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2019 Featured Topics

Digital Skillsets
In Nonprofits

Digital skillsets will be essential to the success of tomorrow’s leaders, tomorrow’s organizations, and tomorrow’s social sector—and that’s just as true for today’s. What are the digital skills nonprofit executives need? How does the acquisition of these skills affect how their organizations operate and deliver on their missions? How can leaders acquire these skillsets, and what are the challenges and barriers they face?

Hear from experts in this topic that will encourage nonprofit executives to seek out avenues to build their skills and inspire funders to recognize the vital role strategic technology initiatives play in transforming the way organizations work.

Finding the Balance:
Outsourcing Vs. Insourcing Tech Support

With no budget and increasing frustration with the inherent weaknesses of a totally outsourced technology support solution, what’s the best course of action for a nonprofit? Learn about one case study on an organizations path to creating their first internal technology position (CTO) and designing and launching an internal Regional IT Associate program. By training key, non-technical employees in separate locations to act as on-the-ground liaisons between their team and the home office, they’ve been able to increase trust, save money and deliver quicker service. If you are wondering how you might improve tech support on a shoe string budget, come and learn about this innovative approach, the communication tools used and some things you might want to think twice about as you find the right balance of internal and external resources

Four Faces of IT Leadership

Today leaders emerge from all roles and levels in an organization and can influence the outcome of a project, key initiative, or an overall organization profoundly. How do these leaders emerge, build relationships, motivate and engage, communicate and collaborate? The journey about Four Faces of Strategic Leadership; its concepts can help develop leaders transcend increasingly complex organizational challenges. This talk provides food for thought to gain a mindset for effectively conducting strategic leadership. If you are an emerging leader, or you aspire to be one, you’ll learn how adapting these techniques can improve your ability to lead and influence from any position on the IT team.

Productive, Accessible Tools
for Nonprofits – A Vendor Showcase

Nonprofits are routinely unaware of the available, accessible, and frequently free tools for organizations to increase their use of technology to meet goals and missions. In security, data use, communications and internal productivity, hear from seven companies pitch their tools specific to nonprofit use through lightning talks. *Note, this is a vendor specific session. While vendors do not pay for this opportunity, the session does lie outside of Tech Forward’s impartial and agnostic vendor advice mentality. However, the Tech Forward team has acknowledged the benefits for nonprofits learning about products that may be useful to their technology goals.

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