• Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 14 rsvps
    Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, MI

    Building Winning Resumes

    According to Nonprofit HR, turnover within nonprofit organizations is just shy of 20 percent. Think about it, 1 in 5 nonprofit employees will leave their role this year. New opportunities are revealing themselves every day. Make sure you’re prepared to seize them at a moment’s notice.

    Join Rachel Bartels from Hello West Michigan, and learn tips and approaches for writing resumes that will highlight your leadership skills and get you in the door.

    As the Program Manager for Hello West Michigan, Rachel handles all marketing and communication strategy for the organization. She helps educate employers and prospective candidates about the region. Rachel also manages the internship program at Hello West Michigan. Besides teaching the basics of digital marketing and integrated communications, she enjoys the process of preparing her interns for the transition from student to young professional. As a community volunteer, Rachel serves as a co-chair for AQ Women’s Connection, a women’s focused networking group she helped co-found for alumnae and friends of her alma mater, Aquinas College. Prior to joining Hello West Michigan, Rachel handled the marketing for Aquinas College Career and Counseling Services.

    She was named one of Corp! Magazine’s Most Valuable Millennials in 2015, Grand Rapids Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2018, and was a finalist for the Grand Rapids’ Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 16 rsvps
    City Built Brewing

    Advocacy & Me

    Advocacy is an essential to meeting missions. It strengthens communities, elevates the voices of our stakeholders, and helps you address issues that you normally couldn’t on your own. Yet, according to BoardSource, only 15% of nonprofits nationally have established processes for how to engage in advocacy and lobbying. 

    This lack of guidance has led the field to be reluctant to advocate and lobby. Join Justin Sheehan, an experienced attorney and nonprofit leader, to learn what your organization can and cannot engage in and how to move your mission forward through advocacy!

    We'll also be joined by a staff member for House Representative, and former WMEAC Executive Director, Rachel Hood to hear first-hand how to engage with your elected officials! 

    Since November of 2015 Sheehan has been the Executive Director for Lansing Promise and, in addition, he currently works for Michigan Community Resources (MCR) traveling the state of Michigan supporting nonprofit organizations in learning their rights and building their capacity to engage in effective advocacy and lobbying efforts. Prior to his role at Lansing Promise, he was the Senior Legal & Policy Program Manager at MCR.

    MCR provides attorneys with pro bono opportunities that make a positive impact on low-income communities. The services provided by MCR involve a legal referral program which helps nonprofit organizations address questions and issues with transactional work, taxes, employment, intellectual property, and contracts.

    Note: Conversation Starters are held over the lunch hour, and limited appetizers will be provided for this specific session. At your own expense, you may order additional items from our host - City Built Brewing.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 6 rsvps

    Gearing Up for Giving Tuesday

    Like it or not, November is going to be here before we know it and GivingTuesday is just around the corner. In its inaugural year, 2012, the day raised $10.1 million. From there, Giving Tuesday rapidly grew, raising $274 million in 2016, just over $300 million in 2017, and a whopping $380 million in 2018. The day is expected to continue growing both in the number of organizations participating and in funds raised. At this point, you may be asking not only how your organization can get involved, but also how you can be successful. 

    Join Tory Martin, communication director for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU(a founding organization of Giving Tuesday), and be one of the organizations that gets noticed! Learn the steps to prepare for a successful campaign and utilize the day to engage stakeholders to set your organization for future success. Start your planning now and you’ll have plenty to be thankful for this November.

    As the director of communications and engagement, Martin partners with her colleagues on the senior leadership team to identify, implement, support, and promote the Johnson Center’s strategic priorities and vision for a world powered by smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy. She is responsible for steering the Johnson Center’s messaging and brand expression across digital and print platforms, and oversees our efforts to connect our work and mission with a growing community of philanthropists and nonprofit professionals.

    Note: Conversation Starters take place over the lunch hour, please feel free to bring your own food/snacks/drinks. Coffee and water will be provided.