Courageous Conversations: Finding Potential in Challenging Times (Biglerville)

Jan 15, 2019 08:00am -
Jan 15, 2019 12:00pm

Event Details

Event Description

Courageous Conversations: Finding Potential in Challenging Times
Tuesday, January 15 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Biglerville

Offered in Partnership with: Adams County Library System

Sponsored by: APPI Energy, Wellington Strategies, & Zelenkofske Axelrod

Finding common ground in an increasingly polarized society is no easy task.  As we all seek to create better neighborhoods and communities through our business or nonprofit work, this communication becomes even more difficult. How do we continue to pursue good when we carry visceral reactions to the “other” side? How do we ensure our organizations will remain viable in an ever-changing environment? Join PANO and the Adams County Library System for a half-day program exploring these questions and more as we collectively determine what it takes to truly find potential in challenging times.

Together, we’ll dig into what PANO has learned in the series of conversations we have held around the commonwealth. We’ll discover what it means to be brave and identify ways to seek out people who do not think like you. We’ll dig deep into one organization’s story of how a little introspection can go a long way towards keeping your mission both consistent and fresh in a constantly changing environment. Together, we’ll forge forward.

Learning Objectives

  • Bring insights, tools, and strategies that serve to make collaborations and even everyday communication easier and more productive to nonprofit leaders in Adams County.
  • Create and strengthen relationships right in the room by providing opportunities for nonprofit leaders to meet and engage so that there’s less duplication of efforts, and to help uncover natural opportunities for partnership.
  • Offer real ways for nonprofits to keep up with the times and position their nonprofit for continued success throughout changing environments.
  • Challenge participants to practice thinking and talking about uncomfortable subjects in an inclusive and guided format and space.

From Vision, Mission, and Values to Organizational Planning: How an Internal Planning Team Changed our Organization | 8:45 AM -10:00 AM
Organizational change can be difficult, especially if you are using a top down approach. This session will discuss how utilizing an internal planning team, made up of interested staff across the organization, can accelerate the change process. We will explore this topic through the lens of how we crafted a new Vision, Mission, and Values. We believe this process has allowed us to operationalize our mission and values in a way that equated to better customer service, and improved client outcomes!

Presented by:

  • Megan Shreve is the CEO of South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), an organization that serves more than 13,000 families across Adams and Franklin Counties.
  • Marie Ford is the Program Director for SCCAP’s Women, Infants and Children’s Program (WIC).
  • Jon Raber is the Program Coordinators for Franklin County Support Circles.
  • Tonya Mincey is the Program Coordinators for Adams County Support Circles.
  • Melissa Mattson is the Program Coordinator for the Homeless Assistance Program.

Bridging the Divide: The Courage to Include | 10:30 AM -11:45 AM
Creating or maintaining welcoming and inclusive environments amidst growing contentions requires skill, poise, and courage. When it often feels like the divide is only growing wider and deeper, how do we find the potential to not just do good together, but do better together? Find out what PANO has learned in the series of conversations they have held around the commonwealth. Discover what it means to be brave and identify ways to seek out people who do not think like you.

Presented by: Anne L. Gingerich, MSW, serves as PANO’s Executive Director.  She seeks to listen first with an eye to how multiple perspectives contribute to big picture strategies. Anne believes that we must collectively come together to generate a plethora of ideas and from those ideas, identify solutions to big and small community problems.  

$25 PANO Members | $40 Regular Price

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Harbaugh-Thomas Library
59 W. York Street
Biglerville, PA


Event Type:Education
Early registration ends on Aug 28, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Aug 29, 2018 and ends on Jan 13, 2019.
Late registration starts on Jan 14, 2019.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
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Non-Member Fee: $40.00$40.00$40.00