2022 Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

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The 2022 UNA Annual Conference, Beyond Passion, delivers sessions designed to give you the information, skills, and resources you need to expand your personal and organizational resilience. You will leave with practical solutions, inspiration, and innovative ideas that will uplift and expand your perspective in our ever-changing and ever-challenging world.

The conference features morning keynotes daily and 15 different breakout sessions designed to grow your knowledge and skills while connecting you with experts, peers, and friends. Topics range from leadership and organizational culture to finance, fundraising, and so much more! Our virtual conference means that you have the opportunity to attend more sessions live and watch session recordings on your time.  

Conference Keynotes

Deepa Iyer—Mapping Our Roles for Social Change

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 
Deepa Iyer, a South Asian American woman smiling looking off to the left. She has shoulder length straight black hair and is wearing a blue vertical striped blouse.

In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, shared liberation, inclusion, and justice. Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed, confused, or ineffective as we reach for our goals. Whether you are individual newcomers who want to help but don’t know where to start or groups catalyzed into action in the midst of a community crisis, the Social Change Ecosystem is a framework that can anchor and guide your work. In this session, participants will identify guiding values, map their roles, assess their ecosystems, and develop sustainability plans.

Deepa Iyer is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Building Movement Project where she builds projects, resources, and narratives that support nonprofits and individuals engaged in transformative movements for progressive social change. Her work includes creating the social change ecosystem map, and coordinating SolidarityIs, an initiative that trains people through Solidarity Schools, provides narratives via the Solidarity Is This podcast, and fosters multiracial and cross-movement connections. Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, strategist, and facilitator whose areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, immigration and civil rights policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. Iyer has worked at various national and local organizations with a focus on immigrant and racial justice. Iyer’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award.  Iyer has received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. An immigrant who moved to Kentucky from India when she was twelve, Iyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University.


Dr. Susan R. Madsen—Preparing for Greater Impact: Leadership Development Tools and Strategies

Wednesday, September 28, 2022Susan Madsen, a Caucasian women with chin-length straight blond hair, smiling at camera and wearing a blue blouse and black blazer.

In this keynote, Dr. Susan Madsen will, with a gender lens, share research-based tools and strategies that will help us increase our leadership abilities and capacities. This includes strengthening leadership identity and confidence, along with developing your abilities related to strategic and creative thinking, giving and receiving feedback, unleashing employee talents and strengths, identifying developmental relationships, and becoming a stronger inclusive leader.

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is considered one of the top global scholars and thought leaders on the topic of women’s leadership, has authored or edited eight books, and has published hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. Her research has been cited in the U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes and other local and state newspapers. Professor Madsen is the Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and serves on many nonprofit and community boards. She is also the Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, and her passion is to strengthen the impact of girls and women in Utah and worldwide.


Carson Tueller—Claiming Our Worth: The Foundation of Empowerment

Thursday, September 29, 2022Carson Tueller, a Caucasian man in a wheelchair, with arms crossed on his lap. He is smiling at the camera and wearing a gray t-shirt.

What does it mean to be worthy? Where does our sense of value come from? How can we live life feeling like we are good enough? Carson asks these questions to the audience, and proceeds to answer them using powerful life experiences as illustration. He proposes a new framework to conceptualize personal worth and value, and demonstrates how this is the essential foundation to creating a meaningful, fulfilling life.

Carson Tueller is a coach, speaker, and activist whose work provides people with the tools they need to live authentic, fulfilling, and powerful lives. Carson’s own journey into powerful living began in 2013 when, in the same year, he came out, and was then injured in an accident that paralyzed him from the chest down. Since then, Carson has brought his work into various settings, from international nonprofits to presidential campaigns, and his work has been featured broadly throughout the media. When Carson isn’t coaching or speaking, he can be found at the gym, reading non-fiction, or playing Pokemon with his niece and nephews. 


2022 Breakout Sessions:

Service Provider Model—Program & Revenue Growth Strategies for Small Nonprofits 
Growing program audiences and sustainable revenue can be difficult for any nonprofit, but especially for those with small budgets and limited capacities. Yet, nonprofits are compelled to find ways to grow with less and demonstrate program impact. Join Cody Goetz from Mundi Project to learn about the Service Provider Model, a framework for small and mid-size nonprofits to help identify and partner with larger organizations to provide niche services.   
Speaker: Cody Goetz, Mundi Project

200K Reasons to Use LinkedIn to Grow Donations and Corporate Giving 
Goodbye cold calling. Hello LinkedIn! Join us to learn how to grow corporate sponsorships, donations, and unique win-win business opportunities for your nonprofit using a tool you already know and use. You’ll learn everything from how to research new supporters, craft your ask, and secure the relationship and funding. Kathleen will share how she used LinkedIn to increase contributions by more than $200K in just one year.  
Speaker: Kathleen Bodenlos, Discovery Gateway

Power to the People: A Guide to Ethical Storytelling 
Your stories play a leading role in informing your stakeholders about how our actions impact the world. Stories promote empathy, change our perception, and motivate leaders to take action. Make your stories matter. While metrics and data are important, they are supporting characters to the narrative’s leading role in educating and inspiring your audience. Telling ethical stories celebrates the dignity, uniqueness, strength, and courage of the people helping us see how our actions impact the world. The ways we engage and empower storytellers with lived experience to have ownership over storytelling is our responsibility as ethical communicators. Join us as we share best practices and real-life examples from the field of ethical storytelling. 
Speakers: Sarah Hogan and Cori Streetman, Barefoot PR

You Have a Friend in the Court! The Utah Courts' Office of Fairness and Accountability is Your Free Resource
The Utah State Courts' Office of Fairness and Accountability (OFA) was established in January 2021 by the Utah Judicial Council as part of the Council's ongoing commitment to identify and eradicate racism and bias from the Courts. Join us for this important session to learn about the Utah Courts' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts along with the wide range of legal resources available to nonprofits including the Utah Legal Sandbox. Discover how OFA can be an ally for nonprofits, and how through collaboration, we can increase access to justice and build trust with historically marginalized communities. 
Speaker: Jonathan Puente, Utah State Courts

First Aid for Burnout: A Return to Balance 
What the headlines about burnout don’t tell you is that there are proven strategies for treating both organizational and individual burnout. Burnout, a serious and pervasive issue for nonprofits, left untreated can lead to a host of undesirable consequences. In this session, we’ll look at the signs, causes, and risk factors for compassion fatigue and burnout and effective ways to overcome these on both a personal and organizational level.  
Speaker: Annie Barrett, VibrantSoulful.com

Building Collaborative Partnerships—Merging the Public and Private Sectors 
Imagining more successful partnerships with corporations? Join Alexx Goeller of the Front Climbing Club, one of the first commercial climbing gyms in the country, to learn how they’ve created a successful corporate-responsibility program by collaborating and partnering with five Utah nonprofits. Understanding the perspective of what corporations look for in a nonprofit partner as well as how social responsibility programs can be best structured for all parties will help you better engage and partner with corporate donors and sponsors.  
Speaker: Alexx Goeller, The Front Climbing Club

Connecting the Dots on Donor Behavior
The reality of the philanthropy landscape has changed since 2020. How and why donors give has changed...so what are you going to do about it? Join Tim Sarrantonio of Neon One to learn how to create a fundraising strategy that is based on current trends. Utilizing data from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Visa’s Global Analytics and Insights Payment Panel Data on Charitable Giving, and philanthropic psychology research we will look to understand the reality of how donors are behaving, why they are giving, and what nonprofit professionals can do about it. 
Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio, Neon One

Accounting Hot Topics for Nonprofits 
This session will cover today’s accounting hot topics for nonprofit organizations. Complex topics—the feared lease accounting standard, a new standard for in-kind contributions, crypto-currency recognition, and more questions— are on the horizon. You’ll walk away with an understanding of how to implement new accounting standards as well as an appreciation for the positives and negatives of crypto currency donations.   
Speaker: Kyle Robbins, Larson & Company, PC

Refresh and Restructure Your Volunteer Engagement 
Want even more engagement with your Volunteers? Community Engagement Pathways can help your organization maximize volunteer efforts by concentrating on six distinct types of volunteerism to help address critical needs. Join Mike Moon from UServeUtah to learn more about each of the six pathways, how they intersect, and how you can utilize this public tool, unique to Utah, and the new ways in which Utah's volunteers look to engage with Utah's nonprofits. 
Speaker: Mike Moon, UServeUtah 

Simple Steps to Starting a Diversity Initiative Without Feeling Overwhelmed
Diversity in the workplace translates to greater community goodwill, better problem solving and decision making, and a positive return on investment, but knowing where to start can feel daunting. Nicole Carpenter with the Women's Leadership Institute will share seven things you can do for a diverse workplace, without pointing fingers or placing blame. Leave this session with an understanding of the critical components and a framework you can use to start a diversity initiative at your nonprofit.  
Speaker: Nicole Carpenter, Women's Leadership Institute

Building Community by Aligning Impact (Panel)
Nonprofit organizations and funders alike work toward a shared goal: creating lasting impact that betters our world. Working together in collaboration and trust helps transform our mutual hopes into a happier and healthier tomorrow. In this moderated discussion, a panel of funders and grant recipients will have the opportunity to discuss some of the successful ways they have worked together to align their goals to achieve positive outcomes. From talking about best ways to communicate with each other, brainstorming ways to work together, and thinking back on projects that took an unexpected turn, let’s learn from each other. 
Laurel Cannon Alder, Utah Division of Arts and Museums (Moderator)
Peggy Larsen, WCF Board of Directors, Utah Business Week 
Julie Ramos, The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation
More speaker details coming soon. 

Trauma-Informed Practices for Your Organization 
People bring their complete selves to your organization, and for many people that includes a history of trauma. The effects of trauma are likely already affecting your organizational performance and workplace interactions. Join Jessica Hercules of English Skills Learning Center and learn how you can integrate trauma-informed practices into all organizational operations to create safe spaces for everyone, support clients and staff members who have experienced trauma, and refine your services to reduce unintended stress and re-traumatization. You’ll leave with steps for mitigating the worst impacts and a proactive approach aimed at creating a trauma-resilient workplace. 
Speaker: Jessica Hercules, English Skills Learning Center

Scale or Fail: Why Having a Diverse Board of Directors is Key to Success 
Danny Glasser, CEO of the National Ability Center, will bring his 20+ years of experience leading organizations and share what he’s learned about why having a diverse board of directors—from gender and age to race and ability level—is critical to nonprofit success. Danny will demonstrate how embracing inclusion and a forward-thinking mindset as it relates to key stakeholders can position your organization to not just grow—but to scale exponentially.   
Speaker: Danny Glasser, National Ability Center 

The Wicked Problem of Nonprofit Wages: Equity, Rationale, and Donor Support (Panel)
You already know that paying living wages, meeting market demands for employees, balancing the budget, and supporting the financial elements of a diverse workforce is at the forefront of staffing difficulties in the nonprofit sector. Want to know how to approach these challenges? Join us to learn how three Utah nonprofits approached and balanced the many competing interests in the wicked problem of nonprofit wage equity. And what makes this session wicked-good is that this presentation features the viewpoints of CEO, Funder, and Board Member giving you a full view of how to make this wicked problem less, well, wicked. 
Jennifer Godfrey, Utah Community Action
Debbie Stone, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Abby Ivory, Ivory Foundation
J. Janell Cerva, Utah Community Action - Moderator 



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