This is a guest blog post by Casey Bruce, an AmeriCorps VISTA at The Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
On May 20 and 21, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits will host its annual Nonprofit Summit 2013: Ignite Possible, the largest gathering of nonprofit professionals in the southeast.
As a member of this year’s planning committee, I could write a long-winded post about how awesome this event will be—but I won’t do that. Instead, as a young nonprofit professional who is eager to engage with folks in the sector, I’m more-inclined to tell you about why I’m personally excited for this event, and what it will mean for this generation’s millennials who are interested in the sector.
Spanning two days, the conference will engage hundreds of business and nonprofit professionals in the state of Georgia. Gone are the days of shuffling attendees from one room to the next with only two tracks for sessions. This year’s Summit will engage attendees in a new way—by allowing them to customize their experience at the conference based upon individual needs and interests.
Affectionately named Ignite, BreakThrough, and Solve-It, the conference takes on a new approach to the old-fashioned “workshop” or “keynote” by providing more interactive Ted-Talk style sessions for attendees to ask questions, offer support, or find solutions. For instance, four national thought-leaders, including Julie Dixon, Deputy Director at the Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University and Rhonda Lowry, Vice President of Emerging Social Web Technologies at Turner Broadcasting, will deliver presentations. Attendees also have the option of attending several BreakThrough sessions, featuring provocative case studies and ground-breaking new ideas on how to re-think our work in the sector.
Additionally, Summit offers three different ways for attendees to solve problems; with an individual coach, expert, or in a group. You can learn more about the Summit programming here.
This year, GCN partnered with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta to present the first-ever Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Awards. Thirty young nonprofit leaders will be recognized at the annual Nonprofit Awards Luncheon for their dedication, innovative thinking and commitment to impact our communities. As a young nonprofit professional, I am excited about this new way to recognize the work young people do in the sector and offer support to next generation leadership.
Summit also features its annual events, including the Nonprofit Expo, the Nonprofit Awards Luncheon, honoring the 2013 Revolutions Awards winners and Harvard Business School of Atlanta’s scholarship recipients, and the evening networking reception.
I’m excited to customize my experience at the Nonprofit Summit this year, tailoring my participation in sessions that strike my interests and engage my talents. Nonprofit organizations affect everyone, and with the growing economy and need for stronger nonprofit leadership, Summit allows us to take charge of our needs and turn them into solutions for greater impact.