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18NTC: Day Two Recap

The NTC Ignites kicked off Day Two as some hand-picked participants shared stories filled with passion and career lessons. Additionally, the Giveffect Team continued to make strong connections at Booth # 402, and sat down with several NTEN board members and speakers. We also attended sessions and got a glimpse into the 18NTC Career Center. Here are some of the main highlights.

18NTC Ignites

Described as fast-paced, fun presentations that allow attendees to share their passions and insights, this year’s Ignites touched a lot of hearts and opened many minds. There was lots of great storytelling and sharing from presenters, Larry Glickman, Meico Whitlock, Michelle Soto and others.

Conference Interviews

Speaker, Digital Marketer, Author and NTEN board member Jason Shim spoke to us about the benefits of attending 18NTC and his thoughts on how first timers can take advantage of all the conference has to offer. Janice Chan spoke with us about not getting lost in translation with tech talk, facilitating better conversation regarding tech, understanding an organization’s “why”, and the importance of collaborative communication. And Beth Kanter gave us insight in how to use training and gamification to move an organization forward.

Session Highlight: The Big Bang (Training) Theory

Experienced trainers Beth Kanter, Jeanne Allen and Cindy Leonard created a presentation filled with interactiveness and games. The point, to show how gamification and can be implemented into facilitation and training.The history behind brainstorming was even discussed. All for the purpose of making nonprofits better.

Session Highlight: Don’t Get Lost in Translation – Talking Tech with All Levels of Expertise

Speakers Janice Chan and Robert Mendoza talked about how to break down the language of tech to people at any level. They conveyed information on how to avoid pitfalls of communicating during technical projects, as well as learning tactics for talking to people at varying levels.

Session Highlight: Technology, Org Culture and Your Mission

“How we talk about technology is very important. We don’t know how to talk about technology in nonprofits.” Words from Ken Montenegro, Information Technology Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles. He, along with a diverse panel of experts, exposed their audience to what questions to ask in building organizational culture and mission using a technology strategy.

18NTC Career Center

Conference attendees were treated to speed networking, resume reviews and other tools to help them move forward in their career. This is the first year NTEN has offered the service and it was a vital part of conference goers making the most of this event.

18NTC Official Party and Crawfish Boil

After Day 2 was finished, attendees were ready for the official 18NTC Party. The long day of sessions, presentations and information gave way to a night filled with unencumbered networking and lots of fun. New Orleans was good to the NTEN community!

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