YNPN DC’s 2011 Annual Conference: Learn for a Day, Lead for a Lifetime


On June 3rd, more than 200 young professionals came together at the Washington Convention Center to share stories, learn new strategies, and gain new skills.  The Annual Conference provided young nonprofit professionals across the DC metro-area an opportunity to gain insight from emerging leaders and a chance to share best practices with colleagues.

The morning began with an inspiring panel discussion around the topic of The Opportunities in Emerging Forces for Emerging Leaders. The panel, comprised of three leading professionals in the nonprofit community, Lois Fu VP, Public Policy, Independent Sector; Glen O’Gilvie, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement and Vernetta Walker, Director of Consulting, BoardSource, provided great insight on taking advantage of the ever changing and evolving nonprofit sector and using those evolutions to the benefit of your organization.

At the conclusion of the opening remarks, conference participants rushed off to various breakout sessions that covered topics such as: Secrets to a Stress-Free Work Life, Becoming a Networking Master, Charting Your Path to Nonprofit Board Service and Maximizing your Mission through Cross Sector Partnerships.  Each session gave

On behalf of Changing Our World, Maggie Riggs attended the Annual Conference.  She was able to participate in a variety of the breakout sessions, including Maximizing your Mission through Cross Sector Partnerships.  The panel within the session comprised of June Kress, Executive Director of Council for Court Excellence and Mike Curtin, Chief Executive Officer of DC Central Kitchen, gave perspective on how creating strategic partnerships is imperative to the success of your nonprofit.  Mr. Curtin, of DC Central Kitchen, discussed the benefit of approaching partnerships from a business perspective; keeping in mind that many of your nonprofit’s greatest partners could likely be for-profit or private companies.

Throughout the entire day there was amble opportunity to network and speak with a variety of people representing nonprofits across the region.   Some interactions included the Grameen Foundation, Action on Smoking and Health, Council on Undergraduate Research and Good 360.  The gathering of so many diverse young professionals from a range of organizations, proved to be beneficial for all in attendance.  It was apparent in discussions that the leaders of the nonprofit community in the region are strong and passionate about creating change here at home and around the world.

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