NON-CON 2019: I've Got This!


Change is a constant. How you react and take strategic advantage of these changes in your career, the workplace, and your community is what has the potential to set you apart. Join YNPN Des Moines at NON-CON 2019 for an interactive conference designed to empower professionals in mission-driven organizations to explore change management, step out of their comfort zones, and create meaningful impact. For good. For all.

NON-CON is an opportunity for Central Iowa professionals at various stages in their careers to learn new skills and engage in active dialogue while building authentic relationships.

Conference Basics
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Grand View University Student Center
Cost: $25 YNPN Des Moines members, $70 non-members | Includes lunch

Conference Schedule

11:00-12:00 Registration + Lunch
12:00-12:45 Breakout Sessions
1:00-2:00 Round table discussions
2:15-3:00 Breakout Sessions
3:15-4:00 Panel - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Breakout Session Descriptions

Got Empathy? Workplace Compassion Works!
Alysa Mozak, MS, Blossoming Pathways & Grand View University

Workers want a more compassionate environment for supporting their growth both personally and professionally. Empathy is the key to developing compassion because it represents the ability to understand, listen, and take your coworkers concerns into consideration. This interactive workshop will work on bettering empathy through tangible skills that can profoundly impact your work environment and build productivity and connection between coworkers and supporting staff.

The Leadership Athlete: Shifting Culture Towards Sustainability and Balance:
Mia Ellis, Amplify Consulting

The urgency of many of our global crises coupled with personal commitments of staff to make an impact often lead to leadership behaviors and organizational cultures that erode commitment and performance, or worse, leave leaders and teams burnt out and ineffective.

In this interactive seminar, nonprofit leadership expert, Mia Ellis, will lead participants through research-backed processes of managing energy for high performance and strategies to integrate new behaviors into organizational culture that lead to more sustainable and effective ways of working. We will counter the belief that better “time management” will fix the never-ending list of important work and to-do’s. Instead we will look at how mission-driven leaders can become laser-focused on how and where they expend their energy, and how the use of strategic rest and recovery leads to higher output and outcomes.

The Challenges of Change-Making
Alex Nassif & Olivia Samples, Iowa Coalition for Collective Change

The professionalization of activism presents a dilemma for young professionals looking to effect change in communities. “Change-makers” are expected to have formal credentials (a degree, nonprofit career experience) and may or may not have roots in the communities we are charged with serving. How can we practice humility, build relationships, learn, and stay accountable to the community? There are also challenges when grassroots activists transition into “professional” spaces. How can we gain and maintain access to the powerful spaces & relationships we need to make progress, without sacrificing values, connections, or roots in the community?

On and For Purpose
Jennifer Webster, onebody3

We believe that you were created on and for a purpose. Join us as we explore the inspiring power that comes from an individual who understands their purpose and functions every day based on that purpose. Purpose has the potential to energize your work, your relationships, and your community in a new way.

Special thanks to our sponsors:


February 01, 2019 at 11am - 4pm
Grand View University Student Center
2811 E 14th StDes Moines
Des Moines, IA 50316
United States
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