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Upcoming events

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center 1450 Forest Gate Road Oak Brook, IL 60523 in the Canterberry Room

    Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth-Mindset for Success

    When faced with a decision, which path do you choose, smooth and straight knowing where you are going and feeling comfortable in the process or rocky and winding heading into the unknown and feeling totally out of your comfort zone? While the obvious reaction would be to choose the path that is predictable and outcomes are certain, research implies following a more challenging path is advantageous to growth, development, and overall success. Similarly, nonprofit organizations strive to be adaptable to an ever changing environment, yet often choose to follow a well-worn path with the expectation of different results. The choice is really dependent on mindset. Mindset is a range of beliefs that dictate thoughts and behavior stemming from a fixed perspective or a growth perspective. The performance of the workforce, the impact of the mission on clients, donors, and the community and the success of an organization is influenced by the leader’s mindset. Fixed mindset leaders focus on their power and believe abilities and intelligence are natural born talents. Therefore, challenges and failure create barriers and limitations to success. In contrast, a growth-mindset leader views challenges and obstacles as an opportunity to develop skills and continue learning and growing. A growth mindset culture fosters innovation, risk-taking, teamwork, and trust enabling employees to adopt a personal growth-mindset for reaching their highest potential.

    This session will explore how mindsets are formed, dynamics and strategies involved in shifting mindset to optimize a positive impact on you, your organization, your clients and donors, as well as, the value of engaging in a new approach to decision-making, problem-solving, development, and learning.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Recognize the difference between leading with a fixed mindset and leading with a growth mindset.
    • Examine values, beliefs, and attitudes to identify blind spots and fixed perspectives that create barriers to adopting a growth-mindset culture.
    • Compare the impact of a fixed mindset and growth mindset on failure and development of resilience and grit.
    • Discover the power of two simple words for transforming from a fixed to a growth-mindset.
    • View relationships through a mindset perspective to detect behaviors that lessen or increase effective communication.

    Dr. Susan Neustrom is Director of Villa St. Benedict Foundation, a senior community offering independent and assisted living and memory care, an author, speaker, and educator. She is dedicated to helping leaders take control of planned and unplanned change, eliminate fear, uncertainty, and anxiety, and ignite self-motivation for long term success.

    Susan has over 25 years’ experience leading personal, professional, and organizational change including work in the disability field, the jail system, and senior services. She is a keynote speaker, presenter, trainer, and facilitator at many universities, conferences, and organizations. Her topics focus on change, specifically leaving your comfort zone, awakening self-motivation, finding meaning and purpose in the workplace, fixed and growth mindset, and leadership and storytelling.

    Susan is also faculty at National Louis University and DePaul University. She holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University with a concentration in training and development and a B.S in Management from National Louis University. She has a published book addressing personal, professional, and organizational change, “The Comfort Zone Illusion-Leaving Your Comfort Zone is Not So Hard After All”.

    Additionally, Susan has completed a certificate in Whole Being Positive Psychology, is working on a certificate in Positive Psychology coaching from the Whole Being Institute, and a certificate in Compassion Training from the Compassion Institute-Stanford University.

    Registrants will receive 1.5 CFRE credits for attending this program.

    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


    More information on this program coming soon!

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 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

    Registrants will receive 1.5 CFRE credits for attending this program.

Past events

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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