Check out our preliminary schedule (Central time). You'll have access to on-demand sessions, live sessions and hands-on workshops. Attend Elevate 2022 to learn from your fellow nonprofit professionals and luminaries in the sector. Session times are subject to change. 

Sessions listed below are in the central time zone.

February 23

1:00-1:30 p.m.

Elevate is LIVE

Take time to log in, set up your profile and introduce yourself!

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Association of CNPs Annual Meeting – all Elevate attendees are welcome! 

2:30-3 p.m.

Elevate Meet & Greet: Take time to network with conference attendees! 

3-4 p.m.

Live Workshop

Courageous Nonprofit Cultures: Building resilience in nonprofit staff and leadership with Kris McRea, CDLTF, McRea Consulting

4-4:30 p.m.


4:30-5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Choose a session from one of our tracks!

  • Advocacy: How Can I be an Advocate? with Kelley Ditzel, PhD and Kara Kalish, Anticipated CNP
  • Leadership: Trends in Philanthropy & the Impact on Your Shop with Michelle Vryn, CFRE
  • Toolkit: Talk the Walk: Asset-Based Grant Writing with Annie Schmitz, MS, Nonprofit Management and Leadership

5-5:45 p.m.

Live Keynote 

Advocacy Has One Direction: Forward with Trovon Williams, SVP, Marketing and Communications, NAACP

6-6:30 p.m.

Wellness Session: Fostering Mental Health and Kindness in our Communities with Maya Smith, Executive Director, Born this Way Foundation

6:30-7:15 p.m.

Game Night! Join us for the Time, Talent and Treasure hunt! This virtual scavenger hunt will help you meet fellow attendees. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded!

February 24

9-9:30 a.m.

Wellness Session: Managing Student Loans with Jason Anderson, CNP, CPA, CFPⓇ, CSLPⓇ

9:30-10 a.m.

Take the Agile Work Profiler and Create a Plan for Career Success

10-11:15 a.m.

Live Workshop

Draw Your Future with Agilities Live Session with Patti Dobrowolski, Up Your Creative Genius

11:15-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Choose a session from one of our tracks!

  • Advocacy: America At The Crossroads - The Failure Of The Nonprofit Sector and The Opportunity Before Us with Tom Tresser, Civic Educator and Public Defender, MS in Community Development
  • Leadership: People Over Technology: Recentering on Equity in Technology Planning and Decision Making with Amy Sample Ward and Tristan Penn
  • Toolkit: The Three Cs for Success: Make the Most of Your Pro Bono Partnerships with J.W. Arnold, CAE, CNP, Fellow PRSA

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Live Keynote

Leadership Diversification in the Human Services Sector with Victor Valentine, Executive Director, National Human Services Assembly

1-1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Choose a session from one of our tracks!

  • Advocacy: Solving the Childcare Crisis in the Nonprofit Sector with Dr. Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier, CFRE, CNP, SHRM-CP, GPC, Kristina Dulaney, RN, PMH-C, Arissa Palmer, MHS, CLES and Arissa Palmer, MHS, CLES
  • Leadership: The 5 Point Framework to Inclusive Marketing with Michelle Ngome
  • Toolkit: The Current State of Donor Retention And What You Can Do About It with Steven Shattuck

1:30-2 p.m.


2-3 p.m.

Live Workshop

Optimistic Leadership: Using optimism as a resource to fuel your nonprofit! with Sara Frost, PhD, CNP, Life is Good Playmakers

3-3:30 p.m.

Visit the Elevate Expo

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Live Keynote

Tribal Colleges & Community Connections with Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, President of Cankdeska Cikana Community College 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Documentary Night

Sit back and watch the award-winning documentary, Crip Camp

6:30-7 p.m. 

Live Documentary Reflection Session

February 25

9-9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Choose a session from one of our tracks!

  • Advocacy: Fair Trade and Racial Justice with Holly Francis, Taryn Lemmon and Kenya Reeves
  • Leadership: How Technology Can Help Nonprofits Achieve their Mission with Molly Matthews
  • Toolkit: Don’t Neglect Digital: How Digital Marketing Strategies Can Strengthen Nonprofits with Sandra Erickson, MS, CNP

9:30-10 a.m.

Wellness Session

10-11:30 a.m.

Live Workshop

Choosing Your Own Adventure: A fearless guide to ethical decision making with Anne Kotleba, CNP, and Kelly Rutt

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live Coffeebreak

Oh, and one more thing...Elevate does not stop here! Learn next steps and discuss how you can continue the theme Reflect & Rebuild 


Breakout Sessions: Choose a session from one of our tracks!

  • Advocacy: Dollars and Sense of Second-Chance Hiring with Scott Peyton, CNP
  • Leadership: How Cutting Edge Research Tells Us What Donors Are Really Doing with Tim Sarrantonio, M.A., Director of Corporate Brand, Neon One
  • Leadership: Responsive Leadership with Bryan Funk - Sponsored Session
  • Toolkit: How Culture Influences Hispanic Millennial Volunteerism Motivation with Dr. Melissa Stevens, EdD

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Live Keynote

Stories from Survivor Island: How two nonprofit leaders adjusted during crisis with Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, MPA, CNP, Angela Lamb, CNP and Terence Narcisse, CNP