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Professional development and networking opportunity for foundation, nonprofit, and social entrepreneur leaders – Chicago, April 4-6, 2013

March 27, 2013
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As we’ve posted here before, the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference is coming up next week, April 4-6, in Chicago.  You can pre-register through Friday and onsite registration is also available.   And today:  If you’d like to hear more about the conference, and this would be your first time attending, join us for the New Attendee Webinar today, March 27, 12:00 pm CST.  Please register here; you will receive a confirmation after completing the process.

The EPIP Conference is an exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about improving the sector and who want to meet other up-and-coming leaders in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.  As a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy, EPIP’s mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their leadership potential.  The conference topics covering leadership development, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy are sure to be of interest to many.

There are discounted rates available for  nonprofit partners, affinity and other philanthropic group members (for example, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), Donors Forum of Illinois, ABFE, AAPIP, HIP, Funders for LGBT Issues, NAIP, the Women’s Funding Network), reach out to EPIP for more information.

Please read on for more details and we hope that we’ll see you there next week!

EPIP is also seeking ideas for its “Innovations Gallery” and Emerging Leaders Awards.  You can register, submit ideas and nominate here:

  • Register for the EPIP National Conference April 4 – 6  in Chicago.
  • EPIP Innovations Gallery: Submit an idea. Show your talent.
  • EPIP Awards: Nominate emerging leaders who are changing the world.


EPIP’s 2013 National Conference in Chicago April 4 – 6, 2013

The 2013 Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th through Saturday, April 6th at the Chicago Hilton in downtown Chicago. The national conference brings together over 300 of the most talented and diverse nonprofit emerging leaders to focus on how to use their time, talent, and treasure to make the world more just, equitable, and sustainable.

The theme for this year’s EPIP national conference is LEAD. The experience will expose conference participants to innovative ideas, provide stellar examples of emerging leaders, and create pathways to leadership. Plenary sessions, concurrent workshops, learning tours, and career coaching opportunities will arm attendees with tools to become knowledgeable advocates for positive change. Some conference highlights include:

§ General Sessions/Keynotes

  • Thursday Opening Session Taking the Lead: A Call to Action for the EPIP Membership – Rahsaan Harris, EPIP Executive Director
  • Thursday Luncheon Leading Practice: By All Means… Leveraging Philanthropy’s Wealth – Terry Mazany, President/CEO, Chicago Community Trust & John Rogers, Founder of Ariel Investments
  • Friday Morning Leading Ideas: Community Alternatives to Violence “It Shoudda Been Me” by Dr. Doriane C. Miller, MD  (Theater Performance & Panel Discussion)
  • Friday Luncheon Awards and Networking
  • Saturday Morning Emerging Leaders and Salons featuring seasoned and emerging and seasoned leaders in philanthropy – Caren Yanis, President/CEO, Crown Family Philanthropies; Nicole Robinson, President, Mondelēz International Foundation; K. Sujata, President/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women; and others
  • Saturday Closing Leading Ideas: A New Leadership Paradigm inspired by the Allstate Foundation


Donors Forum of Illinois Members Special Rates

Donors Forum members have been offered access to the EPIP Individual Member rate at $575 ($200 in savings). Select yes for EPIP member (this is the only way they will see the member rate on the next screen), register at the appropriate Individual Member Rate and at the last screen Submit Payment, enter Donors Forum IL member in the Discount Code box.

Non-profit access to conference, YNPN Chicago Partnership

If you work at a nonprofit, register here. Share this opportunity with your colleagues and friends and help bring funders and nonprofit professionals together to help expand the connections within our sector.

Affinity Group Discount

Members of ABFE, AAPIP, HIP, Funders for LGBT Issues, NAIP, or the Women’s Funding Network are eligible to attend the EPIP Conference at a discounted member rate using these codes. To sign up as an Affinity Member and qualify for member rates, indicate that you are not an EPIP member on the first page of registration. Complete your contact and demographic data. On the page listing registration fees, there are two fees that applicable for Member rates:

  • Non Member $775.  If attending the full conference, choose this rate.  On the payment page, enter the discount code: EPAF13  (and click Apply) to receive the discounted rate.
  • Daily – Non Member $375.  If attending for one day only, choose this rate.  On the payment page, enter the discount code: EPAF14  (and click Apply) to receive the discounted rate.

Please email EPIP’s Kate Seely with any questions.

Sign-Up for Learning Tours

Extend your EPIP conference experience beyond the Chicago Hilton. Join one of three Learning Tours for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of Chicago philanthropy, nonprofits and culture. Tours will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 2 pm – 5 pm. Spots will be first-come, first-serve. The three tours are:1) Arts & Culture-Initiated Redevelopment; 2) Transformative Urban Green Infrastructure through Public/Private Partnerships; and 3) Youth Led Social Change. Click here for more info and to register.

Sign-Up for Coaching Sessions

The career coaching, offered at an extremely reduced rate of $25, is always a hit!  Part of the  EPIP Effective Leadership Career Program, coaching is an important way to increase your own effectiveness as a professional and a leader. Sign up today and reserve your spot.

New Global Citizen Celebration, Friday Night

EPIP is proud to be teaming up with the African Women’s Development Fund, YNPN Chicago, Fashion for the Good, and C Milano for an unforgettable night at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. EPIP conference registration includes the price of admission to this event.

EPIP partners with Media Impact Funders for a Saturday night Event
Media Impact Funders presents the Henry Hampton Award for Detropia at COF Annual Conference
DETROPIA – A film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Saturday, April 6, 8:30-10:30pm
Continental Ballroom C

Dessert, Drinks, Music, and Discussion
$30 Admission (not included in EPIP Conference registration)
Join us in a celebration of the Henry Hampton Award for DETROPIA, a requiem for the death and rebirth of a great American city. Detroit, on the brink of bankruptcy and facing staggering losses in both population and manufacturing jobs, is the stage for this evocative film. As city officials conduct the most dramatic “downsizing” of an American city ever seen – demolishing thousands of homes, and cutting basic services, DETROPIA tells the nearly surreal story of residents striving to make ends meet, refusing to abandon hope and working to help Detroit envision a radically different future. Kick off the conference with music from the Motor City, libations and a powerful story of transformation and resilience.

About Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
EPIP is a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. Our mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their leadership potential.

EPIP sparks innovative problem solving and is a pipeline of change agents.
EPIP is a platform for social entrepreneurs to be seen and recruited to make a difference in the world.
EPIP members learn by doing…making a difference in their jobs and in their communities.
EPIP members consciously work to improve their leadership skills.
EPIP is a safe space for emerging practitioners to exercise leadership, take risks, and get feedback. 
EPIP provides a diverse voice in philanthropy.
EPIP is future thinking. We point to the horizon where problems will be solved. 

EPIP is a vibrant peer network of over 600 professionals participating through individual and institutional memberships. Members span 35 states and represent a diverse array of professional roles and grantmaking entities (e.g., foundations, giving circles, government, and corporate structures). More than 50% of EPIP members self-identify as people of color. We offer local and national opportunities for in-person and online participation.

For more details on the conference, visit the EPIP website.

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