2020 Nonprofit Virtual Leadership Conference

Monday, November 23, 2020 (8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC is hosting the seventh annual Nonprofit Leadership conference. The 2020 Nonprofit Leadership Conference is a half-day online conference that will be held on the morning of Monday, November 23, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (8:00 a.m. registration and virtual coffee, with the Opening Plenary beginning at 8:30 a.m.).

Featured Keynote Speakers 

Melanie Lockwood Herman, Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
In a world that is fraught with danger, it is comforting to know that Melanie Lockwood Herman is holding on tight to the handlebars of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. NRMC provides consulting services, innovative web applications, and practical educational resources that help nonprofit management and leadership teams take the bold risks necessary to advance their missions.

A prolific author of a more than a dozen comprehensive (and comprehensible!) guides on various risk management topics, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations simply unwilling to leave success to chance. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

In July 2020, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, whose editor has described her as “…the most in-demand expert in the nonprofit risk field…” and “the architect of the risk plans of some of the nation’s largest nonprofits.” This is Melanie’s 12th appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2019.

In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of three national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services Assembly, and Camp Fire. Melanie is the former chair of the Legal Section Council of ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership, and during 2010-2013 she served on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. 

Vu Le, Executive Director, Nonprofit AF
Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com.

Conference Schedule
Note: check back periodically for updates to the schedule.

8:00 a.m. – Registration and Virtual Coffee

8:30 a.m. – Opening Plenary
David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Keynote Presentation
Melanie Lockwood Herman, Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Panel of Respondents
Paula Neth, President & CEO, The Family Conservancy & Brent Stewart, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Kansas City

10:00 a.m. – Workshop Session: Exploring risk in your nonprofit.
This is your time to reflect on the risks your organization is facing.  Risk is ubiquitous, present in both times of action and inaction.  During this working session we will provide resources and tools that will help guide you in determining how to assess and deal with this important issue for your organization.

11:00 a.m. – Comfort Break

11:10 a.m. – Mid-morning Plenary
Scott Helm, Ph.D., Associate Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Keynote Presentation
Vu Le, Executive Director, Nonprofit AF

12:15 a.m. – Closing Remarks
Scott Helm, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri – Kansas City


Registration Information

The registration fee for the conference is $75 per participant. Sign up multiple people from your organization and save 25% off each registration! The first 200 people who register for the conference will receive an electronic copy of each of two Nonprofit Risk Management Center books for nonprofit board and executive leaders: their newest resource, World-Class Risk Management for Nonprofits, and their highly-readable guide, Pillars of Accountability: A Risk Management Guide for Nonprofits. If you are registering multiple people use the following promo code to receive 25% off the registration fee: LEADERSHIP25

Note: If you are a student please contact us at culverm@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720 for special student conference registration rate details.

Scholarship Opportunities:
We have a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form.

Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the start of the conference. A $25 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before the conference begins. No refunds will be made after the conference has begun.

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

We would like to express our appreciation to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for its support of the Midwest Center’s nonprofit capacity building programs, including parts of this conference.

Conference Archive

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