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Upcoming events with npp

    • Tuesday, November 09, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership & DRG Talent Advisory Group for [Zoom Meeting] From Strategy to Equity: Designing and Assessing Your Approach to Compensation from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 9th!

    A strategic, equitable approach to compensation is both a mission-critical ideal and a potential competitive advantage in the search for talent. In this webinar, experts in compensation strategy and analysis will share strategies for assessing your approach to compensation and designing a compensation strategy and practice that is aligned to organizational values and goals—including those centered on internal and external equity and transparency.  Participants will have an opportunity to share the questions and challenges they face, discuss the pros and cons of different approaches, and learn how others are approaching this critical topic. 

    About the presenters:

    Heather Gowdy is the Chief of Talent Services at DRG. Heather leads both the development and execution of DRG’s Talent Advisory practice, and works with clients on a diverse range of issues including organizational analysis and design; compensation strategy and benchmarking; succession and transition planning; and partnership exploration, negotiation, and planning. Her passion is helping individuals, teams, and organizations succeed and thrive in complex and ever-changing contexts. An expert consultant, trainer, speaker, and executive coach with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, Heather is adept at helping individuals and organizations assess their current situation; identify their strengths, needs, and goals; and set a course for the future.

    Shaquile Coonce is a Talent Consultant at DRG. Building on her vast experience with nonprofits in all industries, she is able to expertly guide clients to solutions that address their needs. Shaquile has consulted with over 150 nonprofits throughout her career. Before joining DRG, she worked at La Piana Consulting doing strategic and business planning, merger negotiations, and organizational and culture assessments. She believes people play the largest role in the success of an organization and places immense value on getting to know her clients during an engagement. Shaquile lives in Pittsburgh with her partner, Patrick. Together, they own and manage their business, Euforeia Golf. She enjoys boating during the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

    Omar (he/him/his), is a Talent Consultant at DRG. He supports nonprofits through the full life cycle of their talent needs including executive search, organizational design and alignment, transition planning, culture assessment and engagement. Prior to joining DRG, Omar worked as a Search Consultant at On-Ramps, identifying talent in the social sector. He came to On-Ramps after six years at Relay Graduate School of Education where he served as the Director of Talent Acquisition, leading a team that drove the annual recruitment of over 100 full- and part-time staff and faculty across the country. Prior to Relay, Omar served as Director of Teacher Policy for Democrats for Education Reform. He started his career in the classroom, teaching 9th and 11th grade English at Williamsburg Charter High School and 5th grade English Language Arts at Community Partnership Charter School. Omar earned a B.A. in English Secondary Education at The College of Saint Rose and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Omar now lives in Ossining, NY with his wife, two daughters, and wheaten terrier. He is active in local politics, serving as an Ossining Village Trustee.

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Learning Management System + In-person Wrap Up Session at The Nonprofit Partnership (609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502)

    Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and an array of guest presenters for Governance Gateway: Board Member Training!

    This online training opportunity is brought to you by our friends at Maher Duessel – learn more about them here.

    Governance Gateway has been revamped with your busy schedule in mind. Access our various course segments through our online learning management system (LMS) at a time that best suits you! Within the LMS, you will be able to access custom videos (4+ hours worth of content!), readings, supplemental materials, downloads, quizzes, and more.

    But don’t fret – we won’t leave you hanging in the virtual world all by your lonesome! Please plan to join us In Real Life for a wrap-up session on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM at The Nonprofit Partnership – we will take this time to review major points from the course and answer any lingering questions you may have. There may even be lunch (which is our favorite part)!

    A little more about the content of the training:

    Governance Gateway will offer new and established Board members with the opportunity to learn about foundational best practices in nonprofit governance. The training will provide attendees with an understanding of the sector, the basic tenets of governance, and their individual roles and responsibilities as nonprofit leaders. Governance Gateway is a powerful resource for any Board member wishing to enhance their understanding of their duty to their organization, the sector, and the community. This training is great for Executive Directors, too!

    Session segments include:

    • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
    • Basics of Governance
    • Individual Board Member Roles & Responsibilities
    • Setting Strategic Direction
    • Ensuring Necessary Resources
    • Providing Oversight
    • The Board-CEO Partnership
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion + the Board
    • Elements of a High-Functioning Board

    Educational content brought to you by:

    • Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership
    • Susan Loucks, Principal with Susan Loucks Consulting
    • Jenny Weigold Geertson, Vice President, Client & Community Relations, Northwestern PA Market, PNC Financial Services, Inc. and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
    • Debra Thompson, Founder and President with Strategy Solutions, Inc.
    • Tom Tupitza, President with Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
    • Diane Edelstein, CPA, Senior Partnership with Maher Duessel
    • Matthew Zinna, CPA, Partner with McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP
    • Thomas P. Richter, Jr., (T.J.), Principal, Vice-President and Treasurer with Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency
    • Mike Batchelor, Out-going President with The Erie Community Foundation
    • Emma Kieran, Principal with Pilot Peak Consulting
    • Marcus Atkinson, Principal with M. Atkinson & Association and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
    • Chanel Cook, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
    • Mike Robb, Executive Director with the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources
    • Tim Hunter, President & CEO with McInnes Rolled Rings
    • Robert T. Lipps, Attorney & CPA, Co-Founder and Principal Advisor with The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence

    Pricing and logistics:

    • Member pricing: $90 per registrant
    • Non-member pricing: $125 per registrant

    Registrants will be granted access to the online learning management system when their registration is finalized and their payment is received. Payment can be made online (an invoice will be automatically generated through the registration process) or by check. Please email if you intend to send a check – the mail can be slow and we don’t want you waiting on course access!

    Registration will close a week in advance of the live meeting to allow everyone time to consume the content. All registrants are strongly encouraged to join us for the live meeting – maximize your learning! Please direct any questions to

    • Thursday, November 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership & Susan Loucks for [Zoom Meeting] I Don't Know How To Say This, But... from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Thursday, November 18th!

    Stuck on how to broach a performance gap, a safety protocol breach or (shudder) even a hygiene issue? There are ways to turn what could be conversational minefields into an opportunity for mutual problem solving. Join us to practice techniques that help both you and the other person approach difficult topics with more groundedness and grace. (Bonus: Potentially useful at the Thanksgiving table, too...)

    Learning objectives include:

    • Learn the language that triggers defensiveness
    • Practice a simple infrastructure for effective feedback
    • Craft requests and potential solutions that create a path to accountability

    About the presenter:

    Susan is the principal of Susan Loucks Consulting, working with organizations that are interested in creating as good a world on the inside of their organizations as they are striving to build on the outside. She designs and facilitates processes for change, planning, skill building, and organizational improvement with particular attention to broad and effective participation and power dynamics within organizations. She has worked as an organizational development consultant for nonprofits independently, with the Human and Institutional Development Forum in Bangalore, India, and with the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. In addition to her degrees Susan has qualifications/certifications in Appreciative Inquiry, Sociocracy, Community Mediation, Grassroots Development and NGO Management, and the Art of Transformational Consulting (Social Transformation Project).

    • Thursday, December 02, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Join The Nonprofit Partnership and OpenedEyes as we continue important conversations surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout 2021!

    It doesn’t matter where you are on the DEI spectrum. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t matter your sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nonprofit employee starting out or the leader that has been at the helm for years. All are welcome and encouraged to join in the conversation.

    Bi-monthly discussion groups will surround a specific topic each month and will cover the following:

    • Quick content review (what are we talking about, anyways?!)
    • Local/national current events, related to the topic
    • Activity time! Let’s put these ideas into action.
    • Questions / group sharing – we’re here for the dialogue!

    Engagement via video/audio is strongly encouraged.

    Note: recordings of these sessions will not be shared due to attendee sharing and conversation. Please plan to virtually attend on the day and time if registering. Thank you!

    December Discussion - Thursday, December 2nd at 9:30 AM 
    Topic focus: Stretch your allyship muscle

    As of June 1, 2021, The Nonprofit Partnership is instituting an attendance policy for virtual programming. If you register for a free virtual program, do not attend, and do not cancel your registration at least 24 hours in advance of the program, you will be issued an invoice for $15.00. Learn more about the attendance policy here.

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