2013 Partners in Progress Seminars & Workshops


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Morning Seminars

 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Making Technology Work for You and Your Mission
Amy Sample Ward, Executive Director, NTEN
We are all using technology every day regardless of our job title or organization's mission. Are you sure that you have the right technology in place? The right staff to support it? How about the training you need to use the technology you have? And, what about all those social media channels - do you have the engagement you want?
This session explores the findings from two of NTEN's annual reports: Technology Staffing and Investments Survey and the eNonprofit Benchmarks Report. You'll learn about the staffing and budget trends for organizations like yours, as well as the key benchmarks to assess your email and social media engagement. This is not a technical session, but is meant for nonprofit leaders who want to be sure that their organization is putting technology to use for good.


Secrets to Building a Game Changing Organization

Aaron Hurst, Founder, Taproot Foundation

Read Aaron's bio.

Over the last 11 years, Taproot has gone from a spark of an idea in Aaron Hurst's bedroom office into one of the highest impact and well-managed nonprofits in the country - a model that is being replicated around the world. To celebrate Taproot's 11th anniversary, Hurst will share 11 leadership and management philosophies with the CT Nonprofit community that have made Taproot what it is today. These 11 philosophies range from talent acquisition to how to fail, and are a useful backdrop as social enterprises of all sizes consider how they might build game-changing organizations.


Bridging the Gap: The Role of Strategic Realignments in Strengthening Nonprofits

Ever changing funding requirements, tighter budgets and new trends in nonprofit management and collaboration must all be considered when mapping out a strategic plan. Yet, too often, the long view of remaining solvent farther into the future than the next quarter takes a back seat to the day-to-day responsibilities of fulfilling your mission.

In this panel discussion, nonprofit leaders will hear from several trailblazing thinkers from the business, foundation and social innovation worlds with ideas on how nonprofits can thrive and sustain themselves in the short and long term. Emphasis will be on how nonprofit organizations can explore strategic choices and partnerships for the sustainable delivery of community services now and in the future.

Panelists include:

John Merz, Co-Executive Director, AIDS CT (read John's bio)

Martin Legault, President & CEO, Corporation for Independent Living (read Marty's bio)

Judith Rozie-Battle, Interim VP for Programs, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (read Judith's bio)

Elliot Ginsberg, President & CEO, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (read Elliot's bio)

Moderator: Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa, Principal, Harvest Development Group (read Sondra's bio)


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Afternoon Workshops

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

American Philanthropy

Maxim Thorne, Professor, Yale University

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The American experiment is the philanthropic experiment. Philanthropy weaves its way through the founding of America and has offered a unique way in which Americans have dealt with many complex problems from slavery to LGBT equality.

Maxim Thorne presents a unique view of American Philanthropy. He is a thought leader, senior executive, lawyer, activist, and philanthropist. He teaches courses in philanthropy that are jointly offered by Yale Law School, Yale School of Management and Yale College. Through his seminar, Philanthropy in Action, his students actually invest $100,000 at the end of each semester to selected charities (www.philanthropyinaction.yale.edu). Maxim advises philanthropies, families and family foundations. He is also the founder of Weekend Renewing America’s Promise (WRAP), which brings together exceptionally talented leaders from across the globe each year. (WRAP’s theme also became the theme of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado at which Barack Obama was nominated.)


Making Friends with People Who Matter

Rick Schwartz, Public Relations & Strategic Management Guru

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A combination of strategic communications and strategic planning, this workshop asks “Who are the people most important to your nonprofit and how do you make them love you?” Forty-year nonprofit veteran Rick Schwartz will guide you quickly but entertainingly through a 7-point “system” you can take back to your own organization:
1. Identifying your key constituencies
2. Knowing what actions you want them to take
3. The messages that motivate them
4. Identifying tools that successfully deliver those messages
5. Who’s responsible?
6. Creating a timeline and priorities
7. Working within your budget.

This workshop will be particularly useful for small to midsize nonprofits that have a hard time prioritizing their communications and development activities.


Brand YOU: Exploring Personal Branding for Career Success

Anne Yurasek, Fio Partners, LLC

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Starbucks. Nike. Oprah. You. You are a brand. If I asked your colleagues what you are known for, what would they say? What are the skills and qualities you need to cultivate to move to the next level? What is your vision for Brand YOU? In the fast moving, digital world we live in, how you are perceived by others is a critical element of your professional growth. As Tom Peters so eloquently stated, “There is no single path to success. And there is no one right way to create the brand called You. Except this: Start today. Or else.” This interactive workshop will provide you resources to discover your own personal brand, strategies to build your personal brand equity, and inspiration to get started!

Being Strategic

Jeff Greim, Professor, Bay Path College

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The job of a nonprofit CEO is sometimes compared to that of a captain of a ship. In particular, the CEO is responsible for establishing a strategic framework to guide the financial and operational decisions of the nonprofit and to keep it positioned to maximize mission. Establishing this framework requires some level of forethought and planning which in turn requires the CEO to assess and account for future uncertainties regarding possible risks and opportunities.

The goal of this session is to help nonprofit leaders think broadly about the many dimensions and challenges of being strategic. While there is no one best way to be strategic, an array of theoretical frameworks and practical tools will be presented that can facilitate strategic thinking and action. Key concepts covered will include the nonprofit life cycle; organizational balance; specific programmatic, administrative and financial considerations; the nonprofit’s external work environment and internal organizational culture. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of traditional strategic planning will be discussed along with alternative processes for establishing an organization’s strategic direction and strategic decision-rules.

A Primer on Using a Results Framework for Measuring Success

Deloris A. Vaughn, Ph.D.

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In these challenging economic times when many funding streams have all but dried up, it’s important to think deeply about programming and how to measure results. This workshop will offer an introduction to the results framework as a practical tool for program planning and evaluation. A results framework is another useful alternative for assessing results and for strategic learning from evaluation. In this session you will learn:

  • What is a results framework
  • When and why use a results framework
  • How to construct a results framework
  • How to interpret a results framework


Lessons from the Field: A Discussion on Effective Community Engagement

When you think of nonprofit community engagement do different scenarios come to mind? The truth is that there is no catch-all answer that defines the “how to” of community engagement, however all of the diverse interpretations of what it takes to succeed at community engagement have an underlying thread of commonality – a goal of creating an outcome that will make life better for people.

Join our diverse panel of community engagement experts as they discuss their methods and strategies as well as lessons learned and how you can accelerate your nonprofits’ community engagement efforts.

Panelists include:
Lee Cruz, Community Outreach Director at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven (read Lee's bio)

Patrick Doyle, Senior Manager of Community Engagement  – United Way of Central and Northeastern CT (read Patrick's bio)

Victoria Lowe, Director of Programs - Eastern Area Health Education Center (read Victoria's bio)

Janee Woods Weber, Program Officer, Everyday Democracy, Inc. (read Janee's bio)


Kimberly Armstrong Silcox, Director of Center for Community Engagement, ECSU (read Kimberly's bio)


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Afternoon Keynote - Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.


Born in 1978, Wes and his sis­ters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.
After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Divi­sion. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Wes is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve our nation's youth. A portion of all book proceeds for The Other Wes Moore are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.


Morning Keynote - Tim Delaney, CEO National Council of Nonprofits

An attorney with extensive leadership experience in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Tim Delaney has served as the President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits since July 2008. Tim began his career at a large multi-state law firm, where he focused on litigation, media law, and government relations. Appointed in 1995 to be Arizona’s Solicitor General, Tim successfully guided Arizona to win several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He later chaired the Transition Team for the newly-elected Attorney General, who promoted him to the top staff position of Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 2001, Tim left the Attorney General’s Office to create the Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, an independent nonprofit through which he worked with more than 22,000 people across the country championing positive ethics, advancing civic engagement, and promoting democracy.

During his career, Tim has helped nonprofits from a variety of vantage points, including as an attorney, author, board chair, CEO, consultant, founder, incubator, lobbyist, teacher, trainer, and volunteer. Tim previously served as board chair of Valley Leadership, adjunct faculty member at a major university teaching courses on “Leadership & Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector,” author of a guidebook on nonprofit advocacy, and as a national Training Fellow for the nonpartisan Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, which the National Council absorbed as part of its operations in 2012. He currently represents North America on the Steering Committee of the international Affinity Group of National Associations within CIVICUS.


 Master of Ceremonies

Debbie Fay is the founder of bespeak presentation solutions, llc, providing public speaking coaching, training and presentation development to clients worldwide. Her clients include: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, BNY Mellon Bank, Hay Group, Sabra, Tauck World Travel and US Fund for UNICEF. An award winning trainer and teacher with a life-long involvement in theater, Debbie helps her clients present themselves with confidence, conviction and clarity, delivering presentations that get heard and get results. To learn more, point your browser to www.bespeakpresentations.com, or contact Debbie directly at dfay@bespeakpresentations.com.


 Morning Seminar Presenters

Amy Sample Ward's dedication to educating and supporting nonprofit and community organizations in using technology to make lasting change brought her to NTEN as the Membership Director in 2011, then as the CEO in June 2013. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.

She is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world. In 2009, she co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social media. She is a conversation-starter and thought-leader, writing about strategic uses of new technologies for communities and organizations on her blog and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Previously, she served as Community Development Manager for a program area at TechSoup Global called Community-Driven Innovation, where, among other things, she managed the NetSquared program.


Aaron Hurst is the CEO of Imperative and a globally recognized social entrepreneur. He is a close advisor to many global brands and frequent speaker and writer on the development of the Purpose Economy. He remains an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation where he has been the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market. He was the creative force behind the conception of the national Billion + Change campaign. Previously he worked in Silicon Valley developing the precursors to social media.

Widely known for his thought-leadership and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and LinkedIn, Aaron is a member of the Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50, and has been recognized as a top social entrepreneur by Fast Company, Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Manhattan Institute and the CommonWealth Club. In 2009, he received the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of the University of Michigan.


Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa is principal consultant at Harvest Development Group, LLC, a full service national consultancy firm with offices in Connecticut and Los Angeles. Her firm focuses on improving performance in nonprofit organizations through examination of root cause/effect and through the development of enterprising strategic practices, ensuring long-term results.

A twenty-three year veteran of the philanthropy industry, Sondra specializes in assessment, strategic planning, revenue development, research, and board relations. Her professional experience includes Vice President of the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her professional enjoyment comes from improving underperforming or new philanthropy programs, enhancing trustee engagement, building strategic direction and growing leadership.


John Merz is one of two Co-Executive Directors of AIDS Connecticut (ACT), along with Paul Botticello, Jr., following the successful merger on January 1, 2013, between Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition (CARC) and AIDS Project Hartford (APH). John’s professional career began as the first Program Director at AIDS Project Hartford (1988-1992) so he feels like he has come full-circle back home. Prior to joining the CARC/ACT staff in 1998, John ran AIDS Ministries Program of CT, a statewide organization that he helped merge into (be acquired by) the Salvation Army of Southern New England as one of its many programs.

John holds an M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and an M.B.A. from University of Connecticut.

Marty Legault has been CIL’s Chief Executive Officer since its founding in 1979 and is responsible for the management and operation of CIL and its subsidiaries. CIL develops community-based housing for people with disabilities in CT and MA. CIL also develops affordable housing and other non-residential projects in its other nonprofit subsidiaries, along with market-rate housing in its for-profit subsidiaries. Since its inception, CIL has grown to an organization with a $22 million annual budget and $150 million in total assets.
Prior to joining CIL he worked for the State of CT for 7 years with the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee and the Department of Mental Retardation. He began his career as a CPA practicing with the firm of Ernst & Ernst. Marty has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.
Judith L. Rozie-Battle is the Interim Vice President for Programs at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Ms. Rozie-Battle was previously a senior program officer at the Foundation, providing technical assistance to nonprofit agencies, analyzing grant proposals, and monitoring and evaluating activities of each grant awarded by the Board of Directors.

She has previously held the a number of executive positions, including, Director, Office of Child Care, Division of Early Childhood Development, Maryland Department of Education; Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Hartford County; and Director of Affirmative Action, Executive Office of Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has taught extensively at Boston University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Ms. Rozie-Battle holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven.

Elliot Ginsberg currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. Prior to his present position, he served Congressman John B. Larson as his Chief of Staff. Other prior positions include teaching non-profit and human services administration at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work; serving as a Family Support Magistrate for the Superior Court of Connecticut; Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources, managing the statewide human services department; Executive Director to the statewide training and advocacy organization of the legal services programs in Connecticut; and Senior Manager of Connecticut Legal Services. Mr. Ginsberg is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (BA, Economics) and of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

 Afternoon Workshop Presenters

Maxim Thorne is a thought leader, senior executive, lawyer, activist, and philanthropist. He teaches courses in philanthropy that is jointly offered by Yale Law School, Yale School of Management and Yale College. Through his seminar Philanthropy in Action his students actually invest $100,000 at the end of each semester to selected charities (www.philanthropyinaction.yale.edu). Maxim advises philanthropies and families and family foundations. He is also the Founder of Weekend Renewing America’s Promise (WRAP), which brings together exceptionally talented leaders from across the globe each year. (WRAP’s theme also became the theme of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado at which Barack Obama was nominated.)

Previously, Maxim served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development and Communications Officer of the NAACP, the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Human Rights Campaign, and Executive Director of New Jersey Head Start.

He oversaw the formation and implementation of the first NAACP LGBT Taskforce at the NAACP Centennial Convention in 2009 and has stewarded multimillion dollar gifts including a $1M gift from Tyler Perry, the largest gift ever from an entertainer to a civil rights organization, as well as multi-million and multi-year funding from the world’s largest corporate and philanthropic foundations.

In addition, Thorne has been a Democratic fundraiser, serving as a bundler for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and serving on the African American Leadership Council and the LGBT Leadership Council and Finance and Policy Committees. He also serves on the Yale Board of Governors, the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School, the National Board of GLAAD, and the Yale Black Alumni Association. Maxim received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science, cum laude honors, from Yale University in 1989 and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1992.

Rick Schwartz has been in the “communications business” for 40 years, most of it working directly for and with nonprofits, and for whom he has created at least 30 annual reports (he says he’s stopped counting). He has been a journalist, a legislative staffer, an arts advocate, a graphic designer, vice president of a major foundation, and a strategic planner, always with a social activist bent. (He also managed a food co-op in Washington, DC, but that was long, long ago.) He works with nonprofits and foundations across the nation. His full bio is available at www.schwartztalk.com.


Jeffrey Greim, M.Ed., M.P.P.S. has been an assistant professor in the Nonprofit Philanthropy and Management program since 2007. During this short time at Bay Path, Professor Greim has developed and taught several new courses. He has been able to educate his students on how to develop the analytical, managerial, and financial skills, needed to operate and in some cases, rejuvenate nonprofit programs and organizations.

Before his time at Bay Path, Professor Greim worked as a Chief Operating Officer for Partners for Community: a management services organization in Springfield. He was responsible for field operations of three affiliated nonprofit organizations with 250+ employees operating 20 different programs located throughout New England. He provided day-to-day management services of these three organizations, and also monitored and developed their program budgets totaling $50 million supporting intellectual disabilities, employment and training, criminal justice, homeless families, education and income transfer programming.

A few years earlier, while in Philadelphia, Jeff worked as a Senior Program Officer at Public/Private Ventures and played a key role in all the managerial aspects for the Community Change for Youth Development demonstration project, designed to promote the healthy development of adolescents living in low-income neighborhoods.

He is currently Bay Path College’s representative on the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

Deloris A. Vaughn, PhD has over 12 years of experience in the field of evaluation. Dr. Vaughn has made the focus of her work supporting the non-profit sector in finding ways to assess programs by helping organizations build evaluation capacity and measure results. She is highly skilled in designing and conducting evaluations and in training professionals in the application of evaluation approaches. Some of her training areas include: Building Logic Models, Evaluation Planning, Building Results Frameworks, Outcome-based Evaluation, Effective Proposal Writing, Results-based Assessment, and Managing Diversity in the Corporate Sector.


Anne Yurasek has been an organizational development consultant and trainer for over sixteen years in the nonprofit and private sector. Her strength lies in her ability to listen to her clients' needs and develop customized solutions. Her role in many of Fio Partners projects is to gather information to support evidence-based decision making. From informational interviews to surveys of Boards and staff as well as research in a particular field, Anne is able to raise the information and present the findings to clients in an accessible format. Her ability to support organizations through their inflection points – whether due to consolidation or growth - is unsurpassed. She began her career in the consulting at Deloitte Consulting, concentrating on strategy, analysis, organizational development, and change management. Anne joined Fio Partners, LLC in 2007. 

Anne has an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.


When people in Greater New Haven come together for social good, Lee Cruz is bound to be involved. As the Community Outreach Director at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Cruz is a connector, both in person and on-line. The Neighborhood Leadership Program he directs supports and fosters dozens of grassroots projects and events every year led by citizens who are inspired to make their city better. Cruz also facilitates connections on-line as a prolific social media poster and the moderator of the information exchange site, gnhcommunity.org. Launched by The Foundation in response to feedback from the nonprofit community, gnhcommunity.org has evolved under Cruz’s stewardship into a go-to resource for the region’s nonprofit, business and community leaders. For Cruz, community engagement brings value to The Community Foundation’s mission that goes beyond the impact of specific projects.


Victoria Lowe is the Director of Programs at  Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc. and currently oversees the development and implementation of the Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC) expansion program and coordinates the Retention and Evaluation Activities Initiative for National Health Service Corps Providers and Sites in CT.
Victoria began her work with Eastern AHEC in 2006 as the CHSC Coordinator in the eastern region, establishing the program at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus. Under Victoria’s leadership, the CHSC became a statewide initiative in 2008 and has since been implemented by three additional Connecticut AHEC organizations at a total of five state universities. In 2010, Victoria became the CHSC project manager as the program expanded nationally, in partnership with National AHEC Organization (NAO) and funded by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).  Victoria has a B.S. in Community Health from the University of Maine Farmington.


Patrick Doyle currently serves as Senior Community Engagement Manager at the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. By providing a safe place for conversations rooted in shared aspirations, speaking about community goals and inviting people to participate, and creating meaningful one-time and on-going opportunities to volunteer, the Community Engagement department is connecting people across the region with opportunities to advance the common good.

Prior to moving to Connecticut, Patrick specialized in providing training and technical assistance nationally to help schools and community-based organizations work together effectively. He served as lead author of the Service-Learning Impacting Citizenship program designed to teach young people civic engagement knowledge and skills.


Janee Woods Weber is a program director at Everyday Democracy, Inc. She provides training and coaching to community coalitions to help them develop large scale diverse dialog and problem solving, helping them advance the learning of Everyday Democracy by documenting field work, analyzing trends and innovations and sharing lessons.

Janee has a background in private law practice and community volunteerism. As an attorney, she worked in civil litigation. She has worked to support women and families through her past leadership roles in Women Who Dare and with the CT chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Janee attended Williams College and Pace University School of Law.


Kimberly Armstrong Silcox is the Director of the Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.

Kim is an advocate for students, faculty and community partners, working to build and facilitate meaningful partnerships in the Windham region and beyond.





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