofits work together – rather than compete – to solve community problems. One of the greatest challenges faced by these relationships is the successful blending of cultures. How do you blend different decision-making styles, leadership styles and change paradigms effectively? In this session, you will gain insights from leaders who have forged a wide array of partnerships to advance their missions. 
Facilitator: Gerri King, Human Dynamics Associates

  • Kathy Beebe, HAVEN
  • Chuck Clark, Castle Preservation Society
  • Rosemary Heard, CATCH Neighborhood Housing
  • Jessica Vaughn-Martin, Manchester Family Justice Center

Talking about Talent – Keeping Outstanding Employees in the Nonprofit Sector
We all recognize that the people we employ are essential to advancing our missions and that New Hampshire’s workforce shortage and demographic trends create a challenging environment for all employers. How can we leverage the unique aspects of nonprofit work to become an employer of choice? What does it take to create and sustain organizational cultures that foster employee engagement? How should we adapt our practices to develop and support our employees? Panelists will share their perspectives and new approaches to engage the talent we need. 
Facilitator: Kelly LaFlamme, Endowment for Health


  • Paul Boynton, The Moore Center
  • Marti Ilg, Lakes Region Community Child Care Services
  • Angie Lane, Red River Theatres
  • Connie Roy-Czyzowski, Northeast Delta Dental

More than Money – Building Better Relationships
Nonprofits and philanthropists share a common interest in advancing the social good, but they don’t hold the same level of influence over which programs or solutions are utilized to address our communities’ challenges.   What does it take to build strong relationships and effective solutions while navigating the inherent power imbalance? Join us for this interactive session to explore ideas about fostering relationships that bring us all closer to creating the good our communities need. Come prepared to join the conversation and share your reactions to issues surfaced during the keynote. 
Facilitator: Chris Dwyer, RMC Research

Afternoon Session

Integration & Reflection Panel
In the afternoon, we’ll bring the facilitators from the breakout sessions together to join Vu Le and reflect on the thought-provoking topics from the day.

  • Vu Le, Keynote Speaker
  • Elissa Margolin, Margolin Consulting
  • Gerri King, Human Dynamic Associates
  • Kelly LaFlamme, Endowment for Health
  • Chris Dwyer, RMC Research

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

Date/Time: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:30 pm
Location: Grappone Conference Center , Concord
Fees: $185 for Members; $260 for Not-yet-members; Early Bird pricing: Save $50 when you register by August 22

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