The first annual Spokes Nonprofit Symposium was held on Friday, November 15 at the Agape Church in San Luis Obispo. More than 60 participants enjoyed some or all of the day in a dynamic environment as Beth Kanter, international nonprofit trainer, led two workshops on trending topics: Self-Care in the Nonprofit Sector and Storytelling for Effective Digital Fundraising.
We truly appreciate all the nonprofit leaders and supporters who attended the Symposium and participated with such energy and enthusiasm. Shout outs as well to all the people and organizations that supported this first nonprofit educational event:
- Spokes Board of Directors for all of their assistance throughout the planning process and the day of the event. Jeff Franklin, President, Michelle Starnes, Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Dorf, Lesley Santos.
- Spokes staff: Julie Davis, Admin. Assistant/Membership and Dara Rosenwasser, Programs/Marketing.
- City of San Luis Obispo Promotional Coordinating Committee, SLOCO Data & Printing, and Seacrest Ocean Front Hotel.
- Table Sponsors: CIO Solutions, Farmers Insurance, Document Solutions/Xerox.
- Food sponsors: Buffalo Wild Wings, Cool Cat Café, Gino’s Pizza, Madonna Inn, Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop, Old SLO BBQ Co., Upper Crust Trattoria, Woodstock’s Pizza.
- Special thanks to Elma Beutel, Greg Perry, Marisa Waddell and Rachel Duchak from KCBX, Central Coast Public Radio—we’re looking forward to hearing the interview you recorded with Beth very soon; James Davis of SLO Talk Podcasting Studio; and Mary Sansone, VP Sr. Relationship Manager, 1st Capital Bank.
- Carol Brill, Spokes Volunteer for taking memorable pictures and video of the event.
To enhance learning, Beth crafted her presentation to fully involve her audience. This was an ideal opportunity for those who serve in leadership positions to create actionable concepts that could immediately be utilized in their workplace.
The interactive format resulted in a productive day of networking and collaboration with leaders from all areas of the nonprofit sector. Some of the comments received from Symposium participants included: “The topics were very interesting, wonderfully presented, organized and interactive;” “Loved the space;” “Beth’s personal connection to the topic made it relevant.” All survey respondents unanimously agreed that they would be interested in attending another Symposium or Spokes event in the future.
Keep an eye on the Spokes event calendar to see when the next Spokes Nonprofit Symposium is scheduled for 2020. Thank you for helping us make our inaugural Symposium so successful, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event!