When your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. Our thoughtfully curated conference on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 is designed to make your organization stronger. This one-of-its-kind conference is an opportunity for all of us to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of exceptional nonprofits.


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2019 Best Nonprofit Conference Agenda

Good Morning, New York: Registration & Coffee, 8:15 am - 9:15 am, Welcome Lounge

Nonprofit Sector Got Talent: 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Ceremony & Panel Presentation
9:30 am - 11:25 am, Auditorium / Dolores Huerta Room, Level B

  • Moderator: Stephanie Thomas, President Stetwin Consulting, Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee Chair
  • Executive Director of the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Finalists:
    • David Garza, President & CEO, Henry Street Settlement, Overall Management Excellence Winner
    • Shari Levine, Executive Director, Literacy Inc.
    • Jennifer Mitchell, Executive Director, The HOPE Program

House of Advocacy: How to Move Your Mission Forward with Advocacy and Strategic Alliances
11:40 am - 12:55 pm, Auditorium, Level B

  • Moderator: Chai Jindasurat, Policy Director, Nonprofit New York
  • Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Marissa Martin, Executive Director, The Advocacy Institute
  • Kimberleigh Smith, Senior Director for Community Health Planning and Policy, Callen-Lorde, Special Recognition in Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

The Real Human Resources of the Nonprofit Sector: How to Keep Your Staff Engaged, Healthy, and Invested in Your Mission
11:40 am - 12:55 pm, Dolores Huerta Room, Level B

  • Moderator: Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Chief Operations Officer, Nonprofit New York
  • Alexandros Hatzakis, Chief Operating Officer, FPWA
  • Neema Mbonela, HR Consultant
  • Jan Rose, Chief People Officer, Henry Street Settlement, Special Recognition in Human Resources

Tech and the City: How to Drive Your Data and Tech Strategy
11:40 am - 12:55 pm, McGeorge Bundy Room, Level B
Session sponsored by Roundtable Technology

  • Moderator: Taina Sanon, Membership Manager, Nonprofit New York
  • Karim Beldjilali, Senior Technology Compliance Manager, The New York Times
  • Anita Romero Warren, Deputy Director, Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Michael Steffe, Chief Information Officer, Educational Alliance, Special Recognition in Technology and Data Use

Breaking Bread: Networking Lunch, 1:15 pm - 2:25 pm, Susan Berresford Room, Level 11

Big Little Lunch: Networking Lunch, 1:15 pm - 2:25 pm, Nelson Mandela Room, Level 10

Everybody Loves Eating: Networking Lunch, 1:15 pm - 2:25 pm, Muhammad Yunus Room, Level 10

Next Top Planning and Evaluation Model: How to Plan for Impact and Equity
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm, Auditorium, Level B
Session sponsored by Tate & Tryon

  • Moderator: Sean Thomas-Brietfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project
  • Patrick Germain, Founder and Principal at Germain Impact Solutions
  • Emily Waters, Research and Policy Advocacy Consultant
  • Linda Nguyen, Director of Digital Literacy, The HOPE Program, Special Recognition on Planning and Evaluation

The Big Bang Comms: Inspiring Social Change and Action Through Communications
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm, Dolores Huerta Room, Level B

  • Introducer: Kelly McLain, Communications Manager, Nonprofit New York
  • Shanelle Matthews, Founder, The Radical Communicators Network
  • Barbara Kancelbaum, Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Henry Street Settlement, Special Recognition in Communications

Keeping up with the Cash: How to Tell Your Financial Story
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm, McGeorge Bundy Room, Level B
Session sponsored by Lamb Insurance Services

  • Introducer: Sharon Stapel, President & Executive Director, Nonprofit New York
  • Jina Paik, Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Luis Medina, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Special Recognition in Financial Management

Modern Workplace: How to Engage in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work at Your Organization
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, Auditorium, Level B

  • Moderator: Alexa Salame, Learning & Resources Manager, Nonprofit New York
  • Tanya M. Odom, Consultant, Global Diversity and Inclusion and Education Consultant and Executive Coach
  • Evie Hantzopoulos, Executive Director, Global Kids, Special Recognition in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Amazing Raise: The Amazing Raise: How to Empower your Staff, Board, and Community
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, Dolores Huerta Room, Level B

  • Introducer: Matthew Cheng, Development Manager, Nonprofit New York
  • Moderator: Christa Orth, Vice President, Wingo NYC
  • Sunil Oommen, President, Oommen Consulting
  • Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh, Advisory Council Co-Chair, Third Wave Fund
  • Eliana Godoy, Director of Advancement, Literacy Inc., Special Recognition in Fundraising

Game of Governance: How to Build an Effective and Diverse Board
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, McGeorge Bundy Room, Level B
Session sponsored by Harbor Compliance

  • Moderator: Lakimja Mattocks, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Learning, Support Center
  • Jennifer Swayne, Esq., Nonprofits, Governance, Strategy Consultant
  • Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Principal, SRT Advising & Consulting, LLC
  • Paul Neuman, Board Chair, The HOPE Program, Special Recognition in Governance

Cheers: Wine (or Beer) and Unwind, 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Garden, Level A

View our 2018 agenda

"Really well done! The sessions were very substantive and I love that the conference book included a tool for each Area of Excellence."

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey

"A key unexpected highlight for me was the "networking," which is a word I don't really like and an activity I don't really look forward to. But I do really like meeting new people, and it turned out that I randomly sat next to people at every event who was interesting and helpful to me in very specific ways. From the insurance broker to the Salesforce consultant to the fellow operations manager from a small nonprofit -- each person I randomly sat next to was really USEFUL to me and fun to get to know, and warm and helpful ... I will definitely come back to this!"

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey

"It was an excellent conference, with lots of opportunities to network with, and learn from, my peers. Thank you. I hope to be able to attend again in the future."

— 2018 Best Nonprofit Conference Survey


For program inquiries: Aaron Covarrubias, [email protected], 646-893-2441
For press and media inquiries: Kelly McLain, [email protected], 646-893-2881
For sponsorships: Matt Cheng, [email protected], 646-893-2663



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