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Detroit Nonprofit Day Leadership Conference

The Future of Nonprofit Leadership: Collaborate, Elevate, & Innovate

Managing a successful nonprofit or social enterprise is about possessing the right combination of skills, knowledge, and (human and capital) resources to grow your operations and meet the critical needs of those you serve.  One of the primary reasons organizations fail is because they lack access to these resources and a true understanding of what is required to maintain that access once acquired.

On June 15, 2019 more than 200 individuals will gather together at The University of Detroit Mercy to gain first-hand insights from experts at the nation’s top philanthropic and capacity building organizations on what it takes to run a successful nonprofit or social enterprise.

Whether you’re an emerging leader looking to network, expand your knowledge, and learn best practices within the sector, or an experienced professional seeking strategies to expand your revenue portfolio and learn the current and future trends of the industry, this conference is for you.

Keynote Speaker: Tonya Allen, President & CEO of The Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen is the president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Fireside chat with keynote speaker Tonya Allen, President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation

  • Pre-conference networking soiree hosted by Co.Act Detroit, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit support and innovation center

  • High quality networking opportunities

  • Raffles and giveaways

Three tracks you can choose from:

  • Collaborate: Importance, benefits, and power of collaboration in the sector

  • Elevate: Program design and creating innovative solutions to the sector’s most pressing challenges

  • Innovate: Data-driven impact for long-term sustainability

Agenda for the Conference Day

Friday, June 14th - Kick-off Soiree at Co.act Detroit

Evening soiree hosted by Co.act Detroit, a first-of-its kind nonprofit support and innovation center. Meet some of our speakers, leaders, and up-and-coming innovators at this exclusive Detroit Nonprofit Day social.

Saturday, June 15th - Conference at University of Detroit Mercy

  • 9a-9:45a -Breakfast and Registration

  • 9:45a-10:00am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 10:a-10:45a: Fireside Chat with Keynote Speaker Tonya Allen, President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation

  • 10:50a-11:20a: Networking Exercise

  • 11:45a-12:45p: 1st Track Session Begins

  • 12:45p-1:30p: Lunch Served

  • 1:30p-2:30p: 2nd Track Session Begins

  • 2:30p-3:30p: 3rd & Final Track Session Begin

  • 3:30p-3:50p: Audience Reflections of the Day

  • 3:50p-4p: Closing Remarks, Thanks, and Dismissal

About Detroit Nonprofit Day

Detroit Nonprofit Day is brought to you by MP Consulting Group, a non-profit consulting firm led by industry leader Monique Phillips, and Bamboo Detroit, a co-working space provider and community building inclusive community and support for business, social-enterprise, and non-profit growth, along with our partners at The University of Detroit Mercy School of Social Entrepreneurship. 

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