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2017 Virtual Alliance Management Institute

April 5, 2017 - April 8, 2017


NLA AMI Sept 2016 Virtual logoThe Virtual Alliance Management Institute (Virtual-AMI) is the only completely virtual nonprofit career conference. Virtual-AMI is designed for professional learners seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential and for CNPs. Virtual-AMI offers a dynamic online learning experience that exposes current social-sector leaders to best practices, innovative thinking and unparalleled networking. The conference is four days long, April 5-8, 2017, and includes webinars, recorded videos, discussion boards, a live Twitter chat, and a guided strengths assessment powered by StrengthsFinder.

Most programming may be accessed at a time that is convenient for the participant. During the course of the week, learners can anticipate spending approximately 10-12 hours watching engaging webinars and videos, chatting in discussion rooms, and working through projects.

Virtual-AMI meets the conference requirement for professionals working toward the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through the Workforce Track, or for graduate students and professionals* at Alliance-affiliated campus programs (with campus director permission). It is open to all those interested in gaining the network, resources and skills they need to fast-track a nonprofit career. Premium members of the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals receive 20% off registration.

Technical requirements: access to a computer or mobile device with high-speed internet capabilities.

*If you are a graduate or professional student at an Alliance Campus Partner, please contact your campus director for your eligibility for this experience. If you are an undergraduate student at an Alliance Campus Partner, your next opportunity to meet the conference requirement for the CNP is at AMI 2018 in Kansas City, January 3-5.

Questions about Virtual-AMI? Contact Jesse Osman, events executive, via email or at 816-463-9473.

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Virtual-AMI Schedule

All presentation times are in Central Time. All live presentations will be available by recording.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time Title Presenter(s)
On Demand Welcome to Virtual-AMI Susan T. Schmidt, CNP
6 p.m. CDT Marching Out to Meet the Future Robert Egger
On Demand Finding Your Strengths Rhonda Knight Boyle


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time Title Presenter(s)
12 p.m. CDT Innovative Program Design Debbie Espinosa, CNP
3 p.m. CDT Launchpad for Innovation: What We Know About Motivating Donors Ann Goldman and Leslie Allen
6 p.m. CDT Informational Interviews: Connect with Alliance National Nonprofit Workforce Partners Catholic Charities, YMCA of the USA, Boy Scouts of America 
On Demand Best Practices for Participating in, Managing and Leading Virtual Teams Billy Linstead Goldsmith and Kylie Nealis
On Demand Financial Scenario Planning to Support Innovation Steven J. Casey
On Demand Fireside Chat: What Wicked Problems Are Keeping You Up at Night? Susan T. Schmidt, CNP


Friday, April 7, 2017

Time Title Presenter(s)
10 a.m. CDT Your Technology Journey: How to Intelligently Reach Your Dream Destination Allison O’Connor
12 p.m. CDT Social Enterprise Panel: A Business Model for the Common Good Brenda Palms Barber (moderator), Matthew Zieger, Nancy Giles
1:30 p.m. CDT Live Twitter Chat: Innovations in Social Media Trang Truong-Hill and Kevin Dietz
4 p.m. CDT StrengthsFinder Chat Rhonda Knight Boyle
On Demand Socrates and the Secret Sauce William Browning
On Demand What Melts Your Butter David Williams
On Demand Fireside Chat: What the Pitbull Tells Us Susan T. Schmidt, CNP


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time Title Presenter(s)
1 p.m. CDT Townhall Panel: Embracing Failure as a Part of Leadership Crystal Williams, CNP, Rob Acton, Anedra Kerr
On Demand Advocacy in the Digital Age Lindsay Torrico
On Demand How You Can Support Diversity and Inclusion at Your Nonprofit Michael Watson
On Demand Ethics in Nonprofits? How to Tackle Ethical Challenges Amir St. Clair



Rob Acton

Founder and Principal

Case Strategy Partners, LLC

Leslie Allen, MBA

Board Member

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

Brenda Palms Barber

Executive Director

North Lawndale Employment Network

William Browning

Chief Strategy Officer

Mile High United Way

Steven J. Casey

Associate Director

MacArthur Foundation

Robert Egger

Founder and President

L.A. Kitchen

Debbie Espinosa, CNP

Associate Executive Director

Downtown Oakland YMCA

Nancy Giles

National Director Social Enterprise

Evergreen Life Services

Ann Goldman, CFRE

Board of Directors Member

Space Science Institute in Boulder

Billy Linstead Goldsmith

National Coordinator

Fair Trade Campaigns at Fair Trade USA


Anedra Kerr

Chief Development Officer

After School Matters


Rhonda Knight Boyle


Yellow Sub Group


Kylie Nealis

National Organizer

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Allison O’Connor

Managing Partner

Elevation Solutions

Susan T. Schmidt, CNP


Nonprofit Leadership Alliance


Amir St. Clair

Director of Servant Leadership

Aurora University


Lindsay Torrico

Director of Policy and Advocacy

United Way Worldwide

Trang Truong-Hill

Technical Advisor for Global Initiatives & Newcomer Strategy

YMCA of the USA

Michael Watson

Serves on the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Board of Directors
& the Manhattanville College Board of Trustees


Crystal Williams, CNP

Assistant Director

Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University


Matthew Zieger

Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship

Catholic Charities USA



April 5, 2017
April 8, 2017