Monday, June 26, 2006

I'd like to bring you up to date on a couple of personal professioanl development activities that I have recently been involved with. First of all on June 16th I attended the International Assocaition of Facilitators Conference in Baltimore as botha volunteer and participant. I worked in the morning helping to set up signage for the workshops, and facilitating at the Creativity Corner. In the afternoon I attended an excellent workshop on facilitating planning for the future.

On June 20th, I attended an excellent all day workshop on governance sponsored by the Dodge Foundation. This workshop was conducted by Susan K. Stevens who is a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit governance issues. What was new for me is a very informative segment on the lifecycle stages of nonprofits and what you should be looking for in board members in the various stages. It was a very insightful presentation and I hope to integrate these concepts into my own work with nonprofit boards.

I regularly dedicate time to professional development. How about you? Keep posted for more information on upcoming workshops that I offer. And don't forget - the summer is the perfect time to do the pre-planning for a Fall Board Retreat or begin the planning for strategic planning. My Fall calendar is filling up quickly - so if you are interested now is the time to begin exploring the possibilities.

Marion Conway Consulting

Monday, June 12, 2006

This post is a reminder that my next workshop - Strategic Planning for Nonprofits will be held on Monday, June 19th from 5 PM to 8 PM. The workshop is being sponsored by the United Way of Passaic County and will be held at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy, 300 Oldham Road, Wayne, NJ. The academy is on the Passaic County Coummunity College campus.

The workshop will cover:
-What is strategic planning
-Why a nonprofit should have a strategic plan
-A sample process with detailed steps
-Budgeting for strategic planning
-Resources available

Register at the United Way: 973-279-8900
Directions are available online at:

Hope to see you there!

Marion Conway Consulting

United Way of Passaic County