15th Annual Axelson Center Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers

Chicago, Illinois
Monday, June 02, 2014

Pre-Conference: Human Capital
Monday, June 2, 2014

Maximizing the human resources of your staff, volunteers and stakeholders to advance the mission of your nonprofit organization. Sponsored by Nonprofit HR.

9–10:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Address
Human Capital: The Third Bottom Line

Speaker: Kay Sprinkel Grace, M.A., Principal, Transforming Philanthropy, LLC

10:30 a.m.–Noon: Uncovering Strategic Relationships

Speaker: Pepper Miller, President, The Hunter-Miller Group, Inc.

Noon–1 p.m. Luncheon

1–2:30 p.m.
Does Workplace Diversity Matter?

Moderator: Catherine Marsh, Ed.D., Professor of Leadership and Management, North Park University
Panelists: Tony Banout, Ph.D., Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core; Jim Kales, M.P.P., President & CEO, Aspire of Illinois; Claude Robinson, M.S., Executive Vice President, External Affairs & Diversity, UCAN

2:45–4:15 p.m.
Mission-Driven Human Capital

Speaker: John Davidoff, Founder & Managing Director, Davidoff Communications

Symposium and Resource Center
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Forward-thinking approaches to nonprofit management, keeping your nonprofit organization strong and responsive.

8–9 a.m. Registration, Networking Breakfast, Resource Center opens

9–10:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Address: Corporate Visions of Board Governance

Moderator: Mae Hong, A.M., Director, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Panelists: Terry Mazany, M.B.A, M.A., President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust; John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ariel Investments; Erma Tranter, M.U.P.P., Former President, Friends of the Parks

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10:30–11:30 a.m. First Breakout Sessions

See program tracks below.

11:30 a.m.–Noon Networking Break

Noon–1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

1:15–2:15 p.m. Second Breakout Sessions

See program tracks below.

2:30–3:30 p.m. Third Breakout Sessions

See program tracks below.

3:45–4:45 p.m. Closing Keynote: Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett

Speaker: Peter Buffett, Co-Chairman, NoVo Foundation

4:45–6:00 p.m. Closing Reception

Tracks & Breakout Sessions

Next Practices: Cultivating Resources

Stop the Cycle: Development Staff Turnover
: Mary Morten, President, Morten Group

The Power of Media Relationships
: Susy Schultz, Executive Director, Community Media Workshop

Getting the Work Done: Whose Time, Whose Talent?
Moderator: Lisa Brown Morton, President/CEO, Nonprofit HR
Panelists: Juan Calixto, M.P.A., Vice President of External Relations, Chicago Community Loan Fund; Jonathan Eisler, M.B.A, Director, Perspectives Organizational Consulting Group; Mark Warner, M.B.A., President, Association of Consultants to Nonprofits

Next Practices: Civic Engagement

Being a Good Nonprofit Neighbor
: Joy Aruguete, M.A., Executive Director, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation; Jeffreen Hayes, Ph.D., Director, Rebuild Foundation

Influential Service: Our Role on Governing Boards
Moderator: Shannon Schuyler, Responsibility Leader, PwC Charitable Foundation
Panelists: Janice Collier, Director of Member Relations, Leadership Greater Chicago; Virginia Martinez, J.D., Senior Policy Analyst, Illinois Latino Family Commission; Andrew Micheli, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Chicago

The Advocacy Advantage
: Doug Schenkelberg, M.U.P.P., Vice President, Public Policy, Donors Forum

Next Practices: Broaden Your Reach

Strategic Partnerships: Get Started the Right Way
Speaker: Jean Butzen, President and Founder, Mission + Strategy Consulting, Inc.

Faith-Based Partnerships: Church and Community Working Together
Moderator: Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D., Director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Youth Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
Panelists: Randall K. Blakey, M.A.T.S., M.S., Executive Pastor, LaSalle Street Church; Rev. Barb Bolsen, Vice President for Programs, The Night Ministry; Malik Gillani, M.N.A., Founding Executive Director, Silk Road Rising 

Aligning Priorities: Government, Foundations, and Nonprofits
Speakers: Michael S. Davidson, M.S., Senior Program Officer in Sustainable Development, The Chicago Community Trust; Bob Dean, M.R.P., Deputy Executive Director for Local Planning, CMAP; Robin Schabes, M.U.P.P., Vice President of Community Strategies, IFF

Next Practices: Innovation

Bicycles, Books and ‘Learning to Earning’: Alternative Nonprofit Business Models
Moderator: Lauri Alpern, M.U.P.P., Principal, Open Door Advisors
Panelists: Charles Coustan, M.B.A., Executive Director, World Bicycle Relief; John Plunkett, Principal, Plan B Synergy; Natalie Weiss, Executive Director, Open Books

Turning Resource Generation on Its Head (extended session)
Moderator: Greg DiDominico, President & CEO, Community Memorial Foundation
Panelists: David Kam, Branch Manager, The Nerdery; Megan Kashner, M.B.A., Founder & CEO, Benevolent; Lori Vallelunga, Ph.D., President & CEO, Bethel New Life

Next Practices: Organizational Health & Sustainability

Research vs. Reality: Improve Your Organization's Financial Health
Moderator: Lucy Czyz, M.B.A, Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank, Chicago
Panelists: Al Kamienski, Ph.D., Professor of Finance, North Park University; Ann Ownby Hicks, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting, North Park University

Build Competencies for Sustainability
Speaker: Steve Zimmerman, M.B.A., Principal, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

Manage Growth Through Strategic Savings
Moderators: Eric Flasck, Managing Director and Linda Zager, M.B.A., Director, Expense Reduction Analysts
Panelists: Brendan Foster, Nonprofit Leader; Dave McConnell, Chief Financial Officer, One Hope United; Molly Vanderloo, M.B.A., Vanderloo Financial Services 

Next Practices: Entrepreneurial Solutions

Upstream Thinking and Asset-Based Solutions (extended session)
Moderator: Pier Rogers, Ph.D., Director, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, North Park University
Panelists: Jody Kretzmann, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Co-Director, ABCD Institute, Northwestern University; Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., Interim Director, Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology; Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Executive Director, A Just Harvest

Beyond Chicago: Social Enterprises in Action
Speaker: Eric Weinheimer, M.B.A., President & CEO,The Cara Program

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