NSC Workshop Calendar

We host workshops in the spring and fall and invite nonprofit leaders and their staff to attend. We focus on practical programs, believe in the power of peers learning together, and engage high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in our region. 

Fall NSC Workshops: 

Our new set of workshops are all about YOU - nonprofit professionals looking to develop your teams, build culture, grow your leadership, and connect more deeply in the civic community.

Oct. 3 - NSCfc: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Creatives

NSCfc: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Creatives: Where do we start and what can creatives bring?

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 
Time: 9:00- 11:00 AM

This workshop is funded in part by the Barr Foundation, and presented as part of Creative Worcester Initiative.

Presenters:  Jun-Li Wang, Community Development Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
Audience: Designed for leaders of arts & culture organizations and others interested in reaching out to and engaging diverse audiences.
Location: GWCF Conference Room, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: September 26 

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Workshop Description:  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are key issues for every nonprofit - and leaders in the arts & creativity sector can (and should) play a critical role. How can you expand how you meet your mission - from within your organization, to the audiences you engage, to the content you produce? Springboard for the Arts will share examples of how artists can bring their creativity to help you have hard conversations, envision new futures, break down barriers, build relationships with new audiences and increase your impact. 

About the Presenter: Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places and ideas, with extensive experience in asset-based community development and place-based organizing. Jun-Li has received multiple grants for her projects Saint Paul Hello, an initiative welcoming newcomers, and Board Repair, a network supporting people of color on nonprofit boards. 

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.

Oct. 17 - Civic Engagement & Your Career Path

Civic Engagement & Your Career Path

Date:  Thursday, October 17, 2019 
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Presenter: Samantha McDonald, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Panelists: Elizabeth Wambui, Nativity School; Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, Promoting Good, LLC; Suzanne Cambell-Lambert, Unum
Audience: Anyone interested in becoming more involved in Worcester through volunteerism and board service

Bowditch Conference Room, 311 Main Street, Worcester
Register By: October 10

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Workshop Description:
Designed for folks looking to get more involved in the Worcester community, this panel of well-connected individuals will share stories and knowledge about how they enhanced their careers by being involved in the community. They will provide insight about how to pursue opportunities, whether volunteering at local events or obtaining a board position, and how it has furthered their careers.

About the Presenter: Samantha is an experienced, client- focused real estate lawyer, concentrating on business and real estate property law. She is extensively involved in the Worcester community, serving in various board, committee, Corporator and volunteer leadership roles with organizations such as Y.O.U. Inc, The Commonwealth Dept. of Children and Families Worcester, Women’s Initiative of the United Way, Worcester Art Museum, and Greater Worcester Community Foundation. She is a Leadership Worcester Class of 2016 alumna and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and 2018 and 2019.

Oct. 21 - Navigating Leadership with Authenticity

Navigating Leadership with Authenticity

Date:  Monday, October 21, 2019 
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

Presenter: Carole Ann Penney, Founder & CEO, Penney Leadership, LLC
Audience: All levels of nonprofit professionals and board members
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room. 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: October 14

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Workshop Description
When stepping into new leadership opportunities, nonprofit professional often feel as though they are making their leadership style up as they go, trying and failing, or impersonating what a leader “should” be.  This highly-interactive workshop focuses on setting the foundation of your unique leadership presence.  Participants will generate and define their personalized leadership style and develop their own tool that will help them navigate their leadership with authenticity. 

No matter your role or leadership level within your organization, this self-awareness will enable you to lead with more confidence and clarity, and develop into a more strategic, effective and intentional leader. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of three frameworks for approaching their leadership development, the set of principles that drive them at a core level, description of their unique leadership style and practical strategies to implement immediately.


About the Presenter: As the founder and CEO of Penney Leadership, LLC, Carole Ann guides her clients to develop skills that enable them to become more engaged employees, more effective managers and ultimately support more impactful organizations. Carole Ann earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and certifications in nonprofit management & leadership (Tufts University) and professional coaching (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching).

Nov. 19 - Lead on Equity: Become an Ally and Influencer

Lead on Equity: Become an Ally and Influencer

Date:  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Presenter: Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, President, Promoting Good, LLC
Audience: All levels of nonprofits professionals and board members
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester
Register By: November 12

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Workshop Description: At this workshop you will learn how to become an ally, how to encourage a culture shift that celebrates inclusion, and support colleagues and clients alike in building equity. The training will focus on realistic examples of workplace issues. During our time together you will have the opportunity to practice being an ally and will leave with a toolkit to help you act and implement change.

About the Presenters: Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham is President of Promoting Good, LLC a consulting firm providing excellence, passion and creativity in support of non-profit organizations. She formerly served as Managing Attorney at Community Legal Aid where she co-founded and co-chaired CLA's Diversity and Equity Committee. She is currently Board Chair of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and served for six years on the Board of the Worcester County Food Bank. Valerie holds a BA from Boston College and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She was born in Mexico City.

TBA - Lawyers Clearinghouse

Lawyers Clearinghouse workshop details will be announced soon! Please check back!


Download the Fall 2019 NSC Calendar

Workshop Cancellation Policy: 
If you are unable to attend, we kindly ask for at least 48 hours’ notice so we are able to accommodate individuals on a waiting list.

Finding Us:

Unless otherwise noted, NSC workshops take place at the GWCF office, 370 Main Street, Suite 650, in downtown Worcester. Our office is in the Guaranty Building located between Elm and Maple streets. 


The nearest parking lot is the Pearl/Elm Garage, with access via Elm Street. Handicap accessible parking spaces are located on the first floor of the garage.

If the Pearl/Elm Garage is full, we recommend the Santander Bank Garage on Pleasant Street. Additional parking is also available at the Commercial Street Garage located at 201 Commercial Street. The garage can be accessed via Commercial Street or Major Taylor Blvd. It is a two block walk to Main Street.

Questions about the Nonprofit Support Center?

Contact Sarah Shugrue
Program Officer
(508) 755-0980, x 109
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