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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • Ongoing
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    • Thursday, October 20, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Fullersburg Woods Nature Center 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL
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    Program Description:
    Stress, worry, financial goals, and performance expectations can create psychological, emotional, and physical difficulties both in and out of the office. Without having the skillful means to work under challenging circumstances, the crucial work of nonprofit professionals can become further exacerbated and lead to burnout. When our minds and bodies are speedy we often fail to perceive nuances in context, deeper meanings to situations, and what is actually going on with our team, a colleague, a donor, or a client and can result in financial loss for the business.

    Join David Schreier for this conversation on how you and your nonprofit team can put practices into place to improve your workplace culture and the mission work that brings your agency together. Mindfulness training in the nonprofit workplace provides employees with simple tactics to alleviate pressures while providing a greater level of precision in work output and improving team relationships. Cultivating those moments of insight through mindfulness activities can help with decision-making, strategy planning, and developing improved instincts. Mindfulness training moves individuals from habitual responses to more planned approaches. Which in turn leads to greater creativity, flexibility, and awareness to situations so that more skillful tactics can be taken in the strategic and fundraising work at your agency. This session will include movement and we encourage you to come comfortably dressed.

    Learning Objective 1:
    Participants will strengthen interpersonal effectiveness through skillful listening and speaking techniques

    Learning Objective 2:
    Participants will learn ways to validate and involve others and create a safe, trusting environment

    Timeline:

    8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    About the presenter:

    David T. Schreier is President of David Schreier Associates LLC, a professional services firm founded in 2009 which assists nonprofit organizations with capacity building - planning & evaluation, resource & constituent development, and leadership development.

    He has consulted to organizations in the areas of arts, human service, education, healthcare, foundations, associations, and religion. David is a frequent presenter of workshops and seminars on topics related to nonprofit governance & management, advancement, planning, board development and communication.

    Prior to consulting, David served in senior positions with the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, DePaul University and Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois.

    David is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Studies at North Central College, where he designs and teaches courses on non-profit management and governance. He is a faculty member for Forefront and taught previously at Concordia University.

    He served for nine years as a board member for a 600-acre contemplative retreat center in Colorado.

    David is an authorized meditation instructor and teaches programs on mindfulness-related topics including working with conflict, developing skillful communication and avoiding burnout. Class participants are diverse – culturally, by gender/sexual orientation, ethnically, and socio-economically.

    He practices various contemplative arts (Japanese flowering arranging, miksang photography) and various forms of chi gong (body/breath centered movement).

    • Thursday, November 17, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, January 19, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, March 16, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:15 - 8:30 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual Panel
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    Program Description:

    More details coming soon!

    8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

    8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session


Past events

Thursday, September 15, 2022 Securing Top Talent in a Tight Market
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 20th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards
Thursday, June 16, 2022 June Funders Panel
Thursday, May 19, 2022 WSPN Peer-to-Peer Co-Working Session
Thursday, April 21, 2022 Trends in Fundraising
Thursday, March 17, 2022 Building a Data-Informed Culture
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Making the Ask, Successfully
Thursday, January 20, 2022 Rearchitecting Work . . . Unleashing Your Potential
Thursday, November 18, 2021 COVID Conversations: Reflecting on Lessons Learned and the Path Forward for Chicagoland Nonprofits
Thursday, October 21, 2021 Become a Nonprofit Social Media Superhero: Increase Your Marketing Reach and Efficiency Using Data
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Collaboration for the Win: How Finance and Development Can Work Together for Deeper Donor Engagement
Thursday, August 26, 2021 19th Annual WSPN Philanthropy Awards
Thursday, June 17, 2021 WSPN Funders Panel
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Leadership Succession Planning: The Secret to Sustainability and Growth
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Leveraging Data to Tell Your Story
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Partnering for Success: A Conversation about Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships in a post-COVID world
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Consultant Speed Dating
Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time Management & Organization Skills
Thursday, November 19, 2020 HOW TO: Grow Your Individual Giving (and become less dependent on government, program, or event revenue)
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Inclusive Storytelling: Incorporating Strengths-Based Strategies into Your Nonprofit’s Communications
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Nonprofits and Racial Equity – What Do We Do Now?
Thursday, August 27, 2020 CONNECT & CELEBRATE: WSPN 18th Annual Philanthropy Awards ~ A digital gathering recognizing this year's Honorees & Finalists
Thursday, June 18, 2020 WSPN's Funders Panel
Monday, May 11, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Free Online Webinar: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Truth About the True Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission
Thursday, March 19, 2020 CANCELLED - Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes
Monday, March 16, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Manage Stress & Increase Resilience
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 WSPN's Re"SOLUTION" 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Vision for your Profession
Monday, January 13, 2020 WSPN Board Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 WSPN's Happy Hour
Friday, October 04, 2019 NONPROFIT PARTNERS CONFERENCE 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Reading Between the Numbers: Understanding Nonprofit Finance
Friday, September 06, 2019 Food for Thought
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Successful Board Fundraising-Tips and Practical Advice from Small, Medium and Large Organizations
Thursday, April 18, 2019 The Business Case Behind Building Diverse Teams in the Nonprofit Workplace
Monday, April 08, 2019 Inaugural Food for Thought
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Balancing Act: How to Manage, Balance, and Thrive in a Small Organization
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Philanthropic Process
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Mentoring and Role-Modeling: Why It's a Big Deal for You and Your Organization
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 WSPN The Happiest Hour
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Money in the Middle - Making the Most of Mid-Level Donors
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Storytelling Your Way to #GivingTuesday Success
Thursday, September 13, 2018 The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win
Thursday, July 12, 2018 WSPN's Summer Social
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Funders Panel
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Creating an Unforgettable Online Presence Suitable for a Goldfish
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Developing Effective Junior Boards
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Special Event Bootcamp
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Promoting your Nonprofit through Public Relations
Thursday, December 07, 2017 WSPN Holiday Gathering
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 The 3rd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Finding the Dollars in Your Data
Thursday, September 21, 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
Thursday, September 07, 2017 WSPN After Hours
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Funders Panel
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 15th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Restructuring for Success: Mission Sustainability through Organizational Restructuring & Strategic Collaborations
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Board Development and Engagement
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Finding & Working with the “Invisible” Staff Members
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

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