Yesterday we shared some of our favorite memories from this year's National Leaders Conference in Phoenix. Even though our 2014 conference isn't until June, excitement has already been building in the Twin Cities, next year's host chapter.
"My favorite accomplishment this year was successfully applying to host the 2014 YNPN National Conference," says Chris Oien, the National Chapter Congress rep from YNPN Twin Cities.
Chris isn't the only one who's pumped:
YNPN Twin Cities is already earning their superstar status by jumping into conference planning with both feet:
According to our YNPN National Conference Planning Fellow Jess Jesswein, "Working with YNPN Twin Cities on the Conference and Leaders Institute for 2014 has been amazing. They have such a great base of volunteers, who are willing to put in the time and effort to make everything perfect. I have not been to a single event with the Twin Cities chapter that wasn't well thought out, and I know the 2014 conference will be the same way and one of the best yet."
One exciting to addition to this year's conference is a collaboration with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on a day of workshops for nonprofit professionals of all ages.
MCN is currently accepting workshop proposals and we encourage all local Minnesota members and any Chapter Leaders traveling for the conference to submit your ideas.
And don't forget to save the date: June 26-28 in the Twin Cities. We hope to see you there!
When we asked our National Board members about their favorite memories from 2013, many of them said the National Chapter Leaders Conference in Phoenix was one of the highlights of the year.
Kari Mirkin, one of our National Board members from YNPN Cleveland, said "I loved the chance to connect with so many of you at the national conference in Phoenix!" Another National Board member, Qyana Stewart, said "Thanks to YNPN Phoenix for an awesome conference! This was the best conference I have ever attended."
Paul Schmitz delivering his keynote. Photo via YNPN Chicago.
YNPN leaders from across the country led workshops and networked with their peers. One participant shared with us that their favorite part was "The sense of unity among nonprofit professionals--we're all in this together working toward change!"
That idea was driven home by Paul Schmitz's keynote on building leadership from the community up. Our members said that it was "awesome," "energizing," and "set the right tone for the rest of the event."
The conference wasn't just inspiring speeches, useful workshops, and nonprofit camaraderie. There were also capes:
YNPNsfba's incoming Board Chair Dawn Herrschaft being recognized for her leadership. Photo via Renee Bracey Sherman.
National ED Trish Tchume celebrating the announcement of next year's conference in the Twin Cities! Photo by Cary Lenore Walski.
We left the conference excited for the year ahead and all we can accomplish together.
We can't wait for next year's National Chapter Leader Conference in the Twin Cities--we're sure it will be one of the highlights of 2014!
To commemorate some of our favorite memories from 2013, we're celebrating 12 Days of YNPN between today and the end of the year.
This year our network grew at an incredible rate; in the latter part of 2013 we added a new chapter every month!
On this First Day of YNPN, we want to welcome our new chapters to the network: