Deconstructing the 2016 Election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 12:00 - 1:45 PM
NGenBreakout

In November, we’ll elect a new President and Congress – and we’ll know how (and why) various next generation-led political movements succeeded or failed. What lessons can next generation leaders learn from this election cycle? And how can we adjust our strategies to be more influential in the future?

Advocacy Doesn’t End with an Election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
NGenBreakout

Before the 2016 election cycle began, plans were being drawn up for 2018, 2020, and well beyond. And outside of elections, policymaking happens constantly at the local, state, and national level. The bottom line: you need to be equipped and prepared to advocate for your community every day of every year. We’ll give you strategies […]

Using Emotional Intelligence to Drive Results

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
NGenBreakout

Emotional Intelligence is how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions. It’s something that can be learned, honed, and leveraged to better connect with people. And, it’s a core competency for every effective leader. Learn the tactics for putting it to use for your career and community.

Revitalizing Community Engagement

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
NGenBreakout

Engaged citizens are a powerful and necessary force for creating lasting social change. Learn how next generation leaders are blending high tech and high touch community engagement strategies to address the nation’s most pressing social challenges.

Navigating Change

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 3:45 - 5:15 PM
NGenBreakout

When it comes to leadership, change is a constant. Whether at your organization, in your personal life, or in society, change determines how we live and work. And every change is an opportunity. We’ll teach you how to navigate change with grace and optimism (and how to negotiate inevitable obstacles).

America the Diverse

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 3:45 - 5:15 PM
NGenBreakout

By 2040, people of color will comprise the majority of the American population. This rapid demographic shift will have profound implications for the charitable sector and NGeners are best positioned to help their organizations prepare. We’ll equip you with tools and strategies for helping to move your organization into the future.

How to Order from the Media Menu

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 3:45 - 5:15 PM
NGenBreakout

How do your audiences consume messages? On phones and tablets? Through print? Over the airwaves on TV or radio? Choosing the right media outlets for your audience is a critical skill to learn. We’ll explore the full range of what’s available and teach you how to make smart decisions to get the best results.

Newcomers Kickoff

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The kickoff is designed for first-time conference goers and new IS members. Join other newcomers, leaders within the IS community, and IS staff for this opportunity to get a jump start on the conference and make meaningful connections.

How Did Democracy Fare in the 2016 Election?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

As the political dust settles, hear how policies and laws impacted voter registration and access to voting in 2016 and how money played a role. We’ll also take a look forward as we build our agenda to promote accountability in government and empower people’s voice in the political process.

Frame-breaking Ideas for 21st Century Fundraising

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Presented by Association of Fundraising Professionals Every nonprofit requires a healthy fundraising program, but many organizations are stuck in a vicious cycle. Join us as we roll out a new Fundraising Culture Assessment tool you can use in your own organization and have a candid discussion about what kind of leadership & resources you and […]

Mastering the C-Suite Role at Your Organization

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutC-Suite

Presented by GEO Serving in a C-Suite role means you are on the front lines in ensuring that your organization is accomplishing its mission while operating effectively and efficiently. Join other first-time C-Suiters for an honest dialogue about your role and how you can be more effective in building teams, operationalizing the CEO’s vision, and […]

Quantifying Impact Is the Unicorn in Philanthropy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

Data is available all the time and everywhere, yet we’re challenged in harnessing it. If we adopt a data-driven culture, we can revolutionize our organizations with improved insights, increased efficiency, and greater collaboration. This session will examine how you can use data analytics to improve outcomes and strengthen your impact.

How We Gather: Millennials, New Communities, and Legacy Institutions

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The trend towards religious disaffiliation of Millennials isn’t negating the building of innovative communities and developing ritual. Find out what the younger generation is looking for. How we are gathering, engaging institutions, and deepening our experience of leading community.

Tools to Leverage Your Power

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

This interactive session will ask participants to explore and test tools designed to help grantees and grantors work through the struggles inherent in partnership, using a human-centered design process. Your input will be used to shape resources Independent Sector will release in 2017 to promote healthy grantee-grantor dynamics and help individuals better leverage their power […]

Community Dialogues

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The charitable sector plays a vital – and indispensable – role in American civil society. To leverage our strengths, experience, and ideas into lasting change for our communities and country, we must collaboratively decide how to amplify our sector’s collective voice. Following the Community Town Hall, we will engage in smaller, intensive conversations designed to […]

Community Dialogues

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The charitable sector plays a vital – and indispensable – role in American civil society. To leverage our strengths, experience, and ideas into lasting change for our communities and country, we must collaboratively decide how to amplify our sector’s collective voice. Following the Community Town Hall, we will engage in smaller, intensive conversations designed to […]

Community Dialogues

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The charitable sector plays a vital – and indispensable – role in American civil society. To leverage our strengths, experience, and ideas into lasting change for our communities and country, we must collaboratively decide how to amplify our sector’s collective voice. Following the Community Town Hall, we will engage in smaller, intensive conversations designed to […]

Stakeholder Voices Strengthen Organizational Success

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

While organizations strive for community engagement, incorporating stakeholder voices into decision-making can be challenging. Hear from organizations who have done this well, and engage with fellow attendees to create new models that work for you.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

The 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed in partnership between the UN, nonprofits, governments and business. The SDGs, which address poverty alleviation, equality and inclusion, the environment, economic growth, energy, a peaceful and just society, resonate both domestically and globally. Learn the role and opportunity for U.S. nonprofits in engaging with these goals.

Driving Demand

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

Just because there’s a clear need for a social program or service doesn’t mean there’s demand. We call this the “need-equals-demand fallacy.” And it’s widely felt. Join speakers to discuss the steps that organizations can take to stimulate beneficiary participation. (Presented by The Bridgespan Group)

Building Internal Culture for External Impact

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutC-Suite

Presented by Community Wealth Partners Leaders who want make their organizations more transparent and collaborative, and have greater impact in their communities, should consider the central role of culture on these outcomes. This session will help you understand how to build and maintain an internal culture – aligned values, norms, and daily behaviors – that […]

Dog Whistle Politics: How Racism Wrecks the Middle Class

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Join author Ian Haney López for a book club session connecting his recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, to the 2016 elections. Dig deeper into the role and mechanics of veiled racial appeals in this year’s presidential campaign, and then brainstorm about where we […]

Philanthropy Making a Difference with Government

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
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How can philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and government ignite partnerships to create lasting change? Senior leaders will highlight specific national and local examples of partnerships and share the thinking behind their decisions and lessons learned.

CEO Session: Conversation with IS President and CEO Dan Cardinali

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 11:30 - 1:00 PM
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At his first conference as Independent Sector president and CEO Dan Cardinali and IS Board Chair Neil Nicoll will host an engaging conversation with IS member CEOs and heads of organizations. This session will be an opportunity to dialogue about how organizations can work together to strengthen the communities they serve.

Big Picture Solutions for Healthy Communities

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Research has shown that income, racial equity, education, employment opportunity, affordable housing, and other social indicators are inextricably related to the health of our communities. Learn new ways of working and collaborating across sectors to achieve big picture solutions that revitalize our communities.

Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships #FTW (For the Win)!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Authentic partnerships between charitable organizations and corporations should benefit both sides of that relationship. Speakers will discuss how they’ve helped businesses use charity work to make positive change in their communities, and how nonprofits can better use the space, technology, and expertise of businesses to make a more meaningful impact.

Is What’s New Always “Shiny” and Better?

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Nonprofits are constantly challenged to bring up something new or innovative to funders to grab their attention. How do you decide to stick with what you’re good at or to experiment with new ways, especially when the bets are high for your organization and your stakeholders?

Keeping up with Forces Shaping Our Future

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

A futurist can foresee the opportunities and threats coming down the pipeline – a useful mindset to lead any organization. Hear from different sector leaders about trends in their field and how they adapt to the seismic changes happening throughout society.

Making Room for Top Talent

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutC-Suite

What are the ways you go about building your talent pipeline? Learn how your peers are engaging cross-sector players, grooming existing staff, and reassigning existing staff to new roles – all while strengthening organizational culture. Learn from your peers what they are doing to keep their organizations attractive to the best and brightest.

The Future of Small Town America

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

This session will explore cultural and economic resilience in small towns. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, will be joined in conversation by Deb Love, executive director of the LOR Foundation, which makes grants to improve livability and the quality of life in the Intermountain West.

CEO Summit: The Added Burden of Race with Dr. David Williams

Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

Why does race and ethnicity matter so profoundly for health in the U.S. and elsewhere? Internationally recognized Harvard professor David R. Williams will discuss health trends by race and immigrant status and stunning new research on the added burden of race. He presents why moving a health equity agenda forward is central to the personal […]

Building Trust as a C-Suite Team

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakoutC-Suite

Join us for an engaging dialogue where participants will serve as peer consultants to discuss how to cultivate a non-competitive dynamic amongst C-Suite staff. We’ll emphasize how to build trust using transparency and communication as its centerpieces and how the CEO fits into this effort.

Reconnecting Congress and Citizens

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Trust in Congress is at a historic low and it’s tempting to shrug that off as nothing unusual. But there’s a real opportunity for the charitable sector to better connect Congress with our citizens and influence them to do a better job. Using an in-depth systems analysis that demonstrates how we reached this point of […]

The Charitable Sector – Under Cyber-attack?

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Growing Cyber Threats are not confined to large businesses, governments, and individuals. The risk to not-for-profit donors, operations, and employees is growing. This session focuses on rising cyber-crime, potential impacts to Independent Sector members, the need for C-Level and Board attention, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Aligning to Enhance Economic and Racial Equity

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

The Bay Area’s economic boom left many people behind. As the new leader of The San Francisco Foundation, Fred Blackwell sought to realign the organization to ensure equity for everyone in the Bay Area. Come hear about what it took to make this pivot and what’s being learned along the way.

Beyond the “Racial Stalemate”

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Main ConferenceBreakout

In a 2008 speech on race, Barack Obama described a “racial stalemate” and suggested that, if we proceeded to do nothing differently, nothing would change. Eight years later, the stalemate remains. To help us move forward, facilitators will engage participants in a “racial healing” experience that invites storytelling, vulnerability, and deep listening.

New Models for Achieving and Assessing Performance

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Presented by Urban Institute We know that building the capacity of nonprofits to assess outcomes can be game changing, but to accomplish this we must reframe the conversation to embrace more collaborative approaches between funders and nonprofits. This session will explore new models for achieving and measuring performance through deeper engagement.

New Civic Engagement Is More Than Just a Hashtag

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Presented by TechSoup Fueled by technology, civic engagement today often looks different than successful movements of American history. Hear speakers discuss the effect of these changes have on our democracy and how the charitable sector could be more supportive of our evolving methods of civic engagement.

Leading with Neuroscience in Mind

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

Presented by Center for Creative Leadership The powerful intersection of brain science and leadership has profound implications for leaders and organizations at all levels. This highly interactive session offers a focused, engaging, and high-application exploration of the emerging field of “neuroleadership” to help us live, learn, and lead with enhanced energy, attention, and emotional regulation […]

How the U.S. Compares on the Global Stage

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

Learn how the U.S. compares to other countries in terms of some of the most important issues of the day including poverty, migrant movements, gender equality, and an engaged civil society. Find out where America is thriving and falling short, and how your organization helps bridge the gaps.

Balancing Privacy and Transparency in a Crisis

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutC-Suite

An employee was caught stealing from your organization. Your donor database was hacked. A prominent news outlet questioned your business practices. When a crisis hits, are you prepared to respond? How will you make decisions about balancing privacy and transparency when communicating with donors, staff, and the public?

Beyond the “Racial Stalemate”

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakout

In a 2008 speech on race, Barack Obama described a “racial stalemate” and suggested that, if we proceeded to do nothing differently, nothing would change. Eight years later, the stalemate remains. To help us move forward, facilitators will engage participants in a “racial healing” experience that invites storytelling, vulnerability, and deep listening.

Conversation with the 2016 Gardner Leadership Award Winner

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:30 - 12:00 PM
Main ConferenceBreakoutCEO

Bryan Stevenson, multi-award winning Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Join this year’s Gardner Leadership awardee in a riveting conversation about his journey in protecting human rights and promoting social justice.