February - May sessions take place at the the Crawfordsville Country Club

Susan Decker,   Director, Master of Leadership Development, St. Mary of the Woods College and Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource

Susan Decker, Director, Master of Leadership Development, St. Mary of the Woods College and Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource

FEBRUARY 13 - NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP                                        PRESENTED BY Susan Decker    

Effective leaders are visionaries who inspire others to bring their best to the game. Irrespective of your leadership experience, this session will bring a fresh perspective by exploring the universal traits strong leaders share and giving you the tools to create a personal power plan.

About Susan                                                                                                             Susan Decker serves as a senior governance consultant for BoardSource in Washington, D.C. She also is the Director of the Master of Leadership Development program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Susan has extensive experience in nonprofit governance, management and fundraising at the national and local level. She conducts training and consulting on nonprofit board governance, fundraising, and leadership for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, and has particular expertise in facilitating board retreats and strategic planning.


Leslie Galbreath, CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

Leslie Galbreath, CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

March 13 - Marketing magic                                                            PRESENTED BY Leslie Galbreath    

Good marketing is more than a slick ad or a well-placed billboard; it takes messaging that resonates and intentionality.  Not a how-to, but a hands-on, this session will walk you through creating a realistic marketing and communications schedule that your organization can actually execute.

About Leslie                                                                                                                Leslie is an accredited public relations strategist with extensive experience in all facets of marketing communications. She consistently uses research and data to help global clients develop strategy, craft brand identities, sell complex products and build lifetime customer relationships.  With the launch of her bold, new venture, Magenta Marketing Communications, she collaborates with businesses and nonprofits outside the manufacturing sector, blending fresh ideas with proven strategies that make lives better.


Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

April 10 - Measure What Matters                                                      PRESENTED BY Laura Macknick    

While the money your organization raises or the number of people who benefit from your services is important, the difference you make is the metric that will really make yours a stand out organization!  Learn simple but powerful ways to evaluate impact and communicate it to others.

About Laura                                                                                                          Laura is a firm believer in the importance of relationship-building to furthering important causes and has worked with a variety of philanthropic leaders to help them utilize their connections to make a difference in their communities.  In her time with higher education philanthropy and as a nonprofit leader herself, Laura managed fund development projects amounting to more than $42M and has personally been involved with closing over $19M in philanthropic gifts.  Currently, Laura consults privately with small nonprofits to develop plans for advancing their fundraising and communications efforts.

Tonja Stokes, Indiana United Ways Field DIrector, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Tonja Stokes, Indiana United Ways Field DIrector, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

May 8 - From Paper to Practice                                                                            PRESENTED BY Tonja Stokes   

Have you sat through strategy session after strategy session only to have your strategic plan end up as a door stop?  Dust it off, give it a re-read, then join us to get real advice about how to actually implement your strategic plan and see some results!

About Tonja                                                                                                                                     Bio coming soon


August - November sessions take place at the Inn at DePauw in Greencastle

Bill Stanczykiewicz,   Director of The Fund Raising School

Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director of The Fund Raising School

AUGUST 7 - NONPROFIT FINANCE DEMYSTIFIED                                                        PRESENTED BY BILL STANcZYKIEWICZ    

Are nonprofit finances a mystery?  Is planned giving baffling?  This session is dedicated to unraveling the language on nonprofit finance, exploring planned giving and endowments, and interpreting financial documents and reports for sound decision making.  Learn how to evaluate funding sources based on the costs and benefits associated with them!

About Bill                                                                                                                                           Before becoming the director of The Fund Raising School, Bill served for many years as the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.  Bill, who also serves as a senior lecturer in Philanthropic Studies on behalf of Indiana University, has been distinguished as a "Next Generation Leader" by the Rockefeller Foundation, presented at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth,  and was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Office of the Governor of Indiana.

Vice President, Technology and Operations,    United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

Vice President, Technology and Operations, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

SEPTEMBER 11 - DATA IN A DIGITAL AGE                                                                  PRESENTED BY LUCIA DOWNTON AND PANELISTS    

Paperless is here to stay.  Yet, few nonprofits have the technical know-how or funds for state-of-the-art technology to protect digital data.  At the same time, we are legally obligated to protect sensitive information.  The question, then, is: in the age of ransomware, malware, and limited IT dollars, how should nonprofits respond?

About Lucia                                                                                                                                 Lucia "Lucy" Downton, a member of the Tobias Leadership Network, was recognized as a 2017 Chief Technology Officer of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal, In her role with UWCI, Lucy is intimately involved with data security protections and fraud prevention for a vast network of employees and donors.  She is particularly astute at recognizing network and technology vulnerabilities and addressing them using efficient, practical, and cost-effective methods.  With UWCI for nearly 20 years, Lucy's background is in engineering.  Before coming to United Way, Lucy was an engineer with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and also served as a nuclear power plant quality assurance officer

Area Director for the Mid-Central Area of Kiwanis International

Area Director for the Mid-Central Area of Kiwanis International

October 9 - Building a Strategic Board                                                             PRESENTED BY Lanton Lee 

Board best practices aren’t just for newbies!  Whether you’re new to a board of directors or have served for years, this session is a great way to get a handle on what’s expected, how board service looks different today compared to even just a decade ago, and map your personal board journey.

About Lanton                                                                                                                             Lanton is a visionary leader committed to growing and developing both the programs and people with whom he works. A presence with Kiwanis International since 2002, his role as Area Director can best be described as that of political strategist-meets-corporate trainer-meets governance expert.  He travels throughout the Mid-Central region of the U.S., advising regional Kiwanis leadership on board governance best practices, strategies to enhance and strengthen membership, and effectively engage the community to improve the lives of children and youth. Lanton holds an MBA  from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

Principal and CEO, GoTime Coaching

Principal and CEO, GoTime Coaching

November 13 - No More Bored Boards                                                        PRESENTED by lori danielson

Keeping board, staff, and stakeholders engaged is easier than you think; but it does take planning and intentionality. Join us to find out how to keep people motivated and excited about your mission. Learn how to make way for new ideas while preserving tradition.

About Lori                                                                                                                                        As the former Vice President of Operations for the Clabber Girl Corporation and the Senior Vice President and  Corporate Marketing Director for Old National Bancorp, Lori brings an incredible level of expertise in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, brand management, and leadership development.  As both a consultant who assists organizations in realizing their vision and a board member herself, she has a unique perspective on board engagement.  Currently, Lori serves as the Board of Trustees Chair for Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute, Executive Board and Strategic Planning Chair for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board for the Vigo County Education Foundation, President of the Board for Camp Navigate, Board Director for Art Spaces, and Board Member for Launch, Terre Haute.

Member Login
Welcome, (First Name)!

Forgot? Show
Log In
Enter Member Area
My Profile Log Out