Through the Noise

Through the Noise

On the business of nonprofits.
Through the Noise

Description

Through the Noise is a podcast that explores hurdles, solutions and the process of cultivating success for nonprofits through conversations with executive directors, CEOs, and other nonprofit professionals.

Link: www.throughthenoise.us

Episodes

469 John Bode, President & CEO of the Corn Refiners Association

Jul 16, 2019 51:04

Description:

John Bode is President & CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, the trade association representing the corn milling industry. Born in Oklahoma City, John was educated at the United States Naval Academy and the University of Oklahoma, receiving his B.A. in 1977, as well as receiving his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1983.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States.

468 Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Jul 11, 2019 47:11

Description:

Ryan Conrad is CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®, one of the largest regional Realtor® Associations in the United States, with approximately 12,000 members who transact over $13 billion in sales annually in the D.C. metro area. Formerly the CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors® in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Conrad was a member and President of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners, and was named one of the 2013 ’40 Under 40’ regional business leaders by Lehigh Valley Business.

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® is a 12,000-plus-member regional organization that promotes the professionalism of its members through education, tools and resources to help elevate their business and ensure that Realtor® ethics and property rights are protected through inspirational leadership.

467 Nancy Farrell, Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Jul 9, 2019 01:00:55

Description:

Nancy Farrell Allen, of Farrell Dietitian Services, has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for decades; always advocating for better health through better eating patterns. She has served as a nutrition representative on two Governor of Virginia Health Councils; on Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman’s Health Advisory Board; has given numerous national media interviews; runs a Medical Nutrition Therapy practice, and teaches undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition during World War I. Today, the Academy represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners and is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Farrell Dietitian Services, in Fredericksburg, VA, is a Medical Nutrition Therapy private practice providing practical, applicable, evidence-based nutrition solutions for optimal health and well-being.

466 Dana Wright-Wasson, CEO of Take Action Inc.

Jul 8, 2019 01:16:52

Description:

After 20+ years working with fortune 500 organizations, Dana Wright-Wasson has developed deep expertise in employee experience. As a recognized speaker and author, Dana travels the world sharing the importance of intentional employee experience design, purpose-driven leadership, and effective talent-management, using stories and data from diverse industries.

Take Action Inc. helps organizations unlock the power of their workforce through inclusive design practices and creative methodologies.

465 Mike Bellaman, President & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors

Jul 2, 2019 57:28

Description:

With more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, Michael Bellaman has been the president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors since 2011. In this role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association that represents more than 21,000 members from 69 chapters across the United States.

464 Deborah M. Hamlin, CEO of the Irrigation Association

Jun 27, 2019 50:06

Description:

Deborah M. Hamlin, MBA, CAE, FASAE, is chief executive officer of the Irrigation Association has over 30 years of experience in working with professional and trade organizations.

The Irrigation Association, representing irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants and contractors, in the agricultural, commercial-residential, and golf and sports turf markets, is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation through advocacy and professional development.

463 Naren Aryal, CEO & Publisher of Mascot Books & Amplify Publishing

Jun 25, 2019 44:57

Description:

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

Amplify Publishing specializes in nonfiction titles with "big ideas"-- business, politics and current events. They work with CEOs, subject matter experts, innovative thought leaders, and influencers looking to bring attention to a cause or issue, with the goal of publishing ideas that need to be heard. An imprint of Mascot Books, Amplify Publishing is the product of more than fifteen years of industry experience coupled with a passion for game-changing books.

Mascot Books is a full-service hybrid book publishing company that publishes fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and children’s titles. They work closely with authors in every phase of the writing and editing, book production, book marketing, and book distribution process to bring their ideas to life. Their family of authors includes bestselling authors who first published traditionally, first-time authors, and everyone in between, making them a diverse, inclusive entity in the publishing world.

462 Shannon Roche, CEO of the Yoga Alliance – Special: International Day of Yoga 2019

Jun 21, 2019 45:40

Description:

Shannon Roche, President & Chief Executive Officer of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation has been a yoga student for nearly 20 years. Her career has centered around driving social impact by bringing mainstream institutions’ strengths to bear in support of initiatives that bring communities and coalitions together for the greater good. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Shannon led stakeholder engagement for the U.S. Commerce Secretary to forward the Obama Administration’s top economic policy priorities and has served on the founding leadership teams of three innovative non-profits.

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. The organization supports yoga teachers, community leaders who make tremendous societal contributions by helping individuals find stability and balance of body, mind and life. They receive the support to allow them to continue to serve and grow in these roles, while focusing on what they do best – sharing the gifts of yoga with others.

461 Angela Cain, CEO of CoreNet Global

Jun 19, 2019 33:29

Description:

Angela Cain is Chief Executive Officer of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives engaged in the strategic management of their corporations’ real estate portfolios. Ms. Cain was appointed CEO in 2010, bringing with her a strong combination of association management experience and first-hand knowledge of the real estate industry. She has more than 20 years of non-profit association management experience at the global, national, state and local level.

CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing more than 11,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking in 46 local chapters and networking groups globally.

460 Peggy Smith, President & CEO of Worldwide ERC

Jun 17, 2019 42:45

Description:

Peggy Smith SCRP SGMS-T is President and CEO of Worldwide ERC®, and is a global leader with a keen eye for mobility trends and fresh concepts in workforce solutions. Peggy has guest-lectured on talent mobility at Georgetown University and Seattle University, is a frequent keynoter and contributor at mobility and HR-related conferences and often-quoted thought leader on forbes.com.

Worldwide ERC® is a global not-for-profit organization committed to connecting and educating workforce mobility professionals across the globe since 1964.

459 Melissa Hockstad, President & CEO of the American Cleaning Institute

Jun 13, 2019 42:55

Description:

Melissa Hockstad joined the American Cleaning Institute as the President & CEO in January 2017. She is responsible for the overall leadership of ACI including advocacy, science and research, communications, consumer education, sustainability, financial oversight and member engagement.

The American Cleaning Institute® is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.

458 Kate Penn, CEO of the Society of American Florists

Jun 11, 2019 45:45

Description:

Kate Penn is CEO of the Society of American Florists, where she’s spent the majority of her career, focused primarily on the publishing, content and education until November 2017, when she was tapped to be CEO. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University, is a mother of two grown daughters and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband.

The Society of American Florists is the trade organization representing retailers, wholesalers, growers, manufacturers, importers, educators and students, and is dedicated to helping the U.S. floral industry grow.

457 Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management

Jun 6, 2019 49:14

Description:

Thomas W. Derry is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management® in Tempe, Arizona, and has substantial experience in product development, cross-border acquisitions and foreign joint ventures, strategic restructuring and developing profit-generating strategic alliances. He holds a bachelor of science degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University, is a member of the Dean's Council for the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is the first and leading not-for-profit supply management organization, with more than 47,000 members worldwide, that delivers market intelligence, certification, training, and professional development to the global market of procurement and supply chain management professionals.

456 Mark Dorsey, CEO of the Construction Specifications Institute

Jun 4, 2019 50:50

Description:

Mark Dorsey, CAE, FASAE, is CEO of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), an Alexandria, Virginia association serving 7,500 members nationwide. Earlier in his career, he served PSIA-AASI and the National Ski Patrol concurrently as Marketing Director and later as Assistant Executive Director, and ultimately CEO, during which, PSIA-AASI saw record membership growth, record revenue, and award-winning communications and outreach programs, including a 2014 ASAE Power of A Summit Award.

CSI works to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.

455 Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Esq., Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC

May 30, 2019 46:26

Description:

Jeff Tenenbaum is one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is an accomplished author, lecturer, and commentator on nonprofit legal matters. As Chair of the nonprofit practice in the Washington, DC office of the Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss law firm, Jeff counsels his clients on the broad array of legal issues affecting trade and professional associations, charities, and other nonprofits. For 19 years, Jeff practiced law at the Venable law firm and chaired its nonprofit practice for most of that time. Among numerous other honors and awards, Jeff was the 2006 recipient of the American Bar Association & Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award, and is one of only four lawyers in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500’s Not-for-Profit "Hall of Fame". Jeff is the author of the ASAE-published book, Association Tax Compliance Guide, and currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trade and Professional Associations Subcommittee and on the ASAE Legal Section Council and Public Policy Committee.

454 Peter Pantuso, President & CEO of the American Bus Association

May 28, 2019 38:13

Description:

Peter J. Pantuso is President and CEO of the American Bus Association (ABA). As CEO he is responsible for the Association’s day-to-day operations, in addition to his role at ABA, he also serves as President of the National Bus Traffic Association and of the ABA Foundation.

Founded in 1926, ABA is the oldest, largest and most respected voice in the industry in the motorcoach, travel and tour industry.

453 Aliyah N. Horton, Executive Director of the Maryland Pharmacists Association

May 23, 2019 47:35

Description:

Aliyah N. Horton, CAE, is the Executive Director of the Maryland Pharmacists Association. She proudly served in the association community for more than 20 years in foreign policy, transportation and healthcare.

The Maryland Pharmacists Association is a professional society for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists who live or practice in Maryland.

452 Jeff Cohen, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing for INFORMS

May 21, 2019 52:06

Description:

Jeff Cohen is an accomplished strategic communication counselor with over 25 years of extensive experience at the intersection of communication, business and politics. He currently heads all aspects of communications, marketing, and government relations for INFORMS -- the largest trade association of data science professionals.

With 12,500 members, INFORMS is the largest association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, and provides a variety of resources and opportunities for individuals and organizations of all types and sizes to better understand and use O.R. and analytics to transform strategic visions and achieve better outcomes.

451 Joseph N. Mariano, President & CEO of the Direct Selling Association

May 16, 2019 49:06

Description:

Joseph Mariano joined the Direct Selling Association in 1985 and assumed the role of President in 2011. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) is the national trade association for companies that market products and services directly to consumers through an independent, entrepreneurial sales force.

450 Merrill Shugoll, President of Shugoll Research

May 14, 2019 57:36

Description:

Merrill Shugoll is president and a principal of Shugoll Research. She is a widely respected marketing research consultant with over 30 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research that helps to shape the strategic planning and marketing communications of corporations, not-for-profit organizations, trade and professional associations and government agencies.

Shugoll Research is a leading marketing research consulting, facilities and recruiting services company.

449 Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

May 9, 2019 51:32

Description:

Kris Kiser, an attorney, is President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Prior to joining OPEI, Kris served for 15 years in two major Washington, DC trade associations. He also spent a decade as a staffer in the United States Senate and House of Representatives as a special assistant to noted international affairs expert, Congressman Lee Hamilton.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing the manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, utility vehicles, golf cars and personal transport vehicles.

448 David Chavern, CEO of the News Media Alliance

May 7, 2019 48:42

Description:

David Chavern is President & CEO of the News Media Alliance, the news industry’s largest trade organization.

The News Media Alliance is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, representing more than 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally, focused on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation.

447 Scott Michael, CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association – National Moving Month

May 1, 2019 42:35

Description:

American Moving & Storage Association President and CEO Scott Michael leads and represents the professional moving industry’s national trade association, and has been the industry's primary liaison to the Department of Defense, GSA and other government agencies in his career.

The American Moving & Storage Association, the national trade association for the professional moving industry, supports consumer-friendly policies and represents the interests of the moving and storage industry.

446 Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association

Apr 29, 2019 34:41

Description:

Before becoming CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association, Reid Ribble served six years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, he was president of his own roofing company in Kaukauna, Wis., for 30 years and devoted 25 years of service to NRCA, including serving as NRCA President from 2005-06.

Founded in 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy.

445 Pete Pearson, Senior Director, Food Loss and Waste of WWF & Richard Tracy, Director, International Programs of GCCA – Special: Stop Food Waste Day 2019

Apr 24, 2019 52:20

Description:

Pete Pearson is a Sr. Director at WWF leading work on food loss & waste, helping businesses and communities understand agriculture’s impact on wildlife and habitat conservation. Pete has worked with retailers, public schools and hospitals as a sustainability professional, co-founded a sustainable agriculture non-profit in Idaho, and co-produced a documentary film on local and regenerative agriculture (www.tolivelocal.com).

For nearly 60 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally.

 

Richard Tracy is an international development professional with proven leadership and mentoring abilities. Excels at connecting diverse groups of personalities for a common goal. Mr. Tracy is exceptionally skilled in networking, business development and service delivery. Exemplary financial management and talent development abilities.

The Global Cold Chain Alliance mission is to forge a universally strong cold chain where products retain quality and safety through each link.

444 Chris Jahn, President & CEO of the The Fertilizer Institute

Apr 22, 2019 43:55

Description:

Chris Jahn is president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute, working to represent and protect a prosperous fertilizer industry through legislative and regulatory activities as well as promoting a positive public image of the fertilizer industry and agriculture in general. Chris Jahn also serves as president of the Nutrients for Life Foundation (NLF).

TFI is the voice of the fertilizer industry, acting as an advocate for fair regulation and legislation, a consistent source for trusted information and data, a networking agent, and an outlet to publicize industry initiatives in safety and environmental stewardship.

443 Marc Cadin, CEO of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting

Apr 20, 2019 41:45

Description:

As CEO of AALU, Marc Cadin is the chief advocate and spokesman for advisors who offer financial security to 75 million American families. Cadin started with AALU in 2000 as Associate Director of Legislative Affairs and has been CEO since September 2018. Every day, Marc Cadin wakes up and thinks about how he can better serve the financial security advisor and broader profession.

Since 1957, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting has been the leading organization of financial professionals who provide life insurance and retirement planning solutions for individuals, families, and businesses.

442 Neil Sumilas, Vice President, Planning and Management of the National Center for Family Philanthropy

Apr 18, 2019 45:56

Description:

Neil Sumilas is Vice President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP), where he oversees financial operations, strategic planning, staffing and personnel, and board relations. Before joining NCFP in 2015, Neil was an independent consultant advising non-profit and for-profit clients on programmatic and management issues unique to the non-profit world, and previously served as Managing Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to families who give and those that work with them, providing research, expertise, and networking opportunities to inspire giving families on their philanthropic journey.

441 Tamela Blalock, Executive Director of the Section on Women’s Health

Apr 16, 2019 51:27

Description:

Tamela Blalock is a Client Director at the association management company Interel; in that role, she also serves as the executive director of SOWH.
During the past 20 years, Tamela has worked for several Washington area institutions including the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C. NFL Football Team, The Washington Post, and George Washington University. Prior to joining SoWH, Tamela served as the senior director, membership services for the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors (NAW), where she had a solid track record of increasing non-dues revenue margins for the Billion Dollar and Large Company C-Suite categories, and increasing NAW member engagement through the Roundtable events.

The Section on Women's Health (SOWH) is a federated independent association affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). SoWH is a 3,450+-member professional association for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and DPT students working within and advocating for vital areas of women’s and men’s health, including pelvic floor health, sport injury recovery, and continence.

 

440 Chris McEntee, Executive Director & CEO of the American Geophysical Union

Apr 11, 2019 43:13

Description:

Christine McEntee, AGU’s Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, is orchestrating major changes for the organization. Since her arrival in September 2010, McEntee has guided AGU through a realignment that reflects the programs and goals of its strategic plan, built strategic partnerships with allied Earth science organizations in the United States and internationally; modernized AGU’s journals and publication; and broadened use of social media to reach members.

The purpose of the American Geophysical Union is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

439 Jim Coon, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Apr 9, 2019 44:27

Description:

Jim Coon has led the Government Affairs and Advocacy operations for AOPA, since 2014. With over 3 decades of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry, he is responsible for the strategic implementation of the AOPA’s political, legislative, and regulatory initiatives before Congress, federal departments and agencies, and State Legislatures across the country.

For 80 years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has protected the freedom to fly when war, technological advances, economic booms and busts, and politics threatened access to the skies. AOPA is the largest aviation community in the world and continues to work every day to make flying more affordable, safer, and more fun.

438 Greg Kihlström, SVP Experience at Yes& Agency

Apr 5, 2019 44:09

Description:

Greg Kihlström is a Customer Experience Strategy expert, SVP Experience at Yes&, Author of The Agile Brand, and host of The Agile World podcast available on iTunes and other channels.

Yes& is a performance-driven marketing agency with national clients based in the Washington DC region.

437 TTN Insights: Website Assessment

Apr 3, 2019 12:33

Description:

In this episode of TTN Insights, Ernesto and Mickey talk about website assessment and go through the steps in website maintenance, the process of resolving issues and the importance of regular checkups.

Every so often, Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis sit down and talk about digital security, new software, technologies, trends, regulations that may impact leaders of organizations. Listen to their Insights on this new segment of Through The Noise.

436 Nathan Monell, Executive Director of the National Parent Teacher Association

Apr 1, 2019 43:52

Description:

Nathan R. Monell, CAE currently serves as executive director of National PTA, the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association. Throughout his entire career, Monell has pushed to help improve the lives of individuals who are often marginalized by multiple life factors.

National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to making a difference for the education, health, safety and well-being of every child.

435 Tom Cove, CEO of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association

Mar 28, 2019 46:38

Description:

Tom Cove is the President and CEO of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), where he represents the interests of more than 500 leading manufacturers, brands, licensors, distributors and retailers of athletic equipment, footwear and apparel. Mr. Cove oversees SFIA initiatives to promote sports participation & safety, health & fitness, international trade, and product standards, and serves as liaison to international and national sports federations and government agencies.

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association is the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

434 Sharon Waxman, President & CEO of the Fair Labor Association

Mar 26, 2019 46:31

Description:

Sharon Waxman has dedicated her career to tackling strategic and policy issues in the areas of international labor, human trafficking, refugee rights, and human security with services in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Fair Labor Association as president and CEO in 2015, Sharon was a vice president at the International Rescue Committee and served as deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights. She spent a decade as the senior national security advisor to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).

The Fair Labor Association combines the efforts of business, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to protect workers and improve working conditions by promoting international standards and helping businesses meet them.

 

Edit: At 24:55, instead of Consumer Federation of America, Sharon Waxman meant to say National Consumers League.

433 Sean Tipton, Chief Policy, Advocacy and Development Officer of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Mar 22, 2019 46:43

Description:

Sean Tipton heads up the DC Office for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine serving as the organization’s Chief Advocacy, Police, and Development Officer. In that role, he oversees the government and media relations as well as fundraising for the organization.

ASRM is an individual member professional medical society for physicians and others specializing in reproductive medicine and infertility.

432 Kraig Conrad, CEO of the National Contract Management Association

Mar 20, 2019 52:45

Description:

Kraig Conrad was named Chief Executive Officer of the National Contract Management Association in October 2018. As a high-energy, results-proven visionary with over 20 years of association leadership experience, Kraig has played a critical role in helping numerous organizations grow within their markets.

For new and experienced professionals, NCMA is the association that provides training, development, and certifications that enable its members to master today's challenges and create tomorrow's opportunities. Founded in 1959 and made up of nearly 20,000 members, they are the world’s leading professional resource for contract managers.

431 Mark Carpenter, AVP of Communications and Marketing of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries – Global Recycling Day

Mar 18, 2019 48:53

Description:

Mark Carpenter has worked for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) for six years and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Communications and Marketing. He has more than 20 years of experience in communications and marketing having served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill, political campaigns, trade associations, and advocacy groups.

ISRI is the voice of the recycling industry and works to promote safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education.

430 Melinda Patrician, Executive Director of the AGC Education and Research Foundation of the Associated General Contractors of America

Mar 14, 2019 37:24

Description:

Melinda Patrician is executive director of the AGC Education and Research Foundation based in Arlington, VA. Previously, she served as executive director of Volunteer Alexandria and, for most of her career, as a public relations professional.

The AGC Education and Research Foundation awards scholarships to construction management and engineering students as well as craft and technical workers; provides practical residencies for faculty with contractors and publishes industry case studies for use in the classroom.

429 Sue Kelly, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association

Mar 12, 2019 56:39

Description:

Sue Kelly has been president and CEO of the American Public Power Association since April 2014. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Kelly was the Association’s senior vice president, policy analysis and general counsel. In that capacity, she helped the Association and its members in energy policy formulation and with policy advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal courts, and other governmental and industry policy forums.

Kelly is a frequent speaker on energy-related topics. She has given presentations to many industry groups and has also appeared before federal and state administrative agencies, and testified before committees of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.

Kelly was named one of Washington’s “Most Powerful Women” in the November 2015 issue of Washingtonian magazine in the “Business, Labor, and Lobbying” category and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment 2017 “Woman of the Year.” Additionally, she received the Energy Bar Association’s 2018 Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award.

 

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.

428 Ryan Trainer, President, & Mary Helen Rogers, VP of Marketing and Communications, of the International Sleep Products Association & Mattress Recycling Council

Mar 7, 2019 49:15

Description:

Ryan Trainer currently serves as President of the International Sleep Products Association and the Mattress Recycling Council.

Mary Helen Rogers currently serves as the VP Marketing and Communications for ISPA, with over 20 years of progressive sales, communications and marketing experience.

 

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has been committed to supporting the mattress industry through active public policy, public affairs, and education initiatives. It has grown to represent the full bedding industry on a host of commercial, health, safety and environmental issues, and serves to provide a positive image for the sleep products industry. ISPA’s mission is to lead and advance the interests of the sleep products industry.

The Mattress Recycling Council was formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs in states which have enacted mattress recycling laws. MRC educates the mattress industry about mattress recycling laws, assists retailers and manufacturers with their registration and reporting obligations, and works closely with local governments, waste management professionals, recyclers and others to create an accessible and efficient mattress collection and recycling network.

427 TTN Insights: The Value of Podcasting

Mar 5, 2019 18:01

Description:

In this episode of TTN Insights, Ernesto and Mickey talk about the real value of podcasting for organizations and how it is superior to other media for communicating long-form content.

Every so often, Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis sit down and talk about digital security, new software, technologies, trends, regulations that may impact leaders of organizations. Listen to their Insights on this new segment of Through The Noise.

426 Melika Carroll, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs of the Internet Association

Feb 28, 2019 42:58

Description:

Melika Carroll is Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Internet Association. Carroll leads the advocacy team that is responsible for the association’s domestic and international political strategy and outreach to government officials.

Internet Association represents over 45 of the world’s leading internet companies. IA is advocating for an economy-wide federal privacy law that provides people with meaningful control and the ability to access, correct, delete, and download data they've provided companies across all industries. The industry is working with policymakers and other stakeholders on an American approach to protecting people's privacy that allows for continued U.S. leadership in technology.

425 Michael Gips, Chief Global Knowledge Officer of ASIS International

Feb 26, 2019 52:58

Description:

Michael Gips, CPP, CSyP, CAE is Chief Global Knowledge Officer at ASIS International, the world’s premier organization for security professionals. During his 24 years there, he has been responsible for Learning, Editorial Services, Publishing, Membership, Marketing and Communications, Standards & Guidelines, Certification, Strategic Operations, and the CSO Center for Leadership & Development.

With 35,000 members from around the world, ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, providing education, networking, technology, certifications, and more.

424 Bob Pinnegar, President & CEO of the National Apartment Association

Feb 21, 2019 53:30

Description:

Robert Pinnegar, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Apartment Association (NAA), the leading voice and premier resource for the rental housing industry, and leads a large network of industry professionals, researchers and local affiliates, spearheading advocacy and public policy efforts, building strategic partnerships and overseeing the development of innovative resources and educational programs.

As a federation of more than 150 affiliates, the National Apartment Association (NAA) serves as the leading voice and preeminent resource to over 81,000 members representing more than 9.6 million apartment homes globally.

423 Carlos Valdes-Dapena, Author of Lessons from Mars

Feb 19, 2019 38:14

Description:

Carlos Valdes-Dapena is an author, speaker and Organizational Development professional. He is hired by companies like Mars, IBM and J&J to help them collaborate better by collaborating less on the things that matter most.

In LESSONS FROM MARS, Carlos Valdes-Dapena shares insights acquired from 25-plus years of experience about what it actually takes for teams to be high performing – and why no quantity of trust-fall exercises or paintball excursions can overcome the fundamental flaws of conventional team building.

422 TTN Insights: GDPR Compliance

Feb 14, 2019 16:45

Description:

In this episode of TTN Insights, Ernesto and Mickey discuss GDPR and how this EU regulation has affected the US. Why is it important and what does it mean to be compliant?

Every so often, Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis sit down and talk about digital security, new software, technologies, trends, regulations that may impact leaders of organizations. Listen to their Insights on this new segment of Through The Noise.

421 Jamie Notter, Co-Founder and Culture Consultant of Human Workplaces

Feb 12, 2019 38:06

Description:

Jamie is an author and culture consultant who helps leaders drive growth and engagement by aligning workplace culture with success. Author of three popular business books, Jamie has a Master’s in conflict resolution from George Mason and a certificate in OD from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.

Human Workplaces is a culture management firm created by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter that uses culture analytics and customized consulting and resources to help organizations align culture with growth, engagement, and innovation.

420 Amanda Bainton, Executive Director of the MOAA Foundation

Feb 7, 2019 47:02

Description:

Amanda Bainton is the Executive Director of the Military Officers Association of America Foundation. She has almost 10 years of association program management experience centered on fundraising and professional development services for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses.

With over 350,000 members, MOAA is the largest association of military officers in the country. A powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of service members, veterans, and their families at every stage of life and career.

419 Mona Miller, Executive Director of the American Society of Human Genetics

Feb 5, 2019 48:12

Description:

Mona Miller, ASHG Executive Director, is a long-time advocate for science and health and a leader helping scientific organizations achieve their missions through impactful programming and communication. Over 20 years of professional work, she has served in senior leadership, policy, and communications positions for several science and health organizations and policy champions, including the Society for Neuroscience, the Pew Charitable Trusts, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, currently serves on board of a local Washington, DC Parkinson’s disease non-profit, and is mom to two teens.

The primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) works to advance human genetics in science, health, and society through excellence in research, education, and advocacy.

418 TTN Insights, Tech Trends of 2019 - Part 2: Security Matters

Jan 31, 2019 11:31

Description:

In part 2 of Tech Trends of 2019, Ernesto and Mickey discuss digital security and how it should be your priority this year. What are the risks out there, what does it really take to be protected, why you need to act now and what to do when it happens - not if.

Every so often, Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis sit down and talk about digital security, new software, technologies, trends, regulations that may impact leaders of organizations. Listen to their Insights on this new segment of Through The Noise.

417 Susan Benton, President & CEO of the Urban Libraries Council

Jan 29, 2019 44:26

Description:

Susan Benton has worked with libraries and local governments for over 30 years. Her professional career has been dedicated to assisting city and county executives initiate and manage change in their organizations so that citizens and businesses are receiving the strongest possible services.

The Urban Libraries Council is the premier membership organization of North America's leading public library systems and the organizations that serve them.

416 Teri Carden, CEO of 100Reviews & Ben Martin, Executive Director of The Review Society

Jan 25, 2019 50:25

Description:

Ben Martin is the Executive Director of The Review Society. Recognized as one of “Five to Watch” by ASAE’s Associations Now magazine, and a winner of the National Association of REALTORS®' Technology Spotlight Award, Ben is an association executive with 19 years of experience in working and consulting for membership organizations.

The Review Society: Dedicated to advancing the science, ethics and business of online reviews

 

Teri Carden is a yoga-pants-wearing, girl geek in normal girl’s clothing. Teri still manages ReviewMyAMS, a trusted review site dedicated to executives end-user reviews of their association management systems (AMS), all while tackling the day-to-day of developing 100Reviews.

100Reviews is a reviews software platform that allows associations to spin up their own B2B review site to help their members make smarter buying decisions.

415 TTN Insights, Tech Trends of 2019 – Part 1: Metrics in Business

Jan 23, 2019 15:52

Description:

Every so often, Ernesto Gluecksmann and Mickey Panayiotakis sit down and talk about digital security, new software, technologies, trends, regulations that may impact leaders of organizations. Listen to their Insights on this new segment of Through The Noise.

In this episode of TTN Insights, Ernesto and Mickey talk about the questions leaders should be asking in 2019 about organizational metrics and value, and avoiding the common pitfall of measuring because we can vs measuring because it matters.

414 Dr. Christine Emery, Executive Director of the AAMI Foundation

Jan 21, 2019 48:07

Description:

Dr. Christine V. Emery is the Executive Director of the AAMI Foundation. Dr. Emery previously served as Vice President for Development at the Woodrow Wilson Center and has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world, including work on global economic development. Trilingual, Dr. Emery’s expertise is in strategic institutional building and fundraising.

The AAMI Foundation is a nonprofit that drives reductions in preventable patient harm and improvements in outcomes when healthcare involves the use of complex health technology. AAMI itself is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing standards and other resources for the health technology community; its members include medical device manufacturers and professionals working in healthcare delivery organizations.

413 Robert Ivy, EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects

Jan 17, 2019 36:52

Description:

Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of AIA. He is strengthening the Association through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives that help members serve clients and communities in a global era of challenge and change. Signature accomplishments include streamlining AIA governance to improve decision-making, building a new digital-first technology infrastructure, and launching an award-winning public awareness campaign. Robert’s latest focus is shifting AIA resources to prepare architects for their role in addressing today’s pressing issues—climate change, sustainability, and the impact of design on public health.

The American Institute of Architects advocates for the value of architecture and works to provide its 94,000 architect members with the resources they need to do their best work.

412 Jon Doggett, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association

Jan 15, 2019 48:19

Description:

Jon Doggett was named CEO of the National Corn Growers Association in September 2018 after previously serving as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Public Policy for the organization. Raised on his family’s Montana ranch, Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness, as well as more than 30 years of agricultural policy and leadership experience in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 49 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry.

411 David S. Martin, CEO, Managing Partner & Founder of Sterling Martin Associates

Jan 11, 2019 58:02

Description:

For nearly 30 years, David has led complex executive search projects throughout the United States. David and his staff focus on conducting searches for associations and nonprofit organizations as he became personally interested in this area as a volunteer board member and currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives' Key Consultants Committee and on the Board of the Prometheus Consortium.

When national and international associations and nonprofits are seeking the best and brightest talent to lead their organization, they turn to Sterling Martin. We understand the unique nature of these organizations, which is why they retain us to find their top leaders.

410 Ellen Davis, President of the NRF Foundation

Jan 9, 2019 43:21

Description:

Ellen Davis is president of the NRF Foundation and senior vice president at the National Retail Federation with more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, research, talent acquisition and development, and organizational change management. Since taking the helm of the Foundation in 2012, Davis and her team have changed the perceptions of retail among thousands of university students, awarded over $1 million in scholarships, created relationships with talent executives at over 50 major retail brands, and launched RISE Up, a training and credentialing program to help people secure jobs in retail and advance into meaningful careers.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

409 Peggy Hoffman, President & Executive Director of Mariner Management & Marketing LLC

Jan 7, 2019 44:38

Description:

Peggy Hoffman is president of Mariner Management where she serves as executive director for PRSA Maryland in addition to working with national and global associations on volunteer leadership development, membership engagement and governance. She also teaches an aqua cycling class (yes biking in the water!) which is a nod to her philosophy that we don’t have to follow tradition to create new opportunities for engaging members and volunteers.

Mariner is an association management company and consultancy which led the ASAE Foundation study on association volunteering.

408 Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg, Chief Operating Officer of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance

Jan 3, 2019 48:36

Description:

Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg was named INSA’s first chief operating officer in May 2016 after serving as vice president of development since 2012. As COO Suzanne oversees all aspects of the organization that support revenue generation, to include: membership, marketing, policy, public relations and events.

 

Mission
INSA provides a nonpartisan forum for collaboration among the public, private, and academic sectors of the intelligence and national security communities that bring together committed experts in and out of government to identify, develop, and promote practical and creative solutions to national security problems.

Vision
To become the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit forum for driving public-private partnerships that advance intelligence and national security priorities.

407 Rosanna Maietta, President of the AHLA Educational Foundation & SVP of Communications of the American Hotel & Lodging Association

Jan 1, 2019 57:25

Description:

Rosanna Maietta is president of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, as well as Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. As President of the Foundation, Rosanna oversees scholarship, research, and career development and apprenticeship programs.

The mission of AHLEF is to ensure a strong and viable future for the lodging industry by fueling the talent pipeline.

406 Danny Carlson, Assistant Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy of the National Association of Elementary School Principals

Dec 21, 2018 45:37

Description:

Danny Carlson serves as NAESP's Assistant Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy. Prior to joining NAESP, Danny was a policy analyst for the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices. In that role, he oversaw the Education Division’s K–12 human capital work, advancing policies to address principal challenges across the country. Danny previously served as an education advisor to a United States Senator and was responsible for advancing her K–12 education agenda. In that capacity, he crafted policy provisions included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve principal and teacher recruitment and retention, address chronic absenteeism, and boost opportunities for STEM education.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

405 Anthony Demangone, EVP & COO of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions

Dec 19, 2018 46:37

Description:

Anthony Demangone is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAFCU, where he oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association's education, marketing, membership, human resources, building facilities, finance and information technology functions. He also authors NAFCU's executive blog, Musings from the CU Suite and co-authored "Managing and Leading Well," a book for credit union leaders, with NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger.

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) is a direct membership association for federally insured credit unions. They are committed to representing, assisting, educating and informing their member credit unions to help them grow, and help grow the credit union industry.

404 Kris Cook, Executive Director of the National Affordable Housing Management Association

Dec 17, 2018 47:56

Description:

Kris Cook, CAE, joined the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) as its executive director in November 2002. She has more than 30 years’ experience in nonprofit and trade association management.

NAHMA’s mission is to promote development and preservation of quality affordable multifamily housing by advancing legislative and regulatory policy and preparing affordable housing professionals to succeed in evolving economic and political environments.

403 Donald Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association

Dec 14, 2018 44:10

Description:

As CEO of the Security Industry Association (SIA), Don leads implementation of SIA’s Board Strategic Framework and oversees SIA’s collaboration with industry and vertical market associations and organizations. He is responsible for management of SIA’s operations and programs including marketing, government relations, education and standards initiatives and serves as the organization’s primary liaison to ISC Events.

SIA (securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with more than 900 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry.

402 Lisa N. White, Managing Director of Marketing of the American Diabetes Association

Dec 12, 2018 46:51

Description:

Lisa is a results-orientated experienced professional with over 10 years plus experience in driving transformation innovation/re-invention, business growth and empowering people to achieve. Prior to ADA, she has worked at Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods companies like Georgia-Pacific, Anheuser-Busch and big box retailers like Sam’s Club-Walmart Inc.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization on a mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. For nearly 80 years, the ADA has driven discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure.

401 Ralph Petta, President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Dec 10, 2018 56:39

Description:

Ralph Petta is the President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 550+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Mr. Petta leads the organization in executing its mission to foster business development, deliver industry information and analysis, provide educational opportunities and advocate for the industry. He is also President of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring thoughtful innovation and contributing to the betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods.

400 Barbara Byrd Keenan, CEO of the Endocrine Society

Dec 7, 2018 48:59

Description:

Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd Keenan, FASAE, CAE, has led the Endocrine Society as the organization has developed and begun implementing a new strategic plan, expanded global leadership in education and advocacy, repositioned its suite of publications, and won 10 awards for education, program development, communications, and diversity, including sharing the 2018 Power of A Summit Award with Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition partners. She has more than 30 years of CEO experience, having served as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists and Feeding Tomorrow for more than a decade and as the CEO with the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals International and Community Associations Institute.

The Endocrine Society is a global community 18,000 strong devoted to advancing hormone research, excellence in the clinical practice of endocrinology, broadening understanding of the critical role hormones play in health, and advocating on behalf of the global endocrinology community.

399 Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association

Dec 5, 2018 47:28

Description:

A lifelong fisherman and boating enthusiast, Glenn Hughes was named president of the American Sportfishing Association in April 2018, joining the association in 2013 as Vice President for Industry Relations. Prior to joining ASA, Glenn spent more than 20 years in central Florida as VP/Group Publisher of the Bonnier Marine Group.

The American Sportfishing Association is the trade association that represents the interests of the sportfishing industry and the entire recreational fishing community.

398 Richard Yep, CEO of the American Counseling Association

Dec 3, 2018 43:04

Description:

Richard Yep is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the organization’s representative to the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization. He is dedicated to ethical leadership and supporting diversity and inclusion.

The American Counseling Association promotes the professional development of counselors, advocates for counselors, works to ensure that all who seek counseling receive ethical, culturally-inclusive treatment, and is the largest member organization of professional counselors in the world.

397 Sarah Zolad, Founder of Mission|Outcome

Nov 30, 2018 56:56

Description:

Sarah Zolad is the founder of Mission|Outcome. She has over 25 years of experience founding, managing and working with nonprofits, having worked with one-person startups to international organizations. She enjoys solving problems and finding ways to make your organization work better and do better. She loves facilitating change and believes change can be a force for good.

Mission|Outcome is an organization that helps nonprofits, b corporations, and other corporate social responsibility programs grow and respond to our changing world.

396 Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN

Nov 28, 2018 34:21

Description:

Amy is dedicated to educating and supporting organizations in using technology to create meaningful community engagement and make lasting change. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.

The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) envisions a more just and engaged world where all nonprofits use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions.

You can download NTEN's State of Nonprofit Cybersecurity report now available to the public.

395 John Snook, Executive Director of the Treatment Advocacy Center

Nov 26, 2018 49:36

Description:

John Snook is the executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national nonprofit based in Arlington, Virginia that is dedicated to eliminating barriers to treatment for people with severe mental illnesses. Snook is also one of fourteen national experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to guide a new federal initiative to better serve those with serious mental illness, the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) (pronounced IZMICK) -- a committee established by Congress in response to findings that federal efforts to address serious mental illness were too often siloed and ineffective.

The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness by promoting laws, policies and practices for improved delivery of psychiatric care for severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

394 Jim McGarry, CEO of the Education Market Association

Nov 23, 2018 46:23

Description:

As President/CEO of EDmarket, Jim McGarry’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in manufacturing and distribution in commercial and education spaces has served the Education Market Association (EDmarket) well since 2011. He facilitated the board’s communication of a redefined mission to connect people who want to succeed in the education market by providing events, resources and leadership to those who serve education.

Mission Statement: The Education Market Association represents, connects, and serves people who want to succeed in the education market by providing events, opportunities, resources and leadership to those serving education.

393 Michael Fraser, CEO of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Nov 21, 2018 41:37

Description:

Michael Fraser has served as ASTHO's CEO since August 2016. Prior to joining ASTHO, he served as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He was also CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) from 2007 to 2013, and Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2007.

 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, and Washington, D.C., and the over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ.

Vision: State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.

Mission: To support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the public’s health and well-being.

392 Deborah S. Delisle, Executive Director and CEO of the Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development

Nov 19, 2018 54:16

Description:

Deborah S. Delisle is the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. During her 40-year career in education, she has also served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, superintendent, state superintendent, university instructor and as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development is a nonprofit dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

391 Doug Fridsma, President & CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association

Nov 16, 2018 50:33

Description:

Doug Fridsma, MD, Ph.D., FACP, FACMI, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, a membership society representing 5400 professional and student informaticians and their interests and activities in academe, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Fridsma is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT (including meaningful use). His understanding of the science and application of informatics and experience as practitioner and policymaker give him a depth of knowledge well-suited to the critical challenge of transforming health and health care.

AMIA is a community committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care.

390 Veta T. Richardson, President & CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel

Nov 14, 2018 50:57

Description:

Veta T. Richardson is president & CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), where her priorities are to expand ACC’s global footprint and solidify ACC’s position as the preeminent voice for in-house counsel worldwide. Prior to her current role, Veta held executive-level positions in the nonprofit association realm and started her legal career as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc., where she was responsible for corporate governance, securities disclosure, financings, and M&A transactions.

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the largest global legal association dedicated exclusively to in-house counsel and promotes the common professional and business interests of its more than 43,000 members at over 10,000 corporations and organizations in 85 countries.

389 Laura Magaña, CEO & President of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Nov 12, 2018 45:11

Description:

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) welcomed Dr. Laura Magaña Valladares as the new President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2017.
Prior to joining ASPPH, Dr. Magaña dedicated more than 30 years to successfully leading the transformation and advancements of public and private universities in Mexico; educational organizations in the USA; United Nations programs; and NGO’s in Central America and Europe. She was most recently the academic dean of the ASPPH-member National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico. Her diverse portfolio features research, training, and technological developments in national and foreign Universities, much of which relate to learning environments and the use of technology in education. 

ASPPH is the voice of accredited academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of members by advancing leadership, excellence, and collaboration for academic public health. Our members are CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health as well as schools and programs in applicant status for CEPH-accreditation.

388 Tom Smith, Executive Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Nov 9, 2018 42:38

Description:

Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, is the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been a dedicated member of ASCE for more than 25 years and is a civil engineer by training.

Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries.

387 Kim Mills, Sr. Communications Advisor of the American Psychological Association

Nov 7, 2018 46:59

Description:

Kim Mills is senior communications advisor for the American Psychological Association. She is responsible for the strategic planning and high-level coordination of APA’s public messaging and interface with the media. She joined APA in 2007. Mills has more than 30 years’ experience in communications and media, including 14 years as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press. She has also written for The Washington Post, the American Journalism Review, The Dallas Morning News, MSNBC.com and the Harvard Business Review, among other publications.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

386 Holly Wade, Director of Research and Policy Analysis of the National Federation of Independent Business

Nov 5, 2018 49:33

Description:

Holly Wade is the director of research and policy analysis for NFIB Research Center. She provides analysis on public policy issues and economic trends affecting small business.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 state capitals.

385 Liz Schrayer, President and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Nov 2, 2018 43:48

Description:

Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad-based coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs that advocates for strong U.S. global leadership through development and diplomacy. Under her leadership, the USGLC has grown to a nationwide network of advocates in all 50 states and boasts a bipartisan Advisory Council, chaired by General Colin Powell and includes former Secretaries of State and Defense alongside a National Security Advisory Council consisting of more than 200 retired three and four-star generals and admirals.

The USGLC works in our nation’s capital and across the country to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools of development and diplomacy alongside defense.

384 Peter Loge, Author of Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for organizations from the world’s game

Oct 31, 2018 46:12

Description:

Peter Loge is an associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and a strategic consultant. Over the past 25-plus years, he has served in senior positions in the US House and Senate, in public and private sector organizations, and in the Obama administration. His book, Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for organizations from the world's game, debuted as the #1 sports industry new release on Amazon.

Soccer Thinking: The modern world is networked and always networking. Decision making is dispersed. Problems are solved in real-time. Everyone is expected to lead and follow. Life doesn’t stop for timeouts. In other words, the modern world looks like soccer.

383 Morry Markowitz, President & Executive Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

Oct 29, 2018 47:34

Description:

Morry Markowitz leads the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s advocacy programs on Capitol Hill, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies, as well as outreach programs to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Mr. Markowitz has extensive expertise in the energy field, in addition to sixteen years of association management. Prior to joining FCHEA, he served for nine years as the group director of external affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Before his work at EEI, Mr. Markowitz was the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Mr. Markowitz brings years of government relations, energy policy, and communications experience to FCHEA. He has worked on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch of government. Mr. Markowitz received a J.D. from the George Mason School of Law.

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) represents the leading companies and organizations that are advancing innovative, clean, safe, and reliable energy technologies. FCHEA drives support and provides a consistent industry voice to regulators and policymakers. In addition, our educational efforts promote the environmental and economic benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies.

382 Francis Creighton, President & CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association

Oct 26, 2018 44:50

Description:

Francis Creighton was named President & CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in May 2017.
Before joining CDIA, Francis was Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable. A long-time veteran of Capitol Hill, he previously served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Prior to that he was Vice President and Chief Lobbyist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he worked on affordable housing and other issues important to the real estate finance industry.
Recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper, Francis has made appearances in several trade, national and international print, television and radio outlets, such as American Banker magazine, PBS’s NewsHour and Fox Business.

The Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) is the voice of the consumer reporting industry, representing consumer reporting agencies including the nationwide credit bureaus, regional and specialized credit bureaus, background check and rental screening companies and others. Founded in 1906, CDIA promotes the responsible use of consumer data to help consumers achieve their financial goals, and to help businesses, governments and volunteer organizations avoid fraud and manage risk. Through data and analytics, CDIA members empower economic opportunity, helping ensure fair and safe transactions for consumers, facilitating competition and expanding consumers’ access to financial and other products suited to their unique needs.

381 Richard G. Thissen, President, and Jessica Klement, Staff Vice President for Advocacy, for the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association

Oct 24, 2018 48:36

Description:

Richard G. Thissen is the NARFE National President. Prior to being elected in August 2014, Thissen served as NARFE National Treasurer, a post he had held since 2011.
Thissen spent 27 years in federal service as a civilian employed for the Army. He was an Army level career program manager from 1989 to 1995 and served as personnel manager for some 700 civilians stationed worldwide. He has an extensive background in employee and retiree benefits and regulations.
He has been a NARFE member since 1995, following his retirement from federal service. He has held a number of positions at the chapter and federation levels, including serving as president of the Missouri Federation. He was elected Region V Regional Vice President in 2002.

Jessica Klement is the NARFE Staff Vice President, Advocacy. She is responsible for carrying out the legislative, grassroots and political strategies of one of the nation’s largest federal employee and retiree organization. As the association’s chief lobbyist, she is responsible for taking NARFE members’ concerns to Congress.
Prior to joining NARFE, Klement served as the Government and Public Affairs Director at the Federal Managers Association, a membership organization representing the interests of the over 200,000 managers and supervisors in the federal government.

 

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the earned pay, retirement and health care benefits of federal employees, retirees and their survivors.

380 Maria Ibañez, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer of the Association for Women in Science

Oct 22, 2018 55:09

Description:

Maria Ibañez is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at AWIS. She’s been in the communications/nonprofit industry for more than 20 years. She has worked with several organizations including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fannie Mae Foundation, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and others.

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the leading advocate for women in STEM with a global network of 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide.

379 Donna Meltzer, CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Oct 20, 2018 56:52

Description:

Donna Meltzer is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), where she oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy agenda, as well as technical assistance to the member Councils. Ms. Meltzer has a long history of working with disability rights organizations and continues to focus on ensuring equal rights and full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities into their communities.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national non-profit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities.

378 Christopher Gindlesperger, VP of Public Affairs and Communications of the National Confectioners Association

Oct 18, 2018 46:25

Description:

Christopher Gindlesperger is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for the National Confectioners Association.

The National Confectioners Association is the advocacy organization that represents the companies that make chocolate, candy, gum, and mints.

377 David Lusk, Founder & CEO, Key Advocacy

Oct 15, 2018 47:57

Description:

David Lusk, Founder of Key Advocacy, has earned a national reputation developing nationwide, affiliated grassroots efforts and key contact engagement programs for associations, nonprofits, and corporations. Since 2010, David has trained more than 7,000 advocates how to influence policymakers through the power of personal storytelling, and his successes building some of the nation’s top issue ambassador programs have been recognized nationally in the National Journal and CEO Update magazine. David currently serves on the American Society of Association Executive’s Government Relations Section Council, and co-chair the GRSC Content Subcommittee.

Key Advocacy creates advanced advocacy programs for associations, corporations, and nonprofits, and also trains their stakeholders on relationship-based advocacy techniques for engaging both at the capital and in-district.

376 Dr. Amy M. Miller, President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research

Oct 12, 2018 42:10

Description:

Dr. Amy M. Miller is the President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research, the nation’s nonprofit thought leader focused on eliminating imbalances in health care for women. Dr. Miller previously served as Executive Vice President at the Personalized Medicine Coalition, where she worked with innovators, scientists, providers, and payers on scientific policy and business challenges impacting personalized medicine.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting research on biological differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education.

375 Martha Rebour, Executive Director, Shot@Life for the UN Foundation

Oct 11, 2018 40:59

Description:

As Executive Director of Shot@Life, Martha Rebour serves as the lead for campaign strategy and implementation, external partner relations, and fundraising activities of the campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Martha worked for 15 years in strategic branding, digital and social media marketing, messaging, creative development, partnership building and consumer research for corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Shot@Life is a United Nations Foundation grassroots advocacy campaign that champions global childhood immunization, working to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at life no matter where they live.

374 Brian Frederick, Executive Vice President of Communications, The ALS Association

Oct 10, 2018 50:54

Description:

Brian Frederick serves as Executive Vice President of Communications, and has worked at The ALS Association since March 2015. Brian first started working with The Association while he was Vice President of Public Affairs at Porter Novelli. During the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Brian was brought in to help with crisis and strategic communications. While at Porter Novelli, Brian also led other integrated marketing campaigns for corporate and nonprofit clients.

Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

372 Greg DeLapp, Chief Executive Officer, Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Oct 8, 2018 54:18

Description:

Greg DeLapp has been a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association since the late 1970s, a past-President of EAPA, an Employee Assistance professional since 1978, and CEO of EAPA since January 2016. A student of history, WWII aviation, photography and a fan of all types of music.


The EAP Association is a global professional membership association of
those working in Employee Assistance and closely related fields assisting organizations and employees/families with the complexities of our personal lives as those lives play out at work.

373 Mark Light, CEO & ED, International Association of Fire Chiefs

Oct 8, 2018 01:00:16

Description:

Mark Light is responsible for the overall management and leadership, the non-profit IAFC with a budget of approximately $15 million and a staff of 75 people. Prior to coming to the IAFC, Mr. Light was the fire chief in Henrico County, Virginia, where he served for over six years.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; our members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy.

371 Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Sep 28, 2018 48:17

Description:

Alison Prost is an attorney and CBF’s Maryland Executive Director. She directs policy and manages a diverse team of scientists, land use specialists, lawyers, grassroots coordinators and volunteers to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The organization’s mission is to reduce pollution and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, a national treasure.

370 Irving Washington, Executive Director, Online News Association

Sep 27, 2018 56:21

Description:

Irving Washington is executive director of the Online News Association. He believes tech, media, diversity, education, and nonprofits change the world.

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists with a mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

369 Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, CEO of AG Bell, and Lori Bobsin, AG Bell Virginia Chapter President

Sep 25, 2018 46:53

Description:

Emilio Alonso-Mendoza has served as AG Bell’s chief executive officer since 2014. He brings with him an extensive history in the nonprofit sector, assisting organizations such as the Catholic Community Foundation and Children’s Home Society of Florida raise their national profiles

Lori Bobsin is the Coordinator of the Aural Habilitation Program for University of Virginia Cochlear Implant Program in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also the AG Bell Virginia Chapter President. Lori has over seventeen years of experience in providing listening and spoken language therapy, as well as consultation and training to individuals, schools, and to families.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) educates parents about this communication option for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing and serves as a resource for those who choose the listening and spoken language (LSL) methodology. AG Bell facilitates the connection between families of children with hearing loss and qualified professionals who assist the children in mastering spoken language.

 

 

#368 Tom Snee, National Executive Director, Fleet Reserve Association

Sep 24, 2018 39:21

Description:

Thomas J. (Tom) Snee is the Twelfth National Executive Director for the Fleet Reserve Association, headquartered in Alexandria, VA. In his scope of many responsibilities, he serves over 50,000 Sea Service and family members on various boards and committees for military and Veterans benefits. He is the managing officer of the National Headquarters Staff, National Board of Directors, and Co-Chairs the Military Coalition representing over 33 veteran organizations/associations, of 3.5M Active Duty, Reserve, Veterans and Retirees.

The Fleet Reserve Association is a congressionally chartered, non-profit membership-based organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. The FRA was founded by Navy Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin and was chartered November 11, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

#367 Glen Mandigo, President and CEO, SMI

Aug 13, 2018 01:03:39

Description:

Mr. Mandigo is the current US Advanced Ceramics Association (USACA) Executive Director. He is also the President of Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI), which is the executive agent for USACA and also represents over 100 clients with interests in advanced materials and science and technology. Mr. Mandigo has 23 years experience working in Washington, DC on advanced materials and technology issues with federal agencies, Congress, and companies, universities and associations.

USACA was established in 1985, and is the principal trade association representing the business interests of advanced ceramics producers and end-users.

#366 Gordon Lambourne, VP, Communications, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Aug 8, 2018 44:18

Description:

Gordon Lambourne serves as Vice President of Communications at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, leading the NRAEF’s overall communications strategy, including media relations, campaign development, social media and digital storytelling and content creation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lambourne served as Senior Vice President of Global Public Relations for Marriott International, Inc., the world’s largest hotel company, where he held leadership positions in all aspects of communications, including brand and consumer PR, corporate communications, social and digital PR, campaign and event strategy, multicultural PR and issues management.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and food service workforce. To learn more, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.

 

#365 Dani Mackey, President, Dani Mackey Communications

Aug 6, 2018 44:32

Description:

Dani Mackey Communications is an independent woman-owned public relations consultancy based in Washington, DC and Reston, VA. Dani and her team serve associations, nonprofits and for profits, helping them communicate what matters most about their organizations and businesses to a variety of audiences, including consumers, policymakers, members and other stakeholders.     Dani is a native Washingtonian who lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband and son. She supports the DC Divas women's tackle football team and Calvary Women's Services in the District.

#364 Chuck Johnson, President, International Safety Equipment Association

Aug 1, 2018 37:50

Description:

Chuck Johnson is the President of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), serving as strategic adviser to the association’s members, and advancing the safety products industry’s interests in Washington DC and abroad. Chuck has over 18 years of association leadership experience, and holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and an M.A. in international environmental policy from The American University.

ISEA is the leading association for safety products and technologies that enable people to work in hazardous environments, and an ANSI accredited standards developing organization.

#363 Donna Grande, MGA, Executive Director, American College of Preventive Medicine

Jul 30, 2018 42:24

Description:

Donna Grande, MGA, is the Executive Director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, continuing her passion for advancing prevention and population health throughout health care. Ms. Grande has over 25 years experience managing high-impact disease prevention and health promotion initiatives to achieve measurable outcomes, and a proven track record impacting health leadership with the American Nurses Association and Healthcare Businesswomen's Association.

The American College of Preventive Medicine is a medical society advancing the practice of preventive medicine in public health and health systems, and advocating for health policies that work to prevent disease, promote health, and avert health crises.

#362 Whitney Pennington, Director/Manager of Communications and Public Education, American Association of Poison Control Centers

Jul 25, 2018 40:10

Description:

Whitney Pennington is a public health professional currently serving as the Manager of Communications and Public Education for the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Whitney is passionate about injury prevention, health literacy, and plain language communication.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a 501c3 non-profit trade organization that represents the 55 US poison control centers.

#361 Christiane Maertens, Deputy Director, North American Association For Environmental Education

Jul 23, 2018 42:41

Description:

Christiane Maertens (Kris-tee-on-ah Mair-tens), as the Deputy Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), built a professional team that facilitates the largest and most diverse environmental education network in the world. In 2017, she was named a National Geographic Explorer for hosting the forthcoming Imagine If, a podcast that explores climate change resilience with her trademark moxie and optimism.

For four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has been accelerating environmental literacy and civic engagement through the power of education and networking, supporting over 20,000 educators and 56 regional affiliate organizations working in environmental education in more than 30 countries. 

#360 Caitlin Couture, Director, Governance and Engagement Society of Interventional Radiology

Jul 18, 2018 53:34

Description:

Caitlin Couture, CAE is the Director of Governance and Engagement at the Society of Interventional Radiology and has ten years of association management experience. In her role at SIR, Caitlin in responsible for ensuring consistency across 64 committees, task forces and manages five sections. She works to ensure members positively engage with SIR throughout their career through traditional committee engagement and ad hoc volunteer opportunities.

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, scientists and clinical associates. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians. The society’s mission is to work with our members to improve patient-centered care through image-guided therapy.

#359 Steve Schwab, Executive Director, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Jul 16, 2018 55:14

Description:

Steve Schwab serves as Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, leading the Foundation organization, staff and programs. Prior to his service at the Foundation, Steve was head of external affairs for the National Cathedral, and served in three senior leadership roles in Rochester, NY as Vice President for Development at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy, and head of corporate development and relations for Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans and service members – through a comprehensive advocacy approach, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being.

#358 Andrew Moore, Executive Director, National Agricultural Aviation Association

Jul 11, 2018 57:09

Description:

Andrew Moore is the Executive Director of the National Agricultural Aviation Association and has been since 2002. He served as [N-Triple-A’s] NAAA’s Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs before that and continues to be NAAA’s lobbyist in Washington, D.C., serving as the agricultural aviation industry’s liaison to the federal government. Andrew has a background in government relations and agriculture.

Founded in 1966, the National Agricultural Aviation Association supports the interests of small business owners and pilots licensed as professional commercial aerial applicators who use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and biofuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests.

#357 Jenny Fordham, VP, Natural Gas Supply Association

Jul 9, 2018 34:34

Description:

As senior vice president of government affairs for the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), Jenny Fordham is responsible for legislative and policy advocacy related to the competitive natural gas market. She specializes in creating strategic advocacy partnerships that broaden policymaker support for business-relevant positions.

NGSA represents the largest producers and marketers of natural gas in the United States and focuses on promoting a healthy, competitive marketplace for buyers and sellers of natural gas.

#356 TTN Special, Carlos Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor, UnidosUS

Jul 5, 2018 52:58

Description:

Carlos Guevara serves as Senior Policy Advisor for UnidosUS’s Policy and Advocacy department. In this role, Carlos is responsible for conducting research, policy analysis, advocacy, and communications activities to advance effective and humane immigration policies. 

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

 

#355 Jean Lee, CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Jul 4, 2018 39:52

Description:

Jean Lee is the President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and prior to joining MCCA, Ms. Lee served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co. where she worked on consumer litigation and regulatory matters. Before joining JP Morgan Chase & Co. in 2011, Ms. Lee worked on litigation matters at a boutique litigation firm in New York City and started her career as a law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes, United States Magistrate Judge (retired), in the District of New Jersey.

MCCA is a national organization focused on hiring, promoting and retaining women and diverse attorneys by providing cutting-edge research, best practices, professional development and training, and through pipeline initiatives.

#354 TTN Special, Kathryn Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel, American Immigration Council

Jul 3, 2018 48:56

Description:

Katie Shepherd is the National Advocacy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign at the American Immigration Council, where she focuses on legal advocacy and policy related to the asylum-seeking women and children detained in family detention centers around the country. Before joining the Council in August 2016, Katie was the Managing Attorney of the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, where she managed a team of lawyers, advocates, and volunteers which provides legal services to asylum-seeking women and children detained in Dilley, Texas. 

#353 Jeff Shields, President and CEO, National Business Officers Association

Jul 2, 2018 44:30

Description:

Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE, has served as President and CEO of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) since March 2010.  Jeff, an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, is a member of the 2008 Class of ASAE Fellows (FASAE) and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2002. He currently serves as a trustee for One Schoolhouse, an innovative online school offering supplemental education to independent schools and previously served as a trustee at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where his daughter Samantha attends. He holds a BA from Shippensburg University and an MA from The Ohio State University. 

NBOA is the premier national membership association serving the professional needs of business officers and business operations staff at PK-12 independent schools. The association has grown from 23 founding member schools in 1998 to over 1,350 US member schools, plus member schools in Mexico, Canada and 23 other countries around the globe during its 20-year history under Shields’ leadership. 

#352 Ryan Conrad, CEO, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Jun 18, 2018 43:27

Description:

Ryan Conrad is CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® (NVAR), an organization comprised of approximately 12,000 real estate professionals in the Washington, D.C. metro area. As CEO, Conrad oversees a 34-person staff in two locations, as well as a Realtor® school and store. He serves as publisher of NVAR’s bi-monthly RE+VIEW magazine.

NVAR promises its members to “Take You Further” by providing a variety of services, including educational opportunities, professional standards enforcement, market statistics, legislative reviews, issues lobbying, multiple listing and lockbox services and more.

#351 Behzad Rassuli, SVP, Strategic Development of Auto Care Association

Jun 6, 2018 45:01

Description:

Behzad Rassuli is the SVP, Strategic Development, overseeing marketing and communications, membership, communities, market intelligence and data innovation at the Auto Care Association. Prior to joining Auto Care, he served in strategic roles at CARFAX and CEB, where he conducted market research and competitive intelligence to guide corporate strategy.

The Auto Care Association represents the entire supply chain of the automotive aftermarket, the size and scope of which covers over 500,000 manufacturers, distributors, retail and repair shops. Our members provide parts and services designed to make vehicles last longer and keep drivers safer.

#350 Dr. Darrell Smith, President and CEO of National Waste & Recycling Association

Jun 4, 2018 38:04

Description:

Darrell K. Smith is President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Waste and Recycling Association. Since 2002, Darrell has been active in the public policy arena in Washington, DC. Previous to his current position in the waste industry, he represented the mining, petroleum and chemical industries. Darrell has a reputation of assisting heavy industry in the promotion of a positive, progressive image.  Prior to his public policy career, Darrell worked in the environmental and safety compliance fields for a number of industries including hazardous waste, telecommunications and electronics. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Darrell resides in Washington, DC.

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the trade association representing private-sector U.S. waste and recycling companies, as well as the manufacturers and service providers.

#349 Rebecca Duff, Director of Client Success of Gravitate Solutions

May 30, 2018 42:32

Description:

As Director of Client Success at Gravitate Solutions, Rebecca draws upon her decade of experience as a business analyst and project manager to create smooth implementation experiences for clients. As clients journey into data analysis and reporting, Rebecca takes pride in guiding them toward tools and strategies that cultivate data-driven decision making.

Gravitate Solutions is the creator of Nucleus, the first data analytics platform built specifically for associations and nonprofits. As of the publication of this recording, Nucleus is GDPR compliant

#348 Dr. Barb Glenn, CEO, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

May 29, 2018 46:01

Description:

Dr. Barbara P. “Barb” Glenn is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Barb is a scientist with decades of experience as a policy researcher and advocate for agriculture.

NASDA represents the Commissioners, Secretaries, and Directors of the state departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories.

#347 Razvan Miutescu, Counsel of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston on GDPR

May 25, 2018 56:38

Description:

Raz is a business, technology, and information governance attorney. His practice focuses on privacy and data security, information technology transactions and licensing, and data management.

WTP is a full-service law firm with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including domestic and international nonprofit organizations and associations.

#346 Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Technology Association

May 24, 2018 39:09

Description:

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. He also an author CTA’s New York Times bestsellers “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). He is a frequent guest MSNBC, FOXNEWS, CNN, and with many editorials in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.   The Consumer Technology Association is a trade association for over 2,200 companies within the consumer technology industry. They produce CES (Consumer Electronics Show) with more than 3,200 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 sessions; and more than 150,000 attendees from more than 150 countries.

#345 Julie Riggs, Maryland Program Manager of ServingTogether, a Program of EveryMind

May 20, 2018 43:32

Description:

Julie Riggs serves as the Maryland Program Manager for Serving Together. She has over 20 years in the nonprofit sector; spending the past 10 years working for the military and veteran-focused nonprofits in both San Diego and the National Capital Region.

ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind is dedicated to creating a more coordinated system of care and easier access to services for military, veterans and their families.

 

 

#344 Michael France, Managing Director of Safety & Training of the National Air Transport Association

May 14, 2018 47:16

Description:

Michael France is the Managing Director of Safety & Training for the National Air Transportation Association, overseeing the Association’s Safety 1st program. Michael has extensive experience throughout the general aviation ground handling industry in safety, training and fuel quality management and is a frequent instructor of many of NATA’s in-person training events.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for over 75 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.

#343 John Abodeely of the Houston Arts Alliance and Ed Spitzberg of Spitzberg Advisors on Arts Funding and Consulting

Apr 16, 2018 43:25

Description:

We haven't delved much into the world of the arts and the nonprofits that support them but we're thrilled to branch out with our guest from the Houston Arts Alliance. John Abodeely is the CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance and we're also joined by Ed Spitzberg, the Principal of Spitzberg Advisors who has provided strategic planning and other services to bolster the staff of small arts organizations. As a former nonprofit executive, Ed Spitzberg understands what nonprofits need -- and don't. While it may not always be possible to hire a full-time staff member to solve a problem, many consultants bring a wealth of nonprofit experience and can help address your problems on a project basis. Join us for this look into a local arts organization and how they make it work.

#342 Ian Lyle of the National Water Resources Association

Apr 9, 2018 39:34

Description:

Water is everywhere -- until it's not. On the East Coast, we tend to take water for granted, we rarely have droughts and clean, safe, water is seemingly always available with a flick of the wrist. Water conservation is a critical issue today for billions of people around the world and we've invited Ian Lyle, the Executive Vice President of the National Water Resources Association to the show to give us some perspective. Think about dinner last night? Did you have wine? Beer? A single glass of wine requires 28 glasses of water to produce! Like this show? Leave us a review on iTunes!

#341 James Kaitz, President and CEO of the Association For Financial Professionals on Credentials and Standards

Apr 2, 2018 37:16

Description:

As we get closer to tax season and people begin fretting about their deductions and refunds, we thought we'd speak to someone in the world of finance who is making a big difference for financial professionals and their clients. James Kaitz is the President and CEO of the Association For Financial Professionals and under his leadership, the organization has pursued a standardization of the profession by creating an offer an exam to measure knowledge and competency. The AFP represents 15,000 individuals globally and holds regular conferences. If your organization's financial professionals are looking for a community or a credential, the AFP is the place to start.

#340 Organizing at the Chapter Level with Brent Hayhurst and Stephenie Sikorski of the DC Chapter of the American Marketing Association

Mar 26, 2018 37:38

Description:

We constantly talk to representatives from major national and international organizations and today we're thrilled to speak with two people who put their energies towards organizing for their profession on a local level, through chapters. Brent Hayhurst and Stephenie Sikorski join us from the DC Chapter of the American Marketing Association where he is the current and outgoing president and she is the incoming president of a very active and all-volunteer board. They engage with professionals around the DC area and provide mentoring, networking, and educational opportunities for members across all levels of the profession. Don't miss this episode to learn how the marketers market to other marketers.

#339 David LaBahn, President and CEO of The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Mar 22, 2018 41:13

Description:

David LaBahn is today's guest on Through the Noise and he is the President and CEO of The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Like many of the listeners of the show, his membership is comprised of mission-driven individuals using their talents to create a better world. There are 3,000 prosecuting attorneys around the United States that participate in the vast and varied criminal justice system. Their membership can be appointed or elected and they operate in systems that are based entirely on discretion. Check out this episode to find out how they communicate with their diverse membership and employ their talented members in their lobbying efforts. Have a second? Review us on iTunes!

#338 Andrew Sousa of Steadfast Communications on Effective Messaging

Mar 19, 2018 40:51

Description:

Getting your message to the right people is a concern of all communications staff and we're pleased to welcome Andrew Sousa of Steadfast Communications to Through the Noise to talk about just how to do that. Working in public relationships for nearly 20 years, Andrew Sousa has honed his ability to focus on the details that need to be told to tell the right story. Your organization could be doing incredible, life-changing -- and life-saving -- work but if you don't have a way to convey that to the people who need to know about your services, what's the point? Don't miss this episode and the chance to refine your communications strategy so you're talking to the right people, about the right message, through the proper channels to reach them.

#337 Billy Johnson, Chief Lobbyist of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Mar 15, 2018 49:37

Description:

Ever wonder what happens to your old phone when you upgrade? What happens to all the components? What about your car or refrigerator? In most of the U.S. we have curbside recycling but beyond household waste, there's a tremendous number of products that can and must be recycled to save water, energy, and money and the members of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries are making sure that our innovations in recycling keep up with our innovations in products. We sit down with Billy H. Johnson, the Chief Lobbyist of ISRI to chat numbers, saving energy, and the complicated computers in our pockets.

#336 Joseph Ricci, President and CEO of the TRSA

Mar 12, 2018 38:02

Description:

The TRSA supports an industry that people only notice when something isn't working. Unlike event planners, the members of the TRSA touch each of our lives each day. TRSA is the association for linen, uniform and facility services and they run the industrial cleaning services that keep our hospitals, firefighters, and other critical workers in clean uniforms. They are a massive industry with 30,000 delivery trucks on the road each day, delivering uniforms, linens, and other goods to keep things running smoothly. They work towards sustainability by creating processes that greatly reduce water and toxic materials. Don't miss this episode to find out how they're engaging their diverse membership online, in print, in person, and in advocacy.

#335 Richard Tracy of the Global Cold Chain Alliance on Getting Food to You

Mar 8, 2018 42:56

Description:

Richard Tracy of the Global Cold Chain Alliance returns to the show to talk about his industry's multi-faceted approach to eliminating food waste. As he's said before on the show, they are part of the “industry that is feeding the world.” The Alliance is comprised of four different associations involved in refrigeration, shipping, and transport of the food that makes it to your plate. They are deeply invested in supporting functional transportation systems around the world which enable farmers to safely and effectively move their goods to your home. With sustainable transportation and the right equipment, farmers are able to make a better living by getting more goods to the markets before they spoil.

#334 Corey Petree, Founder of Story Store Media

Mar 5, 2018 39:37

Description:

Getting heard "through the noise" is why we're all here and today's guest, Corey Petree has spent his career helping organizations and businesses amplify their stories and get them heard by the right person. Corey Petree is a returning guest on Through the Noise and he is the Founder of Story Store Media, a video production firm that also produces work for live audiences. What message will connect you to your next high-level donor? What tactic will resonate with your community? Are you wasting time, money, or effort with ineffective planning? Join us for this episode for ideas on taking your organization's promotions and communications to the next level.

#333 Jim Kremidas, Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Mar 1, 2018 42:39

Description:

Jim Kremidas, Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals represents 13,000 researchers around the world who perform the clinical trials that keep us healthy and safe. Their members live in more than 70 countries and work in academia, hospitals, for corporations and in other settings. As Jim Kremidas says "Variance is the enemy of quality" and the ACRP is working to make the profession operate more smoothly with predictable and measurable standards.

#332 Podcasting for your Organization with Dr. Lisa Greenhill of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Feb 26, 2018 43:22

Description:

Regular listeners of this podcast will know that we are huge advocates of podcasts for nonprofits. They're a fantastic way to reach your audience and 25% of Americans regularly listen to podcasts. So we've invited Dr. Lisa Greenhill to Through the Noise to talk about the podcast she got off the ground for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Greenhill is an educator and skilled podcaster who brings the issue of diversity to the table on AAVMC's podcast "Diversity and Inclusion on Air." She is also the Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity for AAVMC. The organization is growing in their approach and are broadening their base by embracing new technologies. Don't miss this episode to learn more about incorporating podcasts into your communications program.

#331 Keeping America's food and feed safe with the American Feed Industry Association

Feb 22, 2018 45:43

Description:

Joel Newman and Victoria Broehm of the American Feed Industry Association join us on Through the Noise to talk advocacy, membership and communicating with a diverse industry. Joel Newman is the President & CEO and Victoria Broehm runs their communications wing as the Director of Communications and ensures that they have messaging that resonates across their broad base and keeps their 670 members engaged in their mission. The feed industry keeps the animals safe that eventually end up on dinner tables across the world -- affecting the lives of nearly everyone. There are over 900 potential ingredients to be found in the feed that sustains the livestock -- and pets -- around the United States. Curious what your pup is really eating? The AFIA is helping keep them safe.

#330 Learn How to Lobby Congress Effectively with David Lusk and Brad Fitch

Feb 19, 2018 46:45

Description:

Many individuals use the new year as an opportunity to get fit -- and similarly, it's a great opportunity for your organization to get its advocacy program in shape. We've invited two experts to the show today to help you with that -- David Lusk, Founder of Key Advocacy and Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. David Lusk is a returning guest who Ernesto called an "Advocacy Personal Trainer" and they are both committed to creating better advocates -- whether as individual citizens or as an organization. Over 50,000 people have taken the citizen advocate training offered by the Congressional Management Foundation and on this episode, you'll hear some myths busted about lobbying Congress. Think your voice doesn't count or your organization is too small or lacking the budget to hire a high-powered lobbyist? You need to tune in today to learn how you can direct the resources you have in the proper direction to getting what you and the members of your organization want.

#329 Journalist Simon Owens on Media, Storytelling, and Advertising

Feb 15, 2018 39:13

Description:

In order to reach and move potential supporters, nonprofits need to be able to tell their story and describe why their mission matters. We've invited journalist and storyteller Simon Owens back to Through the Noise to chat about the transitions and growth within new media. Do organizations have the capacity to be heard? Is it worth it to pay for advertising on social media? How much does it take to be heard? Simon Owens primarily writes about media, marketing, and tech. Join us for a conversation about transitions in tech, getting and retaining subscribers, and the value of connecting with people through the intimate medium of podcasts. If you're a listener of Through the Noise, we'd definitely appreciate if you took a few minutes to let us know with a review on iTunes or your favorite podcast listening service. Have ideas to help us improve? We're into constructive criticism too.

#328 Patrick Dorsey of Impexium on Changes Necessary for AMS

Feb 12, 2018 35:19

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Still using an excel spreadsheet to store your organization's donors? On the fence about your AMS? Join us on Through the Noise for a conversation with Patrick Dorsey of Impexium, an association management software. Patrick Dorsey is the Executive Vice President for Marketing at Impexium and he recognizes the challenges of operating a nonprofit in a world when people have become accustomed to the instant gratification of Netflix and Amazon. People aren't just working 9-5 anymore and the AMS community has to step up and address the disparity. If you like this topic, don't miss last week's episode with Teri Carden of ReviewMyAMS.

#327 Teri Carden of ReviewMyAMS on Finding a System that Works for You

Feb 8, 2018 58:21

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Association Management Software is critical for every nonprofit that intends to grow and be successful, yet there are many organizations that still juggle their information on Excel spreadsheets. If you use or manage an AMS, this episode with Teri Carden, the Founder of ReviewMyAMS, a business which provides real reviews of the software by users, is essential. Teri Carden has a background as an association executive and saw the problems on the ground facing the associations she worked with and decided to do something about it and ReviewMyAMS is the result. Want tips on how to find an AMS that will work for your specific situation? Want to know the right questions to ask so you don't pay thousands of dollars for something that won't work for you -- and hasn't worked for others? Don't miss this episode and if you find it helpful -- give us a review on iTunes! 

#326 Martha Parham, Senior Vice President of Public Relations for the American Association of Community Colleges

Feb 5, 2018 40:25

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Over 13 million people are served by the work of today's guest, Martha Parham. 13 million students attend the nearly 1,200 community colleges around the United States (and world) that are part of the American Association of Community Colleges -- and their positive impact is felt by the families and communities that are improved by the education these students receive. As Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Martha Parham helps communicate the tremendous benefits available to those considering an associate's degree. An increase in apprenticeship and workforce training programs is making community colleges more popular and successful than ever and the skills from a two-year degree can help set these students up for life.

#325 Scott Becker, Executive Director of the Association of Public Health Laboratories

Feb 1, 2018 43:15

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Want to know about SARS? How about Zika? Maybe you're not thinking about those particular infectious diseases at the moment but the people of the public health laboratories around the United States are constantly working to keep you and you and you safe from them. And the people working diligently on these and other emerging infections are represented by the Association of Public Health Laboratories. We've invited Scott Becker, their Executive Director to the show to chat about their work and how they communicate what they do. Their members are on the front lines dealing with infections that we know and those that we don't. They've recently launched a podcast cleverly called "Lab Culture" and are experimenting with ways to communicate with the public and their members -- join us for this conversation. Know someone who should be on the show? Get in touch to recommend them and if you like the show, leave us a review on iTunes!

#324 Dave McCurdy, CEO of American Gas Association

Jan 29, 2018 46:21

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Dave McCurdy has a fascinating background. He represented his home state of Oklahoma in the House of Representatives from 1981-1995 -- a time when Congress operated very differently than it does today -- and held several critical leadership positions. After his tenure in Congress, he was the chief executive for a couple of other associations before accepting the role he has today -- President and CEO of the American Gas Association. The AGA has been around for nearly a century and will be celebrating the 100-year mark in 2018. They represent over 200 energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States. They host a number of smaller meetings and conferences each year and are governed by a board of 46 CEOs from companies around the country. Half of their staff of 85 has been at the AGA for more than 20 years. Check out this episode for insights on the natural gas industry and working in a field that is often the center of controversy.

#323 Digital Marketing Strategy and Presentation with Jonathan Rick

Jan 22, 2018 46:23

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Do you know which fonts you should never use when making a professional presentation? Find out during our conversation with writer and educator Jonathan Rick. He joins us on the show after an enthusiastic recommendation from a previous guest -- journalist Simon Owen. He's the president of The Jonathan Rick Group, a digital marketing agency offering ghostwriting services that create thought leadership. With a background in journalism, Jonathan Rick also teaches business writing workshops and university classes. When you or your organization are ready to clarify your message, check out his website! If, like Simon Owen, you have a friend, colleague, mentor, or inspiration who is making waves in the world of communication and you'd like to hear them on the show, get in touch.

#322 30 Years of Helping Families Thrive with Lynn Thomas of Community Connections

Jan 15, 2018 38:49

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For 30 years Community Lodgings in Alexandria, VA has been helping local families out of homelessness by providing a variety of critical and stabilizing services. The Washington, DC area is extremely expensive and they help their clients into affordable temporary and permanent housing. Beyond housing, they also help with financial and other educational opportunities for the adults and children of their client families. We speak with their Executive Director, Lynn Thomas and their communications consultant, Jane Collins. Collins was previously a member of the Community Lodgings staff. They are hosting their 30-year anniversary gala on February 17, 2018, and if you're in the DC area, you should consider attending and contributing to their work.

#321 Why You Need a Podcast with Steven Valley of the United Motorcoach Association

Jan 8, 2018 51:19

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The numbers are going up all the time and right now one in four Americans listen to podcasts. Even if you're one of the other three, it's time you start thinking about how podcasts can help you communicate with your current and potential members. Today's guest is Steven Valley, the CIO of the United Motorcoach Association, and they've recently launched a podcast to reach their diverse membership. Join us as we talk about the lessons they've learned along the way so you'll have an idea what mistakes to avoid and which strategies might be worth adopting. Like our show? Rate us on iTunes and get in touch if you have an organization you'd like to hear from or represent, we're always booking!

#320 Legal Affairs with Mary Ellen Kleiman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Jan 1, 2018 36:44

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Healthcare and healthcare access are a constant debate in the United States and we've invited Mary Ellen Kleiman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to chat with us about the role pharmacies play in healthcare. Representing the legal affairs department of NACDS, Mary Ellen Kleiman manages a different role than many of our guests who are often executive directors or communication directors of a trade association. Today's guest emphasizes the importance of pharmacists in the healthcare system because they are one of the easiest members of the health community to access -- over 90% of Americans live within five minutes of a pharmacist.

#319 Dennis Goris of Goris Communications on Setting Yourself Apart with Storytelling

Dec 25, 2017 39:22

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We're excited to welcome Dennis Goris back to the show today. He's the President and Creative Director of Goris Communications and helps nonprofits tell their story and refine their branding and messaging. Trying to raise money for your cause? Make sure your elevator is on-point. Trying to redefine your mission? An outside perspective can ensure it's succinct and coherent. It's important to tell your story, tell it well, and tell it in a way that makes you stand out from the crowd. In our conversation with Dennis Goris, he helps analyze Through the Noise and our parent company, Human Factor Media and asks questions that you can apply to your own situation. Are you looking for new ways to communicate with your audience? Human Factor Media produces podcasts for all types of nonprofits -- get in touch today.

#318 Paul Stalknecht of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America on Skilled Jobs & Energy Efficiency

Dec 18, 2017 34:21

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No one ever thinks about air conditioning until it's not working -- that's what our guest Paul Stalknecht of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America says. They represent 4000 member companies that work in residential and commercial air conditioning and even if people aren't thinking about them too much at this time of year, there's still a lot of important things that the ACCA has to offer. The air conditioning contractors have jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. The average age of the people working the technical jobs in HVAC are 50+ and so most will be retiring soon -- leaving the industry wide open for those who are interested in learning a trade that doesn't require a four-year degree and a boatload of debt. Join us today as we chat AC efficiency, governmental standards, and the possibilities for technical work for a younger generation.

#317 Shawn Boynes, Executive Director of the American Association of Anatomists on Communications and Name Changes

Dec 11, 2017 37:05

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Shawn Boynes is the Executive Director of the American Association of Anatomists, one of the oldest scientific societies in the United States. Since 1888 the AAA has been a resource for researchers and educators around the world who work in the field of anatomy. The organization is at a crossroads and working to come to terms with a name that does not fully reflect the potential membership that they could serve. They are currently considering other names to appeal to their broader audience to better represent all those working in the field of anatomy.

#316 Dr. Amy Dufrane, CEO of the Human Resource Certification Institute on Why Certification Matters

Dec 4, 2017 31:28

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The human resources field has changed dramatically over the past several decades. Dr. Amy Dufrane, CEO of the Human Resource Certification Institute joins us to discuss the changes and why certified human resources personnel are so critical to a well-functioning organization. The HRCI produces a new certification test every single year to verify the skills and knowledge of those working in the field. With the advent of applicant screening technologies, the process of recruiting has become less time-consuming so there are more opportunities for those in human resources to work directly with the people in their company. If you have questions about human resources management and policies, don't miss this episode.

#315 Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association

Nov 27, 2017 41:48

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"The rapid loss of so many senior officers has a serious, immediate, and tangible effect on the capacity of the United States to shape world events," according to today's guest, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association. We're thrilled to welcome her to Through the Noise and we had the opportunity to sit down with her to talk about the work of AFSA which is the "voice of the foreign service" and the professional association for diplomats. They represent 32,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees working in multiple agencies and capacities around the world. Ambassador Stephenson is herself a career diplomat whose initial post was in Panama while Noriega was in power. You definitely won't want to miss this episode for the critical tie-in to current events as well as an invaluable perspective on the role diplomats play in the world.

#314 Karen Silberman of the American Chiropractic Association on Advocacy, Communications, and Conferences

Nov 20, 2017 34:15

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Did you know 33 million Americans see chiropractors each year? The American Chiropractic Association is the professional organization for practitioners of chiropractic medicine and represents 10,500 doctors and students. We've invited their Executive VP, Karen Silberman to the show. Titles vary wildly in the nonprofit world and her title of Executive VP puts her in charge of the operations of the organization while the President is occupied with more outward-facing duties. The ACA has been around since 1922 and plays a critical role in advocating for the profession on the hill. Join us for this conversation on a sometimes-misunderstood profession as we discuss advocacy, crisis communications, and collaboration. 

#313 Ellie Hollander of Meals on Wheels America

Nov 16, 2017 40:21

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Our population is aging, our health care system is crumbling, and our transportation system often isolates people who can no longer drive. Enter Meals on Wheels. Ellie Hollander is the President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America which represents 5000 different Meals on Wheels programs across the United States. Meals on Wheels makes it possible for people to remain independent and stay in their own homes by helping those who are unable to travel to grocery stores or prepare their own meals. With a paid staff of 100,000 (!) across the country and more than 2 MILLION VOLUNTEERS, Meals on Wheels is a massive operation. Meals on Wheels America is the national organization which is heavily involved in lobbying and advocacy on the Hill and works to make sure their staff, their volunteers, and their recipients receive the support they need, no matter the political climate. To find out how they manage their longtime public-private partnerships and bipartisan support, you won't want to miss this episode.

#312 Merrill Shugoll of Shugoll Research on Market Research and Focus Groups

Nov 13, 2017 47:47

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With technology moving so quickly these days, it's easy to make changes to websites, campaigns, and programs at the click of a button. But that ease can also create complications and allow for the implementation of unvetted ideas so we've invited Merrill Shugoll to the show to talk about her expertise in market research. Merrill Shugoll is the President of Shugoll Research, a marketing research firm based in Bethesda, MD, just outside DC and she helps nonprofits and private companies test their ideas in front of focus groups before launching. Though it might seem like an unnecessary or luxurious expenditure, she covers the reasons why the research is an invaluable investment that can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. If your organization is considering any major changes, you won't want to miss the episode before you roll them out for the public.

#311 Stephanie Mickle of The National Bar Association Political Action Committee

Nov 9, 2017 41:56

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Stephanie Mickle of The National Bar Association Political Action Committee joins us for an overview of PACs, how and why they work, and how you could use one. The National Bar Association was created in 1925 to give (primarily) African American lawyers, judges, law students, and other supporters a professional organization as the American Bar Association was still segregated and they were not allowed to become members. The NBA represents 66,000 members of the legal profession and has been part of the struggle for civil rights and justice since its inception. Last year their membership decided it was time to relaunch the political funding arm of the organization so we've invited Stephanie Mickle, the Director of the National Bar Association PAC to chat with us today. Join us to learn more about PACs, their rules, uses, and common misconceptions.

Bio:

The National Bar Association Political Action Committee (NBAPAC) is a separate, voluntary committee that collects contributions from National Bar Association members to support candidates and incumbents from both sides of the aisle who support issues of importance to the National Bar Association.

Stephanie Mickle, Director of the National Bar Association Political Action Committee, is a native of Gainesville, Fl. She is an Attorney at Law and Legislative that graduated from Harvard University and is a former General Counsel for Sen. Bill Nelson.

#310 Public Relations with Sabrina Kidwai of the DC / National Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America

Nov 6, 2017 39:29

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Most people working for nonprofits probably consider the work they're doing to be pretty important but the challenge is to convince other people of the value of your work and that of your organization. You may be doing the most transformative work in the entire world, but if you can't tell your story and can't let people know about it -- then what is the point? To answer some of the important questions about getting your message not just out there, but in the hands of the right people, we have invited Sabrina Kidwai of the DC / National Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America to clarify some of the finer points of public relations. Sabrina Kidwai is the president of the chapter which is the largest in the country with 1200 members working in nonprofits, government, and private business and all their members benefit from the diverse background of their membership. Don't miss what she has to say today on Through the Noise.

Bio:

The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America represents many of the top leaders in the PR field and is the essential network for PR practitioners in the Washington, D.C. area. PRSA-NCC is the largest and most active PRSA chapter in the nation – with more than 1,200 members and 40-plus events each year.

Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, MPA, has been involved in public relations for 16 years and is currently the senior manager of public relations at ASAE. She is the president of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the board for 9 years.

#309 Lakisha Woods, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of NAHB

Nov 2, 2017 33:00

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Housing impacts each of us every single day and plays a pivotal role in ensuring that we are able to live our best lives and do the work that makes the world a better place. Whether you rent or own, the work of the National Association of Home Builders has probably influenced your life in some important way, so we've invited Lakisha Woods to the show to talk with us about representing the 8 million people working in all facets of the housing industry. Since the early 1940s, the NAHB has been a critical resource for home owners and builders and making important connections between the two. Don't miss this show to find out how Ms. Woods, as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer -- makes sure that the massive organization is on the same page and speaks with a single voice.

Bio:

NAHB represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities.

Lakisha Woods, CAE is the Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer for the National Association of Home Builders and a board member of ASAE. She is on a mission to use inspirational storytelling to engage members, reconnect with business partners and showcase value.

#308 Mary Helen Rogers of ISPA on Better Sleep with Better Sleep Products

Oct 30, 2017 49:40

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We've all heard eight hours per night is the ideal amount of sleep to strive for -- and while some need less and many need more -- the quality of sleep we are able to get is heavily dependent on the surface on which we sleep. To find out more about spending one-third of our lives in a way that benefits all of our waking hours -- particularly for the new parents that host and listen to the show -- we invited Mary Helen Rogers of the International Sleep Products Association for a chat. Founded in 1915 by mattress manufacturers to combat fraud, ISPA has been protecting consumers and those same manufacturers for over 100 years. Though repulsive, it was not uncommon for people to put a new cover on old mattresses and resell them as brand new to unsuspecting and tired sleepers. Still occasionally a problem today in the used mattress world, the work of the association has largely conquered one of the most disgusting problems vexing the sleeping world. While their membership is comprised of the makers of mattresses and all of their components, they also run the Better Sleep Council which is their consumer-facing arm. Check out this episode with Mary Helen Rogers for a more informed and sounder sleep.

Bio:

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has been committed to supporting the mattress industry through active public policy, public affairs, and education initiatives. It has grown to represent the full bedding industry on a host of commercial, health, safety and environmental issues, and serves to provide a positive image for the sleep products industry. ISPA’s mission is to lead and advance the interests of the sleep products industry.

With over 20 years of progressive sales, communications and marketing experience, Mary Helen Rogers currently serves as the VP Marketing and Communications for the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and its consumer education group, the Better Sleep Council (BSC).

#307 Mindy Saffer of Cresa on Open Space Offices and Nonprofit Offices

Oct 26, 2017 41:43

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Mindy Saffer -- rhymes with laugher -- is a Managing Principal at Cresa, the only company that solely represents the tenants/users of office spaces. Her specialty is working with nonprofits and we're thrilled to have her on the episode today to get some insight into what it takes to find a space that works for the wide variety of needs for different organizations. Think open office spaces are the worst invention ever, as Blake and Ernesto do? Mindy has an answer for that. She is an expert in finding space that suits your organization's day-to-day needs while addressing the varied demands of a multi-generational workforce and staying within a tight budget. Considering a move of your own? Join us for this episode and when you're done, why not leave us a review on iTunes or share with a colleague?

Cresa is the world's largest tenant-representation firm offering a complete line of integrated real estate services catering exclusively to tenants and corporate space users. 

Mindy Saffer is a commercial real estate consultant who started her career 30 years ago designing office space for the nonprofit community. In 1999, Mindy switched over to become a LEED Accredited real estate consultant. Mindy represents the most prominent and well-respected nonprofits and associations in the country on their real estate needs such as purchasing or selling buildings and leasing office space.

#306 Susannah Wellford of Running Start on Training Girls for Political Office

Oct 23, 2017 46:18

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Susannah Wellford is the President & Founder of Running Start, an organization with an unusual mission -- to get girls and young women ready and excited about running for office. They start working with girls that are just 14, before they are jaded, and show them the ropes of how it's done. Many girls and young women are passionate about helping people through politics but are often hesitant because there are so rarely people in those roles that look like them. Running Start empowers these young women of all political leanings to use their voice and they have trained 12,000 so far. With only five (bipartisan) staff, the organization is able to train about 2500 per year and we can't wait to see what they do. Don't miss this episode for inspiration and hope for the future, and some clever ideas about making your annual events more memorable.

Bio:

Susannah Wellford has worked for the past 18+ years to raise the voice of young women in politics. As President of Running Start she trains high school and college young women from around the country in how and why to run for political office.

 

#305 Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Lawyer for Nonprofits with the Venable law firm

Oct 19, 2017 40:59

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We're excited to bring you another show with Jeffrey Tenenbaum for some rare insight into the legal side of the nonprofit world. He is one of -- if not the -- leading expert on nonprofit law in the Washington, DC area and is consistently recognized for his work amongst lawyers around the country. He is the Chair of Venable's Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group and a Partner in the Venable law firm. They have the biggest nonprofit law practice in the country with 700 nonprofit clients of varying sizes with varying needs. Most of their business comes from referrals and Venable produces a significant amount of free legal content to help organizations like yours become better informed about potential legal challenges and how to navigate the legal system. This is definitely an episode not to miss.

#304 Stefanie Reeves of the Maryland Psychological Association on Running a Small State Association

Oct 16, 2017 46:45

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Stefanie Reeves has spent much of her career running government affairs programs for large national associations but has recently transitioned to the broader role of Executive Director for the state organization -- the Maryland Psychological Association. The MPA works with the doctors that do talk therapy, rather than the ones that prescribe medicine. It's been a couple of years since that move but we chat with her about the changes and challenges of working in a staff of four instead of 600. Mental health is one of the most stigmatized areas of health to consider and insuring it is often more difficult than the obvious physical ailments like a broken arm.

The Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) is the professional membership association for psychologists and other mental health professionals in the state.

Stefanie Reeves is the Executive Director of the Maryland Psychological Association based in Columbia, MD.

#303 Brian Turmail of the Associated General Contractors of America on Advocacy, Construction, and Podcasts

Oct 12, 2017 49:51

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Blake returns! He's back from his travels creating podcasts for several different industries around the country, just in time to welcome Brian Turmail from the Associated General Contractors of America. The AGC represents the people who build pretty much every structure -- and the facilities that support them -- with the exception of homes. He is the Senior Executive Director of Public Affairs and helps tell the stories of general contractors, bridging the gap between what they really do and what people think they do. They are working to dispel the myth that every construction site is just a bunch of inconvenient orange cones and people standing around. Like most of our guests, he is a major advocate of taking the time to call your elected officials. They have had tremendous success with this approach by mobilizing people from the 26,000 firms they represent. Don't miss this episode... and if you've gleaned anything useful from our shows, we'd definitely appreciate you taking 3 minutes to write us a review on iTunes.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry, representing more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms, and more than 10,500 service providers, all through a nationwide network of chapters.

Brian Turmail joined the AGC of America in 2008 as Senior Director of Public Affairs. Turmail started his professional career teaching second grade in the District of Columbia as part of Teach for America from 1995 to 1997. He ran the education practice for Washington, DC-based Hager Sharp Public Relations as a Senior Account Director from 1997 to 2001. He then served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Fund for the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, before taking a position as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration in 2002. After two years with the new security agency, Turmail took a position handling public affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs until 2006 and Secretary Mary Peter’s Director of Public Affairs through 2008.

 

#302 Kathy Warnick and Joy Lutes of the National Association of Women Business Owners

Oct 9, 2017 37:01

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Can you believe that women were unable to join the Chamber of Commerce until 1988 unless their husbands were members? That was one of the (many) reasons for the founding of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 1975 and we're thrilled to welcome Kathy Warnick, NAWBO's National Chair and Joy Lutes, the Vice President of External Affairs to chat about the groundbreaking work their organization has done over the past 42 years on behalf of the (now) more than 10 million women business owners in the U.S. As they say -- women couldn't get a seat at the table, so they made their own. Working with a network of 60 chapters around the country, they empower and inform women to access the capital they need to build and grow their businesses. NAWBO's big meeting is coming up on October 15 in Minneapolis and if you are an entrepreneurial woman -- or know someone who is -- don't miss this episode to hear from the women doing the boots on the ground work to make it possible.

Bio:

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of the more than 10.1 million women business owners in the United States.

Kathy Warnick currently serves as NAWBO National Board Chair. She is also the owner of Warnick Consultants, an accounting and financial management company based in Columbus, OH.

#301 Journalist and Writer Simon Owens on Connecting With Your Audience

Oct 2, 2017 47:39

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Simon Owens is a returning guest to Through the Noise, having been one of our earliest guests on the show. He's a journalist employed by many who has departed from his freelance marketing career in favor of pursuing the leads and stories that call to him. Writing about tech, media, and marketing, his niche is broad enough to appeal to and provide important content for a huge range of people. Join us for a conversation about transitions in tech, getting and retaining subscribers, and the value of connecting with people through the intimate medium of podcasts. If you're a listener of Through the Noise, we'd definitely appreciate if you took a few minutes to let us know with a review on iTunes or your favorite podcast listening service. Have ideas to help us improve? We're into constructive criticism too.

Simon Owens is a longtime journalist, marketer, and PR professional. He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering local government in Virginia. In 2008, he moved to Washington, DC to work at a marketing agency while simultaneously serving as an associate editor at PBS’ MediaShift. He has conducted PR, content marketing, and social media strategy for dozens of companies, organizations, and individuals, including Google, Comcast, Forbes, ESPN, C-SPAN, and Nike. For two years he was an assistant managing editor at US News & World Report where he built out the company’s then-nascent social media presence. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Scientific American, Forbes, Harvard’s Nieman Lab, The Next Web, Daily Dot, PBS.org, and US News & World Report.

#300 Sarah McCann of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association on Communications

Sep 25, 2017 42:24

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Sarah McCann has spent a good deal of her career in aviation advocacy and has recently become the Director of Communications for General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Ernesto and Sarah discuss the ins and outs of working as a member of a "one man shop" -- running the communications program for the organization versus being part of a communications team. We also touch on membership -- how do you manage your communication planning when your membership is comprised of individuals compared to an association with member companies who each have their own communications team? Have you faced these challenges in your own career? Do you have a unique solution you'd like to share with Through the Noise listeners so everyone benefits? Get in touch! We're always booking future guests who have valuable lessons to offer our listeners. 

#299 Stephanie Ceruolo, Senior Vice President of Infogroup

Sep 18, 2017 46:19

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Nonprofit organizations are constantly struggling to be heard "through the noise" so we've asked Stephanie Ceruolo, Senior Vice President of Infogroup to join us on the show to talk communications and fundraising. With so many ways to reach potential supporters, it can be difficult to tell which method will be most effective -- and to compete with all the other organizations (and distractions) vying for their attention. Infogroup works to help organizations "fish where the fish are" and help connect nonprofits with people that are not just able to give, but likely to give, and also give at a higher level. They help their clients get the right story to the right people and who doesn't want that? Check in with us today to learn more about connecting with donors who are ready to support your mission -- as long as you're ready to ask.

Infogroup is a big data, analytics and marketing services provider that delivers best in class data-driven customer-centric technology solutions. Their data and software-as-a-service (DaaS & SaaS) offerings help clients of all sizes, from small companies to FORTUNE 100TM enterprises, increase their sales and customer loyalty. Infogroup provides both digital and traditional marketing channel expertise that is enhanced by access to our proprietary data on 245MM individuals and 25MM businesses, which is distributed real-time to our clients.

#298 Getting into HR with Laurie McIntosh of SHRM

Sep 11, 2017 47:14

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Managing and supporting the "humans" in "human resources" is a monumental and often delicate and complicated task that is crucial to every single organization. Since resources impact all of our listeners, we've invited Laurie McIntosh, the Director of Membership for the Society of Human Resource Management to join us on Through the Noise. Pronounced "Shirm," the SHRM has 285,000 members worldwide -- though most are in the U.S. -- and even has an office in India. With 575 chapters, there are ample opportunities for individuals engaged (or interested) in human resources to become more deeply involved and to grow professionally. Join us for this episode for insight on improving your own human resource management.

Laurie is the Director, Membership for the Society for Human Resource Management where she focuses on effective strategies to attract, engage and retain members. Prior to joining SHRM she worked as an HR practitioner and has industry experience in banking, health care, and consumer packaged goods. She received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Capella University and holds both SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) and CAE (Certified Association Executive) designations.

The Society for Human Resource Management is the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management.

#297 Andy MacCabe, CEO of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Sep 4, 2017 44:08

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Dr. Andy MacCabe of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges sits down in the studio with Ernesto to talk goals, opportunity, the health of many species, collaborating with other organizations, and the benefits of a diverse profession. Dr. MacCabe is CEO of the AAVMC but brings a vast and varied background to the position, including a degree in agriculture, time in the Air Force, a degree in public health, and filling out the diploma wall in his office, a patent law degree. Though the AAVMC has "American" in their name, their membership is now open to and represents 50 medical colleges around the world, including all 30 in the United States. Join us for this conversation to pick up some cross-discipline lessons.

The AAVMC is an international nonprofit membership organization whose 49 accredited college and schools and 21 affiliate members are working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine.

Dr. Andrew T. MacCabe is a veterinarian and an attorney who has worked in professional practice, for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and in organized academic veterinary medicine. He recently retired from 24 years of active and reserve duty as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

#296 How to Talk So Your People Will Listen with Henri Makembe of the Beekeeper Group

Aug 31, 2017 35:52

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While Blake parties, er, works in Vegas, Through the Noise is hosted by Ernesto and his partner at Infamia, Mickey Panayiotakis, and today they're joined by Henri Makembe of the Beekeeper Group. Mr. Makembe is a partner at the Beekeeper Group, a Washington, DC-based firm that works with associations and nonprofits (and some of those for-profits as well) to engage their target audiences in creative and compelling ways. Their tagline "Build the hive, manage the buzz" is smart, memorable, and informative and on this episode Blake, Mickey, and Henri dive into some of the strategies employed by the Beekeeper Group to make their clients stand out and shine.

Henri Makembe is a seasoned public affairs professional with experience as a communications strategist. As a partner at Beekeeper Group, Henri works with a wide array of clients on their digital strategies, focusing on websites, social media, and mobile technology.

Beekeeper Group is an award winning communications firm that serves associations, corporations, membership organizations, and nonprofits.

#295 Tech in Ten Takes Over Through the Noise for Twenty

Aug 28, 2017 19:59

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Today's Through the Noise is a quickie takeover by our sister podcast, Tech in Ten. Mickey Panayiotakis, Ernesto's partner at Infamia joins us on the show today for an informal conversation about their new podcast Tech in Ten where they quickly tackle all things related to association tech needs. You can find this succinct weekly podcast on the Through the Noise website and we hope you'll check it out, tune in, and spread the word. Speaking of which... if you've enjoyed any of the nearly 300 episodes of Through the Noise, we'd love it if you left us a review on iTunes so we can help spread the word.

Mickey Panayiotakis is the managing partner and technical director for Infamia with 17 years of experience in the Internet backbone industry. He has worked for a variety of non-profit and private sector organizations since 1995, with a commitment to process-driven management. He is an experienced leader of development and design teams with a unique capacity to translate client requirements into technical documentation and provide integral insights to clients throughout a project lifecycle. Infamia manages website and databases for nonprofits.

#294 Annette Brown of FHI 360 on Evidence and Evaluation

Aug 24, 2017 44:47

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Through the Noise is back with Annette Brown of FHI 360 -- a human development non-profit based in Durham, NC. Ms. Brown was one of the earliest guests on our show and we're excited to have her back nearly three years later to see how and what she's doing these days. With FHI 360, she's the Director of the Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative and helps those involved in evidence-based research to work more effectively and to be able to distribute their work in the best places. Join us for a chat on research, proof, and evidence in making the case in your own work.

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Annette N. Brown, PhD leads the Research and Evaluation Strategic Initiative at FHI 360, the mission of which is to grow the visibility and portfolio of FHI 360’s research and evaluation work across sectors and promote an organizational culture for evidence generation and use. She also serves as executive editor for the R&E Search for Evidence blog.

#293 Howard Yoon of the Ross Yoon Agency on Finding an Agent and Getting Published

Aug 21, 2017 41:51

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"Everyone has a book," says today's guest, Howard Yoon, literary agent, and partner in the Ross Yoon Agency. That will certainly be music to the ears of many of our listeners (as well as our friendly co-host Blake who has already written a book!). The Ross Yoon agency acts as a filter for the publishers and they build the bridge between authors that have a book worth selling and the publishers who print it and distribute it to bookstores and into the hands of the audience. Ross Yoon is based in Washington, DC and focuses on nonfiction books that are considered "need to read" rather than "nice to read." Thinking about writing a book? Have a book you're shopping around? This is another episode not to miss!

#292 Nancy Burke of the Direct Selling Association on Membership and Dues

Aug 17, 2017 40:52

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Nancy Burke sits down with Blake and Ernesto to talk about a segment of the large economy that occasionally goes unnoticed and is often left out of larger discussions about employment. Direct sales are a way for companies to hire people as contractors and for 20 million Americans to earn money through sales but without being stuck in a traditional retail environment. Nancy Burke is the Vice President of Membership for the Direct Selling Association and the DSA represents the ~150 companies that employ the sales force. A couple you may have heard of -- or used -- are Avon and Mary Kay.

#291 Greeley Koch of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives on Effective Business Travel, Productivity, and Revenue Challenges

Aug 14, 2017 41:48

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Greeley Koch of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives answers the phone and our questions from Chicago. Greeley is a true jet-setter, but he travels the world making travel easier, better, safer, and more convenient for travelers, primarily business travelers. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig! ACTE hosts 60ish events around the globe in 20 different countries, and he gets to lead the industry that is helping make business leaders more productive by making their travel more efficient. A huge portion of their revenue comes from these events, followed by sponsorships; membership makes up just 10%. Don't miss this episode to find out how the ACTE stays nimble in a fast-paced, competitive travel world and what you could take back to your own organizations or projects.

ACTE is a global association that represents the interest of corporate travel buyers, and pioneers educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward.

Greeley Koch is the executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Koch is a veteran business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the corporate travel industry.

#290 Tracy Todd and Jillian Bashore of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Aug 10, 2017 37:57

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Tracy Todd and Jillian Bashore of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy join us on Through the Noise in their respective roles as Executive Director and Communication Manager. Tracy Todd brings 20 years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist to the role of Executive Director and brings a critical understanding of the profession to the association that works to advance the profession. Like many associations, the staff of the AAMFT struggle with the problem of "selling" the membership to potential members and creating a value for those who support the organization -- if the work is being done anyway -- what's the point of joining? Tune into this episode for their own take on this ubiquitous problem. Have you faced this problem within your own organization? Would you like to share stories of your struggles and successes with Through the Noise listeners and share the wealth of knowledge? Get in touch! We're always booking future guests who have valuable lessons to offer our listeners.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

PhD has been the CEO of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 2013. Prior, he was a marriage and family therapist in Westminster, Colorado where he saw individuals, couples, and families for nearly twenty years.

#289 Richard Tracy and Amanda Brondy of the Global Cold Chain Alliance

Aug 7, 2017 41:04

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Richard Tracy and Amanda Brondy of the Global Cold Chain Alliance join us to talk food (and flower) cooling and preservation. They are part of the "industry that is feeding the world" and the Alliance is comprised of four different associations involved in refrigeration, shipping, and transport of the food that makes it to your plate and the cut flowers that make life a little more beautiful. You could probably guess that the United States consumes a lot of frozen food -- but you won't believe the shocking number in comparison to the rest of the world. Well... maybe you would. The Global Cold Chain Alliance works around the world and enables farmers to get their food to market even if they're not so close. Enjoy those strawberries in January? You can thank the members of the Alliance for making sure the food you want is right at your fingertips. The discussion of "appropriate" technology that is used in different parts of the world is fascinating.

Richard Tracy is an agribusiness professional, as well as an international development specialist, with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in managing enterprise development and economic strengthening initiatives for emerging and frontier markets. Mr. Tracy currently serves as the Vice President for International Programs at the Global Cold Chain Alliance, an umbrella association based in Alexandria, Virginia that represents companies that store, transport and distribute perishable products.

Amanda N. Brondy is a project management expert with 10 years of international development experience in Africa and Asia. Currently serving as the International Projects Director with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, she oversees all new business opportunities and manages project implementation for the delivery of cold chain-related services and technical advice on a variety of international development projects.

The Global Cold Chain Alliance is a trade association dedicated to the proper handling and distribution of perishable products and improving cold chain best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food worldwide.

#288 The Clearing - Chris McGoff

Jul 31, 2017 43:28

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Close your email, turn off your phones, and get ready to take some notes. Author Chris McGoff joins us on the show and offers countless invaluable techniques that can transform your personal life and work life. He's the founder of The Clearing, Inc, a strategic management firm that utilizes his 33 years of experience helping companies of all sizes around the world. Who are your customers? What do they need? How can you effectively meet that need? If you're in a position of authority -- are you actually leading or simply managing? What makes a good leader and how can you become a person who leads and inspires? Are you heading in the right direction? Are you asking the right questions?

Chris McGoff, Founder of The Clearing, Inc., has spent the last 30 years helping governments and organizations to engender new, transformative possibilities for a better world. McGoff is a speaker and author of Match in the Root Cellar: How You Can Spark a Peak-Performance Culture (Advantage, July 2017) and The PRIMES: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem (Wiley, 2012).
 
 The Clearing, Inc. is a strategic management consultancy headquartered in Washington, D.C., that guides organizations and coalitions to tackle their most complex and high-stake problems. 

#287 Knight Foundation - Anusha Alikhan

Jul 24, 2017 44:46

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Though there are a few different organizations known as the Knight Foundation, we're pleased to be joined by Anusha Alikhan, the Director of Communications of the prominent John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Founded by two brothers who were newspaper publishers from Akron, OH, the Foundation is the leading funder of media innovation in the United States and supports organizations, people, and ideas that are working to engage their communities. Headquartered in Miami, they fund projects across the country, focusing on 26 cities and towns. Beyond the communications realm, they have recently begun hosting an annual Cities Challenge, asking what could make cities more successful.

Anusha Alikhan is the director of communications for Knight Foundation. She creates communications strategies across Knight's program areas and leads campaigns to advance its impact and visibility. She loves a great story and is always exploring new avenues to highlight Knight’s work and the work of its grantees in dynamic and compelling ways.

Knight Foundation invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The foundation’s goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy.

#286 SparkInfluence - Bryan Fratkin

Jul 17, 2017 38:15

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Bryan Fratkin of SparkInfluence is one of the most popular guests we've had on Through the Noise so we've brought him back in to talk shop, advocacy, and building relationships. One of the main ways that people use the SparkInfluence software is to connect with legislators and to do so in a way that helps build those meaningful relationships necessary to stand out from the crowd. Anyone can sign a form letter -- and just as easily anyone can ignore a form letter. SparkInfluence helps people and organizations automate more of their life by factoring in influencers and prioritization and emphasizing customization and automation. If you're interested in saving time, money, and human resources, you won't want to miss this -- and our other past episodes with Bryan Fratkin. 

 

Bryan is founder and Managing Partner of Whistle Stop Digital (WSD), leading a team in devising and implementing a digital strategy for issue advocacy and PAC campaigns. The goal is always the same; Using a mix of both traditional and innovative tactics, the team works to bolster online communities, build trust in the campaign’s efforts and empower stakeholders into action.


Whistle Stop Digital (WSD) is a digital strategy and software firm founded on the idea that issue advocacy, politics, and marketing are all converging. WSD’s software platform gives organizations the tools they need to address this changing landscape, allowing them to quickly and easily identify influencers, empower stakeholders, reach decision makers and affect change.

#285 MCI USA - Alison Teitelbaum

Jul 10, 2017 35:58

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Today's guest Alison Teitelbaum wears many hats and she is an Associate Vice President with MCI USA, the US branch of an international firm with offices in 60 countries that helps companies and associations engage their target audiences and grow strategically. Through her work with MCI, she's worked with seven different associations focused on health-care and she joins us in her role as Executive Director for the American Health Quality Association. The AHQA works with member organizations that are focused on increasing access to quality healthcare and ensuring that the professionals who provide these services have access to education and training to work effectively.

Alison Teitelbaum serves as the executive director of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) and has more than 12 years of experience in public health improvement and association management. The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) is an educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to promoting and facilitating fundamental change that improves the quality of health care in America. AHQA represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and other professionals working to improve health care quality and patient safety.

#284 Moery Co - JP Moery and Patty Leeman

Jul 3, 2017 38:09

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Despite the "non-profit" nature of the work most of us do, we cannot do any of that work without money and JP Moery and Patty Leeman of The Moery Company join us on Through the Noise to talk about the ways they help organizations generate revenue. Over the past seven years, The Moery Company has worked with organizations across the DC area to increase their operating budgets through strategic planning in the membership, sponsorship, and exhibitor programs. Why should someone pay to join your organization if you're doing the work anyway? Join US (for free) for a look into the changing world of membership and access whether it's time to revisit your organization's benefits and perks.

JP Moery is the President and founder of The Moery Company.  He has 25 years of experience in the association industry, has built a track record of success at the nation’s most influential associations.  He has developed a reputation as one of the foremost specialists in association revenue growth.

Patty Leeman is the Chief Analyst for The Moery Company.  She leads The Moery Company’s consulting efforts along with JP.  She is an experienced senior association executive with 20 years of association experience and almost 15 years of consulting experience.

The Moery Company is the “go-to” resource for associations seeking revenue growth through sales and strategy.

#283 National Communication Association - Dr. Paaige Turner and Jenna Sauber

Jun 29, 2017 54:21

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Blake and Ernesto are joined by two women from the National Communication Association. Jenna Sauber represents the organization as their Media Relations & Public Outreach Manager and Dr. Paaige K. Turner who joined the National Communication Association about six weeks ago as their Executive Director after three decades in communications academia. NCA is more of a "scholarly society" than a standard trade organization and their 7,000 members across the field study the ways that people communicate. Just because everyone communicates doesn't mean that they are doing it well and the research done by their members studies many different elements of communication such as gendered communications, over-talking, and visual and other nonverbal communications.

#282 NACS - Jeff Lenard

Jun 26, 2017 46:29

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We're pleased to welcome Jeff Lenard of NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores, to the show today. NACS mission is in their tagline, "Advancing Convenience & Fuel Retailing," and they represent convenience stores and their operators -- comprising fully 4% of the GDP! There are nearly 155,000 convenience stores across the United States serving 160 million people each day and NACS strives to help them become more effective and efficient so that you and everyone else can get back to the business of saving the world. Disclosure: NACS is a client of Human Factor Media, the parent company of Through the Noise, and Blake produces their podcast. There's a great anecdote in today's episode about the reach and impact of their podcast. It could help you too!

#281 All Our Kids - David Simpson and Koleco Elizaire

Jun 22, 2017 43:34

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Today we step back into the charity realm of our nonprofits but our guest "Dad in Chief," David Simpson of All Our Kids says that their organization is not a charity as much as a family. With their regular 28 people Thursday night dinners, it does seem like more of a family than a charity and we'll dive into what it means to approach an organization in that nontraditional way. They offer food, shelter, mentoring and help kids become the kids they need to be. They've been incorporated for a year and are excited to see this model expand in a franchise form as they've been contacted by lots of people wanting to do the same thing in their own community. Dad in Chief is also joined by Koleco, one of the "kids" who has gone through their programs and is now a working DJ about to embark on a solo world tour. This episode is definitely inspiring if you've ever had dreams of approaching life in nontraditional ways.

David Simpson is executive director and Dad-in-Chief at All Our Kids and is incredibly grateful to be surrounded by such amazing young men and women every day. All Our Kids (AOK) builds a community to unleash the potential of young people.

#280 Center for International Private Enterprise - Julie Johnson and Ken Jaquez

Jun 19, 2017 45:21

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If the intro surprises you, stick with us -- we're welcoming Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson from the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) -- one of the podcast clients of Human Factor Media. They're now up to their 65th show with 7000 listeners! CIPE works to encourage democracy with the aim of making the countries safe for private businesses. The organization is currently working on 100 projects in 50 countries and strives to collaborate with and amplify other groups working towards similar missions.

#279 Women in Government Relations - Emily Bardach

Jun 15, 2017 36:39

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Emily Bardach is the Executive Director of Women in Government Relations and we were lucky to get her on the show today between some of the 200 events her organization coordinates every year for their 1200 members. They work to advance and empower women who work with the government and to encourage more women to become involved. Join us for this conversation as Emily, Blake, and Ernesto delve into some of the issues facing micro organizations that are experiencing growth.

Emily Bardach has managed associations for over 20 years including Women in Government Relations (WGR) which she has been involved with since 1999 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Emily is employed by Association Management Group of McLean, VA.

WGR is the premier, non-partisan professional society for those who have responsibilities and interests in the field of government relations and/or public affairs.

#278 Crossbow Strategies - Mark Frieden

Jun 12, 2017 49:01

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Today we're pleased to welcome Mark Frieden, President of Crossbow Strategies to the show to give us some pointers. Don't worry, we haven't changed our focus -- Crossbow Strategies is not what it sounds like. We're still here for the nonprofits and associations and Mark Frieden is too. His company Crossbow Strategies helps for- and non-profit companies adopt strategies and policies to operate more sustainably. Instead of focusing simply on the profit (which most of you don't anyway!), he works with companies to help them become certified B-Corps -- companies and organizations that are certified by a third party that they have expanded the scope of their operations to also consider the well-being of the environment and people in their decision-making. If you've thought about making your nonprofit or company more sustainable, you won't want to miss Mark Frieden's insights!

Mark Frieden, of Alexandria, Virginia, is a native to the DC area. After more than 20 years of advertising sales, he completed his MBA at George Washington University with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Management. It was here that he learned how companies can be profitable and have a positive social and environmental impact. He is the president of Crossbow Strategies, a corporate responsibility consulting business that helps for-profit companies develop sustainability strategies and become Certified B Corporations.

#277 Peace Corps - David Fields

Jun 8, 2017 32:54

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Our listeners are certainly familiar with the Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association is effectively the alumni association for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Our guest today is David Fields with the NPCA who serves as their "Social Entrepreneur in Residence" -- bringing new ideas and models to nonprofits. There's nearly 225,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers with experience working with tough problems in often difficult circumstances and he helps bridge the gap between their experiences and people trying to solve problems from a distance. He works to help nonprofits stay relevant and limber by applying methods used for venture capital to nonprofits.

David Fields is a traditional analyst for the National Peace Corps Association by day and instigator of special projects for the association by night. Over the past 6 months his work has been highlighted in time magazine, popular science, and the guardian. The National Peace Corps Association is a membership organization that works to advance Peace Corps-inspired initiatives. Nearly 220,000 strong, the NPCA is a growing force for good.

#276 Cresa / Rec4af - Chris Crooks

Jun 5, 2017 42:06

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We're happy to welcome Christopher Crooks, a principal with Cresa which is a global real estate firm with a tenant-only focus. Mr. Crooks has been with the firm for over two decades and has recently launched a program within the company to help veterans get into real estate. Additionally, he's founded a nonprofit organization to further that same goal of helping vets into the real estate practice. Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces (REC4AF) is the nonprofit that furthers his commitment to helping vets transition out of the military and into civilian life through workforce training to enter the real estate practice. 

Chris has more than 24 years of real estate experience, including over 21 years of consulting and brokerage service at Cresa and over three years of commercial/industrial real estate appraisal for major banking institutions in New England. Chris co-founded the Armed Forces Practice Group specializing in helping veteran-owned companies as well as companies that support the Armed Forces in their real estate needs.

Cresa is the world’s largest tenant representation only firm with a mission to provide customized solutions exclusively for corporate space users by offering fully integrated services that align their real estate needs with their business plans, delivering maximum cost savings and exceeding expectations.

#275 National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association - Michael Johnson

Jun 1, 2017 54:13

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Ernesto and Blake are reunited! Blake has been away preparing podcasts for some nonprofit clients (yep... you do need one too), but he's back to welcome Michael Johnson to the show. President and CEO of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Johnson is in the association world because it's the best way to help industries cut "through the noise" (ding ding ding!) with policy makers. This informative conversation delves into the decrepit state of infrastructure in the United States and the need for more investment to move the economy forward. If you don't like the idea of driving to work across a crumbling bridge that is scored a "D+" by the American Society of Civil Engineers, don't miss this episode and support infrastructure investment.

NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson serves as the chief advocate for the stone, sand and gravel industry. He is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the association’s advocacy mission in the areas of industry promotion, membership advocacy and advancing public policies that protect and expand the safe, environmentally responsible use of aggregates. In this role, he continues to successfully energize and focus the association’s resources to best serve aggregates industry. NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. Our members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – are responsible for the essential raw materials found in every home, building, road, bridge and public works project and represent more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Production of aggregates in the U.S. in 2015 was more than 2.25 billion metric tons at a value of $21 billion. The aggregates industry employs approximately 100,000 highly-skilled men and women.

#274 Advocacy Tree - David Lusk

May 29, 2017 31:41

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David Lusk, Founder, and CEO of Key Advocacy joins Ernesto on the show to talk about how he helps nonprofits and associations become more effective advocates. Planning a lobbying day on the Hill? Try to bring your members and not just your professional lobbying staff. Hearing directly from constituents (the ones who can vote them out of office) is the most effective. Don't miss this episode to grab some more insights from a professional who has been helping organizations advocate for themselves for two decades. Both Jefferson and David Lusk say "we don't have government by the majority, we have government by the majority that participates" -- do you need help participating?


#273 Americas Charities - Jim Starr

May 25, 2017 52:33

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Today we're excited to welcome back a guest from the early days of the show -- Jim Starr of America's Charities. When we had him on the show previously, he was serving as the COO & Chief Business Development Officer but he's recently been put in charge of everything and now runs the show as the President and CEO. America's Charities is kind of like a fundraising agent for nonprofits. They help nonprofits raise money through coordinated workplace giving campaigns. Since people are more likely to give more when they have the money taken directly from their paycheck than if they have to do it each time out of their wallet, America's Charities helps facilitate that. People support nonprofits when they are asked to do so -- it's important to make sure that you DO ask and that you ask in a way that registers with the person. Check out this episode to find out if targeted workplace giving could help your organization -- it certainly won't hurt to find out how you could earn more for your cause, easily.

As an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors, Jim has served in national and field executive leadership roles with multi-million dollar revenue and expense targets. He has led efforts to bring corporations and nonprofits together in meaningful and impactful ways. He also brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, business development, and partnerships.

America’s Charities, a mission-driven organization, connects public and private sector employers with nonprofit organizations to engage employees in greater charitable giving. America’s Charities is one of the preeminent organizations working to connect nonprofits with donors from the private and public sector to increase their reach and grow the funds available to achieve their mission.

#272 DCA Live - Douglas Anderson

May 22, 2017 31:30

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Your friendly association podcast Through the Noise won an award! As part of the Trending 40 series honoring people making a difference in the Washington, DC region. Ernesto and Blake were recognized as Association and Nonprofit Innovators and so we invited Douglas Anderson, CEO of DCA Live that runs the program to speak with us on the show today. With decades of experience in media and events planning, Douglas has been using his skills working behind the scenes to elevate those who have been in the shadows and amplify their message. Join us for a conversation on the changing nature of business and associations.

 

#271 BrightKey - Nicole Araujo

May 18, 2017 40:37

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Blake is back! Ernesto and Blake are together in the studio again and recently won a "Trending 40" award for businesses contributing to the Washington, DC area and that's how they originally connected with today's guest -- Nicole Araujo, Director of Business Development for BrightKey. BrightKey is a company that makes other companies (and associations) look good by taking care of some of the more mundane aspects of running an organization. Need to spiff up your membership? Or send out a ton of materials? BrightKey can handle that for you. About 85% of their clients are associations so they're well-versed in membership conversion and retention. Give this episode a listen and find out about the vast possibilities to make your organization run more smoothly.

Nicole Araujo is the Director of Business Development for associations at BrightKey, leading outsourced services and support company, providing a full range of association services, including call center and outbound telemarketing, warehousing and fulfillment, strategic marketing, mail processing, onsite mailrooms, and more.Nicole brings two decades of experience matching BrightKey’s skills and best practices to a wide variety of association needs. Her consultative, goals-driven approach begins with the strategy phase and continues through project launch and implementation. She finds the best approaches to address the specific needs of data integrity, membership, publications, certification, meetings, and marketing. She understands the different capabilities of all major (and many proprietaries) AMSs, all systems that are supported and utilized by BrightKey.

#270 Code of Support Foundation - Kristy Kaufmann

May 15, 2017 48:01

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On this week’s episode of Through the Noise, host Ernesto Gluecksmann is flying solo as he talks to returning guest Kristy Kaufmann, Executive Director and co-founder of the Code of Support Foundation. One year after her first appearance, Kristy has a lot of great new stuff to share about all things non-profit.

Join Ernesto and Kristy as they talk about the US military veteran services provided by the nonprofit Code of Support Foundation. Kristy talks extensively about the Foundation’s coordinating of veteran support services, as well as what it means to help military families in times of need. She also discusses the growth and sustainability of a large-scale nonprofit, public perception and transparency, as well as treating a nonprofit like a business with employees, investors and product.

Kristy has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 12 years and is a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families. Her publications and media appearances include the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC and ABC. Kristy has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences across the country, and has addressed congress about the gaps in military mental health challenges facing military and veteran family members.

The Code of Support Foundation (COSF) provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to those struggling service members, veterans and their families (SMVF) who have the most complex needs. We are dedicated to leveraging the nation’s full spectrum of resources to ensure all members of our military, veterans and their families receive the support services they need and, through their collective sacrifice, have earned.

#269 Association For Women In Science - Janet Koster

May 11, 2017 48:58

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Ernesto runs the show solo again today while Blake is creating a podcast for another organization (need help with yours? Get in touch!). We're excited to chat with Janet Koster, Executive Director for the Association for Women in Science, the only organization in the United States working at the intersection of STEM and gender. Women have traditionally been underrepresented in the sciences and as recent as the 1960s and 1970s were not even admitted to many of the prestigious science programs. AWIS was founded in 1971 to rectify the imbalance and give women a voice and to increase visibility and opportunities for women across all STEM fields. Women entering (and already in) STEM fields face a number of obstacles men many not even recognize and AWIS is actively working to even the playing field. For more on their programs and initiatives, don't miss this episode and find out how to connect and collaborate.

#268 DC SCORES - Bethany Henderson

May 8, 2017 30:39

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Ernesto flies solo again from the host chair as Blake is away traveling. We're excited to welcome back to the show Bethany Henderson, the Executive Director of DC SCORES, a Washington, DC-based organization that inspired a national organization and chapters around the country. DC SCORES provides free after-school programming to children in Washington, DC that includes team-based learning and activities like soccer and creating spoken word poetry. They have recently become a community partner of DC United, the professional soccer team in Washington, DC and collaborate on events and activities that enrich the lives of everyone involved. Find out what it takes to run a nonprofit on a school calendar rather than a fiscal year and get some tips to bring back to your own organization.

Bethany Rubin Henderson is an award-winning social entrepreneur whose career has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including service as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration. She strongly believes every child deserves an equal chance and every community deserves engaged citizens. Bethany and her husband have two kids, a dog, and a blog about their struggles to juggle their two-career, two-kid household.

DC SCORES builds teams for low-income DC youth that instill self-expression (through poetry), physical fitness (through soccer), and a sense of community (through service). We are one of the largest DC youth development organizations, and have worked with over 9,000 students

#267 American Association of People with Disabilities - Helena Berger

May 4, 2017 42:01

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We're happy to welcome Helena Berger of the American Association of People with Disabilities. She joins us today in her role as President and Chief Executive Officer for AAPD, but over the past (nearly) two decades, she has been held many crucial leadership positions within the organization, as well as advocating for disability rights for a quarter century. The AAPD recently acknowledged that the traditional membership plan used by most associations just wasn't a great fit for their community and the people they wanted to reach so they scrapped it. Have you been questioning the viability of your own membership plan? If so, don't miss this episode to find out how one organization is changing the game for their supporters.

Helena Berger has been a disability-rights advocate for over 25 years and is currently the President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). She is a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive team, and developing a performance culture among a diverse group of individuals. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

#266 The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association - Linda Darr

May 1, 2017 34:02

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Today's guest is Linda Darr of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Passengers are The ASLRRA represents the business owners of the 565 short line railroads carrying freight throughout the U.S. Many are small business owners, including smaller, family owned short line railroads. These also include short line excursion cars such as the ones used for Whistle Stop tours for politicians like Franklin Delano Roosevelt nearly a century ago. Passengers are not a consideration for the members of this organization and are seen as merely a barrier to commerce. Check out this episode to learn more about this industry and discover the (unpleasant) meaning of the word "foamer".

Linda Bauer Darr is the President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Prior to leading ASLRRA, Ms. Darr worked with every major mode of transportation either as an advocate or a government official. Ms. Darr serves on the Board of the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute, is President of the Short Line Railroad Safety Institute and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 Association Executives.

ASLRRA proudly represents approximately 550 small business entrepreneurial owners and operators of short line and regional railroads throughout North America. Our membership consists of over 1,000 companies which also includes firms that provide railroad switching, terminal and tourist/excursion services and supply goods and services to the short line industry.

#265 Carpenters Shelters - Shannon Steene

Apr 27, 2017 29:08

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We're happy to welcome Blake back to his host chair and theproper operation of the sound effects for Through the Noise. Shannon Steene ofthe Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, VA also joins us again on the show. We spoke with him over a year ago when he was new to the role of Executive Director and today we get to see what he's been working on in the past year. They have made major progress on expanding their services, offerings, and have a pretty big announcement to share with the Through the Noise community. They're holding their 15th Annual Fundraiser on April 23, the Carpenter's Cook Off with 15 local restaurants and you're invited! Show up to support the community if you're nearby.

Shannon Steene is the Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role, having worked at local, regional and national nonprofits.

The Carpenter’s Shelter offers Alexandria’s homeless the shelter and support to stabilize and transition back into independent living in the community.

#264 Wakeman Consulting Group - Dave Wakeman

Apr 24, 2017 36:42

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On this episode of Through the Noise, it’s the return of the Revenue Architect himself, Dave Wakeman of Wakeman Consulting Group. As always Dave specializes in helping everyone from nonprofits to Fortune 1000 companies to political advocates to fully realize their support bases.

This week, Dave talks to hosts Blake and Ernesto about the challenges inherent to working with donors for charities and nonprofits. When the name of the game is garnering buy-in support for your project, Dave Wakeman is a go-to figure for advice on donor development, connectivity and communication. Dave also explains the importance of effective and relatable storytelling in fundraising campaigns, as well as staying focused along one’s project path.

Principal of the Wakeman Consulting Group, he’s known as the “Revenue Architect” and helps organizations — nonprofits and for-profits — become more effective and make more money. Sounds great, right? Today we’ll talk about the importance of storytelling in conveying your mission. Through the lens of Bunnies for Bethesda, we’ll figure out how to grow effectively and scale that growth in a way that makes sense for the mission. You’ll also find out more about the new Non-profit Advisory Board Networking Group we’ve recently initiated. Dave Wakeman is known as “The Revenue Architect.” His firm works with organizations to maximize their revenue structures. Dave writes a weekly newsletter all about value creation in your organization.

#263 USPA - Nancy Koreen

Apr 20, 2017 26:44

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So you’re thinking about jumping out of a plane - for fun, of course. But how easy is it to pull that off, let alone pull the ripcord?

On this week’s episode, hosts Blake Althen and Ernesto Gluecksmann talk skydiving with guest Nancy Koreen, Director of Sport Promotion with the United States Parachute Association (USPA). With both a national and international presence, the USPA is a nonprofit organization committed to helping educate and facilitate all things skydiving. Nancy explains her role as a promotor of this classic thrillseeker’s sport, as well as the high importance of safety, training and accountability in skydiving.

Nancy also discusses skydiving as a progressive learning experience. With skills ranging from assisted beginner’s jumps, to freefalls, to group diving and acrobatic formations, there’s always room to learn and grow, even in the wide open sky - but always with a vital grasp on safety. So check out this episode of Through the Noise - no skydiver’s certification required!

Nancy Koreen has been the director of sport promotion for the U.S. Parachute Association for the past seven years. She has been skydiving for more than 20 years and has completed more than 8,000 jumps. The United States Parachute Association is a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 240 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers throughout the U.S.

#262 International Wood Products Association - Cindy Squires

Apr 17, 2017 45:47

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What do boating, flooring, wine, guitars all have in common? Wood is the easy answer. But the industry behind wood is far more complex, and there’s a lot to learn for anyone looking to get into it.

For this episode of Through the Noise, Blake and Ernesto talk with Cindy Squires, Executive Director for the International Wood Products Association (IWPA). Whether you’re an emerging business or an emerging country, it is vital to understand the legal and ethical aspects of international wood sales and trade. Wendy talks us through how the IWPA serves to help manufacturers, retailers, importers and others navigate the world of sustainable forestry.

Cindy Squires has extensive experience with law, the marine industry, the Department of Agriculture, as well as trade associations and advisory. She is also on the Board of the American Hardwood Export Council. Tune in to this in-depth look at how the IWPA extends olive branches to help emerging businesses and nations access global networks, understand compliance and regulations, and learn both what to do and what not to do in the world of sustainable wood sales and trade.

 

Cindy L. Squires, a lawyer by training, joined the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) as Executive Director in March of 2013 and has worked previously for the marine industry, as an environmental lawyer, on Capitol Hill and in a Federal Agency. As the chief executive for the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, Cindy represents importers, manufacturers and service providers engaged in the import and use of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in over 30 nations across the globe. 


At the International Wood Products Association, we believe that supporting the legal and sustainable harvesting and trade of international wood products is the future. By building understanding and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products, we are supporting sustainably managed forests and local economies throughout the world, while supporting jobs and industry in North America."

#261 Gerris Corp - Chris Abraham

Apr 13, 2017 50:44

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Chris Abraham of Gerris digital is a recognized leader in digital marketing and he joins us on Through the Noise for the second time to talk strategies nonprofits can employ to get their work out and get the word out too. He last joined us in June, 2015 so we're pleased to chat with him again and see what's changed since then. Pick up some useful strategies for getting more attention online and how to get the best kind of attention. What is earned media? Why should it matter to you? How can you earn it? If you're asking these questions or wondering how you can harness the power of the internet to illuminate your mission, don't miss this episode.

Chris Abraham is a leading expert in digital: online reputation management (ORM), Internet privacy, social media marketing, and digital
PR with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. After growing up in Hawaii, Chris moved to the DC area almost 27-years ago, though he has detoured through the UK, Berlin, and Portland before returning to his home in Washington. Chris has been volunteering with local homeless kitchen, Miriam's Kitchen, for over five years.

Gerris is a virtual digital agency, bringing together some of the best
global partners in online engagement, influencer marketing, blogger
outreach, social media marketing, search engine marketing, online
reputation management, content marketing, digital PR, training, and
strategy. Our low overhead allows us to gladly serve startups,
publishing, nonprofits, and associations.

#260 NASFAA - Justin Draeger

Apr 10, 2017 46:59

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Mickey Panayiotakis joins us again as a guest host during Blake's absence as we welcome Justin Draeger, the Executive Director of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. While paying for college and student loans are two of the most stress-inducing topics for families, NASFAA works to ease the process by providing training and assistance to over 20,000 professionals at 3,000 colleges that offer financial aid to students. Since the federal government provides the bulk of available financial aid, the regulations are strenuous, confusing, and often intimidating. The staff of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators also now offers a podcast for their members to learn more about the ins and outs of aid and how to make it as easy as possible.

Justin Draeger is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators where he serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justin’s career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is an organization that represents 20,000 financial aid professional around the country who are dedicated to shaping the future by promoting student access and success in higher education.

#259 National Wooden Pallet & Container Association - Patrick Atagi

Apr 6, 2017 37:41

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During Blake's absence, we've invited a guest host, Mickey Panayiotakis, of Infamia as we welcome our guest Patrick Atagi from the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association. Wooden pallets are one of those unique items that many people do not think about often but without which, the hauling of freight of all varieties would not be possible. There's nearly two billion pallets in the United States at any given time but they are in a constant state of use, degradation, rebuilding, and recycling to keep the wood in circulation and used again and again until it's not possible to remake into pallets. It has had a sustainable business model since the beginning and besides being good for the environment, pallet construction and recycling is labor intensive which creates and maintains jobs. Learn more about this often unconsidered but essential item and the association that advocates for it's members on Through the Noise. 

Atagi is a long time Washingtonian and a senior association executive with experience on Capitol Hill and as a presidential political appointee under George W. Bush. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world, with more than 670 company members in 28 countries who manufacture, repair and distribute pallets and wood packaging in unit-load solutions, or who supply products and services to the industry.

#258 National Association of Workforce Boards - Ronald Painter

Apr 3, 2017 51:04

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Today we bring you an unusual show -- Ernesto hosts Through the Noise alone while Blake is away. Our guest is Ronald Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Representing nearly 550 Workforce Development Boards and their more than 12,000 members, the NAWB strives to ensure that the workforce has the training and resources available to become effective employees in the rapidly changing work environment. Besides appropriate training, there's a tremendous number of other factors that must be considered, such as transportation, healthcare, childcare, and pensions that are shifting.

 Ron has been the President/CEO for the National Association of Workforce Boards, whose offices are in Washington DC, since 2009. Prior to his coming to DC, the region was home, and his career from local elected official to a local workforce board director. NAWB is the national voice for the nation’s over 500 local business-led workforce development boards, whose work is to help; identify the skills needed, and develop and maintain the nation’s workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Today we bring you an unusual show -- Ernesto hosts Through the Noise alone while Blake is away. Our guest is Ronald Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards. Representing nearly 550 Workforce Development Boards and their more than 12,000 members, the NAWB strives to ensure that the workforce has the training and resources available to become effective employees in the rapidly changing work environment. Besides appropriate training, there's a tremendous number of other factors that must be considered, such as transportation, healthcare, childcare, and pensions that are shifting. // TWEETS: New episode with Ronald Painter of @workforceinvest on the transformation of work and getting prepared. #work #workforce #nonprofit

































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#257 Mortgage Bankers Associations - Rebecca Vandall & Dawn Williams

Mar 30, 2017 40:51

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Rebecca Vandall and Dawn Williams of the Mortgage Bankers Association join Blake and Ernesto in the studio to talk about their work representing all members of the real estate finance industry. Ms. Vandall is the Director of Program Development and Dawn Williams is the Vice Present of that department and they are part of a team that pulls off an impressive 20 major meetings per year as well as 5 major conventions with expo halls. Find out how they successfully coordinate so many conferences with so many participants so often and grab some time (and money) saving tips for your next event. 


Rebecca and Dawn share responsibility for program development for the Mortgage Bankers Association. Rebecca has spent over the last 20 years making a living selling conference registrations in some form or fashion. She rocks the suburbs with her husband Jeff, and sons, Will and Benny.

Dawn has over 25 years in marketing and event management, including 14 years as a freelance marketing consultant. Dawn and her husband Andy have three teenagers and are preparing to be empty-nesters. Rebecca and Dawn share the passion “let’s try something new,” and a work ethic to “get it done.

Mortgage Bankers Association is a leading financial services trade association hosting 18 conferences annually-including 5 with tradeshows, 400+ educational sessions and 2100+ speakers.

#256 Irrigation Assocation - Deborah Hamlin

Mar 27, 2017 39:54

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Water is crucial to every form of life -- water is life, according to many -- and has been in the news quite a bit recently, so we've invited someone on the show to talk about water irrigation for both agriculture and landscaping. Deborah M. Hamlin is the CEO of the Irrigation Association which represents 1700 companies involved in every aspect of irrigation from manufacturers of parts to installation experts. The organization uses a variety of methods to do outreach and to counter common misconceptions about irrigation. They've recently launched a podcast called "Bring Water to Life" and are active in social media, interacting with their members and the general public. Since water is an issue that impacts each of us, this episode can certainly shed some light on the different approaches to water conservation and conflict present in the eastern and western U.S. 

Deborah Hamlin has been the CEO of the Irrigation Association for the past 10 years. She has worked in association management for her entire 30-year career, helping organizations to realize their missions. The Irrigation Association is a trade organization representing manufacturing companies on down to installers of irrigation systems in both the agricultural and landscape (residential/commercial) markets.

#255 Drohan Management Group - Elissa Myers

Mar 23, 2017 38:03

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Elissa Myers takes a break from solving the problems of many nonprofits in order to join us today on Through the Noise to talk about revenue generation -- something we all need to hear. Though her email signature identifies her as a "Marketing Wizard," her official title is "Director of Revenue Generation" with the Drohan Management Group. We'll address the prevalent -- and damaging -- misconception among nonprofits that making money is not important. It's simply impossible for anyone to make any progress towards achieving their mission if they don't have the financial resources to hire staff, attract and retain members, supporters, and sponsors. Ms. Myers works with a number of different organizations through her work with the association management firm Drohan Management Group and she draws on a number of these to illustrate her points and provide useful examples. Get some useful tips from this episode and convert them into cash for your programs! 

Elissa Myers is a 40+ year veteran of association management, having served as a senior executive with the American Society of Association Executives, CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association, and now CEO of the Academy for Eating Disorders, as a part of the Drohan Management Group. She has helped dozens of associations put in place strategic marketing and governance plans. The Academy for Eating Disorders is an international professional society comprised of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and researchers who specialize is finding and delivering a cure for eating disorders.

#254 Information Technology & Innovation Foundation - Val Giddings

Mar 20, 2017 41:02

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Val Giddings is a Senior Fellow at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation and joins us today to talk agriculture, GMOs, and sustainability, and facts. ITIF is a think tank that been around for just over a decade with the mission to "formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress. "Alternative Facts" have been dominating our news cycle for months and we address them on today's show as related to foods labeled as organic vs GMOs. 

L. Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Giddings joined ITIF after nearly three decades of experience in science and regulatory policy relating to biotechnology innovations in agriculture and biomedicine. Recognized as one of the world’s leading science and technology think tanks, ITIF’s mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.

#253 Bear Analytics - Joseph Colangelo

Mar 16, 2017 43:47

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Today we're speaking with Joseph Colangelo, the Founder of Bear Analytics, a small firm dedicated to providing associations with analytics they can use to transform their events. They focus on actionable analytics -- giving you information you can actually use to improve your organization's tradeshows, conventions, exhibits, and services. Want to find out more about your audience or who is attending your conventions? Curious why people attend for 1-2 years and then drop off? Check them out. With tradeshows comprising between 20-80% of the revenue for most associations, it's essential to know what your attendees are getting out of it -- or not getting -- in order to improve and continue to serve your membership, exhibitors,and industry. 

Joe Colangelo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bear Analytics, a Virginia-based startup focused on using the power of data analytics to grow events. Bear Analytics empowers their clients with insights to grow their audience and understand onsite event engagement via a suite of proprietary data cleaning and behavioral analytics tools.

#252 Consumer Technology Association - Gary Shapiro

Mar 13, 2017 25:29

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We're thrilled to welcome Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. He joins us on the heels of one of the world's most popular conventions, the "Gadget Show" which CTA hosts every January in Las Vegas -- the only city equipped to handle their 175,000 attendees, 4000 exhibitors, and 1000 speakers. For the CES, they "build a city in a week" in order to house their growing attendance and the exhibit hall which is so massive, it's not possible to see it all in one week. Mr. Shaprio leads us through some of the newer innovations at the convention as well as his motivations for working in the tech world. If you weren't able to make it to the CES this year, grab some headphones for this quick 25 minute episode and get a glimpse of what happened this year and a taste of what's to come.

#251 National Contract Management - Michael Fischetti

Mar 9, 2017 26:45

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Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association and he joins us on Through the Noise to discuss the ins and outs of contract management, who does it, and why we need it. With 20,000 members, the NCMA is the professional association for professional contract management, including those that work with government agencies. Contracting officers are required for contracts that involve tax-payer funded projects and the NCMA provides continuing education credits, conferences, and opportunities for networking and idea exchange between its members. They also offer professional certification for their members to become a Certified Professional Contract Manager. 

Michael P. Fischetti is the executive director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) located in Ashburn, Virginia. In that position, he is chief executive officer (CEO) responsible for managing a professional association representing over 20,000 contracting and acquisition professionals, with over 111 chapters worldwide, an annual budget of approximately $10M, and a professional staff of 30. The National Contract Management Association is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management, providing books, an academic journal, an Annual Review, a monthly magazine, and the largest conferences in the world dedicated to acquisition.

#250 Association Strategies - Pamela Kaul

Mar 6, 2017 41:49

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Nonprofit boards and staff are often too busy and, let's face it -- unprepared -- for the task of finding a new executive to head the organization and so they turn to professionals for help and we've brought one on the show for you today. Pamela Kaul is the President of Association Strategies, Inc. and her company manages the executive search from top to bottom to ensure that the org has access to the very best candidates. She mentions that they don't help people find jobs as much as they help organizations find people. Though most people can talk effectively about their organization or company, many have trouble talking about themselves -- even though this is a skill that is crucial to advancing to and maintaining executive level status and perfecting your three minute elevator speech is Ms. Kaul's advice. To find out about executive presence and other elements of the search, don't miss this episode. And if you're free after that, why not give us a review on itunes?

Pamela offers three decades of experience in executive search, transition management and organization development. As the Founder and President of Association Strategies, Inc., she pioneered ASI’s unique systems-based approach to executive search and since founding the company in 1986, has successfully applied it to deliver superior talent to many hundreds of leading associations, foundations, NGO’s and philanthropic organizations. Association Strategies, Inc., is a premier executive search and transition firm serving the unique needs of associations and nonprofit organizations. With offices in Alexandria, VA and CO, ASI has a talented team of 9, who provide expertise in executive search and transition management, succession planning, Board search, leadership development and CEO research.

#249 Nonstop Administration Insurance - David Sloves

Mar 2, 2017 41:42

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As a country, we've started 2017 with a lot more healthcare uncertainty and insecurity than recent years. Costs are rising and the Affordable Care Act remains on the chopping block of many Republicans, leaving those seeking healthcare with high premiums for minimal procedures. So we've invited David Sloves to join us on the show by phone to address some of the concerns facing nonprofits. As CEO of Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services, his aim is to deliver affordable healthcare options to the staff of nonprofits so they can be in good health to do the work they need to do. As he mentions, healthcare for 90% of the population costs less than $1500 per year but our costs are exorbitant across the board because of the costs of the other 10%. His company is an insurance broker and administrator that helps manage these costs for nonprofits and helps save them money so that people working to better our society can take care of themselves and go to the doctor when they're sick without breaking their nonprofit wallets.

David has developed repeatable, cost-effective solutions to complex business problems for Fortune 500 clients since the 1980’s. He has a strong commitment to human rights, heath care advocacy and environmental awareness. Nonstop deflates the annual costs of employee healthcare through its unique partial self-insurance program, Nonstop Wellness, which allows nonprofits to stabilize the growing costs of premiums, eliminate all employee out-of-pocket expenses, and access unspent reserve funds for unrestricted operating use.

#248 BizLaunch Arlington - Tara Palacios

Feb 27, 2017 46:02

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Tara Palacios of Arlington Economic Development joins us to talk about her role as BizLaunch Program Lead and how she helps prospective businesses owners become successful business owners. AED works with for-profit and nonprofit businesses of all sizes and Ms. Palacios worked for a decade with AED's nonprofit capacity building program and she encourages nonprofits to seek their services as well. The main problem she sees -- particularly with for-profit companies, but also with nonprofits -- is lack of planning at the beginning and inability to grow or scale. Avoid these and other common start-up problems with realistic goals and plans. 

Tara Palacios is the Director of Arlington Economic Development’s award-winning BizLaunch program. Ms. Palacios launched the initiative in 2002 and has overseen the growth of the program which has seen over 40,000 small businesses launch and grow in Arlington, Virginia. BizLaunch, Arlington’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network, offers over 40 workshops and seminars each year, as well as Counseling & Mentoring sessions for small businesses with the aim of helping entrepreneurs design their businesses plans, as well as to develop and grow their enterprises.

#247 Arts and Humanities - Megan Beyer

Feb 23, 2017 50:33

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We're thrilled to welcome Megan Beyer, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She was appointed to the position when Obama decided to break with tradition and staff the committee with artists instead of philanthropists. Join us for a discussion on the arts and their transformative role in education as we explore the question "Why are the arts always the first to go in financially tough times?" When you hear about the Renaissance, the focus is always the arts, so it's important to continue supporting the arts and access for all. 

Megan Beyer is the Executive Director for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She led the first cultural delegation to Cuba last spring and promotes arts and humanities in education through the President’s Committee’s initiatives. Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.

#246 Foresight First LLC - Jeff De Cagna

Feb 20, 2017 41:59

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Our guest today, Jeff De Cagna, will change the way you think about your approach to board recruitment, management, and collaboration. Charging that nonprofit organizations of all ages, sizes, and missions are missing a crucial opportunity for growth and relevance by under utilizing their boards, and that boards are similarly wasting their skills, time, and connections by focusing on the minutiae of organizational operations and micromanaging staff rather than looking ahead and being proactive about inevitable transitions organizations will face as technology continues to evolve. Host an annual meeting? Jeff De Cagna has some perspectives on the continuing value of holding "interruption-based experiences" like meetings that force most work to come to a standstill. If you're holding an expensive annual meeting because "that's what we've always done", you won't want to miss this episode.

Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE is a strategist, design thinker and foresight practitioner who collaborates with association and non-profit boards of directors and their staff partners. He is also a respected contrarian who challenges association/non-profit orthodoxy at every opportunity. Foresight First LLC works with association and non-profit boards to strengthen their performance through learning with the future.

#245 Howard University - Dionne C. Clemons

Feb 16, 2017 46:32

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Though most of our guests are from nonprofits, occasionally we bring in a subject matter expert to offer advice relevant to all nonprofits. Today we're excited to bring you a wealth of knowledge on communications from Dionne C. Clemons, Professor of Strategic Communications at Howard University. In order to grow your organization, it's essential to have a communications plan that fits with your organization's strategic goals and to know where your audience is so you can meet them where they are. Join us for a conversation on trust, transparency, and collaboration in your communications and take your organization to the next level. 

Dr. Dionne C. Clemons is a strategic communications management scholar, coach and practitioner with more than two decades' experience helping nonprofits, government agencies and small businesses tell their stories more effectively. Dr. Clemons serves as Creator and Chief Communications Officer of Clemons Consulting, LLC and as a lecturer within Howard University's Cathy Hughes School of Communication. Clemons Consulting, LLC is a boutique strategic communications management firm that provides public relations counsel to nonprofit and government arts organizations as well as to creative entrepreneurs.

#244 Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance - Kari Luther Rosbeck

Feb 13, 2017 48:57

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Kari Luther Rosbeck spends most of her days fighting the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex -- the rare genetic disorder that is the leading genetic cause of both epilepsy and autism -- we were fortunate to get her on the show today to discuss some of the strategies her staff at the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance employ in the struggle against this horrific illness. A common problem many organizations have is getting heard Through the Noise (ding ding ding) especially with the tremendous variety of illnesses and disorders that can affect infants and children, so raising awareness among pediatricians and so they'll be able to recognize the signs of TSC and treat them appropriately. The TSA has recently launched a new website to streamline their educational and outreach efforts and make the available research easier for professionals and the public to find. We also address the techniques for courting and closing major donors and sponsors so there are some useful takeaways for the members of your development team. 

#243 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture - Michael Monti

Feb 9, 2017 49:08

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Michael Monti joins us in our newly painted studio to talk architecture, design, and education. As the Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, he represents a membership base of 200 architecture schools, 6,000 faculty members, and 200 affiliated firms. Working to keep architecture curriculums relevant, members collaborate and communicate to stay on top of evolving trends, like the increasing concentration on green buildings with energy efficient performance. Don't miss this episode for a deeper discussion of these topics and to learn more about their newest project, Study Architecture. 

 Michael J. Monti has served as executive director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture since 2004. For nearly twenty years he has worked with nonprofit boards in higher education, with a particular focus on building evidence-based research that can improve the world. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture leads architectural education and research by demonstrating the value of our members' work to society, by advancing pedagogy, and by serving as the voice of architecture schools.

#242 ADEA - Virginia Bader

Feb 6, 2017 49:20

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Today we sit down with Virginia Bader of the American Dental Education Association. With many years under her belt in the nonprofit world, Ms. Bader runs the communications for ADEA as their Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. ADEA represents the 76 dental schools in the US and Canada as well as 20,000 individual members that are dental professionals. Unlike medical schools which includes years of residencies, dental schools must prepare students to be practicing dentists on day 1 so the curriculum work of the ADEA is especially crucial. Ms. Bader notes that the #1 childhood disease in the U.S. is tooth decay which is completely preventable.

Virginia Bader, M.B.A, is the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer as well as the Acting Chief of Staff for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). ADEA represents all 76 dental schools in North America, as well as over 800 allied dental programs and 20,000 individuals in the dental education community.

#241 Child Trends - Frank Walter

Feb 2, 2017 45:41

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Frank Walter is the Vice President for Strategic Communications for Child Trends, a locally-based, national organization that works to improve the lives of all children and their families. As a data and research-driven organization, they work to disseminate information that can benefit children and families and dispel information that is incorrect or leads to harmful practices. While many organizations and publications are reluctant to publish negative findings, Child Trends is working to democratize the process and they make all of their findings available to their thousands of followers and supporters. We address the challenges of coming from a PR background and being a guest on a podcast with little idea what the hosts may ask. 

Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children and youth; is #18 and #39 in the country for best places to work for recent grads and women (http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/child-trends); and is growing so check the website for job postings http://www.childtrends.org/careers.

#240 National Tech Security Coalition - Patrick Gaul

Jan 30, 2017 55:04

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As our reliance on technology grows, our need for information security continues to evolve and so we've invited Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the National Technology Security Coalition to join us on Through the Noise. We address "Security fatigue," a troubling problem for professionals who work to keep corporations and organizations safe from hackers and industrial espionage. If you've wondered if your organization is equipped to deal of the rapidly changing technological landscape, Patrick Gaul's decades of experience are a great place to start. 

#239 Association Management & Consulting - Erin Fuller

Jan 26, 2017 50:11

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Today's episode with Erin Fuller is an excellent way to start the New Year and consider new strategies and perspectives from a professional who has over 20 years experience managing associations. As President of the Association Management & Consulting Branch of MCI USA Group, she has driven the growth of her own firm as well as that of dozens of other associations across the United States. One problem she sees again and again is the conviction of some nonprofit staff that nonprofits don't need to make money and somehow need to avoid it. As she astutely observes, "Nonprofit is a tax status, it's not a business model." Join us for this conversation as we explore the benefits and challenges of association management. 

Erin Fuller serves as the president of association management and consulting at MCI USA, and leads more than 100 professionals in working with nonprofit organizations. She has worked at MCI since 2002, and has spent more than 20 years working for and leading associations. MCI USA is a division of the MCI Group, an event and association management global firm of more than 2000 talents in 62 offices in 31 countries serving more than 1500 organizations each year.

Ernesto and Blake visit the ASAE Technology Expo and Chat Up Vendors

Jan 24, 2017 32:24

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Most people working for nonprofits are probably familiar with ASAE -- the American Society for Association Executives and regular listeners to Through the Noise are certainly aware of their contributions to the association world. We've had several ASAE staff on the show and have talked about their many conferences bringing together diverse organizations with the vendors that work to make them run more effectively and efficiently. We took the opportunity to leave the studio and visit their 2016 Technology Conference and Expo to get a sense of the people, businesses, and innovations that are transforming the association world. Join us as we talk to companies from around the world that offer services from mobile learning apps to payment vendors to companies that help organizations decide what other products to buy. Don't miss this special conference expo episode for a glimpse into some of the new products and services available.

#238 American Farm Bureau - RJ Karney

Jan 23, 2017 52:34

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Join us for our conversation with RJ Karney who represents the 5.9 million member American Farm Bureau Federation. They are the "voice of agriculture" and are a true grassroots organization starting at the county level with 2500 county bureaus that compromise the 50 state farm bureaus. A major focus of the American Farm Bureau Federation is to let people know that their food doesn't just "come from the grocery store" and that 2 million Americans start their day long before sunrise to plant, grow, and harvest the food that sustains us all. The AFBF has an impressive grassroots lobbying strategy and throughout the year sends 4-5000 members from different state bureaus to meet directly with their representatives about the issues that concern them -- an approach that is very well received by members of Congress who would rather meet with their constituents then professional lobbyists.

#237 Verified Strategy - Tammy Gordon

Jan 16, 2017 48:54

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Most of the savvy listeners of Through the Noise are fully aware of the efficacy and necessity of social media but if you're still on the fence, our guest today, Tammy Gordon of Verified Strategy could be the one to make the case that works for you. As an early social media pioneer, she created and ran the social media program and department for a 37 million member organization, AARP, and oversaw tremendous growth and engagement. After a decade with AARP, she founded Verified Strategy to support C-level executives with social media consultations and strategy. We also tackle the subject of screen-time burnout and the importance of taking time away to stay effective and provide time and space for inspiration, education, and growth. 

#236 National Alliance on Mental Illness - Mary Giliberti

Jan 9, 2017 44:28

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Join us for a conversation on mental illness with Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Representing 50,000 members with 900 affiliates and 48 state organizations, NAMI advocates for all sufferers of mental illnesses while working to eradicate the stigmas surrounding it. Their approach includes emphasizing the person not the illness, adopting language such as "a person suffering from schizophrenia" rather than "a schizophrenic." Collaborating with different associations focusing on specific illnesses, they work to provide education and help finding adequate and timely support for their members and others.

Mary Giliberti, J.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Giliberti served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

#235 Chamber of Commerce Executives - Chris Mead

Jan 2, 2017 46:09

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We really enjoyed our conversation with Chris Mead of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives when he was a guest on Through the Noise last year so we decided to invite him back on the show. We wanted to find out more about his work with the Association as well as his passion -- a historian of the Chamber of Commerce. Last time he was in the studio, we talked about the history of the various Chambers of Commerce around the country and his book "Magicians of Main Street." With over 7000 Chambers around the country, their work and membership varies widely and the Association of Chamber Executives helps unite the people working in offices large and small while envisioning and planning for what the future will bring -- as in their strategic plan - Horizon 2025. 

Chris Mead has nearly 20 years’ experience working with associations. He handles mostly sponsorships and memberships. And he’s also fascinated by chambers of commerce and their role in the building of the United States. The surprising influence of chambers on American history is something he uncovered in his recently published book, The Magicians of Main Street: America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768-1945. ACCE, founded in 1914, is an association of 1,200 local, regional, and state chambers of commerce, mostly in North America.

#234 Amplified Growth - Kiki L'Italien

Dec 26, 2016 41:02

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Kiki L'Italien is the CEO & Founder of Amplified Growth, a digital marketing firm specializing in SEO and SEM -- search engine optimization and search engine marketing. These types of online outreach are crucial for nonprofits to stay relevant but they are often misunderstood or overlooked. We talk about nonprofit growth, and reaching and engaging current and potential members. As many of our guests have noted on Through the Noise, it is essential to know who you are trying to reach, find out where they spend their time, and meet them where they are. Don't miss this episode if you're struggling with this part of running your nonprofit. Ms. L'Italien also founded and is the host of Association Chat on Twitter every Tuesday at 2pm since 2009. Find it under #assnchat.

#233 National Club Association - Henry Wallmeyer

Dec 19, 2016 43:35

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Today's guest is Henry Wallmeyer, President & CEO of the National Club Association. The National Club Association is the nonprofit that represents and advocates on behalf of all private clubs. Their membership base is the club itself, rather than the staff of the clubs, and they currently have 400 members and are striving to reach 1000. Private clubs took a major hit after the recession as individuals from all walks of life strove to tighten up their budgets and eliminate extraneous expenses. For many, membership in a private club was one of the first things to go and with dwindling individual members, clubs have had to adjust and become more flexible in order to survive. Mr. Wallmeyer would like the members (or the staff of the club) to know that they can easily play an important role in helping the NCA become more effective in helping them -- just get in touch. 

Henry Wallmeyer has more than 15 years of experience in association management, focusing on organizational development, marketing, membership and advocacy. Prior to joining NCA as president & CEO in September 2015, he served in executive management positions with several large trade and professional associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the International Parking Institute, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The National Club Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, serves as the advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in the statehouses and in the courthouses as well as providing resources on industry trends and governance best practices.

#232 Spark Strategy - Lisa Karlisch

Dec 12, 2016 39:58

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If you've recovered from your eating, drinking, and shopping hangovers, join us for a conversation with Lisa Karlisch, a Management Consultant with Sparkfire Strategy. Whether you are with a new organization, thinking of starting one, trying to manage and scale growth, or decide if you've achieved what you set out to do -- Ms. Karlisch can help you figure out where you need to go next. Though many people hope to hire a management consultant to tell them exactly what they need to do, the Sparkfire Strategy approach involves getting people on the same path and making sure that they are walking in the same direction -- and empowering the staff to know how to lead. As Ms. Karlisch notes, in many cases, the process is often as important as the result. Join us today for some great tips to take back to your own organization. And don't forget to review us on iTunes! 

Lisa Karlisch is a Principal at Sparkfire Strategy. Prior to working at Sparkfire, she was the COO at a non-profit organization and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She has her Ph.D. In clinical psychology from Duke University. Sparkfire Strategy is a strategy consulting firm that focuses on foundations and non-profits primarily in the health care, education, and social services sectors.

#231 Fairtrade America - Mary Linnell-Simmons

Dec 5, 2016 43:56

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Grab a cup of coffee for this conversation with Mary Linnell-Simmons of Fairtrade America as we explore the ideas behind "fair trade" and consider the implications of our choices. Do you know anything about that coffee? Who grew the beans? Who harvested them? The fair trade movement is involved in making the entire supply chain fair so producers of food and other goods we depend on are able to live sustainable, healthy lives. Fairtrade America provides a voluntary certification that a product is fair trade and you can find that designation on over 30,000 goods. Awareness of fair trade grows after a catastrophe, like the clothing factory fire in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of workers, prompting people to question the working conditions used to keep clothing so cheap. 

#230 American Moving Storage - Scott Michael

Nov 28, 2016 44:07

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Today's guest is Scott Michael who steps away from his role as President & CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association where he has helped the industry in various capacities over the past 23 years. While moving and storage typically are not the subject of heated dinner party debates, they play an important role in the lives of most people, at least occasionally. Find out how a well-timed and organized move can make all the difference for military families who must move and uproot their entire family every couple of years. Planning a move? Check out this episode to find out when might be the easiest time of year for you and your family.

Scott Michael serves as president and CEO for the American Moving & Storage Association. He has served as the industry's primary liaison to the U.S. Department of Defense, GSA, and other government customers of the moving and storage industry. He was previously vice president for membership and has held other positions with the association and the American Movers Conference during the past two decades. Scott also serves as a vice president of the National Defense Transportation Association, an organization of transportation providers that works in support of the military. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and three daughters. The American Moving & Storage Association represents professional movers and serves as the home of the ProMover certification program for interstate moving companies, with members ranging from small, family-run businesses to national van lines and industry suppliers.

#229 Thread - Delshan Baker

Nov 21, 2016 44:45

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We're very excited to welcome Delshan Baker to the show today. Ms. Baker joins us from an organization in Baltimore called Thread that's been receiving some great publicity. Earlier this year, Ernesto read a profile in the New York Times about the transformative work the staff and volunteers of Thread do for underperforming students in Baltimore. Thread only works with students in the bottom 25% of their class and provides them with a volunteer support network that is available 24 hours a day for 10 years. They manage a spectacular community of volunteers that Show Up and form a family support system that is structured to help the student begin thriving and continue to succeed into adulthood.

Delshan has almost 15 years of operations experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, from managing an $11M budget to launching essential technology projects. She has a BA in Studio Art from Stanford University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and is a Baltimore native.

Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources.

 

#228 American Psychiatric Nurses Association - Nicholas Croce Jr.

Nov 17, 2016 49:05

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Nicholas Croce Jr. joins us today from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association where he represents 11,000 of the country's nurses that treat patients suffering from mental illnesses. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the APNA, Nicholas Croce Jr. had a long career in a number of different fields, including the U.S. Air Force, the Post Office, and work as an x-ray technician before delving into the association world. The work of psychiatric nurses is often misunderstood and they are seen as "the nurses that sit around and play cards with patients," but with 60 million Americans suffering from mental illnesses that cannot be seen or observed quite as easily as a broken leg or bronchitis, these nurses use a variety of techniques of observation to gain a handle on what is bothering the patient -- including patiently playing cards. We discuss the importance of patient-first language such as a "person with alcoholism" rather than an alcoholic, or "a person suffering from schizophrenia" rather than a schizophrenic, acknowledging that the person is more than a major illness or problem.

Nick Croce is a Vietnam Era Veteran with 35 years of managerial experience in not-for-profit organizations. For the past ten years he has serves as the executive director of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association represents the scientific and educational interests of mental-health nurses in the United States.

#227 District of Learning - Peter Guttmacher

Nov 14, 2016 31:05

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Hating school is a time-honored tradition by nearly all students who are forced to attend schools for much of childhood into becoming an adult but today we're sitting down with someone who is working to change the face of education to present a more rounded and useful world view. Peter Guttmacher is the Director of Programming and Curriculum Development for the District of Learning which is an initiative of Fair Chance, the organization we recently had on Through the Noise. Employing recent technological advances in the classroom, students are able to work towards a broader type of education grounded in the real world. Students earn digital badges to illustrate their success in a variety of different areas and are are able to demonstrate their various skills and talents via these badges You might even wish you could go back to school if it could be more like this. Tweets: / New episode with Peter Guttmacher of @dc_learning on experiential learning, digital badges, and the whole student #education #tech

#226 Fair Chance - Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD and Benjamin Bradburn

Nov 10, 2016 48:15

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Most people (and certainly listeners of this podcast!) will agree that no one's future should depend on the zip code where they were born. And today's guests spend every day working to ensure each child actually has a "fair chance," no matter where they were born and it's also the apt title of their organization. Gretchen Van der Veer, Executive Director and Benjamin Bradburn, Director of Development join us to talk about the mission of Fair Chance and the strategic partnerships they form to help different nonprofits become more effective in their services. Similar to an accelerator for start-ups, their partnership program works with organizations for as little as six and as many as 24 months in several key areas of nonprofit management. Next episode we'll delve a little deeper as we chat with one of Fair Chance's partner organizations. PS: Like our work? Rate us on itunes!

#225 BDO USA - Melissa Panagides

Nov 7, 2016 52:03

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Please welcome today's guest Melissa Panagides of BDO USA who was recommended by friend-of-the-show Joan Parker of Counterpart International. Melissa Panagides has been called an "organizational therapist" in her role as Senior Manager of Management Advisory Services at BDO and she helps drive growth through mergers and acquisitions. This is an important episode for anyone managing a nonprofit facing difficult questions about transitions and considering a merger with another organization -- or if you happen to be on the "target" side of the equation, and are being acquired. Find out from an expert in the field how to plan ahead, manage expectations, and support people during this difficult time. 

Melissa Panagides-Busch has been working for over 25 years working getting things done. Her career started in public health and project management, meandered through education research and non-profit management, and is now focused on management advisory services.

BDO USA, LLP is known primary as an accounting firm. The Management Advisory team supports organizations that are going through or considering change. We focus on helping organization identify the right technology for their needs, transform their business and plan and implement mergers and acquisitions.

#224 ASAE - Rhonda Payne

Nov 3, 2016 39:50

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If you're a regular listener of the show, you have probably heard us talk about and host ASAE, and you probably know that they are the American Society of Association Executives and their work is especially relevant to our audience. So we are pleased to welcome Rhonda Payne, ASAE's Chief Learning Officer to Through the Noise today. Though CLO is not a common position in many organizations at this time, it is particularly crucial for ASAE which is hosts a number of conferences every year while offering important trainings for the staff of a wide variety of associations. Ms. Payne is responsible for the development of all of the educational offerings of ASAE, including the on-demand courses that they now have available. Check out this episode for more on ASAE's work and how it can benefit yours today.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

#223 STAQ - Mike Subelsky

Oct 31, 2016 49:59

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If you are new to management, have had problems managing your staff, or are looking for some insight into strategies that might work better with the teams you have in place, today's episode with Mike Subelsky is a great place to start. He is (among other things) Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Staq, a tech start-up based in Balitmore that "makes ad operations more efficient" through compiling data from 350 different platforms. Staq is a rapidly growing company that welcomes people from all backgrounds with an interest in programming and strives to create an organization of empowered staff so that it can continue even when someone is on vacation or leaves the company. "Give away all the credit, take all the blame" is one of the many takeaways from this episode that may help you improve relationships with your staff and help them become more creative and invested. Don't miss these and other essential tips to starting and running organizations in a way that supports people.

Mike is the CTO of STAQ, an enterprise data unification company based in Baltimore and New York. He has started a variety of profit-and-nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Improv Group theater company. STAQ helps businesses retrieve, organize, and take action on all of the data they have stored in many difficult-to-use silos.

#222 Executive Coach - Mike Harden

Oct 27, 2016 39:39

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There are few things today's guest Mike Harden hasn't done prior to becoming a coach to other executives. After a career in business spanning four decades, he has settled into the comfortable role of helping others become better at their own jobs. He says that the most successful people -- and coaching clients -- are those who know that there is much left to learn and are open to listening. There are four key problems that plague companies and organizations and knowing how to identify and when and how to address them is crucial. A proactive approach is best when handling "people problems" (staff), customer, financial, and product and service problems. As a coach who has spent decades as a C-level executive, Mr. Harden has experience in the hiring and firing realm and has some useful advice for anyone losing sleep at night over the possibility of having to fire someone. 

Mike Harden is the Founder and CEO of Clarity Group. Mike is an Executive Coach, specializing in CEOs and C-level executives. With over 13,000 hours of coaching experience and over 42 years of executive experience, Mike is able to help leaders move their organizations to the next level and deliver their own “A” game.

#221 Vessence - Nancy Belmont

Oct 24, 2016 43:23

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Over the next couple of episodes, we'll be hosting guests who specialize in helping people become their best selves. Today we sit down with Nancy Belmont, the Chief Inspiration Officer of Vessence, a company based in Alexandria, Virginia that helps people and brands identify their values so they can pursue them. She walks Blake and Ernesto through the 12 major archetypes as defined by Carol S. Pearson which are useful for individuals and organizations. Are you primarily the magician, sage, jester, or lover? Or perhaps one of the other 8? In order for an organization or business to be successful they must have a variety of different archetypes in order to achieve balance. She coaches companies to identify those types in their brand and adopt a storyline that is most fitting to project to the public. Ms. Belmont asks: Why do you wake up every morning? What motivates you? For some clarifying perspectives, you won't want to miss this episode!

#220 Columbia Books - Joel Poznansky

Oct 20, 2016 55:13

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Compensation is a touchy subject for many drawn to the mission-driven world so we've brought in a guest familiar with associations and the salaries offered across country. Joel Poznansky is the President of Columbia Books & Information Services which publishes a number of essential guides for nonprofit management such as the annual Nonprofit Compensation Report and a comprehensive report of all active associations in the United States. CBIS also publishes the website Association Trends to help association executives keep abreast of current nonprofit developments. 

Joel Poznansky took over Columbia Books and Information Services in 2007 after spending twenty years in the publishing and education industry. Originally a Brit, he came to Harvard Business School for a well earned rest after graduating from Cambridge University and Sandhurst. A 50 year old Washington based publisher that provides information and training for specialized professional groups - particularly the association and non profit world, the congressional and government relations communities, the federal grants and federal contracting communities, and groups impacted by federal regulatory bodies including the FDA and FERC. (Publications include Association TRENDS, the original US Congress Handbook, the Almanac of American Politics, Thompson's Grants Management Handbook).

#219 SmartBrief - Rick Stamberger

Oct 17, 2016 54:23

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Ernesto is back! Stopping back unexpectedly for a break from paternity leave, we have three hosts on the show today since Stephanie Cerulo is still with us as our guest host. Rick Stamberger, the CEO of SmartBrief joins us to talk about the 200 different publications his company produces for over 200 trade associations and 6.6 million subscribers. In business since the early days of email, SmartBrief employs 170 editors, writers, and tech staff who comb over 10,000 different media outlets to bring relevant news for your association. The staff of many nonprofits are focused on mission-driven activities and don't have the time or ability to focus on sending thoughtful, researched news pieces when they matter and SmartBrief makes that possible. If you work for a nonprofit or create a product or service that is essential to those in that industry, this episode could start some wheels turning and potentially save you lots of time, money, and energy to focus on your real work. 

Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief, which he co-founded with Dan O’Brien and Tom Wheeler. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector. Serving nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporate entities.

#218 NAIMA Stacey Fitzgerald Redd

Oct 13, 2016 40:56

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Regular listeners of Through the Noise may recall that Ernesto Glueksmann was about to be a father for the second time and he is now enjoying some much needed paternity leave with his lovely new baby. While Ernesto is away, we are pleased to welcome guest host, Stephanie Cerulo. Today Blake and Stephanie chat with Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. NAIMA is a trade organization representing nine companies involved in all facets of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation. Though not always considered the most glamorous of topics in housing renovations, Ms. Fitzgerald-Redd walks us through several reasons why insulation ought to be on the top of your home care list whether buying, selling, or simply staying put. Did you know, for example, that insulation is one of the very few improvements that boast a 100% (or more) return on investment? If you want to save money today and tomorrow, with the side benefit of reducing your carbon footprint, check out this episode so you don't miss an opportunity to start saving 30% on your energy costs.

Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd is Director, Marketing and Communications for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). Fitzgerald-Redd is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications initiatives designed in support of the mission of NAIMA for fiberglass, rock and slag wool insulation products. Fitzgerald-Redd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University. She and her family reside Springfield, Virginia. Prior to joining NAIMA in 2013, Fitzgerald-Redd was with the USA Rice Federation, where she spent six years developing and implementing communications strategies, writing and editing, reports, publications and newsletters, implementing and managing social media outreach and serving as a media and crisis communications spokesperson. She also worked in employee and customer communications at AMTRAK and spent 13 years working in research, communications and education for the Food Marketing Institute, the international trade association of the supermarket industry. 

#217 American Council on Renewable Energy - Kevin Haley

Oct 10, 2016 41:17

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Ernesto and Blake are joined by Kevin Haley of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) for a conversation about the present and future of energy. As Director of Communications for ACORE, Mr. Haley is responsible for ACORE's Energy Fact Check website which addresses and debunks the myths that persist regarding renewable energy. ACORE is a membership organization and their membership base is comprised of businesses and organizations -- many that are revolutionizing the face of energy production in the U.S. Concerned about jobs and job growth in the transition from non-renewables? Mr. Haley can set your mind at ease. Join us as we delve into some of the myths (and legends!) surrounding the renewable energy industry.

Kevin Haley is responsible for the strategy and execution of the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) communications and marketing outreach across the clean energy industry. Prior to joining ACORE in 2013, Kevin worked in the clean tech space as a communications and research consultant for numerous trade associations, non-profits and private companies. ACORE is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the renewable energy sector through market development, policy changes, and financial innovation.

#216 Brighter Strategies - Elizabeth Scott

Oct 6, 2016 33:30

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Elizabeth Scott helps make nonprofits more effective by building their internal capacity. With a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, Dr. Scott has "written the book" on harnessing the emotional intelligence of staff members so organizations can do more of what they do best. She is the Founder and CEO of Brighter Strategies, a non--profit consulting firm that works with non-profits as a "thought partner" to help build capacity and make the most of their greatest asset -- their human capital. Brighter Strategies hosts a quarterly conference, the Nonprofit Capacity Conference at which 150-200 organizations come together to share best practices and to build capacity within the organization so they can have a greater impact.

Dr. Elizabeth Scott is a scholar-practitioner who has focused her career on providing thought leadership and high value organizational development consulting in support of a stronger social sector. In addition to her work at Brighter Strategies, she is also on the faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she teaches in the Business Psychology department. Brighter Strategies helps nonprofits and associations build internal capacity so they can better meet their missions.

#215 Child Trends - Fred Bollerer

Oct 3, 2016 01:04:03

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On Through the Noise, we've have the opportunity to engage Executive Directors, COOs, Communications Directors, In-field Staff, and neary every staff position essential to running an effective non-profit organization. Though we've recorded over 200 episodes with different non-profit guests, we have never hosted a Board member. Until now. Please welcome Fred Bollerer, Treasurer of the Board for Child Trends, an organization we're pleased to welcome back to the show. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from the perspective of someone so deeply committed to the mission of the organization that they donate their expertise for free. Mr. Bollerer has worked in the financial sector for most of his career and thrives most when he is fixing organizations that are floundering. He points out that non-profits are currently providing 85% of social services in the U.S. -- so how can we make them most effective? Is your organization ready to hire a new Executive Director or other members of the Executive Team? You won't want to miss this episode to hear from a seasoned Executive on what qualities are most essential for good leaders and the changing nature of funding.

"Fred had 32 years in banking with the last position of President and CEO of Riggs Bank until 1997. Then very active in running and serving on the boards of several non-profits and for-profits retiring for the fifth time as Executive Director and President of the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in July, 2013.
" Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children and youth; is #18 and #39 in the country for best places to work for recent grads and women (http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/child-trends); and is growing so check the website for job postings www.childtrends.org/careers.

#214 American Medical Student Association Joshua Caulfield

Sep 29, 2016 43:21

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Joshua Caulfield runs an organization that works to keep future nonprofit leaders in good shape to change the world (well, sort of). As Executive Director of the American Medical Student Association, he heads an organization that is driven by the medical students that comprise its membership. AMSA works to improve the lives of medical students and to prepare them for the challenges of becoming a physician, but also places a large emphasis on activism and being part of "the change" in the medical profession. With 40,000 members, they are a vibrant, chapter-based organization and there's still a chance for you to become a member and sign up for their Fall Conference in Puerto Rico! Registration closes October 5!

Joshua is a non-profit manager who has been blessed to work with a number of associations in the last 18 years. Most recently he has had the opportunity to engage with organization facing serious challenges and helping them reboot successfully. A professional society for the support and advocacy of physicians in training.

#213 Winrock International Peter Saling

Sep 26, 2016 43:44

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Today we return to our exploration of the international development world with our guest Peter Saling of Winrock International. Winrock International was founded by Winthrop Rockefeller to "empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe" using several different approaches. Mr. Saling takes a break from his role in sustainable agriculture to share some of the projects he manages around the globe which both help individuals as well as the larger economy of countries where Winrock works. Cognizant that development is most effective when done with local populations, we learn more about their collaborative efforts as well as a new strategy they will be unveiling soon.

Peter Saling is a Program Manager for Winrock International. He is an international development professional with experience in designing and managing financial sector, economic development, and agriculture programs in 15+ countries. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

#212 Venable LLP Jeffrey Tenenbaum

Sep 22, 2016 44:05

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Have you wondered if it's time for your organization to get an in-house counsel? If you work for a growing organization, you won't want to miss this episode when we sit down with attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum of the law firm Venable LLP. He chairs the firm's Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group and is intimately familiar with the law as it pertains to nonprofits. There are so many ways that organizations can fall behind and get themselves in legal trouble even by having an out of date employee handbook. Delve into this and other legal questions with Jeffrey, Blake, and Ernesto. 

#211 ArtJamz - Michael Clements

Sep 19, 2016 31:56

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As summer comes to a conclusion around much of the United States and outdoor activities become less common, we invited Michael Clements to join us to talk about some other recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages -- might be particularly appealing to the staff of nonprofits after a long day sitting in front of computers. Michael Clements is the founder of ArtJamz, a social art studio where people come together to imbibe tasty beverages in a social environment while painting. Created with the mission of making the world a more creative place, ArtJamz creates jobs for artists by hiring them to work with the attendees of the sessions. If you're in the DC area, stop by to unwind after work one day and create something while meeting new people -- or go with friends. (((Tell them Through the Noise sent you))) 

I'm an artrepreneur. I synthesize my experiences in the arts, entertainment, media, tech, live events and business to form start-ups which disrupt traditional arts paradigms. My overriding philosophy is Business+Creativity=Happiness®.

ArtJamz® is dedicated to making the world a more creative place. We've become paint and sip's most authentic brand by focusing on creatively enabling the creation of original works of art in a social art studio. Our unique freestyle approach is influenced by the spirit of independence and innovation of the Washington D.C. creative scene, home of The Washington Color School, Chuck Brown and Go-Go music, Duke Ellington, Dave Chappelle, Marvin Gaye, Dave Grohl, Henry Rollings, and many more.

#210 The Stoop Laura Wexler

Sep 15, 2016 39:37

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Laura Wexler has been in the storytelling business for a decade and is host of the popular live storytelling event "the Stoop" in Baltimore. The Stoop has an archive of nearly 1000 stories told by different people -- real life stories that don't revolve around a moral or a script -- and allow listeners and the storyteller to deeply connect with each other. Although live storytelling events are now common in most cities around the U.S., when Ms. Wexler started the Stoop, few people understood the concept, but now they sell out every time because people are clamoring to hear other people being real. The Stoop is now a podcast -- you should check it out! 

Laura Wexler is the co-founder and co-producer of The Stoop Storytelling Series, a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features "ordinary" people telling the extraordinary true stories of their lives. Laura frequently presents workshops and coaching sessions to nonprofits and businesses that want to harness the power of true, personal storytelling to communicate a larger story. The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular live show and podcast that features the extraordinary true tales of "ordinary" people. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has sold out nearly every show, and recently expanded its listenership through a weekly podcast.

#209 Spark Influence Bryan Fratkin

Sep 12, 2016 35:28

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Today we are excited to welcome back Bryan Fratkin who joined us last July on Episode 85 (can you believe that was a year ago? Listen to it here: http://throughthenoise.us/mediacast/85-whistle-stop-digital-bryan-fratkin/) as SparkInfluence was getting off the ground. SparkInfluence connects associations and advocacy organizations with marketing -- integrating all the different platforms typically used separately and simplifying the process. Many organizations adopt the non-policy of latching onto any new piece of technology without a plan and use only a fraction of its capacity -- wasting the time of their staff and supporters as well as financial resources. Don't miss this episode if you've ever been frustrated by the abundance of technology, trying to keep up, or getting your message across in a uniform way across all platforms.

Bryan is founder and Managing Partner of Whistle Stop Digital (WSD), leading a team in devising and implementing digital strategy for issue advocacy and PAC campaigns. The goal is always the same; Using a mix of both traditional and innovative tactics, the team works to bolster online communities, build trust in the campaign’s efforts and empower stakeholders into action. Whistle Stop Digital (WSD) is a digital strategy and software firm founded on the idea that issue advocacy, politics and marketing are all converging. WSD’s software platform gives organizations the tools they need to address this changing landscape, allowing them to quickly and easily identify influencers, empower stakeholders, reach decision makers and affect change.

#208 Sisarina Melanie Spring

Sep 8, 2016 33:38

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Listening to today's 33 minute episode with Melanie Spring TODAY is probably one of the most valuable ways you could use half an hour. You'll probably want to take some notes too because during and after this show you will think differently about yourself, your coworkers, and your organization. Melanie Spring is the "Chief Inspiration Officer" of Sisarina, a branding agency in Washington, DC and she has a lot of questions! Join us today as we play the Inside Out Game and Blake and Ernesto assess themselves and each other to find out what they're good at and where they're failing. You can make this a participatory podcast and "workshop" yourself as well. Bonus -- come up with a unique and fun way to answer that often-dreaded question at parties "So, what do you do?" 

Melanie Spring is the Chief Inspiration Officer at Sisarina, DC's brand strategy agency. She's an entrepreneur, international speaker, and approachable badass spreading the gospel of branding on purpose.

Sisarina is a brand strategy agency that starts a bigger discussion in order to create extraordinary marketing, motivated teams, and inspired brand promises - on purpose.

#207 VoiceTrainer Laura Purcell Verdun

Sep 5, 2016 48:45

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Laura Verdun is today's guest and while she does not work with a nonprofit, those who are in the nonprofit world could benefit from her expertise as a speech pathologist. Regardless of our professional roles, almost all of us could stand to be a little more eloquent, to slow down our speech, and to breathe more. Ms. Verdun is a partner in a voice, speech and communication consulting business that addresses and treats a wide range of speech problems ranging from traumatic physical injury to the voice box or muscles to people trying to become better speakers before addressing Congress (since they are based in Washington, DC) or an important meeting or convention. Blake and Ernesto take the opportunity to apply some of her expertise to the world of podcasting and she emphasizes that even though listeners can't see the hosts or guests, they can hear a smile, they can hear engagement and enthusiasm and it's important to speak confidently but at a pace where people can understand you. Don't miss the opportunity to improve your own speech with some great tips from a speech pathologist. 

Laura Purcell Verdun is a licensed and certified speech pathologist who has worked for more than 20 years in the clinical care of voice, airway, motor speech and swallowing disorders. Additionally, she specializes in the refinement of voice and speaking skills for professionals whose skills are not meeting their daily demands, or who are seeking to bring their skills to the next level, so they can present themselves and their message with confidence and clarity.

Voicetrainer, LLC provides customized training and therapy programs for professionals and patients, whether delivering a career-making presentation, discovering your ideal voice, speaking with more precision, impact and confidence, or rehabilitating a life-long or acquired speech, voice, or breathing disorder.

#206 Edison Research Tom Webster

Sep 1, 2016 40:49

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Today we take the opportunity to talk to someone who is has excited about podcasts as we are. Tom Webster of Edison Research -- a firm based in New Jersey that specializes in polls, marketing, and research. In May they released a report "The Podcast Consumer 2016" which revealed the results of their decade of studying podcasts. Podcasting has grown exponentially in the past 12 months and traditional advertisers are scrambling to find ways to target the audiences that were once easily accessible on television and radio. We have been working with a number of clients to help develop their own podcasts and as Blake mentions -- everyone always wants a lot of quality (engaged) listeners immediately -- so on this episode we explore developing an audience. Want to know where podcasts are going in the future? Don't miss this episode!

#205 American Soy Association Patrick Delaney

Aug 29, 2016 49:24

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Listeners of the show may recall that Blake has recently become a(n unlikely) vegan and a more frequent consumer of some items eschewed many -- like the soybean -- fundamental ingredient of the often misunderstood tofu. So today we chat with Patrick Delaney of the American Soybean Association who helps dispel some myths about soybeans. Have you ever wondered about the "man boob" rumor -- that soybeans are packed with estrogen and will make men less masculine? We'll address that issue before we dive into some of the other facets of the ASA which is a policy organization, like many associations we have on the show, and they face many of the same problems such as how to get your story heard "through the noise" (can you hear Blake ringing the bell and shouting "ding ding ding!"?). The ASA has 25,000 members in 30 states and has had a fascinating approach to holding their annual conference. Don't miss this episode to learn about the collaborations they're building to strengthen farmers across the board (and country). 

Patrick Delaney is the director of policy communication for the American Soybean Association, where he directs the association’s public messaging on a variety of federal policy issues impacting soybean farmers. Prior to his time with ASA, Patrick managed communication for the United Fresh Produce Association and has experience in the radio, print, sports, and agency public relations industries. The American Soybean Association represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.

#204 Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman - Jennifer Arminger, CPA and Consultance Accounting Services - Orin Schepps, CPA

Aug 25, 2016 41:12

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We had some questions about the financial side of operating nonprofits and so we invited two people on the show to set our minds at ease. Orin Schepps is Founder & CEO of Consultance Accounting Services and Jennifer Arminger of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman join us to talk about two sides of the nonprofit accounting coin. Consultance Accounting Services is an accounting firm that helps nonprofits streamline their accounting procedures and Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman have worked with over 500 nonprofit clients in the auditing capacity. We pick their brains for their favorite apps to boost time and financial management skills and they have some great suggestions for integrating these systems with your bookkeeping to keep the process as painless as possible. 

Jennifer Arminger, CPA is an Audit Partner with Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman, CPAs and specializes in auditing and accounting services for tax-exempt organizations, both domestically and nationally. Additionally, she has extensive expertise in compliance audits in accordance with uniform guidance (formerly A-133), and helps manage the employee benefit plan practice in the firm. Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman, CPAs is a nationally and internationally recognized firm in the field of non-profit auditing and tax compliance, working with over 500 exempt organizations.

#203 JL Ayers Consulting - Jennifer Ayers

Aug 22, 2016 41:51

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Jennifer Ayers runs J. L. Ayers Consulting, a management consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits to help them become more effectitve and efficient. We spend much of the episode talking about the Board of Directors -- how to pick them, how to train them, how much to involve them, how to keep them fundraising. Ms. Ayers is a proponent of the "State of the Union" address to hold annually for the board to make sure they are aware of the work of the association -- especially for the boards of larger, national nonprofits where the board may not know each other. 

JL Ayers Consulting is an independent management consulting practice designed to help organizations determine how to understand where they are, where they want to go and how to get there. With good assessment, solid business practices and high quality back-office infrastructure, organizations may become more innovative, creative and prepared to realize goals.

Jennifer Ayers started her consulting practice after 15 years in the nonprofit industry. She now has nearly 20 years of experience working and serving nonprofits at an Executive level. She has worked for traditional 501c3, professional societies and others. Her clients and projects are normally experiencing some sort of change- they range from professional and trade groups to start up 501c3 to political organizations. Jennifer also serves as the secretary of the Board of Directors of PRS, Inc., and is the President of Living Legends of Alexandria.

#202 Center for Democracy and Technology - Abigail Goliber

Aug 18, 2016 36:20

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Abigail Goliber of the Center for Democracy and Technology joins us today to talk about her role as Director of Development and some of the stratgeties she employs to effectively raise money. The Center for Democracy and Technology is a "policy shop" that focuses on keeping the internet "open, innovative, and free" for everyone. As Director of Development, she is usually not the person to do the Ask but does the preliminary work of determining who should be asked and cultivating those relationships -- then the CEO or another person will actually ask for the contribution sometimes doesn't happen for 1-2 years. In Ms. Goliber's fundraising research she uses a process called "LAI" to determine the top 10 people to approach to ask for money and then builds the relationship to make the Ask possible or likely. If you are responsible for fundraising for your organization, you can't afford to miss this episode! 

Abigail Goliber is the Director of Development at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a champion of global online civil liberties and human rights. Prior to joining CDT, Abbie led the development efforts at 501cTECH, a local nonprofit supporting the technology of other nonprofits in the region, and honed her fundraising skills at two international human rights organizations, the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights and Freedom House. She is fond of dusty vinyl, databases, and her two children.

#201 Wakeman Consulting Group - Dave Wakeman

Aug 15, 2016 45:41

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Regular listeners of Through the Noise may remember today's guest, Dave Wakeman who joined us about 50 episodes ago to discuss why nonprofits should run like a business. Check it out after this episode. (http://throughthenoise.us/mediacast/151-david-wakeman/). His last appearance was so packed with valuable info, we just had to see what we secrets we could get him to spill this time.

Principal of the Wakeman Consulting Group, he's known as the "Revenue Architect" and helps organizations -- nonprofits and for-profits -- become more effective and make more money. Sounds great, right? Today we'll talk about the importance of storytelling in conveying your mission. Through the lens of Bunnies for Bethesda, we'll figure out how to grow effectively and scale that growth in a way that makes sense for the mission. You'll also find out more about the new Non-profit Advisory Board Networking Group we've recently initiated.

Dave Wakeman is known as "The Revenue Architect." His firm works with organizations to maximize their revenue structures. Dave writes a weekly newsletter all about value creation in your organization

#200 The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Arlene Pietranton

Aug 11, 2016 55:22

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Today we are celebrating the 200th Episode of Through the Noise and we do so by welcoming Dr. Arlene Pietranton of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHA is a major membership organization -- representing 186,000 members working to make "effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all." Their members use both science and art in order to diagnose their patients and the staff also takes an innovative approach to running the organization. Rather than "supervisors", managers and other directors play the role of "coaches," leading, guiding, and mentoring the staff, rather than overseeing. Dr. Pietranton has been in the field for 22 years so you won't want to miss her expertise as a pathologist or the insights she shares after many years as a C-level executive. 

#199 Capitol Hill Group Ministry - Karen Cunningham

Aug 8, 2016 40:00

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Karen Cunningham of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry joins us to talk about their work to help people get and maintain safe and stable housing in Washington, DC. The CHGM has been working to empower individuals in the Capitol Hill area of DC since 1967 when it was formed by a number of congregations in the area aiming to collaborate on social justice issues. Ms. Cunningham's interest in this field started as a child when she was inspired to run a canned food drive to help those less fortunate in her community. We learn about the District (of Columbia)'s ambitious plan to eradicate homelessness among veterans, individuals, and families and get down to the nitty-gritty details of managing an nonprofit. Don't miss the discussion on the importance of staying focused on your organization's strategic plan and pursuing programs that contribute to those long-term goals.

Karen Cunningham is the executive director of Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM). She has worked in nonprofit management and provided legal and social services for domestic violence survivors and homeless individuals and families for more than fifteen years.

CHGM is a non-sectarian, independent nonprofit that provides empowering human services to help homeless and at-risk individuals and families on Capitol Hill and across the District of Columbia access and maintain safe and stable housing.

#198 FCC Charlie Meisch

Aug 4, 2016 42:58

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Charlie Meisch joined the Federal Communications Commission just over a year ago as Senior Advisor to the Incentive Auction Task Force. He describes the FCC as the "stewards of the public's airwaves" and as such are responsible for the ways that people communicate wirelessly. In 2002 the Commission identified the need to make more space for broadband and while a solution was found and authorized by Congress in 2010, the Auctions just started this year. The Task Force developed an innovative approach to the ever-increasing problem of limited bandwidth for our data-hungry lives and earlier this year implemented the Incentive Auction -- a way of freeing up extra space on the broadcast spectrum to embrace new and evolving technologies. Mr. Meisch describes his role as "Explainer in Chief" and a lot of his role involves speaking to journalists, small groups, and podcasts like Through the Noise to clarify the what these auctions may mean for the American consumer -- and how they can assist and influence similar agencies in Latin America and Europe. Join us today to learn more about this crucial way we communicate and get a behind the scenes look at many of the facets of technology we take for granted.

Charlie Meisch is a policy communications professional with 20 years' experience serving the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Long fascinated by our legal institutions' flexibility to adapt to new knowledge, Charlie specializes in science and technology policy. His expertise lies in taking a deep dive into the substance of issues and emerging with plain language that is accessible to lawmakers, the press, and the public - without sacrificing the key details.

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States' primary authority for communications laws, regulation and technological innovation.

#197 Child Trends Natalia Pane

Aug 1, 2016 45:25

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Today we're joined by Natalia Pane of Child Trends who manages to make even the Government Accoutability Movement sound compelling. As Senior Vice President for Research and Operations, Ms. Pane has her hand in many facets of running the nonprofit Child Trends -- a research organization focused on improving the lives of children and their families. As a research organization, their work can be considered successful even when they discover that something is not working -- when they can prove a program or strategy is ineffective or even harmful and eliminate it. This can have positive impacts for children, families, and other organizations by publishing the results and making them widely available, although as Ms. Pane points out, many publications are loathe to publish findings that are negative so they make their research known to their 25,000 subscribers and other followers. Beyond the research, Natalia Pane walks us through some of the ways Child Trend is succeeding on the human resources front and how they became listed as 39th best employer in the country for women. 

For more than 20 years, Natalia Pane has worked closely with the leadership of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofits to collect and use better data—from federal statistics to performance measures—to improve children’s lives. Her work and commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribute, CNN, NBC News, and Huffington Post Parents amo­­­­­­­­ng others, and she now oversees about 110 research staff and is responsible for ensuring the effective management, strategic growth, and quality of research and workplace at Child Trends

Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children and youth; is #18 and #39 in the country for best places to work for recent grads and women (http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/child-trends); and is growing so check the website for job postings www.childtrends.org/careers.

#196 International Fund for Animal Welfare - Andy Wilson

Jul 28, 2016 49:08

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Andy Wilson, Vice President of Development for the International Fund for Animal Welfare joins us today to explore a new topic for Through the Noise -- animals. Andy Wilson ensures that the International Fund for Animal Welfare has enough funds to complete their operations --- raising $75 million each year to support 250 staff doing projects in 40 different countries. The IFAW was started in 1969 by a man who was frustrated with the killing of seals for fur in Canada and has since grown exponentially and continues to have a great impact in protecting individual animals and animal ecosystems. Recognizing that human development is intrinsically linked to the elimination of animal habitats, they work to address the causes of the problem holistically. Listen up for some tips on development and how the heartwarming success stories of those not-so-cuddly Siberian Tigers help grow the organization.

Andy Wilson leads IFAW’s global development team including major donors, foundation relations, direct mail, advisory councils and online giving. Andy supports IFAW’s mission by creating innovative marketing strategies that lead to increased awareness, fundraising revenue, relevance and respect among our current target donor audiences as well as identifying new audiences to meet our fundraising needs into the future. The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s mission is to rescue and protect animals around the world through campaigning and advocacy.

#195 World Bank Group Lindsey Buss

Jul 25, 2016 45:43

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Today's guest is Lindsey Buss of the World Bank Group. As Senior Officer for Community Outreach, he works with a program called Community Connections and facilitates the giving back of $6.6 million by 69% of the 10,000 person staff of the World Bank. Unlike grants which require the recipients to spend their funds in a certain fashion, the contributions collected by the WBG are not restricted and do not require detailed reporting. The Community Connections program is part of the corporate social responsibility arm of the World Bank which also allows staff to volunteer during the work week for local nonprofits, contributing their expertise to local causes about which they are passionate. Join us today for a discussion about the benefits of giving back to the community where you live and work and how that involvement through the workplace can attract and retain key talent. 

Lindsey Buss is Senior Officer for Community Connections at the World Bank Group, where he oversees philanthropic, volunteer, and a variety of other community activities such as the high school internship program. Prior to joining the World Bank, Lindsey served for nine years as President & CEO of Martha’s Table, an education and nutrition nonprofit in Washington, DC and seven years as an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The World Bank Group’s mission is to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity worldwide and through its Community Connections program it supports those efforts in its host city of Washington, D.C. with a variety of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

#194 The C Suite Kevin Morgan

Jul 21, 2016 47:53

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Kevin Morgan specializes in helping companies and nonprofits become more effective and efficient. He is the CEO and Founder of The C-Suite and joins us today to talk about his work making great organizations even better and helping struggling organizations become functional and successful so that they can more fully focus on their mission. He is an advocate for mentorship and addresses the value he has received as a mentor and a mentee, saying "if you don't have a mentor, you're doing yourself a disservice." Do you agree? Don't miss this episode of Through the Noise for this conversation and to get some tips for making your department or organization thrive. 

Kevin Morgan, founder of TheC-Suite.co, is a corporate and nonprofit turnaround specialist. He has helped stabilize, optimize, and scale nonprofits and companies as CEO, COO, as well as head of finance, HR, client service delivery and as a board member.

TheC-Suite.co builds better nonprofits by implementing business discipline at the tactical, strategic, and governance levels.

#193 Maven Women - Rebecca Ballard

Jul 18, 2016 55:33

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Rebecca Ballard is the Founder and CEO of Maven Women, a socially conscious clothing company that creates professional clothing for women that considers the social and environmental of their product along every step of the supply chain. Though Maven Women is not a nonprofit, Ms. Ballard has a background in both nonprofits and consulting and her company is founded on many of the same principles that motivate nonprofits. She joins us today for a conversation about social entrepreneurship, paying the "true cost" of products we purchase, and how our choices can shape our world. She has three important tips for our listeners who may be considering a change in their buying habits to reflect a more broadly-sustainable approach, factoring in the human, social, and environmental cost.

Serving as a Chief Marketing Officer for the last decade, Jimena has been responsible for the design, direction and implementation of marketing strategies and programs for Raffa, P.C. -a certified B –Corp, Top 100 nationally ranked professional services firm dedicated to helping great organizations thrive. She also leads and manages the firm's corporate social responsibility initiatives and reporting. Prior to joining Raffa, Jimena was a successful entrepreneur , a nonprofit consultant and also a teacher.. With nearly 250 on-staff professionals and 17 partners, Raffa is now recognized as one of the 100 largest and best-managed accounting firms in the U.S. They are among the first Washington DC area businesses to earn B Corporation Certification. Serving as advisors and back office solution providers to nonprofit organizations and businesses, Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures that each client’s success is sustained and maintained.

#192 Congressman Don Beyer

Jul 14, 2016 26:47

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Today we're excited to welcome Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia's 8th District to Through the Noise to discuss civil engagement and participation and the best ways to effect change. Congressman Beyer represents one of the smallest districts in the country by area but one of the most dense in population. Congressman Beyer explains his motivations for the daunting task of running for office and the desire to make a positive difference in the world and to leave the world a better place is a major driver for him as he ages. He is deeply concerned with climate change and works devotely to be a voice of reason and factual information when so many are spreading misinformation and doubt. Don't miss our first ever episode with a U.S. Congressman! 

Congressman Don Beyer is serving his first term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, is Ranking Member on the Oversight Subcommittee to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama. Creating the new American economy, fighting climate change, ensuring women’s economic empowerment.

#191 Raffa - Jimena Ryan

Jul 11, 2016 41:26

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Jimena Ryan is the Chief Marketing Officer with Raffa PC, an accounting and technology consulting firm focused on empowering nonprofits and other companies working to make positive change in the world. She joins us to talk about socially responsible investing, what it means to be a B Corporation, collaborating with other members of the B Corp community, and how companies can use their resources and influence to improve the communities where they work and live. Ms. Ryan owned a high end event planning firm for 20 years prior to joining Raffa and the story of her career transition is valuable for anyone considering a career change.

Serving as a Chief Marketing Officer for the last decade, Jimena has been responsible for the design, direction and implementation of marketing strategies and programs for Raffa, P.C. -a certified B –Corp, Top 100 nationally ranked professional services firm dedicated to helping great organizations thrive. She also leads and manages the firm's corporate social responsibility initiatives and reporting. Prior to joining Raffa, Jimena was a successful entrepreneur , a nonprofit consultant and also a teacher.. With nearly 250 on-staff professionals and 17 partners, Raffa is now recognized as one of the 100 largest and best-managed accounting firms in the U.S. They are among the first Washington DC area businesses to earn B Corporation Certification. Serving as advisors and back office solution providers to nonprofit organizations and businesses, Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures that each client’s success is sustained and maintained.

#190 Tate Cummings - Michael Cummings

Jul 7, 2016 48:14

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Michael Cummings of Tate Cummings is our next guest we meet during our time at the ASAE headquarters in Washington, DC. Tate Cummings is an association consulting company serving nonprofits of all types, but specializing in associations and branding. Today's episode is packed with information that any association executive or human resources manager won't want to miss. Are the human resources of those in Human Resources being wasted on hiring and firing? Some associations are catching up with the corporate world in recognizing the changing nature of work with the transition of generations as Millennials become more dominant in workplaces -- but many are stuck in their old work model and aren't quite sure how to react to increased demands not just for work-life balance, but also work that will be satisfying and have a positive impact. Is your organization still creaking along, demanding hourly commitments rather than results? Michael Cummings has some brilliant insights to offer when he sits down with Ernesto and Blake -- join us too.

Having been steeped in a brew of Association & Nonprofit Management and Consumer & B2B Branding, Marketing, Public Relations and Sales for more than 25 years, Cummings will take your situation, let it percolate, then provide you with a set of recommendations that may not always be what you want to hear but will always be what you need to know. And if he can’t execute on the recommendations himself, he will find you someone who can. tate / cummings was established with the core belief that the symbiotic relationship between the board, staff and suppliers is essential to the individual success of all three components: where the group succeeds so does the individual.

#189 National Association of Federal Veterinarians - Mariana Barros

Jul 4, 2016 30:08

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We bring you another episode of Through the Noise from the headquarters of the American Society of Association Executives and chat with Mariana Barros of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. The NAFV represents about 1,000 of veterinarians that work for the federal government and help protect our food supply. Stationed at every plant involved in food production, federal veterinarians ensure the safety of the food Americans. The National Association of Federal Veterinarians is part of the American Veterinary Medical Association although it's members are more specialized and focus on public health rather than care of animals as pets. Much of their membership is close to retirement and so Ms. Barros and others in NAFV work to let new veterinary students know that there are other options besides private practice.

Mariana C. Barros, began working in the arts non-profit sector in 2012, then transitioned to the NAFV, a medical association, in 2014. "NAFV is the recognized representative organization for veterinarians employed by the federal government.
“Federal Veterinarians Protect and Improve Public and Animal Health and Welfare”

NAFV Continuing Education Portal – in partnership with the World veterinary Association, NAFV brings a resource for continuing education & development with courses available from world class universities and education institutions."

#188 International Association for the Study of Pain - Matthew D'Uva

Jun 30, 2016 44:17

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Through the Noise is still reporting from ASAE headquarters and invited an association head to join us on the show -- Matthew R. D’Uva, Executive Director of the International Assocation for the Study of Pain. IASP was founded in 1974 and now has chapters in 90 countries, which rotate hosting the "World Congress of Pain," their biennial convention. IASP's membership is comprised of scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers and the organization brings these parties together to share advances and improve the adminstration of pain relief for people throughout the world. Mr. D'Uva tells of the IASP's unusual founder -- John J. Bonica who wrestled professionally while putting himself through medical school, and you won't want to miss his responses to the WAG segment! 

#187 ASAE - John Graham

Jun 27, 2016 44:37

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Friend of the show John Graham is our guest today as we report from the offices of the American Society of Association Executives. He last joined us to talk about his role as President and CEO and the work of ASAE on Episode 74 (http://throughthenoise.us/mediacast/74-asae-john-graham/) and today's episode is just as illuminating as the first. Other associations work to advance the goals of their mission while ASAE's work serves the executives of those organizations helping make them more effective. We learn about their "NPD" or New Product Development structure of creating business plans for nonprofit offerings as well as their exciting new conference, the Experience Design Project which connects leadership across the spectrum of meeting and conference planning. You won't want to miss this or our thrilling new segment WAG -- the Word Association Game.

John H. Graham has been the President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 2003, and he has been involved in associations for more than 40 years. Previously, he served as CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for 13 years and worked for a total of 24 years at ADA.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

#186 Infamia - Mickey Panayiotakis

Jun 23, 2016 42:15

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Mickey Panayiotakis, the managing partner of Infamia joins us in the studio to discuss some of the most common tech problems facing nonprofits today. Infamia is the web services company he runs with your friendly Through the Noise host Ernesto Gluecksmann for a behind the scenes look at the work that motivated Blake and Ernesto to team up and create this podcast focusing on nonprofits "sprinkled with technology." Mickey discusses some common causes of hacking and how to avoid them; setting realistic expectations for website creation and development based on the size, scope, and budget of an organization -- and why we can't all have a website like Uber. 

Mickey Panayiotakis is the managing partner and technical director for Infamia with 17 years of experience in the Internet backbone industry. He has worked for a variety of nonprofit and private sector organizations since 1995, with a commitment to process-driven management. He is an experienced leader of development and design teams with a unique capacity to translate client requirements into technical documentation and provide integral insights to clients throughout a project lifecycle.

Infamia manages website and databases for nonprofits.

#185 Stein Mitchell - Rory Kelly

Jun 20, 2016 42:07

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Today we take a little respite from the world of strictly nonprofits and speak with Rory Kelly whose role is quite different than most of our guests on Through the Noise. Kelly is the Chief Investigator for Washington, DC-based law firm Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner and is responsible for the research and analysis for cases -- often cases brought against corporations as whistleblowers. There's a bit more intrigue than usual as we dive into some of the realms Mr. Kelly investigates. Listen up for a change of pace as Blake and Ernesto pepper Mr. Kelly with questions and fit in a few questions about nonprofits.

Mr. Kelly's investigations largely focus on pharmaceutical and financial fraud. He has vast experience guiding clients through the process of filing whistleblower claims and conducting large-scale, global investigations in conjunction with various federal and state agencies.

Stein Mitchell is a leading litigation law firm based in Washington, D.C. and has provided seasoned and effective counsel in complex, high-stakes litigation and investigations for clients for more than 50 years.

#184 Gandhi Brigade - Evan Glass

Jun 16, 2016 35:13

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Evan Glass, Executive Director of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media joins us to talk about the after school programs in media development his organization offers for middle and high school students in Silver Spring, Maryland. Founded in 2005 as a way for youth voices to be heard during the early days of the Iraq War when they were mostly unheard, the Gandhi Brigade teaches students skills in graphic design, documentary film making, and other media arts. They recently produced a documentary about the juvenile justice system in Maryland that won best high school film at the DC Independent Film Festival and was nominated for a number of other awards. Don't miss this episode -- Through the Noise learns about a different type of organization than we normally have on the show and we explore Snapchat and other new media that (nearly) puts Blake over the edge!

Evan Glass first arrived in Washington, DC to attend American University and study journalism and political science. He then began a 12-year career as a CNN producer covering Congress, national politics and the 2008 presidential campaign. Evan is also a civic activist in his Silver Spring community, advocating on behalf of affordable housing and public transportation. He became executive director of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media in the fall of 2014

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is a nonprofit that runs after school programs teaching youth empowerment through media creation and community leadership.

#183 Allergy & Asthma Network - Tonya Winders

Jun 13, 2016 24:21

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Tonya Winders is President and CEO of the Allergy & Asthma Network, a national nonprofit working to raise awareness about and provide support for those suffering from allergies and asthma. The organization has only been around for 30 years but has a membership of 2 million -- mostly comprised of families dealing with the problems of allergies and asthma -- with a 10% representation from the people who treat them. Membership is free so they are able to reach as many people as possible and get them involved without financial barriers and they raise money through ads in publications and other sources. Allergies affect over 50 million Americans and the numbers are continuously rising and the length of allergy problems is growing with climate change so the Allergy & Asthma Network provides education and outreach through their network of 800 volunteers.

Tonya Winders is the CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network, the nation's largest nonprofit dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research. Tonya has over 16 years experience in healthcare and is the mother of five children, four of whom have allergies and/or asthma.

#182 American Intellectual Property Law Association - Meghan Donohoe

Jun 9, 2016 43:19

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Meghan Donohoe joins us from the American Intellectual Property Law Association where she is the Chief Operations Officer. The AIPLA is the professional membership organization for lawyers practicing in the field of Intellectual Property Rights. The AIPLA is responsible for creating the continuing education programs and credits which help the practicing lawyers become better at their jobs and stay current with developments or changes in the law. In existence since 1897, the AIPLA is well versed in the needs of property lawyers and the clients they serve helps grow the industry and ensure it is represented on Capitol Hill.

Meghan Donohoe is the Chief Operating Officer at AIPLA, and has served in this capacity for the past 15 years. Association management is the career path that Ms. Donohoe chose. Prior to joining AIPLA, Ms. Donohoe was employed for several years at the Roscoe Pound Institute, a civil justice institute and "think tank". The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practive, in government service, and in the academic community, wth nearly 14,000 members. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practive of patent, trademark, copyright, and infair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

#181 Infogroup - Stephanie Ceroule

Jun 6, 2016 52:16

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Today's guest, Stephanie Cerulo is Vice President of Major Markets Account Development for Infogroup, a company that gets your message in the hands of the people most likely to support your organization -- and support it at a higher level. (Infogroup is also a sponsor of your friendly podcast about nonprofits, Through the Noise) They run a cooperative donor database as part of their direct mail program and are able to remove those who already donate to eliminate the embarrassment of doing a first time "ask" of someone familiar with and supportive of your work. If you'd like to find out how your organization can cut "through the noise" to reach people the people who really need to hear your message, don't miss this episode.

Stephanie Ceruolo is Vice President and General Manager of the Nonprofit Solutions business unit within data company, Infogroup. She has over 20 years’ experience helping non-profit organizations with fundraising and marketing, most of it focused on direct marketing strategies and the data that drives them.

 

#180 Global Fund for Children - Susan Goodell

Jun 2, 2016 42:40

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Susan Goodell today joins us to talk about her role as Executive Director of the Global Fund for Children. The Global Fund is a nonprofit that funds and strengthens smaller, grassroots organizations around the world that are using creative approaches to solve problems for the world's most vulnerable children. Ms. Goodell talks about the importance of corporate partnerships which allow her organization to have a greater impact by reaching, training, and funding additional groups that may not have access to corporate donors. They currently assist and are helping grow 230 partners around the world with a small staff of 25 and understand the necessity of storytelling in fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Susan Goodell is an experienced non-profit professional who has been serving as the CEO for The Global Fund for Children for just over two years now. She came to The Global Fund for Children with a background in fundraising, corporate partnerships, non-profit management and public policy, and is now committed to strengthening the work of grassroots partners working with children around the world.

The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in small, locally led grassroots organizations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

#179 Community Lodgings - Lynn Thomas and Jasmine Witcher

May 30, 2016 46:59

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Lynn Thomas, Executive Director of Community Lodgings and Jasmine Witcher, Director of Development join us today to talk about their work in Alexandria, VA which works to lift people out of homelessness and help them transition into stable housing and self-sufficiency. Lack of affordable housing is a growing problem around the country and it is particularly bad in the Washington, DC area so Community Lodgings provides a way for families to live in an apartment, rather than a shelter, while going through their very successful program. Working with dedicated caseworkers, the clients learn budgeting skills, receive help getting out of debt, and resolve other barriers to transition to full housing. Jasmine Witcher shares her persuasive "Ask" which is key in fundraising to make the work of Community Lodgings possible.

Lynn Thomas joined Community Lodgings as Executive Director in January 2014 bringing 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience, particularly in grants administration, affordable housing and supportive housing management. She is a certified housing counselor, holds a Master's of Human Services from Lincoln University, PA and is an active member of the Governing Board of the Alexandria Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Jasmin brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in housing and homelessness issues. In her role at Community Lodgings, Jasmin oversees all aspects of a comprehensive development program to provide long-term funding stability for the organization.

Community Lodgings is an Alexandria, VA based nonprofit established in 1987 with a mission to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through transitional housing, affordable housing and youth education programs

#178 Advisory Board - Graham McLaughlin

May 26, 2016 45:05

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Graham McLaughlin has a pretty cool job. He gets to help his community and help his colleagues do the same through managing the Corporate Responsibility office of the Advisory Board Company. The Advisory Board is a consulting firm focused on making mission-driven organizations do their work better and more effectively but they are also known for their commitment to giving back to the communities around the world where their 4,000 employees live. Through their corporate responsibility program, they encourage employees to donate their time and skills to local organizations doing something meaningful and allow everyone to volunteer 10 daytime hours every month in order to maximize their impact. Don't miss this episode to find out how a workplace policy that builds in the ability to work for others is making the individuals volunteering more focused and better at their jobs while improving their cities and towns. Could something like this work for your organization?

Graham McLaughlin is the Managing Director of Community Impact at Advisory Board Company. In addition to his business role, he is the co-founder of Clean Decisions, a social enterprise supporting and hiring only individual coming out of incarceration, and has been published or profiled in Guardian Sustainable Business, Washington Post, ABC News, Forbes, National Journal, Washington Business Journal, and others for this professional and personal work

The Advisory Board Company, a global technology, research, and consulting firm partnering with 125,000 leaders at over 4,000 organizations across health care and higher education

#177 Signature Theatre - Eric Schaeffer

May 23, 2016 43:36

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Today we sit down with Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. He founded the nonprofit theater in 1989 with actor Donna Migliaccio to stage smaller, more innovative, and challenging productions then available at the time in the Washington, DC area. Their productions are consistently nominated for awards and in 2009 they won a Tony award -- the most prestigious award of the theater world -- for best regional theater. Signature Theatre also has an educational component with two full-time staff and teaches programs in schools as well as teaching adults. Find out how Eric Schaeffer turned a dream into a one of the most respected theaters in the country.

Eric Schaeffer is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 90 Helen Hayes Awards with an additional 368 nominations for theater excellence in Washington, DC. On Broadway, Schaeffer directed Gigi, the critically acclaimed Follies as well as the Tony Award®-winning Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days and Putting It Together.

Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work.

#176 Verto Solutions - John Cox

May 19, 2016 52:24

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 John Cox is a managing partner of Verto Solutions, an association management firm which run most -- or all -- staff functions of associations. Working with seven different organizations, they help plan and execute conferences, membership programs, and technology solutions. Social media is one key realm where nonprofits need to improve in order to have a dialogue with their members. Don't miss this informative episode covering generational change, Millennials, technology, and connecting people.

John Cox focuses his skills helping associations serve their members in effective and innovative ways. He has provided advocacy, communications, and legal counsel to the food and cosmetic ingredient industries since 2000. John is a lawyer, a communicator, and an association executive, bringing passion and expertise to all three roles.

Verto Solutions is a professional management and scientific services company located in Washington, DC. We specialize in providing thoughtful and effective solutions to clients in food, agriculture, and science-focused industries.

#175 Unemployment Services Trust - Donna Groh

May 16, 2016 38:50

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Today we're joined by Donna Groh, Executive Director of Unemployment Services Trust -- a sponsor of Through the Noise. Like many of the guests on our show, Unemployment Services Trust exists to serve nonprofits helps them become more effective organizations. Many -- if not most -- nonprofits overpay in taxes and UST analyzes nonprofits and provides cost-saving support. They are also expanding their focus to assist nonprofits in retaining employees while also offering a placement assistance programs in the event that someone must be laid off. Ms. Groh mentioned that 65% of their members don't pay annual admin costs for the programs because the interest from their savings account covers it. Listen up to find out how you can save your organization money and better prepare for the future

As the Executive Director of UST, Donna Groh is responsible for the effective management of the Trust and manages relationships between UST, its service providers and its partners to assure the Trust is meeting the needs of its members. Groh has broad experience in not-for-profit organizations, associations and healthcare. Donna was the Executive Director of Toastmasters International where during her tenure the international membership grew by 50% and their net assets doubled. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations & Business Development for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Previously, Groh was Vice President/COO of the Irvine Medical Center and Regional Hospital. She has a BS and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and has completed coursework for an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

UST’s purpose is to help nonprofit organizations manage and reduce their unemployment costs, while also helping remove back-office burden and paperwork, so they have more time and more money for their missions.

#174 CostTree - Nicolie Lettini and Cathy Galbraith

May 12, 2016 35:03

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A lot of people get into nonprofits because they are passionate about the mission or cause of an organization, not necessarily because they are stellar accountants (though there are some). That's why we've brought back Cathy Galbraith and Nicolie Lettini of CostTree to clarify some of the most opaque aspects of nonprofit management. Lately, funding trends have started moving in the direction of understanding direct and indirect costs and it is important for nonprofits to get it as well. Too many are stuck in the "Nonprofit Starvation Cycle" -- constantly struggling to produce tremendous results without accurate funding in place. Join us today to find out how you can more appropriately fund your work.

Overhead on the mind of most nonprofit leaders these days. The new Uniform Guidance, which pulls together eight different OMB circulars, has changed the way federally funded nonprofits get reimbursed for their indirect costs (overhead). For more than 16 years, CostTree’s CEO, Nicolie Lettini, has created cost allocation plans and indirect cost rate proposals (ICRP) for government agencies. Now she is bringing that experience to the nonprofit world. According to Lettini, “It’s time to stop starving nonprofits and allow them to achieve their true impact. It starts with reimbursing them for their true costs,”

CostTree is a cloud-based cost allocation software that simplifies the process of creating an indirect cost rate and allows for maximum transparency.

#173 Building Momentum - Brad Halsey

May 9, 2016 51:22

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Brad Halsey is CEO and Founder of Building Momentum, a firm based in Alexandria, VA that specializes in intensive technological training with practical applications. Working in the high-paced, high-stakes, and high-pressure environment of a warzone, he created solutions that were put into place to directly save lives. His enthusiasm for education is contagious and since returning from his time in Iraq, he has been using it to educate government contractors, government officials, teachers, and -- recently -- children. Ernesto and Blake have some great ideas to help him grow his newest venture.

Brad Halsey, CEO of Building Momentum and of the non-profit TechGarden, is at his best when he is solving, or teaching others to solve, the hardest, most important, and the most time-critical technical problems we face. Brad prides himself as an experienced and extremely motivated scientist who thrives at leading or mentoring teams of fellow scientists, engineers, educators, community members, veterans, and kids to develop bespoke technology to rapidly solve critical technology problems—especially in challenging, austere, and combat environments.

TechGarden is focused on providing the resources for teaching problem solving with technology to the community—especially underserved communities, veterans, educators, and kids. TechGarden aims to create a project-centric educational resource—a build space—where people learn how to create solutions using the tools of technology.

#172 The School Superintendents Association - Dan Domenech

May 5, 2016 59:56

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Our guest Daniel Domenech joins us from the American Association of School Administrators. He has been the Executive Director AASA since 2008 and a member since 1979. Known as the "School Superintendents Association," AASA represents 13,658 administrators who manage every facet of the school system from the details of the classroom to the grounds of the schools. 98% of school superintendents used to be teachers so they have an intimate understanding of the workings of the classroom and the needs of students, teachers, and parents and bring that to the running of the school system. While all superintendents manage a tremendous workload with each school, the size of school districts vary widely and the school systems in Virginia and Maryland are some of the largest. Join us to learn more about the workings of school systems, a discussion of teacher vs baseball player pay, and moving away from No Child Left Behind. 

Dan Domenech is the Executive Director of AASA The School Superintendents Association. AASA represents all of the nation’s school superintendents and is an advocate in the Nation’s Capital for public education and a provider of professional development for its members. For 27 years Domenech was the superintendent of schools in Fairfax County Virginia and school systems in New York. He is the author of “Personalizing 21st Century Education” and numerous other articles and publications.

#171 Goris Communications - Denis Goris

May 2, 2016 01:01:43

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Dennis Goris is the principal of Goris Communications who joins us not long after the firm he helped found 30 years ago underwent a transformation from Bremmer & Goris. Goris Communications now focuses (almost) exclusively on nonprofits to help them project a unified brand and identity. With so much turnover passion and personalities in the nonprofit world, it's easy and common for organizations to lose sight of the big picture of what they are showing the world and Goris Communications helps by bringing a fresh, outside perspective to redefine, refocus, and emphasize their brand. As Dennis Goris asks "Do you want to be a house of brands or a branded house?" Selling ideas, concepts, and solutions can be a lot harder to distill than something concrete like a car, a house, or an experience. Join us for business and stay for pleasures as the conversation turns to the exploration of art and how to rectifiy commerce and art when your passion becomes your living.

Dennis is president and creative director at Goris Communications in Alexandria Virginia where he has directed projects and campaigns for over 300 organizations, including associations, nonprofits, fortune 500 companies, and the US government.

Goris Communications is a creative powerhouse specializing in branding, messaging, and communications that add value by helping organizations identify what makes them unique.

#170 Raffa - Thomas Raffa

Apr 28, 2016 59:50

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We're excited to welcome Thomas Raffa, founder of Raffa, PC, an accounting firm servicing nonprofit, governmental, and other clients while maintaining a firm commitment to making a positive difference in the world. Prior to forming Raffa, PC, Mr. Raffa had a career at one of the "Big Four" accounting firms but became dissatisfied with the pursuit of profit above all else. With a desire to use his skills for the greater good, he founded Raffa PC in 1984 with a model that today fits under the banner of "B Corporation" with a focus on social responsibility. The firm donates 10% of revenue to charitable causes and continues to grow. Find out how they are working to change the face of business to encourage social engagement and community involvement. Could their model help you attract and retain employees and grow your business or organization? 

Tom founded Raffa, P.C. over a quarter century ago to service the needs of the nonprofit community. As an owner-partner, Tom turned his vision into reality by building a company designed to improve the business of nonprofits and to focus on its corporate and civic responsibility. Today, the foundation that Tom began laying in 1984 is solid and the business which grew from two to 250 employees has never lost sight of its overarching goal – to strengthen the social fiber of its community.

With nearly 250 on-staff professionals and 17 partners, Raffa is now recognized as one of the 100 largest and best-managed accounting firms in the U.S. They are among the first Washington DC area businesses to earn B Corporation Certification. Serving as advisors and back office solution providers to nonprofit organizations and businesses, Raffa’s client-centric, customized approach helps each client meet its potential and ensures that each client’s success is sustained and maintained.

 

#169 International Sign Association - Lori Anderson

Apr 25, 2016 47:54

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Lori Anderson, President and CEO of the International Sign Association joins us today to talk about the organization that "points the way for communities to thrive." The International Sign Association is an organization whose work is crucial, omnipresent, and almost totally inconspicuous to the public. Though signs are an essential aspect of modern life -- without which most of us would find ourselves lost almost constantly -- their success is rarely noticed while failures become the fodder of internet memes. Ms. Anderson's passion for way finding and signage is palpable and not to be missed. Bring your sense of curiosity and learn a little bit more about the curious world in which we all live. 

Lori Anderson is President & CEO for the International Sign Association (ISA), which serves the international on-premise signage and visual communications industry. ISA’s programs include educational conferences, government relations, technology research and the ISA International Sign Expo, which attracts some 20,000 signage and graphics professionals annually. Prior to joining ISA in 2004, Lori was Strategic Planning and Industry Relations Officer for the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for a number of programs, including government and public affairs, industry statistics, international trade policy and strategic planning.

ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry, which employs more than 200,000 American workers and has an economic impact of $37.5 billion.

 

#168 Arlington Gov - Christian Dorsey

Apr 21, 2016 51:06

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We keep it local again today with Arlington County, Virginia's newest County Board Member, Christian Dorsey, who started his term on January 1. Arlington is just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC and at 26 square miles is the smallest county in the nation in size but one of the most dense and diverse and home to the world's largest office building, the Pentagon, and National Airport. As a lifelong activist, Mr. Dorsey explains that running for County office was the next step for him in becoming more deeply involved in the community where he's lived since 1993, although he jokes that you "must disassociate yourself from rational thought in order to run." While working to set an example for his kids on how to be involved and active in their community, he is working for all residents, with a special focus on affordable housing -- which is increasingly becoming more rare around the country, but especially in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about this fascinating place and hear more about Mr. Dorsey's strong background in public service, don't miss this episode.

Christian Dorsey has dedicated his efforts to improving our community, most recently as a new member of the Arlington County Board beginning in November 2015. Mr. Dorsey has a focus on continuing to enhance the quality of life for all Arlingtonians by charting a course toward sustainable growth, to figure out how we meet our present needs and overcome current challenges without compromising the ability of current and future residents to enjoy our great community.

The Arlington County Board is composed of five at-large members that establish policies, and oversee governance, growth and development.

#167 Arlington Soccer Association - Justin Wilt

Apr 18, 2016 59:56

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After a couple of trips around the world with Global Communities and USAID, we return back to our neighborhood and welcome Justin Wilt, Executive Director of the Arlington Soccer Association. Not to be confused with Arlington, TX or Arlington, MA -- as happens with some regularity by enthusiastic parents from the south and north -- this Arlington Soccer Association is based in Virginia and organizes a league for kids as young and tiny as 3 years old up to 19-20. Soccer has been growing in popularity in the US in recent decades and is one of the most accessible and egalitarian sports available. Requiring little equipment -- so, a limited financial investment -- it breaks down barriers and builds friendships and skills. With 9,000 kids playing soccer in Arlington, there's a real need for an official organizational structure. And we're excited to speak with Justin Wilt about making a real difference in the life of kids.

Justin Wilt has more than 30 years of experience leading & improving operations across a variety of industries. In his 7th year as the Executive Director of Arlington Soccer, Justin combines his passion for youth development and the sport of soccer with a strong business drive & discipline."}"

The Arlington Soccer Association offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps, clinics and other programs serving over 9,000 children each year. We provide quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities.

#166 U.S. Global Development - Alexis Bonnell and Lab / USAID DAI - Steven O'Conner

Apr 14, 2016 51:24

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Today on Through the Noise we bring you collaborators from different parts of the development world -- Alexis Bonnell from USAID, who is an "Innovation Evaganelist" and Steven O'Connor, Communications Director of DAI -- an employee owned global development firm. Ms. Bonnell is part of USAID's new Global Development Lab which is undertaking the challenge of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. Technological advancements have made unprecedented changes possible while harnessing the collective brilliance of humanity. Listen up to learn more about their plans to change the world and maybe some of the strategies they emply will be useful in your own work.

Alexis Bonnell is the Head of Applied Innovation at USAID and is focused on harnessing innovation to address humanities greatest challenges. Alexis has delivered over one billion dollars in development and humanitarian programming in over 25 countries, working with over 200 partners across all sectors of aid.

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

Steven O'Connor is DAI's Senior Director for Corporate Communications. He oversees internal and external communications for the company, which currently employs some 2,500 people on 150 projects in 92 countries.

DAI is an employee-owned international development company dedicated to shaping a more livable world.

#165 Global Communities - Milton Funes

Apr 11, 2016 55:20

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We've recently had David Humphries and Nancy McDonald of Global Communities on the show and today we are pleased to welcome Milton Funes who is the Director of Program Impact and Learning at Global Communities. An engineer by training, he originally became involved in international aid work when Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998. Global Communities has been operating in Honduras for 35 years and is extremely effective in not only assisting people impacted and traumatized by disaster -- but also giving local people the tools and education necessary to rebuild their lives, livelihood, and communities. A number of aid organizations have made the mistake of going to a country and just talking and talking -- forgetting the importance of listening to learn.

Milton Funes has 15 years of international development experience, with expertise in NGO capacity building, health, social infrastructure, urban/rural planning, micro-finance and economic development. In his current role as Director of Program Impact and Learning, he leads a team focusing on taking lessons learned in the field and disseminating across the development field and other interested parties.

 

#164 Wilson Center - Caroline Scullin

Apr 7, 2016 49:27

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Today we're pleased to welcome Caroline Scullin, Vice President of External Relations for the Wilson Center -- the nation's premier nonpartisan think tank based in Washingon, DC. Created to honor the memory of President Woodrow Wilson, the Center is a place where scholars and experts from around the world gather to do and present research and to make the knowledge of academia more relevant, digestible, and useful for public policy makers, the media, as well as the general public. Ms. Scullin helps explain the role and value of the Center through the recent Iran agreement. The Center has the influence and the means to convene diverse voices and perspectives, ensuring that the research produced incorporates multiple viewpoints.

Caroline Scullin is the Vice President for External Relations at the Wilson Center. Caroline had over 20 years of experience in strategic communications in the public, private and non-profit sectors tackling complex issues and conveying them to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.

The Wilson Center is a non-partisan think tank and living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. The Center addresses global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable policy ideas.

#163 Grant Thornton & Act for Alexandria - Robert Shea, John Porter

Apr 4, 2016 53:02

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Today we're excited to present a show with two guests we've had previously, Robert Shea of Grant Thornton and John Porter of ACT for Alexandria. When they joined us before, we learned of their collaborative relationship so we're pleased to bring them together to pick their brains and talk about their experience and ideas for engaging their community. While they are based in Alexandria, VA, these concepts can be used anywhere. Robert Shea explains the crucial role of being a good corporate citizen in recruiting and retaining talented employees and says it is now an "essential" part of the recruitment process. Having a relationshilp with an organization like ACT for Alexandria allows the company to contribute financially while offering their staff a way to give back to their community with their time, energy, skills, and enthusiasm.

John retired from the Alexandria City Public Schools in 2009 after a distinguished career with the Alexandria City Public Schools, which was highlighted by his twenty-two year tenure as principal of T. C. Williams High School of Remember the Titans movie fame. After retirement, John continued his work in Alexandria and is presently serving as president and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria’s community foundation.

ACT’s mission is to increase the level and effectiveness of giving and engagement in Alexandria.

Robert Shea is a principal and a member of our Global Public Sector practice. He is on the organizational improvement team and has conducted performance management engagements with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He was most recently at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as associate director for administration and government performance. Before joining OMB, Shea served as counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment, or innovation.

#162 MSM Global Consulting - Maria Morukian

Mar 31, 2016 37:11

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Maria Morukian, the president and founder of MSM Global Consulting joins us today to talk about organizational culture change and manages to convert Blake into a giant fan of consultants. She works with organizations that are undergoing (or planning to undergo) a major cultural revamp -- revising and rewriting the norms, values, and behaviors of that organization by including the perspectives of everyone on staff impacted by the transition. Emphasizing the necessity of creating / maintaingin a connection to the organization between staff at all levels, MSM Global Consulting's focus is on developing sustainable change for the long-term.

Maria Morukian is a leadership consultant, coach, and trainer who has spent the last fourteen years helping to grow thoughtful, influential, and inclusive leaders at all levels and to build organizations that maximize the diverse talents of their workforce. She is an adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service.

MSM Global Consulting is a professional services firm that partners with organizations of every size and sector, specializing in organizational culture change and leadership development.

#161 Public Affairs Council - Nick DeSarno

Mar 28, 2016 52:12

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Nick DeSarno joins us today from the Public Affairs Council where he manages the grassroots and communications department. The Public Affairs Council is a nonpartisan association assisting, eductating, training and advocating for public affairs professionals around the world. The public affairs field is comprised of people who work to engage influencers and public officials and the Council is a membership association representing 700 different organizations that are primarlily trade associations. If you have struggled to effectively convey your message to lawmakers, this episode will help point you in the right direction. 

Nick DeSarno is the manager, grassroots and communications for the Public Affairs Council. In this capacity, he is the Council’s lead expert on digital communications and its intersection with advocacy. The Public Affairs Council is the leading nonpartisan, nonpolitical association for public affairs professionals worldwide.

The Public Affairs Council is the leading nonpartisan, nonpolitical association for public affairs professionals worldwide.

#160 Global Communities - Nancy McDonald

Mar 25, 2016 46:31

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Nancy McDonald joins us from Global Communities where she works to implement creative programs with youth around the world through community-based solutions. A Senior Technical Specialist, her focus is to give youth a voice in their communities and help create educated, driven, and skilled leaders for the next generation. Like many working in international development, Global Communities recognizes what may work stunningly well in one country could be an offensive, cultural failure in another -- so they partner with community leaders on the ground who have roots where they work.

Nancy McDonald is the Senior Technical Specialist for Youth at Global Communities, where she provides technical support to Global Communities youth programming. Nancy started her career in international development managing and designing girls’ scholarship programs and has worked and lived in the West Bank and Gaza, Macedonia and Jordan leading vocational education and scholarship programs.

Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

#159 American Jewish World Service - Shari Turitz

Mar 23, 2016 55:11

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Shari Turitz of the American Jewish World Service joins us to talk about international development and the human rights work they are doing in 19 countries. The AJWS partners with strong, effective locally-based organizations in the developing world and provides them with resources to make them stronger and even more effective. Their large donor base is driven by the desire for social justice, empowering them to work directly with grassroots organizations on the ground that know and understand local conditions. 

Shari Turitz is the Vice President for Programs at American Jewish World Service, leading the Programs Division and overseeing AJWS’s grantmaking, domestic and international strategy. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in human rights grantmaking, capacity building and advocacy, and 15 years of senior management and program development experience.

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Learn more at www.ajws.org.

#158 Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America - Andy Polk

Mar 21, 2016 52:12

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As we learn today from Andy Polk, you could be 3-D printing your own shoes in 10-15 years, but until then most Americans are dependent on imported shoes – like the 99% of all footwear worn in the United States. Andy Polk is Senior Vice President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America which represents the entire footwear supply chain from designers all the way to the retailers. Working in an industry that is based almost exclusively abroad presents challenges that most organizations will never face but the FDRA is working to bring manufacturers and others in the supply chain to a baseline of standards to protect worker health and safety.

As FDRA’s Vice President, Andy Polk oversees the associations communications, marketing, reports, and events. Previously, he served as a Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to a Member of Congress from 2002-2011.

Founded in 1944, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) is the oldest, largest, and most effective footwear trade association in the U.S.

#157 - ASAE - Reggie Henry

Mar 18, 2016 57:49

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Today’s guest on Through the Noise is Reggie Henry, the Chief Information Officer for ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives. You may remember our previous discussion with ASAE President and CEO, John Graham, but if you need a refresher or missed it last time, find it here. Reggie Henry manages the technology for ASAE and ensures that it is integrated into the marketing and business plans. For those responsible for technology purchases, he advises never buying anything that’s not mobile ready. ASAE operates with a “Work Out Loud” policy so that all of their members can see what their doing and how to replicate it so no one wastes time reinventing the wheel. Get these and other essential tips today on Through the Noise.

Reggie Henry joined ASAE in November of 1994. His responsibilities are to implement “exemplary” systems at ASAE that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to “ratchet-up” the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members. In 2009 he was invited by the Secretary of Smithsonian to participate in Smithsonian 2.0, a Gathering to Re-Imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age. Reggie was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

#156 American Trucking Associations - Brian Lagana

Mar 16, 2016 51:21

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Today’s guest is Brian Lagana who represents the American Trucking Associations, uniting state associations, conferences and individual members under a national umbrella organization. While a large portion of the public is anxious about getting their packages faster and faster, the ATA is responsible for ensuring that safety and regulations are adhered to in the face of growing pressures. An important component of their work is advancing the sustainability of the trucking industry and helping it grow in stewardship.

Brian Lagana is currently the Executive Director of the American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council. He has spent the past 26 years in association management, including 18 of those years as an association Executive Director with government relations involvement.

The Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council, part of the American Trucking Associations federation, are THE national non-profit organizations dedicated to professionals involved in safety and human resources, and security functions with commercial motor carriers.

#155 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Richard G. Thissen & Jessica Klement

Mar 14, 2016 42:21

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Today we sit down with Richard G. Thissen & Jessica Klement who represent 225,000 members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. The majority of the federal workforce is spread out all over the country although many people have the wrong impression that people who work for the government only live in Washington, DC. Ms. Klement is part of the lobbying faction to ensure that Congress does cut into the benefits of retired members, amongst other issues concerning the millions of Americans that fit under the heading of retired federal workers. Though their membership is quite a bit larger than many nonprofits we have on Through the Noise, they are striving to go bigger and are aiming to have Congress fear their NARFE voting record the way they fear their NRA record. Is this a target for your organization? Listen up for tips.

“Richard G. Thissen is the National President of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of the largest federal employee and retiree organizations dedicated to protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. Dick spent 27 years in federal service as a civilian employed by the Department of the Army before taking on various roles within NARFE and ultimately being elected as National President of NARFE in 2014.

Jessica Klement is the legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) and is responsible for carrying out the legislative and political strategies of the organization, as well as taking NARFE members’ concerns to Congress as the association’s chief lobbyist. Jessica’s policy analysis on federal employee and retiree issues has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today and the Associated Press and she is a regular guest on Federal News Radio.”

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the earned pay, retirement and health care benefits of federal employees, retirees and their survivors.

#154 The App Association - Jonathan Zuck

Mar 11, 2016 46:06

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Today's guest, Jonathan Zuck, is President of the App Association, a trade organization representing the interests of 5,000 companies working in the mobile economy. While the word "app" replaced the word application in the popular lexicon less a decade ago, it's been in circulation in the tech world since the 80s and represents more than just the "apps" on smartphones. Jonathan Zuck has been active in the field for decades and worked on the programmer side prior to joining the Association. Join us for a conversation about a robust and growing industry. 

A former software developer and teacher of international renown, Jonathan Zuck is currently the President of ACT |The App Association where he advocates for an environment that inspires and rewards innovation. Jonathan is also an award winning photographer and filmmaker whose work has been shown around the world.

ACT | The App Association represents more than 5,000 app companies and information technology firms in the mobile economy. In addition to its advocacy around the world, ACT provides resources to help its members leverage their intellectual assets to raise capital, create jobs, and continue innovating.

#153 growth[period] - Courtney Banks Spaeth

Mar 9, 2016 01:00:29

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Courtney B. Spaeth is Chief Executive Officer of Growth, a consultancy that works with nonprofits and businesses to create plans for sustainable and measurable growth. Today's conversation is packed with valuable ideas you can take back to your own office ranging from company culture to hiring. Business development is "a lot like dating," and needs to be approached thoughtfully. Starting her career in Fortune 100 companies, Ms Spaeth brings an different approach to the nonprofit worth and her insights are invaluable. 

Courtney B. Spaeth, founder and CEO of growth.[period], is a recognized expert in public and private business development, corporate growth, and mergers and acquisition support, as well as a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues. Through her leadership, growth.[period] has cultivated a proven track record of success helping companies, including Fortune 100 firms, in both the Federal and commercial sectors achieve smart growth.

The most important issue for companies in today’s challenging business environment is intelligent expansion, with CEO’s vying for that special edge that will help them achieve and sustain growth; growth.[period] is the professional expert and the partner that helps companies realize that success, and has served a broad range of clients, including Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black & Decker, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, since its inception in 2007.

#152 Cleod9 - Ian Mcleod

Mar 7, 2016 41:25

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On Through the Noise today we're joined by Ian McLeod, Founder of Cleod9, a music production firm that specializes in the outdoor adventure field. Ian is a nontraditional guest as we don't sit down with many people from start-ups but he has some creative approaches to generating clients and buzz that could be valuable to nonprofits ready to think and work outside the box. One of his secrets to success is working from a weekly work plan of deliverables, rather than a daily list. What about you? Any useful tips you'd like to share with fellow listeners? 

Ian McLeod was born and raised in the Washington, D.C area. He graduated JMU in 2013 with a degree in Communications and Music Business. In 2014, he left his job at an ad agency to put his musical/business skills to use by starting Cleod9 Music.

Cleod9 is a music production company that creates original/licensed music for commercials, digital shorts, documentaries and film. Our business reach is on a national basis.

#151 Wakeman Consulting Group - David Wakeman

Mar 4, 2016 48:41

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If anyone has ever told you to focus on your developing your weaknesses instead of your strengths, you won't want to miss David Wakeman's thoughts on the subject. Principical of the Wakeman Consulting Group, David Wakeman works with nonprofits to help remember and amplify the value they add to the world in order to become not only more profitable but also more successful. Bringing a business approach to nonprofit goals is a switch that would benefit a great number of nonprofits and today's episode is packed with useful information and ideas to revamp and reinvigorate your work. 

Dave Wakeman is known as "The Revenue Architect." His firm works with organizations to maximize their revenue structures. Dave writes a weekly newsletter all about value creation in your organization

#150 Arlington County Board - Mary Hynes

Mar 2, 2016 01:00:23

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Is your website running too slowly? Are you missing upgrades from your CMS? We check in with this common issue during our Problem of the Day. Don't leave your organization vulnerable to hacking. Today's guest is Mary Hynes who has been making waves and creating positive change in Arlington County during most of her 27 years there. Initially elected to the Arlington County School Board, Mary Hynes' story is a great example of recognizing a problem, thinking "someone should do something," realizing you are that someone and then committing fully to making the changes necessary. We catch up with her after she concludes a two-term, eight year tenure on the Arlington County Board, including time as the Board Chair. Learn some lessons in collaboration, communication, and getting things done from Mary Hynes.

Mary Hynes has been a civic activist and public servant for more than 30 years including 20 years as an elected official serving on both the Arlington County School Board and County Board. She has consistently and effectively led Arlington’s efforts to strengthen its government by enhancing civic participation, improving government management, and increasing investment in Arlington’s public physical infrastructure.

The Arlington County Board is composed of five at-large members that establish policies, and oversee governance, growth and development.

#149 Tricounty Technology Center - Lindel Fields

Feb 29, 2016 30:43

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As the United States continuously frets about the constantly rising prices of college education, we speak to Lindel Fields who is taking a decidedly different approach. As Superintendent and CEO of the Tricounty Technology Center, Lindel Fields' life work is to provide educational and vocational opportunities for high school students and adults who are hoping to provide a better life for themselves or their family. The Tricounty Technology Center, based in Oklahoma, is excellent option for those who don't have the means or time to enroll in an expensive, four-year college and has a goal of graduating all their students debt-free. Ten months and $3,000 later, adults who had previously been trapped in minimum wage jobs are qualified for positions starting at $40,000 -- making the vast difference between a family stuck in the relentless cycle of poverty, and one that has some breathing room. Don't miss the chance to hear from our passionate guest today who has been part of the Center since he was a student at age 19. 

Lindel Fields has been a Career Tech educator for 25 years. He leads one of Oklahoma's premier Technology Centers - Tri County is known throughout the country for innovation and student success.

Tri County is one of Oklahoma's 29 Technology Centers serving High School and Adult student in Northeast Oklahoma.

#148 WaterReuse Association - Melissa Meeker

Feb 26, 2016 42:25

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"You could be drinking dinosaur pee," Melissa Meeker points out at the start of today's episode. Executive Director of both the WateReuse Association and WateReuse Research Foundation, Melissa Meeker has decades of experience working with water in the public and private sectors. One of the Association's main objectives -- and struggles -- is educating the public about the range of possibilities for reusing water and that there is no such thing as "new water." Water is necessary for everything and we need to use it more effectively.

Melissa is a seasoned water executive with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, with a broad range of expertise that includes regulatory issues, policy development, and executive management. She previously served as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District and as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, with responsibility for overseeing statewide water and environmental restoration policy.

 

WateReuse is internationally-recognized as a thought-leader on alternative water supply development. It is the go-to organization for applied research, policy guidance and educational tools on water reuse as well as the principal influencer of public opinion, lawmakers and policymakers on policy and projects related to water reuse.

#147 Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad - Gamunu Wijetunge

Feb 24, 2016 39:28

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The Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has a special place in host Ernesto's heart -- he volunteered there for six years. Today's guest is his friend from that time -- Gamunu Wijetunge, President of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, who has been deeply involved in the Squad for 21 years. Despite having "volunteer" in the title, there's a common misconception about how the Rescue Squad works -- it's not funded by taxes, major donors, or foundations -- even Gamunu Wijetunge volunteers in his role as President. If you're looking for a new way to get involved in your community, you won't want to miss this episode.

Gamunu Wijetunge is President of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. (WVRS) based in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has volunteered with the WVRS since 1995, where he still serves as an active paramedic and firefighter.

The WVRS is a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to protect the public's health and safety by providing emergency services to any person in need who calls 9-1-1.

#146 American Society of Anesthesiologists - Paul Pomerantz

Feb 22, 2016 47:59

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Today on Through the Noise we are joined by Paul Pomerantz, CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Managing a large association with 53,000 members with different specialties presents a number of challenges but one problem facing the ASA is the need to educate the public about their work. A large percentage of the public isn't aware of the responsibilities of anesthesiologists and do not realize the scope to which an anesthesiologist is involved in keeping patients alive and well during surgical procedures. You can find them on their website or on Twitter with #PhysAnesWk16. 

Paul Pomerantz has more than two decades of executive experience in the health care association sector. Prior to joining ASA in March 2013, Mr. Pomerantz served as the Executive Director of the Drug Information Association (DIA), an 18,000-member international nonprofit organization for the medical products industry.

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology.  ASA is committed to ensuring that physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during, and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care that every patient deserves.

#145 Carpe DC Food Tours - Mary Collins

Feb 19, 2016 37:43

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Mary Collins and Stefan Woehlke founded Carpe DC Food Tours as a way to communicate the history and culture of Washington, DC through food. Focusing on the dynamic neighborhoods of Shaw and U Street, the start-up gives tourists and locals a deeper understanding of the streets and people that have made Washington, DC such a creative and fascinating place, rich with arts and literature and often obscured by the federal government's prominent influence. We sit down with Mary Collins and Stefan Woehlke and delve into some of these stories and get some mouth-watering food descriptions that will make you want to sign up for a food tour in DC or wherever you call home. 

Mary Collins and Stefan Woehlke started Carpe DC Food Tours after years of traveling the world, learning about communities through their food and heritage. When they're not touring or traveling, Stefan is working towards his phD in Archaeology at the University of Maryland, and Mary works for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Carpe DC Food Tours tells the stories of DC's iconic neighborhoods through food and they are the district's only one-for one food tour, which means for every ticket purchased they provide food for a day to someone in need through their partnership with Bread for the City.

#144 The Institute of Makers of Explosives - Debra S. Satkowiak

Feb 18, 2016 39:08

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NPPD: Nonprofits get free google apps in the U.S. but the process is a bit more complicated for international nonprofits. If you need help signing up for these useful apps, contact Infamia, and they'll give you a hand, for free.
Today we chat with Debra S. Satkowiak of The Institute of Makers of Explosives, an organization representing the commercial explosives industry, including mining, blasting, and construction. The members of IME do essential work most of us are unaware is happening but without which, our lives would be a lot more treacherous. They have been working for over a decade to ensure that explosives that are used commercially are safe for the public and that products in our every day lives are also safe. To find out more about this fascinating world, settle in for our conversation with Debra S. Satkowiak!

Debra Satkowiak became the President of IME on April 14, 2014.  Prior to her position with the IME, Deb served 23 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Deb began her career with ATF as an inspector in Michigan in 1991, and a decade later transferred to ATF headquarters to develop advanced explosives training.  She also served as an Area Supervisor and the Chief, Explosives Industry Programs Branch, as well as held responsibilities in ATF’s Office of Public and Governmental Affairs.  She acted as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Director, and most recently served as the Chief, Firearms and Explosives Industry Division, responsible for developing policy, drafting regulations, and providing technical support on explosives to the Bureau, industry members, the public, and other Federal, State and local agencies. 

The IME is the Safety and Security Institute of the commercial explosives industry. The Institute represents U.S. manufacturers of high explosives and other companies that distribute explosives or provide related products and services. An average of 3 million metric tons of explosives are consumed annually in the United States, of which IME member companies produce over 95 percent. They are essential to energy production, highway and building construction, and the manufacture of almost all metal and mineral products.

#143 Edge Tech Labs, LLC - Shaun Masavage

Feb 11, 2016 44:20

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Today we sit down with Shaun Masavage, the CEO/Founder of Edge Tech Labs, a product development firm that recently launched their first product, DrinkMate, a personal, portable breathalyzer that works with your smartphone. Now available for Androids and iPhones, this compact tool has a great back story which we hear some of today. If you have a fantastic idea for a new tool, this is an episode you won't want to miss. Learn the ins and outs of working with manufacturers in China, why that approach might (or might not) work for you, and the inspiration behind the compact design which played such a crucial role in making this a feasible option for everyone looking to stay safe and legal.

Shaun Masavage is an engineer, entrepreneur and the inventor of DrinkMate, the world's smallest portable breathalyzer which plugs directly into your Android phone

#142 AHAA - Horacio Gavilin

Feb 7, 2016 37:23

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Today's problem of the day is how to rectify a protected Twitter account with the need to reach a wide audience. And this ties right into our guest, Horacio Gavilán, Executive Director of AHAA, the largest national trade organization "representing the entire Hispanic marketing, communications and media industry."

The word Hispanic was invented in 1972 by the U.S. Census Bureau to encompass 37 different nationalities and the population of those who would check that box in the Census is now 57 million in the United States. We learn the vast buying power of the Hispanic population in the U.S. which nearly every major industry has missed out on until recently. 

The IME is the Safety and Security Institute of the commercial explosives industry. The Institute represents U.S. manufacturers of high explosives and other companies that distribute explosives or provide related products and services.  An average of 3 million metric tons of explosives are consumed annually in the United States, of which IME member companies produce over 95 percent. They are essential to energy production, highway and building construction, and the manufacture of almost all metal and mineral products.

Horacio Gavilan has more than 20 years of experience in association management. In addition to his role as president of Gavilan & Associates, he serves as executive director of AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Advertising, a position he has held since 1999.  In this capacity, he has lead the board to achieve a membership that encompasses 97% of the total billings into the Hispanic market.

#141 Grant Thornton - Robert Shea

Feb 4, 2016 40:46

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We start today's episode by checking in with Mickey of Infamia for the Nonprofit Problem of the Day. Now that you have a Member Community, the challenge is to integrate it into your CRM so your users (and staff) have full functionality. Today is a bit of a departure as we sit down with Robert Shea of Grant Thornton, one of our rare guests from the private sector. In the Washington region though, even the private sector is deeply embedded in public for the public, as are most of our guests. As the fourth largest employer in Alexandria, VA, Grant Thorton is focused on employee engagement and works with local nonprofits like Act for Alexandria (whose President, John Porter) was previously a guest on Through the Noise) to provide creative and useful ways for employees to contribute their time and energy to making a difference in the community. We also touch on the sometimes confusing concepts of cost and indirect cost for nonprofits. Don't miss this episode to grab some insights from a different perspective.

Robert Shea is a principal and a member of our Global Public Sector practice. He is on the organizational improvement team and has conducted performance management engagements with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He was most recently at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as associate director for administration and government performance. Before joining OMB, Shea served as counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology.

 

Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment, or innovation.

#140 Consumer Technology Association - Dr. Shawn DuBravac, CFA

Feb 2, 2016 46:11

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Our latest Nonprofit Problem of the Week: setting up a Member Community. How could a Member Community benefit your organization?Today we have a very timely guest -- Dr. Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist of the Consumer Technology Association, the organization responsible for the world's largest technology trade show which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. With over 150,000 attendees and 3500 exhibitors, it's hard not to hear the breathless reports all over mainstream media as people gush about the newest gadgets. Beyond organizing the wildly popular Consumer Electronics Show every January, the Consumer Technology Association is a trade organization working on policy and representing its 2200 members. Don't miss today's episode as we talk technology in 2016.

Dr. Shawn DuBravac is chief economist of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry. DuBravac is the author of CEA’s third book Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate (Regnery, 2015), which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of economics, health, travel and culture.

CEA is the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, which owns and produces CES, the world’s largest gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

#139 American Art Therapy Association - Cynthia Woodruff

Jan 30, 2016 42:57

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Our latest Nonprofit Problem of the Week involves an association management system that was acquired and installed without proper integration into the association's website, leaving members unable to login and interact with the organization. Don't let your members or donors down with a compromised system, contact Infamia today to ensure your processes are working smoothly. Today's guest is Cynthia Woodroof of the American Art Therapy Association that works to support the young but fast-growing field of art therapy. Engaged in lobbying, outreach, and education, the staff of AATA is dedicated to making art therapy not only known, but also accessible to people around the country who require mental health support. Many people assume that anything involving art -- including the recent trend of adult coloring books -- can be considered art therapy, but in order to qualify, one must work with a therapist who also has a masters in art therapy from one of forty different master's programs around the country. Don't miss this episode if you'd like to learn more about this revolutionary approach to treating mental health.

Cynthia spent first half of her professional journey working for major media networks and decided to give up the corporate world in 2007 to pursue a more personally rewarding career in non-profit.   She is currently the Executive Director of the American Art Therapy Association, a 5000 member associations that is the leading voice for art therapy in the US.  

For your audience that may not be aware, Art Therapy which is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication commonly practiced in clinical settings with veterans, children, seniors, etc.

#138 International Bottled Water Association - Joseph Doss

Jan 18, 2016 41:28

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Today's Nonprofit Problem of the Week addresses CRMs. Are you pleased with the technology you're using to manage your member and donor relationships? Do you have all the functionality you require -- without tons of extraneous options? Call Infamia if you are ready to stop struggling with this essential part of nonprofit management. 

And our guest is Joseph Doss of the International Bottled Water Association who helps dispel some of the rumors about the bottled water industry. Did you know that most bottled water manufacturers are small businesses? 90% of IBWA's members have revenue under $10 million, and a large number are multi-generational family businesses that have been filling water coolers and stimulating office conversation for decades. The water bottle industry has greatly reduced their impact over the last 15 years while working to shrink their bottles and cut back on waste. If you're a devoted tap water drinker or a lover of bottled water, you won't want to miss the insights in this episode. 

Joe Doss is President and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).  He has extensive experience in food and drug issues, government relations, public affairs, association management, and legal matters.  Joe has a B.A. in government from The College of William and Mary and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and he is a member of the Bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

 

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers.

#137 National Association of State Boards of Education - Kris Amundson

Jan 18, 2016 45:45

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Today's nonprofit problem of the week: Wonky mobile apps that inexplicably changed fonts. Have you had issues with your mobile app behaving erratically? Infamia can help... Join us today for a conversation with Kris Admundson, the Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education as we explore some of the new "No Child Left Behind" law and what it means for state boards of education, local community organizations, teachers, and students. Representing the Education Boards of 37 states, the NASB walks a difficult line -- working to emphasize the skills necessary for all students to thrive while respecting the idiosyncratic characteristics of wildly different areas across our diverse country.

Kristen Amundson is executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). She is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (D-Fairfax) and former chair of the Fairfax County School Board.

The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation’s state boards of education. A non-profit organization founded in 1958, NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and ensure continued citizen support for public education.

#136 Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein - Brett Levanto

Jan 15, 2016 51:57

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Levanto of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, a law firm specializing in public policy and association management. Many quite small nonprofits don't have the ability to maintain a full-time staff -- or hire one person who can wear every hat -- and that's where association management firms come in. We explore different reasons nonprofits would have a lawyer on staff and how a single issue organization can avoid putting itself out of business. You may recognize this as a regular theme among guests on Through the Noise. What are your thoughts today?

Brett Levanto is vice president of operations of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, PLC managing firm and client communications in conjunction with regulatory and legislative policy initiatives. He provides strategic and logistical support for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, Associated Equipment Distributors and the Aviation Technician Education Council.

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, Professional Limited Liability Company (PLC) is a boutique law firm that provides legal, legislative and administrative services to individuals, businesses, industry coalitions and trade associations. It has an impressive track record of shaping laws and regulations that impact its clients.

#135 American Physical Therapy Association - Michael Bowers

Jan 5, 2016 37:48

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Do you feel the stress of working in an office, huddled over a computer is taking a toll on your body? Or worry about that old running injury that keeps flaring up? Today's guest, Michael Bowers of the American Physical Therapy Association has some ideas for you -- and 95,000 people at his fingertips that can help you address problems of your physical body so that your mind can work freely without worry. He has seen the wonders that physical therapy can offer to people of all ages through the tremendous success the therapy has had with his three year old granddaughter who was born prematurely. First developed to treat wounded warriors during World War I, physical therapy has grown and evolved, and continues to improve dramatically as a non-invasive way to treat people's injuries and maintain health throughout the aging process. After listening to this inspiring episode, you might find yourself calling one of the members of the American Physical Therapy Association. Your body would probably appreciate it.

Bowers, is the recently appointed chief executive officer for the American Physical Therapy Association.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Harding University in Seacry, Arkansas, as well as having prior experience as a therapist in the justice system and as a minister. His most recent experience is that of CEO at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Bowers worked for AAMFT for over 25 years in a variety of leadership positions where he developed expertise in many aspects of association management, including advocacy, governance, volunteer development, financial management, and member relations.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 90,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.

#134 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Jon Pratt

Jan 4, 2016 29:58

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Today we take another cultural departure from Washington, DC and chat with Jon Pratt of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The Council exists to make nonprofits more effective and helps share resources, education, and training among nonoprofits working in Minnesota. This helps their member organizations stay current on trends and technology even while focusing primarily on their core issues. Minnesota as a whole and the nonprofits working there benefit from a unique state tradition -- the Keystone Awards. Find out how charitable organizations are supplementing their fundraising and maybe something you hear in today's episode will trigger a great actionable idea for your organization.

Jon Pratt is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. He has worked at Minnesota Public Interest Research Group as an attorney and lobbyist, as regional director at the Youth Project, and as director for the Philanthropy Project.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. It is the largest state association of nonprofits in the U.S. Through MCN, nonprofits join together across interest areas to work on issues of common concern to all.

#133 Counterpart International - Special Part II

Dec 24, 2015 54:33

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work alongside local communities and businesses in far reaching corners of the world? How to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS across villages in Malawi? Talk about access to justice with indigenous tribes in Timor-Leste? Spread amessage of peace on the ground in Papua New Guinea? Find out from the experts in the second half of our two-part series with leaders from Counterpart International, a development organization that for 50 years has been working in close partnership with people and communities in more than 65 countries around the globe.

In this episode, you’ll hear from three of Counterpart’s country directors – Bedilu Shegen, Steve Wisman and Carolyn Tanner – who share a bit about their experiences working in some of the world’s most challenging places to bring life-changing health and justice programs directly to the doors of those who need them most. Best of all, when you’re finished this episode and eager to hear more, take a listen to our recent conversation with Counterpart leaders from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic (episode #132) and with Counterpart President and CEO Joan Parker (episode #84).

#132 Counterpart International - Special Part I

Dec 17, 2015 51:02

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This holiday season, we invite you to sit back and enjoy a stimulating two-part series addressing today’s leading development issues: from climate change and capacity building to education and health and nutrition. Our conversations will engage experts, working on the ground, from Counterpart International, an international nonprofit that’s been working for 50 years – and in more than 65 countries – to help people build better lives and more durable futures.

In our first episode, you’ll meet Maria Esther Bucaro, Counterpart’s Country Director for Guatemala, and Paul Guggenheim, Country Representative for the Dominican Republic. In their lively conversation, Maria and Paul share insights into some of the challenges facing local communities in the regions where they live and work. Maria explains an innovative strategy for equipping farmers in rural Guatemala to overcome malnutrition and earn sustainable incomes. Paul speaks about efforts in the DR to improve climate resiliency, including a recent national action plan drafted in collaboration with the DR’s Climate Council and presented last week at the COP21.

Next up, remember to check back for our follow-up episode with Counterpart’s Bedilu Shegen, Steve Wisman and Carolyn Tanner representing Malawi, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste respectively. In the meantime, dive into our archives for our chat in May with Joan Parker, Counterpart’s President and CEO (Episode #84).

#131 EPolitics - Colin Delany

Dec 9, 2015 47:16

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Have you struggled to make connections to your supporters? Found visitors to your website visit a single page or two before leaving? You won't want to miss today's episode when we talk with online communications consultant and the founder of EPolitics, Colin Delaney. Many nonprofit organizations get buried in the details of their own work that they have limited time to seek out techniques to amplify their work and make sure it gets in front of the right people. If your organization is humming along perfectly and you have as many supporters and money as you need, congratulations! Check out some of our archives and tell us your secrets -- want to be a guest on the show? For everyone else, welcome!

Colin Delany is a twenty-year veteran of internet politics, a digital strategy consultant, the founder/editor of EPolitics.com and a columnist for Campaigns & Elections. Delany is the author of several ebooks, including the digital campaigning guide "How to Use the Internet to Win in 2016" and a definitive overview of Barack Obama's groundbreaking 2008 online campaign for president.

Epolitics.com is an award-winning, multi-author website that analyzes the tools and tactics of online politics and digital advocacy.

#130 Northern Virginia Family Service - Stephanie Berkowitz

Dec 6, 2015 46:59

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Today we're excited to welcome Cost Tree as a new sponsor. You may recall their appearance on episode 124. Thanks to their generous support, we're able to sit down today with Stephanie Berkowitz of the Northern Virginia Family Service. The NVFS is an organization working to strengthen communities in Northern Virginia by providing life-saving tools, resources, and training to those who need it most. NVSF provides a vast array of services to families in need and is constantly searching for additional revenue streams. Stephanie Berkowitz shares some of the struggles her catch-all organization faces and reiterates a point made by many guests on Through the Noise: storytelling is powerful and is the secret to connecting with your audience.

Stephanie Berkowitz, M.S.W., was selected to lead NVFS in 2015 after a nationwide search. Stephanie’s 16-year career with NVFS included leading the Survivors’ Fund Project for victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, along with a diverse spectrum of programs serving clients in workforce development, health and mental health, legal assistance and housing programs. Prior to her promotion to president and CEO, Stephanie was Senior Vice President of Programs.

Northern Virginia Family Service serves more than 34,000 individuals each year, providing essential programs to lift families above the poverty line and secure brighter futures. NVFS manages three local shelters, offers health and mental health services, runs youth prevention programs, coordinates foster care with local jurisdictions and provides early childhood education.

#129 Code of Support - Kristy Kaufman

Dec 2, 2015 52:21

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Providing a life-saving and life-changing service is something many organizations strive to do -- but once you've hit gold and have found a solution, the challenge becomes how to let potential clients know it exists. This is a good problem to have and one currently facing Code of Support, a four-year old organization based in Washington, DC. Code of Support is something of a "matchmaking organziation" which works to connect vets with essential services. Today we speak with Kristy Kaufman, Code of Support's Executive Director about the "Code" and learn ways to support the men and women who make up the Armed Services. This young nonprofit is making a big splash -- don't miss this episode to find out their secret to success.

Kristy has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 12 years and is a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families. Her publications and media appearances include the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC and ABC. Kristy has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences across the country, and has addressed congress about the gaps in military mental health challenges facing military and veteran family members.

The Code of Support Foundation (COSF) provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to those struggling service members, veterans and their families (SMVF) who have the most complex needs. We are dedicated to leveraging the nation's full spectrum of resources to ensure all members of our military, veterans and their families receive the support services they need and, through their collective sacrifice, have earned.

#128 Global Communities - David Humphries

Dec 1, 2015 54:05

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We were lucky to get David Humphries in the studio today -- he's not traveling to all corners of the earth facilitating community-based education and development right now. We had a great conversation that goes from Kenya to Colombia to Liberia and connects the dots between vastly different communities to find a common thread of success. We've heard this from previous guests on Through the Noise: development specialists widely recognize the crucial need to involve the local community in education and health-transformation efforts. Even if your organization has a wildly different focus, there's still much to learn that can be widely applied across all fields. Don't miss this conversation or David's melodic Scottish accent today on Through the Noise.

David Humphries is Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs at Global Communities, where he oversees all aspects of outreach from branding to media and government relations across 25 countries. David has lived and worked in the USA, Japan and the UK, is a prize-winning playwright, a 2011 Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a 2013 recipient of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 award.

Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

#127 InterAction - Burt Edwards

Nov 30, 2015 39:05

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On Through the Noise, we often explore the value of collaboration between individuals and organizations and today we sit down with Burt Edwards whose work with InterAction facilitates collaboration between organizations with similar goals. Operating from the idea that organizations are more successful when working together, InterAction is something of a clearinghouse of information for those working in the fields of international development, sustainability, and humanitarian assistance. We'll examine the role of the media and journalists and how to respond effectively to catastrophes without simply being reactive.

Burt joined InterAction in July 2014 and brings over 18 years of experience designing successful strategies to help shape public opinion and influence decision makers on key policy issues from climate change to international conflict.

InterAction is an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Our 180-plus members work around the world. What unites us is a commitment to working with the world's poor and vulnerable, and a belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together.

#126 ACT for Alexandria - John Porter

Nov 22, 2015 44:37

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John Porter, today's guest, has been named a Living Legend of Alexandria and has contributed to the success of the community his entire life. He first worked in Alexandria Public Schools as a teacher and was later principal of TC Williams for 22 years. He's well-known around Alexandria and is now helping his hometown in a different manner. As Executive Director of ACT for Alexandria, he helps fund and support other important organizations doing essential work in Alexandria and elsewhere. Last year alone, they helped 130 nonprofits raise money. Maybe they can help you too...

John retired from the Alexandria City Public Schools in 2009 after a distinguished career with the Alexandria City Public Schools, which was highlighted by his twenty-two year tenure as principal of T. C. Williams High School of Remember the Titans movie fame. After retirement, John continued his work in Alexandria and is presently serving as president and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria’s community foundation.

ACT’s mission is to increase the level and effectiveness of giving and engagement in Alexandria.

#125 Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland - John Paukstis

Nov 20, 2015 39:19

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Housing insecurity is one of the greatest problems facing millions of Americans today and the lack of safe, quality, affordable housing invites a host of other problems that can affect one's health as well as limit access to employment and healthy food. Fortunately there are many creative and thoughtful people working on this and we have one of them in the studio today. John Paukstis of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland joins us for a conversation about the unique approach Habitat takes to tackling the problem of housing and how they involve businesses and community members in the solutions. With a massive volunteer base through Habitat for Humanity International, the organization has turned affordable housing on its head. Can you guess how many defaults the Maryland affiliate has faced since they got into the business in 1982? 50? 100? 500?

John has served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland since 2006. Originally from the South Side of Chicago where he worked in a family owned printing business prior to assuming executive roles at Safeguard Business Systems and becoming CEO of McBee Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of accounting forms, payroll services, and the development of digital printing in partnership with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. As well, he was the facilitator of CEO Roundtable groups in Philadelphia and strategic planning throughout the U.S. John owned and operated building construction businesses in Florida prior to relocating to Maryland.

Habitat sells homes to working people in certain income ranges. Habitat provides a long-term zero interest mortgage to qualified families.

#124 CostTree - Nicolie Lettini and Cathy Galbraith

Nov 19, 2015 52:54

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Ever wondered where your money is going? Looking through your books at the end of the quarter or end of the year to discover that all your hard-raised money has evaporated into unforeseen costs? This is a common problem for nonprofits who have yet to figure out the difference between direct and indirect costs and how to accurately anticipate and budget for them. If your organization has struggled with these issues before, you won't want to miss this episode with Cathy Galbraith and Nicolie Lettini of CostTree, a software that tackles these issues so you never have to guess again. Getting a firm grasp on these elements will help you sleep better at night and, who knows? Maybe you'll be able to allocate some money for that raise...

Overhead on the mind of most nonprofit leaders these days. The new Uniform Guidance, which pulls together eight different OMB circulars, has changed the way federally funded nonprofits get reimbursed for their indirect costs (overhead). For more than 16 years, CostTree’s CEO, Nicolie Lettini, has created cost allocation plans and indirect cost rate proposals (ICRP) for government agencies. Now she is bringing that experience to the nonprofit world.  According to Lettini, “It’s time to stop starving nonprofits and allow them to achieve their true impact.  It starts with reimbursing them for their true costs,”

 Cathy Galbraith, Director of Nonprofits, focuses on educating and training nonprofits about cost allocation and cost rates. Her mission is to help nonprofits understand how to create an indirect cost rate, how to use it in everyday strategic development and how to ensure organizational accountability and sustainability.

CostTree is a cloud-based cost allocation software that simplifies the process of creating an indirect cost rate and allows for maximum transparency.  

#123 ABET - Danielle Baron

Nov 15, 2015 42:03

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Does your branding say what you think it's saying? Today's guest, Danielle Baron of ABET, reveals the problems her organization faced when undertaking a rebranding. As she explains, if you asked 200 people what ABET meant, you could get 200 different answers. By undertaking a massive survey and hiring outside consultants for the rebranding, they were able to craft a uniform message that is direct, easy to remember, and a call to action. Has your organization struggled to project a single idea? Have you lost potential supporters because inconsistent branding left your message muddled? Do you know? Don't miss this episode.

Danielle Duran Baron is the Senior Director for Global Communications and Marketing at ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. In her current role, she has led the organization through a massive rebranding initiative to help position ABET as forward-thinking global organization and to align it more closely with the sectors it represents.

 

With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

#122 ElectroBOOM - Mehdi Sadaghdar

Nov 12, 2015 29:53

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Today's episode is a little different. We're joined by Mehdi Sadaghdar, star of the popular YouTube series, ElectroBOOM. Videos on ElectroBOOM receive hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views, and the success of the series could be a lesson in communication for nonprofits and other organization. ElectroBOOM is valuable and popular, not just for the fascinating and funny way that Mehdi Sadaghdar demonstrates the principles of electrical engineering, but also because of his personality and willingness to show and laugh through failure. Is YouTube a medium that could advance your mission and attract more supporters?

I am an Iranian Canadian Engineer at day, and a youtuber at night. I was not born in Canada!

Electroboom is dedicated to entertain and somewhat educate at the same time.

#121 501cTech - Todd Peterson

Nov 10, 2015 42:12

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The folks at 501cTech describes themselves as "the people who help the people who help the people," and today we sit down with Todd Peterson who runs their Client Services division. Are you storing sensitive data on an Excel spreadsheet or flash drive? It's time to modernize. No matter how many staff an organization has, it will require IT services and 501cTech provides a full-range of services to nonprofits. While providing help-desk and other services to over 70 clients across the DC region, one question comes up again and again. Can you guess the most pressing question? To find the answer and how you could improve the performance of your own organization, don't miss today's episode.

As 501cTECH’s VP, Client Relations, Todd oversees account management and new client acquisition. Previously, he managed 501cTECH’s service desk, network administration procedure and staff—doing everything from developing high-level IT strategy for clients, to managing 501cTECH technical personnel and client projects.

501cTECH, formerly known as NPower Greater DC and previously Technology Works for Good, was created in 1999 by our region’s philanthropic and business leaders to serve as a trusted source for the nonprofit community in the critical area of information technology.

#120 Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives - Chris Mead

Nov 9, 2015 51:37

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"If you've seen one Chamber, you've seen one Chamber." That's how today's guest, Chris Mead of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives describes the culture of the more than 7000 Chambers that exist around the United States. As independent and unregulated community organizations, any person is free to start and operate a Chamber of Commerce. Our conversation takes an unexpected turn as we delve into the fascinating -- and not always so pretty -- history of the Chambers around the United States. Al Capone, Eliot Ness, the Cherry Blossom parade, Golden Gate Bridge, and the internment of Japanese Americans star in today's episode as Mead gives us a sneak peak into his book on the history of the Chambers, Magicians on Main Street.

Chris Mead has nearly 20 years’ experience working with associations. He handles mostly sponsorships and memberships. And he’s also fascinated by chambers of commerce and their role in the building of the United States. The surprising influence of chambers on American history is something he uncovered in his recently published book, The Magicians of Main Street: America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768-1945.

ACCE, founded in 1914, is an association of 1,200 local, regional, and state chambers of commerce, mostly in North America.

#119 National Beer Wholesalers Association - Lester Jones

Nov 4, 2015 44:45

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Grab a cold one and settle down for our conversation with Lester Jones of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Are you ready? It's incredibly easy in the United States and much of the rest of the world to find beer with nearly unlimited varieties and Lester Jones breaks down the elements necessary to turn water into a delicious beer and get it from the brewer all the way to you for your podcast-listening enjoyment. His organization represents those who distribute the beer, tier 2 of the 3-tier system of beer development and delivery. As Chief Economist of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, he analyzes the trends in beer brewing and consumption and provides insights into the ever-evolving world of beer, making the distributors, retailers, and even the brewers and importers more successful. For an insider-look into the world of beer, don't miss this episode with Lester Jones.

Lester Jones serves as the Chief Economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, a national trade organization that represents the interests of America\u2019s 3,300 independent, licensed beer distributors that service every state. He has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics.

The purpose of the National Beer Wholesalers Association is to provide leadership which enhances the independent beer distribution industry; to advocate before government and the public; to encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol; and to provide programs and services that will benefit its members.

#118 Council for Global Immigration - Lynn Shotwell

Nov 3, 2015 40:58

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Immigration is an issue frequently mentioned in the mainstream media but it's almost always covered in a superficial way, overlooking the fact that there are many different circumstances that would prompt a person to leave their home to move to the United States or anywhere else. The Council for Global Immigration helps companies of all varieties ensure they comply with immigration laws while hiring international professionals. Lynn Shotwell is the Executive Director of the Council and speaks with us today about the tremendous difficulty faced by companies trying to hired skilled workers and those individuals who are attempting to secure visas to accept positions. We continue to operate under laws from 50 years ago that don't address many of today's challenge.

Lynn Shotwell has been an advocate for the free movement of highly-skilled talent for two decades. She works with policymakers in the United States and around the world to persuade them to reform migration systems so they work for employers, employees and the economy. She is particularly interested in how migration, education, technology and other changes work together to shape the workplace of tomorrow.

The Council for Global Immigration is the leading employer network dedicated to immigration. CFGI is a strategic affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, the biggest HR organization in the world.

#117 America's Charities - Jim Starr

Nov 1, 2015 43:00

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America's Charities is one of the preeminent organizations working to connect nonprofits with donors from the private and public sector to increase their reach and grow the funds available to achieve their mission. Today we talk with Jim Starr who is both "running the show and making the show keeps running."  He emphasizes out a well-known fact of development: that people give when they are asked and America's Charities helps multiply the opportunities for nonprofits and charities to have their "ask" heard.  If you are part of a nonprofit that is not raising enough to meet the demands of your mission -- and what organization ever has enough? -- you should check out this episode and consider membership in America's Charities to get your message and your mission in the ears of the right people at the right time.

As an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors, Jim has served in national and field executive leadership roles with multi-million dollar revenue and expense targets. He has led efforts to bring corporations and nonprofits together in meaningful and impactful ways. He also brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, business development, and partnerships.

 

America's Charities, a mission-driven organization, connects public and private sector employers with nonprofit organizations to engage employees in greater charitable giving.

#116 The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation - Rob Atkinson

Oct 26, 2015 43:23

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With the advent of new technology, there is often a wave of fear which Rob Atkinson calls the "Privacy Panic Cycle." In the 1960s, some people were afraid of transistor radios, thinking that small radios could be slipped into their drinks so that others could listen to their conversations. While this may seem laughable, technology continues to evolve and there is a growing struggle between those who advocate for all technological advances while others assert that "private" life becomes increasingly less private as innovations become integrated into our lives. Where do we draw the line? Should we even draw a line? Check in today for a discussion of these issues with Rob Atkinson of The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. 

Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and is also author of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012) and The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states.

#115 Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio - Tony Martignetti

Oct 22, 2015 50:33

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Tony Martignetti is a pioneer in the world of nonprofit podcasting and he joined us in the studio while in town from New York. Tony's passion is communicating with nonprofits and he has been the host of Nonprofit Radio for over five years -- broadcasting live every Friday at 1pm (EST). With more than 250 episodes under his belt, he's had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of nonprofit leaders from every field.
How can podcasting benefit your organization? What are some of the challenges facing nonprofits today? If you're considering getting into podcasting to get your message out to more people, don't miss this episode. And when you're ready, we can help you every step of the way.

Tony Martignetti is the host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. He picks the brains of thought leaders for his 10,000+ listeners in small- and mid-size nonprofits. He's also a consultant in Planned Giving and state Charity Registration compliance and he's been helping nonprofits since 1997.

 

#114 BOMA International - Henry Chamberlain

Oct 22, 2015 44:26

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BOMA International is like many trade associations in that community, networking, and the sharing of best practices some of the most valued aspects of membership. But BOMA is the only organization representing the interests of commercial building owners and managers, in the US and abroad, and must remain nimble in order to keep up with rapidly evolving building technology and standards. Today we're joined by BOMA President and COO Henry Chamberlain, whose tenure with the organization stretches back to the days when floppy disks were a major technological breakthrough. Learn what building owners are doing to stay competitive in an era when people are increasingly demanding and expecting buildings to be greener.

Henry Chamberlain is president and a 30-year veteran of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and past president of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and member of Real Estate Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

BOMA International is federation of 91 U.S. local associations and 17 global affiliates headquartered in Washington, D.C. BOMA represents building owners and managers to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.

#113 Infogroup - Stephanie Ceruolo

Oct 17, 2015 35:08

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On Through the Noise, we talk with a lot of brilliant people doing great things in their own niche. But no matter how great your idea, how noble your cause, how lofty your goals, your efforts are wasted if no one can hear what you're saying.
Today's guest, Stephanie Cerulo, works to solve that problem and put your message in the hands of the people who need to hear it and are likely to support it.
Using a cooperative donor database, the Infogroup is able to target potential donors by pinpointing their actual behavior, rather than self-reported. If you are curious about different ways to make a bigger impact and reach a larger audience with your message, don't miss this episode of Through the Noise.

Stephanie Ceruolo is Vice President and General Manager of the Nonprofit Solutions business unit within data company, Infogroup. She has over 20 years’ experience helping non-profit organizations with fundraising and marketing, most of it focused on direct marketing strategies and the data that drives them.

Infogroup Nonprofit Solutions makes “big data” actionable for nonprofits to enable fundraising success.

#112 Jewish Women International - Meredith Jacobs

Oct 15, 2015 38:25

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Meredith Jacobs works to improve the lives of all women and girls. First as a blogger, then columnist, radio host, author, and now as the Communications VP for Jewish Women International, she has had the opportunity to touch a lot of lives. From building libraries around the U.S. for children at domestic violence shelters to working with Greek organizations on college campuses to prevent sexual assault, Jacobs illustrates that there are many creative ways to address a difficult problem and get people to participate. She has a couple more books on the horizon and is launching the campus initiative "Green Light Go" on October 24. Listen up to hear some great ideas and maybe bring some inspiration and energy to your organization.

Vice president of marketing and communications for Jewish Women International (JWI) is an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week. She is the author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate—Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins) and co-author with her daughter, Sofie of Just Between Us: a no-stress, no-rules journal for girls and their moms (Chronicle Books, Spring 2010). Two more journals—Just Between Us: grandmother and granddaughter and Just Between Us: sisters are slated for 2017 and 2018.

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a principal leader of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally and a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and a steering committee member of NO MORE. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security and their ability to live life free of violence. Our education programs focus on financial literacy for women of all ages and healthy relationship programs for teens and college students. JWI supports survivors by providing financial literacy resources to help the women re-build their lives, as well as building children’s libraries in domestic violence shelters nationwide.

#111 ASAE - Robb Lee

Oct 14, 2015 42:47

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A few months ago we had John Graham, the president and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), in the studio and today we sat down with his Chief Marketing Officer, Robb Lee, to hear a different side of the story.
ASAE is the association's association and, as Robb Lee succinctly puts it, works to "represent the right of everyone to represent what's important to them." Today's conversation is a compelling listen on the importance of story-telling, weeding out the bad ideas to focus on the good, and how even a great idea may come at the wrong time and miss the point. To learn more from one of the main experts in association communications, settle in and turn up Through the Noise.

Advertising, PR, Fortune 100’s to Assn.’s impacting the world we live in. Loves the creative process and creative outcomes too.

The Center for Association Leadership. Unofficial tagline we’re best known for: the association for associations. We creative association management resources to help the association work better.

#110 Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group - Pamela Davis

Oct 11, 2015 42:21

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Today we sit down with Pamela Davis of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group and she helps dispels the notion that nonprofits don't need insurance. The reasons for having insurance for nonprofits are extremely varied and she recognized a need and solved it by forming nonprofits that insure other nonprofits and have a greater understanding of their needs. NIAC member organizations provide insurance for 15,000 nonprofits in 33 states and despite a somewhat dry sounding topic, Pamela Davis makes insurance and the reasons for it come to life. So, if you are responsible for a nonprofit, like a lot of our listeners, you won't want to miss this episode packed with invaluable insights. 

Pamela Davis has been transforming nonprofits and the insurance industry for nearly three decades. She is the founding president and CEO of liability insurance cooperative for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. She was a subject of the PBS documentary series, Visionaries, selected from a field of 3,000 to illustrate the extraordinary accomplishments of ordinary people.She has lobbied Congress and had federal tax law changed so charitable risk pools to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group is comprised of 3 cooperative insurance companies and an administrator, all of which are 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations. They provide liability insurance coverage for 15,000 other 501(c)(3) nonprofits in 31 states and DC and are growing by about 1,000 member-insureds a year. Pamela Davis is their founder, president, and CEO. She posed the idea for this Group in her graduate thesis at UC Berkeley, School of Public Poilcy, in the mid-1980s and launched the first company in California in 1989 with a $1 million loan.

#109 International Development Division at Land O'Lakes - Jennifer Hyman

Oct 6, 2015 41:07

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It may surprise some to learn that Land O'Lakes, a massive company widely known for producing butter, is not only a farmer-owned cooperative, but also has an international division that works in developing countries to help create sustainable farming practices among people who have extremely limited resources for making a living.
We talk with Jennifer Hyman today who travels around the world meeting and assisting farmers to find out what they need to survive and thrive and through contracts with USAID, provides it. How is international development tied to corporate growth? What exactly is yak butter? Grab a cup of coffee and join us today to find out these answers and more.

As the Director of Communications for Land O’Lakes International Development, Jennifer Hymanleads internal and external communications for the organization’s international agriculture and enterprise development programs, is in charge of related advocacy efforts, and manages the group’s office in Washington, DC. She has more than 20 years of experience focused on humanitarian and international development communications, is a prolific published journalist, and has worked and traveled in more than 45 countries.

#108 Exponent Partners - Colleen McCarthy

Oct 3, 2015 34:26

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Organizations of every size, focus, and type need supporters, members, customers, or donors to advance their cause or grow their business. If you can't understand the level of commitment or engagement a particular individual has with your organization, how can you approach them in the future? Today we talk with Colleen McCarthy about the necessity of functional databases to accurately maintain records about those who support your goal. Her work with Exponent Partners is different than many firms because -- like nonprofits -- they are a mission-driven business. They help their clients, grow their own business, with a watchful eye towards sustainability and social responsibility. 

#107 American College of Preventive Medicine - Michael Barry

Oct 1, 2015 49:47

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Today Michael Barry schools us on the difference between preventive medicine and preventative. Representing one of the smallest specializations of the medical industry, the American College of Preventive Medicine boasts a membership making up about 50% of all physicians working in the field of preventive medicine. Unlike the traditional doctor you'd visit to treat an illness, the doctors working in preventive medicine work in a variety of sectors such as public health and policy and use their expertise to better the health of the general population. Tune in to learn more and hear about some of the lesser-known but wide-reaching implications of the Affordable Care Act.


Mr. Barry is the executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the leading U.S.-based physician organization dedicated to prevention. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in health-related, non-profit organizations, including ten years as chief staff executive at ACPM, where he oversees ACPM’s operations, finances, governance, business development, and the broad array of educational and other programs and activities carried out by the College.


ACPM supports efforts to improve the health of individuals and populations through evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, lifestyle modification, and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care.

#106 Association of Latino Professionals for America of Washington DC - Edgar Jimenez

Sep 29, 2015 39:04

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Today we sit down with Edgar Jimenez to continue our conversation about empowering individuals from communities that are underepresented in academia and various professions. Edgar Jimenez is the president of ALPHA, an all-volunteer organization that helps mentor and provide educational guidance to middle and high school kids as well as veterans and women, all while helping young professionals develop public speaking skills. While only 3% of television shows have a Latino character, the 400-500 members of ALPHA act as role-models of success for Latino children throughout the Washington area.

Edgar Jimenez a technology professional working for an accounting Firm for almost 19 years supporting a financial services teams. I have also chaired the DC\VA Latino network to help increase Latino visibility, community service participation and recruitment into the Firm

Our mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation in every sector of the global economy.

#105 GuideStar - Jacob Harold

Sep 25, 2015 44:49

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Today's guest is Jacob Harold of GuideStar, the organization some consider to be the "Bloomberg of Nonprofits." The nonprofit sector makes up fully 6% of the U.S economy and GuideStar has information on two million different nonprofits. Potential donors want to know if they are giving to an effective organization, but for too long donors and nonprofits have focused on overhead costs to analyze an organization's efficacy, while the real measure ought to be the results they produce. We are so inundated with data that it's exceptionally difficult to parse through and find the information that is relevant to make informed decisions and GuideStar is working to make that easier. Join us today for a great conversation with GuideStar's CEO Jacob Harold for a unique perspective and get some ideas to incorporate into your own business or nonprofit. 

Jacob Harold is President & CEO of GuideStar. He’s worked as a grantmaker at the Hewlett and Packard foundations and a climate change campaigner at Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network. He is from Winston-Salem, NC and was educated at Duke and Stanford.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations.

#104 The Pilot Waves - Alex Vidales

Sep 23, 2015 36:07

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Today's Through the Noise is timely as we're joined by Alex Vidales of the Pilot Waves podcast to talk the benefits of podcasting, different techniques, and important upcoming events for the burgeoning podcasting community in the DC area.
Hosting podcasts is an excellent way to grow and promote your business and meet people in your field. Similarly, networking with fellow podcasters is becoming more common and essential. In the Washington, DC area, there are two great upcoming opportunities to have a good time, meet other podcasters, learn new skills, and generate ideas. Don't miss the DC Podcast Shakedown on September 30 on International Podcast Day, or the first DC Podfest in November. Listen up for a great conversation and details. 

The Pilot Waves originated from Alex and Jason’s commitment to providing local organizations with impactful and fulfilling value creation. We accomplish this through building and strengthening your ties to local communities, industries, artists and collectives. We can help you get your non-profits and local businesses started.

#103 Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia - Juan Sempertegui

Sep 20, 2015 36:53

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Latino lawyers make up just 3% of the national average and the Hispanic Bar Association of DC is working to increase that number by providing mentoring and networking between law students, lawyers, and judges throughout Washington, DC. The HBADC is an entirely volunteer-powered organization and many of it's members were the first in their families to graduate high school, college, and to become lawyers. They are driven to help provide opportunities to others in the community and devote a significant amout of time to pro bono with individauls and organizations, particularly around the issues of undocumented children. Join them for their next networking event with Salsa lessons at Cafe Citron on September 24.

#102 DC Central Kitchen - Michael Curtin

Sep 17, 2015 36:08

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Should charities have the ultimate goal of putting themselves out of business? We broach this subject with many of our guests and as we sit down today with Michael Curtin of DC Central Kitchen, we get an unusual response. DC Central Kitchen does so much more than providing 11,000 meals a day to people and organizations around Washington, DC and it operates under the premise that any waste is bad -- whether food waste, the waste of human resources and unused minds, or empty underused kitchens. With an extensive training program that provides opportunities and possibillies to many disenfranchised people, including a large number of formerly incarcerated people, The Kitchen is helping end the cycle of poverty with a number of creative approaches. Tune in for some enligthtening and inspiring stories as we chat with Michael Curtin. 

#101 National Corporate Research - Ron Barrett

Sep 14, 2015 44:44

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Soliciting donations from supporters is one of the main ways that charities and other nonprofits are able to accomplish their goals and today we speak with Ron Barrett who helps us navigate the complicated registration requirements so organizations can stay on the right side of the law. Keeping up with different registration laws across the U.S. can be a major barrier to entry for small orgnaizations or those just getting off the ground and today's conversation includes some extremely helpful resources you won't want to miss.

Ron Barrett is the Vice President of Nonprofit Services at National Corporate Research, Ltd., (“NCR”), a professional registered agent company that provides nationwide corporate, secured transaction, business license, and nonprofit services. His responsibilities at NCR have included management of client service specialists and operational staff working with various state and federal agencies as well as product development. He joined NCR in 2008 when Capitol District Information, a provider of legal research, document retrieval and library services in Washington, D.C., was acquired by NCR. 

Established in 1980, National Corporate Research, Ltd.(NCR) is a professional registered agent company that provides nationwide corporate, secured transactions, business license, real property, court, agency and library services. We are qualified to act as registered agent in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and provide statutory representation services for tens of thousands of companies across the country. We also can act as registered agent in many other countries throughout the world.

#100 Deringer Consulting - Derry Deringer

Sep 11, 2015 34:05

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Many nonprofit leaders and staff are adept in their cause and focused on their goals but lack the panache to make the essential "ask" of donors which will enable them to successfully continue their work. Derry Deringer has put background in tech sales to good use helping nonprofit leaders become more effective communicators and fundraisers.Learn some of secrets of the trade today and gain confidence in your own work as we engage in some good old-fashioned fundraising role-play. 

Derry is an independent fundraising consultant to nonprofits and a teacher at heart. He uses his whole bag of professional skills with each client. Derry has been a director and front line fundraiser with the United Nations, served as a sales manager for a .com company in the 90s and is a certified professional coach.

Deringer Consulting, based in Alexandria, Virginia, helps nonprofits raise more money by taking the mystery out of philanthropy.

#99 Association for Corporate Growth - Gary LaBranche

Sep 9, 2015 39:26

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Most of us are familiar with the household names of Fortune 500 companies that represent billions of dollars in revenue but between the massive companies and the mom and pop shops are middle market companies that make it possible for many of these businesses to exist. Middle market companies are the major drivers of the U.S. economy, providing 26% of the jobs even though they only make up 1% of the businessess. Today we talk with Gary LaBrache, President and CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth. ACG is the organization that connects the owners and investors of, and advisors to middle market companies in order to faciliate growth and acquisition. People come to ACG to "meet the people you need to know before you need to know them."

Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, is president and CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). An association executive for 34 years, LaBranche is the author of more than 300 columns, podcasts, articles and book chapters on association management. He was the 2007 ASAE Key Award winner and the 2012 TRENDS Association Executive of the Year.

Founded in 1954, ACG – “The Voice of the Middle Market” - serves 90,000 investors, lenders, executives and advisors to more than 25,000 of the world’s fastest growing middle market companies.

#98 Davis Carter Scott - Marlene Wong

Sep 7, 2015 41:06

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We consistently explore the intersection of technology and communications on Through the Noise and today we had the chance to sit down with Marlene Wong who has been in the marketing business for 20 years. The past two decades have brought dramatic and unforeseen changes to the way we interact, find and share information, and conduct business. We discuss the changing landscape of Washington, DC, how technology has impacted the worlds of real estate and  marketing, and possibilities for the future.

#97 DrunkMode - Josh Anton

Sep 2, 2015 31:13

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Grab a beer and join us for this raucous conversation with Josh Anton, founder of the app DrunkMode. If you’ve ever had a little -- or a lot -- too much to drink, you’ll appreciate this innovation that can help you save face by locking your phone and preventing drunk dialing or calling. Built for almost nothing, the app now boasts 650,000 users, including 30% internationally and 12% in the United Kingdom alone. DrunkMode’s success illustrates that what may seem to be a silly or an embarrassing problem for an individual can lead to brilliant solutions that impact people all over the world.

Joshua Anton is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Drunk Mode.  Joshua is currently enrolled in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College (2012). 

 

Drunk Mode, LLC is a student run start-up established in October 2012 by Joshua Anton and Justin Washington, students at the University of Virginia. Drunk Mode, LLC is the child company of Launch, LLC. The mission of Launch, LLC is to develop technology related projects that launch people to their next stage in life, through motivation, offering awesome technology related tools and making knowledge more comprehensive and understandable. 

#96 Beaconfire RedEngine - Lynn Labieniec

Aug 27, 2015 31:07

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For decades, nonprofits had a finite number way to communicate with their supporters but direct mail and other slower, paper-based methods of interaction are slowly fading with the consistent advent of new technologies. We talk with Lynn Labiniec, CEO of an Arlington, VA-based digital agency, Beaconfire RedEngine about past and emerging trends and creative ways that nonprofits can reach out and "harness the enthusiasm" of their supporters. 

Lynn is founder and CEO of Beaconfire RedEngine, leading a team of 40+ experts in digital strategy, analytics, marketing and web design and development. She has been working in the intersection of technology and philanthropy for going on 35 years now and continues to be amazed at both how much changes and how much stays the same.

Beaconfire RedEngine is a full service digital agency, adept at the full range of user experience, technical development and digital marketing and engagement services. They are driving results for nonprofits and social enterprises like Feeding America, Special Olympics, ALS Association, American College of Cardiology, and Ocean Conservancy to name just a few.

#95 Keppler Speakers - John Truran

Aug 21, 2015 40:50

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All organizations and businesses need to communicate well in order to sell their mission or vision and today we speak with John Truran who makes this happen with the Keppler Speakers Bureau. If you’re throwing a tremendous amount of resources, time, and money into hosting a meeting or conference, it’s essential to have a keynote speaker that will inspire, impress, and energize your audience. Keppler Speakers Bureau is a booking agency representing compelling speakers that can bring your meeting to life and we had the opportunity to sit down with John Truran and discuss the ins and outs of the business.

John Truran has been working with professional and celebrity speakers since the early 1980s when he joined Keppler Speakers bureau. With more than thirty years of experience in the meetings and events industry, he understands the speaking business from just about every angle, from marketing and sales to live event strategy to managing talent.

John has spent his career observing up close how the power of storytelling can inspire audiences and take the event experience to the next level.From powerful connections that leave lasting impressions, to stories that take you around the world and even above it – that’s Keppler Speakers. For over 30 years we’ve been leaving our mark on audiences with preeminent speakers whose expertise spans across business, world affairs, politics, entertainment, sports and leadership.

#94 RunningBrooke - Brooke Curran

Aug 18, 2015 42:29

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If the idea of running 87 marathons, including one in every state and on every continent sounds daunting, maybe you should leave that to Running Brooke whose impressive athleticism is raising money for the children of Alexandria. While many school systems have eliminated recess and gym in favor of studying for tests, children are suffering from a loss of physical activity built into their day, and the organization founded by Brooke Curran is working to counter this. By helping local kids access safe, fun, and reliable athletic activities, their chances of succeeding in school increase and everyone wins.

Since May or 2009, Brooke Sydnor Curran has run 2, 253.2 marathon miles — covering all 7 continents, each of the 50 states and the 5 world marathon majors -- running over a marathon a month. She is the proud mom of three college-aged children and happily married to her husband Chris for 24 years.

RunningBrooke goes the distance for at-risk children in Alexandria by funding innovative local charities and programs that help ensure young people in our community are healthy, active and ready to succeed in school and life. Since our founding in 2009, RunningBrooke has positively impacted the lives of over 3,000 at-risk children in Alexandria.

#93 EFX Media - Victor Van Rees

Aug 7, 2015 35:47

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We talk with Victor Van Rees about his work with EFX Media in the ever-evolving world of communications. Even with long-standing relationships in the field of government contracting, persistence is an essential ingredient to securing future contracts. Join us for an inside perspective on working with a variety of federal agencies and hear some of his secrets to success that are applicable to anyone in any business.

Victor Van Rees was previously an award-winning producer of TV spots, ESPN events, syndicated series, and home videos. Over the last two decades he has become a successful Sales and Marketing VP and senior account manager developing government and corporate video contracts.

For over three decades, EFX Media has been a leader in video production and post-production, serving clients including ExxonMobil, AOL, CarFax, Sodexo, FreddieMac, SRA, BAE, General Dynamics, Price Waterhouse and dozens of association and government clients.

#92 Eye Bank Association of America - Kevin Corcoran

Aug 5, 2015 39:21

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“You gave me my life back!” When that’s a phrase consistently uttered by the people you serve, you know you’re doing something wonderful. Today we had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Corcoran of the Eye Bank Association of America -- an organization with the mission of restoring sight to people who have lost, or are losing, their vision. While uniting and accrediting all Eye Banks across the U.S., the association has also been helping to set up similar facilities around the world. And no, their offices are not filled with eyeballs in little jars!

Kevin Corcoran is an association executive who has spent most of his career helping to turn around struggling organizations. Now, as the CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America, he’s working to give individuals a second chance at life by restoring their sight.

The members of the Eye Bank Association of America restore the sight of over 75,000 people each year through corneal transplantation.

#91 National Association for Business Economics - Tom Beers

Aug 3, 2015 41:43

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As Tom Beers points out, not all economists are academics. Business economists work for companies, helping them navigate the complexities of the world economy. Comparing the members of his organization to investigators rather than grey-bearded old men teaching college students academic theory, they are immersed in analyzing and interpreting the socio-political events that shape our world. And if you are you an economist, you definitely won’t want to miss NABE’s Annual Meeting in October, the “Woodstock for Economists.”

Tom Beers is the executive director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), a Washington-based professional association comprised of nearly 3,000 business economists and those who use economics in their professional practice. Prior to taking the reins at NABE in 2009, Beers was himself a business economist, serving as the chief economist and vice president of housing finance of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in Arlington, Virginia.

#90 Volunteer Alexandria - Marion Brunken

Jul 31, 2015 29:37

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On Through the Noise, we talk to many nonprofits that depend on the goodwill of the community to donate their time and skills in order to thrive. Volunteer Alexandria is the go-to organization to match your experience, availability, and goals with a nonprofit in Alexandria that would greatly benefit from your assistance. Volunteering is not only a wonderful way to meet like-minded people, it’s an excellent team-builder for organizations and businesses of all sizes looking to give back to the community.

Marion, a native of Germany and a social worker by trade, has been the Executive Director, at Volunteer Alexandria since 2012 and she has been involved in the Washington, D.C. non-profit arena for over 17 years, working with communities, nonprofit and government agencies, and volunteers. Previously, she served for eight years as the Employee Engagement Manager at Freddie Mac.

Volunteer Alexandria, a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization since 1980, serves as a link between individual and group volunteers and area nonprofit organizations. They work in partnership with businesses, associations, other nonprofits, and local government to inspire people to volunteer, and to engage volunteers, six years and older, in activities that strengthen our community. Their vision is that all Alexandrians are engaged to make a difference in our community and their mission is to build a better community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer.

#89 Carpenter's Shelter - Shannon Steene

Jul 30, 2015 43:22

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Today we sit down with Shannon Steene of Carpenter’s Shelter and discuss causes of and solutions to homelessness and the concept of “powered by community.” Like many organizations servicing those on the edge of poverty or homeless, Carpenter’s Shelter relies heavily on a vast network of volunteers which fill a number of essential roles including security and cooking and serving three meals a day, 365 days a year. The organization works to end the “band-aid” phase by empowering people with the skills necessary to return to permanent housing and a firm place in the community.

Shannon Steene is the Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role, having worked at local, regional and national nonprofits.

The Carpenter’s Shelter offers Alexandria’s homeless the shelter and support to stabilize and transition back into independent living in the community.

#88 Bread for the City - George Jones

Jul 27, 2015 38:43

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Continuing our conversation on poverty eradication efforts from episode #87*, this week we sat down with George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City. During Mr. Jones’ 20-year tenure at the helm of Bread for the City, the organization’s budget has increased fivefold, as demand for its services continues to grow. BFC employs a ground-up approach to research and outreach by empowering a number of their clients to serve on their board -- enabling them to use their real life experience to help others. Though Bread for the City has a staff of 100, it also relies on the generous donations of time and money from individuals and businesses around the region.

George A. Jones has been Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City since January 2, 1996. He is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization and its 100 full time staff. Mr. Jones has led Bread for the City’s growth from a $1.2 million operation in 1996 to a $10.6 million operation in 2014. In 2015, Georgetown University recognized Mr. Jones as a local leader working to solve some of the city’s most pressing challenges and honored him with the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

*Don’t miss Episode #87 when we talked with Amy Kurz of Martha’s Table, an organization that partners with Bread for the City in the fight against hunger in our nation’s capital.

#87 Martha's Table - Amy Kurz

Jul 10, 2015 31:38

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Eating healthy is difficult enough for most. But for some, they need help. Whether it be financial or education, there is a solution.

Amy Kurz is the COO of Martha's Table, where she leads administrative and business functions for the organization. Previously, Amy held a variety of positions at the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. She is the board chair of Young Playwrights' Theater and lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC.

For 35 years, Martha's Table has worked to build a better future for children, their families and neighbors in the District of Columbia by increasing access to healthy starts, healthy eating and healthy connections.

#86 Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown - John Trybus

Jul 5, 2015 27:58

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John Trybus, APR is the director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), the nation's leading educational resource on the role communication plays in advancing social change. His social impact experience spans organizations, industries and sectors having worked for chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall, the British Embassy and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide on behalf of clients like Tiffany & Co., L'Oreal Paris, Coca-Cola, Women for Women International, CARE and others.

The Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC) at Georgetown University is the nation's leading educational resource on the role of communication in fostering social change; it shares its research and custom workshops and consulting offering with both master's level students and practitioners in the social impact space. 

#85 Whistle Stop Digital - Bryan Fratkin

Jul 4, 2015 20:29

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Bryan is founder and Managing Partner of Whistle Stop Digital (WSD), leading a team in devising and implementing digital strategy for issue advocacy and PAC campaigns. The goal is always the same; Using a mix of both traditional and innovative tactics, the team works to bolster online communities, build trust in the campaign's efforts and empower stakeholders into action.

Whistle Stop Digital is a digital strategy and software firm founded on the idea that issue advocacy, politics and marketing are all converging. WSD's software platform gives organizations the tools they need to address this changing landscape, allowing them to quickly and easily identify influencers, empower stakeholders, reach decision makers and affect change.

#84 Counterpart International - Joan Parker

Jul 3, 2015 35:27

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Joan Parker is a true believer in the power of communities to create solutions to even their most vexing challenges. She joined Counterpart International as CEO in 2010 and hasn’t looked back: across 27 countries, the team is coaching 3,500 organizations and transforming as many communities in terms of health, nutrition, education, good governance, and more.

The Counterpart Network partners with social investors who strengthen local communities’ leaders and organizations – solution creators who build inclusive and durable futures in which their people thrive.

#83 LiveSafe - Shy Pahlevani (The Chain #79)

Jul 2, 2015 26:19

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Dan Handerson from CIT Gap Funds introduced us to Shy Pahlevani in Episode #78, as part of our new segment called The Chain. CIT Gap Funds awarded Shy’s company with an investment grant to continue growing this two-way communicaton mobile app used by universities to maintain campus safety and help students report suspicious activity.

A victim of crime himself, Shy Pahlevani understands the magnitude of an emergency situation and the need for technology that prevents crime and ensures safety. As Founder of LiveSafe, Shy executes the company’s day-to-day affairs and ensures the success and reliability of the company’s products.

LiveSafe technology empowers effective safety-related communication via a campus safety app linked to a cloud-based command dashboard.

#82 Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance - Lisa Moss

Jun 16, 2015 32:10

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Over a million people worldwide have Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. This alliance of organizations is looking to eradicate this disease.

Lisa joined the TS Alliance in 2012 but her original introduction to the organization was in 2006 when her son was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). In her current role at the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance she works closely with both private and corporate donors and she maintains her focus on helping the TSC community she is very much a part of by raising the funds to support research and programs for families and individuals with TSC.

The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance is dedicated to finding a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) while improving the lives of those affected. TSC is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in vital organs and is the leading known genetic cause for both epilepsy and autism."

#81 Gerris Digital - Chris Abraham

Jun 3, 2015 51:49

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How do you seperate yourself when you are competing with everyone around the world? And how do you navigate yourself through all the "research" that's available online? How can you seperate the real scientists from all the rest?

Chris Abraham is a leading expert in digital: online reputation management (ORM), Internet privacy, social media marketing, and digital PR with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. After growing up in Hawaii, Chris moved to the DC area almost 27-years ago, though he has detoured through the UK, Berlin, and Portland before returning to his home in Washington. Chris has been volunteering with local homeless kitchen, Miriam's Kitchen, for over five years.

Gerris is a virtual digital agency, bringing together some of the best global partners in online engagement, influencer marketing, blogger outreach, social media marketing, search engine marketing, online reputation management, content marketing, digital PR, training, and strategy. Our low overhead allows us to gladly serve startups, publishing, nonprofits, and associations.

#80 Council on Foundations - Allison Carney

May 31, 2015 36:48

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A foundation is a non profit that grants money to other organizations. There are both private foundations and public foundations. But why do they do this?

Allison Carney is the community manager for the Council on Foundations, where she is responsible for launching and growing their online member community. Previously, she worked with all types of nonprofits developing their communications strategies. She lives in DC with her wife and two overweight pets.

The Council on Foundations is the largest membership organization of independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations in the United States and abroad.

 

#79 New York Life - Jason Howell

May 30, 2015 30:22

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There comes a point in everyone's life where they must discuss the L word: Life Insurance. Today's generation is the first to have a future possible without a pension and with staggered paychecks. They must be looking for alternate solutions for the future.

Jason Howell is a former U.S. Congressional candidate with over 20 years experience in finance. He now focuses his talents on financial planning for the "first generation".

A Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, New York Life is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, their family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Their other affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds.

#78 CIT GAP Funds - Dan Henderson

May 20, 2015 38:40

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Today's startup world has many more resources at its disposible then ever before. After friends and family there are accelerators, seed investors, kickstart, and angel investors.

Dan joined CIT GAP Funds in 2013 and is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, and investing. He comes to the GAP Funds with 18 years of experience driving growth in software and technology companies, and over the past 13 years has been a founder or early employee at four technology startups.

CIT GAP Funds is a family of seed- and early-stage investment funds placing equity investments in Virginia-based technology, life sciences, and cleantech companies.

#77 Unemployment Services Trust - Donna Groh

May 14, 2015 24:45

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Until 1972, this wasn’t an issue for nonprofits. Before then, they were exempt. However, now nonprofits have two options. They can stay in the state tax system or they can turn to UST for help.

As the Executive Director of UST, Donna Groh is responsible for the effective management of the Trust and manages relationships between UST, its service providers and its partners to assure the Trust is meeting the needs of its members. Groh has broad experience in not-for-profit organizations, associations and healthcare. Donna was the Executive Director of Toastmasters International where during her tenure the international membership grew by 50% and their net assets doubled. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations & Business Development for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Previously, Groh was Vice President/COO of the Irvine Medical Center and Regional Hospital. She has a BS and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and has completed coursework for an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

UST’s purpose is to help nonprofit organizations manage and reduce their unemployment costs, while also helping remove back-office burden and paperwork, so they have more time and more money for their missions.

#76 Your Edge for Success (YES) - Katherine Metres

May 5, 2015 29:35

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The pen truly is mightier then the sword. Writing is a powerful art when done correctly. Grant writing for example has the power to raise money for non profits that are in need of grants.

Katherine Metres is the president of her company Your Edge for Success (YES) LLC, which provides award-winning writing to get you to YES. Katherine is a former executive director and U.S. diplomat who has won $3M for grant projects she developed and wrote.

Your Edge for Success (YES), DC’s top-rated writing services company on Yelp, provides the services of a team that has won over $470 million in grant funding.

#75 The 296 Project - Kristin Beck

Apr 24, 2015 26:11

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Puppies and paintbrushes: therapy comes in many forms. This project offers active duty and military veterans a safe space to access art supplies that they can use to express themselves. It also offers a space to meet others with shared experiences and begin or continue the healing process from trauma.

  Kristin Beck is the subject of a CNN documentary called "Lady Valor" which shows the dichotomy of a Navy SEAL and a transgender journey. The documentary is can be seen on NETFLIX. She is running for Congress in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. You can follow her on Twitter @theladyvalor 
The 296 Project mission is to promote, fund, and support Art and Expressive Therapies (painting, ceramics, writing, music, etc) as a viable way to heal from trauma or traumatic brain injury.

#74 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) - John H. Graham IV, CAE

Apr 21, 2015 46:42

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Face to face fundraising is still the most effective form of fundraising. Telling a story about how the funds are needed and how they will be used are important elements in the art of fundraising for associations, not to be left out in the age of social media.

John H. Graham has been the President and CEO of ASAE since 2003, and he has been involved in associations for more than 40 years. He previously served as CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for 13 years and worked for a total of 24 years at ADA.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

 

#73 Counterpart International - PartnerSHIP for Impact - John L Kachelman, Jr.

Apr 20, 2015 18:17

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For years many have been working to help those in the Ukraine and other countries that are in need of medical supplies and more. They have been working to help over 59 different foreign countries.

John L. Kachelman, Jr. is Chairman of the Advisory Committee of PartnerSHIP for Impact, and President of Life Resources International, where he has coordinated humanitarian efforts in 23 countries. Lecturer and author of more than 20 books, John is most proud of being “Pop” to seven grandchildren.

PartnerSHIP for Impact is the network of networks, working with thousands of volunteers in the U.S. and around the world to ship donated, emergency supplies to people most in need.

#72 CharityEngine - Leigh Kessler

Apr 17, 2015 31:02

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The way we communicate is constantly changing.  Where were podcasts five years ago? Today we live in a data driven world. This has revolutionalized the way we communicate.

Leigh Kessler mixes more than 10 years of agency and client-side branding and qualitative research for some of the best known brands in the world including Microsoft, McKinsey and Co. Johnson & Johnson, GE, Democracy Corps, Kraft, TUMS, For Eyes Optical, Broadway, and the NY Department of Health, with consumer insight "field work" in the trenches of the stand-up world where he spent 7 years headlining for audiences across America and appearing on numerous TV shows including VH1's "Best Week Ever", CNN's "Showbiz Tonight", Discovery Channel & on Sirius Radio.

CharityEngine’s “One Platform. One CRM. One Support Team.” solution gives nonprofits more control over the technology behind their online fundraising, communications, events & donor management.

#71 Devex - Alan Robbins

Apr 12, 2015 30:28

Description:

Once upon a time development was a pretty small universe in terms of who was working in it. Now major companies and billionaires are starting to invest and donate to development around the world.

Alan Robbins is Partner and Global Head of Membership & Alliances for Devex. He was a member of the team that started Devex and is working closely with organizations through innovative partnerships as they look to navigate the rapidly changing international development landscape.

Devex is the media platform for the global development community. It is a social enterprise connecting and informing 600,000+ development, health, humanitarian, and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities so they can do more good for more people.

#70 Cultural Tourism DC - Erica Kritt

Mar 14, 2015 28:04

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Do you know how much is actually going on in your city? Most people walk past some of the most historic and cultural buildings and sites in their city without every really know it.

Erica Kritt is the Social Media Assistant for Cultural Tourism DC, and considers herself a specialist at content development. She started her career as a reporter for The Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland. After attending graduate school at Boston University she took the leap from traditional print media to the digital world writing blogs, creating social media posts and designing graphics among many other things for a travel agency and now uses these skills at Cultural Tourism DC. 

Cultural Tourism DC is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and enlightening people about the heritage and history of Washington DC. To do this the organization runs 15 self-guided heritage trails and puts on Passport DC  in the spring and WalkingtownDC event in the fall.​

Mickey Panayiotakis is the managing partner and technical director for Infamia with 17 years of experience in the Internet backbone industry. He has worked for a variety of nonprofit and private sector organizations since 1995, with a commitment to process-driven management. He is an experienced leader of development and design teams with a unique capacity to translate client requirements into technical documentation and provide integral insights to clients throughout a project lifecycle. 

Infamia is a sponsor of Through the Noise and they provides website management strategy for associations and institutes, to ensure their projects get noticed.

#69 Cato Institute - Kat Murti

Mar 14, 2015 35:47

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What media isn't digital today? Traditional marketing and digital marketing have a huge overlap today.

Kat Murti—a digital native and a long-time lover of liberty—is Digital Marketing Manager of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., in which capacity she oversees Cato’s presence in the online and social media spheres. Prior to joining Cato’s Marketing and Communications teams, Kat was employed by the New Media department at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In a previous life, Kat worked as a journalist and in drug policy reform. She currently serves on the board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy(SSDP), an international non-profit dedicated to empowering student activists to end the War on Drugs.

Founded in 1977, the Cato Institute is a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

#68 HopeCam - Susan Koehler

Mar 2, 2015 22:41

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Giving tablets to kids in schools to help communicate.  Many kids today do not have internet access.  This makes it very difficult for them to communicate with others.

Susan Koehler is Executive Director of Hopecam. In two years, Susan has grown Hopecam from helping 25 children each year to 360.

Hopecam is a charity that helps kids with cancer stay connected to their friends and classmates.

#67 Heidi Webb & Ryan Ozimek

Mar 2, 2015 38:51

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Pushing the Needle is a new segment where we pair up a nonprofit professional with a vendor or consultant and see what happens!

A good fundraiser keeps their donors feeling needed.They keep their donors around with a lot of relationship building and maintenance efforts And, good software can help a fundraiser keep on top of it all. That's why we brought these two together.

Heidi is the Director of Development & Organizational Advancement at Cornerstone. She's a career development professional who brings an extensive network of contacts and wealth of knowledge about fundraising, non-profits, and board engagement.

Ryan Ozimek is the CEO and co-founder of PICnet, a company dedicated to building technology to help organizations succeed in their online engagement.  PICnet is the maker of Soapbox Engage, an online engagement platform used by non-profit marketing professionals for online fundraising, events, applications, and more.

#66 Hostelling International - Netanya Trimboli

Feb 20, 2015 28:04

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Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists, both international and domestic, arrive in cities all over the world. Many of these tourists opt to stay in hostels not only for the convenience, but more for the experience. There is nothing like exploring a city for the first time while surrounded by others who are doing just that.

Netanya Trimboli is the Communications and PR Manager for Hostelling International USA, where she oversees media relations for 55 unique hostels nationwide. Netanya has been doing marketing and communications for the hospitality industry for over 10 years, following 2 years of working, volunteering, and traveling across the U.S. and abroad.

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a non profit organization with a mission to create a more tolerant world and the nation's leading brand of hostels.

#65 R Street Institute - Andrew Moylan

Feb 19, 2015 32:08

Description:

Research and writing on policy issues may not seem like they have applications in the real world. You may hear lots of buzz about different new policies and may see them in action, but what you won't see is the scorecard on how they are doing that can determine their future.

Andrew Moylan is executive director and senior fellow for R Street, where he heads coalition efforts, conducts policy analysis and serves as the organization’s lead voice on tax issues. Prior to joining R Street, Andrew was vice president of government affairs for the National Taxpayers Union, a grassroots taxpayer advocacy organization. He previously served with the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute and completed internships in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives with members from his home state of Michigan. Andrew’s writings have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The Weekly Standard.

The R Street Institute is a free-market public policy organization (or think tank). Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. In addition to our D.C. headquarters, we have offices in Florida, Texas, California and Ohio (covering the midwest).

#64 Electronic Transactions Association - Jason Oxman

Feb 5, 2015 28:50

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Do you pay with your debit card, credit card, bitcoin, or other electronic method? The answer is most likely yes considering how 70% of retail spending is electronic today.

Jason Oxman brings two decades of technology and policy experience to ETA, the global trade association representing more than 500 financial and technology companies in the electronic payments industry. He joined ETA from the Consumer Electronics Association, owner of the International CES®, where he served as senior vice president of industry affairs. Previously, Oxman served as general counsel of a technology industry trade association and as vice president of a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Oxman also worked at the Federal Communications Commission to develop and implement technology and broadband policies. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Maine Supreme Court, and he is also a former broadcast journalist. Oxman received his B.A. cum laude from Amherst College, and his M.S. and J.D. from Boston University.

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) is the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies. ETA members make commerce possible by processing more than $4.5 trillion in purchases in the U.S. and deploying payments innovations to merchants and consumers. 

#63 Center for Nonprofit Advancement - Glen O'Gilvie

Jan 11, 2015 27:39

Description:

Nonprofits are about so much more than just raising money and doing good in the world. They can require a lot of extra attention as well. Here we talk about advancing non profits and increasing their capabilities when they can't focus on the fundraising and board requirements.

A leader with more than 15 years of experience in the Metropolitan Washington nonprofit sector, Glen is passionate about addressing the issues affecting communities throughout the region. He has served as CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement since June 2008. Before joining the Center, Glen served as president and CEO of Earth Conservation Corps. There he strengthened the organization’s programmatic infrastructure and forged partnerships with nonprofits, public officials, foundations and corporations throughout the region. Previously, Glen worked for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial’s RFK Fellows program.

Since 1979, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement has strengthened, promoted and represented its member nonprofit organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We connect our members to the tools and resources they need to meet their missions. Center members are a diverse group of large and small nonprofits serving communities in Greater Washington, across the nation and around the world.

#62 MarketSmart - Greg Warner

Jan 7, 2015 25:04

Description:

Kevin Costner was wrong. If you build it, it will need lots of work. Especially if you are looking to raise money for a good cause.

Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more money more efficiently. In 2013, Greg coined the phrase "Engagement Fundraising" to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results.

MarketSmart's innovative products and services use Internet tracking technologies to help fundraisers focus on the donors that are most likely to support their organizations with large, major or legacy gifts.

#61 Sunlight Foundation - Gabriela Schneider

Dec 29, 2014 24:09

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People act better when everyone is watching. Someone needs to keep an eye on the government. That may sound crazy but by working with journalists and the media, it is possible.

Gabriela Schneider is the Communications Director of the Sunlight Foundation, and is responsible for leading Sunlight's Communications team and external affairs. Gabriela came to Washington, D.C. in the late 1990s determined to work in public policy serving the public interest, but shifted her career to focus in communications so she could help translate policy issues into something more publicly accessible.

The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all.

#60 International Initiative for Impact Evaluation - Annette Brown

Dec 20, 2014 20:40

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It is one thing to have a non profit that is doing well and making a difference in the world. It is another to know just what that difference is. Results are great but if you don't analyze them you won't know how to move forward.

Annette N. Brown is a Deputy Director for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and heads its Washington office. Prior to joining 3ie, Brown held executive and senior management positions at several development implementers, for which she performed technical assistance and research in more than twenty countries across all regions. Earlier in her career, Brown was Assistant Professor of economics at Western Michigan University and held research positions at the World Bank and the Stockholm Institute for Transition Economics. 

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) is a grant-making NGO dedicated to improving lives in the developing world by supporting the production of and disseminating evidence from impact evaluations and related research.

#59 Global Giving - Kevin Conroy

Dec 14, 2014 21:31

Description:

If you build it, they don't come. So many great causes today don't know how to raise money online. GlobalGiving is changing that.

Kevin Conroy is the Chief Product Officer at GlobalGiving. He manages an amazing team that runs GlobalGiving's technology, marketing, communications, and customer service. He is head-over-heels-in-love with his job.

GlobalGiving.org is the world's first global crowdfunding site for nonprofits in 160 countries.

#58 America Scores - Bethany Henderson

Dec 7, 2014 22:54

Description:

You may think lots of kids are writing poetry and playing soccar and think how nice it is. But there is more too it then that. These types of programs and others offered by DC Scores are helping kids and building communities.

Bethany Rubin Henderson is an award-winning social entrepreneur whose career has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including service as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration. She strongly believes every child deserves an equal chance and every community deserves engaged citizens. Bethany and her husband have two kids, a dog, and a blog about their struggles to juggle their two-career, two-kid household.

DC SCORES builds teams for low-income DC youth that instill self-expression (through poetry), physical fitness (through soccer), and a sense of community (through service). We are one of the largest DC youth development organizations, and have worked with over 9,000 students.

#57 Bisnow Media - Tania Anderson

Dec 4, 2014 24:15

Description:

Getting into your readers heads can be difficult - especially considering the vast audience of baby boomers and millennials. Learn more about how to write your content (even if its always the same) for your audience

Tania Anderson is a senior writer for Bisnow Media, covering technology, associations and nonprofits, and commercial real estate. The DC native's background includes stints at Washingtonpost.com, the Washington Business Journal, Potomac Tech Journal, About.com, and Washington Technology.

Bisnow Media, based in DC and New York and launched in 2007, publishes over 30 e-newsletters covering major cities all over the US and Canada.

#56 Wreaths Across America - Wayne Hanson

Nov 26, 2014 23:57

Description:

We all know the wonderful organization, Wreaths Across America. Find out more about how they got started and how they spread holiday cheer every year.

Born in Concord, NH but moved to Maine in the third grade, so Maine is home. Graduated from Bangor HS and received a BS in Education at the University of Maine Orono. After 7 years of ROTC during high school and college received 2nd Lt Commission in the US Army, Military Police Corps. Served in the Army from 1967-1971 with assignments in Alaska, Vietnam and Alabama. Rose to rank of Captain before leaving service. Received two Bronze Stars for service and achievement in Viet Nam.

What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery (See: The Arlington Story - How the Arlington Wreath Project was born) has now become a national organization with over 700 participating locations - all focused on the mission to Remember - Honor - and Teach.

#55 Change.org - Noland Chambliss

Nov 20, 2014 22:26

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Getting the right information to the right people is an important part of business and marketing. Technology today is helping to make business emails and communications more effective to clients by learning what users might like or need.

Noland Chambliss is the Director of External Affairs at Change.org. He manages the company’s outreach to strategic communities and influencers, including high profile brands and public figures. He has previously worked as a brand and communications strategist for a wide range of companies, campaigns and public figures. He is from Kentucky and loves bourbon and loud music.

Change.org is the worlds largest petition platform.

#54 Young Playwrights' Theater - Jeff Gilliand

Nov 18, 2014 22:42

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How do you teach play writing? Young Playwrights Theater is teaching just that too students. Learn more about how they are helping bring to the arts to young students today.

As the Communications Associate for Young Playwrights' Theater, Jeff Gilliland spends his days promoting events, writing blog posts and designing materials to share the work of YPT and its students with the larger community. He can often be found staring off into space, wondering how to say, "Common Core-aligned, arts-integrated creative writing program" in a hashtag.

Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices, teaching English Language Arts, critical thinking and creative expression to public and public charter school students in Greater Washington through the art of playwriting.

#52 Potomac Management Resources - Carol Montoya

Nov 12, 2014 20:55

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Are you a non profit without a brick and morter office? Learn how an association management company can provide back office support with event planning, program management and more.

Carol Montoya, CAE is the principal officer of Potomac Management Resources (PMR), where she is responsible for client service, business development, and human resources. Carol brings her expertise in nonprofit management and operations, communications, strategic planning, and event management to clients in wide range of industries, from attorneys to general contractors to communications professionals.

PMR provides full service association management—administrative services, board support, communications, meeting and event planning, program management, membership services, and financial management—to nonprofit organizations. PMR currently has 17 clients on its roster, ranging from less than 100 members to over 11,000. PMR is committed to providing the tools, skills, and expertise that volunteer leaders need to bring their strategic vision to life.

#53 Professional Services Council - Stan Soloway

Nov 9, 2014 29:51

Description:

Sometimes you need someone to help with RFP's. This can be a long and difficult process. That's is where Professional Services Council can help.

Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. Soloway assumed the presidency in January 2001. PSC has a membership of nearly 380 companies of all sizes, performing services of all kinds for virtually every agency of the government.

The Professional Services Council is the national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry.

#51 Anne O'Dell

Oct 26, 2014 19:59

Description:

We had a conversation about how effective is the use of social media and PR for nonprofits. Anne gave us insights into her community engagement efforts, Blake wasn't sure what PR professionals do, and Ernesto pondered how difficult it is to create and manage a nonprofit. One thing we all did agree on is that a nonoprofit is a business and nothing about that is easy. 

Anne O'Dell is currently a Candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts in Arts Management at the University of Oregon where her work focusing on cultural planning and arts administration is informed by her experience as a vocal artist living in the US.

This past summer, she interned with an Arlington County organization and was able to see up close and personal how continued professional development impacts effective leadership skills and community engagement and despite the sarcasm in this podcast, yes, she is a feminist.

#50 Women that Thrive Worldwide - Lauren Supina

Oct 19, 2014 24:17

Description:

This advocacy organization represents women in the world that live in extreme poverty (under a $1.25 a day). Through partnerships and coalitions, they work on Capitol Hill to make sure the U.S. government helps create the conditions for economic opportunity and supporting quality education for all. While their work is focused on policy, they make sure the message is delivered through stories.

Lauren Supina is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Women Thrive Worldwide including philanthropic outreach to corporations, foundations and private sector partners. She has worked, lived and traveled extensively around the globe. Appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach at the White House, Lauren reported to the President on issues important to women and families, and represented the United States on international delegations.

Women Thrive Worldwide is a non-profit organization working on behalf of women and girls who live in poverty globally. We advocate on issues such as economic opportunity, violence against women and girls, education and food security.

#49 Word of Pie - Laurence Hart

Oct 5, 2014 18:59

Description:

Content management systems can help you to keep control of your site and ward off trolls. Laurence is here with us to teach us about what a content management system can do for a project.

Laurence helps organizations develop and implement their Content Management and Information Governance strategies. He has led a wide range of projects including content digitization, Records Management, BPM, and Collaboration for both the commercial and public sectors.

Today Laurence is a free agent, working with people and organizations on the best direction that they and the industry can take to finally make Content Management an easy challenge.

#48 Cornerstone Montgomery - Heidi Webb

Sep 28, 2014 23:55

Description:

We have all attended some fundraising event for charity before in our past.  But have you ever really stopped to think about what those fundraising events were able to accomplish?  Here is a little bit about the good causes behind fundraising.

Currently the Director of Development & Organizational Advancement at Cornerstone Montgomery, Heidi is a career development professional who brings an extensive network of contacts and wealth of knowledge about fundraising, non-profits, and board engagement.

Previously at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), Heidi led a successful $7.2 million capital campaign, grew the donor database by an average of 30% a year for over 5 years. Charities LIKE NCCF thrive under Ms. Webb’s leadership advice and coaching, which ultimately results in strong, effective, and collaborative development departments. In addition to her work, Ms. Webb volunteers extensively. She is a Rotarian, and has served on benefit committees for multi-million dollar fundraising events for American Cancer Society, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. Heidi served as Campaign Chair for a State Legislator. In that role she authored and signed into law, a teen suicide prevention bill for the State of Maryland in 2005.

#47 Independent Playa - Diego Torres Coló

Sep 21, 2014 30:30

Description:

Diego Torres Coló tells us about the freelancing and independent business opportunities in a tourist town such as Playa del Carmen. We talked about the importance of creating a community of entrepreneurs with the objective of creating a healthier economy and having a better lifestyle.

With over 12 years of international experience in different sections of the corporate, tourism and leadership industries, Diego has been living in the Caribbean for over 4 years and is now the founder and Networking Director of Independent Playa.

Inspired by the drive and passion of freelancers in the area, Independent Playa is the most reliable and trustworthy directory of Independent Business owners and it has become a consulting agency for this very special niche.

#45 United Charitable Programs - Jan Ridgely

Sep 9, 2014 27:18

Description:

If you have an idea to help your community but don't want to go through the process of incorporating a charity, there is hope.

As Executive Director of United Charitable Programs, Jan does whatever it takes to keep her organization in top condition, to keep up on the latest laws and regulations, to keep her staff and Board happy and humming, and most importantly, to keep pushing for better ways to make doing charitable work easy and make giving fun and rewarding.

UCP’s mission is to make philanthropy accessible to everyone by providing the infrastructure required to efficiently and effectively run charitable programs through the management of Fiscally Sponsored Programs and Donor Advised Foundations.

#46 Bernstein Global Wealth Management - Brad Hawkins

Sep 6, 2014 21:04

Description:

Managing money can be difficult especially in these last 6 years.  For non profits, this challenge exists as well.

Brad Hawkins is a Financial Advisor and Vice President with Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He advises nonprofits and individuals on a variety of investment strategies.

Since 1967 Bernstein has focused squarely on providing research and investment management services to institutions and individuals. Bernstein currently manages assets for over 3,000 endowments, foundations, charities and trade associations.

#44 Levick - Simon Owens

Aug 30, 2014 25:55

Description:

Need to get the right group together or put pressure on a hot topic?  Or do you need something not to become a hot topic? Digital content may be the way to go. 

Simon Owens is the Director of Digital Content at LEVICK. A longtime journalist, Simon built out the social media presences for US News & World Report and has written for The Atlantic, Harvard's Nieman Lab, US News & World Report, and others.

LEVICK is a communication firm specializing in crisis PR, public affairs, lobbying, and grassroots mobilization.

#43 Carousel30 - Greg Kilstrom

Aug 26, 2014 18:59

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PR and marketing should not be done for the sake of getting it done. It needs to have results. And not everyone is a marketer or PR person. On this episode, get real advice from Greg who gives you the truth about PR and marketing.

Greg is an award-winning creative director, digital strategist, writer and motion graphics artist. He serves as the Vice President on the board of the DC Ad Club, and also speaks at colleges in the D.C. area about DC Ad Club.

Carousel 30 is a digital agency that helps brands translate business objectives into strategies that incorporate tactics such as advertising and marketing campaigns, websites, mobile apps and more.

#42 CharityEngine - Hossein Noshirvani

Aug 17, 2014 22:46

Description:

Want technology to do your work? That’s what Hossein does when he is not playing soccer (or football) for nonprofits with his software solution CharityEngine.

Hossein Noshirvani is the President of CharityEngine overseeing the sales and marketing teams. Prior to joining CharityEngine, Hossein was founder of gym management software company, Motionsoft. Along with his brother, they grew the company to over $30,000,000 in annual revenue with a staff of 125 people. He currently resides in Potomac Maryland with his wife, and tiny dog, Miso. In his spare time he enjoys biking, gardening, fishing and playing soccer.

CharityEngine’s “One Platform. One CRM. One Support Team.” solution gives nonprofits more control over the technology behind their online fundraising, communications, events & donor management.

#41 YWCA - LeAnn Harley

Aug 10, 2014 24:33

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Since 1905, the YWCA has been advocating for women. Between running adult education and youth development programs for women, the YWCA works hard to provide comfortable environments for personal growth and development. LeAnn gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how communications works for this busy nonprofit.

LeAnn Harley is the Manager of Marketing and Advocacy Communications at the YWCA National Capital Area in Washington DC. She joined the YWCA in 2010 and handles all communications and branding to support the youth development, adult education, and advocacy programs. 

The YWCA is one of the oldest women's organization in the nation and the National Capital Area aims to provide a majority of women and girls of color in high need communities across the national capital area with the resources and support necessary to achieve personal, educational and professional success.

#40 Open Water - Tim Spell & Tim Herchenroeder

Aug 3, 2014 30:21

Description:

Getting an award is great recognition for hard work, but how often do we think about how contests are managed? Here's a hint, if you have more than fifty submissions on a spreadsheet, there's a better way. We brought in Tim Spell and Tim Herchenroeder of OpenWater to talk about online awards management.

Timothy Spell, CEO of OpenWater, possesses an innate ability to translate and break down complex technical information to non-technical people. While focused on the marketing and sales side of the business, Tim is also an avid rower and competes across the country with Potomac Boat Club.

Tim Herchenroeder, Director of Business Development. Colleagues call him as "Tim H" to avoid confusion with Tim Spell, one of the Co-Founders. Tim H's approach to business development is simple: Nuturing interactions with prospects. The philosophy is, "We'll either find value in working together or we'll decide to 'call it quits'."

OpenWater is a software platform that automates awards, abstracts, conferences, events and more.

#39 turner4D - Alan Rosenblatt

Jul 20, 2014 33:24

Description:

What do digital political strategists do? Probably a better question to ask is, what don't they do? From helping political candidates get elected, to helping organizations and their activists engage those politicians who got elected, Alan and his team at turn4D have a busy schedule developing online strategies. 

Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. is partner and Director of Digital Strategy at turner4D. He is a pioneer and thought-leader at the intersection of digital & social media with politics, advocacy & media. A columnist at SocialMediaToday.com and CQ-Roll Call's Connectivity, Alan is the host of the Internet Advocacy Roundatble (@IARoundtable) and a digital political strategy professor at Johns Hopkins and American Universities. He can be found across social media at @DrDigiPol.

turner4D was founded in 2000 as Turner Strategies by refugees from large communications agencies and progressive organizations frustrated by the focus on the bottom line at the sacrifice of true societal change.

#38 Ben and Jerry's - Alison Serota

Jul 13, 2014 27:24

Description:

Alison Serota's unique job is to coordinate events and communication efforts around man's greatest invention: ice cream. As a franchise catering warehouse, Alison's job is to make sure there's plenty of ice cream to get around Washington DC area for special events; from employer appreciation days, to Blue Angle flyovers, weddings and school fundraising events.

Alison is the Director of Marketing & Events for Ben & Jerry’s in the DC Metropolitan Area. She oversees marketing efforts, catering and event management, and branding efforts for the largest Ben & Jerry’s Franchise.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream started in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont.

#37 National Corporate Research - Ron Barrett

Jul 6, 2014 27:16

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Ron Barrett sat down with Ernesto Gluecksmann and Blake Althen to give a sobering view of the challenges that nonprofits face when they solicit charitable contributions across state lines (or country borders). That "donate now" button on an organization's website has a lot of regulatory implications that nonprofits must carefully understand to avoid running afoul with the IRS or state regulators. Fortunately, there's help.

Ron Barrett is the Vice President of Nonprofit Services at National Corporate Research, Ltd., where he developed a comprehensive suite of nonprofit services, including corporate filings, charitable solicitation registrations, compliance filings, and sales tax exemption management. He is the co-author of Nonprofit Fundraising Registration: The 50-State Guide (Nolo, 2nd Ed., Nov. 2012), has authored numerous articles, and has presented public and in-house CLE seminars on state charitable registration requirements around the country.

National Corporate Research is a professional registered agent company that provides nationwide corporate, secured transaction, business license, and nonprofit services.

#36 Insomniac Design - Ashwin Jayaram

Jun 8, 2014 15:53

Description:

Ashwin Jayaram brings us in on what it's like to be a boutique agency for brands like Google and Adobe as well as agencies of the federal government. It starts with understanding what is the strategy is behind everything they do for their clients and for themselves as a business. 

Ashwin is the Chief Strategy Officer at Insomniac Design responsible for driving organization strategy and delivery. In addition to overseeing the firm's growth and expansion in domestic and international markets, Ashwin leads large scale projects including strategy consulting, global campaigns, web and mobile projects, data visualization, and enterprise applications.

Insomniac Design is an award winning full service creative agency with a strong commitment to making a lasting impact on brands, people, and communities.

 

#35 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Lisa Iannarino

Jun 1, 2014 26:11

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Lisa Iannarino talks about how her communications team supports fundraising for ongoing research and treatments for those affected by blood cancers. From tracking leads, participants, and conversions, to setting up workshops to train their runners in the fundraising process, LLS's success has helped it grow from a $30,000 annual event to a billion dollar organization over the last 20 years.

Iannarino is the Director of Marketing & Communications for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) National Capital Area Chapter, overseeing communications, marketing and branding for the organization’s second largest chapter. A long-time volunteer for LLS, Iannarino joined the LLS staff in 2010, and contributes to major campaigns including Team In Training, Light The Night, the Leukemia Ball and LLS’s national branding campaign “Someday is Today”.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding blood cancer cures and improving the quality of life of blood cancer patients and their families.

 

#34 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington - Pandit Wright

May 25, 2014 27:44

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Pandit Wright gives us some insights on how she steers her organization to make a difference with afterschool programs for the DMV area kids. We talked about the transition from board member to executive staff, the challenges of funding programs, and measuring community impact.

After almost 30 years in corporate HR and senior leadership positions around the world, in 2009 Wright became President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After having served 10 years on the organization's Board of Directors, Wright was in a unique position to embrace the challenges brought on by a tough economy, organizational mergers and rising demands in the needs of Club members – kids and teens who need us most. 

BGCGW is dedicated to providing the 1200 kids and teens it serves daily with the experiences and skills necessary to help them become productive, healthy citizens contributing to their communities and country.

#33 International Food Information Council - David Schmidt

May 18, 2014 33:14

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David Schmidt shares his story about working for Oscar Mayer to joining the Bush Administration and his appointment to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Now as the head of International Food Information Council, Schmidt shares with us IFIC's communication successes and strategies for explaining food science to the public.

Schmidt serves as President & CEO of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and International Food Information Council Foundation. Previously, he held the positions of executive vice president, vice president and director and has been a frequent speaker on a wide range of food safety and nutrition issues.

The International Food Information Council and its Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.

#32 Grassfed Media - Sacha Cohen

May 11, 2014 24:58

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Sacha Cohen guides us into the world of communications for small to mid-sized businesses. Her process begins by defining her clients' key communication challenges and goals for the year, and then looking to meet their goals through a multi-pronged approach. Yes, it includes social media.

Cohen is the founder and President of Grassfed Media, she began her career as a business and lifestyle writer, and transitioned to the online world during the first dotcom boom. She was an early adopter of social media and continues to stay at the forefront of technology, innovation, and communication.

Grassfed Media is a boutique communications firm that works with socially responsible companies on PR, marketing, and social media strategy.

#30 DC SCORES - Jake Lloyd

May 4, 2014 21:29

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Jake Lloyd talks about his work with DC SCORES. He shares his tips on how he keeps in touch with their top followers and guide them into supporting their regional and national work.

As Communications Manager, Jake is responsible for all of DC SCORES’ marketing efforts, including managing eight social media networks, building relationships with traditional media, and leading online fundraising campaigns. Additionally, Jake — also a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press — organizes the DC SCORES Cup, the Washington, DC, area’s largest charity soccer tournament.

DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression through poetry, physical fitness through soccer, and sense of community through service-learning.

 

#30 DAI - Steven O'Connor

Apr 27, 2014 25:15

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Steven O'Connor brought us into the world of international development, from helping Vietnam establish regional trading standards to dealing with the unimaginably tragic crises of loosing a colleague in the field.

Based in Bethesda, MD, O'Connor oversees internal and external communications for an organization active in more than 100 countries, including in some of the world's most challenging operating environments.

DAI is a global development company dedicated to shaping a more livable world. At the end of 2013, DAI joined forces with HTSPE Ltd., an international development consultancy based just outside London.

#29 American Chemical Society - Jenn Taylor Howell

Apr 20, 2014 23:19

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Jenn Taylor Howell gives us insights into what it is like to work for one of the largest and oldest societies in the U.S., the American Chemical Society. Marketing internally between the many departments and divisions is uniquely challenging and important work for this 161,000 member society.

Taylor Howell is a marketing professional at the American Chemical Society. In her current role as Program Manager of ACS on Campus, she works to promote the Society's programs, products and services to the next generation of chemical science professionals through on campus events catered to students.

The American Chemical Society is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of the chemical sciences.

#28 Igenia Group - Tim Neill

Apr 13, 2014 23:41

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Tim Neill spends a lot of time traveling between Mexico City and Washington DC. He filled us in on what it's like to work for an international digital agency that does tactical support for companies in Mexico and in the U.S. Here's a hint: it always starts with finding out who's the buyer.

Neill is an entrepreneur and executive with over fifteen years of business operations and management experience responsible for developing and executing strategic plans that drive growth and improve overall market positioning.

Ingenia Group is a global digital marketing and technology agency.

#27 501cTech - Abigail Goliber

Apr 6, 2014 20:56

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Abigail Goliber gives us the scoop on the importance of developing partnerships for your organization. She also shares with us why having professional IT support can positively impact an organization's mission. Yes, we get a little techy with talk about CRMs, infrastructure, servers and data migrations.

Goliber is the manager of outreach and business development at 501cTech. She is a nonprofit professional with extensive fundraising, financial, and operational experience.

501cTECH delivers sustainable technology solutions for nonprofits serving the common good.

#26 Snowbird Services - Melissa Ovard

Mar 30, 2014 29:27

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Melissa Ovard gives insights into contracting with federal agencies and the importance of paying attention to detail when responding to Uncle Sam's RFPs.

Melissa Ovard is the founder and President of Snowbird Services. She consults with small businesses on marketing communications, federal contracting, and proposal development services.

Snowbird Services is a federal contractor in the environment and international development spheres as well as offers consulting services and is based in Washington DC.

#25 Syscom Service - Christie Gunden

Mar 23, 2014 19:36

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Christie Gunden shares how she manages her marketing efforts with Hubspot and Ektron. From increasing traffic, to increasing conversions, these sophisticated tools makes it easy to track who is engaging your organization.

Christie Gunden is the marketing manager at Syscom Services.

Founded in 1986, Syscom Services has pioneered the way organizations effectively communicate with the people they rely on most.

 

#24 Sisarina - Melanie Spring

Mar 16, 2014 20:53

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Melanie Spring gave us the low down on what branding is and the importance of starting with defining your core values. She also told us about her "Live Your Brand" U.S. tour.

Melanie Spring is the founder and chief inspiration officer at Sisarina. She teaches senior level management and marketing professionals how to rock their content.

Sisarina is a branding company based in Bethesda, Maryland.

#23 Bremmer & Goris Communications - Julie Smith & Dennis Goris

Mar 9, 2014 20:28

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Dennis and Julie share insights on what it's like to work in a creative agency managing projects for nonprofits - from print advertising, to websites - as part of integrated campaigns. Managing projects is sometimes about finding the balance between what a client wants and what creatives know will work.

Dennis Goris is the CEO, creative director and the driving force behind strategy development for campaigns at Bremmer & Goris. Julie Smith is the director of operations working with designers, account managers, project directors, and clients.

Bremmer & Goris Communications is a leading design and branding company based in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

#22 American Red Cross - Banafsheh Ghassemi

Mar 3, 2014 10:33

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Banafsheh Ghassemi teaches about how the American Red Cross delivers unique customer experiences based on the signals we leave behind as we interact online. She is the VP of Marketing, CRM, Customer Experience & Marketing Excellence at the American Red Cross. She established the first customer experience organization at the Red Cross and lead the design and implementation of enterprise-wide CE and eCRM strategies. The American Red Cross is largest non-governmental humanitarian and disaster relief organization in the United States.

#21 National Restaurant Association - Christopher Dorscher

Feb 24, 2014 21:50

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Chistopher Doscher shares some of the policy topics he covers for the restaurant industry, from healthcare and immigration issues, to patent assertion agencies and renewable fuel standards.

Chris Doscher is a senior writer and editor in policy communications for the National Restaurant Association. He writes on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that impact how the nation's nearly one million restaurants operate.

The National Restaurant Association is the largest foodservice trade association in the world.

#20 World Learning - Cate Urban

Feb 17, 2014 18:01

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Cate Urban brings us into what it's like to work within a large, global organization, from fundraising to profiling alumni. Cate works to bring attention to the stories behind the scenes at World Learning. She shares some tips on how to improve team communications and guide program managers to understand the importance of communications.

World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries.

#19 BRG Communications - Jennifer Mitchell Doncev

Feb 9, 2014 23:33

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Jennifer Mitchell Doncev talked to us about how she became a social media professional for large organizations. Her first lesson is that being the first disruptor is not an easy path, but being persistent and paying attention to how online media is changing the world, was a great start to her career.

Jennifer Mitchell Doncev is an old-school PR pro who recognized social media as a communications essential in 2007. Over the last six years, she's helped brands find their online voice, share their messages with the right people, listen to (and communicate with) their customers and potential customers, and generate revenue from their social media efforts.   BRG Communications is a nationally recognized public relations agency known for award-winning campaigns that reach key influencers, creatively deliver powerful messages, and ultimately ignite behavioral change.

#18 Time Life - Melissa Robison

Feb 2, 2014 32:35

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Melissa Robison gives us insights to what it takes to work for Time Life as a digital director. From A/B testing product offers, to being ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to managing brands within brands, Melissa shares how teams prioritize planning for success. Melissa has 15 years of experience building and managing cross-functional teams in fast-paced agency and client-side environments to strategize, plan, and create large and small scale digital solutions that maximize ROI for high profile brands. Direct Holdings Global has a long history of successfully marketing unique, niche products like Time Life, StarVista Entertainment, KitchenTek, and many others.

#17 John Snow, Inc. - Lauren Alexanderson

Jan 26, 2014 23:10

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Lauren Anderson brings us into the world of international development through healthcare. Imagine having to manage the logistics of sending a billion contraceptives to clinics overseas or ensuring the medication doesn't expire before it gets to a patient. Knowledge management is how that's done. Lauren is a health communications professional specializing in social marketing & strategic communication for application in international and domestic public health projects and health systems reform.

#16 Community IT - David Deal

Jan 19, 2014 18:25

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David is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Community IT Innovators. For David, Community IT stemmed from his desire to serve people and organizations working for social justice by supporting them in using technology effectively.The business model at Community IT has been recognized for its social mission and its commitment to sustainable business, and led it through a conversion to 100% employee ownership. 

 

 

#15 HCM Strategists - Michael Manganiello

Jan 5, 2014 19:50

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Michael Manganiello talks about how being HIV positive and working with super couple Dana and Christopher Reeve parlayed his career to cofounding HCM Strategies. His unique perspective allowed him to build powerful coalitions with great outcomes.
A born advocate, Michael Manganiello believes in the power of patient groups to impact major shifts in health policy. That power is amplified when groups unite around a common agenda.

HCM Strategists is a firm that not only can access major stakeholders in the health care community but can bring them together and find common ground to advance positive change.

#14 Vino Lovers - Justin Harrison and Grace Beauseigneur

Dec 15, 2013 24:00

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Justin Harrison has been a member of 1776 DC since it opened in January 2013. Since becoming a member of 1776, Justin has developed Vinolovers from a simple idea with his mom in 2005, to a successful business that is currently serving 500 subscribers. // Grace Beauseigneur is the Marketing and Communications Manage of Vinolovers. Like many, Grace is a DC transplant and has cross-continental roots in Pennsylvania and France, where she first fell in love with wine. As a wine enthusiast and digital native, Grace hopes to share her knowledge and passion for wine through social channels to educate fellow millennials about how wine is approachable and fun.

#13 National Peace Corps Association - Erica Burman

Dec 1, 2013 26:08

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In addition to being an editor of Worldview Magazine, Erica oversees all of NPCA's communications, public relations, marketing, branding and social media. She pioneered NPCA's use of online communities and social media – establishing an early Peace Corps community presence on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and moving the organization to an electronic newsletter.

#12 Mississippi Consortium of International Development - Crystal Kelch

Nov 24, 2013 13:58

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Crystal Kelch has been with MCID Washington since its inception, and has held the position of director for the past decade. During the course of this time she has created countless insightful programs for distinguished visitors from across the globe. Her main focus has been on the International Visitor Leadership Program.

#11 The Nonprofit Roundtable - Allison Carney

Nov 17, 2013 16:23

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Allison Carney aka the "Queen of Nonprofits" has a passion for nonprofits and sharing their stories with the world. At The Nonprofit Roundtable she is responsible for the website, social media, newsletter and communication materials. She also meets with Nonprofit Roundtable members to develop strategies for the best ways share their achievements and events through the organization's channels.

#10 Oceaneast Associates - Arvi Gowda

Nov 10, 2013 24:41

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Get the inside scoop from the founder of a small company that’s doing big things – from front end to back end web development. Listen as Arvi Gowda explains his experience transitioning from creative teams at big agencies to the CEO of a small company.

Arvi Gowda is Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneast Associates, a management and IT consulting firm. He has worked as Art Director, Web Producer and consultant for companies such as the Advisory Board Company, Ogilvy PR, the Washington Post and the World Bank.

Oceaneast serves the Federal government, associations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and international development agencies.

#9 Verto Solutions - John Cox

Oct 27, 2013 26:13

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John is a lawyer, a communicator, and an association executive, bringing passion and expertise to all three roles. He manages several key functional areas at Verto Solutions and holds leadership positions with several client associations.

Verto Solutions offers professional management and scientific testing to food associations, and also offers and maintains social media campaigns for their clients.

#8 PCI Communications - Jennifer Matta

Oct 20, 2013 24:49

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Jennifer Matta’s multi-faceted marketing and media relations skills make her a valuable asset to PCI’s many government, non-profit, and corporate clients. With a proactive style and dedication to innovative strategies, Jennifer works on national and regional campaigns, preparing comprehensive communications plans and reports, leading media relations, pitching stories, conducting market research, and assisting in coalition building and community outreach. She also provides support for events, special promotions, and webinars, and prepares press releases, PSAs and feature articles.

PCI Communications is a marketing and creative production agency. PCI's clients include corporate businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.

#7 Simply Leap - Lauree Ostrofsky

Oct 13, 2013 21:39

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Lauree Ostrofsky is a speaker, author, coach, PR strategist and marketer for government agencies, high tech start-ups and women-owned businesses. Clients include the U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Transportation, GovLoop, IBM, Canonical / Ubuntu, LogMeIn, Fodors Travel, Liz Claiborne, and Girl Scouts of the USA. She often use my marketing and communications expertise when coaching clients who want to start and grow their own business, and when designing corporate coaching programs.

Simply Leap, LLC offers coaching to get clear on what you want, and how to go after it. Uniquely suited for individuals seeking personal growth and career change, entrepreneurs starting their own businesses and groups wanting to build a strong community.

#6 Carousel 30 - Greg Kihlström

Oct 6, 2013 22:42

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Greg is an award-winning creative director, digital strategist, writer and motion graphics artist. He is also a regular contributing writer for The Washington Business Journal, Search Engine Watch and iMedia Connection. He serves as the Vice President on the board of the DC Ad Club, and also speaks at colleges in the D.C. area about DC Ad Club.

Carousel 30 is a digital agency that helps brands translate business objectives into strategies that incorporate tactics such as advertising and marketing campaigns, websites, mobile apps and more. Carousel30 has worked with top brands around the world, including Toyota, AOL, Geico, CQ Roll Call, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations, National Audubon Society, AARP and MTV.

#5 InTheCapital - Reid Snyder and Carl Pierre

Sep 29, 2013 25:25

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General manager Reid Snyder and writer Carl Pierre from InTheCapital, talk about what it takes to cover the DC Tech scene. Carl gives us some insights to how his inbox fills up every morning with pitches. Reid talks about their InTheCapital events and covering new beats around the Washington, DC area. Between style, education, and technology, these guys are looking to shake things up.

InTheCapital combines a fast, edgy, and opinionated editorial staff with an open community publishing platform to reinvent the model of local news online. InTheCapital believes hearing from innovators in the city will allow for a range of perspectives on the growth intelligent innovation in the District.

#4 Story Store Media - Corey Petree

Sep 22, 2013 17:42

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Corey Petree is an award winning, innovative producer, editor, and motion graphic designer with over 20 years of experience in film and video production. Corey creates marketing and promotional video, broadcast programs and commercials, as well as high-end corporate video designed for live audiences. He believes that the core of visual media production is storytelling - getting the point across clearly and memorably.

Story Store Media provides high-quality video production services from concept, planning and shooting, through all phases of post-production. The company's products are high production value, custom-crafted productions for discerning producers and other clients who want an impressive, attention-getting product to build energy at large gatherings, increase visitor involvement on websites, and create buzz over broadcast media.

 

#3 Women Grow Business - Tinu Abayomi-Paul

Sep 15, 2013 24:25

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Tinu Abayomi-Paul is the editor of Women Grow Business. Tinu rescues web sites from obscurity and shows business people how to generate leads and traffic from the web. Founder of Free Traffic Tips and Ask Tinu, she is widely published online as an ever-effective, end-to-end website promotion specialist — on Web Pro News, Search Engine Guide, AGBEAT and more.

Women Grow Business is a blog community focused on leadership, marketing, operations (especially in tough economic times), benefits of social cause partnership, talent retention, online presence, entrepreneurship, social technology, mentor-ship, failure and success.

#2 Brightline Interactive - Quin Woodward Pu

Sep 8, 2013 21:11

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Quin Woodward Pu is the Director of Public Relations for Brightline Interactive. Quin explains what Brightline’s experiential marketing services are versus tradition marketing. Think of integrating digital into live events and you start to get the right idea. Think of karaoke and green screens at live sporting events and now you got a party. But this is really about tracking raw data through the use social media, the kind of stuff brands like Nascar and Pepsi are looking for.

Brightline Interactive is a digital services agency that designs, produces, promotes, and installs fun social machines and digital experiences for national brands and agencies at sporting and entertainment events, mobile tours, museums, retail stores, lobbies, and conventions.

#1 Green Buzz Agency - Tod Plotkin

Sep 1, 2013 20:01

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Tod Plotkin produces online and broadcast video content that help large organizations tell their story. His production experience includes national broadcast with ABC, Discovery Channel, and the Style Network. However my company focuses on corporate video storytelling for clients like Blackboard, Sears, Hilton Worldwide, Monster.com, BlueCross BlueShield, and Under Armour. Tod hosts the "What's Next DC" marketing and communication conference annually, where he and other speakers discuss viral videos, video marketing strategy and video SEO.

Green Buzz Agency is a strategic digital media company specializing in high quality video production services for organizations of all sizes. The Green Buzz team uses storytelling techniques from their experience in the feature film industry to guarantee the highest quality product for corporate clients.