The 12th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands


Our keynote speaker:   AKAYA WINDWOOD

Akaya Windwood is a Partner at WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training, and consultation group. She is formerly the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, and is a partner in the Opportunity Collaboration, which convenes an international conference that brings together leaders working to end poverty. She is on faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship and directs the Mycelium Fund, which makes small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness. She is one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women of 2018, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction and relishes growing enormous squash in her garden. - 

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Summit Agenda

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Our Keynote: The Future is… Courageous

Old patterns of command and control no longer work. We live in a time when we need leaders who move from the heart, who are willing to reach towards people who may be different from themselves, and who have the courage to dream big and take great risks. We can do nothing alone, so let’s build strong and interconnected partnerships as we work to create thriving communities and an equitable and sustainable world. 



8:45 - 9:15am: SHAREOmaha Interactive Discussions

The goal of SHARE Omaha, coming early next year to the Greater Omaha public, is to launch a tool connecting the community to nonprofits, yielding greater collaboration around common goals and deeper, longer-lasting relationships. 

SHARE Omaha will serve as a community engagement conduit, connecting community members to nonprofits so they can donate, volunteer, shop for a nonprofit’s specific needs or see a calendar of events. The model is online and unbiased, making it easy for people to give their time and resources to the nonprofits of their choice in the manner they choose.

Presenter: Marjorie Maas


Morning Breakout Sessions: 9:30 – 10:45am

The Lights are On, But No One Is Home. What Organizations Miss Regarding Corporate Culture: This session will focus on the business imperative of defining the Employee Value Proposition (EVP). The EVP focuses on the central question of “why would someone choose to work for our organization?” All businesses have a brand image, and the EVP explores how organizations attract or discourage talent based on their brand image and organizational climate. Nonprofits are similar to for profit companies in that both need talented professionals to drive the mission, vision, values and production of the organization. Key to achieving these outcomes is answering the central employee value proposition of “why would anyone choose to work here?” which is directly influenced by the employment brand the organization projects, and the culture the leadership team creates.

Presenter: Ralph Kellogg, Centris Federal Credit Union


Power & Privilege: Leveraging these frameworks to build leadership for just and equitable communities: In this workshop, attendees will develop a common understanding and definition of power and privilege. Participants will also explore the dynamics of power while mapping their privilege to start an action plan for creating just and equitable communities in the spaces they have influence. This is an interactive workshop that will challenge and support the group to launch them to the next level of this work- not to mention Ashlei and Dom are FUN! 

Presenters: Ashlei Spivey & Dominique Morgan


Harnessing Conflict for Collaboration: Conflict happens. It’s a natural output of passionate people working together. But it’s the way we handle conflict that can make all the difference in achieving our goals for the future. This session will provide participants with a deeper appreciation for the dynamics of conflict within an organization and will explore a variety of ways to handle and resolve conflict to build stronger relationships and encourage creativity. Participants will learn the importance of understanding the people involved in the situation, how to control the communication process, and tips for problem-solving to achieve conflict resolution.

Presenter: Dan Bechtol, Concord Mediation Center


Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 12:45 – 2:00pm

High Performance Team Development through Inclusion: Diversity is a common buzz word which is being touted as the driver for success. However, many offices struggle with how to mitigate conflict with diverse staff. In this workshop we will do an activity which will lead to dialogue around identity in the workplace. This exercise will give participants the opportunity to practice listening and dialogue skills to gain a deeper understanding of diversities in order to build connected and respected teams. Presenters: Cammy Watkins, Christine Jaynes, & Tena Hahn Rodrigues, Inclusive Communities.


Digital Fundamentals -- What every nonprofit needs to know about their digital presence and how to maximize it for impact, advocacy and support: Most nonprofits do not understand the digital fundamentals or how they should work together to drive results for the organization's mission. We will quickly explain the fundamentals of digital presence -- key digital assets to own (local/identity like Google My Business, social media, website and email lists), the importance of Google and Facebook and how to take a holistic view of measuring that presence and its progress. In the 2nd half, we will run through steps that engages participants in evaluating their own digital presence so that everyone has their own take home items to further evaluate or implement immediately. Much of this will focus on how they appear in search results across platforms and opportunities for them to be part of the answer when local searchers have questions related to their mission or cause.

Presenter: John Heaston, The Reader, El Perico, OmahaJobs.Com


Embracing Your Past to Lead for the Future: Developing Your Leadership Philosophy: Everyone is a leader in some capacity in the workplace, from the receptionist to the Executive Director. This interactive session will guide participants through a framework aimed at assisting non-profit professionals in articulating their personal leadership philosophy. Leaders in the non-profit setting must have a clear sense of identity and vision to lead effectively. However, every leader, experienced or new, has traveled a unique path to leadership. Through the development of a personal leadership philosophy, non-profit professionals can articulate their leadership beliefs, values, and attitudes to their colleagues and employees. When charged with leadership positions, the varied expectations of today’s non-profit sector call for a clear direction on how one will lead in times of uncertainty and constant change.

Presenters: Vicki Bautista & Gretchen Oltman, Creighton University


2:15 - 3:30: Keynote Workshop: Leading in Uncertain Times

The world is unpredictable, and the capacity to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity has become an essential 21st century leadership skill. Doing so requires clarity of purpose, and a willingness to be bold while leading through uncharted territory. An important aspect of this is to build and sustain authentic partnerships that help move our work forward. Let’s reach toward one another as we create bold strategies which will allow us to lead now.

Presenter: Akaya Windwood


3:45 - 5:00: Looking Forward - Funder Panel

New ideas and innovation is needed to respond to the changing needs of our communities. Come hear from our panelists who are supporting unique interventions and adapting their own practices to promote & support equity, growth, and fresh approaches.

Moderator: John Jeanetta, Heartland Family Service

Panelists: Wendy Boyer, Peter Kiewit Foundation; Victoria Grasso, Cooper Foundation; Tahnee Markussen, Lozier Foundation; Michelle Zych, The Women's Fund


About Your Presenters:

Vicki Bautista, Ed.D., Vicki Bautista is an assistant professor at Creighton University in the department of interdisciplinary studies. She serves as the Assistant Program Director for the online master’s in Health and Wellness Coaching. Additionally, she teaches both on campus and online courses in the bachelor's-level Healthy Lifestyle Management degree. Bautista has an EdD in Interdisciplinary Leadership and is a Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach. Prior to working at Creighton, she was employed in a variety of health promotion settings including, non-profit, government, and research.


Dan Bechtol serves as the Executive Director of the Concord Mediation Center (CMC), a non-profit agency serving people in Douglas and Sarpy counties who are experiencing conflict at home, at work, or in the community. He has extensive experience in mediation, facilitation, and training, as well as policy and program development. Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Politics, and Society (LPS) and Sociology from Drake University (IA) and earned his Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Abilene Christian University (TX). Prior to joining CMC, Dan oversaw a mediation service agency in southwest Iowa.


Wendy Boyer serves as Director of Programs at Peter Kiewit Foundation. She leads the foundation’s Youth Pathways to Success and Economic Growth and Opportunity impact areas. Her work at the foundation is focused on increasing the number of youth who progress in their education and secure meaningful employment as well as bolstering a vital, diverse and growing economy that advances individual and community prosperity.

Prior to joining the foundation, she most recently served as Sr. Vice-President of Community Investment and Advocacy at the Greater Omaha Chamber, where she led a team responsible for helping to build a community conducive for economic growth and development. She began her career as a teacher and elementary administrator with the Omaha Public Schools and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Science in Educational Administration degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She left the school system to join Mutual of Omaha as manager of Corporate Learning and then served as Executive Director of Ministries for St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church before joining the Chamber.

She and her husband Jeff, both life-long residents of Nebraska, enjoy spending time with our adult children and their families at our lake home near Ashland, NE.


Victoria Grasso is the Senior Program Officer at the Cooper Foundation, and will become President of the foundation effective January 1, 2019. In managing the foundation’s grantmaking she is able to work with a large number of nonprofit organizations across the state in the areas of education, the arts and humanities, human services, and the environment. Her focus is assisting nonprofits to build leadership and organizational capacity to further their work, and to provide a helping hand through the grant process.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.


John Heaston is the publisher/editor of a group of media, including The Reader, an alternative/metropolitan newsmonthly, and El Perico, a bilingual community newsweekly, and As VP of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and a board alternate to the National Association of Hispanic Publications, he is helping to introduce digital services to alternative media nationally. Also a board member of the Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center and Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards, John is involved on numerous fronts and is a long-time member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He is one of 3 Google Trusted Photographer in Nebraska.


Christine Jaynes has recently joined Inclusive Communities as a Program Partner. She grew up in Nebraska and studied bilingual education, community health and Spanish at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She spent 10 years living and working in Mexico as a bilingual educator. Since returning to Nebraska she has been dedicated to her career in social services, education and health care management.


John Jeanetta was appointed president and CEO of Heartland Family Service in 2009. He has led with passion and a strong belief in an expert, trauma-informed, and empowered workplace. John holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Gallup University, a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, and a master’s specialization certification in gerontology.


Ralph Kellogg is the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Training at Centris Federal Credit Union. Mr. Kellogg has over twenty years of experience in banking, customer service, sales, and non-profit arenas. Mr. Kellogg received a B.S. in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1992. He obtained an MBA from Bellevue University in 2002, and an M.S. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University in 2009. In 2012 Mr. Kellogg received a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University earning cum-lade designation. Mr. Kellogg holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), as well as the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Kellogg is active with the Human Resources Associated of the Midlands (HRAM), and teaches the strategic management to PHR and SPHR candidates. Mr. Kellogg has serves on a variety of local nonprofit Boards of Directors including, the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), Inclusive Communities, and Heartland Family Services.


Marjorie Maas serves as SHARE Omaha’s executive director. Whether as a marketer, fund developer, advocate or consultant, Maas has helped initiatives and organizations in the metro area for more than 15 years. Roles have included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s director of corporate social responsibility, development officer for College Possible Omaha and director of Nebraskans for the Arts. She is a 2010 TOYO winner, graduate of Leadership Omaha (Class 32) and is part of Leadership Nebraska Class XI. Maas was appointed to the ServeNebraska State Commission in 2017, is past president for Omaha Network, and served Hear Nebraska as a board member. 


Dominique Morgan is the National Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. Partnering his lived experience, a decade of proven advocacy and background in public health, he continues to work in spaces of sex education, self-care, and youth development. Mr. Morgan is a Young, Black and Influential Award recipient for Advocacy,  Omaha Chamber Young Professionals Changemaker Award recipient, and NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient.

Gretchen Oltman, J.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University. She serves as the Program Director for both the master's-level and bachelor's-level leadership degree programs. Oltman is a licensed attorney and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. She has spent over two decades in education, from serving as a secondary classroom instructor to leading in an administrative capacity at the university level. She is the author of Law Meets Literature: A Novel Approach for the English Classroom and Violence in Student Writing: A School Administrator's Guide.


Tena Hahn Rodriguez brings a full range of career experience to Inclusive Communities – all rooted in inclusiveness and education. Her background as an entrepreneur, educator and community organizer have made her one of the most recognizable people in North Omaha.


Ashlei Spivey is a mother, friend, neighbor, and revolutionary. She was born and raised in the heart of North Omaha and a proud graduate of Omaha North High Magnet School – Go Vikings! After attending Jackson State University, a historically black college and university for Bachelor’s degree and University of Texas at Arlington for her Master’s Program, she returned to Omaha because she knew there were disparities in the city that she loved and called home.

She is a Program Officer at Peter Kiewit Foundation and sits on the Urban League Young Professional Leadership Team and The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council as well as manages two community initiatives; I Be Black Girl and Young Black & Influential Omaha. Ash is a 2018 Change Maker and 40 Under 40 recipient. 

Camellia “Cammy” Watkins is an Omaha native who graduated from Omaha South High School. She received a BA Degree from Cornell College in Psychology and Vocal Performance. Cammy has 15 years experience working with not-for-profit organizations ranging from environmental activism to performing arts administration.


Michelle Zych serves as Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Michelle leads the nonprofit organization as it identifies critical issues, funds innovative solutions and leads dynamic change to provide every woman and girl in our community with the opportunity to reach her full potential through research, grants, and advocacy. Prior to joining the organization in May 2012, Michelle served as founding chair of the Women’s Fund Circles, a diverse network of women leaders that cultivate authentic relationships and leverage a community that supports and empowers each other while building safe and affirming spaces to empower women of all identities.

Her past experience includes serving as regional development director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and director of strategic development for Camp Fire USA – Midlands Council (now known as Completely Kids). She holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies and sociology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Michelle serves as the president-elect of the board of directors of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. She is also a member of Omaha Network; a recipient of the Midland’s Business Journal’s 40 Under 40; and a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 31 and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands’ Nonprofit Executive Institute Class 7.