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#AskYNPNTC event recap

On November 18, YNPN-TC hosted its first-ever virtual event, #AskYNPNTC. Young nonprofit pros from across the state--and even the nation!--joined in our day-long conversation by following the hashtag on Twitter. Questions raised by YNPs touched on a range of topics from giving shout-outs to folks doing good, transplants and moving, volunteer recruitment, the nonprofit arts scene, event planning, social media engagement, and literally everything in between (anyone recall the great taco debate?). 

This inaugural conversation was a great success: @ynpntc saw over 28,000 impressions, had 57 retweets, 83 replies, and 133 likes! Huge thanks to everyone who participated, whether you creeped on the hashtag during your work day (admit it, you kept an eye on your social feed), tweeted your questions, or shared your insights and experiences; this event would not have been possible without you.

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Five tips this stylist wants you to know when dressing for work

main.jpgIn late September, I was invited to be one of the experts at the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Professional Polish event. As a stylist, I work with clients who are in the midst of change. They’re interviewing for a new job, transitioning into a more visible role at their current gig, re-entering the workforce, starting their own business or speaking before an audience. Each client is embarking on a life transition and ready to express the most polished, confident and authentic version of themselves.

And I love helping them do just that. I find wardrobe one of the easiest ways to shift not only how others see you, but more importantly, how you perceive yourself. Here are the five tips I want you to know when dressing for work.

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Saturday morning connection: Scattershot Cafe recap

main.jpgHow many networking events do you attend where you bring your kids? How often do you get together with other young professionals in a playroom with boisterous toddlers climbing on plastic slides? My professional and personal worlds collided in this environment – a discussion about parenting as a nonprofit professional, part of YNPN’s Scattershot Café event. In the nine months since I’ve been a parent, happy hour has been more of a challenge, but this Saturday morning get-together was just my speed. 

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Sharing My Half-Baked Ideas with YNPN-TC: My Experience with 'Five Minutes in Hell'

Naaima Khan presents at \Are you planning to attend Five Minutes in Hell on October 23 at Honey? 2012 presenter, Naaima Khan, reflects on why she was thrilled to be a part of last year's event, and the rewards that came from sharing her inner musings with her nonprofit peers.

“If only nonprofit managers and staff understood how to inculcate and implement a culture of diversity and inclusion, there wouldn’t be so much conundrum and lack of action around the issue…”  There again ran my crazy, rambling thoughts as I walked from the conference venue back to my car. If only there was a call to action that would jolt nonprofits out of setting up fancy conferences to talk about diversity into action on embracing it, wouldn’t it be so nice? Such inner-promptings gave rise to many inner-monologues, which, again, gave rise to more inner-musings.

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Event Recap| Scattershot Cafe

main.jpgSummer weekends are revered in the Twin Cities - free festivals, lake and trail adventures, flex Fridays, and Vitamin D replenishment - yet a few dozen YNPN members and potential members spent part of their Saturday, May 19 at one of 11 coffee shops throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul to network in their neighborhood.

Inaugurally organized in a more grassroots effort to engage members in a uniquely formatted way on a new day of the week, the Scattershot Cafes gave attendees the opportunity to really dig into a topic and connect with a smaller group of people. Coffee talk topics ranged from community-based topics for transplants and former AmeriCorps members to advanced professional development talks on starting a nonprofit consulting firm and how to worry less about the financial state of nonprofits.

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YNPN Twin Cities Insider: Catching up on turning it up (to 11)

You're busy. You probably miss a lot of events and opportunities for professional and leadership development. If one of those missed opportunities was our last Insider event—Turn It Up To 11: Finding the Next Setting in Your Leadership Path—you've got some homework to do.

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