Panel Discussion: COllaborative Efforts in the Face of Uncertainty (WEBINAR)

September 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Veronica Moreno-Nestojko

Many nonprofits are struggling to adapt their fundraising and organizational strategies to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. This has given many organizations the need to reevaluate how they collaborate with other nonprofits, with business partners, and with the communities they serve. With everything from programming to development shifting focus, it is more critical than ever to develop strong communities and aid networks and to learn from others. This workshop will focus on sharing the key strategies and best practices of leading nonprofits as they continue to raise money and support for their causes.

This discussion will cover:

Creative funding sources
Effective social media and messaging strategies
How to create strategic community partnerships
What you need to know about Covid-19 response
Join us for a panel discussion with organizational leaders from around Boston as they discuss how collaboration has changed at their organizations, whats working, and what they think the future of collaboration will look like.

On September 17, Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) will host a free Nonprofit Roundtable panel session featuring Theodora Skeadas, Laurie Rothstein, and Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, moderated by Anna Tsui.

About the panelists:

Anna: Anna Tsui is a business and leadership coach and international writer, speaker and serial entrepreneur. She helps business owners craft their irresistible signature program. She has founded several international companies from a cigar import business in Italy to a high-tech health platform in Beijing. She is the author of a bestselling book: Shadow Magic: Turn your Fear into Fuel to Build a Prosperous Coaching Business as well as the founder of The Intuitive Business School.

Theodora: Theodora Skeadas is the Executive Director of Cambridge Local First, a non-profit that promotes a local economy community by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy. She is also an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she works on issues of cyber security in the Middle East and North Africa region. She concurrently works as an independent political consultant and campaign manager, having strategically advised and managed campaigns for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and Cambridge City Council, among others. She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy, where she studied International Trade and Finance. Beforehand, she worked in Turkey and Iraq on a Fulbright Fellowship, and in Morocco and the West Bank with non-governmental organizations on issues of community empowerment, conflict resolution, and poverty alleviation.

Elena: Elena Sokolow-Kaufman is the Managing Director of Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition, which advances equity and justice in Cambridge through strengthening the local nonprofit sector, building collective voice and promoting collaboration, with a membership of over 50 Cambridge serving organizations. Elena has spent the last 15 years working in the nonprofit sector in Greater Boston, in roles ranging from fundraiser, to grant administrator to organizer and advocate. Prior to her role with the coalition, she was the Senior Manager of Government Affairs for the Mass Mentoring Partnership, a statewide organization providing resources to youth mentoring programs across Massachusetts where she led field organizing and direct advocacy to secure critical funds for mentoring organizations. Elena earned a BA in Psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University and her MPA from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Laurie: Laurie Rothstein is Executive Director of Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse (CVC), helping to fill volunteer openings citywide. Since the Covid19 crisis, CVC has essentially “retooled” to leverage volunteer power for multi-agency collaborations. Prior to working at CVC she held several Development Director positions at Boston and Cambridge nonprofits, the last of which was at Breakthrough Greater Boston. Over the years Laurie also launched and closed two food businesses, the first of which, Cooking Culture, climaxed with a documentary film about a cook-servant in Java, distributed by D.E.R; the second of which left her with a unique and extremely labor-intensive cookie recipe that will one day be worth zillions. Among Laurie’s past misadventures is her ABD (All But Dissertation) graduate student career in Anthropology.