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24th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies. Make it an Inside Job: Unlocking Success by Innovating from Within. Presenters.

 Opening Plenary Session

Jacqueline Smith

The "Inside Job" Imperative

Presented by: Jacqueline Smith, JD, Assistant Vice President of University Initiatives, Arizona State University
8:45 – 9:15am (20 minute presentation with 10 minute Q&A session)

Over the last ten years, we have experienced a surge in the creation of new enterprises (for-profit and non-profit) to address social challenges. Entrepreneurs take risks and imagine new possibilities. They start-up and spin-out. Jacqueline Smith, the plenary speaker, will make the case that we also need a surge of looking in. Jacqueline is a higher education intrapreneur in the President’s Office at Arizona State University who generates, integrates and accelerates university-wide initiatives that advance ASU’s mission as a New American University.

 Intrapreneurs transform the way their organizations carry out their missions and collaborate with others. Intrapreneurs require generative workplace cultures that allow for failure and provide a sense of autonomy. 

Join us to discuss how instead of spinning ideas out, we can act intrapreneurially to advance new ideas from within. Jacqueline’s presentation will be followed by time for questions from the audience. 

About Jacqueline Smith: Jacqueline designs and launches university-wide initiatives that support Arizona State University’s charter and design aspirations. Jacqueline developed and now oversees over $60 million in grant-funded projects related to leadership development, student success, workforce innovation and online learning communities. She also cultivates early-career higher education professionals through an award-winning university innovation fellowship program. Outside of ASU, Jacqueline serves on the Tempe Youth Leadership committee (provides teens monthly opportunities to learn about and serve the community) and the Manifesto Project board (engages early career professionals with one-year apprenticeship opportunities on local boards to build social cohesion and retain talent in Arizona). She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.

Lunch Plenary Session/Panel

Intrapreneurship in Action: Creating the Next Big Thing

The purpose of the panel is to discuss how intrapreneurship can be implemented in nonprofit organizations. It will highlight specific examples and success stories, and share solutions for common challenges. The panel will resonate with the various different kinds of nonprofit experiences by featuring representatives from local nonprofit organizations of various sizes and missions.

Featuring: Brian Spicker, Heather Hiscox, Karl Gentles, and moderated by Todd Hornback
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Brian SpickerBrian Spicker, Chief Program Officer, Valley of the Sun United Way

Brian guides Valley of the Sun United Way’s work with the community, and supports the organization’s public policy agenda. He has served in the health and human services sector for more than 40 years. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and remains very active in the community. Brian is an associate faculty member at Arizona State University and is a member of ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s Community Leadership Council. Brian served on the Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing, and is a past member of the Maricopa County Board of Health. He has served on the Casa Blanca HOA for over 9 years, and Brian has also been a Flinn Brown Fellow Mentor for a number of years.

Heather HiscoxHeather Hiscox, Co-director, Moves the Needle

Heather Hiscox is a social entrepreneur passionate about creating communities focused on assets, abilities and abundance, not scarcity and powerlessness. She is the co-director and co-founder of the Nonprofit and Social Impact Core of Moves the Needle, a company that teaches how to use Lean Innovation to create social change; creator of Wish List Hero.org, a website that unites nonprofit needs and the community; and owner of Seven Degrees Consulting which provides nonprofit fundraising and business development counsel. Heather publishes the greatest wishes of nonprofits each week in the Arizona Daily Star and co-founded Women of Purpose, a Tucson-based Lean In Chapter. Heather has received numerous awards for her leadership and commitment to the community and was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Arizona Honors College Young Alumna Award, recognized as a 2015 TEDx Starr Pass Women Local Leader, was the Greater Tucson Leadership, Class of 2014 Ronald L. Kurth Awardee, and in 2013 Heather was recognized as a 40 Under 40 and Inside Tucson Business Up and Comer.

Karl GentlesKarl Gentles, Executive Director, Back to School Clothing Drive
Partner, Goode Wright Gentles Agency

Karl Gentles lives his passionate for social entrepreneurship and philanthropy through his role as executive director of the nonprofit Back to School Clothing Drive (BTSCD) and as managing partner of Goode Wright Gentles, a brand strategy, event production and public relations agency. Celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2017, BTSCD helps more than 25,000 students attending 265 Title I public elementary schools in 40 districts in Maricopa County and Northern Arizona. With more than 20 years of corporate, public relations and nonprofit experience, Karl leads the organization’s highly-acclaimed retail social enterprise that provides matching grants and sells school uniforms to partner schools in support their onsite clothing closets. Gentles was selected as a Piper Fellow in 2011 by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.  He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD School of Business.  A two-time Sun Devil, Gentles earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and later a MBA. He serves on the boards of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Black Chamber of Arizona, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Audit and Finance Committee, and Gamma Mu Educational Services.

Todd HornbackTodd Hornback, Director of Community Life, DMB Associates, Inc.

Todd has served in a variety of nonprofit executive and leadership roles, including; president & CEO of Parents Anonymous of Arizona, president & CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and executive director of Scottsdale LINKS. He has also consulted with hundreds of organizations in various strategic planning, board development, and community/organizational transformation endeavors. Hornback currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for West Valley Arts Council. He holds a masters’ degree in human services administration from National University, San Diego; a bachelor’s degree in public health education from San Diego State University; and, executive leadership certificates from Stanford University and Harvard University for finance and design, respectively.

2016 Conference Workshops

Mallary Tytel

Workshop: Adaptive Action: The Path To Resilience And Sustainability

Dr. Mallary TytelDr. Mallary Tytel is a dynamic and engaging speaker, facilitator, executive coach, author, entrepreneur, and complex systems thinker. She is the president and founder of Healthy Workplaces, a national consulting practice that centers on systems change, diversity and culture, women's leadership, and creating healthy, productive, and sustainable workplaces. She is the former CEO of an international nonprofit corporation; has served as a key advisor to senior leadership in the US Department of Defense; and created and delivered innovative leadership training in over 40 communities worldwide. Most recently she co-founded the Simple Rules Foundation, whose mission is to help individuals, organizations, and communities see, understand, and influence their world. Mallary is often quoted in the media, has appeared on CNBC and ABC World News This Morning, and has presented at conferences and professional events throughout the US and Canada. Mallary has a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University, an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and is the author of five books. In her spare time she mentors budding women entrepreneurs and first-time authors.

Jessica Galow

Workshop: The Art of Herding Cats - Maximizing the Experience for Your Leadership Volunteers While Improving the Overall Culture in Your Organization

Jessica GalowMs. Galow grew up in Tucson and is a proud graduate of the Eller College of Management, receiving her bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management. Shortly after graduating, Ms. Galow managed an international dietary supplement business for seven years before beginning a career in nonprofit management. Ms. Galow joined United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona in August, 2014 as Director of Resource Development, bringing a combination of corporate and nonprofit management skills to the organization. Ms. Galow currently serves as president of the Tucson Young Professionals, as well as serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Diana Hoyt

Workshop: Breakthrough Strategies to Unlock the Magic Number

Diana HoytDiana Hoyt has over thirty years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience. She created five nonprofit development offices in the Greater Phoenix area and has been involved in almost every facet of the development process.

As President of Heritage Designs, Diana designs and markets nationally MatchMaker FundRaising Software, a fundraising donor management software application. Diana's company took a leadership role in the development and implementation of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International and the Urban Institute. The project has provided national research data regarding donor retention. She has also served on the AFP International Research Council.

Diana is a member and past president of the AFP Greater Arizona Chapter. She has been a mentor and faculty for the Chapter's Professional Mentoring Program. She holds a bachelor's degree from Kansas University and a master's from Arizona State University.

Andrea Beaulieu

Workshop: Communicate Powerfully Up, Down And All Around With Respect, Clarity And Skill!

Andrea BeaulieuAs an executive speech coach and trainer Andrea Beaulieu combines her abilities as a speaker, writer and performer to coach her clients to be powerful presenters. She supports professionals to communicate with respect clarity and skill. Andrea is a Faculty Associate for the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She has received certifications from the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in Facilitation Training and from the Chemical Awareness Training Institute in Student Assistance and Support Group Facilitator Training. She is an Advanced Communicator Silver with Toastmasters International. She has a certificate in Transformational Life Coaching from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Tempe, Ariz., She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Mass Communications from Arizona State University. She is a partner with Social Venture Partners Arizona, and a member of Local First Arizona, Toastmasters, and sits on the Steering Committee of Gabriel's Angels, Phoenix, AZ.

Keisha McKinnor

Workshop: Consistency & Procedures: Don't Lose Your Innovative Processes.

Keisha McKinnorKeisha A. McKinnor is VP, Development & Programs at Thrive Community Services, Inc., a startup non-profit in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining the non-profit sector she worked over 15 years in the real estate industry, notably as a commercial property manager and real estate broker. Keisha holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and has managed multi-million square feet of industrial and retail real estate portfolios and conducted transactions. Her experience and expertise lies in strategic planning, management, and implementing and evaluating processes for efficiency. Keisha is passionate about giving back with time and talents and volunteers as a marketing/communications representative and treasurer for Wordcenter Church, a non-denominational ministry in the valley, is an active board of director member for Arizona Autism Charter Schools, and recently began a personal goal of becoming a motivational speaker.

Cyndi Coon

Workshop: Creative Courage: A Journey Into Clarity*

Cyndi CoonCyndi Coon is the President and Chief Experience Officer of Laboratory5 Inc. Cyndi's magical power is to help others find creative courage. Cyndi is a storyteller who sees the world in pictures. She connects with people to co-create big giant ideas as an intuitive thinker. Cyndi loves to explore, hike, camp, listen to music, read and create in her studio or on the go with her traveling creativity kit. She is a speaker, a writer, a teacher, a coach and a leader with contagious positivity and high energy! Cyndi is an expert in using creativity to expose clarity and experiential magic. Cyndi works with audiences to deepen the understanding of innovative creativity and to support the leap to the next level of their ideas. Her naughty, rule-breaking approach keeps everyone on their toes.

Jef Rawls

Workshop: Creativity & Innovation, Getting Outside The Corporate Mind

Jef RawlsIn addition to being the Founder & CLO of Team Yes and…, For the past 15 years Jef Rawls has been the Owner/Producer of The JesterZ Improv Comedy Troupe in Mesa, AZ and has performed or directed in over 5,000 improvised shows. Under his direction, the JesterZ have entertained top corporations such as PepsiCo, America West Airlines, Qwest, IBM, Bank of America, Target, The University of Phoenix, and AutoZone.; just to name a few. Jef is extremely passionate in supporting individuals to learn and make immediate application of improvisational skills to increase quality and productive work environments as well as to acquire invaluable life skills. Jef has been a corporate trainer, actor, emcee and professional comedian for over 20 years. He brings a unique and fun approach to learning and applying improv skills in professional environments.

Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom

Workshop: Experience a World Café: Organizational Mission and Values*

Sharon Tewksbury-BloomSharon has served in the volunteer management and national service field since 2006. She currently serves as the Project Director for AmeriCorps programs at Northern Arizona University's Civic Service Institute. She is an AmeriCorps alumna who loves to help people create, find, and embrace meaningful work. Sharon also has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. She loves to geek out about organizational structure and systems and how we can create workplaces that encourage benevolence. When she is not engaged in serious discussions about changing the world, Sharon can be found acting at the community theater, mountain biking, learning to cook, or taking photos of birds.

McKenzie Simmons & Alycia Elfstrom

Workshop: Fundamentals Of Mission Driven Fundraising

McKenzie Simmons McKenize Simmons has 7 years of fundraising, communications and marketing experience with a variety of local non-profits including Esperanca, The Girl Scouts of Arizona and the Cancer Support Community. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication and recently completed the AMEX Leadership Academy as a member of the 8th class. McKenize has a passion for mission-focused fundraising and development-- her blend of heart and strategy provides a unique industry perspective.

Alycia Elfstrom has 6 years of fundraising, communications and public relations experience with a variety of cross-sector organizations including the Peace Corps, Arizona Real Estate Investors Association and Mosaic. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, recently completed the AMEX Leadership Academy as a member of the 8th class and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Impact. Alycia has a deep love for donors and their stories-- her interest is in creating mission connection between donors, organizational programs and the development department.

Patrick McWhortor

Workshop: Helping People Find The Seat On Your Bus

Patrick McWhortorPatrick S. McWhortor is a Leadership and Nonprofit Consultant in the Phoenix area. He provides leadership, team development, and organizational development services to executives and nonprofits. Patrick also assists nonprofits with resource development, including grant processes, foundation relations and major gifts. He facilitates organizational self-assessment as part of strategic planning for nonprofits and conducts policy-oriented and issue-oriented research to assist nonprofit leaders with charting their future. Patrick also teaches courses in nonprofit management and leadership, public policy analysis, and statistics at Arizona State University's College of Public Service and Community Solutions. In 2015-16 he was the Arizona Campaign Director of Open Primaries, where he led a statewide coalition-building effort to implement election and political reform by engaging community leaders, grassroots groups, and countless advocates of reform. Prior to that, Patrick was the President and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits from 2005-2015. He has an MPA in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation and a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Sasha R. Lewis, CFRE

Workshop: How to Make Your Database Work For You

Sasha R. Lewis, CFRESasha Lewis, CFRE is a development professional with over 15 years of experience in supportive and direct fundraising roles. During the first half of her career, Sasha worked closely with development teams to integrate comprehensive fundraising plans with data driven moves management systems. In more recent years, she has served as a Regional Development Officer and Major & Planned Gifts Manager before joining Arizona State University as the Associate Director of Development for the School of Sustainability and the Built Environment (SSEBE). Sasha is a Phoenix native, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and returned to the Valley with her family in 2014.

Elena Zee & Barbara Ging Gray

Workshop: How To Scale Innovative Ideas

Elena Zee Elena Zee is President & CEO of the Arizona Council on Economic Education, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to economic and financial literacy education. Elena holds double bachelor's degrees in math and economics, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College as well as master's degree in economics from Columbia University as the only recipient of the President Fellowship in her class. Elena has more than 20 years of experience in global financial services industry doing business with more than 20 countries and 8 years of experience in education and nonprofit management. Her unique management background from for profit and nonprofit sectors positioned her to combine cultures and skills from both sectors to develop innovative solutions. Elena is a graduate from Class VII of the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center.

Barbara Ging Gray, J.D. is Director of Educator Programs at the Thomas R. Brown Foundation. Barbara taught AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics for 12 years at University High School in Tucson. Ms. Gray has a BA in secondary education, a juris doctorate degree, and an administrative certificate in Educational Leadership. She is also a College Board AP Grader in Economics. During her tenure at University High, Barbara was the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Scholar Educator Award by the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Arizona Eller College Polaris (Outstanding High School) Teaching Award, the University of Arizona "Arizona Cup" Teaching Award and two Flinn Foundation Outstanding Educator Awards. She is also a member of the Arizona Bar.

Amari Romero-Thomas

Workshop: Keep Calm And Lead Change (Without Freaking Out Others, Including Yourself)

Amari Romero-ThomasAmari Romero-Thomas is the Principal Consultant and Executive Coach at Mosaic Consulting and Coaching. The purpose of Mosaic is to assist organizations and individuals "put all the right pieces" together in service to their personal or organizational mission. Special attention is paid to the culture and change issues that many times prevent an organization or company from achieving its true potential. Mosaic Consulting and Coaching specializes in:

  • Executive Leadership - CEO and Board of Directors Coaching, Senior Team Development, Executive Transitions/Search and 360 assessments
  • Organizational Effectiveness - Strategic Planning, Team Building, Strategic Restructuring/Mergers, Human Resources infrastructure and Board/Staff retreat facilitation
  • Coaching for Life and Organizational Transitions - Retirement, New Role and Personal Effectiveness

Prior to creating Mosaic, Amari spent over 20 years in the non-profit and corporate sectors as a Senior Consultant, Executive Director, Philanthropy executive, VP of Sales, Human Resources Manager and numerous other managerial positions.

Christine Whitney Sanchez & Kerry Blume

Workshop: Leadership Transition In Mindful Cultures*

Christine Whitney Sanchez Christine Whitney Sanchez, MC has worked across six continents to build the capacity for mindful organizations, strategic collaboration and thriving cultures. Integrating her experience as a psychotherapist into leadership development, organizational transformation and collaborative impact, she has guided tens of thousands of stakeholders to resolve thorny issues and generate new opportunities. She has trained thousands of change leaders around the globe in strength-based approaches. She has facilitated some of the largest intergenerational conversations in the world. And that is what brings her joy. Christine’s clients include Girl Scouts of the USA, Arizona Community Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Red Cross, Financial Planning Association, Virginia B. Piper Charitable Trust, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine, Facilitator Network Singapore, Gila River Indian Community, Native American Connections, Rio Tinto Madagascar, Northrop Grumman, Kaos Pilots Business School in Denmark, and city, county, state and federal agencies. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at ASU’s Lodestar Center and a Core faculty member at Claremont Lincoln University.

Kerry BlumeKerry Blume, MS has dedicated her life to nonprofit leadership. For more than 30 years she has worked for social justice. As President and CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona, Blume honed her leadership skills by moving the organization through significant growth and transformation from 1998-2013. The organization grew in both size and depth of work by committing to a targeted agenda for improving community outcomes in education and income. Kerry launched her consulting career drawing on her success leading nonprofit organizations. She works with leaders, organizations and communities to build vibrant futures. Kerry uses a strength-based and systems-oriented perspective to assist individuals and organizations through coaching, facilitation and strategic guidance. Kerry's clients include national, state and local organizations, including Farmworker Justice, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Coconino County, United Way of Northern Arizona, The NARBHA Institute and North Country Healthcare.

Jenny Carrillo & Laura Alexander

Workshop: Partnership In Practice: Building Governance Leadership For Nonprofit Organizations

Jenny Carrillo  Laura AlexanderLaura Alexander, MA, CFRE and Jenny Carrillo, MA, CRE are passionate about all things that help nonprofits and the people who run them "Do Good. Better." With nearly 50 years of experience in the sector between them, Laura and Jenny are a dynamic duo that has helped over 150 nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona better meet their missions. They have each earned a Master's degree in Philanthropy & Development, the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the BoardSource designation as Certified Governance Trainers, and have each been recognized by their peers as Southern Arizona's Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Laura and Jenny love meeting and learning from people who are committed to making our communities better for everyone. For more information about them and Alexander | Carrillo Consulting, visit: www.do-good-better.com.

Sentari Minor & Suzanne Hensing

Workshop: Pitching With Passion: Elements Of An Effective Pitch

Sentari MinorSentari M. Minor, Director of Partner Engagement & Education at Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ), facilitates the engagement of local philanthropists and activates community leaders to drive social change in the Valley. Prior to SVPAZ, Mr. Minor oversaw the corporate and foundation relations and major campaigns for the Arizona Humane Society, Arizona's largest animal welfare organization. He started his career in the nonprofit sector at the Rodel Foundation where he managed communications, events, and special projects under the direction of the President & CEO.

With a strong background and expertise in fundraising, communications, and strategic planning, Mr. Minor supports and advises a number of Valley organizations and serves on the board of directors for a diverse set of nonprofits. Passionate about strengthening nonprofits to equip them to make a bigger impact, Mr. Minor speaks both locally and nationally on board governance, nonprofit leadership, and capacity building.

Suzanne HensingSuzanne Hensing is a local philanthropist dedicated to shaping a better Arizona. A longtime Banner Health executive, Mrs. Hensing spent the majority of her career in healthcare, focusing on physician-hospital relationships, professional practice strategies, medical group operations, physician recruitment and business development. Currently, Mrs. Hensing is an Independent Sales Associate for Worth New York, a high-end women's fashion line. Outside her work she is a member of the ASU College of Nursing and Health Care Innovation Development Council, Board member of Charter 100 Arizona and Board member of Social Venture Partners Arizona. She engages the community through leadership roles on various other committees, boards, and high-profile events. She also enjoys fitness, gardening, entertaining at her home and, of course, follows the activities of her adult children.

Todd Hornback

Workshop: Power Up With Purpose!

Todd HornbackTodd Hornback is a visionary leader who specializes in growing purposeful and productive communities. Whether in local neighborhoods or executive board rooms, Todd engages people in meaningful leadership roles that result in successful and sustainable enterprises. Two decades before he began creating vibrant and caring communities for one of the country's leading land development firms, Todd began developing an authentic framework to cultivate the power of people with purpose. Now he uses his expertise to help people create lasting legacy. Todd is widely recognized, in both the social and business sectors, for his conviction that people are the greatest asset to any and all endeavors. Todd is currently Executive Director of Community Life for DMB Associates, Inc. Prior to joining DMB, he served in a variety of leadership roles within the social sector including Executive Director of Scottsdale LINKS, President & CEO of Parent Anonymous of Arizona and President & CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.

Georgia Musgrave & Patricia Buckley

Workshop: Recruitment Research -- Disrupting The Way You Think About Executive Search And Recruitment

Georgia Musgrave Patricia BuckleyGeorgia Musgrave currently works for Duffy Group, Inc. as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and leverages her expertise in Higher Education. She has been highly success conducting high level searches for various roles in the private and public sector. Given her length of service, her background and passion continually lead her to recruit in the area of higher education.

Patricia Buckley is Vice President and Practice Leader for Duffy Group, Inc. She works with a broad range of clients across the United States and internationally. Pat conducts comprehensive, in-depth searches for clients that exceed the expected with a track record of successful placements. Pat's industry specializations are: healthcare, higher education, nonprofit and venture capital. Prior to joining Duffy Group, Pat worked for Coopers & Lybrand in New York and for American Express in their New York and Phoenix locations. Pat is personally committed to philanthropy and has completed two terms as Vice Chair on the national Board of Directors for NPH USA.

Gina Paigen

Workshop: Shifting From "Either/Or" to "Yes, And..." Harnessing the Power of Paradox to Accelerate Leadership and Innovation*

Gina PaigenGina Paigen, PCC, CPCC, CNTC, Chief Impact Officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach and leadership consultant, passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to higher levels of creativity and a deeper sense of purpose. She brings her diverse experience as coach, facilitator, entrepreneur and artist to her work creating organizational cultures that champion the value of the self-actualized individual and the power that comes through collaboration and innovation. Prior to taking the leap into talent and organizational development, Gina worked as a musician, a photographer and a stage designer, and then spent 17 years as CEO of a multi-million dollar historic restoration company which she built from the ground up with little more than a telephone and a box of business cards. Gina's client list includes UNICEF, World Bank, MIT/Sloan, Royal Bank of Canada and Jackson Laboratory. She is a facilitator in the creativity community, and through SUNY Buffalo she designs and delivers programs that bring entrepreneurial training to underserved communities, immigrants and refugees. Gina holds three professional coaching certifications, including one in neuroscience and coaching. She is a graduate of CTI Leadership and is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile. Gina recently presented at TEDxWomenBuffalo and she has been published in The Huffington Post.

Amanda Kaye & Colleen Conley

Workshop: Storytelling: Communicating Your Brand To Engage Stakeholders

Amanda Kaye Colleen ConleyAmanda Kaye is a Director at ckSYNERGY, a consulting firm that focuses in the areas of strategic planning, facilitation, training and coaching, relationship building, and cross-sector partnership planning. Amanda  specializes in building cross-sector relationships and crafting impact messaging to strengthen an organization's reputation. Prior to ckSYNERGY, Amanda pursued a career at a large, national nonprofit, where she cultivated mutually-beneficial, corporate sponsors. Additionally, she completed the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) graduate program at ASU in 2012.

Colleen is particularly passionate about helping nonprofits become more profitable and professional, yet remain mission-driven. She makes every dollar count by analyzing the organization's internal systems and highlighting areas for improvement. She creates simple solutions that increase efficiency and help organizations better serve the community. Before co-founding ckSYNERGY, Colleen worked for both national and international law firms and a corporate foundation, gaining more than twelve years' experience in management, collaborative partnership development, competitive intelligence, team facilitation, training, and event planning. Her work increased client satisfaction ratings and secured millions of dollars in revenue from new and existing clients. In 2012, she received her Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) from ASU. Currently, Colleen is a founding member and the co-chair of the UMOM Young Professionals Council and the Membership Chair. She serves as the Community Impact Chair for the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP), working to create partnerships between the JLP and Valley nonprofits. Given her experience, Colleen is able to find simple, turn-key solutions to help organizations achieve their missions effectively.

Jaclyn Goris

Workshop: Strategic Program Development: Innovation In Practice

Jaclyn GorisMs. Goris holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Innovation and a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership/Management. Jaclyn has dedicated herself to the nonprofit community; her professional experience includes program and strategic initiative design, development, special events, marketing, and community engagement. She uses transformational leadership principals in her everyday work. Jaclyn strives to build energized and efficient teams to create significant organizational and systemic change for children with pediatric feeding disorders.

Laura Lo Bianco

Workshop: Strong Boards Lead To Effective Organizations

Laura Lo BiancoLaura is a director with Fennemore Craig in Phoenix. She focuses her practice on corporate law and transactional matters. As Chair of the firm's nonprofit and tax-exempt organization practice group, she regularly advises tax-exempt organizations of all kinds, including public charities, private foundations, schools, trade associations and social clubs. Laura assists in all phases of an organization's life, from formation to governance to operations to sunset. She is a frequent speaker on topics relevant to nonprofit organizations.

Alisa Chatinsky

Workshop: Take Your Nonprofit To The Next Level

Alisa ChatinskyAlisa Chatinsky has spent the past 25 years working in the nonprofit sector, holding positions including CEO, Chief Development Officer, Associate Director and Community Relations Director. She holds a BS in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and recently completed ASU Lodestar's Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate and St. Luke's Health Initiative (Vitalyst) Interim Executive Director Training. Alisa is a member of Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits (The Alliance), Organization of Nonprofit Executives (ONE), and Vitalyst Community of Practice.

Alisa prides herself as a change agent, helping an organization take a realistic look at their capacity, strengths and weaknesses; and assist in making adjustments to move their nonprofit forward. Her business since 2013, NPO Success, LLC is committed to helping nonprofits grow through organizational, board and fund development. Her personal and professional passion is helping vulnerable populations.

Laura Kaiser, Colleen Gautam & Jayson Matthews

Workshop: "That's Not How We Do That Here" - A Kotter Model Simulation (Creating Space For Innovation Within A Hierarchy)

Laura KaiserColleen GautamJayson MatthewsLaura Kaiser serves as VSUW's Vice-President of Engagement assisting the organization to develop amazing donor experiences. Colleen Gautam serves as VSUW's in-house Corporate Counsel, advising the organization on legal issues. Jayson Matthews serves as VSUW'S Director of Ending Hunger leading their initiative for Maricopa County. Laura, Colleen, and Jayson have or currently serve as Facilitators for VSUW's existing Kotter Dual-Operating System.

Gina Paigen

Workshop: ThirdWay Leadership: Leadership for the New Millennium

Gina PaigenGina Paigen, PCC, CPCC, CNTC, Chief Impact Officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach and leadership consultant, passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to higher levels of creativity and a deeper sense of purpose. She brings her diverse experience as coach, facilitator, entrepreneur and artist to her work creating organizational cultures that champion the value of the self-actualized individual and the power that comes through collaboration and innovation. Prior to taking the leap into talent and organizational development, Gina worked as a musician, a photographer and a stage designer, and then spent 17 years as CEO of a multi-million dollar historic restoration company which she built from the ground up with little more than a telephone and a box of business cards. Gina's client list includes UNICEF, World Bank, MIT/Sloan, Royal Bank of Canada and Jackson Laboratory. She is a facilitator in the creativity community, and through SUNY Buffalo she designs and delivers programs that bring entrepreneurial training to underserved communities, immigrants and refugees. Gina holds three professional coaching certifications, including one in neuroscience and coaching. She is a graduate of CTI Leadership and is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile. Gina recently presented at TEDxWomenBuffalo and she has been published in The Huffington Post.

Jacqueline Smith

Workshop: Three Steps to Embrace Design Thinking Practices

Jacqueline SmithJacqueline designs and launches university-wide initiatives that support Arizona State University's charter and design aspirations. Jacqueline developed and now oversees over $60 million in grant-funded projects related to leadership development, student success, workforce innovation and online learning communities. She also cultivates early-career higher education professionals through an award-winning university innovation fellowship program. Outside of ASU, Jacqueline serves on the Tempe Youth Leadership committee (provides teens monthly opportunities to learn about and serve the community) and the Manifesto Project board (engages early career professionals with one-year apprenticeship opportunities on local boards to build social cohesion and retain talent in Arizona). She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.

Jeri Royce

Workshop: Trying On A Coaching Mindset

Jeri RoyceJeri Royce is an accomplished dynamic leader with over 25 years of experience in local and national nonprofits (Points of Light Foundation and American Symphony Orchestra League) and small business organizations. Jeri has a successful track record of building and leading strong partnerships and highly successful teams.

Since relocating to Arizona, Jeri has continued her service in the nonprofit and business sectors following her passion for community outreach, partnership building, education, training and leadership development. Having founded her own consulting firm, 3P-Leadership, Jeri specializes in capacity building leadership development for nonprofits and businesses offering training programs, team-building, individual/group coaching services and Interim Executive Director Services. Jeri serves as Associate Faculty for ASU Lodestar teaching High Impact Leadership and participates in Vitalyst's Community of Practice. Jeri has completed Adler International Learning Coaching Certification - The Foundations of Professional Coaching and Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work.

Catherine Alonzo

Workshop: Turning Great Ideas Into Reality: How To Create A Culture Of Innovation Through Personal And Professional Planning

Catherine AlonzoCatherine Alonzo is a founding partner of Javelina, a company that brings brand experience to life for non-profits, businesses, campaigns and individuals. Having played a pivotal role in growing Javelina into a leading branding and marketing firm, Catherine specializes in effective messaging, brand development and personal and business strategic planning.

 With a background in political campaigns, Catherine specializes in creative approaches to build brands that move the target audience. She was a part of the teams that elected Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as well as pass numerous local and school initiatives.

Dedicated to her community, Catherine has been an integral volunteer for many local organizations, including Equality Arizona, a statewide LGBTQ-rights advocacy organization, and Tucson-based non-profit Ben's Bells. She led the Phoenix Steering Committee to open a Phoenix studio for the organization, which has been thriving on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix since June last year. She is a 2016 Athena Finalist in the Young Professional category, recognized by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding professional and community leadership.

Originally from the UK, Catherine moved to Arizona in 2005 to complete her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Ruben and their three bunny rabbits.

 

Deborah Maher

Workshop: Unleash Creativity And Build Strength-Focused Organizations With Appreciative Inquiry

Deborah MaherMs. Maher is a BoardSource certified Nonprofit Consultant and is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Consultant who studied with David Cooperrider, the co-creator of AI at Case Western University. In addition she is a certified Leadership Coach and has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She recently relocated to Arizona after moving from Oregon where she provided consulting to a range of nonprofit organizations and local government agencies. Prior to that, she lived and worked primarily in Washington DC as an organizational development consultant for the federal government and nonprofit organizations. She holds an MBA and a master's in Public Administration.

Robin Hanson

Workshop: Using Americorps Vista Members To Build Capacity In Your Nonprofit

Robin HansonPrior to joining the Alliance, Robin was with Arizona Citizens for the Arts where she managed the Business Volunteers for the Arts program. She spent over 20 years with Prudential Financial managing their employee volunteer program, sponsorships, and grant funding. She has served on the board of directors for Hands On Greater Phoenix, Phoenix Women's Sports Association, and the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism.