About the Conference

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McClellan Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652


October 5, 2017
7:30 am- 6:30 pm



7:30am – Doors Open

8:30am – Plenary Session Begins

9:00am – Vu Le, Opening Keynote

10:00am – Workshop Sessions 1

11:30am – Lunch & Marketplace

12:15pm – Joan Garry, Midday Keynote

1:30pm – Workshop Sessions 2

3:15pm – Workshop Sessions 3

4:30pm – Maria Teresa Kumar Closing Keynote

5:15pm – Happy Hour Celebration, Networking & Giveaway

Join with California nonprofits, philanthropists, and passionate advocates for a full day of inspiration and practical tools.


-Learn from national experts.


-Network with your peers and business leaders who support nonprofit excellence.


-Bring your Board members to hear three celebrity keynotes who will ignite passion for your cause.


If you join us, this really will be the northern California nonprofit conference of the year.


National Speakers

We are pleased to welcome three national thought leaders

Vu Le, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu is a well-known speaker and creator of the weekly blog, Nonprofit AF (formerly Nonprofit With Balls). He also hosts the Facebook Group, Nonprofit Happy Hour that enjoys over 24,000 members.

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Joan Garry, a national nonprofit consultant and Huffington Post writer, where she’s developed the reputation as The Dear Abby of Nonprofits. Joan authored the book, Guide to Nonprofit Leadership that debuted in March 2017, and helps produce NBC’s Give, the first network television show about philanthropy and nonprofits. Joan served as executive director of the national advocacy organization, GLAAD.

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Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and in 2013, Elle named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. A dynamic community leader, Maria Teresa was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth to empower a generation of young voters. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over a quarter million voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.

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We are pleased to feature these experts and discussions in four topic areas:


The Executive Performance Review-Building Careers & Advancing Missions

Jeffrey Wilcox, Third Sector Company


Retirement Plan Issues for Tax Exempt Organizations

Scott Galbreath, Murphy Austin


He Said/ She Said Workplace Investigations

Kim Gusman, California Employers Association


Minefields of Employment Law

Aaron Silva & Shawn Joost, Murphy Austin


Attracting & Retaining Top Talent

Alisa Knight & Barbara Bevilacqua of TriNet


Engaging Millennials Through a Strengths-Based Approach

Helen Yee, Certified StrengthsFinder Consultant


Nonprofit Student Debt Project & GrantAdvisor 

Christina Dragonetti, CalNonprofits

Philanthropy & Financial Management

Panel: The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Erin Stone, TLCS
Martin Gallegos, Hospital Association of Southern CA
Chris Bao, Barney & Barney LLC
Chris Stickney, United Agencies, Inc.


Building your Nonprofit’s Financial Muscles

Stacey Powell, Finance Gym


Grow Your Planned Giving Program

Colleen Watters, Attorney at Law


How to Create Wealth

April Javist, Sacramento Public Library Foundation
Michelle Nelson, Mann Urrutia Nelson CPAs & Associates LLP
Chris L. Johnson, Principal Financial Group


Financial Wellness

Chris L. Johnson & Frank Juliano, Principal Financial Group


Panel: More Money, More Mission, The Evolution of Event Fundraising

Carrie Johnson, Stanford Youth Solutions
Eric Johnson, Eric Auctions
Doug Kor, OsmosVote
Trudy Harris, Team Giving
Jeannie Howell, Sacramento Region Community Foundation



Panel: Is it Time for a Capital Campaign? 

Rachel Zillner, SAFE Credit Union
Laurie MacIntosh, River Trail Consulting
Greg Mellor, First Citizens Bank


The Donor Engagement Cycle

Brianna Ezzell, Kiln Brands

Organizational & Community Impact 

ABCs of Advocacy

Kim Stone, Stone Advocacy


Mastering the Essentials of the Nonprofit Business Model

Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group


Creating a Winning Team and Unbeatable Organization, the “Secret Sauce”

Linda Bigler, COACH
Carolyn Lewis, The Lewis Group


Panel: Successful Strategic Collaborations

Kelly Brenk, Sutter Health
Bree Cahill, Social Venture Partners
Dr. David Innis, Align Capital Region
Staci Anderson, PRO Youth & Family
Faith Whitmore, Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center


Panel: Leading Consciously, An Implicit Bias Primer

Cassandra Pye, 3.14 Communications
Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way California Capital Region
Bonnie Ferreira, American Leadership Forum- Mtn. Valley Chapter
Nancy Lee, Nancy P. Lee, PC


Time for a Legal Tune-Up: Compliance Issues for Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations 

Corinne Gartner, Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP

Healthy Organizations 

Stay Connected Inside & Outside in Divisive Times

Jean Holsten, Bread of Life


Getting in Sync- Inspiring Alignment Among Board, Staff, Partners & Stakeholders

Mark Simon, Storywalkers Consulting Group


Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

Kristene (K.N.) Smith, Mental Health California


Best Practice Disciplines of Great Organizations

Craig Hettrich, Renaissance Exec Forums


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