Thursday, October 12
Registration, Beverages and Exhibitor Showcase
11:30 A.M. - 12 P.M.
+ Optional Networking Lunch: Nonprofit Shop Talk
Every nonprofit activity area has its own lingo. And sometimes it feels good to talk with other folks who understand you. Join your peers in a setting where you can use your favorite jargon and nonprofit slang. During this optional networking lunch, tables will be divided by nonprofit activity area, so you may spend time getting to know other folks doing similar work. Whether the arts, education, social services, environment, health or other areas – come talk shop.
For the last few years, you’ve been asking MCN to offer lunch at the start of our Annual Conference. We heard you. This year, we’re making lunch an optional “add on” to the conference. Buy a box lunch via the conference registration process or eat lunch ahead of time and just come to network. Either way, we hope you’ll spend a few minutes talking shop before the opening keynote. If you bought a box lunch when you registered, stop at the registration table to get your nametag and ticket. Then, anytime from 11 – 11:30 a.m., bring your lunch ticket to the table inside the ballroom to pick up your box lunch. Meals must be purchased ahead of time.
Lunch will take place in the same ballroom where the afternoon keynote takes place. So, if you join for lunch, you can get cozy and prepare for the full afternoon of activities!
12:15 - 1:45 P.M.
+ Thursday Afternoon Keynote & Awards Ceremony
The National Nonprofit Landscape
President and C.E.O., Independent Sector
Join Dan Cardinali as he offers a national perspective on the current trends, challenges and opportunities for the nonprofit sector. He will share insights how leaders should be preparing for the future of the sector, including what possible public policy battles lay ahead. Join him in discussing the role of nonprofits in American life and how we can work to strengthen the sector by moving forward together.
Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards
Also during this time, MCN and The McKnight Foundation will present the 2017 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. Learn more
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
+ Breakout Sessions: Round I
Communicating Across Differences: Impact of Implicit Bias Track: Diversity and Inclusion
Let's Have Fun Reading Financial Statements! Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Meet Your Development Team – Your Board! Track: Fundraising
Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Proving Value: Show & Tell Your Organization's Impact Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology
So, What's Your Story? Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology
Successful Leadership Transitions: Which Strategy for Your Organization? Track: Leadership and Governance
Tackle Diversity Engagement With Participatory Evaluation Practices Track: Evaluation or Programming
3:45 - 5 p.m.
+ Breakout Sessions: Round II
Building Intercultural Infrastructure Within Your Organization Track: Diversity and Inclusion
Is Social Enterprise Right for your Nonprofit? Unrelated Business Income Overview Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Leading with Theory of Change Track: Leadership and Governance
Mapping and Traveling a Nonprofit Career Path Track: Leadership and Governance
Matrix Map Program Self-Assessment: Real World Implementations Track: Evaluation or Programming
The Nonprofit Responses to Civil Liberties Under Stress Track: Public Policy
Mission > Message > Make It Happen Track: Fundraising
Productive Fear: Start Righting Your Fundraising Universe Track: Fundraising
Trauma-Informed Evaluation: Creating Positive Outcomes While Assessing Outcomes Track: Evaluation or Programming
5 - 6 p.m.
Join us for hors d'oeuvres and networking.
Friday, October 13
Registration, Light Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase
8 - 9 a.m.
+ Breakout Sessions: Round III
Building Organizational Capacity for Great Impact Track: Leadership and Governance
Enhance Your Team Performance Track: Leadership and Governance
Financial Wellness for Nonprofit Employees Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Insights on Scale and Access from the Smallest Museum in St Paul Track: Innovation
Unmasking Your Stories: Art, Advocacy and Awareness Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology
Using Stories to Evaluate Your Work Track: Evaluation or Programming
Winning Grants in Uncertain Times Track: Fundraising
9:15 - 10:30 a.m
+ Friday Morning Keynote: Evolution of Leadership: Stories of Joy, Optimism and Hope
Armando Camacho, C.E.O., Opportunity Partners; PH Copeland, Equity Organizer, American Heart Association; Tracy Fischman, Executive Director, Prepare + Prosper; and Don Ness, Executive Director, Ordean Foundation
Throughout our lives, our leadership opportunities ebb and flow. Whether through positional authority, social connectedness or moral grounding, each of us has opportunities to lead in our own ways. During our Friday morning keynote, we've invited 3 nonprofit leaders to talk about their own leadership experiences. We've asked them to present a TED-style talk about how their leadership has evolved over time and how their thinking has changed. Each speaker will highlight an emotion or attitude that has buoyed or challenged their leadership over time. Join us to reflect on their learnings, to consider your own experience, and to share ideas about the evolution of leadership.
10:30 - 11 a.m.
Coffee Break and Exhibitor Showcase
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m
+ Breakout Sessions: Round IV
Creating an Authentic Workplace Culture: A 10-Step Program Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Data Literacy for Leaders Track: Evaluation or Programming
A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead Track: Finance, Operations or HR
How to Create Shareable Content Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology
Identity and Professional Development: Supporting Early-Career Professionals of Color Track: Diversity and Inclusion
Managing Leadership Transitions in a Changing Landscape Track: Leadership and Governance
Nonprofits and Federal Policy Track: Public Policy
Open Space Facilitation: Share Your Ideas and Questions! Track: Innovation
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Managing Collaboration Risks Track: Leadership and Governance
12:30 - 2 p.m.
2 - 2:30 p.m.
Dessert Bar and Exhibitor Showcase
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
+ Breakout Sessions: Round V
Building Community Capacity With Action Teams Track: Innovation
How Does Measurement Fuel a Movement? An Interactive Discussion on Social Justice, Equity and Evaluation Track: Evaluation or Programming
Nonprofit Responses to a Changing Federal Landscape Track: Public Policy
Rebranding on a Budget Track: Marketing, Communications or Technology
Refreshing Your Workplace Track: Finance, Operations and HR
So You Want to Be An Executive Director? Track: Leadership and Governance
Take the Next Step Towards Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Track: Diversity and Inclusion
What's The Big Deal? Talking Mergers Track: Finance, Operations and HR
Thank You for Joining
Take a grab bag of snacks as you depart. Feel refreshed. Commit to doing good work.