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Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway


I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.   If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!  I’ll pick a winner by July 3oth.

NTEN is hosting the “Leading Change Summit ” in San Francisco from September 3-6th.  (Early bird registration ends on July 31 and scholarship information is here.) This conference will be different from Nonprofit Technology Conference which is geared for a wide nonprofit audience.    The summit will be an opportunity for deeper peer learning for nonprofit change makers in three theme areas: digital strategy, impact leadership, and the future of technology.    I’m excited to be co-facilitating the Impact Leadership track with colleagues John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.

As you can see from the schedule overview, this is more of a participatory event versus the traditional conference with powerpoints and panelists.   While participants in each track will explore their topics in depth and in the context of a facilitated structure, there will be inspiring keynotes and opportunities for networking for all participants.  The event will end with an “Idea Accelerator” where participants will have an opportunity to develop and pitch an actionable idea for feedback and funding.

Over the past few weeks,  I’ve been working with my fellow track facilitators to design the process that we will lead the participants in our track through.   We’ve settled in on an innovation lab process that will help participants reflect on their current “Impact Leadership” practice,  brainstorm solutions to key challenges, and come up with innovative and practical ideas to implement.   We envision that participants will walk away with new insights, but they will also experience an innovation process that you they take back to your own organization.

One of our first design tasks as facilitators was for all of us to get clear on what we mean by “Impact Leadership.”   While the specific topics will emerge from the people in the room,  impact leadership is focusing within, people, processes and plans to help the org reach it’s mission.  Our first session will set the stage and context for the practices of “Impact Leadership.”   We’ll hear some brief lightning talks from participants and experts on technology planning, organizational culture, and the human and technical sides of impact measurement and reflect on what it means for our organizations.  The facilitators will lead participants through human design facilitation techniques to gain both individual and group understanding of this question:  What are our current organizational practices?   What are the points of pain, strengths, and opportunities?

We know that leadership isn’t just about talking about the problems, it is also about discovering solutions.  Today’s nonprofit leaders embrace collective creativity.   We will facilitate a  brainstorming and creative process of generating ideas that address the question: What are some ways that we can improve our practice of  technology planning, organizational adoption, and impact measurement to get better results?   Of course that particular question will change, morph, and multiply based on the earlier session, but it will provide a rich framework for generating many useful and practical ideas.

What great about this conference is that we will have creative immersion and change to “sleep on our ideas.”    The brainstorming techniques from the previous day will yield many, many insights and ideas.  However, putting great ideas into action calls for making things happen in a resourceful manner and frequent iteration.   We facilitate small groups of participants to synthesize and create different prototypes for their ideas, bringing them to life — all with the goal of improving their organization’s current practice of impact leadership.     Participants will not only end this session inspired and armed with a playbook of techniques and ideas to try back at the office, but may also have the genesis of a great idea or two to collaborate on during the next day’s Idea Accelerator.

The magic will happen based on who is in the room and the conversation.    Colleagues like Deborah Finn and others are excited about the opportunity to learn from nonprofit tech peers.    The deadline for early bird pricing is July 31st and if budget is tight, there are some limited scholarships available.   And, if you are lucky, you might win a free registration by sharing your thoughts about impact leadership in the comments below.

35 Responses

  1. Janet fouts says:

    This is the best conference for the wonderful people who attend. I’d love to go again!

  2. Ritu Sharma says:

    My big challenge leading a small tech based nonprofit is to hire brighter and smarter people and give them full creative freedom to evolve the organization and program beyond what it is today to meet our community’s needs. I am looking forward to connecting with other leaders in the space to see how we can make that a calculated risk and lead instead of manage or “micro-manage”. Finally, the next big thing on my agenda is to explore is to create strong collaborations based on win-win for everyone to co-create and collaborate in the space around similar objectives and less of compete to increase greater impact in the community by pooling our resources.

  3. Beth! We are so thrilled that you are one of the facilitators for the new Leading Change Summit. Thanks so much for sharing information about LCS, promoting the scholarships, and sharing a giveaway!

  4. Beth says:

    Amy, thank you for giving me a free registration to give away! And, this time I will get the conference name correct … I don’t know why I always go into automatic pilot when I see the word change, I type social change ..

  5. evonne says:

    Impact Leadership challenges us to think differently about how we build games, systems and exchange programs that are designed for everyone to win. We are not here on this planet to make money….or even “change”….we are here to deeply connect with each other and share our best every day. To do that, we often have to design new systems, at great expense and with our focused attention. This is a gift we give of ourselves and our energy to create meaningful interactions.

  6. Jana Byington-Smith says:

    My registration was lost when my company reduced his force. I would love to go!

  7. Judy Darnell says:

    Beth, you once again show creativity in your Impact Leadership, by making it fun to try to win a registration! I have always wanted to attend this conference and hope to get a chance. As in most learning situations, a good deal of the learning should come from the participants, not just the presenters. Brilliant presenters need to allow time for folks to process the ideas, add on to them, and plan ways to incorporate into their organizations. If we don’t get to do at conference, we often just go home and get immersed in the day to day rush! Thanks again.

  8. […] As you can see from the schedule overview, this is more of a participatory event versus the traditional conference with powerpoints and panelists. While participants in each track will explore their topics in depth and in the context of Read More […]

  9. Denise Osso says:

    Beth, Want to know why I want to go? Because the idea of being there is mildly terrifying. Just the thought of the kind of change Impact Management implies makes me question everything I know, and painfully aware of all I don’t. Fingers crossed. Denise

  10. Dawn Carter says:


    I’d like to learn how to communicate Impact Leadership concepts to the other nonprofits in my city of Riverside, CA. I learn from them and would love to serve them back!

    Dawn Carter
    Today’s Urban Renewal Network (TURN)

  11. Tree Fitzpatrick says:

    As a change consultant, I have worked with many nonprofits. I have known for some time that if I had a savvier knowledge of how to use social media I could help my client organizations as well as my own work. I can’t seem to afford conferences that teach such skills. Since I live in the Bay Area, if I got your gift registration, Beth, I could easily attend — no hotel, no air, no registration. Too good to be true.

    I am sure you will pick the right person for this amazing gift.

  12. Tree Fitzpatrick says:

    Addendum: the participatory nature of this event fits my learning style, too. I don’t quite thrive when I go to a conference with speakers all day and little chance for participation and dialogue with other participants. I get highly energized from participatory events.

  13. Laura Norvig says:

    “impact leadership is focusing within, people, processes and plans to help the org reach it’s mission.”

    Boy does my org need that! (I suppose most do).

  14. Heidi Massey says:

    This is such a wonderful offer by you Beth, and NTEN. I wish I were in a place where I could take advantage of it. But rock on with this sort of great community support! Truly feeling blessed to be a part of the NTEN community.

  15. Liz Karlin Wagstaffe says:

    What an opportunity – I don’t want to miss this! I’m new to my current organization and role and have the pleasure and opportunity to work with a Board and Executive Director who can all be described as “excited about planning and implementing programs through data-driven work”. This work is a (fabulous) stretch beyond my past work experience in legal and compliance and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. I would love to learn from you and this fantastic panel of experts by participating in this lab and workshop approach to innovation and implementation.

  16. Adi says:

    its wonderful offer.I’d like join.

  17. Stacey Moore says:

    One thing that my organization is in the process of exploring is how do we get all members of the organization to talk the same talk about our impact externally. It’s been a very fascinating and eye-opening experience to see the many ways in which individuals present our organization to external contacts, and trying to get everyone in alignment and agreement on how we do that going forward.

  18. Christina Gace says:

    This is the perfect opportunity. I work in the for-profit tech world, but am in the process of starting a side project called “Actionist”. Actionist is for the people who do, and will strive to answer the question of “how”? Part of the concept is connect impact leaders with up and comers in the field to guide and advise.

  19. Heather Ramsey says:

    I have always wanted to attend a NTEN conference. So exciting to see one in the Bay Area. Thanks for bring it to our attention, Beth. I am really interested in the Impact Leadership and Digital Strategy tracks. How to choose? The Impact Leadership track has at least one stellar facilitator! 🙂

  20. Lexi Curtice says:

    I would love to attend LCS! I am especially interested in strategy and tools to help my team use data to build life-changing programs.

  21. Beth says:

    Wow, this is going to hard to pick just one winner .. you better all check out the scholarship page and apply if eligible


  22. Miriam says:

    Ok so full disclosure, I’m a super fan of NTEN and love this concept to bring together nonprofit leaders in a collaborative, peer-learning event. I’d like to suggest exploring the human and technical sides of impact measurement by looking at how data is captured and then used to inform an organization’s operations. Where are there silos to be smashed and how can nonprofit leaders instill a culture of data literacy among staff?

  23. Arezoo Miot says:

    Wow – what an amazing agenda. Would love to be a part of it and bring back best practices to my organization!

  24. consuelo says:

    This looks like a fantastic opportunity to become a part of something that can help change the world.

  25. Deepak Dhungel says:

    Impact Leadership is the one which helps sustain business and organization – by making profits or by adding value in sustaining practices by developing human capital and system that continues rolling and improving. It would be great if it is guided by strategic map using balanced scorecard.

  26. Valerie Vandermeer says:

    This would be enormously helpful for two things I’m trying to do right now.

    1. Engage with bootstrap and small to mid-sized social entrepreneurs to encourage collaboration with one another and across other sectors to develop and implement a repository of best practices, tools, and easy-to-learn and apply business training, as well as pairing them with mentors, service providers, and project partners at the right budget and fit. We want to do this without reinventing the wheel or needing to build and drive traffic to an additional platform. We are currently exploring using Zapier to connect existing social and business points of contact and would like to encourage social good platforms to develop apps to help facilitate this.

    2. Develop curriculum and teach social enterprises how to model and evaluate themselves as “mature” organizations poised to thrive based on the 16 principles of “healthy living systems.” We are currently working with a well respected evolution biologist on this and need to find partners who understand metrics in the social good arena and can help us develop the necessary hard and soft metrics. (How I would love to talk with you about this Beth! 🙂

    Can’t apply for the scholarship since I’m not a 501(c)3. We felt if we were going to serve the social enterprise sector, then we would have to hold ourselves to the same standard in terms of our business model.

    We’re newly formed and our website is not yet published. I’d be happy to share it with you privately. Despite a tiny budget, we’ve managed to pull together an amazingly talented team all working on pure passion and potential. This would be a big help to us.

    Pick me! Pick me!

  27. Kai says:

    I’m reading this just hours after a discussion on how to lead IWRC to its next phase of growth and impact. I’d love to attend NTEN’s Impact Leadership Summit. My big question is how to lead the board in this growing but sustainable direction. The discussions and experience at the Summit would help me continue with my enthusiastic momentum and stabalize that next rung on the organization’s path.

  28. Karen says:

    My immediate challenge is to find and activate professionals with specific tech and design skills into the pro bono (skills based volunteering) community. That’s micro. And my macro interest is to gauge the big picture direction of tech within nonprofit and then concretely strengthen our common direction towards innovation. How do we measure impact there as well?

    NTEN is a strong magnet in this space. I participated in an NTEN data lab earlier this year and am now implementing a referral campaign that came out of that workshop. I know that these kinds of labs give us a chance to dream while keeping our feet grounded in practice.

    Thanks for this opportunity, Beth.

  29. Braeden says:

    Hi Ms. Beth. My name is Braeden and I have my own non profit, I started when I was 9 years old. I’m 10 now. I would really like to be able to go to this and to learn and to find out how to be a better leader but also to help other kids want to be leaders and make changes. I talked at the White House a couple weeks ago and I said it’s important for youth to share their ideas and I told them how they can be the voice of change.

  30. Valerie Vandermeer says:

    Braeden, YOU are FANTASTIC!!!

  31. Braeden says:

    I thank you very much, Ms. Valerie!

  32. Beth says:

    Congratulations to Miriam from DataKind who won the randomly selected free registration.

    For those who didn’t, there are a limited number of scholarships available: http://www.nten.org/blog/2014/07/18/apply-for-a-scholarship-to-the-2014-leading-change-summit

    Plus tommorrow early pricing is over .. I wish we could have given a free registration to everyone who commented ….

  33. Miriam says:

    *Cartwheel!* *Heel click!* *Back flip!* Yahooooo! We are SO excited to join – cannot wait!!! Thanks so much, Beth!!!

  34. Hi there! It was great to meet you in Raleigh in June. I came away being so very energized. My non-profit has been around for 25 years, but the board has been reorganized to represent different community sectors and I am the first executive director (part time). I was able to attend the Raleigh session based on the generosity of a friend who let me stay at her house. We definitely don’t have any sort of budget for this. I would love to explore more ways that our board, 500 volunteers, and community can become advocates and help to lead this organization through the next 25 years!

  35. Hi Beth,
    I’m so glad to have stumbled on to your blog! I’m new to the concept of impact leadership and am just getting up to speed on the Leading Change Summit. I have been working in nonprofits for the last 17 years and just recently left an Executive Director position of a grassroots organization in the spring to launch my own coaching/consulting practice, specifically focusing on leadership training and development. This conference would be an amazing opportunity to be exposed to another dimension of leadership and the relevance it has in modern day nonprofit organizations and their culture. My efforts are to support emerging leaders in organizations to better develop their skills and to build the foundation for our next generation of leaders. While I am Denver based, I am interested in having national reach in the nonprofit community at large. This conference seems to do all that and so much more!