Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Northern Center at NMU in Marquette, MI

Keynote Speaker – Brad Gingras

Brad Gingras is a professional trainer, facilitator, generational strategist and consultant. Throughout his career he has been providing professional development workshops, presentations, and strategic planning facilitation to thousands of youth and professionals. His series of topics and expertise range from multi-generational training and strategies, leadership development, team-building, career preparation & counseling, and motivational  speaking. He has witnessed and demonstrated how effective leadership has evolved. Brad recognizes and has analyzed the drastic changes that have occurred within the workforce due to generational differences, societal changes, and technology. He provides a perspective to overcome these challenges with current approaches to empower the audience and clients. His goal for every workshop and presentation is to have fun, laugh, inspire, and leave everybody more knowledgeable.

Brad has been in executive leadership throughout his career. He is currently the Executive Director of Northwest Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC), coordinating healthcare education and workforce intiatives. Previously the Executive Director of Northwest Wisconsin CEP, the workforce development agency in Northwest Wisconsin.  

Closing Session – Improv Your Way to a Better Team

Laughter is a great way to bring people together, reduce stress and boost creativity. The building blocks of improv force to you listen, share the stage and take chances. You can’t break improv (I’ve tried!), so it encourages creativity and new ideas.

In this abbreviated hands-on, interactive session with an experienced performer, you will learn and practice basic improv techniques. Feel the impact and walk away with exercises you can introduce immediately to your colleagues.

Nicole Fende, aka The Numbers Whisperer®, helps coaches and creative entrepreneurs achieve prosperity. She is a credentialed actuary with experience as an investment banker who attained Chief Financial Officer status before age 30. Nicole is the author of two books, designer of Body Be Gone™ card game, and the Ringmaster of Creatopia™. Her secret weapon – a highly contagious laugh with no known antidote. When she’s not teaching The Prosperity Solution™, Nicole can be found spending time with her daughter, playing board games, or exploring the wilds of Minnesota.


The 2021 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will feature nine workshops on topics including fund development, operations, commutations and more!

Registration Information

Registration can be completed online with a credit card or by paper form with a check or credit card. Registration fees are nonrefundable; however, you may give your registration to another person. In the event the conference is cancelled, refunds will be available.

Registration Rates
Grow & Lead Member Registration – $95
General Registration – $125

A limited number of scholarships are available. Visit the scholarship application to learn more. 

COVID-19 Updates

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference will comply with all local, state, and national guidance. Currently, Northern Michigan University requires masks for anyone in an NMU building, including the Northern Center, regardless of vaccinations status. Learn more here.

Sponsor Information

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference provides 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. Sponsoring the conference demonstrates your support and interest in the nonprofit organizations and the important programs and services they provide.


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