This event is a panel discussion with leaders from the nonprofit sector. Please join us for an engaging evening of discussion and a complimentary coffee and dessert bar.
Discussions will include:
What is it like working for a nonprofit organization?
How did the panelists get to where they are now?
What are the current trends in the nonprofit sector?
What students should be doing now to prepare for life after graduation?
What do Directors and managers look for in nonprofit staff?
What leads to success as a nonprofit professional?
What are the panelists' views on the future of the nonprofit sector?
Abbey Sladick, MS in Communications- Vice President of Communications, Mel Trotter Ministries
Abigayle (Sloan) Sladick was called to serve at Mel Trotter Ministries in September of 2015. An award-winning journalist, Abbey began her career in television news where she won Association of Broadcasting awards for her journalism. Her passion is for giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories about lives that are changed through the power of Christ. She leads the communication department with the goal of educating West Michigan about homelessness and bringing awareness to the mission and vision of MTM. She also assists with fundraising marketing, events, public relations efforts and building community partnerships.
Before joining the MTM team, Abbey worked at Grand Valley State University as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations where she was responsible for developing relationships and communication strategies to increase alumni engagement and promote financial support of the university. She also previously served as the Director of Marketing at a YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Abbey is a proud graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and a master's degree in Communication. She is a life-long Detroit Red Wings fan, sings with the worship team at church and lives in West Michigan with her husband Neil.
Levi Gardner, MS in Community Sustainability- Founder & Executive Director, Urban Roots
A West Michigan native, Levi has an M.S. in Community Sustainability and Ecological Food and Farming systems, experience in biointensive and organic growing, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. He loves teaching and gives frequent workshops and lectures on food systems, agroecology, and the pedagogy of place. He has designed and implemented multiple courses on food systems and agriculture and works with local educators, community partners, and consumers to elevate the dialogue around education and place-making. He lives with his family in Grand Rapids, MI. For speaking inquiries, e-mail email@example.com.
Mr. DaveBulkowski, Esq.- Executive Director, Disability Advocates of Kent County
David Bulkowski is the Executive Director of Disability Advocates of Kent County which works alongside people with disabilities as they seek to lead self-directed lives and advocates for accessible and welcoming communities. Mr. Bulkowski, a licensed attorney, has been with Disability Advocates since 1995, serving first as the Disability Rights Coordinator, then Associate Director and finally in the role of Executive Director since January 2000. During his tenure, he has worked extensively with state and federal laws teaching others how these laws affect the rights and responsibilities of the community and persons with disabilities. Dave has spent a great deal of time organizing and advocating for accessibility, increased public transportation, and affordable housing in the Grand Rapids region. Dave is an active member of many community collaborations, the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, the Greater Grand Rapids Home & Building Association, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights/Michigan State Advisory Committee. Finally, not related to Disability Advocates, Dave has been elected to serve our community first on the Grand Rapids Board of Education from 2001 to 2004 and then on the Kent County Commission from 2012 to today.
On the personal side of life, Dave is married to his awesome wife, Melissa, and they havethree children: Sophie (22), Noah (20), and Liam (18).
Rachel Lopez, MS in Communications- Development Director, Affinity Mentoring
Rachel joined the Affinity Mentoring team in May 2018. She brings with her 8 years of experience from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as well as a passion for racial equity and social justice. Rachel has a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University. Her emphasis is in organizational leadership and inclusion initiatives. She is passionate about community-building and empowering youth through mentorship. She has strong ties with the Hispanic community and local community leaders. Before joining Affinity she served as the Director of Youth Services at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and as a consultant for the DeVos Foundation. Rachel is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives in Wyoming with her husband, Salvador, and their twin daughters. Their family adventures include bike-riding, walking their dog, and attending local events.
*Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, November 16th. Registration will remain open until occupancy is reached.
Nov 30, 2018
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