NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference

Professional development for nonprofit board, staff, and volunteers

Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 11:45am - 6:00pm | In-Person VBC North Hall
700 Monroe Street Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Doors will open at 11:15 am

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NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference is an annual event that encourages nonprofit board members, staff, and volunteers to learn from and strengthen each other. This affordable, high-quality professional development across a wide range of topics connects nonprofit leaders with the strategies that will help them navigate challenges and help their organizations thrive.

Participant Quote

My board of directors and I all attend different sessions and come together afterwards to share our takeaways. These annual learnings have directly influenced our organization's operations and strategic plan.

KAREN OURIEL MOCKENSTURM,
Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater & Academy

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

"Doc Rock"

Meet Your Keynote Speaker

Dr. Karockas Watkins "Doc Rock" holds a doctorate of Philosophy and Theology as well as a Masters in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology. Dr. Watkins also holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a Graduate Certificate in Business Excellence from Vanderbilt University. He served in leadership positions with General Motors and IBM for over ten years, and is currently CEO/President of Ability Plus, Inc.

Dr. Watkins is a sought-after speaker and has facilitated leadership trainings in over twenty countries around the world. He joins the 9th annual NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference as Keynote Speaker to share his thoughts on the "Power of Purpose" to help nonprofit leaders understand how your purpose can impact those around you in a positive way.

"Your attitude determines your altitude." - Dr. Karockas Watkins "Doc Rock"

Course Catalog

CHECK-IN | 11:15 AM

Doors open at 11:15am for check-in and late registrations.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 11:45 AM - 12:45 AM

Dr. Karockas Watkins "Doc Rock" joins the 9th annual NAVIGATE Nonprofit Network Conference as Keynote Speaker to share his thoughts on the "Power of Purpose" to help nonprofit leaders understand how your purpose can impact those around you in a positive way.

SESSION 1 | 1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE "Build an Award Winning Board" with Stephanie Lowe, Committee of 100

BUDGET AND FINANCE "Merging Your Purpose with Your Financial Plans" with Chuck Brand, Brand Blackwell & Co 

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS  "The Heroic Leader: Teamwork, Trust and Courage" with Jim Owens, Performance Strategies Group

FUNDRAISING "Get the Basics of Fundraising in Less Than an Hour" with Nancy Reives, Ed.D., Fundraising Maximized®

NONPROFIT 101: READY TO LAUNCH! TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! (CLASS CLOSED) "One Giant Leap: Launching Your Nonprofit" with The Catalyst Crew Lisa Mays, JD; Sandy Edwards, CPA; Leigh Christian; and Austin Bullock  

NONPROFIT 401: LEADING CHANGE "How Does Your Noble Purpose Help You Navigate Change?" with Andrew Jennings, Transcend

OPERATIONS/HUMAN RESOURCES  "Re-Examining Nonprofit Team Management and Motivation in the Reality of the Next Norm" with Michael Bean, PassionHR, Inc.

PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY  "From Crisis to Abundance: The Pathway to Sustainability" with Missy Hanks, The ELM Foundation; Dale Jobes, Cintel, Inc.; Ann Kvach, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville; and Members of the Pathway 2022 Cohort

PUBLIC RELATIONS "Is Your Website Set Up for Success" with Lauren Gowins, The Bold Agency

SESSION 2 | 2:25 PM - 3:35 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE "Boardsmanship Training" with John Allen, Huntsville Committee of 100

BUDGET AND FINANCE (CLASS CLOSED) "Strategies to Avoid Legal Pitfalls and Other Liabilities" with David Harbarger, Fountain, Parker, Harbarger & Associates; and Robert Lockwood, Wilmer & Lee, PA 

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS "Building Your Emotional Intelligence Through Feedforward and Feedback" with Mary Ila Ward, Horizon Point Consulting, Inc.

FUNDRAISING "Learning How to Ask Donors for Money" with Nancy Reives, Ed.D., Fundraising Maximized®

NONPROFIT 101: READY TO LAUNCH! TO INFINITY AND BEYOND  "It's Not Rocket Science: Engineering a Sound Structure" with The Catalyst Crew Lisa Mays, JD; Sandy Edwards, CPA; Leigh Christian, Austin Bullock; and Maike DeMaria, Capabilitix

NONPROFIT 401: LEADING CHANGE  "What Did Successful Nonprofits Learn During the Pandemic and How Did They Pivot?" with Chris Newlin, National Children's Advocacy Center; Karen Mockenstrum, Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater; and Laura Huckabee-Jennings, Transcend

OPERATIONS/HUMAN RESOURCES  "Capture and Retain Talent During The Great Reshuffle" with Kristina Minyard, HRecruit, LLC.

PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY (No Seats Available) "True Charity Part 1: The Problem of Poverty" with James Whitford, True Charity Initiative; and Missy Hanks, The ELM Foundation

PUBLIC RELATIONS  "When to Spend the Money" with Abby Guasti, Red Sage Communications; and Wendy Daehn, Red Sage Communications

SESSION 3 | 3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

BOARD GOVERNANCE " Parlimentary Procedure" with John Allen, Huntsville Committee of 100; and Kathi Tew, Liberty Learning Foundation

BUDGET AND FINANCE (CLASS FULL) "All You Never Wanted to Know About Accounting" with Tim Hufford, Brand Blackwell & Co; and Nick Ranta, Brand Blackwell & Co

BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS "Graceful Accountability" with Jillian Miles Massey, Horizon Point Consulting, Inc.

FUNDRAISING "Stewardship: 5 Ways to Cultivate and Inspire Repeat Giving from Major Donors" with Nancy Reives, Fundraising Maximized®

NONPROFIT 101: READY TO LAUNCH! TO INFINITY AND BEYOND "Shooting for the Moon on a Nonprofit Budget" with The Catalyst Crew Lisa Mays, JD; Sandy Edwards, CPA; Leigh Christian; and Austin Bullock  

NONPROFIT 401: LEADING CHANGE "How Do You Succeed as a New Leader in a Large Existing Organization" with Sarah Savage-Jones, Huntsville Hospital Foundation; Stephanie Kelly, The Schools Foundation; Dr. Kimberly Robinson, US Space & Rocket Center; and Andrew Jennings, Transcend

OPERATIONS/HUMAN RESOURCES  "A Powerful Panel- Experienced Nonprofit Leaders Share Their Secrets for Managing Employee Change" with Cindi Williamson, New Hope Children's Clinic; Paulette Risher, Still Serving Veterans; and Reggie McKenzie, Harris Home for Children

PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY "True Charity Part 2: The Tools to Fight Poverty" with James Whitford, True Charity Initiative; and Missy Hanks, The ELM Foundation

PUBLIC RELATIONS  "Navigating Your Stakeholders and the Importance of Buy-in Throughout the Marketing Process" with Abby Guasti, Red Sage Communications, Inc.; and Wendy Daehn, Red Sage Communications, Inc.

NETWORKING RECEPTION | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Attendees are encouraged to continue networking with fellow nonprofit leaders at the reception located in the North Hall immediately following the conference.

Platinum Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

      Silver Sponsors

      • Cintel, Inc.
      • Dynetics, Inc.
      • Simon Solutions
      • Triple E Fund

      Bronze Sponsors

      • Joe And Pam Alexander
      • Rey and Cynthia Almodóvar
      • Bridgeworth Wealth Management
      • Crestwood Medical Center
      • ERC
      • Dr. James and Violet Gilbert
      • Hinson & Hinson, P.C.
      • Huntsville Hospital Foundation
      • I3 Cares foundation
      • Troy 7, Inc.

      Track Sponsors

      • AFP North Alabama
      • Brand Blackwell & Company
      • Huntsville Committee of 100
      • Leadership Greater Huntsville
      • Public Relations Council of North Alabama (PRCA)
      • The Catalyst Center
      • The ELM Foundation
      • Transcend
      • United Way of Madison County

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