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Wednesday, March 4 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Day 1 Plenary: Ignite with Ideas

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Wednesday Awards
We'll kick off Day 1 by announcing the NTENny Award Winners, and the winners of the Care2 Impact Prize. These prizes will recognize individuals in the nonprofit sector who have made an outstanding impact on the field of online advocacy, online fundraising, or both.

Wednesday Plenary
Following the awards, join NTEN's CEO, Amy Sample Ward, and start your conference off with a bang! This morning will feature 6 special Ignite presentations chosen from our community.
  • Capitalizing on the Colbert Effect
    Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director, Options for Sexual Health, @jjbreakspear
    In February 2010 I was the Executive Director of QMUNITY - BC's Queer Resource Centre, a small non-profit in Vancouver and we hosted the first ever PRIDE House for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Among the visitors was Stephen Colbert who taped an interview with me for the Colbert Report. Although the clip ultimately didn’t make it to air, amateur videos of his visit and our conversation went viral online and every few months I get a Google news alert that my few minutes of playing 'straight man' to Stephen Colbert has popped up somewhere online again. The whole reason for PRIDE House was to shine a light on homophobia in sports and social media regularly renews Stephen Colbert's visit to PRIDE House Vancouver and continues to shine that light and poke fun at the inanity of discrimination.
  • Social Good Shark Tank
    Peter Panepento, Principal, Panepento Strategies, @ppanepento
    Events like GivingTuesday are helping condition people to give online and raising awareness about the importance of giving. But they aren’t going to cure cancer, reduce hunger, or improve pre-K education. If we really want to unleash the full power of social networks and online fundraising to advance change, we need to do more. A new effort called “________ Awareness Month” combines the best elements of GivingTuesday, issue-specific events like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and crowdfunding to create a large-scale, focused national giving campaign.
  • Transcending "Social:" Visibility and Empowerment In An Uber-Mega-Meta Self-Conscious Age
    Jianda Johnson, Business and Resource Development Specialist, Guadalupe Montessori School, @MontessoriEdTec
    Let's explore the pitfalls and pratfalls of creating a social/media presence, in an educational context, in the hyper-digital (often hyper-critical) digital age. Where can we divine our soul connections in the maelstrom of tech/social's seeming dictates? How can we protect yet empower ourselves, our kiddos, families and communities among the multiple data streams social/media converge? 
  • Ten Years of Mistakes and Lessons Learned: The Greatest Hits
    Jeff Coburn, Web Services Manager, Institute for Community Inclusion, @Coburnicus
    Having worked within technology for a diverse and rapidly expanding non-profit, focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities, I’ve been a part of my share of poor decisions and “teaching moments.” Let’s revisit them publicly. And then, let’s never speak of them again.
  • How to Be a Mindful Techie
    Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager Communications, NASTAD
    Are you wondering how we as nonprofit techies can maintain our cool and focus, stay productive and passionate, and navigate the ever-evolving technology challenges and shifting priorities of our organizations? Take a deep breath and come into the present moment to learn how to become a mindful techie. You’ll come away with a few simple and practical steps you can take to be more effective in your work and more useful to the world. 
  • Data's New Clothes
    Speaker: Greg Schneider, Information Systems Director, National Institute on Money in State Politics
    Data is becoming more and more transparent and that is changing the world.  What data are you wearing and what is it showing?  Is it time for a change of clothes? 

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Amy Sample Ward

Amy is driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change. Their prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has fueled Amy's work to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate... Read More →

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Jennifer Breakspear

Executive Director, Options for Sexual Health
I'm about making a difference and this ideal has guided me throughout my life. I am proud to be the Executive Director of Options for Sexual Health (Opt), the largest sexual and reproductive health care provider in Canada, where I lead an innovative health care organization in the... Read More →
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Jeff Coburn

Web Services Manager, Institute for Community Inclusion, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Bosto
Jeff splits his time as a web developer/designer building accessible websites for various grant funded projects, and as the chair of the institute’s technology committee that works to improve the technical capacity of the global institute/school. Jeff also writes and speaks nationally... Read More →
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Jianda Monique

Transformative Social Media, Editorial & Creative Manager, Freelance Contractor
Jianda Johnson (artist name - Jianda Monique) is a multi-genre artist, vocalist, writer, amateur coder/photographer, and ed tech enthusiast…for starters. Growing up on the project management side of the music/entertainment industries (MP3.com/eMusic, blogger for RollingStone.com... Read More →
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Peter Panepento

Principal, Panepento Strategies
Peter Panepento is principal at Panepento Strategies, a full-service content, digital, and social strategy firm. His clients include media companies, nonprofits, membership associations, and government agencies. Before starting his own firm, Peter led The Chronicle of Philanthropy's... Read More →
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Greg Schneider

Information Systems Director, FollowTheMoney
Greg Schneider joined the Institute in June 2014 to manage the growth and development of its information systems. He works with all aspects of the Institute’s technology and helps his team support the technology needs of the Institute. Prior, Greg spent four years working on project... Read More →
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Meico Whitlock

Senior Manager, Communications, National Alliance of State Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Meico Whitlock is a digital communications and nonprofit technology professional, currently serving as Senior Manager, Communications at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), a national nonprofit focused on ending HIV and viral hepatitis. Meico has... Read More →

Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am CST
Exhibit Hall 1
  Online NTC  Plenary
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