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Our mission is to provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals, and events are a big part of achieving that goal! Find a range of events to meet your interests, and become a member now if you’d like to be updated about future programming. 

Ethical Storytelling with Sandra Boone

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 51 rsvps
Virtual Event via Zoom

Storytelling is a powerful tool used by nonprofits use to create connections with their audience. It allows individuals to experience the organization’s operations and values rather than simply reading a description. Most often, these stories are based on the real-life experiences and words of a specific person, but all-to-often communicators, development staff, and organizations can focus so heavily on creating a story that helps the organization that they forget to consider what is right and best for that individual.

Join YNPN-TC for a discussion about what it means to use ethical storytelling practices to create and share stories that balance the need to develop stories that fulfill organizational objectives with a deeper responsibility to honor and respect the individuals whose stories you share and the populations you organizations serve. Attendees will first listen to a webinar created by Ethical Storytelling, a group that has created a powerful pledge for nonprofit professionals who write and share stories. Next, participants will hear examples from local nonprofit professionals about what it has meant to do ethical storytelling in their work and be given the opportunity to have further discussions in breakout rooms.


Sandra Boone (she/her) is a proud communications professional, politics geek, and nonprofit nerd with 15 years of experience working in communications and research roles in higher education, nonprofit, governmental, and political settings. She is guided by a mission to create audience-centric communications that ensure people receive the information they need to make decisions, at the time they need it, and in ways they understand.

For the last six years, Sandra has worked as a Communications Specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance where she leads communications strategy for International Student and Scholar Services and the Immigration Response Team. Sandra graduated this summer from the University of Minnesota with a Strategic Communication MA and Literacy & Rhetorical Studies minor, and she conducted her final research on the need for ethical/equitable storytelling practices for strategic communication and public relations professionals through an examination of anti-trafficking communications. Before starting her MA, Sandra served as YNPN-TC's Board Secretary, At-Large Board Member, and Managing Blog Editor.

Sandra Boone


Cori Ertz (she/her) career spans politics, policy advocacy and organizing, public health, healthcare access, international development and fundraising and branding; while advancing charitable missions that create more prosperous, inclusive and equitable communities.

As development director of the International Institute of Minnesota, a 100 year old social services agency dedicated to the inclusion of New Americans in Minnesota, Cori directs the organization’s fundraising, marketing communications, events and volunteer programs.

Cori Ertz

It can be stressful to work in the nonprofit sector; working grueling hours for little pay. You care deeply
about the cause and it's the sacrifice you chose to make. Burnout seems inevitable. But does it really
have to be this way?

Although rarely acknowledged, this work culture has been shaped by white supremacy and capitalism.
In this workshop, we will explore the common problem of burnout within the nonprofit sector and how
white supremacy culture has created an unsustainable approach to social change.

We will equip you with strategies for combating white supremacy culture both individually and
systemically. We are excited to share how a sense of well-being provides sustained engagement in the
work and becomes a powerful act of resistance.


Paul Johnson currently serves as co-chair of the Governance Committee on the YNPN-TC Board of
Directors. He is also the founder of Proactivism, a coaching and consulting firm that helps activists and
nonprofit professionals do social change work from a place of balance, mindfulness, and resilience. He
believes that it is not only possible, but it is necessary for change-makers to manage stress and prevent
burnout so that they can effectively and sustainably do this hard work for years to come. He lives in
South Minneapolis with his partner, Bailey, their pets--Curry and Pita--and a little one on the way! 


Rochelle Younan-Montgomery most recently served as the Director of College Access with College
Possible. She has a background in climate science education, environmental justice activism and
diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. She is passionate about centering voices that are
most impacted by systems of oppression within institutions, as well as developing culturally competent
and empathetic leaders. She is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI and lives in South Minneapolis with
her partner David, daughter Maia and quirky dog Olive.


Virtual Leadership Breakfast with Patience Ferguson

Friday, October 16, 2020 at 07:45 AM · 34 rsvps

About the Leadership Breakfast Series:

Looking to get to the next level in your nonprofit career? At YNPN Twin Cities' Leadership Breakfast series, nonprofit leaders will share with you exactly how they did it, what they learned and what they're looking for in a rising nonprofit leader.

A little bit about Patience Ferguson, Chief Human Resources Officer for the City of Minneapolis:

Patience Ferguson

Patience Ferguson is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the City of Minneapolis. An inspirational and courageous leader, she strives to promote and foster an inclusive workplace environment designed to achieve optimal results. She leads and develops strategies the areas of talent acquisition and development, workforce planning, labor relations, diversity and inclusion, total rewards and employee engagement.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Minnesota.

Ferguson is a Governing Body Co-Chair for the CHRO Leadership Summit, and a board member and vice chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Committee for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

She is also the recipient of the Diversity in Business Award from the Twin Cities Business Journal.

Leadership Breakfast Registration Lottery

Registration for this event will be open from Tuesday, September 29 through Monday, October 5. We allow as many people to sign up for the event as possible, and from there we choose 25 participants at random, while also holding space for young nonprofit professionals who identify as a person of color. We do this to keep these events intimate while ensuring everyone has a fair chance to attend a Leadership Breakfast event. If you registered for the lottery and identify as a person of color, you can email to let us know to place your name in the correct lottery.

Our facilitator will reach out to all participants on Tuesday, October 6 letting everyone know whether or not they received a spot through the lottery. Lottery winners will be asked to submit a question for our speaker in order to confirm their space. Unconfirmed spaces will be given to members of the wait list.

What you need to know:

  • The virtual leadership breakfast will be held through Zoom, confirmed lottery winners will receive meeting link from facilitator.

Compensation equity is a big, often ignored issue in the non-profit and public sector. Many people assume the social sector’s mission driven philosophy and female dominated workforce would insulate it from the  societal and systemic issues that perpetuate inequality in other sectors. However according to the 2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation report, white women made 77% of the total earnings made by white men. This gap is even more pronounced for women of color. In comparison to white men in the nonprofit workforce, Black or African American women made 61% of total earnings and Hispanic women made 53% of total earnings in 2017. Asians, Native Americans,  and other women of color reported similar pay discrepancies.

These inequalities have real consequences for nonprofit and public sector professionals, but you can make a difference for yourself and others! Join a diverse panel of philanthropic, nonprofit, and government agency professionals as they demonstrate how you can leverage publicly available tools and information like Salary and Jobs Survey Reports and form 990s to address wage and title discrepancies and advocate for change.



Kaitlin Ostlie started her career in philanthropy working for the Minnesota Council on Foundations in 2011. In late 2014, she joined InFaith Community Foundation team as their Grants Associate where she is responsible for supporting all grantmaking activities across the Foundation, including due diligence and compliance for grants from donor advised funds and community foundation initiatives. Kaitlin has successfully made the case for pay equity for herself and others, increasing associate level pay at her organization by 40% over 5 years. She is the James L. Oberstar Fellow in Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School working towards her Master’s in Public Affairs. She received a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is an active member of the Peak Grantmaking Minnesota Steering Committee.


Tashie Sloley is the senior grants manager at Borealis Philanthropy. She has over a decade of grants and database management experience in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining Borealis, she served as senior grants manager at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and served as grants
manager at NEO Philanthropy, where she provided programmatic and administrative support for five collaborative funds and over fifty fiscally sponsored projects. As a woman of color devoted to social justice, she believes in the power of developing leadership of all community members, especially those most marginalized. Tashie is passionate about grants and data management, philanthropy, collaboration, activism, and social justice. She is currently the co-chair of PEAK Grantmaking’s Communications Committee for the New York Chapter.

Indya Hartley is the grants manager at The ELMA Philanthropies Service (U.S.), Inc., which provides philanthropic advisory services to the ELMA Group of Foundations. In her role, Indya is responsible for leading ELMA’s grants and knowledge management across all ELMA offices, with locations in New York, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kampala. Prior to joining ELMA, Indya served as the grants manager for the Heckscher Foundation for Children, a private foundation in New York City whose mission is to level the playing field for underserved youth in the city. Indya was responsible for the comprehensive database, managing over $10 million in disbursements annually. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University and a BS in Health Studies from Utica College. Indya is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration, and is also co-chair of the PEAK New York Chapter.


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