Rising with Resilience

Virtually Connected.

The Collaborative Conference: where Pennsylvania’s nonprofit professionals go each year to connect, network, learn from each other, learn from experts, and together leverage our collective power to create change – within ourselves, our organizations, our sector, and our communities. With another year in an all-virtual format, we may not be “going” very far physically but the possibilities for where we’ll take each other are endless.

While we all experienced 2020 a little differently, uncertainty has likely been part of that experience for all of us. We had to pivot more than ever before to keep up with ever-changing circumstances (anyone else ready to remove “pivot” from the dictionary?). We found new and innovative ways to connect with each other and our communities (who knew a little physical distance could bring us closer together!). We discovered there’s such a thing as Zoom fatigue (many of us know that firsthand). We continue to reckon with our longstanding history of oppression and our own roles in co-creating a more inclusive and equitable world (for all of us). And we are all learning, in the face of unprecedented (should we remove that word, too?) uncertainty and adversity, just how resilient we are.

As the light at the end of the “COVID tunnel” shines brighter, we find ourselves with an unprecedented (couldn’t help it!) opportunity to shape the very future we are stepping into. If the last year of “new normals” has taught us anything, it’s that we are blazing new trails forward through creativity, courage, vulnerability, adaptability (and, in many cases, a healthy sense of humor, too). This work is far from easy and yes, many of us are tired. But together, we are strong. Together, we are rising up to meet new challenges. Together, we are Rising with Resilience.

Powerful Keynote Speakers.

On Tuesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 21, a powerful, inspiring keynote speaker will grace our virtual stage.

Building a Healthy, Mindful, Resilient Workplace Culture in a Digital World

Presented by: Meico Whitlock, Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie | Digital Wellness Coach

As a nonprofit professional, you work day in and day out to transform society so everyone has an opportunity to thrive. You love what you do, but you have too many things on your plate, are continually putting out fires, and never have enough time and resources to get everything done. But the need for your work has increased since the pandemic. To top it all off, you’re wondering how to create a healthy and resilient workplace culture in today’s remote-first world.

If this sounds like you, no matter your level or role, join this interactive keynote session on being a mindful leader and creating a healthy and resilient workplace culture in a digital world. We’ll explore best practices to help shift from being mindless leaders to mindful leaders, use technology with intention, and create a culture of wellness so you can do your best work in a sustainable way.

Learning Intentions:

  • Understand what mindful leadership is, why it matters, and its benefits
  • Learn best practices for creating a healthy post-pandemic workplace culture
  • Get an overview of the latest apps and strategies for creating a healthy and productive remote-first workplace
Mapping Our Social Change Roles

Presented by: Deepa Iyer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Building Movement Project | Host of Solidarity Is This podcast

How do we create and nurture robust and effective nonprofit ecosystems centered in values of equity, inclusion and solidarity? In today’s world, nonprofit professionals confront a myriad of internal and external challenges that can take us off track, overwhelm us, and hinder the effectiveness of our work. During this keynote session, Deepa Iyer (Building Movement Project) will provide frameworks and practices that can enable us to (re) commit to social change values, roles and practices.

Learning Intentions:

  • Recognize how internal and external challenges of this time can affect the work of nonprofits
  • Identify tools, resources and practices to strengthen collaborative practices
  • Understand how to utilize the social change ecosystem framework in your work and organization

Thank You to All.

Special thanks to the following companies for investing in resilience with us. Click each logo to learn more about our courageous corporate partners.

Explore Our Workshops.

Each day of the virtual conference will feature workshops in the following workshop tracks, including a whole day of advocacy fun with conference partner GPNP: Building the Plane While Flying It, Caring for Ourselves & Each Other, Fundraising & Communications, and Leading through Change.