Breakout Sessions

Organizational Change

Critical Questions: Reframing Nonprofit Boards’ Work
This session is designed to help executive directors and board members frame generative questions and discussions that can propel their organizations’ work. Alnes and Wirth-Davis will equip participants with the tools and practices to create powerful board room conversations. These conversations, in turn, can bring fresh understanding and resolve about complex situations.

Michael Wirth-Davis, president and CEO, Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Judy Alnes, executive director, MAP for Nonprofits

Cultural Intelligence Matters:
The Role of Cultural Intelligence in Building Collective Impact

Cultural Intelligence (CI) is vital to working inter- and intra-culturally in today’s global economy. CI is the unique ability to identify, recognize, and acknowledge the differences and similarities that exist between and among cultural groups and systems. Leaders and managers are more effective in solving problems and addressing diversity issues when they can think in a culturally appropriate way. This session provides managers and leaders with a model, cultural intelligence, which is useful to engaging, managing, and leading diverse staff and to creating systems and processes that are inclusive.

Mai Moua, Ph.D., Leadership Paradigms, Inc.

Strategic Financial Planning: Balancing Money and Mission
Nonprofit leaders are faced with the ubiquitous challenge of focusing on mission and community needs while creating a business model that supports organizational financial health. Key to effective leadership is the ability to align organizational strategic plans with budgets and financial forecasts. This sessions, appropriate for both nonprofit board members and staff leaders, will discuss the components of financial health and the tactical and strategic decisions needed for every nonprofit. Attendees will gain deeper understanding of the questions and information needed to analyze and frame strategic decisions that foster both mission impact and organizational financial health.

Kate Barr, executive director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Making Tough Decisions about the Bottom Line
This session will feature 2-3 teams of Board Presidents/CEO’s who’ve been engaged in significant change efforts to share lessons learned from their experience and recommendations for other organizations in similar situations.

Panel Facilitator
Dr. Laura Bloomberg, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota

Michelle Basham, JD, ESQ, MA: executive director, Genesis II for Families
Armando Camacho, president, Neighborhood House
Doug Fenstermaker, chair, board of directors & principal, Huron Consulting Group
Deb Holmgren, president/executive director, Portico Healthnet
Lucy Swift, President, board of directors, Genesis II for Families & vice president,
Minnesota Partnerships, TPT
Terri Thao, chair, board of directors, Neighborhood House & program officer,
Nexus Community Partners

Cross-Sector Coordination

High Impact Philanthropy in a World of Change
A panel of grantmakers will discuss the following trends in philanthropy: increased focus on collaboration among grantmakers and cross sector collaborations, as well as changing priorities and focus areas. Panelists will discuss how and why they are making changes in their work and the outcomes they hope to achieve. The changing role of philanthropy in society, as the social contract changes for the public, private and philanthropic sectors, will serve as context for the discussion. In addition, we’ll explore how foundations consider the impact of change upon their traditional grantees and the community as they seek better outcomes and impact from their work.

Bill King, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations

Collective Impact: Continue the Dialogue with Mark Kramer
This interactive session will provide participants to engage with Mark Kramer and other local community leaders about how the collective impact framework applies to their cross-sector efforts and its implication for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Colleen Ebinger, president, Ebinger Consulting Group

Mark Kramer
Dave Ellis, community impact manager, Greater Twin Cities United Way
Amy Lopez, community impact manager, Greater Twin Cities United Way

The Art and Practice of Innovation
The session will explore a tool for understanding, analyzing, and re-designing your organization’s business model in order to bring fresh thinking to how your organization creates and delivers value for its stakeholders.

Dr. Laura Dunham, associate professor, Entrepreneurship Development Executive Education Program & Center for Nonprofit Management Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

Partnering for Greater Impact:
Strengthening Community through a Business Perspective

This session will feature examples and lessons learned from two teams of nonprofit and business partners who will discuss their individual experience in assessing internal needs, redesigning services and sharing their expertise. Participants will receive valuable tips and strategies for developing and/or strengthening their current relationships with their business partners to have greater impact.

Team One
Barbara J. Delaney, director, Global Engineering Strategy, Cummins Power Generation
Suzanne Koepplinger, executive director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
Diane Peterson, global community relations leader, Cummins Power Generation

Team Two
Garrett Gleason, vice president, Information Technology, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Trixie Ann Girtz Golberg, president, Lifetrack Resources

Talent Search: Engaging Generational Leaders in Your Organization
As public and private resources become increasingly limited and service-demand from constituents continues to grow, it is important to utilize all of the resources that are available. Engaging people in your mission across the generational spectrum in new and meaningful ways can make the difference between enhancing your services and having to cut back.

Come to learn about the generational movement and how people want to engage in community activity and how they can support you and your work.

This session features the most current research and volunteerism trends from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration. Hear innovative strategies developed by Engine for Social Innovation, including how to scope volunteer opportunities and how to build and manage a volunteer team for impact without burdening your staff.

We will also explore case examples on how the new best practices for engaging volunteers and leaders are put into practice.

Jim Delaney, founder and principal of Engine for Social Innovation
Mary Quirk, volunteer resources leadership project manager, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Understanding the Role of Nonprofit Boards
in Promoting Public Policy & Advocacy Efforts

This session will provide an overview of why it’s essential for nonprofit organizations and their boards to engage their constituents in shaping public policy and other advocacy activities to achieve their mission as well as valuable tips/resources for board members involved in this effort.

Marcia Avner, senior consultant, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits

Civic Engagement & Public Policy

Supporting and Engaging Constituents in Building Strong Communities
As our communities continue to grow and change, it is more important than ever before to ensure that the voice and presence of constituents are helping to drive change, new thinking and partnerships that best serve their needs. This workshop will explore community engagement models created by nonprofits to engage diverse communities in the Twin Cities.

Julia Classen, president & co-founder at Aurora Consulting & Senior Fellow at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Community Leadership Institute

Wilhelmina Holder, executive director, Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment
Steve Larson, public policy director, The Arc of Minnesota &
Co-Chair, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Bridget Ryan, program manager, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
Jackie Starr, parent engagement coordinator, Brooklyn Center School District
John Tschida, vice president, Public Affairs & Research, Courage Center