#YNPN17: Turning Awareness into Action
Every summer, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the premier organization for emerging leaders in the nonprofit and social sectors, hosts a conference to convene, connect, and mobilize members from across the country. This year, YNPN is partnering with YNPN Atlanta to help galvanize our members around developing trends in the sector, EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion), social entrepreneurship, and other topics we feel are pertinent to our members and their organizations.
As a longtime member of YNPN, I have had the privilege of participating in the organization at both local and national levels. As a chapter leader (Phoenix President for two years), I oversaw the intentional overhaul of our chapter to be more reflective of the community and to provide more value to the membership. As a member of the National board of directors, I have been deeply impressed by the thought and strategy that goes into every initiative built to support the nationwide network.
With so many changes happening in our country (to say the least), we know that the social sector will be at the forefront of combatting the most challenging issues. Our YNPN members and the amazing organizations they work for are poised to make an impact and with that in mind, the conference in August will serve as an intentional space to have a dialogue about turning awareness into action.
Attendees can expect the following:
- Meaningful Professional Development: Emphasis on the meaningful. All too often we are given opportunities for professional development that are pedestrian at best. The organizers behind this year’s conference are striving to provide programming that will be beneficial to not only our members in attendance but to the organizations they serve. As we look to strengthen leaders in this sector, we know that professional development in key areas is absolutely paramount - so we are providing space for our members and other attendees to learn both the “hard” and “soft” skills they need to succeed.
- Deep Connections: One of the best things about being part of a movement that's 50,000 strong is the people. YNPN provides the space to create deep connections with fellow leaders and hopefully forge lifelong professional and personal relationships with peers who know exactly what you’re going through. Conference attendees will be able to meet people from all over the country doing innovative and important work and get to know why they do what they do AND how they do it.
- A Movement Mobilized: There’s nothing more powerful than gathering and equipping a group of like-minded individuals to make a true impact. If we are tethered by the same goal of making this country a better place to live, work and play, then YNPN is the organization to tie it all together and give us the knowledge and tools to make that goal a reality.
I was able to attend the national conference both when we hosted here in sunny Phoenix and two years ago when we got to explore Little Rock, and I can guarantee that you will leave feeling empowered, informed, and above all inspired. Whether you’re in direct service, management, development, or social enterprise - YNPN is organizing three days of compelling content all designed specifically to help you as a professional.
I ask you to join us: come learn, come connect, and come build. Looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta in August.
Sentari Minor is a social entrepreneurship advocate, relationship builder, marketing guru, and nonprofit governance expert. With a strong background and expertise in fundraising, communications, and strategic planning, Mr. Minor supports and advises a number of organizations and serves on the board of directors for a diverse set of nonprofits nationwide. Passionate about strengthening the social sector to make a bigger impact, Mr. Minor speaks both locally and nationally on board governance, nonprofit leadership and the concepts of venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and capacity building.