2022 MNN Conference

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MNN’s annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state—convening over 400 nonprofit and business leaders to learn, share, and network. On Wednesday, October 19th, we held the annual conference at the DCU Center in Worcester.

We were so thrilled to bring back the this year’s event in-person for the first time in two years. The 2022 MNN Conference, “Impact. Realized.”, highlighted nonprofit professionals doing extraordinary work across the Commonwealth. We invited everyone who received an award from MNN during the pandemic to attend as our guest so they could be recognized in person for their work. Thank you to everyone that attended for taking part in an incredible day of connection for the nonprofit sector! Read below for the events of the day. Conference materials will be made available to attendees soon.

My project-1 (7)-minThe event began with a keynote panel moderated by Katelyn Flint from NBC10 Boston, composed of recent MNN award winners, who discussed their challenges, successes, and visions for the future of the sector. After that, we offered a variety of workshops covering issues relevant to nonprofits, as well as new Expert Roundtables, where presenters shared their expertise in an interactive, small-group format.

Hundreds of conference attendees took advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. In addition, exhibitors displayed their services and products to help nonprofits strengthen their work.

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Workshop details: View a complete list of the conference workshops here. Thank you to all who submitted workshop proposals!

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Venue details: The DCU Center is located at 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608.

Conference Schedule:

8:15 am         Registration, Breakfast, Networking, & Exhibitors
9:15 am         Opening Session Featuring Keynote Panel Discussion
10:30 am       Networking & Exhibitors
10:45 am       Workshops: Session I
11:45 am       Networking & Exhibitors
12:00 pm       Lunch & Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
1:15 pm         Workshops: Session II
2:15 pm         Break
2:30 pm         Workshops: Session III
3:30 pm         Conference Ends

COVID safety: MNN will follow all local guidance at the time of the event; stay tuned for updates.

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 Lifetime Achievement Awards: As part of the Annual Conference, MNN presented the Lifetime Achievement Awards to individuals with outstanding service to the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. This ceremony has always been a highlight of our conference, and coincided with this year’s theme of lifting up members of the nonprofit community for collective inspiration. Learn more here.

We are honored to announce our 2022 winners, Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director of the YWCA Central Massachusetts from 1992 to 2021, and Michael Curry Esq., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

Award winners are nominated and selected by their peers, leaders in the nonprofit sector. MNN is grateful for the opportunity to recognize the incredible impact both have had, and continue to make in their communities. Read more about Linda and Michael.


Keynote Panel: This year’s conference kicked off with an exciting keynote panel, “Our New Journeys“, featuring four previous MNN awardees that continue to make an impact in the nonprofit sector.

The panel was moderated by Katelyn Flint from NBC10 Boston, and composed of recent MNN award winners, who discussed their challenges, successes, and visions for the future of the sector. Learn more about the panelists below here.


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 Read about each level, and visit our full event sponsorship page here. For event or sponsorship questions, please reach out to MNN Programs and Services Manager, Clare Ladd, at cladd@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Last year’s conference took place virtually from Tuesday, October 5, to Friday, October 8, 2021. Click here to learn more about last year’s event.