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Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, 222 E. Willow Ave., Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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Have you identified the next step in your career? In fundraising and nonprofit work, it is often challenging to identify your career path. Will you do the same job forever? Are you interested in someday having a leadership role at your organization? Are you looking to grow within your current organization? Are you looking to find the right experiences to get ready for the next level?

Speakers Theresa Nihill, chief operating officer of Metropolitan Family Services and Laura Stokes-Gray of Stokes-Gray Consulting will share their experiences in the nonprofit sector. The program will include how long-term career planning will allow you to grow within your organization and will identify what skills you may need to develop on the job or outside of your position.

Theresa Nihill, chief operating officer of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago. Nihill is a strong leader and has fostered relationships within her work network and in the community. She was a former social worker and then the executive director of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage in Wheaton before her promotion to the Chicago office. Nihill leads the human services agency’s work to expand and build new systems, further strengthen its community partnerships, and continue to develop and deliver its high-quality programming and services. Throughout her 30-year career providing lower-income families with job, education, health and other services, she has demonstrated leadership. She was named as one of the “50 Under 50” and a Woman of Distinction, the latter by Suburban Life Media.

Laura Stokes-Gray is an independent consultant with Executive Service Corps of Chicago and has been a member of their Interim Executive Director Practice Group for nine years. As principal of Stokes-Gray Consulting, she specializes in transition management, interim executive leadership, capacity building, strategic planning, mergers, and board governance. Formerly, a senior bank executive for more than 20 years, Stokes-Gray has experience in complex project management, business planning, finance, operations, and marketing communications, and has turned her expertise and relationship-building skills into the opportunity to assist nonprofits in moving forward.

Registration is limited to 50 attendees and closes at noon on January 17, 2017. Please note, due to security procedures at Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, there will be no late registration allowed and no walk-in registration. Thank you for understanding.

Please note that parking is limited. There is parking in the lot and on Reber, Illinois, Willow and Washington Streets. The City parking lot nearby is also available. Please adhere to local parking signage. 

Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 AM. Program starts at 8:30 a.m.

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