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
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).