At Exponent Philanthropy, we believe strong relationships drive effective philanthropy. Our members’ experiences have shown that the most impactful funders view themselves as collaborative partners working alongside their grantees and others in the community. These funders create change by tapping into the knowledge and wisdom of nonprofits, community leaders, and partners – and by listening to the voices of people who have historically been given less power. They also have fully activated board members and staff at the heart of these efforts. Driving these relationships, both internally and externally, are authentic conversations.
This seminar will enhance your ability to deeply listen to others and articulate questions and observations that lead to shifts in awareness and action. Armed with these new skills, you will be able to use authentic conversations to discover new ways of thinking, cultivate more connected relationships, and focus on creating collaborative solutions – all to achieve a greater impact through philanthropy.
In this one-day seminar you will:
- Learn the fundamental skills of listening deeply, asking powerful questions, and offering observations and feedback
- Practice using these principles and skills in small groups
- Understand how to apply them to critical relationships with trustees, staff, grantees, and community leaders
- Develop an action plan for how you will use authentic conversations to strengthen a targeted relationship that you are focused on improving
Format: Small group discussions, presentations, and an interactive activity. Format: Presentation and listening exercises Format: Presentations and small group exercises We will have an afternoon break. Format: Application challenges in small groups Format: Individual reflection and action planning Format: Group debrief
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome and Introduction
What Do We Mean by Authentic Conversations in Philanthropy?
Grasp central tenets of authentic conversations in philanthropy.
Authentic Conversation Skills & Listening Overview
Explore fundamental authentic conversations skills and develop the skill of deep listening.
Making Observations & Powerful Questions
Learn and practice the skills of making observations and asking powerful questions.
Mini-Workshops: Applying the Skills
Work with peers to discuss applications of authentic conversations to strengthen critical conversations with trustees, staff, grantees, and community leaders.
Action Planning and Accountability
Write an individual action plan for how to use authentic conversations to strengthen a targeted relationship that you want to improve.
Share and listen to one another in closing the day.
Format: Small group discussions, presentations, and an interactive activity.
Format: Presentation and listening exercises
Format: Presentations and small group exercises
We will have an afternoon break.
Format: Application challenges in small groups
Format: Individual reflection and action planning
Format: Group debrief
Founder, Lachman Consulting
Jen Lachman is the founder of Lachman Consulting. She is an organizational consultant and executive coach who supports mission-driven leaders and organizations to act with greater purpose, authenticity, and impact. Jen serves as faculty for Exponent Philanthropy’s 2018 Master Juggler Series: Coaching Essentials program.
Executive Director, Sauer Family Foundation
Colleen O’Keefe is executive director of the Sauer Family Foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families in the state of Minnesota. With over 15 years’ experience managing foundations, she is currently working with child welfare leaders to reform the system in Minnesota and working alongside colleagues in education reform. Trauma has become a major focus of her work as well.
Are you a fit for this seminar?
The seminar is open to any funding role or title but is particularly applicable to foundation executive directors, board leaders, program officers, and staff managers. It is designed for funders of all types who are:
- Committed to working collaboratively and leveraging the knowledge and experiences of the communities they serve
- Passionate about supporting others (including colleagues, grantees, and community members) to fulfill their highest future potential
- Self-reflective, humble, and compassionate
This seminar is being held in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference.
Exponent Philanthropy members: $445
*All confirmed seminar registrants will receive a discount code for $100 off National Conference registration.
Cancellation and Other Policies
Substitutions are accepted at any time. Cancellations on or before August 24, 2018 are subject to a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received between August 25, 2018 and September 14, 2018 will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after September 15, 2018,are non-refundable.
Please submit all substitutions, cancellations or complaints by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Exponent Philanthropy at 202-580-6560.
By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to the Exponent Philanthropy Participant Guidelines.