Calling all young nonprofit professionals!
By Lauren Jeong, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
This August, hundreds of professionals from nonprofit organizations across the U.S. will converge on Atlanta for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Annual Conference. As Board Chair for YNPN’s Atlanta Chapter I’m excited to welcome friends and colleagues to Atlanta for networking, interactive workshops, presentations and local tours.
The conference theme is Leading Through Change. Attendees will have opportunities to build their own leadership skills and learn how to foster inclusive leadership. They will gain tools to facilitate change while maintaining a lens on equity and diversity. And they will gain perspective on how national and local policies impact the work of those of us in the social sector who are passionate about social change and improving our communities.
Our agenda is looking strong and new speakers are being added every week. Ongoing updates can be found here.
What I really value about this conference is its mix of personal and professionally-focused sessions, with sessions ranging from self-care, to starting a nonprofit, to amplifying your organization’s brand. There’s something for everyone – from recent graduates just launching their careers to more seasoned professionals looking for best practices for moving their organizations forward – there will be lots of opportunities for advancing. And there is ample time built in for networking with colleagues and making new professional connections.
As a local YNPN chapter leader, I’m also looking forward to pre-conference sessions for my counterparts leading chapters in other cities, where we will share tips on board development and membership engagement for our local chapters. YNPN has been a great resource during my career by helping me develop new skills and build another circle of influence to provide great feedback, counsel and learning.
I hope to see lots of old and new friends in Atlanta next month!