Leadership Happy Hour

Leadership Happy Hour

About the Leadership Happy Hour

Looking to get to the next level in your nonprofit career? Want to know how other leaders have done it? Looking to connect with other rising nonprofit professionals? At the September Leadership Happy Hour, we take a fan-favorite YNPN event (Leadership Breakfasts) and put an evening, happy hour spin on it.

7 incredible nonprofit leaders will share their expertise on a variety of topics like how to advocate for yourself when you want a raise or promotion, how to make use of your values and background as a leader, and more. 

After our speakers share their perspective, we will break out into small, informal groups for additional questions, conversation, and networking.

Click SEND RSVP at the bottom of this page to register!

Featured speakers include:

dawne.jpgDawne Brown White, Executive Director, COMPAS

Dawne leads a staff of eleven at COMPAS by identifying and guiding program opportunities, securing funding, and overseeing fiscal management. She also provides strategic direction for marketing and communications, and future program development while providing oversight of administrative functions, and is responsible for representing COMPAS within the community and building productive partnerships and collaborations.

Carl.jpgCarl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director, Springboard for the Arts

Carl is responsible for leading national storytelling and partnership strategies through the Creative Exchange platform; for developing overall strategy and goal setting for communications, marketing and development, locally & nationally; developing and implementing individual giving strategies; and helping an amazing staff of artists and leaders do their best work.

JakeBlumberg_hires.jpgJake Blumberg, Executive Director, GiveMN

Jake leads all functions of GiveMN, a collaborative venture that aims to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation.

melissa.jpgMelissa Kjolsing Lynch, Director, MN Cup

Melissa leads MN Cup, a startup competition and hub that aims to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint. Since 2005, MN Cup has supported more than 12,000 entrepreneurs and awarded over $2 million in seed money. 

juliana.jpgJuliana Wilkins, Director of External Relations, COMPAS

As Director of External Relations, Juliana sets the strategic direction of COMPAS' marketing, public relations and communications work, and leads a team of staff members and volunteers to create and implement strategies and tactics around community outreach. Juliana also leads the individual giving program including cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors, and creating and leading mission-driven and memorable events that support fundraising efforts.

matt.jpgMatt Dreier, Director of Operations, Project Success

Matt is responsible for implementation of all HR procedures and manages the Theater Operations team which offers 150 theater events each year to middle and high school students in Minneapolis. Matt has also worked throughout the Midwest as an actor, director, and producer for theater and film. 

What you need to know:

  • We will convene in the event space at Black Dog.
  • Food and beverage are not provided, but Black Dog has tons of adult beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, and tasty food options. Happy hour pricing lasts until 6!
  • The program will begin at 5:45. The first half hour (approximately) will consist of our speakers introducing themselves and briefly discussing a professional development topic. For the remaining time, our speakers will be dispatched to different corners of the room and will answer questions in small breakout groups. Everyone can choose which speakers they want to network with, and our event facilitator will prompt everyone to form new groups every 10-15 minutes.
  • For those nervous about open networking, never fear. The YNPN blog has you covered! Check out Dallas Rising's tips here. If you'd like more reading material, this one is helpful too.
September 13, 2017 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Black Dog
308 Prince St
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
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Elsa Scheie

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