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Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Nonprofit Leadership Conference


The Basics and Beyond: 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Monday, November 21, 2016
UMKC Bloch Executive Hall & Student Union, Kansas City, MO


The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and Nonprofit Missouri are hosting their third collaboration of the Nonprofit Leadership conference in Kansas City on the campus of at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The Basics and Beyond: 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference is a full-day conference that will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (7:30 a.m. registration and breakfast, with the Opening Plenary beginning at 8:15 a.m.). The Opening Plenary will be held in the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The rest of the conference will be held, right next door, in the Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street.

The registration fee for the conference is $150 per participant. This conference sold out last year so register soon to assure your spot. Note: there is a special rate of $125 for Nonprofit Missouri and AFP Mid-America Chapter members and $75 for students.

For last minute registrations, please send an email to Mark Culver at culverm@umkc.edu indicating you would like to register for the conference.


Featured keynote speaker

Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & Founder of the Blue Avocado

Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass) and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR (Nolo Press). Jan founded and through 2015 wrote the Blue Avocado magazine with 64,000 subscribers.

Prior to CalNonprofits and Blue Avocado, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the board of MapLight and on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.


Conference Schedule

Note: check back periodically for updates to the schedule.


7:30 a.m. - Registration Opens
Registration, Breakfast & Networking, and Opening Plenary will be held in the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The rest of the conference will be held, right next door, in the Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street.


7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m. - Breakfast & Networking


8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Opening Plenary
Nonprofits, Sustainability and the Meaning of Life
Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & founder of Blue Avocado


9:30 a.m. - Break & Exhibit Market Place
The rest of the conference will be held in the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street (right next door to the Student Union).


10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Morning Sessions

Session A: Understanding and Changing Your Business Model in 60 Minutes
Too often program goals are discussed separately from financial means, although we all know that both must be discussed together. Jan Masaoka will present the methodology for doing so from the book she recently co-authored, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. The result is a fresh look at choosing the mix of programs, earned income, and donations that will be sustainable for your organization.
Presenter: Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & founder of Blue Avocado

Session B: Ready. Aim. Fire. Fundraising
Ready. Aim. Fire. Fundraising: this seems a better approach than ready, fire, aim...right? In this session - a fast-paced, participatory dialog and moderated panel discussion - we'll underscore the why, who, and how of fundraising, along with a sharing of memorable examples, personal experience, best case practices, and handy (impactful!) tools. (That's the “ready, aim”...and here comes the “fire”!) Then a panel will describe their experience with elements of the presentation, sharing live case study examples of the top 3 components to their fundraising success (from the volunteer and staff perspective); a fundraising pitfall (or two) that bedevils their organizations; and wrap up with panelists' best advice.

Emphasis throughout this 2.5 hour session will be placed on:

  • Recognizing the benefits of formalized development & fundraising planning;
  • Working collaboratively with volunteers;
  • Impactful sharing of your agency's unique story; and
  • Case study highlights of fundraising work in successful action.

Presenter: Diane Marty, founder and principal, Faire Consulting LLC & Tim Sweeny, consultant, Praxis Nonprofit Strategies
Panelists: Dean Johnson, executive director, Crossroads Charter Schools; Lisa Mizell, chief executive officer, The Child Protection Center; Tom Minges, Consultant, Church Development; and Sarah Murray, Volunteer, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Session C: Policy Advocacy Solutions for Nonprofits
Many nonprofits offering direct services wrestle with the question of whether or not to get involved in policy advocacy work. This interactive workshop utilizes lessons learned by Connections to Success and Nonprofit Missouri in planning, implementing, and evaluating its policy advocacy work. Included in this session are valuable tools for determining if, when, where, and how to start your policy advocacy work; effective messaging, issue framing, and strategies for navigating rough political and social terrain; and how to earn policy victories by leveraging existing resources.
Presenter: Nonprofit Missouri and Napoleon Williams III, director of advocacy, Connections to Success

Session D: Pain Free People Management: What Every Leader Needs to Know
Managing people can be your fondest dream or your worst nightmare. When you're wrestling with poor performers, constant conflict, disengagement or other people challenges, it prevents you from mastering the things that matter most. This workshop will help! We'll address some of the most common pain points for people managers and equip you with strategies you can use today to turn things around.
Presenter: Marissa Q. Paine, principal and CEO, The Painefree Coaching & Consulting Group

Session E: Leading Amongst Differences: How to lead and influence effectively when challenged with different personality styles
Whether you are in an official position of leading a team, or in an unofficial leadership position of having to lead without authority, one of the greatest challenges in leadership and influence, is knowing how to accommodate various personality styles. This workshop delves into how to capitalize on your understanding of style differences and enhancing your leadership and influencing effectiveness using the SOCIAL STYLE model. This model is a simple, yet compelling and insightful tool to aid on the journey of leadership effectiveness, enhancing communication, inter-personal skills building, and ultimately, organizational performance. Our style impacts both how we communicate as well as how we learn, work, lead and influence
Presenter: Denise McNerney, CEO & President, iBossWell Inc.


12:30 p.m. - Lunch (pick up boxed lunches proceed to lunch sessions).


12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Lunch Sessions

Session F: Get Your Board Questions Answered
Informal discussion session and Q and A on all things boards and governance.
Presenter: David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Session G: The Attorney General, Nonprofits, And Fundraising Law
The Missouri Attorney General's office shares discusses their mission and oversight responsibilities. Topics covered include the top 10 ways to get investigated, how directors and senior leadership can do their jobs most effectively and how to be in compliance with fundraising laws and remain so.
Presenter: Debra L. Snoke-Adams, Missouri Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

Session H: Recruiting Talent? Recognize Value & Right Fit
Whether you are hiring one, or one-hundred employees, this workshop is for you. You will learn to identify the value you are seeking when it comes to recruiting talent (employees and/or volunteers). In addition, you will learn more about the value emerging and mid-career leaders want to add to your organization. Finally, learn to recognize management/leadership gaps and strategize ways to find the right talent fit for your organization.
Presenter: Nicole L. Brueggeman, Washington University, Brown School of Social Work

Session I: Generation: Give
Understanding Generational Diversity

Every one of us is a product of our generation. How we view the world, our resources, our time, even our view of for-profit and non-profit charitable work is influenced by where and when we grew up. Today's nonprofits benefit from the time and talent of five generations: the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and the up-and-coming iGen. This engaging, hands-on presentation will combine relevant generational diversity research with practical, real-world examples to maximize your donor efforts. Realize how different generations respond to different "asks." Become skilled at the best ways to engage your existing donors and to reach new ones.
Presenter: Jennifer Meehan, executive director, Affton Christian Food Pantry

Session J: Role of Advocacy and State Associations
Informal discussion session and Q and A about the role of advocacy and state associations.
Presenters: Barbara Levin, board member, Nonprofit Missouri and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & Founder of the Blue Avocado


2:00 p.m. - Break & Exhibit Market Place


2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Afternoon Sessions

Session K: Courageous Communication: better, bolder branding to get the attention you need
Nonprofits are so afraid of making someone mad or disappointing donors, we tend to not take a stand. This fear of “we don't want to say anything wrong so don't say anything at all” is keeping us from communicating honestly with our supporters. An organization that is confident in its communications will have a specific point of view and stick to it, though praise and criticism. Not that they are immune to feedback, but they take it and make it work for them, without derailing anything. In order to get attention and get and be relevant in today's crowded marketplace, you need to have the courage to have conversations that matter.
Presenter: Maryanne Dersch, Strategist and Resident Extrovert, 501creative

Session L: Fundraising Topics (Two fundraising sessions for the price of one)
UNMASKING...the "ASK" ...Unveiling the Moral Biography of the Donor
Nonprofits hear over and over about giving strategies, event planning, grant writing, board governance, but very little about unveiling the deepest sensibilities of the giver and their virtual gatekeepers. Donors exist within a 24/7, always connected, 140 characters of texts and symbols environment. Donors have openly rejected the traditional approaches of current fundraising strategies; donors are listening less and questioning more, even when you have something great to share it can be challenging to get beyond their skepticism. Engaging the moral biography of today's donor in our PTE (post trust era) demands a language of trust and significance foremost. Whether you meet face-to-face or on Facebook, where does your soul meet your business plan? Are you a persuader or manipulator? I will present several forward thinking principles on asking the authentic questions to the right person at the right time.
Presenter: Bill Regan, ROI Resources L3C

BIG Events: Low Cost, High Yield Marketing
Being a nonprofit doesn't mean that your events shouldn't be able to make BIG profits. This presentation provides nonprofits with the toolkit it takes to market remarkable events--tools that most people assume are only available to organizations with deep pockets, like radio, TV, billboards, posters, and banner advertisements. Whether trying to build a new event or to take an established event to the next level, using this formula of guerrilla marketing, event planning, and sticky ideas turns nonprofits into highly visible money makers.
Presenter: Rob Blevins, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks/Springfield Sertoma

Session M: Cultural Communication
We live and work in a nation of diverse backgrounds. This presents many wonderful opportunities as well as potential clashes for nonprofit organizations. A lack of cultural awareness and sensitivity can quickly lead to ineffective program delivery and damaged relationships with clients, volunteers and supporters. This fun, interactive session examines cross-cultural communication and how leaders can navigate differences to be understanding and inclusive.
Presenter: Dan Prater, founder & director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Drury University

Session N: Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities
Exploring ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. On August 18th, the FASB released the Accounting Standards Update (ASU) affecting Not-for-Profit financial statements that has been in the works for several years. Join RubinBrown's Not-For-Profit experts as we explore the contents of this Standard which is intended to help not-for-profits simplify and improve the face of the financial statements and enhance the disclosures in the notes, providing more relevant information about their resources (and the changes in those resources) to donors, grantors, creditors, and other users.
Continuing Professional Education offered by RubinBrown for attending this session.
CPE Credit: 2 hours, free of charge. Meeting Type: Seminar. Field of Study: Accounting & Auditing. Level of Knowledge: Basic.
Presenter: Sharon Latimer, CPA, partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and the leader of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice and Colleen McDole, CPA, manager in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group

Session O: Defining, Measuring, and Improving Impact with Performance Management
In an era of scarce resources and increasing demands for accountability, the ability to articulate, measure, and enhance your organizations'' impact is key to survival. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an intuitive, six step thought process for designing outcome-focused programs and developing the tools and processes necessary to measure and improve their impact. We'll also discuss the critical role that organizational culture plays in sustaining effectiveness and supporting learning and improvement.
Presenter: Sarah Buek, MSW, LCSW, consultant, Insight Partners Consulting


5:00 p.m. - Conference Close


Biographies of the Conference Presenters

Note: additional bios will be added as we receive them from the presenters.

Rob Blevins, Community Relations Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks & Springfield Sertoma, Event Chair
Rob is the Community Relations Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, is a veteran speaker with a history of delighting audiences and sharing his subject-matter expertise. His experience as a speaker and presenter includes the United Way Speaker's Bureau, the 2015 Drury Nonprofit Communication Conference, the 2015 Missouri State University STC Student Conference, the Associated Electric 2016 Annual Meeting, President of the Jack Henry & Associates Toastmasters Club (2014 & 2015), KOLR 10's Ozarks Live Big Wednesday (monthly segment), Midwest Family's Around the Ozarks (2013, 2014, and 2016), iHeart Medias In Touch with the Ozarks (2016), and many more radio, TV, and live presentations around the community.

Nicole L. Brueggeman, Washington University, Brown School of Social Work
As the Assistant Director of Career Services at the Brown School of Social Work, Nicole designs, implements, and evaluates programs and services for students and employers. Through her work, she positions graduates to be competitive in the employment market by helping them Know Their Value & Find Their Fit. In addition, she works with employers to help them discover the value of selecting the “right fit” candidate and its impact on advancing organizational goals.

Sarah Buek, MSW, LCSW, consultant, Insight Partners Consulting
Ms. Buek has worked for the past 13 years in the non-profit sector first as a clinical social worker and later in program management, evaluation, and quality improvement. As a funder and consultant, she's led dozens of non-profits in the development of Theories of Change and Logic Models, the implementation of best practices, the design of data collection tools and processes, the creation of quality improvement systems, and the use of performance management to create cultures of learning and continuous improvement.

Maryanne Dersch, Strategist and Resident Extrovert, 501creative
Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit world, the last 13 at 501creative, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. As resident extrovert at 501, she gives workshops, creates web content, leads focus groups and discovery sessions, and eats a lot of chicken at various professional luncheons. Previous to 501creative, Maryanne was a consultant at Vector Communications and the public relations officer for the City of University City. Maryanne and her husband of 26 years, Jon Schmuke, adopted their three children, Patrick, AJ and Taylor, out of foster care. She is on the board at Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and has been a foster parent for Stray Rescue of St. Louis for 19 years. Maryanne never met a football game, Zumba class or microphone she didn't like. She is an avid Missouri Tigers fan, and please don't ask her about her recent Rams breakup. On the first Friday of the month, she can be found singing karaoke at local bars.

Sharon Latimer, CPA - Partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and partner-in-charge of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice
Sharon is a Partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and the partner-in-charge of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice. Those services include financial statement audits and reviews, as well as consulting and accounting assistance. Sharon also devotes time to serving numerous and varied for-profit clients of the firm.

Sharon brings more than 30 years of public accounting experience to RubinBrown, including working with a big four firm and a local firm in Kansas City.

Barbara Levin, MSW - Board Member, Nonprofit Missouri; Coordinator, Alliance for Building Capacity at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
Barbara Levin, MSW is a skilled and dynamic nonprofit professional with over 30 years of experience leading and managing professional staff and volunteers, creating and executing programs, teaching, consulting, training, facilitating, mentoring, and building coalitions among diverse community partners. She is a demonstrated organizer, systems creator, team builder, and motivator. Levin is on the staff of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University as the Coordinator for the Alliance for Building Capacity. ABC provides the structure for Brown's placed-based initiatives by managing and implementing community initiatives and coordinating the work of graduate students with partnering institutions and organizations in defined settings. She manages the Social Entrepreneurship Specialization and the Certificate in Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management. As an adjunct professor, Levin teaches Community Development Practice and Urban Development Seminar (in collaboration with St. Louis University School of Law, School of Urban Planning and Design and the Fox School of Design at Washington University.) Active in the community, she is a founding board member of Nonprofit Missouri, serving as Chair for 4 years.

Diane Marty - Founder and Principal, Faire Consulting
Diane has enjoyed work with higher education and research institutions, arts organizations, social service & youth development agencies, and federated fundraising organizations. Her consultancy offers development strategy and implementation services with special expertise in accelerant growth campaigns. She has provided contracted trainings to volunteers and professionals throughout the United States and in Africa, India, and Mexico, and is an adjunct professor in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Rockhurst University.

Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & Founder of the Blue Avocado
Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass) and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR (Nolo Press). Jan founded and through 2015 wrote the Blue Avocado magazine with 64,000 subscribers.

Prior to CalNonprofits and Blue Avocado, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the board of MapLight and on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.

Colleen McDole, CPA, - Manager in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group
Colleen is a Manager in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group. She has more than five years of accounting experience. Colleen works with clients in various industries with a focus on not-for-profit organizations, colleges and universities and manufacturing and distribution. Prior to joining RubinBrown, Colleen attended Missouri State University where she earned her Masters in Accountancy.

Denise McNerney, President & CEO, iBossWell, Inc.
Serving primarily nonprofit and public sector organizations, iBossWell has helped over 400 organizations do their good work better for 15 years. Their focus is strategic planning and helping staff and board leaders build the organizational culture and leadership skills needed to successfully execute their plans, and take the organization to outstanding performance.

Denise has more than 30 years' experience with efforts that have had positive impact on the bottom-line of hundreds of organizations and the lives of individuals within. She has published numerous articles, and a book - "The PeoplePACT: Achieving exemplary performance through humane leadership." She also led the development of a new web-based tool for strategic planning and performance tracking – WePlanWell®. Denise is actively involved with Association for Strategic Planning, as a board member and the chair of the Association's Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Jennifer Meehan, executive director, Affton Christian Food Pantry
Jennifer Meehan is the Executive Director of the Affton Christian Food Pantry, an ecumenical nonprofit organization located in south St. Louis County. She is also a regular speaker and retreat director in the St. Louis area. Jennifer is known for hands-on, practical workshops which blend research with real-world experiences.

Marissa Q. Paine, principal and CEO, The Painefree Coaching & Consulting Group
Marissa is the founder and principal of The Painefree Coaching and Consulting Group, a leadership and organization development company providing coaching, training, facilitation and change consulting services that build better leaders, stronger teams and healthier, more sustainable organizations. A corporate executive turned social worker, Marissa brings more than twenty years corporate, nonprofit and faith-based experience to her practice including managing public relations for a Fortune 200 company, serving as executive director of several health and human service organizations and directing a federally funded capacity building program providing grants, training and technical assistance to more than 70 nonprofits in the Greater St. Louis region. Marissa maintains a coaching roster of CEOs, senior executives, small business owners and emerging organizational leaders from diverse sectors. She is a sought after speaker, trainer and retreat facilitator. Her consulting work in the areas of leadership, team and organization development have spanned organizations ranging from childcare to healthcare with budgets ranging from zero to $100+ million. Marissa holds a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in social work administration. She is also a certified emotional intelligence and change management practitioner.

Dan Prater - Founder and Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University
Dan Prater is the founder and director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury. In this role, he consults and trains local nonprofit organizations on communication-related issues. In addition, he oversees Drury students who assist nonprofit organizations. Dan has a diverse background in communication, ranging from working as a member of the media, to corporate and nonprofit communication. He taught communication and leadership courses as an adjunct instructor from 2007-2010. In June 2011, he became a full-time faculty member of the Department of Communication. He volunteers for several area nonprofit groups, including CASA, the Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women, and the Pregnancy Care Center. His passion is to help these organizations be better at achieving their missions, and to engage students in this type of work. His research is in the area of child abuse/neglect and domestic violence.

David Renz, Ph.D., - Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dr. Renz is the Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management of the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He teaches and conducts research on nonprofit and public service leadership and, especially, governance and board effectiveness. He currently is especially interested in governance and management processes in networks and socially-entrepreneurial organizations. He has worked with more than 135 boards, commissions, and leadership networks in the past decade. He writes frequently for both the academic and practice communities and has produced more than 120 chapters, reports, and articles for journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Strategic Governance, Public Administration Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He also is editor of the third edition of The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management and, most recently, he co-edited the Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Philanthropy. Dr. Renz and Fredrik Andersson recently completed a chapter on the state of art of research on nonprofit boards and governance for Nonprofit Governance Research: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. He is a nationally-recognized leader and award-winning educator. He provided leadership for several national capacity-building initiatives, including the founding of The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. He earned his Ph.D. in Organization Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Debra L. Snoke-Adams, Missouri Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division
Debie Snoke-Adams works in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office. Her office is located in the Kansas City office. She works along with Bob Carlson from the St. Louis office handling the nonprofit matters that arise within the State of Missouri. They coordinate all nonprofit and charity law issues for the Missouri Attorney General's Office. She frequently investigates and litigates cases in all areas of state nonprofit law. Debie is also a former assistant county prosecutor from Henry County, Missouri. She is on the Executive Committee of the Cancer Fund multistate case - one of the largest charity fraud cases ever litigated. Debie also speaks on topics concerning state Attorney Generals' regulation of the nonprofit sector and fundraising law.

Tim Sweeny, consultant, Praxis Nonprofit Strategies
Tim is a founding partner in Praxis Nonprofit Strategies. He has 20+ years of experience in fundraising and strategic planning. His work includes: sponsorship fundraising with Habitat for Humanity; corporate fundraising with United Way; international development with the Peace Corps; and capital campaign consulting and management. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and Certificates in Fundraising Management and Community Facilitation. Tim currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and three children.

Napoleon Williams III, director of advocacy, Connections to Success
In serving as Director of Advocacy & Outreach for nearly a decade, Napoleon Williams III has successfully designed, implemented, facilitated, and managed job readiness and responsible parenting programs; secured and maintained partnerships with the faith community, businesses, social service providers, criminal justice institutions, and fellow nonprofit agencies; and, served in numerous local and regional consortiums aimed at addressing social issues.

Napoleon is a National Institute of Corrections certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist that has served as project manager for several Missouri Department of Corrections Community Reentry grants. He is a National Center for Fathering certified trainer and serves as a reentry and child support policy advisor to several legislators. As a subcommittee member at the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry and member of the National Career Development Association, Napoleon serves as an advocate for social justice policies that strengthen families and the economy without compromising public safety. Under Napoleon's direction, Connections to Success' advocacy efforts have made great strides on a state and federal level.

Most recently, Napoleon presented on Responsible Fatherhood and Child Support reform at the International Fatherhood Conference, was named a Missouri Leadership Fellow, and accepted a nomination and entry into the Practitioner's Leadership Academy in Baltimore. Napoleon serves as a national peer for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, an ambassador for the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, and chairs the Support the Children coalition.

Napoleon is a proud alum of Harris-Stowe State University and FOCUS® Leadership St. Louis. A Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Napoleon plans to utilize his research to better empower low-income communities. Napoleon enjoys engaging residents in the community, building relationships with partners, and visiting Capitol Hill educating law makers on the most pressing challenges facing the families Connections serves in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.

Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors

Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-America Chapter
Mary Ontko
PO Box 32101
Kansas City, MO 64171
(913) 787-2923
afpmidamerica@gmail.com
Website: http://midamerica.afpnet.org

The Etta McKenzie State Farm Insurance Agency
K. Shayna Candelaria, MPA
11818 Blue Ridge Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 861-8600
shayna.candelaria.fo2u@statefarm.com
Website: www.ettamckenzie.com

Grant Professionals Association
Kelli Romero & Mike Chamberlain
10881 Lowell Avenue, Suite 190
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 788-3000
staff@grantprofessionals.org
Website: www.grantprofessionals.org

iBossWell, Inc
Jaime Schonfeldt & Lynne Brown
5500 W 95th St, Suite 108
Overland Park, KS 66207
(913) 642-1416
jschonfeldt@ibosswell.com; lbrown@ibosswell.com
Website: www.ibosswell.com

IFF
David Desai-Ramirez
Executive Director, Southern Region IFF
911 Washington Ave Ste 203
St. Louis, MO 63101
ddesairamirez@iff.org
Website: www.iff.org

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC
Mark Culver
Bloch School of Management at UMKC
5110 Cherry Street Suite 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-5720
culverm@umkc.edu
Website: www.mcnl.org

Nonprofit Connect
Lindsay Nelson Hughes
125 E. 31st Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 888-5600
lnelson@npconnect.org
Website: www.npconnect.org

Nonprofit Missouri
Barbara Levin & Jamie Kleinsorge
PO Box 704
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 340-1634
membership@nonprofitmissouri.org
Website: www.nonprofitmissouri.org

Nonprofit Solutions, Inc.
Debbie Niemann
618 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801
(913) 957-4946
dniemann@np-solutions.org
Website: www.np-solutions.org

Support Kansas City, Inc.
Debra Box
5960 Dearborn, Suite 200
Mission, KS 66202
(913) 831-4752
debrab@supportkc.org
Website: www.supportkc.org

UMKC Bloch School of Management Public Administration
Barb Domke
5110 Cherry Street 305 Bloch School
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-2894
domkeb@umkc.edu
Website: www.umkc.edu/MPA

Varsity Marketing
Phil Bertels
13851 W 63rd Street, Suite 364
Shawnee, KS 66216
(913) 905-3030
Phil@Varsity-Marketing.com
Website: www.Varsity-Marketing.com

Parking Instructions

Park on the 5th or 6th level of the UMKC Cherry Street Parking Garage (located at East 50th Street between Oak Street and Cherry Street). We have arranged for campus police not to ticket this area during the event so there is no need to pay the meters at this location. Note: the parking garage is one and half blocks north of the Bloch Executive Hall.

Click here to view a campus map.

Questions about the conference: Please call 816-235-5720 or mcnl@umkc.edu.

Nearby Hotels
If you need a hotel during your visit we suggest you look at the lodging options at the Country Club Plaza, which is a popular Kansas City entertainment district with a lot of shopping and dining options (just click on the Stay tab for a listing the hotel options (most hotels are about one mile from UMKC's campus). We do not have formal agreements with these hotels but many of the hotels will offer discounted rates when you mention you are coming to UMKC on business. Note: If you need ground transportation during your visit most of the hotels can help arrange shuttle or taxi service.

Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first class session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun.


Nearby Hotels
If you need a hotel during your visit we suggest you look at the lodging options at the Country Club Plaza, which is a popular Kansas City entertainment district with a lot of shopping and dining options (most hotels are about one mile from UMKC's campus). We do not have formal agreements with these hotels but many of the hotels will offer discounted rates when you mention you are coming to UMKC on business. Note: If you need ground transportation during your visit most of the hotels can help arrange shuttle or taxi service.

Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the start of the conference. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the conference has begun.


Conference Sponsors
Nonprofit Leadership Conference Sponsors

We would like to express our appreciation to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for its support of this conference and other Midwest Center capacity building programs.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2305

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