Events

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 04:30 PM · $10.00 USD · 10 rsvps
    Amway in Ada, MI

    Prepare for Success - Designing Your Road Map: Rung One in the Build Your Own Ladder Series

    Sponsored by Amway - Free for YNPN.GR members - There is a $10 deposit that will be returned upon arrival to the class. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin at kevin@ynpngr.org.

    August 22 at the Amway Global Headquarters from 4:30 to 7:00pm - lite appetizers 

    A primary challenge unique to the nonprofit sector is the lack of clear opportunities for upward mobility. In Michigan, the average staff size of a nonprofit organization is just over 9 people (Michigan Nonprofit Association), leaving little room for advancement within one organization. Compounding this, job titles and years of experience desired can vary greatly from one organization to the next, making it difficult to even identify new opportunities. While nonprofits benefit from their networked and typically flattened structures, for-profit and public entities with more traditional hierarchical structures benefit from clearly delineated corporate ladders for talent to climb. Nonprofit professionals on the other hand are left to blaze their own trails and build their own ladder as they navigate their careers.

    Join us in the new Building Your Own Ladder Development Series led by a cohort of leaders in our community. We’re with you each step of the way through this three-part series specifically curated to assist you learn, discover, and develop the skills and networks necessary to move up the rungs!


    Rung One: Prepare for Success - Designing Your Road Map

    Date: Thursday August 22, 2019

    Location: Amway Global Headquarters - 7575 Fulton St, Ada, MI 49355

    Led by: Mark R Freier, Co-founder of Nexecute Group

    Careers in the nonprofit world do not follow the straight line to promotion like their fellow for-profit counterparts. This can make preparing for your next non-profit career move a foggy path.

    Mark Freier, leadership consultant and Co-founder of Nexecute, will lead discussions to determine your personal "Road Map" to success.

    What personally drives you? What are your goals? Who are your key influencers in helping you attain your goals? How will this impact your career and job choices?

    Join us in this interactive session to learn where you want to go and how to get there.

     

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 04:30 PM · $10.00 USD · 1 rsvp
    WMCAT in Grand Rapids, MI

    Face Your Finance Fears - Building Your Financial Literacy: Rung Two in the Build You Own Ladder Series

    Sponsored by Amway - Free for YNPN.GR members - There is a $10 deposit that will be returned upon arrival to the class. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin at kevin@ynpngr.org.

    September 19 at the WMCAT from 4:30 to 7:00pm - lite appetizers 

    A primary challenge unique to the nonprofit sector is the lack of clear opportunities for upward mobility. In Michigan, the average staff size of a nonprofit organization is just over 9 people (Michigan Nonprofit Association), leaving little room for advancement within one organization. Compounding this, job titles and years of experience desired can vary greatly from one organization to the next, making it difficult to even identify new opportunities. While nonprofits benefit from their networked and typically flattened structures, for-profit and public entities with more traditional hierarchical structures benefit from clearly delineated corporate ladders for talent to climb. Nonprofit professionals on the other hand are left to blaze their own trails and build their own ladder as they navigate their careers.

    Join us in the new Building Your Own Ladder Development Series led by a cohort of leaders in our community. We’re with you each step of the way through this three-part series specifically curated to assist you learn, discover, and develop the skills and networks necessary to move up the rungs!


    Rung Two: Face Your Finance Fears - Building Your Financial Literacy

    Date: Thursday September 19, 2019

    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Locaction: WMCAT - 614 First St NW #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Led by: Tracy VanderHeide, CPA, Director of Finance + HR at WMCAT and Christine Lentine, Director of Finance + Regional Operations at Kids’ Food Basket

    Financial literacy is widely considered a crucial skill for nonprofit leadership, with support organizations like BoardSource naming it a core competency for Executive Directors. Yet, when asked to rate their areas of proficiency in nine areas in a nation-wide survey developed by YNPN and completed by more than 1,400 young professionals, financial literacy ranked dead last.

    Skills related to reading and developing budgets can help you determine the health of an organization, identify its priorities, better advocate where funds should be spent (i.e., maybe that raise you’ve been thinking of!), and assess program effectiveness. Simply put, this skill can help you better articulate the state of an organization and guide it into the future.

    Join Tracy VanderHeide, CPA, Director of Finance + HR at WMCAT and Christine Lentine, Director of Finance + Regional Operations at Kids’ Food Basket as they share their knowledge and expertise. In this interactive session and under their guidance you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of:
    • Basic types of financial statements
    • How to identify organizational priorities
    • Spotting red-flags and approaches to managing them

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 04:30 PM · $10.00 USD · 1 rsvp
    Amway in Ada, MI

    Manage Your Growth - Building Opportunities & Skills for the Future: Rung Three in the Build Your Own Ladder Series

    Sponsored by Amway - Free for YNPN.GR members - There is a $10 deposit that will be returned upon arrival to the class. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kevin at kevin@ynpngr.org.

    October 15 at the Amway Global Headquarters from 4:30 to 7:00pm - lite appetizers 

    A primary challenge unique to the nonprofit sector is the lack of clear opportunities for upward mobility. In Michigan, the average staff size of a nonprofit organization is just over 9 people (Michigan Nonprofit Association), leaving little room for advancement within one organization. Compounding this, job titles and years of experience desired can vary greatly from one organization to the next, making it difficult to even identify new opportunities. While nonprofits benefit from their networked and typically flattened structures, for-profit and public entities with more traditional hierarchical structures benefit from clearly delineated corporate ladders for talent to climb. Nonprofit professionals on the other hand are left to blaze their own trails and build their own ladder as they navigate their careers.

    Join us in the new Building Your Own Ladder Development Series led by a cohort of leaders in our community. We’re with you each step of the way through this three-part series specifically curated to assist you learn, discover, and develop the skills and networks necessary to move up the rungs!


    Rung Three: Manage Your Growth - Building Opportunities & Skills for the Future

    Date: Tuesday October 15, 2019

    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: Amway Global Headquarters - 7575 Fulton St, Ada, MI 49355

    Led by: Panel & Roundtable Discussion with Tiffany Page, Executive Director of West Michigan Red Cross; Libby Walhstrom, Development Director of the Literacy Center of West Michigan; Michelle Meulendyk, Senior Corporate Citizenship Specialist at Amway; Adnoris “Bo” Torres, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan; and more to be announced soon!

    In this culminating session of the Building Your Own Ladder series, we’ll hear directly from leaders in nonprofit and philanthropic community as they reflect on their own journeys of impact and how they grew and developed their careers. We’ll start with a curated panel discussion and end the evening in round tables where you’ll have the opportunity to network with the panelists in small groups!

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