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 – GivingTuesday AMA Fireside Chat

Michael Babcock from Portage Health Foundation and Victoria Leonhardt from Grow & Lead will be answering your questions about GivingTuesday in this Ask Me Anything – Fireside Chat style session.


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

Registration Information

Pre-conference registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at the Northern Center at NMU on Thursday, October 21 from 8 – 9 a.m.

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

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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