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Growing Stronger. The 2017 Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Annual Conference
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The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 2017 Annual Conference is the Alliance’s signature event offering a full day of professional development and networking opportunities to all nonprofit professionals and leaders from across Arizona. Attendees will gather to learn about current topics affecting the sector and take away knowledge for their organization’s future sustainability through presentations by keynote speakers, engaging breakout sessions and exceptional exhibitors.



Featured keynote speakers 9/20/17:

Featured keynote speaker 9/19/17:

Full Day Conference: Growing Stronger
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:30am to 3:30pm (7:30am Registration/Networking, 9:00am Welcome)
Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Half Day Pre-Conference: Arizona Nonprofit Board Governance Symposium

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm followed by a networking mixer
Venue: Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Online ticket sales end September 18, 2017. 

In order to appropriately prepare for the conference, registration refunds will be honored through Wednesday, September 13, 2017.


About Our Keynote Speakers 9/20/17:

Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens, Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute - 

Susan Kenny Stevens is a nationally recognized consultant and advisor to many local and national foundations. Her award-winning book, Nonprofit Lifecycles serves as the cornerstone for many capacity-building programs across the United States and Canada including the Piper Trust’s ATLAS and AGILE programs. Dr. Stevens holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. In 2016, Susan founded the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute which based here in Arizona. The Institute’s motto is Strong Nonprofits. Stronger Communities.  

Jeff Moore, Independent Sector - 

Jeff Moore currently serves as chief strategy officer, supporting the Independent Sector’s critical strategic visioning efforts as it guides the sector to meet the future needs of democratic society. He is a senior leader with broad experience in the nonprofit field, government, and industry. He most recently served in an executive role in the health-systems research field. Jeff has served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as legislative director to Congressman Thomas J. Downey (NY). In each of his positions, he has built critical partnerships and alliances that have accelerated organizational and mission success. His leadership style—he was described by one of his former board members as being “the weaver of the cloth”—and career experiences create a unique foundation for advancing critical thinking, strategic development, and organizational performance. Jeff considers his Distinguished Civilian Service Award, presented in 1998 by Secretary of Defense William Cohen, to be among his greatest career achievements. Cohen honored Moore at the end of his tenure in the Clinton administration for his contributions to the nation’s security and his unique ability to build bridges between U.S. government agencies, the U.S. private sector, and foreign governments.

Eva Nico, GuideStar -

Eva Nico is the Senior Director of Nonprofit Programs at GuideStar- an organization dedicated to providing better access to better information for a better world.  Eva is GuideStar’s in-house expert on nonprofit strategy and evaluation issues. Eva’s goals are to help nonprofits share their full story using the GuideStar Profile and to use the information to make better decisions. In her role, Eva also advocates for greater transparency and use of data among nonprofits and for solutions to address the “The Overhead Myth”.  Eva has over 12 years of experience in strategic planning and evaluation in the social sector, having worked on complex social issues in health, education, and community vitality at FSG Social Impact Advisors and McKinsey & Company. Eva has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University. 

About Our Keynote Speaker 9/19/17:

Frank M. Placenti, Squire Patton Boggs -

The symposium will be led by Frank Placenti, Chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ US Corporate Governance & Securities Regulation Practice. Frank is nationally recognized for his work in corporate governance with over 30 years’ experience, and serves as the Founding President and Trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel and as Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association. Frank is also the editor of The Directors Handbook, A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom.


Additional Information:


Dietary Information: The following buffet menu has been established to allow for a variety of tastes. On the day of the conference, the menu will show whether items are gluten free or vegetarian. If you have any other dietary restrictions, you will be able to speak with the facility manager who will be located by the buffet to address your dietary needs.

  • Grilled Chicken with Light Lemon and Herb Sauce
  • Grilled Sirloin Steak with Wild Mushroom Sauce
  • Full Salad Bar & Specialty Salad
  • Black Bean Soup (Vegan) & Rolls
  • Hot Fresh Vegetables & Two Starch Accompaniments
  • Dessert
  • Beverage Station

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