Leadership Advantage.

One day of powerful leadership exploration

Registration is now closed for the 20th Annual Leadership Advantage. Please contact the office with questions.

Leadership Advantage is a one-day workshop, held annually, that is designed to support the day-to-day work of volunteers and staff on the front lines in nonprofit organizations.

When: Friday February 3rd, 2023 from 7:00a -12:30pm

Where: Double Tree Resort by Hilton , 2400 Willow St Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Event Schedule
7:00a – 7:20a Arrival and Continental Breakfast
7:30a – 9:00a Session 1
9:15a – 10:45a Session 2
11:00a – 12:30p Session 3

Parking and Arrival
Free parking is available in any available parking spot at the hotel. After parking, please plan to enter through the front entrance of the hotel which will bring you to the lobby. A volunteer will be available to greet you and direct you down the stairs or to the elevator. You will then arrive to the Palm Court of the hotel where a check-in table will be located.

Breakfast & Check-in
You do not need to bring a ticket or proof of purchase to the check-in table. Our registration table will ask for your name and then provide you with a name tag with schedule and room assignments for the day.

Please plan to arrive no later than 7:20a to ensure we are able to check you in before your first session begins at 7:30a.

A light continental breakfast will be available.

Your three sessions will be located on the Palm Court level of the DoubleTree. There will be 15 minute breaks between each session, and the final session will conclude promptly at 12:30p.



Design the training to meet YOUR needs

Session 1

Leveraging Internal “Conflict” For A More Successful Organization – Chris Wenden, Advoz: Mediation and Restorative Practices
When we hear the phrase organizational conflict, it is easy to think of turmoil immediately. But what if there was another way to view conflict? A way that brought team members and ideas together for a stronger workforce and a more unified mission.

Understanding the Value and Needs of Lancaster’s Newest Neighbors – Valentina Ross, Church World Services
This session will discuss the important role new neighbors have played in the continuing cultural and economic development of Lancaster County and then will elaborate on ways that organizations (employers, non profits and government entities) can make Lancaster an even more welcoming space.

Flipping the View on Feedback – Leslie Wireback, Wireback Consulting LLC
Feedback is a critical portion of our day-to-day work, and yet it is often viewed as this necessary evil. Isn’t it time we flip the view of feedback to one of helpfulness and positivity? This session will get to the root of what gets in the way of delivering feedback effectively and then utilize that knowledge and awareness to flip the conversation for effective feedback delivery and reception. Starting with building a foundation of trust which includes four components that are necessary for trust. Once trust is established, the next step is figuring out what else gets in the way. This includes a path of discovery through effective conversations, listening, and ways to overcome the enemies of learning. Creating more awareness of individuals preferences and tendencies of perceived conflict will help pave the way for an effective conversation. From there, we will put the steps together and see it in action. Feedback occurring through coaching conversations, disciplinary conversations, and performance management. All are necessary steps in the day and life of any human resources professional and leader.

Mental Wellness: One Day at a Time – Amanda Katchur, Community Services Group
After the last few years, it has never been more important to take inventory of our own experience and to identify what is helping or limiting our mental wellness. In this session, participants will learn how to begin to monitor their own mental wellness and discover ways to support self and others in their day-to-day interactions.

Operation Unknown, Diving Into the World of Common Accounting Items for Non Profits – Jim Shellenberger and Jackie Winchell, McKonly & Asbury

Session 2

Bias & Microaggressions: Looking Beyond the Reflection of Your Own Experience – Jessi Purdy, FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC
This workshop explores the relationship between identity, bias, and microaggressions. We will learn to look beyond our own experiences to understand the experiences of others and learn to recognize and address bias and microaggressions. This workshop helps participants develop a clearer understanding of what bias is, how to recognize it, the impact microaggressions can have on members of minority and marginalized identity groups, and actions that can be taken to minimize bias and microaggressions in the workplace and client services. We form empathetic connections between knowledge and impact through guided discussions where we encourage participants to recognize discomfort as an opportunity for learning and lean into it.

Power Over vs. Power With: A Workshop on the Funder/Fundraiser Relationship – Kristy Aurand, Jaime Arroyo, Anne Gingerich, Adam Hosey, Dave Koser
Where does power currently lie in the relationship between funder and fundraiser? Does it feel like an equitable partnership? Join local non profit professionals (and a funder, too!) for a courageous conversation about what it might take to move the needle closer to a Power WITH vs. Power OVER relationship.

Understanding the organizational value of a healthy workforce and the benefits of properly navigating our local health system. – Teke Drummond, Lancaster General Hospital
Companies that prioritize employee health experience lower health care costs, better recruitment and retention, and benefit from a workforce with a more vested interest in the success of the business, driving higher productivity and performance.  Our community is fortunate to have an award-winning, comprehensive health care delivery model local to Lancaster.  Learn how the complexities of this service continue to evolve and innovate into a simpler way to engage employees and create greater value for the employer.

Strategies for Leading Positive Organizational Change – Greg Davidson Laszakovits, GDL Insight
It’s been said that “The only place we cannot expect change is from a vending machine.” That quote itself is a great example as vending machines go cashless!
Organizational leaders are under constant pressure as our world evolves at an increasingly rapid rate. We know that those who refuse to meet the world’s changes will fade into irrelevance.
In this course, leaders, board members, and staff will learn how lead positive change in their unique context so they can bring their organization’s vision and mission to life. Even in the face of organizational inertia.
Participants will learn two proven strategic models that will equip them to lead change with confidence, while also bringing along staff and key stakeholders in the process.
Warning: this session offers no quick fixes, simple solutions, or “5 Easy Steps to Organizational Transformation!” Grounded, intelligent, passionate leaders, who are ready to dig in will benefit greatly.

Understanding the Essentials of Non Profits – Bob Thomas and Bob Smith, SCORE
Non profit board members and other leaders and volunteers don’t always fully understand the essential characteristics of the organizations they serve. An inadequate understanding can limit their ability to effectively serve their organizations. This session will review the characteristics of non profits that distinguish them from for profit businesses and other organizations, e.g., legal structure, the primacy of mission, board governance, legal structure, staffing, sources of revenue, marketing, use of surplus, audits, compliance requirements, transparency in operations.

Session 3

The Cost of Inequity: Snapshots from Lancaster’s First County-level Racial Equity Profile – Stacie Blake, YWCA Lancaster, Aiza Ashraf, United Way of Lancaster County
As a leader, what do you understand about equity in Lancaster? What opportunities are we missing by not breaking down systemic barriers to success? Join us for a discussion centered on data from the Lancaster County Racial Equity Profile—the first of its kind in the state—which paints an important picture of the challenges and opportunities before us to build communities where everyone can succeed.

Becoming a Trust and Inspire Leader – Steve Erb, True Edge Performance Solutions
The need to move to a new style of leadership, one relevant for the changing world of work, has never been more important. Utilizing key concepts from Stephen MR Covey’s book, Trust and Inspire, you will learn how to bring out the best in yourselves and in others.

Maximizing your Strengths – Melissa Jeanes, Melissa Jeanes LLC
Research shows that people who focus on developing their strengths benefit from increased workplace engagement and performance, greater well-being, and increased quality of life. But how often do we spend time investing in what we do best? This session creates space for you to identify and celebrate your natural way of thinking, feeling, and behaving to maximize your success.

Let’s Get Engaged – Dana Robertson and Chris Breimhurst, Pennant Creatives
Engagement that is authentic and speaks to your values is essential – whether you are a professional looking to make genuine connections in your industry, or someone at an business or organization looking to promote the great work being done.
As a non-profit, business, or as an individual, YOU have a brand that promotes your values and your expertise. So how do you tap into that when engaging with your people? You need a good strategy!
We’ll discuss the elements of engagement strategy: social media, networking events, and intentional connections. Join us for this interactive and ENGAGING (see what we did there?) conversation.

The Art of Fantastic Feedback – Amanda Forr and Jill Kratz, Element A and Demi and Co.
Many teams don’t have the language or practice to communicate honestly or productively about work. Either authentic, purposeful feedback is delivered poorly—or not at all. We open up the doors to team communication by talking about what no one’s talking about—the art of constructive feedback.