DNA forum helps nonprofits move forward

, davisal@greenvilleonline.com3:50 p.m. EDT July 13, 2016

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More than 100 Upstate nonprofit leaders gathered in Greenville for ideas and insight on how to move their organization forward.

The gathering was hosted by DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership withCommunity Foundation of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Hollingsworth Funds.

It was one in DNA’s Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums created by Debbie Nelson.

This series, “Creating a Vibrant Organization That Fosters Forward Thinking,” was held at The Warehouse Theatre in downtown Greenville.

“As a cheerleader for the nonprofit sector, I encourage and challenge Greenville’s nonprofit leaders to dream bigger about what is possible,” said Nelson, organizer of Shine the Light. “Design strategies that are built upon bold, authentic conversations and diverse voices. Keep your stakeholders engaged and informed.

“Ask difficult questions to help identify solutions to complex internal and external problems. Always start with the end in mind. Be the change agents that drive your organizations and our community forward toward greater vibrancy.”

Nonprofit leaders learned, collaborated and planned strategies for moving forward with their team members at the Warehouse Theatre gathering.

Tod Tappert, Greenville Health System vice president, chief of staff and system chief learning officer, and Elizabeth Jende, MOVE Performance Consulting president and founder, kicked the day off with a “Behind the Curtain Conversation” about the importance of vibrancy in organizational culture.

Participants joined local business and community leaders in forward-thinking conversations in Shine the Light’s Innovation Labs.

They shared their experiences and insights on how they can move their organizations towards greater vibrancy.

Innovation Lab facilitators included Tod Tappert – Greenville Health System, Elizabeth Jende – MOVE Performance Consulting, Evan Cramer – UCW Logistics, Megan Dodgens – The Riley Institute at Furman, Whitney Hanna – Greenville County Schools, Meliah Bowers Jefferson – Wyche Law Firm, Addy Matney – TM Public Relations, Carlos Quintero – Sales Effectiveness, Inc., Tamela Spann – Hollingsworth Funds, Beverly Ward – Talent Management, Dan Weidenbenner – Mill Village Farms, and Sharon Whitney – United Community Bank.

Nelson and Shine the Light collaborator, Tan Kirby Davis closed the workshop by presenting the key factors which enable organizations to develop a vibrant culture. They introduced The Vibrancy Continuum, a leadership tool developed by Shine the Light to assess, monitor and implement new strategies to achieve greater organizational vibrancy.

DNA’s next Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums will be Sept. 27 and Nov. 17.

Visit www.NonprofitForums.org or call Debbie Nelson at 864-420-0195 for more information.

This article is courtesy of The Greenville News. You can find the story on their website here

Posted July 13, 2016 in: Blog, Speakers by Debbie Nelson

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