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December 7, 2022 | CT Convention Center

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Schedule at a Glance

December 7,2022

8:00 AM
Registration is Open


All Attendees are welcome to sign-in, enjoy breakfast and explore our exhibtor hall.

9:00 am
Opening Remarks

Gian-Carl Casa,
President and CEO

9:20 am
A Culture of Philanthropy - An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Laurie Herrick

Ideas are most powerful when you make them a reality. The idea of a Culture of Philanthropy has been around for years. Fundraisers, Executives and Board Members have sought it. But how do you actually make it a reality?Building a Culture of Philanthropy is not a one-person-job. Studies have overwhelmingly shown that development staff, executive leaders and board members are the winning formula for an organization wide Culture of Philanthropy. 

10:15 am
Rooms 12 + 13
Achieve WOW Level Results Through Collaboration and Creativity

Alli Smale


Today, the non-profit sector is bursting with opportunities to collaborate with internal and external partners. Successful outcomes are best supported through a team and collaborative approach to the process. This interactive session will focus on how to utilize Facilitated Brainstorming and Graphic Facilitation in virtual and in-person meetings and as planning tools.

10:15 am
Rooms 16 + 17
Where Woman Lead, Impact Follows

Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa


Over 64% of donations are made by women, reminding us that women make most of the fundraising decisions in the household. And while women are the largest sector employed in the nonprofit industry in America, only 1/3 of all senior and executive leadership positions are held by women and only 36% of women are in board seats in the nonprofit sector. In this workshop, we will explore how women influence impact, how they make and lead philanthropic decisions, and how a community of women cultivated in your organization can fundamentally change your impact. 

Room 11
Social Justice in Supervision

Patricia Wilcox, LCSW and Aminah Ali, LMSW


This workshop focuses on trauma-informed supervision through a social justice lens, an approach to supervision that begins with the personal and extends to the professional. Personal histories, identities, characteristics and psychological experiences of supervisors, as well as structural and environmental conditions of the organization, are considered in supervision. This perspective promotes the role of the supervisor as a leader in establishing a culture within their team that is responsive to and inclusive of the positionalities and unique experiences of clients and colleagues.

Room 14
Data for Action

Muna Abbas
Mark Abraham
Kate Szcerbacki
Genevive Walker

Data for action: A workshop to understand current trends in your town and region and apply information to build community and funding partnerships. This interactive panel discussion features DataHaven and statewide leaders from non-profit and philanthropic organizations throughout Connecticut. Attendees will learn from experts about the most current trends in social, economic, and health in Connecticut, and get a first-hand view of how non-profits can use this information to build community and funding partnerships in their area.

Room 15
What’s next for the nation’s behavioral health system? An update from SAMHSA

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon


Join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D. for a discussion on the direction of the nation’s public health response to mental health and substance abuse issues, including how billions in new funding will be implemented across the country, the new 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, and more. Secretary Delphin-Rittmon will give an update on her work and its direction moving forward and will take questions and comments from the audience.

Exhibitor Break & Networking



Take a few moments and reflect on the mornings sessions as you stroll through our exhibitor hall.

Lunch Break


Keynote: Game On! Sustaining the Resilient Nonprofit Sector
Kishshana Palmer, CFRE


How can we, as nonprofit professionals, sustain ourselves while also steering our organizations through the complex challenges we face in 2022 and beyond? How do we ensure that we prioritize building caring, inclusive cultures that support the wellbeing, happiness, and performance of all employees? In her keynote, TEDx speaker and leadership expert Kishshana Palmer, will inspire us to take a fresh look at exploring the leader within all of us. We'll reimagine the future of our work by challenging assumptions about the nonprofit sector that lead to high turnover and burnout and explore ways we can collectively inspire the next generation of nonprofit leaders. 

Room 16 + 17
A. Successful Strategies for Finding and Retaining Top Talent

Allison Ebner

As a non-profit organization, it’s nearly impossible to compete with other organizations in the battle for top talent in today’s competitive job market. The good news? This is not a problem that is solved just by throwing money at it! It takes a lot of strategy and there are a few key steps that every organization can take to create a buzz and draw potential candidates to your front door! In this interactive session, we’ll walk through a journey that includes a review of the candidate landscape today and the key factors driving the worker shortage. 
Room 12 + 13
Defining Your Organization's Journey: Making Mission & Vision Actionable

Robert Bousquet


This highly interactive workshop will help leaders reinvigorate staff by building a stronger connection to a clear and compelling Mission and Vision. Participants will be taken on a journey of self-reflection, classroom style learning, dialogue and collaboration with peers, and hands-on practical application. This program will cover principles and tools used in strategic planning, as well as dive deeper into best practices used to engage staff in everyday quality outcomes. If you’re looking to breathe new life into your organization, you’ve come to the right place!

Room 15

Mindfulness from Moment to Moment in the Workplace

Jelan Agnew, LCSW

Using the core principles of mindfulness, trauma informed practices and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the purpose of this workshop is to discuss mindfulness as a tool for burn-out and compassion fatigue. This workshop will discuss how daily mindfulness can improve productivity and overall mood throughout the day. Often time, the speed of the workday and the overwhelming feelings about tasks can be attributed to focusing too much on the future. This workshop will discuss how mindfulness, from moment to moment, can actually increase the amount that can get done and can improve overall health.

Room 14

Trends in Strategic Planning: A Panel Discussion

Jason Jakubowski
Anne Yurasek
Anni Zhu

Over the last few years, there have been important shifts in the way organizations and the consultants who support them are developing organizational strategic plans. From ensuring the inclusion and centering of client and community voices to the use of technology to increase participation and improve communication, Anne Yurasek, Principal of Fio Partners will share and explore these trends and share practical options and considerations for designing and implementing strategic planning efforts.

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