NON-CON 2017

"Two is better than one." "Teamwork makes the dream work." "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Together we're better. 

Join us on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse for an afternoon learning about topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusionWhy? Because together, we are able to achieve much more.  Our speakers and workshop leaders are experts in all things EDI (check out our YNPN family's stance on this topic), and will have lots of useful information to share with you. 

NON-CON is not your typical conference with boring Powerpoints or dull sessions, you’ll be actively engaged in conversations and activities. Come with an open mind, ready to learn and participate with your (new and old) fellow friends, colleagues, and young professionals.

Not a YNPN member yet? That's ok! JOIN HERE for a special member discount for NON-CON. 


11:30 Registration & Lunch Opens

12:00 Lunch and Opening remarks

12:45 Break

1:00 Workshop Block A // more info here!

2:00 Break and Snack

2:15 Workshop Block B // more info here!

3:15 Break

3:30 Keynote // (re)Imagining Inclusion and Sense of Belonging / Dr. Glennda Bivens (read her bio here!)

4:30 Closing (led by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center)

5:00 - 7:00 POST-CON // free appetizers, pop, mingling, and games immediately following NON-CON! Cash bar available.



We've got some great workshops planned for NON-CON 2017! You'll have the chance to attend 2 different workshops throughout the day. Read more about all of the workshops here!


How do I get there?

By car(pool)! Remember, together we're better -- carpool to NON-CON! For the driver, parking is available at the Playhouse. Space is limited in the 42nd St./West Entrance -- your best bet is the larger parking lot on the 41st Street/east side of the Playhouse. Click here for more information.

By bus! DART's Route 60 runs right by the Playhouse. View the map here or use Google Maps to plan your bus trip.

By Uber! Take the easy way out and have Uber drive you door to door.

By bike! If you're brave enough to bear the weather. There are bicycle racksPlayhouse has bicycle racks right across the street in the SE corner of the Shops at Roosevelt.

What do I wear?

Whatever you wear to work is fine (jeans are O.K. -- like we said, this isn't your typical conference). Don't forget this is January, so don't forget your coat. 

What is there to eat?

Lunch will be provided, so come hungry! We'll start serving lunch at 11:30am, and wrap up before Workshop Block A. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact us at

If I come by myself, will I be lonely?

Heck no! There will be lots of other young nonprofit professionals at NON-CON, and we promise we aren't scary. You can check see who else has RVSP'ed on the event page. And don't forget to invite your co-workers, colleagues, and friends to attend too!

Is there an after party?

There sure is! Our POST-CON event will immediately follow NON-CON at the Des Moines Playhouse. Enjoy appetizers and soft drinks (on us), or check out the cash bar. There will be a group game at 5:30pm. Weren't able to make it to NON-CON (sad)? You can still join us for POST-CON (YAY)!


NON-CON 2017 will be filled with learning opportunities, lots of discussion, and fun! It's important to keep an open mind and to respect each other. Please take a few minutes (just a few, we promise!) to read the Code of Conduct from our parent organization, YNPN National. 

January 20, 2017 at 12pm - 5pm
Des Moines Community Playhouse
831 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
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Chad Driscoll ·

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