Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated

The annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference has provided an exciting opportunity for nonprofit leaders, board members, staff and volunteers from throughout the U.P. to come together to learn, discuss and share common concerns and ideas that influence our communities. Sadly, in 2020, the traditional event had to be cancelled. We took the time to survey previous attendees and members, and are excited to launch a new opportunity for nonprofits to connect and learn. 

We’re excited to launch the U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated. It isn’t just a virtual conference. It’s a half year commitment to Upper Peninsula nonprofits to help them navigate the 2021 landscape. The series has three deliverables: 

  • Learning opportunities
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Sharing inspirations

Registration for all sessions is now open!

Registration is free. This wouldn’t be possible without the support from our sponsors – First Bank, Portage Health Foundation and Superior Health Foundation. If you’re interested in sponsoring, download the sponsorship packet to learn about the opportunities.

January – Board Governance

Basics of Board Service Webinar
What does it mean to serve on a nonprofit board? This webinar will review the legal obligations of board service, board structures and roles, board and staff interaction and tips for being a good board member. Presented by Grow & Lead staff member Victoria Leonhardt, CNP, this session will be interactive and will look at boards from the perspective of both serving on and working with a board of directors for a nonprofit in the state of Michigan. 

This session draws on content from both our Board 101 and Board 102 curriculum. 

View webinar recording

Member Mastermind – January 27 at 3 p.m. – Register

January’s Presenting Sponsor:

February – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Embracing the Power of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Webinar
February 4 at 6 p.m. – Register
Presented by Katena Cain, Management Consultant from Nonprofit Network

With a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives, a nonprofit is in a stronger position to plan for the future, manage risk, make prudent decisions, and take full advantage of opportunities. But diversity doesn’t work without inclusion strategies and practices.  Just recruiting and hiring won’t allow you to truly take advantage of the power of a diverse workplace. 

A diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace has increased creativity – a variety of different people from various backgrounds working together will get you better solutions to problems.  Diversity encourages personal growth – employees are encouraged to learn new ideas, perspective and connect intellectually and personally to different people.  And, employees who have different worldviews can think more independently. If you have similar people at an organization, it’s harder to solve complex problems. 

This workshop will provide participants with the understanding of the following:

  • How to build a personal and professional culture that respects diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Definitions of diversity, inclusion and equity
  • The constructs and implications of personal and professional bias
  • Strategies to move forward in a personal and professional journey (ways to get unstuck)

Member Mastermind – February 9 at 3 p.m. – Register
Facilitated by Katena Cain, Management Consultant at Nonprofit Network

This Member Mastermind conversation that will allow for Q & A, additional strategies and tools to advance the work personally and professionally.

March – Human Resources & Volunteer Engagement

Webinar – March 9 at 6 p.m. – Register
Member Mastermind – March 16 at 3 p.m. – Register

April – Youth & Community Engagement

Webinar – April 13 at 6 p.m. – Register
Member Mastermind – April 20 at 3 p.m. – Register

May – Operations & Strategic Planning

Webinar – May 11 at 6 p.m. – Register
Member Mastermind – May 18 at 3 p.m. – Register

May’s Presenting Sponsor:

June – Financial Management & Fund Development

Webinar – June 8 at 6 p.m. – Register
Member Mastermind – June 15 at 3 p.m. – Register

June’s session possible with support from: