2010 Leaders Conference

img_0067Overview of the 2010 Conference

The 2010 conference was an exciting two days of networking, learning and sharing that will gave chapter leaders best practices, connections, and new ideas to continue to strengthen and develop their chapters around the country!

Read on for detailed information regarding the 2010 conference schedule, workshop submission process, registration, travel, lodging and more.

2010 Conference Sponsors

What did the the Schedule for Friday and Saturday look like?
Friday Schedule
10:00 to 11:30am:  First Breakout Session
Realities of the Executive Director Job (Panel and Facilitated Discussion)
Board Engagement for Young Leaders: A Guide to Finding, Serving, and Leading on Nonprofit Boards
A Look at Inclusiveness through a Generational Lens
Path with a the Heart: A Focus Group on the Nonprofit Leadership Pipeline
Using Twitter, Blogs, and Other Social Media Tools to Develop a Personal Brand and Advance Your Career
12:15 to 1:45pm:  Keynote- Robert Egger (short clip of session)
2:00 to 3:30pm:  Second Breakout Session
What Leadership Gap? Receiving the Torch
Positioning Yourself to Become a Young Executive Director
Work-Life Harmony: Self-Care and Setting Boundaries
YNPN National Chapter Networking (National Chapter – Affiliate Chapter Board members only)
3:45 to 5:00pm:  Third Breakout Session
YNPN Denver Focus Group:  YNPN Denver Members – Tell us what you need from YOUR Network
What’s Hot in the Nonprofit Sector: Trends that will Shape the Future
Managing and Leading as a Young Nonprofit Professional in a Multigenerational Workplace
YNPN National Chapter Networking (National Chapter – Novice Chapter Board members only)
YNPN National Chapter Networking (National Chapter – Emerging Chapter Board members only)
5:30pm on:  Evening social activity hosted by YNPN Denver
Saturday Schedule
8:00 to 8:45am:  Check-in, Coffee, Networking
8:45 to 9:15am:  Welcome, opening remarks
9:15 to 10:45am:  National Board discussion about shared vision for YNPN
11:00 to 12:00pm Best Practice Roundtables
Herding Cats: Chairing an All Volunteer Board (YNPNsfba)
Increasing Your Chapter’s Relevance and Visibility (YNPN Denver)
How to Make Google Work for Your Team (YNPN Boston)
Diversity is Not Enough (Philly’s YNL)
Volunteer Acquisition & Retention – Mining for Gold: Shining Examples of Retention (YNPNsfba)
12:00 to 12:45pm:  Lunch
12:45 to 2:00pm:  Chapter Development Sessions
Celebrating Strong Community Leaders: Developing and Retaining Members Through Recognition (YNPN Grand Rapids)
Strategic Planning for the Volunteer Professional Association
Learning Circles Program: Mission Impact and Earned Revenue (YNPN Denver)
2:15 to 3:30pm: Chapter Development Sessions
Building a Leadership Pipeline (YNPN Chicago) AND Recruiting and Retaining the Best Board Members You Can (YNPN San Diego)
Strengthening Chapter Partnerships (YNPNdc)
IModules. Into the Heart of Darkness (YNPN Chicago)
3:30 to 4:00pm:  Travel to Convention Center for EPIP event
4:00 to 4:30pm: Welcome Reception
Featuring EPIP’s annual Mac & Cheese Bar!
4:30 to 5:30pm: Opening Plenary
Featuring keynote speaker Barry Gaberman, Retired, Senior Vice President, Ford Foundation (to be confirmed); framing comments from YNPN & EPIP leadership; and introductory opportunities amongst EPIP and YNPN members
5:45 to 7:00pm: Concurrent Workshops
A set of provocative, cutting-edge and practical conversations facilitated by EPIP and YNPN members; please refer to the following page for session titles and descriptions
7:00 to 7:30pm: Travel to Flobots Community Space
7:30pm on:  Hosted YNPN/EPIP reception and socializing

Who should my chapter send to the 2010 conference?
All local chapters are encouraged to send multiple representatives from their chapter leadership (i.e. steering committee or board members) who can share both the best practices and programs that the chapter has established over the past year, as well as the challenges that the chapter is working to overcome. Last year’s conference drew representation from 85% of the chapters within the network and we hope to draw even greater representation with this year’s event.

When is the 2010 conference?
Official conference activity begins Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9am and continues through Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8pm.

Where is the 2010 conference?
The conference will take place at various locations in downtown Denver. On Friday, the conference will be held at the Auraria Campus, North Classroom. Saturday’s sessions will be held at a local nonprofit, Youth Biz, Inc.. Both locations are easily accessible via the light rail. The light rail stop is just a block or two from the Curtis Hotel, where a block of rooms is being held. Addresses, websites, and travel information can be found below in the “Locations and Addresses” section.

What are the costs associated with the 2010 conference?
There is a $35 registration fee per person for the conference to help offset food and space costs. Participants should also factor in lodging and travel when budgeting for this conference. There are often great deals on airfare to Denver–be sure to set up discount airfare alerts from your city to Denver for the last weekend in April to take advantage of those. See below for more information on lodging and room rates for the conference as well as information on reimbursement for travel costs.

What is the policy on 2010 reimbursement?
While we are still in the process of confirming our budget and securing sponsors, our goal is to be able to offer travel reimbursement to one person per chapter. In years past we have been able to subsidize travel by as much as $250 per participant, but please be aware that the amount of reimbursement will depend upon the number of requests we receive and the amount of sponsorship funding we secure.

This year we will only be offering reimbursement for travel. There will be no reimbursement for lodging.

In order to be eligible for reimbursement, you must register no later than Friday, April 2, 2010 and include your estimated travel reimbursement request in the designated registration field.

While we encourage all chapters to send multiple representatives, we ask that chapters with budgets that can support travel for their board members minimize their reimbursement requests from YNPN National. This will enable us to offer greater support to emerging chapters with smaller budgets and ensure the broadest possible representation for chapters across the network (Thank you in advance for your consideration and for helping us provide resources to support new chapters.)

Is there lodging available?

While we will not be offering reimbursement for lodging during this year’s conference, we have secured discounted rates at a local hotel in Denver and will be creating a room and ride share space so that chapter members can connect to minimize costs associated with each. We also strongly encourage participants to reach out friends and colleagues who might be able to accommodate them for the weekend to minimize the cost of your participation.

The Curtis Hotel is at 1405 Curtis St. Rooms are $119/night and can be booked online HERE or by calling 720-889-4720, the group code is YNP. The block of rooms are reserved from April 22-25. Reservations must be made by March 23rd to secure the group rate.

Is there an Individual Support Request form?
Yes! Interested in getting local organizations, businesses, or your employer to support YNPN and your professional development? Download this letter, customize it to your community and situation, and see who in your network may be interested in this unique opportunity to directly impact a young leader’s career!

Will there be any planned social activities?

Yes! On Friday night, YNPN Denver will be hosting a networking reception at Braun’s Bar and Grill. It is a short walk from the Friday conference site. There will also be the option of going to a Rockies baseball game later in the evening.
For Saturday night, we will be partnering with EPIP (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy) for programming from 4:30 to 7:30pm and then will head to the Flobots Community Space for a reception with heavy appetizers and a cash bar. Addresses and websites for both of these venues can be found below in the “Locations and Addresses” section.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Feel free to contact the conference planning committee at leadersconference@ynpn.org if you have any questions or wish to be involved in the planning process.

Where should I check in for the conference?
You can check in all day on Friday beginning at 9am at the Auraria Campus, North Building. On Saturday, you can check in beginning at 8am at YouthBiz, Inc. For addresses and websites, see the “Locations and Addresses” section below.

What is the dress code for the conference?
Attire for this year’s conference is casual. Jeans are fine and comfortable walking shoes are a very good idea. Suits are definitely not necessary. The conference will be on a college campus on Friday and at a local nonprofit on Saturday. We will be using public transportation and walking to many locations. Be sure to check the weather before you leave—Denver in April can be sunny and 70 or snowy and 30. Consider yourself forewarned.

Is there anything in particular that I should bring?
Be sure to pack business cards to exchange with fellow chapter leaders, as well as sample documents (i.e. chapter bylaws, event descriptions, annual program calendars, etc.) that you might want to share.

Is there a way to keep track of the conference in real time?

You can’t make it to Denver for this year’s YNPN Conference? You’ll be in Denver but know you can’t make it to all of the awesome workshops? Just curious to find out how other YNPN folks are thinking about and discussing topics from this year’s conference?

You can catch up on all the 2010 Conference action by checking out our brand new YNPN blog, following the conference Tweets, and perusing our Facebook posts!
Several volunteers will be blogging from the conference on Friday and Saturday; you can find all of their posts (as well as links to their individual blogs) on the YNPN blog that’s being unveiled for this conference! Check out the YNPN blog here: www.ynpn.wordpress.com
On Twitter, we’ll be using the hashtag #ynpn10. Use it to tag your tweets or to share comments and questions with us! YNPN also has a twitter feed: http://twitter.com/ynpn

On Facebook, you can see even more updates! Here’s our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NationalYNPN
What about transportation?

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the conference. While at the conference, we will be doing a good bit of walking and will make use of the downtown Denver light rail. Please wear comfortable shoes and plan for approximately $5 a day in public transit costs. Here is the link to the downtown Denver public transit system if you’d like to check it out in advance: www.rtd-denver.com

Parking in downtown Denver can be pricey. Hotels can charge upwards of $20. Surface lots can usually be found for $10 or less, although they usually don’t allow in and out. Meters are $1/hour. On campus parking is about $5/day.