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Upcoming events

    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • National Louis University, 850 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532

    Owning Your Nonprofit Career: Navigating the World of Fundraising and Leadership

    Tap into the skills, education, and relationship-building advice that will help you grow as a development professional. A panel of seasoned nonprofit professionals, executives, and leadership coaches will share their career trajectories and experiences while also giving participants actionable advice to find resources available to them, grow in their roles, articulate and achieve their professional goals, and develop into successful fundraisers and community leaders. Participants will gain insight into:

    • The benefits of earning the CFRE
    • Identifying and connecting with mentors
    • Navigating shifts in roles and responsibilities
    • The key behaviors of a successful leader
    • Taking responsibility for your career path
    • Serving as a mentor
    • How passion can shape your career
    • How to identify your strengths and build on them
    • Formally and informally building leadership and fundraising skills

    Whether you’re currently in a fundraising or philanthropy role, hoping to transition into one, or looking to gain more concrete career advice about the nonprofit sector, this panel applies to you!

    About Our Panelists:

    India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE has over 20 years of nonprofit success. She is the CEO of Shore Community Services in Skokie, Illinois. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), she currently serves on CFRE International's Board of Directors. Ms. Ehioba is a highly accomplished major and planned giving fundraiser, having established successful multi-million dollar planned giving programs. A well-known speaker, trainer, and presenter of philanthropy and nonprofit management, Ms. Ehioba holds a Master degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation, a Chicago-based grantmaking foundation.

    Eric Gardner has been the Director of Philanthropy at Loaves & Fishes Community Services for the past three years. Two overseas deployments with the Marine Corps inspired a move to the nonprofit sector, with a focus on food security and community building. Prior to his position at Loaves & Fishes, Eric worked in development roles at the Boy Scouts of America and West Suburban Community Pantry. Eric enjoys spending time with his family and tending to his apple and peach trees.

    Karen Kuchar is a leadership coach and organizational consultant to nonprofits. Her leadership experience has been focused on leading organizations through transformative change through engaging board, staff, and stakeholders. She currently leads three Nonprofit Executive Leadership Circles, meeting monthly with a leaders in a confidential setting that provides group support and challenge in leadership development. Her career included 16 years as Executive Director at Family Shelter Service. She values a collaborative leadership style to achieve growth in programs, facilities and fund development. Her particular interest is developing leaders and high functioning teams. Karen holds an MS in Counseling Psychology and is an adjunct faculty at North Central College.

    Michelle Sherbun, PCC, ELI-MP, President of Michelle Sherbun, LLC, is a leadership coach and nonprofit management consultant with 40 years of experience. She is committed to building socially conscious public/private partnerships that strengthen the mission and capacity of organizations to lead change. Michelle brings philanthropists, advisors, businesses, and nonprofit leaders together in radical collaborations that turn good ideas into great solutions. Michelle is past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2016 Michelle was recognized by AFP Chicago with the Benjamin Franklin Award for her contributions to the fundraising profession. And in 2017, she received the President’s Award for her contributions to the AFP Chicago Chapter.


    Kaitlyn M. Balsewicz, CFRE is a development officer with DuPage Foundation. She coordinates Foundation events and assists with all aspects of donor engagement as well as the Foundation's marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kait worked at Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago as its foundation relations manager. There she collaborated with senior staff to prepare compelling reports and proposals for funding partners and stewarded a grants portfolio of national and family foundations through which she secured more than $7MM in revenue during her tenure. Kait graduated from St. Norbert College with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies. Kait is a lifelong resident of DuPage County, grew up in Glen Ellyn, and lives in Winfield with her husband.


    Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 AM. Program starts at 8:30 a.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Check-In and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Community House, 415 W 8th St, Hinsdale, IL 60521

    Manage Stress and Increase Resilience

    Stress is a normal part of life--it’s how we manage it that matters. Even if you’re handling daily stressors well, prolonged stress can reduce your resilience and negatively impact your health. It can also lead to disengagement and burnout. Often, we don’t realize the impacts of stress as we’re living through it.

    In this session, we’ll help you develop habits that increase your ability to manage stress and build resilience.

    You’ll learn simple things you can do in the moment to change your attitude and see the positive side of stress. We’ll examine the health benefits of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and practice them in the session.

    You’ll learn:

    • Simple self-care strategies
    • Nine daily choices to improve your resilience
    • The magic of silence and how to bring more of it into your life
    • How to optimize your energy

    If you’re looking for new ideas to improve your health and well-being, join us. You’ll leave with simple ways to improve your resilience and increase your performance and engagement at work.

    About Our Speaker, Kyra Cavanaugh

    Kyra is the president of 15Be, a learning experiences company she started in 2018 after selling her former business, Life Meets Work. At 15Be, she leverages her experience of training thousands of managers, the latest scientific research, and global traditions to spark courageous leaders who value wellbeing as much as performance.

    She’s a nationally-recognized speaker, blogger and commentator on workforce and wellbeing issues, and the author of two books: Who Works Where and Who Cares, and 100 Ways to Wellbeing in 10 minutes or Less.

    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration Check-In and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

Past events

21 Nov 2019 Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success
16 Oct 2019 WSPN's Happy Hour
12 Sep 2019 Reading Between the Numbers: Understanding Nonprofit Finance
06 Sep 2019 Food for Thought
23 Jul 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
20 Jun 2019 Successful Board Fundraising-Tips and Practical Advice from Small, Medium and Large Organizations
21 May 2019 17th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
18 Apr 2019 The Business Case Behind Building Diverse Teams in the Nonprofit Workplace
08 Apr 2019 Inaugural Food for Thought
21 Mar 2019 Balancing Act: How to Manage, Balance, and Thrive in a Small Organization
21 Feb 2019 Engaging Professional Advisors in the Philanthropic Process
13 Feb 2019 Cocktails & Conversation
17 Jan 2019 Mentoring and Role-Modeling: Why It's a Big Deal for You and Your Organization
27 Nov 2018 WSPN The Happiest Hour
15 Nov 2018 Money in the Middle - Making the Most of Mid-Level Donors
11 Oct 2018 Storytelling Your Way to #GivingTuesday Success
13 Sep 2018 The War for Fundraising Talent and How Small Shops Can Win
12 Jul 2018 WSPN's Summer Social
21 Jun 2018 Funders Panel
19 Apr 2018 Creating an Unforgettable Online Presence Suitable for a Goldfish
15 Mar 2018 Developing Effective Junior Boards
15 Feb 2018 Special Event Bootcamp
18 Jan 2018 Promoting your Nonprofit through Public Relations
07 Dec 2017 WSPN Holiday Gathering
08 Nov 2017 The 3rd Annual Partners in Philanthropy Day
19 Oct 2017 Finding the Dollars in Your Data
21 Sep 2017 The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
07 Sep 2017 WSPN After Hours
15 Jun 2017 Funders Panel
23 May 2017 15th Annual West Suburban Philanthropic Network Awards Luncheon
20 Apr 2017 Restructuring for Success: Mission Sustainability through Organizational Restructuring & Strategic Collaborations
16 Mar 2017 Board Development and Engagement
16 Feb 2017 Finding & Working with the “Invisible” Staff Members
19 Jan 2017 Planning Ahead: Charting Your Career Path to Best Benefit You and Your Organization

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