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. 

Spring 2019 Workshops:

Mar. 20 - NSCfc: Collaborations/Partnerships and the Creative Sector

NSCfc: Collaborations/Partnerships and the Creative Sector

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 
Time: 9:00- 10:30 AM

Presenters:  Jun-Li Wang, Community Development Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
Audience: Open to all, but especially designed for nonprofit leaders of arts and cultural institutions
Location: GWCF Conference Room, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: March 13

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Workshop Description:  Looking for new strategies to collaborate and partner to meet your mission and build stronger, more vibrant, more connected communities? Learn practical approaches for better partnerships with artists, creatives, arts & culture organizations, businesses and communities.

Springboard for the Arts is a national leader in creative community development. Their approach is rooted in the principles of community organizing and focuses on a “lots of little” strategy that surfaces unrecognized leaders in communities, builds public narratives from a multiplicity of perspectives and voices; and creates low-risk opportunities for collaboration.

About the Presenter: Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places and ideas.  She directs the Community Development Program at Springboard that serves to organize and empower artists, build reciprocal relationships between communities and their artists, and train artists to address community challenges and opportunities. Jun-Li has extensive experience in asset-based community development, community organizing, neighborhood leadership, workshop curriculum design and implementation and training.

Mar. 28 - Succeeding as a Board Member from Day One

Succeeding as a Board Member from Day One

Date:  Thursday, March 28, 2019 
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Presenter: Gayle Gifford, MA, ACFRE, Cause & Effect
Audience: Those who are new to board service or looking for a refresher

GWCF Conference Room, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: March 21

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Workshop Description:
Is this your first time on a nonprofit board of directors? Or new to this board? Your service can be one of the most rewarding experiences you have ever signed up for… if you’ve got the tools to make it so. This engaging crash course on board service will help you feel worthwhile from day one.  Discover how to contribute your special talents to the board and organization you are serving. Explore how nonprofits are the same as and also very different from for-profit businesses. Learn how to be part of the inclusion solution and recruit diverse new advocates for your organization. Design your own learning plan with a toolkit of questions that will help you fully participate even as a new trustee.  

About the Presenter: Gayle Gifford is a nationally known consultant, author and trainer with more than 30 years of experience in organization development, public engagement and fund development for the nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to co-founding Cause & Effect in 1996, she held leadership roles at Plan International USA, Save the Bay and City Year RI. Gayle earned her M.S. from Antioch University New England and a B.A. from Clark University. She is an instructor at Brown University.

Apr. 3 - Preparing for Unpleasant Surprises

Preparing for Unpleasant Surprises

Date:  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Presenter: Christian Dame & David Harris, Partners, Interim Executive Solutions
Audience: Nonprofit board members, executives, and senior staff
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room. 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: March 27

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Workshop Description
When nonprofits fail, it is often due to unanticipated crises such as losing key funders or staff, legal or financial oversights, or extended adverse publicity. To avoid these disasters, the Executive Director and Board need to anticipate and collaborate in preparing for the unexpected. Join us for an informative workshop that will explore these issues and provide a roadmap to safety. We strongly advise senior staff and board leaders to attend as teams. To facilitate discussion, participation is limited to 12 organizations.

Attendees will have the option of bringing a facilitated discussion of these issues back to their own organization at no cost. 

About the Presenters: Christian has been managing change for government, business and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He founded Nonprofit Transitions (NPT) in 2003. He has served as Interim Executive Director for many different kinds of organizations and has consulted to funders in several states about nonprofit turnarounds.  Chris holds a Masters degree in City Planning from Harvard University.

David has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance and leadership team effectiveness. David recently held an interim position with the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnerships and has provided coaching and consulting to school districts and leaders.  He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Sc.B. from Brown University.

Apr. 9 - Assessing & Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

​We're sorry! This workshop is currently full. To be put on a wait list, please send an email to nsc@greaterworcester.org.

Assessing & Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

Date:  Tuesday, April 9, 2019 
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Presenters: Jake Messier- CEO/Founder, HEARD Strategy & Storytelling
Audience: Open to all, staff and volunteers with social media responsibilities encouraged
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608 
Register By:
April 2

Workshop Description: When you’re feeling overwhelmed by digital marketing it’s best to step back from the day-to-day to reevaluate your situation. A good place to start is with your digital marketing plan. This workshop, taught by HEARD Strategy & Storytelling’s CEO Jake Messier, will take a look at your overall strategy as well as specific topics like organic vs paid search engine optimization; what kind of digital advertising should I consider; Google Adwords tips; and a tactical, step-by-step guide into social media advertising.

About the Presenters: Jake brings more than 25 years of marketing and promotions experience to his role at HEARD. He began his career in public affairs for the United States Marine Corps working in more than 43 countries in media relations, combat photography and broadcast journalism. He has held numerous senior marketing and communication roles at various organizations including CBS News, PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, the Boston Conservatory and several others. At HEARD, Jake leads the Integrated Marketing Communications team including video, content, promotions, PR, advertising, media buying, social media, and marketing strategy. HEARD works with all size organizations but specializes in nonprofits.

Apr. 24 - So, You Want to Be An Executive Director?

​This workshop is currently full! If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email nsc@greaterworcester.org. 

So, You Want to Be An Executive Director?

Date:  Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Presenter: Nancy Jackson, MSW, Principal Consultant, Gammy Bird Consulting
Panelists: Jill Dagilis, Executive Director Worcester Community Action CouncilJeff Chin, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetrowestYolanda Coentro, President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Nonprofit Practice 
Audience: Mid-level professionals considering an Executive Director role soon or in the future
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608 
Register By: May 15

Workshop Description:  Are you wondering if the Executive Director role is right for you? Are you intrigued about the challenges and joys of the job? Do you know what you need to do to ready yourself to be successful as an ED? Join a panel of local, very seasoned Executive Directors who will share their perspectives on what the job really entails and how to prepare for it, and they’ll answer the key question: “If I knew then, what I know now, what would I have done differently? 

About the Presenter: Nancy Jackson is a certified facilitator bringing over 25 years of executive-level nonprofit and government experience to her practice.  For 18 years, she co-directed New England Network for Child, Youth and Family Services.  She is trained and certified in the Technologies of Participation facilitation methodologies and uses this method to facilitate planning processes, staff retreats and executive transitions. She is also a charter associate of Third Sector New England’s 13 member pool of Executive Transition Consultants.

May 21 - Lawyers Clearinghouse: Volunteers & Interns

Lawyers Clearinghouse: Volunteers & Interns

Date:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon

Presenters: Christopher B. Kaczmarek, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Audience: Senior Managers and those overseeing volunteer and intern positions
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation Conference Room. 370 Main Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Register By: May 14

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Workshop Description:  Many nonprofits rely on the services of volunteers and/or interns. This seminar will provide practical tips from an employment law specialist and answer the following questions: 

  • What are the legal definitions of volunteers and interns?
  • What are the best practices for utilizing volunteers and interns?
  • How can a nonprofit minimize its potential liability when working with volunteers and interns? 

About the Presenter: Christopher B. Kaczmarek represents employers of all sizes in matters involving a wide range of state and federal laws, regularly defending employers in litigation involving claims of harassment, unlawful discrimination, breach of contract, wrongful discharge and alleged wage and hour violations. Chris has written for a variety of publications and regularly gives presentations and training sessions. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Syracuse.

Info of note!

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.

NSC Workshop Catalog: Click here to download the Spring 2019 NSC Workshop Calendar.


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