ACN & Partner Events

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    • 05/13/2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    Register


    The Business of Doing Business: Everything a Start-up Consultancy Needs to Know in Insurance, Contract Negotiation, and Marketing
    May 13, 2021
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

    ACN Members Free
    Nonprofit Leaders and Forefront Consultants - $10
    Nonmember Consultants - $15

    When you start a consulting firm, or even if you have set up shop for a while already, do you wonder what are some of the basic “tools” you need to have in place in order to run your business properly and effectively? We have invited several experts to provide an overview of what a consulting firm needs in terms of:

    • Your basic insurance coverage, such as general liability and/or errors & omissions - what might you need and what might you not need?
    • What to include and look out for in your client contracts and negotiations?
    • How to make sure you are targeting your marketing efforts, and telling a compelling story to prospective clients?

    Presenter Information:

     Michelle Hooper, Principal at Illinois Select Risk  
    Michelle transitioned to the insurance industry after a corporate career in finance and manufacturing. Her involvement in safety initiatives, development of procedural changes within organizations and employee development teams provided a wealth of experience in identifying risk. She owns Illinois Select Risk, LLC, an independent business insurance brokerage with a forte in nonprofits and professional services. Consulting with clients to make them Insurance Ready is a key part of the consultative work Michelle offers. Assisting organizations with establishing procedures and educating them on what makes an attractive client to the insurance carriers is part of building a risk aware business. Michelle participates on a number of fundraising committees and as a volunteer for several social service organizations. She has served on insurance carrier agent councils to improve coverage and service.


    Julie Proscia, Attorney, SmithAmundsen, LLC 
    Julie Proscia has been representing employers in the not for profit and private sector for almost 20 years. Julie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at SmithAmundsen. When advising her clients she always asks what they want before giving advice. Amongst a number of honors Julie was named to the Super Lawyers list every year since 2015 and previously to the Rising Star list in 2011, 2013 and 2014.



    LeShonne Segura, Partner, Segura Strategy
    LeShonne W. Segura has a community, education, and philanthropy background. She currently leads strategy for Kids First Chicago and West Side United, two Chicago nonprofits that aim to close the opportunity gap for Chicago’s highest-need communities. She has an equity-mindset and helps clients understand their work through strategic design and implementation. LeShonne earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Amherst College, a Master’s from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


     Adrian Segura, Partner, Segura Strategy
    Adrian Segura has over a decade of non-profit and government sector leadership experience in engagement, program design, performance management, organizational change management, education, public policy, and innovation. Currently, Adrian leads the community engagement strategy for Chicago Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor’s in Communications from DePaul University and his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Illinois Gies College of Business.


    Moderator:

    Belinda Li, Founder, CEO & Chief Consultant, CiTTA Partnership
    Belinda Li is Founder & Chief Consultant of CiTTA Partnership, a boutique management consulting firm with a mission to empower leaders of purpose-driven organizations to implement their ideas and scale their social impact in a financially sustainable way. Belinda’s expertise is in business strategy, business modeling, market research and feasibility assessment. She specializes in helping nonprofits add new revenue streams through social enterprise business activities and guiding purpose-driven businesses with their go-to market strategies and implementation plans. Prior to CiTTA, she was Associate Principal with Civic Consulting Alliance; Senior Associate with McKinsey & Co.; Program Manager at General Electric Healthcare; and a researcher in the academia. Belinda serves as Board Vice Chair at the Social Enterprise Alliance, and a board member at-large at the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund. She holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from the University of London, UK.

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
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    for more information.

    Interested in exploring sponsorship for events such as these? Have questions regarding the program? Contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008 for more information.

    By registering to participate in this event, I hereby acknowledge and agree that the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) or its agents may take photographs and/or video of me during the event and may use those photographs and recordings for ACN marketing or promotional purposes without further compensation to me. All such photos and videos are the sole property of ACN. 


    • 05/20/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting


    Board Members please contact Tricia Fusilero for meeting access.

    Those with questions for the Board, please contact Jill Misra, President.

    For a full listing of all board members, please click here.


    • 05/27/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Webinar

    Good Trouble: How to Advocate for Change

    Many nonprofits leaders are unsure about the legality of advocacy and lobbying efforts in which their organization can engage. Whether they are working independently or within a partnership such as a coalition, nonprofits should strive to influence public policies that affect the organization’s ability to achieve its mission. Attendees will learn how you and your organization can strengthen your advocacy efforts.

    May 27, 2021 | 10 am - 10:30 am CST

    Free Webinar - Registration Required

    REGISTER HERE

    Presenter: Martha Collins, LEAD 180 Consulting

    ACN has partnered Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) to help serve the sector by providing quick, 30-minute webinars featuring ACN members. The Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and trains individuals in the nonprofit sector. NLL offers daily online nonprofit trainings. with workshops that focus on fundraising, board development, social media, marketing, volunteer management, and organizational leadership.

    • 06/02/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 06/09/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    Register


    Making the Most of LinkedIn
    June 9, 2021
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

    ACN Members Free
    Nonprofit Leaders and Forefront Consultants - $10
    Nonmember Consultants - $15

    LinkedIn is a powerful tool to create leads and expand your network if used effectively. It is a complex system though and is often underutilized. My goal is to show you how to find the best connections, develop a relationship with your connections and present yourself as an expert in your field to the LinkedIn community through understanding the 4 basic pillars of LinkedIn Success.

    Presenter Information:

    Angie Snowball-Thompson is a communication and culture coach from Cincinnati, OH. After years of living and traveling abroad with jobs in corporate America, she became disenchanted with how often she saw her colleagues struggling to communicate in English. In 2010, she founded Living in America to provide fun and effective ways for international professionals to polish their communication skills and express themselves effectively in global situations. Reaching the right clientele, however, was a challenge until she discovered the power of communicating on LinkedIn. After nearly 100 hours of training and research, Angie has found the keys to succeeding in effective communication and lead building on LinkedIn.

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
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    for more information.

    Interested in exploring sponsorship for events such as these? Have questions regarding the program? Contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008 for more information.

    By registering to participate in this event, I hereby acknowledge and agree that the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) or its agents may take photographs and/or video of me during the event and may use those photographs and recordings for ACN marketing or promotional purposes without further compensation to me. All such photos and videos are the sole property of ACN. 


    • 06/18/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
    Register

    32nd Annual Meeting - From Tired to Inspired - June 18 9am

    Featured Presenter: 
    Monique Brunson Jones, LCSW
    Executive Director, Forefront

    We are excited to celebrate our 32nd year as an association supporting consultants who are committed to serving the nonprofit community.  Our consultants help hundreds of nonprofits each year reach their missions, and help increase the capacity of the sector overall. 

    Join us to hear about the state of the association, thank our outgoing board members and welcome our incoming board. Please note voting will take place ahead of the annual meeting by a virtual vote.

    Monique B. Jones, fellow consultants and other nonprofit sector professionals will share their stories of inspiration from the past year. We will also have several networking breakout sessions to connect with fellow members and guests.

    We look forward to "seeing" everyone on June 18th!

    $20 ACN Members |$30 Nonmembers
    If you would like to attend and need assistance with your registration fee, please
    contact Tricia Fusilero, Executive Director, at execdirector@acnconsult.org

    REGISTER FOR ANNUAL MEETING

    What has inspired YOU this past year? 
    Share your story with us.

    SUBMIT YOUR INSPIRATIONAL STORY

    SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

    If you are interested in supporting ACN by sponsoring the Annual Meeting and having your brand incorporated into the webinar messaging, click the REGISTER FOR ANNUAL MEETING button above, enter your email address, and select your Sponsorship level.

    Please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org | 312-940-4008 with questions.

    Sponsorship Packages Include the Following: Platinum
    $750

    (2 available)
     Gold
    $500
    Silver
    $350
     
    Bronze
    $150
     
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    Logo, Tagline, and Website Link on ACN Website Homepage Prior and Post Annual Meeting (up to 3 mo)
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    Member Sponsors May Present Their Practice to the Group for 1 to 2 Minutes Prior to a Breakout Session (1 sponsor for each Breakout Session) X      

    If you would like to attend and need financial assistance, please contact Executive Director, Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    By registering to participate in this event, I hereby acknowledge and agree that the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) or its agents may take photographs and/or video of me during the event and may use those photographs and recordings for ACN marketing or promotional purposes without further compensation to me. All such photos and videos are the sole property of ACN. 

    • 06/18/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting

    This will be a quick 30 minute meeting to vote in new officers and welcome new board members. 

    Board Members please contact Tricia Fusilero for meeting access.

    Those with questions for the Board, please contact Shailushi Ritchie, incoming President.


    • 06/29/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Webinar


    Sponsorship Growth for Your Nonprofit

    Are you currently utilizing sponsorship as a funding source for your nonprofit organization? Do you hope to launch a sponsorship program but don’t know where to start? Does your current program need a refresh to maximize your results? Learn how to leverage sponsorship and corporate partnerships to benefit the future of your organization.

    June 29, 2021 | 10 am - 10:30 am CST

    Free Webinar - Registration Required

    REGISTER HERE

    Presenter: Melissa Lagowski, Big Buzz Idea Group


    ACN has partnered Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) to help serve the sector by providing quick, 30-minute webinars featuring ACN members. The Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and trains individuals in the nonprofit sector. NLL offers daily online nonprofit trainings. with workshops that focus on fundraising, board development, social media, marketing, volunteer management, and organizational leadership.

    • 07/07/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 07/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Webinar


    The Power of Untold Stories

    There's always more to the story. The often untold stories have the power to call your audience to act, transform hearts and ultimately support your work. It's not always perfect, but it's perfectly meant to be told. In this webinar, we'll learn why it matters. Hear firsthand how moments unfold, stories are told, and endings surprise.

    July 8, 2021 | 10 am - 10:30 am CST

    Free Webinar - Registration Required

    REGISTER HERE

    Presenter: Lauren Ready, Forever Ready Productions


    ACN has partnered Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) to help serve the sector by providing quick, 30-minute webinars featuring ACN members. The Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and trains individuals in the nonprofit sector. NLL offers daily online nonprofit trainings. with workshops that focus on fundraising, board development, social media, marketing, volunteer management, and organizational leadership.

    • 08/04/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 09/01/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 10/06/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 11/03/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

    • 12/01/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021
    10 am - 11:00 am

    Zoom Meeting - Register Below!

    The ACN Membership Committee will host a member orientation on January 6, 2021 at 10 am. All members are welcome to attend to meet new members and get a refresher on ACN updates. During the session, we will review member benefits and discuss strategies to promote yourself through ACN.

     REGISTER HERE

    If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero at execdirector@acnconsult.org or call 312-940-4008.

Past events

05/12/2021 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Thirteen: Using Data to Communicate Impact & Storytelling
05/05/2021 ACN Member Orientation - May
04/15/2021 EXTENDED Board of Directors Meeting
04/13/2021 ACN Networking Event
04/07/2021 ACN Member Orientation - April
03/18/2021 Board of Directors Meeting
03/17/2021 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Twelve: COVID Relief and Tax Credits
03/03/2021 ACN Member Orientation - March
02/18/2021 ACN Networking Event
02/18/2021 Board of Directors Meeting
02/03/2021 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Eleven: Using Data for Storytelling (Part One) – Data for Driving Strategy & Measuring Impact
02/03/2021 ACN Member Orientation - February
01/27/2021 Educational Program: Nonprofit Hiring Practices
01/21/2021 Board of Directors Meeting
01/06/2021 ACN Member Orientation - January
12/17/2020 Board of Directors Meeting
12/09/2020 ACN Virtual Holiday Happy Hour
12/02/2020 ACN Member Orientation - December
11/19/2020 Board of Directors Meeting
11/17/2020 Community Engagement: Diversity & Inclusion - A Philanthropic Conversation
11/12/2020 From Covering Politics to Helping Nonprofits: An Insider's Look at Winning Communications
11/10/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Ten: Hiring a Grant Writer
11/04/2020 ACN Member Orientation - November
10/26/2020 Operations Council Committee Meeting
10/22/2020 Board of Directors Meeting
10/21/2020 The Power Of Engagement: Your Community and Development
10/13/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Nine: Racial Equity & Social Justice Beyond The Walls of Your Institution
10/08/2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Committee Meeting
10/07/2020 ACN Member Orientation - October
09/24/2020 ACN Member Virtual Happy Hour
09/21/2020 President's Listening Session
09/17/2020 Board of Directors Meeting
09/15/2020 Flash Webinar: Practical Project Management for Remote Teams
09/08/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Eight: Mission Efficiency
09/02/2020 ACN Member Orientation - September
08/26/2020 Flash Webinar: NAVIGATING GREAT UNCERTAINTY: Strategic Planning in the Era of Pandemic, Recession and Social Change
08/11/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Seven: Establishing Long-Term Racial Equity Teams Within Your Organization
08/05/2020 ACN Member Orientation
07/21/2020 Flash Webinar: Bookkeeping Best Practices—and Mistakes to Avoid
07/07/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Six: Creating Long-term, Virtual Teams
06/30/2020 Flash Webinar: Navigating During Times of Uncertainty: The Next Normal
06/16/2020 ACN 31st Annual Meeting
05/27/2020 ACN Member Virtual Happy Hour
05/26/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Five: Virtual Messaging with Meaning
05/19/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Four: HR in a Virtual World
05/12/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Three: Building Leadership and Adaptive Capacity
05/06/2020 NEW INFORMATION: Virtual Connecting for Good Coffee with Partner FOREFRONT
05/05/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session Two: Maximizing Board Engagement and Capacity During Times of Crisis
04/29/2020 Flash Webinar: Content Marketing Tips for Right Now
04/28/2020 Ask a Consultant Series, Session One: The New World of Funding
04/23/2020 Flash Webinar: Beyond Digital: Harnessing the Human Experience to Drive Growth (Even if You're Remote)
04/16/2020 How to Run Your Nonprofit like a For-Profit WEBINAR
04/08/2020 Flash Webinar: What Nonprofits Should Focus on NOW to Prepare for a Better Funding FUTURE
04/08/2020 April Forefront Member Coffee Hour - Cancelled
04/01/2020 Flash Webinar: How to Manage Remote Work and Distributed Teams
03/25/2020 Connecting for Good Coffee in DuPage County
03/12/2020 Connecting for Good Happy Hour with Evanston Community Foundation
03/04/2020 March Forefront Member Coffee Hour
02/06/2020 Demystifying Impact Evaluation – Measuring the Good that We do
02/05/2020 February Forefront Member Coffee Hour
01/08/2020 January Forefront Member Coffee Hour
12/12/2019 ACN Coffee Connection with a Literary Twist
12/11/2019 December Forefront Member Coffee Hour
11/14/2019 Making Your Story Stand Out to Media in 2020
11/13/2019 November Forefront Member Coffee Hour
10/10/2019 Connecting for Good Afterhours with Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago
10/02/2019 October Forefront Member Coffee Hour
09/19/2019 Understanding Social Enterprise: Models, Funding and Legal Structures
09/10/2019 Connecting for Good Coffee with Giving DuPage
09/04/2019 September Forefront Member Coffee Hour
08/07/2019 August Forefront Member Coffee House
07/10/2019 July Forefront Member Coffee Hour
06/12/2019 Forefront Member Coffee Hour
05/30/2019 ACN's 30th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting
04/18/2019 April Program: Connect & Engage With Your Target Market: Networking & Social Media Marketing
04/18/2019 New Member Orientation - April
04/10/2019 ACN Happy Hour in Deerfield
02/21/2019 ACN's February Program: Dealing with Challenging Clients: How do you do it? Strategies and Skill Share for ACN Members and Guests!
02/21/2019 New Member Orientation - February
01/09/2019 ACN Happy Hour
12/13/2018 ACN Coffee Hour: Oak Park
12/06/2018 ACN Coffee Hour: Evanston
11/15/2018 ACN's November Program: Design Thinking for Consultants & Nonprofits | Experience how this user-centered process helps organizations improve their impact.
11/15/2018 New Member Orientation - November
10/17/2018 ACN Happy Hour: An evening of networking and fun
09/20/2018 ACN's September Program: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act… What do you mean every NFP organization will be affected?
09/20/2018 New Member Orientation - September
06/01/2018 ACN 2018 Annual Meeting
05/16/2018 ACN Happy Hour: An evening of informal networking and fun
04/19/2018 Spring Program: Engaging Your Audiences in Your Organization's Story: Why Video and Social Media Are Important
04/11/2018 New Member Orientation - April 11, 2018
03/21/2018 Happy Hour: An evening of informal networking and fun
03/20/2018 ACN Happy Hour: An evening of informal networking and fun
02/15/2018 Winter Program: "Growing Together: Growing Yourself and Your Practice"
01/10/2018 ACN Happy Hour: An evening of informal networking and fun
11/16/2017 Fall Program: VOICE OF THE CLIENT: Nurturing Meaningful Relationships -- Nonprofits, Funders and Consultants
10/24/2017 Happy Hour at WeWork
10/11/2017 New Member Orientation - October 11, 2017
09/14/2017 Fall Program: "In Collaboration with ACN: Obtaining, Maintaining and Growing Meaningful Relationships with Clients"
06/02/2017 ACN 2017 Annual Meeting
05/24/2017 Metropolitan Club Happy Hour
04/20/2017 Sharing Back Office Services to Add Significant Values for NPO's
03/22/2017 Metropolitan Club Coffee Event
02/16/2017 Managing Your Projects and Workflow
01/11/2017 Met Club Happy Hour
11/17/2016 Fall Program: "Voice of the Client - Effective Collaboration with Consultants"
11/15/2016 WEBINAR! Finding, Hiring, and Working with Consultants
10/26/2016 Metropolitan Club Coffee
09/22/2016 Collaboration within ACN: The How, The Why & The Who!

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