Past Seminars

Team Building: The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team

[Note the change from usual 2nd Wednesday date.]
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Held at Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, 5th Floor
Interact for Health ChoiceCare Room

Program Overview
What is the single most untapped competitive advantage in the workplace? In a word: Teamwork. When team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive unit, greatness can truly be achieved. However, to gain this type of competitive advantage, teams must:

  • Trust One Another
  • Engage in Conflict Around Ideas
  • Commit to Decisions
  • Hold One Another Accountable
  • Focus on Achieving Collective Results

The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team has one simple goal: to create a learning experience that helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible.

This seminar will include about 1/3 instructional (lecture) and 2/3 experiential learning (building teamwork at the program — so bring a team if you can — and learning how to use these activities later within your agencies.)

The Presenter
Otis Williams is the Venture Out! Director at Camp Joy. Venture Out! is the regional choice for organizations, businesses, and universities that want to enhance their team and leadership development through experience-based learning. Otis has over 25-years of experience in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of both teams and leaders. He is a highly sought-after award-winning speaker, facilitator, seminar leader, and personal growth coach.

The Art and Science of Event Planning

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Held at Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, 5th Floor
Interact for Health ChoiceCare Room

Join us for a full morning of content and discussion around design, planning and production of engaging and successful events. Topics include:
  • organizing and tracking event tasks and responsibilities
  • managing an event budget
  • working with committees and event volunteers
  • coordinating food/beverage, décor, and audio visuals
  • venue selection
  • tips for invitations and response gathering
  • best practices for sponsorships and fundraising
  • promoting your event
  • and much more!

The session will include a panel discussion featuring experts in key event specialties. Panelists will include:

  • Marsha Burton – Director of Sales, Cintas Center
  • Rachael Fritsch – Event Consultant, All Occasions Event Rental
  • Gail Myers – public relations professional
  • Carrie Schroder – Development Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Laura Starkey, Catering Sales Director, SPECTRA Food Services and Hospitality at Sharonville Convention Center
  • Gretchen Ramstetter, Development Manager – Twin Lakes  |  Life Enriching Communities Foundation
Our keynote presenter will be Betsy Zelek, owner of BZMS Events. BZMS Events, founded in 2004, provides event planning and management services to corporations, businesses and non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.  BZMS Events has been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise since 2011.  And in 2017, they earned designation as a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the Greater Cincinnati region.  Visit to learn more.

Enlightened Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Held at Rookwood Tower
3805 Edwards Road, 5th Floor
Interact for Health ChoiceCare Room

Program Overview
Enlightened Leadership is designed to offer a leadership development strategy that focuses on human behavior, self-awareness and decision making. The main idea is that great leaders should look inward and not solely outward in order to lead and develop those who follow them. Enlightenment comes when leaders move to a higher level of understanding the environment around them, inspiring others, coaching, encouraging and by looking beyond the day-to-day functions of management. Enlightened leaders create a healthy functional and productive workplace by practicing positive behaviors, being deeply aware of self, and checking their egos at the door. This course is designed to give participants a solid understanding of his/her own leadership philosophy.

Seminar topics:
Enlightened Leadership: What does it mean to be a leader?
Five steps to self-awareness: discovering your True North
Looking at Emotional Intelligence with a self awareness test:
 Personal Competence: self awareness and self-regulation
 Social Competence: Empathy and Social Skills
Personal Values: Template to develop your own leadership philosophy

The Presenter
Kimberly Williams is a Captain with the Cincinnati Police Department. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her MS. In Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She is in the current Leadership Cincinnati class. She has presented the Enlightened Leadership program at the Police Academy to rave reviews!

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Recruiting and Energizing Volunteers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

We are going to discuss the four components of a good volunteer program:

  • Strategies for Recruitment
  • How to bring people onboard successfully: training and orientation
  • Utilization: To arrange for a good fit between volunteer skills and the organizational assignment
  • Feedback and Recognition: Appreciation and communication to ensure a positive volunteer experience
We’ll also include a discussion of how to deal with volunteer challenges.

This session will be highly interactive. All participants will leave with additional tools on how they can work with volunteers in their organization.

The Presenters:

Connie Hinitz is a philanthropic sector management specialist with more than 30 years’ experience creating and implementing comprehensive nonprofit initiatives. She is ESCC’s Manager of Volunteer Services and past Director of Philanthropic Initiatives for Leadership Scholars, Inc. Prior to joining ESCC, she was Administrator of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. As the Jewish Federation’s Director of Planning and Allocations, she created and supervised an interagency refugee resettlement program.

Julia Johnson is a management specialist. She retired from the City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District in 2007 as Superintendent of Administrative Services Division after more than twenty years in the position. Her other assignments with the City of Cincinnati included Personnel Analyst in the Personnel Department, Field Auditor in the Department of Finance, and Assistant Personnel Director for the Cincinnati Recreation Department. Julia is on the board of the Community Resource Center and chairs the ESCC Volunteer Engagement Committee.

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Mail in Registration – October

Social Media Marketing for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

Thriving as a brand on social media doesn’t require a large marketing team with elaborate titles. With more than a billion daily active users on Facebook alone, getting even a small piece of that engagement will reap incredible results. If you are not taking advantage of the power of word of mouth marketing on social media, you are missing out. Not sure where to begin, or have you already started, but aren’t sure how to grow? This interactive workshop will help.


  • Defining what social media is, who’s using it and how
  • Overview of social platforms
  • Setting a social strategy
  • Defining your target audience
  • Maximizing the power of branding
  • Scheduling posts and creating a content calendar
  • Testing free engagement opportunities
  • Utilizing paid promotion
  • Tracking analytics
  • Managing your communities – interacting and responding
  • Resources and compelling campaign snapshots

The Presenter:

Dana Johnson is an experienced social media and content marketing manager at The Christ Hospital Health Network. She is skilled in content ideation and execution, social media strategy, and customer service. Dana has more than 12 years of healthcare marketing experience, as well as a Master of Education in Language Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism. She has also worked as a patient representative in patient relations; as a customer relationship manager at a printing company; and as a high school English teacher.

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Mail-in Registration: August

Strategic Planning – With a Little Help From Our Friends

Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pre-registration at 8:15 a.m.

Program Overview:

Would you like to create a strategic plan that helps your organization achieve breakthrough results? A strategic plan that you actually use? This program will help you create a strategic planning process that will engage and energize your organization. During this workshop we will:

  • Discuss the WHO, WHAT, WHEN and HOW of creating and using a strong strategic plan
  • Discuss an inclusive planning process that enables your Board, Staff and key stakeholders to bring their expertise and insights to your plan
  • Review a methodology and process that have worked successfully for nonprofits, business, government and academic organizations
  • Discuss how to make strategic planning fun and energizing for all involved
  • Discuss how to engage and involve Board Members and Staff
  • Discuss how to keep your strategic plan ALIVE – by engaging stakeholders, monitoring progress, identifying and filling gaps in the plan, and renewing the plan
  • Incorporate insights from a broad range of “experts” including the Dali Lama, ELMO, Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, Yoda, and Mark Twain

The Presenter:

Sharon Janosik Mitchell has a passion for strategic planning, innovation, leadership and driving change. In her 36-year Research & Development career at Procter & Gamble, she led a large international organization of 1500 scientists and engineers located in 10 countries. By the time she retired as Senior Vice President of R&D, she helped lead strategic plans for over 20 different product categories.

Sharon has also served the community in a number of leadership roles including Board Chair of Miami University, President of Impact 100, and Board Chair of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. She is a member of Miami University’s Foundation Board, Social Venture Partners, the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Academy, Impact 100 Board, M.I.A.M.I. Women Steering Committee, and serves as a Leaders Circle Facilitator for Leadership Council. She has led and facilitated strategic plans for over 20 nonprofit organizations. Many of these plans have resulted in significant growth and breakthroughs for the organization.

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Mail-in Registration: September

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.

Mail-in Flyer
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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

Mail In Flyer
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