Sessions at the Nonprofit Conference

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to learn how to inspire lasting impact in their communities.

The 2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 18, at Northern Michigan University.

The conference features foursessions focusedon leadership, best practices, communication and volunteerism . There will also be the presentation of the U.P. Service Awards and networking time.

DemarraGardner, PrincipleandConsultant atChange Agent Consulting will Keynote on the Echoing Green leadership theory Head + Heart = Hustle. In this presentation, Gardner will help participants to identify how their skills and passions relate to their role as a leader.

In Case Studies in NonprofitBestPractice, Chad Magerfrom Grow & Lead will facilitate group discussion around board, fundraising, conflict and volunteer management scenarios. After working together on the case, the table will have a chance to share their findings and solutions with all attendees, working with the facilitator and matching their conclusions against best practice solutions.

The Michigan Community Service Commission will host a session of the Volunteer Michigan Tour in the afternoon. Participants will discuss community challenges and ways to improve the quality of life for residents. They will also explore methods to collaborate and share resources. The input gathered from the tour will help shape the future of Michigan volunteerism as participants will generate ideas to include in a new State Service Plan.

The Technology in Turbulent Timespanel will feature local nonprofit representatives, who have experienced crisis, discussing how they leveraged technology to tell their story. Panelists include Kori Tossavafrom UPAWS, Chelsea Goodreaufrom Portage Health Foundation and Samantha Collins from STAR Children’s Bereavement Services/Samantha Elizabeth.

A complete list of workshops and other information on the conference, including how to register, can be found at, or by calling any of the Grow & Lead staff at 906-228-8919.

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