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Nonprofit symposium offers opportunities for professional development

Nonprofit symposium offers opportunities for professional development

10/9/2018 | University Communications
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The Masters of Public Administration program will host the second annual Nonprofit Excellence Symposium, a half-day professional development opportunity for the nonprofit sector. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 29 in Carter Hall, located in the University Center on the University of Southern Indiana campus. The symposium is open to anyone who works in or is interested in the nonprofit sector.

Participants will select from breakout sessions in three tracks (Emerging Professionals, Administrative and Support, and Governance and Leadership). Additionally, there will be structured sessions of idea sharing and informal networking. Speakers at the event include local nonprofit representatives and businesspeople.

The cost to attend is $20 which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all program materials. To register for the symposium, sign up online at:

USI offers a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration and open or customized professional development opportunities for community groups. (

For questions about the symposium or the Master of Public Administration degree, contact Dr. Trent Engbers, assistant professor of political science, at 812-465-1130 or


Symposium Topics and Presenters

  • Faith and Secular Organizations - Zac Parsons, Co-owner of Honey + Moon Coffee Company
  • Topic TBA - Tara Barney, CEO of Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana
  • Legal Issues for Nonprofits - Mark Samila, Co-managing Partner of Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
  • Coaching and Talent Development - Jim Muehlbauer, Vice-Chairman of Koch Enterprise, LLC
  • Grant Writing - Johnna Denning-Smith, Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs for University of Evansville
  • Social Media for Nonprofits - Liz Miller, Realtor at ERA First Advantage
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