LZF Seminars

LZF Seminars are free trainings that are designed for small groups to have an interactive, in-depth learning and networking experience.  All current and former grant recipients are eligible to participate. Registration is first come, first served. To register, please visit this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094CA4A72CAB9-20141
For more information regarding dates and locations, contact Jeannette (jandre@thelennyzakimfund.org).
Upcoming Seminars:

Event Planning 101
Wednesday, August 21 from 9:00am-11:00am

Events are crucial fundraising, networking and profile building tools for organizations. However, event planning can be difficult given the limited resources of non-profits. In this session, Deb Cassel, the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Sovereign/Santander, will review will review key elements of successful event planning. The seminar will teach attendees the basics of program management. Emphasis will be given to important pre and post event activities and resource administration. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore detailed models of event checklists, floor plans and project plans. Throughout the seminar, attendees will practice key skills in small group sessions.

Presenter: Deb Cassel is the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Sovereign/Santander. She has worked for over a decade as an Event Planner in various capacities at both John Hancock Financial Services and Bingham McCutchen LLP. Throughout her career, Deb has proven herself an expert program manager with a knack for creating dynamic, top-performing teams.

Great Boards: Resources and Impact
Session 1: Thursday August, 22 and Session 2: Thursday, September 12 from 9:00am-11:00am

Recruiting and managing successful boards is a crucial aspect of non-profit development. In this seminar, attendees will review characteristics of high-performing boards, and explore how boards can help lead the way to organizational effectiveness, both in supporting the organization and in guiding it to greater mission impact. Realities of grass-roots organizations will be carefully considered in both sessions. The seminar will include attention to the role of the board in mission decisions that arise in ongoing program work.

  • Session 1 will focus on the basic role of boards with a discussion of governance and oversight and leadership. This session will also explore the roles of board members and how these responsibilities can be used to impact mission delivery. Case studies will be given.

  • Session 2 Session 2 will focus on the impact of effective boards. Session 2 review material from the previous session. Participants will explore how organizational mission and opportunity can relate to board management. Attendees will practice newly learned skills in small group sessions.

Presenter: Mary Yntema has over twenty years' experience serving on nonprofit boards, both as an executive director and as a volunteer. Mary served as the Interim Executive Director of the Boston Center for Community and Justice (BCCJ) and successfully executed a historic program merger with YWCA Boston. Prior to her tenure with BCCJ, Mary was the Executive Director of the Courageous Sailing Center of Boston and was the founding director of the United Way Moscow.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training
Thursday, September 26 from 9:00am-11:00am

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the anti-discrimination statues which prohibits employment discrimination against individuals based on their race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability and or genetic information.  The anti-discrimination statue also protects individuals from being subjected to retaliation if they participate in or oppose in good faith a legally protected activity with the EEOC.  EEOC's mission and vision is to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination and preserve justice and equality at the workplace.  EEOC's strategic enforcement plan includes:  eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring; protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers; address emerging and developing issues; enforce equal pay laws that target compensation practices and discrimination; preserve access to the legal system; and, preventing harassment through systemic enforcement and targeted outreach. This training will give the audience a general understanding about the laws enforced by the EEOC and the services offered to the public and, include a general discussion about the more common types of employment discrimination filed with the EEOC such as use of arrest and conviction records by employers, use of genetic information to exclude individuals from employment, sexual harassment at the workplace, religious accommodation, and reasonable job accommodations for individuals with a disability.

Presenter: Edward Ostolski is a senior federal investigator who has been with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the Commission, Investigator Ostolski worked in the clinical field and as a licensed clinician for over ten years in both the community and private sectors. Mr. Ostolski earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Amherst College, a master’s degree in social work from Smith College, and he earned his J.D. degree from Western New England School of Law.

How to Make an Operating Budget - Budgeting for Everyone 
Session 1: Thursday, October 17, Session 2: Thursday, October 24 from 9:00am-11:00am

Very few people go into non-profit work because they want to create budgets, but your organization's success and sustainability requires that your organization have  a solid budget each year that accurately reflects your goals and programs.

The truth is that you don't need to be a math whiz or an accountant to make a good budget. There is no mystery, it is not hard, it is simple and logical and budgeting is a great skill for you to add to your personal toolbox. In session 1 of this hands-on workshop you will learn:

  • What a budget is and what it is not
  • The vocabulary of budgeting
  • The time period that a budget covers
  • What goes into a budget
  • Ways to estimate revenue and expenses
  • You will create a simple budget right there in the workshop

Session 2 of the workshop: There is homework! Attendees will be asked to create a budget and then we will re-convene to talk about the task, the experience and to answer any questions.

Presenter: Jude Goldman, the LZF's ED is an unrepentant English major who is afraid of math and flunked Algebra 2 in high school. She overcame these obstacles to become the general manager of a large publishing company where she was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets and successfully taught these skills to art directors, editors and others who never, in their wildest dreams, thought that they could possibly learn to create a budget.

Vital Tools for Organizational Sustainability - Cash Flow Management and Financial Reports
Thursday, October 3 from 9:00am-11:00am

Grants don't always come in when you need them and contracts are not always reimbursed in a timely way - and these simple facts and others can make it terribly difficult to manage a small program. Financial reports are "report cards" that govern your agency's sustainability - don't ignore them - learn how to read and use them. Please join Eastern Bank's Joe Bator to learn not only the meaning of these phrases, but understanding how to manage your cash flow and use reports as tools to improve the sustainability of your organization. 

Presenter: Joe Bator, Senior Vice president for Eastern Bank, is responsible for the business banking division that works with small to mid-size companies. Joe has 15 year banking executive with extensive commercial relationship sales and management experience, and has strong connections to Massachusetts' non-profit community.

Take the Next Step and Set Realistic Goals to Build your Organizational Capacity using the Nonprofit Lifecycle Model
Thursday, October 10 from 9:00am-11:00am

Think of capacity building as the four “table legs” (management, governance, financial resources and administrative systems) that support a nonprofit’s mission and programs. Perhaps you need a stronger, more cohesive board or want to strengthen your administrative systems.  If you want to strengthen one or all of your table legs, or your tabletop (programs) come to this session to understand objectively your organization's current status, and identify some next steps to take to move forward.

Presenter: Nadia Prescott is the Founder of Emerging Executive.  As a consultant and coach, Nadia has over 25 years of experience working with leading Fortune 500 and small to medium sized companies both in the US and Europe.  Since 2000 Nadia has combined her strengths in business with her passion for helping non-profit organizations build long term sustainability. Much of her work is focused on capacity building initiatives including, strategic planning, board and leadership development and building fee-for-service initiatives to address the current economic realities facing the nonprofit sector. She is a trained consultant in the nonprofit lifecycles methodology developed by the renowned consultant, Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens, author of “Nonprofit Lifecycles”. For the past four years she has worked with Susan on capacity building initiatives. Nadia holds a BA in Marketing and is a graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Foundation in the UK. She is a qualified executive coach and member of the International Association of Coaches.

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