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First-Time Managers: Evaluating, Coaching and Other Essentials

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:
Are you a first time manager with concerns surrounding your role transition? Now that you’re in the role, are you unsure what it really means to be a manager? This Building Blocks seminar is available to cover many of the essentials needed for a successful transition. Through this seminar, attendees will gain valuable insight from experienced professionals on how to effectively handle management areas such as:

  • Employment Law basics that you need to know as a manager
  • How to coach employees to improvement and foster success
  • The importance of being proactive in managing employees’ performance
  • Giving performance feedback and handling discipline
  • How the success of employees impacts managers 
This interactive session covers all the basics and provides participants a high level understanding of legal compliance responsibilities. After completion of this seminar, attendees should possess the human resource basics necessary of any front line manager.

The Presenters:

Cathleen Snyder has over 15 years’ experience in HR consulting, providing HR support for companies with 10-550 employees in a variety of industries. She has advised clients on HR complaint investigations, recruiting and selection, employee performance management, creating policy and procedures, and government compliance. Cathleen is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has her certification as Senior Professional Human Resources.

Melissa Dern is a dynamic HR Generalist with over 17 years of experience. Melissa brings a wealth of expertise with a diverse background in recruiting, staffing operations, management and sales. Melissa’s strengths are building strong customer relationships, recruiting, talent management and employee relations.

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Measuring Impact and Progress with Metrics

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

How can you present information to your board and supporters in a meaningful way? Businesses usually use net profit as a key measure of success but for nonprofits, it is more difficult. Too often, nonprofits think first about strategies or programs and then try to measure what they achieve. The point is not just to “account for” or track what you’re already doing but to determine its value. This workshop will help you zone in on what matters and also how to present it in easy to understand metrics that show trends that are affecting your organization.

  • Why measurements and metrics are important
  • The difference between outputs and outcomes
    What’s worth tracking? Developing your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • How to measure the important stuff
  • Metric reporting – showing trends vs. monthly or seasonable changes
  • Creating your dashboard
    Sharing your metrics and trends in easy to understand formats

This is an interactive learning opportunity and you will work in groups to identify your key metrics. We will provide each participant with a digital work file with a variety of templates for reporting your metrics and showing them in chart formats.

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Ignite Passion with a SPARK of Change

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Too often, we stay so busy that at the end of the day we wonder when we will ever achieve the dreams and goals important to us. Too many people fail to take control of their lives to capture opportunities. When you choose to dream – you can change direction and accomplish nearly anything you set out to achieve!

This presentation will teach you the most important choices to SPARK change in order to ignite your passion:

  • How to take the lead in embracing change within your organization
  • Answering the question: Do you know your Why?
  • Why it’s important to encourage others to focus and dream
  • Make your thoughts help not hinder you from capturing opportunities
  • How to build an organization through networking and its impact
  • Identify which of your strengths help you excel in your position and how can you utilize them to achieve your goals

This workshop includes a self-assessment to learn where you are with a “Sparking Change” mindset. Once you know your score you can prioritize an action plan that will move you in the right direction.

The Presenter:

Mary Miller has gained an international following as a popular speaker advocating for everyone to change direction and focus on their dreams, both personal and professional. As author of Changing Direction, she strives to stay on a path of positivity and determination while continuing to achieve her dreams and inspire others to reach for theirs.
In addition to running a business with more than 500 full-time employees, Mary is an associate coach for Strategic Coach, where she works with fellow entrepreneurs on work-life balance, growth and enjoying the process.
Mary enjoys sharing her vision and inspiration by actively participating in many industry, business and nonprofit organizations.

Reviews of Mary Miller’s past presentations:
“Most inspiring session I have attended in my years at any conference” – KPHRA attendee

“She educated, entertained humored, but most importantly touched their hearts. She is a must hear!” – Jamie Smith, Cincinnati Business Courier

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Grant Research and Grant Givers


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

This will be a 2-part seminar.

Part I
Overview of the grants research process, which will cover the major types of grantmakers, including government, private and community foundations, and direct corporate grantmakers. You will also learn resources for finding a funder whose pattern of grantmaking suggests it is a good match for your organization’s needs. There will be a live demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online database, available to the public at the library, which is an excellent tool for researching grantmakers.

Part II
A panel of foundation representatives will give an overview of their funds, processes and tips for making your grant application stand out, followed by time for Q&A.

The Presenters:

Phoebe Acheson, Grants Resource Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Ruth Klette, Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation
Mary Alice Koch, PNC Charitable Trusts
Molly Robertshaw, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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The Magic of Event Planning

Full – Waiting list only

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Nothing says event planning like a party!

You are INVITED to a party full of fun and learning as we share best practices and even some magic tricks that are going to make for a successful event. BE OUR GUESTS for an interactive session to discover the elements of an outstanding guest experience. The program includes all the tried and true steps for planning an event for your organization. Tools and Tricks of the trade will be in your SWAG BAG when the morning concludes.

Enjoy topics like theme development, goal setting, venue selection, invitation options, decorations, catering, sponsorships and the WOW factor. There will be plenty of time to tell us what other topics you want us to pull out of the hat!  Fill your table with your nonprofit staff and volunteers that will be helping you plan and host an event to raise funds, advance your mission or celebrate a special milestone.

Your Event Hostesses:

Amelia Crutcher, Experienced Community Volunteer and Event Planner. Bringing people together to have fun and celebrate inspires Amelia. She loves a good time and she likes to make it happen. From “Abracadabra” for the Playhouse in the Park and the “Hat’s Off Luncheon” for the Cincinnati Parks to establishing ReSource’s successful fall fundraiser, Amelia has led the efforts to plan and execute events, galas and fundraisers for as little as 100 and up to 1200 people over the past 20 years. Amelia was recognized as a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year in 2007.

Martha Steier, ReSource Development Director and Community Volunteer. Martha’s event planning experience includes fundraisers, anniversary celebrations, recognition events, and trade shows. As a Fund Development professional for over 10 years, she has led major event fundraisers as well as annual and capital campaigns. Martha is a past president of the Junior League of Cincinnati.

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Revitalizing Performance Management

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Program Overview
Disengaged associates, turnover, and low levels of job satisfaction – all draining the life forces of performance from modern workplaces. This presentation will identify toxins lurking in Performance Management that undermine your organization’s vitality, and will provide pragmatic principles and antidotes that promote healthy, high performance.

Attendees will learn:
  • How to revitalize the Measurement, Feedback, and Reinforcement aspects of Performance Management
  • How to use 3 powerful, pragmatic principles to guide the “detoxification” of Performance Appraisals
The Presenter:

Wayne Owens, Master Trainer at HRC Consulting Services, will be returning to lead this session. Wayne’s past seminars have been well-received by participants because of his engaging and interactive presentation style. 

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ReSource on Channel 12

Recently ReSource’s Executive Director Christie Brown was invited to appear on a U.S. Bank BusinessWatch segment, presented by The Cincinnati Business Courier on Channel 12. 

Celebrating our Roots … and Future

rosie-redThe Celebration of Champions was celebrated on October 28, with recognition of our history and deep roots in the community along with a view to our exciting future in service to then nonprofit community. Our 250 guests enjoyed the evening with reception in The Handlebar followed by dinner and program in the Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. Phil Castellini was our master of ceremonies, presenting Community Partner awards to Messer Construction and Easter Seals Tristate. 

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Bob Castellini then gave moving tributes to integral partners in creating our deep roots, presenting Founder’s Awards to People Working Cooperatively and Frank Leggio. Other founding members in attendance were Chuck Hirt and Ruth Cronenberg, both part of the People Working Cooperatively team that helped bring the Neighborhood Furniture Bank (now ReSource) to life in the 1980’s.

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This short video provides the highlights:

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Organizational & Strategic Planning with Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

Is your board and staff leadership on the same page  for how to best move your organization forward? During this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the various types and level of planning that can have a major impact on your organization’s efficiencies and effectiveness
  • Explore strategic planning and how to create a process that works for your organization’s culture and budget
  • Discuss how to create an inclusive planning process that enables your key stakeholders to participate and deepen their commitment to your organization
  • Review the role of the board and staff during planning and how to create a process that is fun and energizing for everyone
  • Explore how to engage in effective board development planning and how to review and update your committee structure

This will be an interactive workshop that includes time for discussions and questions. Board presidents, executive directors, board officers, governance chairs and staff management are encouraged to attend this workshop.

The Presenter:

Jane Page-Steiner is the President of JPS Nonprofit Strategies. JPS assists nonprofits with board development, strategic planning and infrastructure development. Jane is a respected speaker, regularly presenting at national, regional and local nonprofit conferences. Jane is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, having joined this select group of expert trainers after completing a rigorous application and certification process and is now certified to deliver BoardSource’s signature nonprofit governance trainings.

Before establishing JPS Nonprofit Strategies, Jane served as the Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the National Down Syndrome Society. She provided regular counsel on leadership development, capacity building and resource development for affiliates across the country. Prior to that Jane served as the executive director for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati for more than ten years. Jane is the owner and publisher of the Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News an e-newsletter that reaches over 3700 readers in the Greater Cincinnati region.

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Coaching for Best Performance

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview

InsideOut coaching draws on the learner’s inner-awareness and how well he or she is motivated to align behaviors with success. The essence of this coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance. Whether you are coaching managers to achieve key organizational goals, engaging a team to take your department to the next level, or encouraging young adults to believe that their dreams are within their reach, you will learn how to help learners eliminate inner-interference.

In this highly interactive workshop you will learn:

  1. To tap into the learner’s internal strength to help him or her focus on aspiration and hope,
  2. The difference between mentoring, coaching, and performance management,
  3. InsideOut feedback conversations,
  4. The G.R.O.W. Coaching Model, by John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance
The Presenter:

With over 20 years of executive experience in organization development, Diane Jordan-Grizzard is a recognized leader in professional development, change management, employee relations, and executive coaching. She inspires individuals and teams to lead from aspiration, increase accountability and decision-making, and deliver sustainable results. Diane serves as the director of Strategic Talent Management at BHDP Architecture and is a successful non-profit professional, previously serving as COO of Beech Acres. She is CEO of her management consulting business, Thembi Speaks. Diane has more than a decade of executive and team coaching experience and has taught the G.R.O.W. Coaching Model to international users. Diane earned her M.Ed. from University of Cincinnati and she has earned multiple awards for her leadership and impact on the Cincinnati nonprofit community.

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