Leading Industry Experts

We’ve pulled together some of the most prominent voices serving the nonprofit sector today.

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Vu Le

Former Executive Director, RVC Author NonprofitAF.com

Vu Le (pronounced “voo lay”)is a writer, speaker, and former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor and prolific writing, Vu Le is the epitome of Being the Change.

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Pon Angara

Director

Barkada Circle

Pon Angara is Director of Barkada Circle®, a team of artists mentoring nonprofits on how to tell more compelling stories about their mission. Pon helps leaders use the narrative approach to problem solving for sparking conversations, building community and launching initiatives that create impact.

Pon has delivered keynotes and workshops on the power of storytelling at several association conferences and foundation seminars.

Session
Telling Your Mission Story: Sensational, Dramatic, Memorable
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Saroosh Gull

Founder, CEO

EventCombo

Saroosh Gull, CEO of Eventcombo,  has been leading technology innovations for 20 years, and was recently featured in The Tech Tribune. With the founding of Eventcombo, Saroosh and his team introduced a new concept for the event ecosystem featuring bundled transactions (for example, Uber, Lyft, & ParkWhiz alongside event tickets). After positioning Eventcombo as a disruptive force, Saroosh introduced Eventcombo’s Fireworks virtual streaming platform in response to the unprecedented demand for virtual and hybrid events. The company had scaled prior to COVID and in the post-COVID world, has experienced 5X growth. In keeping with his methodology to always shift left when everyone else is shifting right, Eventcombo Fireworks is positioned to support the new behavior-led demand in the industry.

Session

The Past, Present and Future of Your Events

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Claire Axelrad

Clairification

Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE is a fundraising visionary with 30 years of frontline development work helping organizations raise millions in support. Her award-winning blog showcases her practical approach, which earned her the AFP “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” award. Claire is the principal and founder of Clairification, teaches the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers, and is a regular contributor to Bloomerang, Candid/Guidestar, NonProfit PRO, and Network for Good.

Lean on Claire’s expertise, wisdom and hands-on coaching to get ‘clairity’ on your challenges, set priorities, take control and find the path forward. And don’t forget to enroll in Claire’s online, ongoing “Clairification School” – it’s the best bargain in fundraising!

Session
How to Talk about Legacy Giving Without Seeming Creepy
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Marta Segal Block

Director of Marketing

Brighter Strategies

Marta Segal Block is a former comedy writer and teacher, has been a marketing professional for over 10 years, working with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and serves as Director of Marketing for an organizational consulting firm serving mission-focused organizations.

Session
How Humor and Storytelling Help Marketing & Leadership
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Heather Burright

Founder & CEO

Skill Masters Market

Heather Burright specializes in creating dynamic, people-centric solutions that drive business goals. By working with individuals and organizations to identify the core competencies necessary to see positive, identifiable results, and through creating the learning strategies and solutions needed to develop those competencies, employees and organizations can better succeed.

Prior to focusing on nonprofits, Heather led the way in innovative training design in industries, with a focus on for-profit higher education and government agencies. She brings her expertise in instructional design, change management principles, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to each project, ensuring all voices are heard and valued.

Session
Developing Your Nonprofit’s Remote Workforce
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Reeshemah Davis

Founder & Principal Consultant

EMBOLDEN Action

Reeshemah Davis works with executive leadership to develop community engagement, system change and diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Currently she is working with a leading nonprofit organization as a senior consultant developing innovative customized training experiences to advance the work of equity. Reeshemah also serves as a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) and recently served as a Senior Manager, Leadership Development at the YMCA of the USA.

Session
Systems Change with an Equity Lens
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Graham Honaker

Executive Director of Principal Gifts

Butler University

Graham Honaker serves as Executive Director of Principal Gifts at Butler University where he is entering his eighth year. In this position, he’s managed the Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, a $50M fundraising effort for a new building for the Lacy School of Business, and currently the Butler Beyond Campaign, the largest campaign in University history. He earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University.

Session
The Cinderella Strategy: How Butler University Became a National Player
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Jenna Jameson

Corporate Communications Manger

OneCause

Jenna Jameson brings more than a decade of branding, marketing communications, and research experience to her role as Corporate Communications Manager for OneCause, a leader in online and event fundraising. She has a passion for making data actionable to help the nonprofit sector improve supporter engagement, fundraising, and operations, and is a widely sought-after. Thought Leader and Speaker sharing insights on the latest industry trends.

Session
The Future is Hybrid
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Kristal M. Johnson

International Speaker, Trainer, Author

Kristal M. Johnson is a keynote speaker, consultant and author with FundJoy LLC, an international coaching and training firm. Kristal has coached thousands across North America, Europe and Africa to collectively raise $200 million from funders and individual donors over the past decade.

She is a Women Empowering Change Professional Award winner and long-standing member of the Grant Professionals Association and Nonprofit Technology Network.

Sessions
The Storytelling Ask: How to Develop Your Nonprofit Story
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Steve Lausch

Director of Product Marketing

OneCause

Steve Lausch has more than 20 years of experience in small to medium tech businesses, serving in various sales, marketing, and product-related capacities, and has been serving the nonprofit sector since 2017. Steve is driven by what he considers to be a rare privilege: to personally unleash good by equipping nonprofits with powerful solutions to more effectively acquire, engage, and retain a giving and growing donor base.

Sessions
The Future is Hybrid
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Jerry Logan

Director of Academic Operations

Gordon College

Jerry Logan serves as the Director of Academic Operations at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College, where he studied Butler University’s transformation for his dissertation. He & Graham Honaker of Butler University are co-presenters.

Sessions
The Cinderella Strategy: How Butler University Became a National Player
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Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Author, Speaker, Nonprofit Consultant

 

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE has been serving and educating the nonprofit community for more than thirty years. She is one of slightly more than one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. She has managed capital campaigns, trained more than 40,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the 50 United States. She is a prolific author having written or contributed to more than two dozen books. Among her numerous awards, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of the AFP.

Session
Changing the Way Your Board Thinks about Fundraising
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Tony Martignetti

CEO

Planned Giving Accelerator

Tony Martignetti is the evangelist for Planned Giving, starting and growing Planned Giving programs since 1997. A former attorney, he launched Planned Giving Accelerator, a membership community to create 1,000+ new Planned Giving programs in the U.S.

Session
Planned Giving: Debunking the Top 5 Myths
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Gregory Nielsen

Speaker & Consultant, Former CEO

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Gregory Nielsen is a sought after speaker and Consultant committed to helping leaders and organizations translate vision into reality. He is an accomplished nonprofit CEO, having previously led the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. His leadership was recognized locally and nationally, and honored with awards from the Better Business Bureau for Ethics and the Louisville Urban League for championing diversity.

Session
Roads to Success for Nonprofit Mergers & Collaboration
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Kelly Harris Perin

President

Little Bites Coaching

Kelly Harris Perin partners with hundreds of leaders to increase productivity and impact in sustainable, human-centered ways. Whether she’s working with Teach For America, the Gates Foundation, and other leading nonprofits; partnering with the Fuqua School of Business, NC State University, KIPP, and other large school districts; or coaching Fortune 500 leaders at Disney or Kraft Heinz; Kelly helps her clients and their teams work better, and feel better.

Sessions
Take Control of Your Time
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Rachel Sacks, MPH

President

Leading Healthy Futures

Rachel Sacks, MPH has nearly 15 years of experience writing successful grants for health and human services nonprofits, helping clients conceptualize, define, and actualize new ideas for grant opportunities and partnerships, and translating complex information into easily understandable language for lay audiences. Since 2018, over 83% of the grants written by Rachel and her team were awarded, amounting to more than $25 million in awarded dollars to their nonprofit clients.

Session
Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons & Pro-Tips from the Field
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Taylor Shanklin

Vice President of Growth

Firefly Partners

Taylor Shanklin is a speaker, podcast host, and marketing innovator in the nonprofit sector. With 13 years’ experience in nonprofit marketing, branding, fundraising, and technology, she founded and hosts the SOAR podcast – a podcast dedicated to helping people live and work happier by tapping into focus and passion to achieve “lift-off”.

Session
Human-to-Human Connection in a Digital World: Amplify Your Impact & Community
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Sherry Quam Taylor

CEO

Quam Taylor

Sherry Quam Taylor teaches nonprofit leaders how to pivot from small-dollar donations to securing larger, investment-level donations so they can finally fund their missions. The leaders she works with are experts in their field, but when it comes to individual donor fundraising, they’ve simply never been trained on how to do it, so it feels uncomfortable and frustrating. She helps them learn the exact steps to launch a mid-and-major level gift program that feels comfortable, involves less dread, and fully funds their mission for the long haul. She does this nationally through her private coaching and her 90-day LET’S GROW Fundraising Accelerator.

Session
What Nonprofit CEOs Can Do to Scale Revenue Generation When Charitable Funding has Plateaued Over the Years
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Emily Taylor

Principal

TeenyBIG

Emily Taylor the principal of teenyBIG, is passionate about helping nonprofits find better ways to engage the people who matter to them. She guides teams in stepping outside of their day-to-day work in order to create stronger connections with their audiences to turn lackluster followers into enthusiastic supporters, and how to apply human-centered design, a process that re-evaluates the experience of a product or service’s end user.

Sessions
Creating Passionate Supporters for Your Mission during COVID-19 & Beyond
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Erica Waasdorp

President

A Direct Solution

Erica Wassdorp, President of A Direct Solution, and the author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, among others, and is an AFP Master Trainer, presenting in person and via webinars. She works with nonprofit clients throughout the United States as well as internationally, and is the former U.S. Ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress.

Session
Why You Can’t Afford to Wait to Look for (More) Monthly Gifts
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Heather Yandow

Consultant

Third Space Studio

Heather Yandow inspires nonprofit leaders to be more strategic and thoughtful in their action. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, facilitator, outreach coordinator, and project manager to Third Space Studio and their clients. Heather is a founder of the Beehive Collective, a giving circle in Raleigh, NC and is a former board member of Democracy NC and ncyt: NC’s Network of Young Nonprofit Professionals.

Session
Smarter Strategic Planning: A Less Painful, More Impactful Way to Plan
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Patrick Kirby

Founder

Do Good Better Consulting

Patrick Kirby has spent nearly fifteen years working as a fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and strives to ‘Do Good Better’ every day. From organizing $10,000 cure walks to $1 million galas, Patrick’s passion lies in creating creative solutions to make fundraising less boring.

Session
How Not to Suck at Planning Virtual Fundraising Events
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Jennifer Richey

Founder and Podcast Producer

Cause Marketing Summit

Jennifer Richey has over 10 years experience working in public and private sectors, working for brands Comedy Central, the Partnership for a Healthier New York City and Public Health Solutions. Most recently she served as the Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Young Survival Coalition. There she managed over 20 corporate partnerships and campaigns to drive revenue and awareness. Jenn helps organizations connect and gain mindshare on pertinent issues with effective communication and outreach strategies, forging relationships between for-profit and cause-minded nonprofit organizations to shape real change and raise money.

Session
This Is Why Your Cause Marketing Partnerships Aren’t Working
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Tracye D. Weeks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior Human Resource Business Partner

Nonprofit HR

Tracye D. Weeks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP is a resourceful and results-oriented human resources professional who has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing strategic Human Resources policies. Tracye specializes in training, employee relations, legal and regulatory compliance, management coaching and benefits.

She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), holds a Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation and is a Green Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma.

Session
The Jetson Era or The Twilight Zone?
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Colleen Duerr

President

Shifting Gears Consulting

Colleen Duerr is the President of Shifting Gears Consulting, an independent consulting firm that focuses on training, communications, writing, and sales/fundraising support for nonprofit and for-profit entities. Combining her business experience as Vice President with CoreStates Bank in Philadelphia with her decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has served in leadership and development roles for numerous nonprofits, is pursing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Session
The Best Way to Handle the Best Intentions
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Ray Van Hilst

Ray Van Hilst blends twenty years of marketing experience with modern web principles to establish and advance the web presence of organizations that help build a better world. His diverse background includes working with Fortune 500 brands, nonprofits, and associations as he uses a unique combination of experience and talent that enables him to lead collaborative endeavors and achieve outstanding results
Session
5 Keys to Website Success in 2021 (and Beyond)
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Marc A Pitman, CSP

Founder

Concord Leadership Group

Marc A. Pitman, CSP helps leaders more effectively lead their teams with less stress. His latest book is The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be. He is also the author of Ask Without Fear!® which has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. Marc’s expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world both in person and with online presentations.

Sessions
The Surprising Gift of Doubt—Using Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Were Meant To Be
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Sandie Bateman, MBA, CPTD

Director, Learning & Development

JER HR Group

Sandie Bateman is the Director of Learning & Development for JER HR Group, a leading human resource firm helping nonprofit and for-profit client to solve big challenges, developing effective solutions tailored to, and aligned with, the client’s work culture and business strategy. Sandie designs and implements customized organizational development initiatives and curriculum.

Session
Panel Moderator
Delivering on Change—From DE&I Initiative to Accountability
Co-Presenter
Agile EQ—Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone and Change Results
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Ken Katzeff, MS

Senior Consultant

JER HR Group

Ken Katzeff has over 25 years of experience as a skilled executive coach; in creating learning and business strategies, and in designing change management processes. He is nationally recognized for developing leadership competencies and is certified as a Lominger Leadership Architect®, employing a comprehensive, integrated set of tools that assesses 67 competencies focused on leadership and talent management.

Session
Co-Presenter
Agile EQ—Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone and Change Results
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Lacey DeBerry, Certified Mediator

Senior Consultant

JER HR Group

Lacy DeBerry has been a human resource professional for over 30 years, with extensive experience in facilitation and training, and providing courses on human relations and psychology in secondary, post-secondary and state government education. He frequently conducts workshops on school violence prevention and intervention training. His facilitation and development services for faculty and staff of nonprofit, for-profit ad government agencies provide organizations with a breadth of knowledge that empowers change and aids organizational growth.

Session
Panelist
Delivering on Change—From DE&I Initiative to Accountability
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Renee Martin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior Consultant

JER HR Group

Renee Martin delivers strategic solutions in compensation, performance accountability, change management and human resources best practices. Her experience spans nonprofit, for-profit and academia, providing specialized performance management processes, helping organizations through significant change, and steering professional leadership development that results in improved organizational performance.

Session
Panelist
Delivering on Change—From DE&I Initiative to Accountability
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Ronnie Grabon, SPHR, BCC

Senior Consultant

JER HR Group

Ronnie Grabon has spent over 25 years as an Executive Coach, facilitator, trainer, and HR executive. Ronnie provides nonprofit and for-profit organization with diversity training and supervision, leadership development, staff development, and strategic HR/business and operational planning.

Session
Panelist
Delivering on Change—From DE&I Initiative to Accountability
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Sarah Olivieri

Sarah Oliveri is a nonprofit business strategist, #1 International Best Selling author, and former Executive Director. She has been featured on over 30 podcasts and is the creator of the Impact Method™ — a framework that helps nonprofits simplify their operations, build aligned teams, and make a bigger impact without getting overwhelmed or burning out. Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, and holds a master’s degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. She was the co-founder of the Open Center for Autism, the Executive Director of the Helping of War Foundation, and co-author of Lesson Plan a la carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs. As the founder and heart behind PivotGround, Sarah helps nonprofits make a big impact with relative ease.

Session
Post-COVID Strategic Planning: How to Future-Proof Your Nonprofit by Adopting a Strategic Framework 
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Nicole Smith

Speaker, Radio Show/Podcast Host
Hunterdon Chamber Radio

Nicole Smith is a speaker, podcaster and fundraiser. She has led the New Jersey chapter of the global organization, Room to Read, for over a decade. Nicole has recorded over 100 interviews with authors, executive directors, founders and donors from the nonprofit sector on her radio program and podcast, Happy to Help, through the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce.

Session
Moderator
Conversion through Conversation: How to Help Your Most Engaged Stakeholders Concisely Communicate Mission, Vision and Strategy to their Networks
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Lauren Decker

CMO, Co-Fonder
The Co-Co Collaborative

Lauren Decker is CMO and Co-Founder of The Co-Co Collaborative. She has a passion for connecting people and building momentum for mission-driven brands. Prior to joining The Co-Co founding team, Laruen led marketing and communications initiatives in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She transitioned from marketing roles at Atlantic Media Company, Time Inc., and Kraft Foods to the philanthropic sector, serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Cristo Rey in East Harlem and as head of Community Investment for Barclays’ Americas region.

Sessions
Panelist
Conversion through Conversation: How to Help Your Most Engaged Stakeholders Concisely Communicate Mission, Vision and Strategy to their Networks
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Amy Radin

Advisor, Author
The Change Maker’s Playbook

Amy Radin is an advisor, director, and author of The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation In Any Company, and Winner of the Book Excellence Best Business Book Award 2020. As one of the first Chief Innovation Officers, as a CMO, and as a nonprofit board member, Amy has driven the development and scaling of transformative products, services and experiences in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Session
Panelist
Conversion through Conversation: How to Help Your Most Engaged Stakeholders Concisely Communicate Mission, Vision and Strategy to their Networks
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Lisa Karbiner

President, Board of Trustees
The Center for Contemporary Art

Lisa Karbiner is currently President of the Board of Trustees at The Center for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit community art center that provides art classes, exhibitions and outreach. Under her leadership, she stabilized a high-attrition board, quadrupled contributed revenue, and helped navigate The Center through the COVID-19 pandemic. At KPMG Consulting, Lisa led a team of consultants who conducted business process improvement studies, and, in her professional brand management experience, she held a variety of roles working on high profile brands such as Miller Lite, Sara Lee and Equal Sweetener. Her ability to synthesize complex information into digestible components with actionable plans has earned her high praise in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Session
Panelist
Conversion through Conversation: How to Help Your Most Engaged Stakeholders Concisely Communicate Mission, Vision and Strategy to their Networks
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Maryanne Dersch

CEO & Founder
Courageous Communication

Maryanne Dersch specializes in helping nonprofit organizations increase their influence and easily connect with new donors so they increase their income and impact without feeling rejected, ineffective or pushy. She has spent almost thirty years working in the nonprofit world helping organizations understand and articulate their value so they can ask for and receive what they want, need and deserve.

Maryanne wrote Courageous Communication: How Codependence Is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It and is founder of Up Level Your Influence leadership program. She is leading a movement to change “nonprofit” to “human investment company” to accurately reflect the contributions of the sector. She’s known for her love of ultrahigh heels, extra-large Diet Cokes, and short karaoke rotations.

Session
Fearless Fundraising: How to ask for and receive what you want, need and deserve without feeling rejected, ineffective or pushy
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Julia Campbell

Speaker, Author, Nonprofit Consultant

Recently named one of the 25 most influential nonprofit thought leaders and one of the seven nonprofit thought leaders to follow on Twitter during the coronavirus crisis, Julia Campbell is on a mission to make the digital world a better place. She is the author of two books, a mom of two kids, and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Her passion is to get organizations and change makers to stop spinning their wheels and start getting real results using digital tools.

Session
How to Plan Your 2021 Social Media Marketing Calendar
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Steve Nagai-Ma

Founding Partner
Flying Bird Consulting

 Steve Nagai-Ma is a social entrepreneur who advises several successful nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Steve co-authored a feature article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review on Lean Experimentation in the social sector (Summer 2015) and served as the Senior Advisor to Revolution English, an innovative nonprofit startup that now teaches English to more than one million people in a low-cost, financially self-sustaining way.

Steve’s consultancy firm provides expert guidance to nonprofit leaders, educators, and social entrepreneurs on how to innovate effectively and scale up social impact. His clients have included Teach For America, The Nature Conservancy, SaverLife, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the Open Society Foundations, and the Movement For Black Lives.

Session
Innovating for Dramatically More Scale and Social Impact
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Jamie Levine Daniel

Assistant Professor, O’Neill School at IUPUI

Jamie Levine Daniel Daniel joined the O’Neill School at IUPUI as an assistant professor after completing her Ph.D. at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She focuses on the relationship between nonprofit resource acquisition and service delivery. After earning her B.A. in International Relations and Jewish Studies from American University, Jamie spent five years working as a program associate with the international youth organization BBYO, Inc. She then spent a year doing volunteer work in Turkey before getting her M.B.A. from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State.

Session
Is “Overhead” a Dirty Word?”

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