With an increasingly polarized political climate, it’s refreshing to see events where everyone in the community can come together to create something good.

Enter the CHANGEMAKER Conference.

On October 9, Louisville’s own Center for Nonprofit Excellence will host a full-day conference geared towards bringing the community together to create change. It is a pivotal moment in time–one in which we have to boldly step outside our comfort zones and embrace change.

So, how do you become a better changemaker? Let’s talk logistics.

Once a year, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence brings the community together for a day of relationship-building, connecting, learning, and generating the critical conversations that propel our city forward. For this one day, the corporate, public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors are aligned around a common passion for the community and the desire to see it thrive.

During this day, conference attendees — who can be anyone, by the way… even (and especially) you — will get the chance to learn from thought leaders, industry specialists, and more.

Speakers and topics

Kathleen Kelly Janus

Kathleen Kelly Janus will deliver the conference keynote. Kathleen is a social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement, and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book – Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference – is a playbook for nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social innovators. Each attendee of the full-day conference will receive a copy of her book.

Along with Kathleen, CHANGEMAKER Conference attendees will have the chance to check out breakout sessions on topics like:

Neuroscience for nonprofits

Speaker: Jeff Nally

Learn how to ignite the social brains of donors to increase engagement and advocacy. Ask three brain-based coaching questions that will spark innovation and insights in teams. Tame your emotional triggers and reduce stress by stopping an amygdala hijack before it spins out of control. Let’s raise the brain power of local leaders to be more human at work.

Creating a data culture

Speaker: Kathleen Kelly Janus

While 75 percent of nonprofit organizations collect data, only 6 percent of them feel like they are making good use of their data. In this workshop, you will get valuable tips on how to make the most of data in your organization, including how to use a theory of change to develop key performance indicators, how to pressure-test your data, and how to make data tell your story.

How economic trends impact philanthropy

Speaker: Dr. Anna Pruitt

In this session, Dr. Anna Pruitt from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will explore factors that motivate donors to give and ways in which the economy impacts giving. Dr. Pruitt will share research-based tools that fundraisers can use to better understand and predict how economic changes will affect their organization’s donors.

Plus, a crowd favorite from the past two years is back — TED-Style Talks with local leaders on critical community conversations. This powerful day of learning will culminate with an inspiring session on the Civil Rights Movement and what we can learn from it today — led by Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum in Nashville, TN.

If there were a holiday to celebrate Louisville’s nonprofit sector, this would be it.

This year’s theme, CHANGEMAKERS, creates an opportunity to harness the energy in our community in order to catalyze meaningful change. Whether you’re looking to scale innovative ideas, become more adaptive to changes in the sector, or engage in critical community conversations, this day is built with you in mind. Past attendees have said it best:

“The opportunity to attend for this day created a space to take an intentional pause in my normal work activity and think more deeply about the sector, equity, and the importance of being bold even if it doesn’t always feel accepted or popular in the moment.” — a 2017 Conference Attendee

The conference is October 9, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are currently $195 for Members and $225 for Nonmembers.

Prepare yourself to think, to feel, to remember, and to be challenged and inspired during this day of learning and celebration. Be a CHANGEMAKER in the community and register online at cnpe.org.