UW-Parkside to host Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Published: October 20, 2023

Kenosha, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Alan E. Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement and Professional and Continuing Education Office will host the Nonprofit Leadership Conference on Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The theme for this year’s conference is “Creating a Culture of Belonging.” Registration will cost $99 per person. Discount pricing is available for registration prior to Nov. 3. Lunch will be provided.

The conference will feature keynote and breakout sessions by experts who will provide participants with an understanding of how they can enhance their journeys of fostering inclusivity, empowerment, and employee well-being. Participants from all industries will benefit from creating a positive workplace culture as it will nurture the core of their organizations and promote an environment where everyone can thrive.

The conference will kick off with a keynote presentation titled “3 Behaviors to Build a Workplace Culture of Belonging”, by Beth Ridley. Ridley is a corporate executive turned organizational transformation consultant, speaker, author, and the CEO of Ridley Consulting Group. She combines 25 years of global leadership and management consulting experience with expertise in diversity and inclusion and positive psychology to help organizations transform their workplace culture. Ridley’s work has been featured in national publications and she frequently delivers keynotes and workshops at events internationally.

She will share her expertise on creating a positive workplace culture and enabling people to be their authentic selves. Ridley’s actionable strategies for creating belonging in the workplace will provide valuable insights for leaders who are committed to nurturing their employees.

The conference will also feature several breakout sessions, on topics including storytelling for nonprofits, ethical funding and AI, leadership strategies to improve outcomes, and marketing skills for nonprofits, and creativity and innovation. There will also be an afternoon workshop entitled “Building Workforce Resilience: Core Concepts and Strategies to Partner with Staff” by Kelly Martin, of Social Current. Martin will lead an interactive workshop that will discuss how to build a resilient workforce that can adapt and thrive in times of change and challenge.

This event is made possible by the support of our sponsors: Platinum: United Way of Racine County, Gold: KAFASI, Silver: Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, Racine Community Foundation, Dooley & Associates, Social Current, United Way of Kenosha County, Racine Dominicans, Bronze: Jobs that Help, Loving Venti Consulting Practice, Go Partner LLC, Andrea & Orendorff LLP, Len Iaquinta’s Excellence in Communications.

To register for this event, visit www.uwp.edu/nplc, call 262-595-3340 or email continuing.ed@uwp.edu. This training includes the opportunity to earn CEU credits for HHS professionals.  

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. The university is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.


Mallory Evans
Outreach Program Manager, Professional and Continuing Education
University of Wisconsin–Parkside


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