18th Annual Leadership Advantage Conference

18th Annual Leadership Advantage Conference

Join us for our 18th Annual Leadership Advantage Conference




April 9, 2021

7:30 - 12:30 PM


Strengthen your advantage to lead!

Join us for our 18th Annual Leadership Advantage Conference

This year, from the comfort of your own home.

Join fellow community leaders for the same great training and expert facilitators you’ve come to expect in a new virtual format. Featuring a wide range of timely topics that support your work, customize your training to meet your organizational needs.

You asked and we listened!

This year we will also be adding a keynote panel discussion in addition to your three customized sessions. Stay tuned as we announce the details next week.

Register Today and strengthen your advantage to lead!


“Emotional Intelligence and Leadership” Gina Breslin, North Group Consultants  

Stay calm under pressure. Resolve conflict effectively. Respond with empathy. These are just some of the ways leaders engage their emotional intelligence while leading their teams. Join this session for a refresher in understanding your own emotional intelligence and how to leverage that to best empower your team.


“Tech in Operations” Eric Gervais and Lauren Schafer, Cargas  

COVID has sparked an immediate need for virtual workspaces, communication, and engagement. In response, there seems to be endless options with big price tags. How do nonprofits know what is the best investment, for not only the COVID-era, but beyond?


“The Impact of Collaboration” Vanessa Philbert and Jaime Arroyo, Community Action Partnership  

Working with a corporate partner can help your nonprofit organization achieve greater impact. Join us and learn about how partnerships and collaboration are strategic alliances that are intended to achieve greater impact than any organization could generate on its own. These alliances exist along a broad spectrum of approaches, ranging from coalitions to more highly integrated joint programming and shared services.


“Nonprofit Finance 101” Jim Shellenberger and Jackie Winchell, McKonly & Asbury 

Nonprofits need up-to-date financial information to make informed decisions. But not everyone has a deep appreciation for, or even passing familiarity with, financial reports. Attend this session to increase your financial literacy by reducing the mystery of nonprofit budgets, financial reports, and audits.


“Self-Care for Helping Professionals” Anna Kennedy, Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation  

Are you stressed, trying to balance the shifting routines of work and life during COVID-19? Join us to learn some healthy self-care practices to help you cope and thrive in your current work environment. In this session, we’ll discuss mental health care, balancing family and work life while working remotely, the grief and loss we’ve experienced during the pandemic, and practice some easy and quick mindfulness tips.


“Storytelling in COVID” Brian Nguyen, Community Action Partnership, and Tony Gorick, Lancaster Chamber  

Storytelling is a powerful marketing and branding tool. Now more than ever it’s critical for your nonprofit organization to cut through the communication noise with authenticity, intentionality, and a savvy digital strategy. Join Brian Nguyen, Marketing & Community Relations Associate at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, and Tony Gorick, Creative Services Manager at the Lancaster Chamber, as they discuss storytelling techniques, social media platforms, and tips on how to market your nonprofit in 2021.


“Transforming Volunteers in a (Post) Pandemic World” Kevin Ressler, United Way of Lancaster County and Melissa Ressler, Lancaster Downtowners 

This session will:

– Share a person-centered approach on ways to match any volunteer’s strengths with the needs of your organization.

– Discuss how volunteer trends shifted in 2020, and what to do next

– Identify how corporate volunteer engagements move from one-time experience to long-term relationship

– Help define the ways in which your volunteer assets are also brand ambassador and fundraising champions

– Review ways you can be a great volunteer in our community


“COVID-19 & Your Finances” Jim Shellenberger and Jackie Winchell, McKonly & Asbury 

The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic response introduced and expanded a myriad off new accounting, finance, and tax concepts and regulations, many of which directly impacted nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organization’s operations and finances might never look the same again! Learn how COVID-19 impacted the nonprofit community, and how to best prepare yourself and your organization for financial longevity even in the face of COVID-19.


“What’s Changing in Fundraising & How Nonprofits Should Adapt” Chad Barger, Productive Fundraising 

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop highlighting recent findings in fundraising research to shed insight on how nonprofit fundraising is changing. The latest data on donor trends, academic research, articles from fundraising thought leaders and stories from the front lines will provide a snapshot of where fundraising is today and where it is headed. In addition, specific tactics and strategies will be provided to assist nonprofit organizations in adapting to these changes and better position the organization for fundraising success.


“Hiring, Retaining and Engaging Talent – Managing Talent in Post-Covid World” Beverly Doody, SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon 

This webinar examines the impact of the challenges brought by the Covid pandemic over the past year and what this has meant for small businesses – the personal and professional demands on owners and their employees, and suggests ways of navigating these difficult times when considering the impact on employees and small business and offers some tools and solutions to navigate these turbulent times.


“Values Based Branding” Dana Robertson, Pennant Creatives 

Values Based Branding is a process to uncover and implement a set of values that define your brand in an all-inclusive way. The secret sauce in this process is this: your brand can be defined visually, but it can also be defined in a consistent way in your operations, with your people, and in your consumer-facing interactions. Where are the hidden values in your brand? What are they saying to your consumers, your employees, and your community about your organization without you even trying it? Come learn with Dana about Values Based Branding and how to discover hidden values in your brand in this interactive session.


“New Way to Open Conversation: Circle Dialogues” Chris Wenden, Advoz  

Organizations know the danger of building environments where artificial harmony exist, while conflict and issues grow under the surface. It is time to learn how to build practices into our work environments where those significant conversations can be generated in a safe and strengthening fashion.


“DEI in Nonprofits Panel” Community Panel led by Tanay Lynn Harris, Tenacity Consulting  

Join this important panel for nonprofits seeking strategies and action steps to make our diverse community truly inclusive.