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Maine's Nonprofit Leaders Come Together Despite the Weather

by Jessica Lantos

People in Maine will weather the weather to come together. After welcoming over 150 people to MANP’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference this past week, less than 12 hours after over a foot of snow made its way into the Waterville area, we were reminded of this fact.  Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up proved to be one of the many valuable networking opportunities we offer throughout the year. Here’s a little of what we heard from participants:

“I came here for the connecting, to get out of the day-to-day, and to think broadly.”

“This event provided new ways to frame what we do.  I felted motivated and recharged.”

“I want to be a better leader. Thank you for this opportunity to come together and learn.”

In addition,  “The keynote was awesome!” “I was completely enthralled by the keynoter.” “Paul Schmitz was a very inspiring speaker. His talk meant a lot for both my professional and personal life.”  Those responses could fill this virtual page.

Paul came to Maine in a snowstorm, spoke with wit and warmth, signed books, and even stuck around to participate in an ad-lib panel to help close the event.  If you were unable to attend, or if you were but would like a bit more info, here are some resources for you:

  • About Paul: He’s CEO of Public Allies, which advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Paul also served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and is a member of the White House Council on Community Solutions. You can listen to him speak a bit about Grassroots Leadership
  • Paul signed books at the event and all copies were sold.   You can order Everyone Leads online at Amazon, or you can support your local bookstore and have them order a copy for you.
  • Paul Shared a White House white paper and toolkit on community impact,  available here. 
  • We had many people following the event on Twitter. Even Paul!  Twitter people were quick to share some of Paul’s wisdom with their followers:

 “Real leadership happens in the ‘be’– it’s not just about experience and skills, but practicing your values.”

 “Inclusion is action that we need to hold ourselves accountable for.”

” @PaulSchmitz1 extols attendees of @NonprofitMaine leadership conference to open door, see potential, encourage leadership in others.”

Paul Schmitz

The  Nonprofit Leadership Conference was a reminder to not pass up these opportunities to come together, even if it snows! They are powerful, reaffirming events  that get us back to work the next day with added strength and inspiration.


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