UNA Annual Conference Brings Solutions for Your Urgent Needs

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Work/Life Balance and Resilient Workplace Culture in an Age of COVID

Beth Kanter, Trainer and Virtual Facilitator, Speaker, and AuthorBeth Kanter Web

Working remotely during a pandemic, financial crisis, and racial equity movement has added more stress due. Not only have our in-person offices pivoted to virtual or semi-virtual, but our routine and program delivery have been disrupted.  

It is important to focus on your team’s connection to each other and a culture of wellbeing, especially when our couches are our watercoolers. It is time to encourage more employee engagement, trust, and balance in the face of extreme uncertainty. We also have to encourage staff to maintain work/life balance.

 A robust virtual work culture is essential for advancing your organization’s mission and getting stuff done and to help your organization adapt and thrive in a post-COVID world.

Join Beth Kanter (www.bethkanter.org), nonprofit thought leader, virtual facilitator, and author of the Happy Healthy Nonprofit for an interactive keynote session on building personal resilience and calm—regardless of what's happening elsewhere. She will also facilitate an engaging session on Zoom while sharing tips to help you maintain work/life balance during this difficult time and help you succeed in post-COVID world.

Your Takeaways

  • Understand work-life balance practices that many nonprofit professionals are embracing to ensure their resilience while working virtually
  • Get some practical tips creating a robust culture of well being supports everyone as well as simple and low cost ways to introduce well-being programs into your workplace

Closing Plenary:
Courageous Conversations on Finance and Inclusion

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Curtis Klotz, CPA—Director of Nonprofit Innovation, CLA Curtis Klotz

Decisions about race, equity, organizational values, and human resources strategies are woven throughout finances and your financial leadership. Join Curtis Klotz, a CPA unlike any other, in exploring how these seemingly unrelated forces influence and impact your policies and practices. It's time to reset your business model and discover how to

  • uncover these interwoven elements, 
  • take an unflinching look at your finances, and 
  • use this new perspective to find thoughtful, compassionate, and effective decisions—even in the midst of heartbreaking and often overwhelming times.


Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, September 22 from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Money and the Brain: The Why Behind the What with Finances
Decisions regarding business or personal finances are enhanced when we understand the cognitive processes of emotional and rational decision-making. Learn how the brain works, biases and roadblocks that inhibit effective decision making, and how to keep financial alignment in your business or personal financial life.
Robert Steed, Financial Education Manager, Mountain America Credit Union

WE ARE Doing a Poor Job at Equity and Inclusion—But We CAN Do Better
Except for notable exceptions, if you're not uncomfortable with the current status of equity and inclusion at your organization, you're probably not doing the work. During this hour, we promise to tell honest stories about our mistakes, and share a few lessons learned. Join us in discussing how to get started and how to keep things real.
Katie Wright, Executive Director, Park City Community Foundation

We Are Collaborative!
In an era of reduced funding and increased expectations, nonprofits must be more strategic and efficient. Collaboration is key to both of those attributes and many grants and funding sources now require it. This session will address creating collaborations that work and collaborative grant writing.
Shirlee Draper, Operations Director, Cherish Families
Richard Bennett, PhD, PA-C, Associate Program Director/Associate Professor, University of Utah Division of Physician Assistant Studies

Tuesday, September 22 from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Nonprofit Budgeting During Uncertain Times

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the budgeting process for nonprofit organizations throughout the world. This presentation will help you learn how to create and modify your organization budget during uncertain times, how often a budget should be revisited and revised, and how to effectively communicate such changes with your board of directors.
Kyle Robbins, Audit Senior Manager, Larson & Company PC

Want to Succeed as a Leader? Forget the Golden Rule!
It's time to forget the Golden Rule...there's zero room for it in leadership! It's not that your teachers, parents, and religious leaders were wrong. But, when you treat others as you want to be treated as a leader, you miss all kinds of opportunities for great leadership that come from treating people as they want to be treated. Learn how one simple 3x5 card can transform your leadership and create ultimate team loyalty.
Jenny Zachry, HR Strategist and Owner, CLP Successory

Leading in a Crisis: Embrace the Uncertainty
Join leadership from the Bicycle Collective on how the most effective leaders use these five strategies for leaning into crisis, managing fear, and leading through the unknown. Learn how to assess the situation; communicate the volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity; focus on the mission; engage and inspire your team; delegate, divide, and conquer; develop action orientation; and try, fail, and redesign for tomorrow.
Donna McAleer, Executive Director, The Bicycle Collective
Kai Cox, Salt Lake City Director, The Bicycle Collective
Dustin Eskelson, Ogden Shop Director, The Bicycle Collective
Sean Murphy, Board Chair, The Bicycle Collective

Build Your Online Brand
There has been a shift in the virtual tides and nonprofits are perfectly positioned to adjust. You have been adjusting for years between new programs, regulations, funding requirements, and let us not forget adjusting to a global pandemic! Everyone is online from your neighborhood elementary school to virtual 5k’s. Now more than ever it is important for us to take the time to focus on our online presence. We will go through different methods and tools that can help you tell your story and the importance of the work you do. Spend this time with Camp Shack Productions to learn how to use social media and some basic tricks to step up your online game.
Jerrad Strand, Camp Shack Productions

Wednesday, September 23 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am

How to Not Just Sustain, But Grow Your Nonprofit in the Post COVID-19 World
In this session, we will explore how the COVID-19 has created an opportunity for nonprofits to re-tool and re-adjust to the new reality our world is facing. We will cover questions like: How do you reallocate staff to meet these new needs? How do we re-frame our funding model? What do say "no" to now, so that we can say "yes" to the emerging needs of our community?
Rob Harter, Executive Director, Park City Christian Center

Best Practices for Trauma Responsive Organizations
Many individuals are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and exposure to traumagenic events this year, which can often trigger or compound existing traumas. Understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on the health and well-being of individuals can enable institutions to address challenging client behaviors in ways that are more equitable, socially just and based in respect. This presentation will explore the neuroscience behind physiological and behavioral responses to trauma and offer participants effective strategies and practices for creating safe, caring and accessible spaces.
Heather Batchelor, Associate Professor, Westminster College

Closing the Gap in Racial Literacy: A Panel Discussion 
In the best of times, conversations about Race, Equity, and Diversity (REDI) are often challenging— infused with uncertainty about what we can say and do to further the cause of inclusion. Current events only exacerbate this complexity. Becoming an effective champion for inclusion begins developing our racial literacy. This open discussion on race and equality, led by activists, organizers, nonprofit voices, and advocates for inclusion, will advance your racial literacy and better equip you to advocate for the making our community and world a place where the content of people’s character is more important than the color of their skin, the place of their birth, their abilities, their gender, or sexual identification. 
Mayra Cedano Robles, Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas
Davina Smith, Community Engagement and Training Specialist, Restoring Ancestral Winds and CEO of Haseya Native Initiatives LLC
Jacarri Kelley, President, Northern Utah Black Lives Matter Chapter
Margarita Satini, Parts Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Wednesday, September 23 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Technology Wellness During A Pandemic
COVID-19 has forced us to use technology all the time, whether to get work done or socialize. This on top of everything happening to us causes added stress or “TechnoStress.”  Get ready for an interactive session to break your bad tech habits with a personal tech reboot! Learn how to foster and sustain better technology use habits. Gain more from technology with fewer intrusions on your work, attention, and wellbeing. You will assess the good, bad and ugly changes rapid digital transformation due to COVID has caused and how to protect yourself from burnout when you live and work online. You will learn lots of practical techniques, apps, and products for mindfulness and a healthier relationship with tech.
Beth Kanter, Trainer and Virtual Facilitator, Speaker, and Author

A Core Foundation: Understanding the Importance of the Executive Director and Board Chair Relationship
Relationships are complicated. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is an important consideration for Board Chairs and Executive Directors to factor into their communications and behaviors as the relationship between the Executive Director and Board Chair is easily the most crucial in your organization. Join Nikki Wayment and Darlene Batatian of Hawkwatch International as they share their strategies and tactics for creating a respectful, trusting relationship that sets the tone for the entire organization and keeps it on track to fulfill the mission of their nonprofit. 
Nikki Wayment, Executive Director, Hawkwatch International
Darlene Batatian, Board Chair, Hawkwatch International

I’ve Got Good News and Bad News—How to Get Noticed by Local and National Media
You want more media coverage for your mission and organization, right? Well the good news is you can cultivate a relationship with the media to bring your important stories to a larger audience. The bad news? The media has changed and the toolkit you relied on before is out-of-date. Join Michelle McCullough to learn the most important ways you can help the media help you. You’ll learn how to target the right media outlets with stories that they want to tell, print, or share so that your message makes the news. (And that's a good thing.)
Michelle McCullough, Partner and Managing Director, Startup Princess

Thursday, September 24 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Gender Pay Equity, Closing the Wage Gap
Working women are paid less than working men. Nationally, it’s about 20% less—in Utah, it’s about 30% less. In this session, we’ll explore four essential questions about the gender pay gap: What exactly is it? What is the history behind it and its causes? What has the law done about it? And, most importantly, what can you do to address any gender wage inequality from within your organization? Learn how to identify discriminatory policies and how to move forward with a more equitable mindset on employee wages.
Katie Hudman, Attorney, Employers Council

Major Gifts with Minimum Anxiety
Major gifts are all about building and strengthening relationships. Learn why this is a smart fundraising strategy, what systems will help you manage your major gifts program, and how to build your pipeline. Partnerships in this work are crucial and we'll talk about what works well. Overcome your fear of the "ask" by being prepared for it. Get excited to put the most practical pieces in place as you start, or strengthen, your major gifts program.
Courtney Garay, Development Director, University of Utah Health Sciences
LeAnn Saldivar, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Julie DeLong, Managing Partner, Pathway Associates

Reinventing Your Volunteer Management in a Virtual World: Case Study
When the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City took stock of the health and safety concerns jettisoned into their lap by the pandemic, their initial concern was to protect their volunteers, team, and community. In March, they shuttered volunteer operations and then spent several weeks reinventing volunteering at the IRC. In May, they reintroduced volunteers—through virtual and remote roles—to the IRC. This retooling permitted volunteers to safely get back to helping refugee families rebuild their lives in Utah—in spite of the pandemic. Volunteers are needed now more than ever, but health and safety concerns continue to limit engagement opportunities. Learn about how the IRC faced and continues to face volunteer challenges head on.
Jesse Sheets, Development Manager, International Rescue Committee
Jennifer Dean, Volunteer Coordinator, International Rescue Committee