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forging opportunity from disruption

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Interactive, Hands-On Workshops led by nonprofit experts, building strategies & plans you can implement.

Registration gives you live access on June 23rd, or stream after the conference is over.


Because we know Nonprofits need practical and applicable help right now to regain your footing, recapture your base, reset your impact goals.


Nonprofit CEO’s, Managers, Board Members, and Volunteers who want to learn AND produce, making valuable plans they can immediately implement.


Expert led, personalized, hands on workshops on topics you need help with today: fundraising, strategy, marketing, technology and more.


TWO inspiring Keynotes, TWENTY productive workshops, THREE panel experts, FOUR fun recess sessions, ONE full day of work for a years worth of return..

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The Conference Sessions

All times US EST

11:00    Main Stage


Welcome: Dr. Maya Angelou Video and Joelle A. Murchison: “Removing our Masks: Facing a Double Pandemic” Join us as we reflect together on Maya Angelou’s powerful poem “Still I Rise”, recited by Dr. Angelou herself in a video capturing her...

11:15    Main Stage

Morning Keynote: Mimi Gonzalez

During tumultuous times, it is important to remember that together we stand and divided we fall. Mimi will lead us in this Opening Keynote session, exploring how we can use the current challenges to build resiliency that is meaningful and productive.

11:30    Session Rooms

FORGED: Production Workshops

This fun, hands on workshop will help you activate your ability to choose where, how and when you focus your influence, control, energy, and time. Join us to lighten up and learn a tool for yourself and your team that will support your decisions, actions, team unity, and fun.
In this session, you'll see how modern fundraisers are closing the gap between donor expectations and fundraising systems, by adopting responsive fundraising systems that scale personalized donor experiences, create sustainable funding, and build resilience.
No economic recovery model fits any single region of the country or nonprofit vertical. Individually, nonprofit organizations must look for and identify the signs of change as donor engagement is transformed in the months and years ahead.
In this session, participants will learn how to effectively leverage the science of data analysis paired with the art of storytelling to craft powerful "data stories." These data stories can then be deployed to engage the participant's supporter base. Speaker: PJ Harris

12:15    Main Stage

SHIFT: Discussion with Corporate, Foundation, and Board Panelists

A panel of national corporate, foundation, and board leaders discuss the shift within their perspective and priorities during the pandemic and how this might impact future priorities.

12:45 Session Rooms

Lunch & Recess: Mindfulness, Trivia, Art, and Music

How do WE, with our own fears and suffering, navigate through crisis and uncertainty? We will tackle this question through the idea of meditation, and perhaps come to the conclusion that in taking the journey to find our way through the crisis, it is possible we have already found it.
With your registration you will receive an Uber Eats voucher, emailed to the registration address, good for $10 on Uber Eats orders the day of the conference. Feel free to use it for lunch, breakfast, or even dinner!
Master Trivia: 336 Dimples on a Golf Ball and Other Useless Knowledge to Become King of RISE Trivia Join Master Trivia Master Sarah Ines-Dridje as she leads a challenging, unique, and rousing game of Trivia. Prizes will be awarded!!
Singer and songwriter Lev combines soulful, guitar-driven rhythm sections with contemporary pop production and deeply introspective lyrics to create a more organic take on modern pop, reflective of his upbringing in singer-songwriter and folk music.

 1:15    Main Stage

Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Michelle Stronz

Leading through Resiliency: Kickoff the afternoon with an inspiring keynote from Dr Michelle Stronz, as she guides us into rising to create opportunity from disruption.

 1:30    Session Rooms

FORGED: Production Workshops

“Let’s Get Coffee” illustrates proven networking best practices through case study and leads you in brainstorming how to expand on your own networks, identifying actual and realistic next steps, building a relationship mapping blueprint you can take back and use.
We know that the PPP has been unclear from the beginning. Spend 45 minutes in this workshop determining what information is needed to ensure you file your PPP forgiveness application right the first time!
Create an actionable checklist which you can implement at low/no cost with these how-to steps that help you to respond to the current environment, rethink business as usual, and revitalize your brand to face the future.
This session will provide a range of approaches for engaging in strategic thinking during this pandemic so that your organization stays anchored as it navigates the changes, taps into the innovation that's currently happening, and shifts in ways that support future impact.

 2:15   Session Rooms

FORGED: Production Workshops

Create a new or updated marketing strategy that your stakeholders will read (and) use. Walk through a simple, multi-step process to craft a one-page plan that grounds your work in the short and long term.
The objective of this workshop is to expand the understanding of the usefulness of the logic model to shape program delivery and fund development efforts, and inform organizational decision-making.
In this workshop, develop a vision and plan for managing your financials and engaging your board in support.
Gain clear understanding of how you can launch affordable mobile apps, collect program participant or volunteer data, and when it makes sense to go down this path for your organization especially in a COVID-impacted society.

 3:00   Session Rooms

FORGED: Production Workshops

In today's charged environment, leading interactive virtual meetings that include many voices and bring out the wisdom of the group is more important than ever. This session will share tools to design meetings with compassion that acknowledge and draw on different ethnic and racial backgrounds and participation styles. Dr. Ross will share a framework for creating effective virtual meetings and encourage participants to come up with next steps for better meetings.
This workshop is designed to help participants gain tools to set SMART career and professional goals. It provides step-by-step actionable tasks that can be used daily, weekly monthly in goal setting, and achieving goals.
If you feel like you’ve come up against a roadblock trying to figure out a solution or a new idea, you need to try Mind Mapping! After this workshop, you will walk away with not just solutions but unquestionably the most effective tool in your decision-making toolbox!
Learn how to balance the latest technology with a personal touch to work smarter, not harder, in engaging your community and talent pool (paid or unpaid) - especially urgent in weathering a crisis, and evolving to meet new challenges.

 3:45   Session Rooms

FORGED: Production Workshops

If your team is experiencing change whiplash and is in need of an easy to apply plan to help navigate future change this session is for you. This session will help you identify, develop, and adopt an organization design plan that will improve team change agility and help “future proof” your organization.
Use the five elements of community that existed at Woodstock and exist in your organization today- People; Shared Purpose; Shared Experience; Shared Resources; and Trust; to nurture a sustainable base.
Examine and understand the factors in building diverse donor relationships. Community is the base for all philanthropy. diversity is key in ensuring that your donors and community feel invested and empowered.
The Conference Speakers
Founding Partner of
Founder and CEO MilkCrate
Stanley Black and Decker, HR
President of Harvest Development Group and Founder at BLOSSOM: The eLearning PlLatform for Serious Do-Gooders
Direct Marketer and Supply Chain Executive
Consultant and Founder, Carnelian
Principal, GForce Communications
Founder, Giant Squid Group
President of CNRG Accounting Advisory, LLC
Founder, Dana Litwin Consulting
Vice President Finance
Founder, The Ross Collective
Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives at The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc.
Heather J. Summerer Associate Director, Public Affairs Pratt & Whitney
Founder & Principal, ExecMommyGroup LLC
Executive Director, Nonprofit Exchange
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Jitasa
Julie DeLucca-Collins, Founder and CEO of Go Confidently Coaching, Host of Casa DeConfidence Podcast
Executive Vice President, ON ITS AXIS
Singer, Songwriter
Principal at Praxis Consulting Group
Vice President, Analytics & Insights Strategy, Pursuant
VP Ideation and Innovation Strategy at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Senior Consultant
Founder of ThinkALOUD Coaching & Consulting
Director of Partnerships and Community at Virtuous
Co-Founder of Totem Insights
Managing Partner
Experienced influencer, Marketing specialist
Principal, BRAND New
Founders, The Bolder Company