FAR Nonprofit Member Discussion Events
About FAR Nonprofit Member DISCUSSION Events
The Nonprofit Member Breakfast events are being conducted as online meetings and have been renamed as Nonprofit Member Discussions. You can expect to continue to receive the same high quality, thought-provoking and helpful conversations found during our physical meet-ups– the only thing missing will be the breakfast!
Schedule: Held monthly, Nonprofit Member Discussions are generally scheduled from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Registration: These events are open to Nonprofit Members and their nonprofit guests. Registration free.
Size and Format: These are facilitated informal conversations with an identified facilitator and a topic of discussion. Size of the group varies depending on the topic and participant availability.
Topics and Facilitators: If you are interested in facilitating a Nonprofit Member Discussion or wish to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with the committee.
Upcoming Nonprofit Member Discussions
Facilitator: Valerie Evans, CAE Vice President,
Nonprofit Members Discuss What Keeps Them Up at Night
Valerie M. Evans, CAE, Vice President, Governance & Membership at the American Society of Addiction Medicine led a discussion with Nonprofit Members to find out what is on their minds. The topic that gained most attention was recruiting and retention. The challenges are different than during the height of COVID. Previously, leaders received an influx of unexperienced candidates. The upside is that they are now receiving fewer resumes with skills that better align with the position, yet the downside is that they are struggling to attract a robust pool of candidates to make the best hire, especially if the search is limited to the DC-Metro area. Participants shared their experiences and suggestions for attracting more candidates. Of course, hiring is only the first step. It is most important to retain the talent.
While salary is a significant factor, it is equally essential your employees know about and utilize their benefits and further, that they understand the value of those benefits. Engaging in individual conversations with employees about their specific needs provides helpful insight for developing creative enhancements to benefits, positions, and culture. All agreed that culture was an essential part of retention and that association leaders must “walk the talk” and lead by example.
Participant’s comments: “The discussion was engaging and insightful.” “It was helpful to bounce ideas off of each other.” “I really enjoyed the conversation.”
FAR Nonprofit Member-Only Discussion – Peer Mentoring – June 29, 2022
Jen Brearey, Chief Financial & Operating Officer at AdvaMed led a discussion with Nonprofit Members about the benefits of peer mentoring. The focus of the conversation quickly turned to ways to build trust amongst peers, supervisors, direct reports, and Board members.
Participants shared their experiences and approaches to earning and maintaining trust. These included being your authentic self; being accountable by following through on expected deliverables and taking ownership of mistakes; and always explaining the “why,” by connecting decisions to the business purpose.
The group agreed that knowing the personalities of the individuals you interact with is important to understand different perspectives. Jen shared a free tool https://www.16personalities.com/ which reveals “what really drives, inspires, and worries different personality types, helping you build more meaningful relationships.” The bottom line: personal and business success is built upon relationships. The stronger the trust, the stronger the relationship, the stronger the results!
FAR Nonprofit Member Only Breakfast Discussion – May 19, 2022
Non-Profit Members Discuss Workplace Wellness
Angela Parker, Senior Human Resource Manager at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) facilitated the non-profit member breakfast discussion on May 19, 2022, titled “Workplace Wellness.” It was an opportunity for members to discuss the approaches to employee well-being which encompasses physical, emotional, and mental states. Some of the key take-a-ways from the discussion included 1) support for wellness activities/programs must be supported and promoted by the CEO, 2) supervisors need to be extra sensitive to recognizing burn-out and other symptoms of other challenges, and 3) lead by example; participate in the activities and model healthy behaviors. The participants shared the strategies they employ to promote well-being. Angela shared the most intriguing of CLASP’s programs. “Protecting Your Peace (PYP)”. PYP means maintaining a healthy environment for growth while guarding your state of mind.
Participant’s comments: “This was very informative” “Thanks for sharing the innovative wellness activities and programs.” “This is such an important topic.”
FAR Nonprofit Member Only Breakfast Discussion - April 6, 2022
Stephanie Osborn, Chief Operating Officer at the National League of Cities facilitated the non-profit member breakfast discussion on April 6, 2022 titled “Approaches to Legal Support.” It was an opportunity for association executives to discuss the various needs and activities that require legal counsel. Contracts, intellectual property and human resource issues were among the top issues the participants identified. Several of the participants have in-house legal counsel while the majority outsource the function to one or more legal firms. However, it was clear that a hybrid model was ultimately used by all the participants. Even those with in-house support require outside expertise or need assistance during peak periods. One of the take-a-ways was to engage in a relationship with more than one firm. This provides the opportunity to pivot when needed, taps into specialized expertise, can control costs and may help meet demanding timelines.