JANUARY: "Effective Leadership for Development Teams"
Presented by: Candy Johnson, C. Johnson Consulting
Candy Johnson currently serves as an independent consultant with more than a decade of experience in education, nonprofit and government leadership. A seasoned strategist, Johnson provides practical insights to local, regional and national organizations, aiding in their overall success. Johnson is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee – where she was the youngest member ever elected to public office for the Clarksville City Council, at 25 years old.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in public management with a minor in leadership from Austin Peay State University (2006) and a Master of Public Administration from Murray State University (2009). Johnson is also a graduate of two leadership programs, Leadership Clarksville (2010) and Leadership Middle Tennessee (2013). She is a co-founder of Leadership CMCSS (2011) – a school community leadership program in Clarksville. She is married to Dr. Bryan Johnson and they are blessed with two school-aged children.
Before relocating to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July 2017, Johnson served as the policy director for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she led the organization’s core education policy initiatives.
Since moving to Chattanooga, Johnson has worked with dozens of nonprofits and serves on local boards such as the YMCA – YCAP, Erlanger Foundation and the Tennessee Aquarium.
Industry leaders describe Johnson as an innovator, problem solver, consensus builder and one who exemplifies character above reproach. Johnson strongly believes every organization can be successful with the right servant leadership and organizational culture!
FEBRUARY: "Community Indicators Project"
Presented by: Joda Thongnopnua, Executive Director, Metro Ideas Project
Metro Ideas Project Executive Director Joda Thongnopnua presented the results of the Community Indicators Project, a study commissioned by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. The study identifies community trends development professionals can use to help effect the biggest issues facing the Chattanooga community and better inform fundraising strategies.
Thongnopnua has a background in communications and advertising. Prior to founding the Metro Ideas Project in 2016, he worked with major retail brands, international non-governmental organizations, and startups.
Metro Ideas Project helps midsize cities design solutions and policies that are practical, evidence-based and informed by local data to more effectively address tough urban challenges. At the intersection of research institutions, policy shops and creative agencies, Metro Ideas Project is redefining what a think tank can be with a diverse team of thinkers including journalists, academics, coders, writers and policymakers.
MARCH: Generational Approaches to Development
Presented by: Kathy Keeley, Executive Vice President, Programs & Senior Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits
During a program about unique approaches to giving in different generations, Georgia Center for Nonprofits Executive Vice President, Programs & Senior Consultant Kathy Keeley shared helpful insights with development officers on how to make fundraising efforts resonate with diverse age groups.
Keeley is Executive Vice President, Programs & Senior Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Her expertise includes strategic planning and solution-building, project design, performance assessment and management, board and staff retreats, social enterprise, finance and economic development, and executive coaching.
With experience as a social entrepreneur, a consultant, the chief of staff for the mayor of Minneapolis, founder of multiple organizations, and the director of nonprofit and for-profit businesses, Keeley has worked with organizations of all kinds in more than 25 states and 30 countries. Over her 35-plus years as a consultant, she has turned around struggling and underperforming ventures, helped launch new companies and initiatives, and given established successes new pathways toward efficiency and expansion.
Among the many roles she held prior to joining GCN, Keeley led Decatur-based nonprofit All About Developmental Disabilities as executive director; ran her own national consulting firm, serving nonprofits and large cities; founded the Women’s Economic Development Corporation, the nation’s first loan fund for women-owned businesses, and served as its president for 10 years; was a senior fellow and program director at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a D.C.-based economic development and policy think tank; and helped launch both the Calvert Foundation and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Her unique portfolio of expertise has led her to serve cities like the District of Columbia and Nashville, and to be featured in major media outlets, including 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Evening News, BBC News, and Voice of America Radio.