FOCUS GROUPS

Drawing on the expertise and experience of Upswell’s diverse changemakers, these small-group exchanges are designed to move the needle on some of civil society’s most urgent issues.

Thursday, November 14

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Are There Too Many Nonprofits?

Are there too many nonprofits? Depends on who you ask. Colorado Nonprofit Association is pursing data-driven answers and the creation of an algorithm to provide context to the driving forces behind the perception or reality of a saturated nonprofit sector.

Presented by Colorado Nonprofit Association

Thursday, November 14

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Co-constructing for Impact

What is “co-creation,” how does it involve community wisdom and experience, and how can it help you achieve community transformation and collective action?  This focus group will introduce Co.act Detroit, a regional hub for nonprofit collaborative action, and showcase its engagement with organizations to co-create its name, focal areas of impact, key values, and brand architecture.

Learn how pairing national best practice research with local insights and context has paved the way for a shared concept of community transformation and collective action.

Presented by EarlyWorks LLC

Thursday, November 14

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Community-based Holistic Care for Chicago Families in Need

Homelessness, inequality, poverty, violence, and health disparities impact many Chicago neighborhoods. Many nonprofit and governmental programs — from community health services to leadership development programs – are tackling these problems. A holistic care model from a Brazilian nonprofit, Saúde Criança, takes a community-based hub approach to networking service providers, improving health and socioeconomic outcomes.

Join this focus group on community-based holistic care and plan a small-scale program implementation in one Chicago neighborhood that may work in your community, too.

Presented by Research-Aid Networks

Thursday, November 14

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Imperatives for Nonprofit Communications

Few initiatives are more important than advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Yet far too often, nonprofit marketing and communications efforts haven’t kept pace with our organizations’ progressive work, hurting more than supporting DEI efforts. Join Alyssa Conrardy of Prosper Strategies for a session with four nonprofit communicators and leaders from The McCormick Foundation, Resilience, Teamwork Englewood, and  Access Living for insights into DEI imperatives that nonprofit communicators must consider.

Presented by Prosper Strategies

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Eliminating Gang Violence, Rehabilitating Communities

Pastor Corey Brooks has experienced being in the midst of gun crime by warring gangs on Chicago’s South Side. The Founder and Executive Director of Project H.O.O.D. knows about the violence plaguing the Woodlawn and Englewood communities. He’s brokered peace deals, gained gang members’ trust, been at scenes of shootings, worked with those impacted, and is striving to transform the community. Hear his firsthand experiences and insights about mitigating gang violence in communities.

Wednesday, November 13

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Facilitating Buy-in to Advance Equity in Your Community

Having trouble convincing people to implement interventions that better support marginalized groups in your community? Targeted universalism (TU) could help you implement population-level interventions while elevating a shared understanding of equity among involved stakeholders. Learn three practical steps FSG used to socialize the TU concept in a new community initiative in Staten Island, New York. And after a brief Q&A, you’ll be paired with a partner to plan how to leverage TU to reduce disparities in your community.

Presented by FSG

Thursday, November 14

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

How to Form a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

Hear first-hand from someone who started a D&I working group at a nonprofit think tank in a university setting, and who was selected for the task largely because she spoke up and requested action in her workplace! Learn why support from leadership as diversity advocates is key. And get the scoop behind how the presenter formed her organization’s D&I group, as well as initiatives her group will tackle in their first year.

Presented by I Follow the Leader LLC

Thursday, November 14

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Leadership Toolkit: Practical Tools for Empowering Social Change Professionals on a Global Scale

Join us for an interactive discussion on how to inspire your team every day! Sharing the tips gained from the Atlas Corps professional Fellowship and our Hosts, we will ways to integrate professional development as a daily habit of your organization. Learn to channel human inspiration into a lifelong learning habit that advances professional skills, strengthens your organization, and increases employee satisfaction.

Presented by Atlas Corps

Thursday, November 14

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Mobilizing Diverse Communities for Policy and Advocacy

White children in Wisconsin are born healthier than black children, and the state has the nation’s highest rate of incarcerated black males (more than half are parents). What’s required to change statewide policies to advance equitable opportunities for African-American families?

Presented by StriveTogether

Thursday, November 14

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Nonprofit Leader Insights on the Journey to Equity

BoardSource’s signature study, Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, highlights compelling statistics underscoring the need for greater nonprofit leadership diversity. Of those surveyed, 90% of the CEOs and 84% of the board members were white, and 27% of the boards represented did not include a single person of color.

Presented by BoardSource

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Optimizing Your Board Engagement

Join Jim Gibbons, social entrepreneur, founder of Forward Impact Enterprises, and former CEO of Goodwill Industries International and National Industries for the Blind, to explore the question, “How do we optimize board member engagement”?  Delve into board practices to better understand board performance, organizational practices to ensure optimal board member contribution, and methodologies to ensure great board member feedback and engagement. This will be a provocative session to assist 8-10 CEOs and board members in gleaning new insights to take board performance to new heights during demanding times.

Presented by Forward Impact Enterprises

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Recycling for Good: Sustainable Work, Stronger Communities

There’s a network of nonprofits in waste-based businesses that’s changing the national recycling landscape, while creating jobs for those with barriers. This focus group may inspire you to join the  Cascade Alliance, who contribute to a nonprofit’s resilience while increasing its ability to serve its community and contribute to a healthier environment.

Presented by Cascade Alliance

Friday, November 15

10:30 am – 11:00 am

The Pendulum Swing Between Empowerment and Victim: Can We Free Ourselves?

Participants will explore when they feel like a failure or a victim at work. They will be asked how this feeling impacts their work and what actions they generally take to appease this feeling. We will have a short discussion about how the yogic teachings view victim identity and several mindfulness tools for freeing ourselves. The group will discuss how these practices are viable in the workplace and what they believe are the best tools for freeing ourselves from these negative habits of the mind.

Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Power of Stories to Create Change

Stories are important. They can move people to care about an issue when facts and data alone fall short. But storytelling also can be challenging, particularly when it comes to identifying and telling stories that illustrate the need and impact of our work. It can also be difficult to make space for creative storytelling approaches. Focus group leaders will share the challenges, lessons, and possible solutions associated with incorporating storytelling in your mission work.

Presented by Pillars Fund

Friday, November 15

9:00 am – 9:30 am

What Is (or Should Be) Keeping Nonprofit Board Members Awake at Night?

#MeToo — financial mismanagement — cyber security — all critical, high profile issues that require awareness and strategic prioritization, particularly by nonprofit board members and leaders who must maintain rigorous vigilance about risks that can derail success and potentially damage their organizations. Engage in this dialogue about important risks that impact the sector today, and key insights that can help nonprofit board members and leaders manage these risks effectively.

Presented by Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management

Thursday, November 14

10:30 am – 11:00 am

What the Separation of Your Inner Life and Your Work Life Is Costing Us

Participants will discuss when separation manifests between their inner and external lives and the reasons, pressures and situations that create this separation. We will explore whether or not participants use, or can use, mindfulness techniques in specific scenarios. After a short discussion of yogic techniques used to combat separation and create wholeness, we will discuss the most viable strategies for living with your inner life fully intact during your work life.

Presented by Kashi Atlanta