Why I'm going to the YNPN DC Conference tomorrow

May 20, 2010 by

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I’ve been a member of YNPN DC for a couple of years now. I admit that my involvement hasn’t always been at a high level; I’ve attended a couple of happy hours, I’ve gone to a couple of networking events and that’s about it. But this year, when I saw that registration had opened for “Serve Today, Shape Tomorrow: A New Direction for Young Leaders” I knew I had to go.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  • An excellent agenda – There are interesting sessions covering examples of excellence in the nonprofit sector, letting go of your fear of fundraising (I will most definitely attend that one), managing volunteers, using personal effectiveness in professional life and more. I’m excited to learn so much from one dynamic event!
  • Exciting speakers – The agenda features several nonprofit stars in the DC metro area, including my good friend Rosetta Thurman who will facilitate an intergenerational conversation during breakfast. Beatriz “BB” Otero from CentroNia will deliver the keynote address. She’s definitely a role model of mine as a strong, intelligent and effective female leader in the sector. And if those two weren’t enough, the fabulous Robert Egger will offer the closing plenary. Nice!
  • Networking opportunities galore – From the opening networking breakfast to the networking lunch to the post-conference networking reception, I will be able to meet, talk and connect with hundreds of other young nonprofit professionals in DC. This is like packing 3 months of networking into one day! As an extrovert I really thrive on being able to talk to tons of people and to hear and learn from them as well.

I think registration is still open so if you haven’t signed up yet, do it now! And if you can’t come to the main event, at least come to the reception at the end of day or follow the live tweeting with the hashtag #YNPNdc10. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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