2020 NLC Leadership Conference Breakout Sessions and Speakers

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What does it mean to lead courageously? How can you become a more courageous leader? We’ll explore the answers to these questions and more at the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s 2020 Leadership Conference on October 13, presented by Bank of America. Leading experts in strategic planning, organizational culture, change management, communications and more will come together to ensure our nonprofit sector is prepared to lead courageously in our ever-changing philanthropic landscape.

In addition to this year’s highly anticipated keynote speaker Neil Pasricha, conference attendees will be able to attend two of the following breakout sessions during the event. Be sure to check back regularly as we’ll be adding four more sessions to this list in the coming days.

Challenging the Status Quo: Embracing Your Humanity

Liz Wooten-Reschke, MPA | Nonprofit Leadership Center Trainer

Fans of TED Talks, Netflix and best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown will enjoy this interactive, deep dive into Dare to Lead™, guided by local connection expert Liz Wooten-Reschke. In this session, you will design your personal call to courageous leadership and challenge your own status quo. You’ll learn valuable skills, practices and tools to strengthen your courage foundation, discover four evidence-based skills for empowering your teams, grapple with tough conversations with civility and kindness, learn how to acknowledge your limitations and give yourself permission to be human.

Liz Wooten-Reschke is an experienced facilitator and skilled board governance expert with more than 25 years of service to the nonprofit sector. As president and CEO of Connect For More, she works collaboratively with her clients to create strategic consulting solutions that address topics such as best practices in board governance, engaging the next generation of nonprofit leadership, building an exceptional board culture, creating meaningful board service and diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy.

Move from Aspirations to Actions with Dr. John Loblack

Research shows that only 33% of the organizations that develop strategic plans implement those plans with fidelity. That means 2 in 3 strategic plans never see the light of day, being left to accumulate dust. In this highly interactive breakout session, you’ll explore tools and tactics to increase your odds of implementing the strategic plan you invested the time, effort and money developing. You’ll also understand how to focus on what’s “widely important” and how to act on lead measures, not the lag measures. You’ll do that while learning how to create and keep a compelling scorecard and initiate measures of accountability that will move your team from planning to implementing, and from implementation to impact.

John Loblack, Ed.D., is an accomplished, change-oriented human development expert who motivates nonprofit leaders to drastically increase their individual and organizational value. Read more about John.


Creating a Change-Ready Organization with Mark McCatty

Is your organization ready for change? In our ever-evolving sector, the only thing that’s constant is change. Successful organizations and courageous leaders know how to effectively navigate change and use it to deepen employee engagement and mission impact. This session will introduce you to two types of change that every organization faces and explore the cultural elements that are critical to becoming a change-ready organization. You’ll use our change scorecard to assess your organizational readiness and walk away knowing how to apply the four drivers of change within your organization for long-term sustainability and success.

Mark McCatty is an organizational development consultant with more than 20 years of experience helping public and private sector organizations create a more engaged and productive workforce. Read more about Mark.


Courageous Coaching and Dynamic Feedback with Ellen Nastir

Research shows that many great employees leave their job because they receive too little feedback or coaching. From unintentionally ignoring top performers who may not seem to require a lot of feedback to feeling stressed about constructive conversations with underperforming staff, this session will help you positively and confidently empower and motivate team members through courageous coaching. Using the practice of positive coaching in this interactive session, you’ll learn the key elements to meaningful conversations, walk away with three powerful questions to use during difficult conversations and master effective techniques for giving and receiving feedback. You will also have the opportunity to practice what you learn with a partner.  

Ellen Nastir, M.Ed., PCC, BCC, CPCC, is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach with advanced training in organization and relationship systems coaching, tension and change management and appreciation at work. She is also a trained PeopleMap Systems educator who focuses on the “people side” of professional performance within the corporate structure. Read more about Ellen.


Courageous Conversations Across Generations with Margarita Sarmiento

For the first time in our nation’s history, five of the six living generations are in the workplace. This generational evolution, oftentimes defined by differing values, beliefs and experiences, heavily impacts workplace communication. Differences in how each generation receives, processes and delivers information can create tension and misunderstanding at work. In this session, you’ll explore the characteristics and core values of each of the five generations in today’s workplace and how they can contribute to miscommunication. You’ll learn preferred communications methods and styles for generational impact and discover techniques to have courageous conversations to constructively resolve misunderstandings, with an opportunity to practice these useful strategies.

Margarita Sarmiento designs and presents customized training and implementation programs for public, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to improve organizational and personal performance. Her work encompasses professional development, team building, leadership, organizational planning, board development, cross-cultural communication and diversity. Read more about Margarita.


The NLC Leadership Conference is the premier event in Tampa Bay for anyone who works for a nonprofit, wants to work for a nonprofit, serves as a nonprofit board leader or partners with nonprofits. Join 700 nonprofit and business leaders to learn from and connect with each other as we work to strengthen our skills, our organizations and our communities.

This conference will sell out, so be sure to secure your spot now!

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