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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • Ongoing
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    This if for payments made by members to support other members in need of dues amnesty. 

    • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Webinar
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    Program Description

    The “land of the free and the home of the brave” – the American ideal described in our national anthem – is not the experience many people have in our workplaces. Those experiences are often more aptly described as the “land of the disengaged and the home of the fearful.”

    Current chaotic conditions – the pandemic, working remotely, economic challenges, systemic racism, lack of diversity and inclusion at all levels in our enterprises, work/life balance challenges, etc. – have created the possibility for a radically redesigned Human Resources function, leading a revolutionary reimagination of workplace conditions, resulting in “People First” cultures, that FOCUS on unleashing your potential, with the productivity and financial stability being the outcomes.

    REARCHITECTING WORK . . . Unleashing Your Potential will provide key insights regarding the 10 rearchitecting work design principles that are the foundation for this approach. You will also gain insights into the unprecedented impact a radically redesigned HR function could have in your organization.     

    An Introduction to 10 Rearchitecting Work Design Principles:

    • ¨     CEO and HR 100% Alignment
    • ¨     HR Paradigm Shift
    • ¨     A Possibility Mindset Operating System
    • ¨     Human-Centered Leadership
    • ¨     Inspired Accountability
    • ¨     Psychologically Safe Communications
    • ¨     Raving Fans Recruiting
    • ¨     Unleashing Potential, Purpose, Passion, Power Careers
    • ¨     Semi-Monthly Possibility Partners Conversations vs. Annual Performance Reviews
    • ¨     Radical Empathy, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging


    About the Presenter

    Dianne is a Human Resources professional who combines her communication and relationship skills with organizational and human development expertise to create the conditions that support the unleashing of the potential of an organization’s team members. Her breadth of expertise allows her to create strategic plans, comprehensive infrastructures, efficient processes, and holistic systems that drive an organization’s success.

    Dianne’s strategic and human-centered leadership approach results in cultures of empowerment and inspired accountability. Individuals are confident and competent, as they authentically and collaboratively unleash their purpose and potential in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization.

    Prior to launching Possibility Partners.org, Dianne served as the Chief Possibility Officer at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, where she was able to lead an “everybody matters” culture transition. A key component of that culture was Possibility Partner bi-weekly, one-on-one conversations between team members and their team leaders, as a replacement for the annual performance review process.

    Prior to the YWCA, Dianne held various HR positions within the Public Relations industry at multi-national agencies such as Ketchum and Fleishman Hilliard, as well as a wide range of entrepreneurial startups.  Dianne began her career in customer service and operations management with Deluxe Check. She received her BA from DePaul’s School for New Learning and subsequently completed a mediation certification program at DePaul.

    She has developed a blueprint for a workplace paradigm shift from a focus on performance management to a focus on unleashing potential that is contained in her soon-to-be-published book, Rearchitecting Work . . . Possibility Partners Unleashing Potential.  The importance of business results does not change, but HOW those results are achieved is radically altered.


    This program qualifies for 1.5 CFREs



Past events

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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