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About

Join the premiere forum for social sector leaders in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, April 12 for the 2016 program:
Mindful Leadership: Strengthening Focus and Purpose.

This year’s conference builds on the success of the 2015 Partnership for Excellence where many attendees reported their “best-ever conference” and were inspired to learn and share with one another from their leadership strengths.

In her graduate teaching and research, Leah Weiss, PhD, confirms that organizations and businesses are looking to leverage the benefits of mindfulness practices. Stanford and Harvard, the top two business schools in the world, include mindfulness in their leadership training. Dr. Weiss’ interactive keynote will explore the science and practices of mindfulness and purpose along with actionable frameworks and practical, evidence-based tools for individuals and organizations.

What is mindfulness? Suggested articles from our keynote:

Can We Be Mindful At Work Without Meditating?
What Is Mindfulness?

Conference attendees are invited to:
  • Learn to cultivate mindfulness to increase clarity, creativity and focus
  • Develop skills to help manage change, transitions and reactions
  • Engage our sense of purpose to feel re-invigorated in our work
  • Understand how physical, mental and emotional stress impacts performance, relationships and work satisfaction
  • Optimize positive mindset, power and perspective

Conference Goals

Founded and generously sponsored for over two decades by The Foundation Roundtable, this year’s conference aims to:
  • Bring together leaders of our philanthropic sector, building connections and exploring ideas, strategies, and skills that can enhance our
    organizations, our work, and our communities.
  • Provide tools and frameworks to generate deeper impact and deeper personal satisfaction in our work
  • Explore ways to align relationships, communications, expectations and outcomes to increase effectiveness & impact

Attendees

This conference convenes nearly 500 local Santa Barbara County leaders in the philanthropic sector from nonprofits, foundations and businesses representing a diversity of grassroots, small and larger organizations. We welcome community members who work in or support the nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara County.

You may register multiple staff or board members. Attendees at all professional and volunteer levels will learn skills, gain perspectives, and make connections to benefit their organizations, businesses, community work, and their own leadership development.

We encourage participating organizations to consider registering 2-4 members of their board and staff together to benefit from the program and aid in integrating new ideas and directions from the conference.

Information

Register early, the Partnership for Excellence conference sells out!

Conference registration may be completed online by credit card. Payment is required at the time of registration. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received. Registration confirmation will be sent by email. For alternate payment options, please contact the Registration Coordinator: pfeconference@gmail.com.
Registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Registration is not available at the door

Name badges will be provided at the door to all paid, pre-registered attendees. These name badges will be required for admission to the conference. No paper tickets will be issued. Please print your online confirmation for your own receipt.

The conference Information Desk will open on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. You will receive conference materials and detailed schedule that morning.

Fees

Conference registration: $100 per person.

Registration fees include full day program, networking opportunities with 400+ attendees, conference materials, as well as coffee hour, lunch, refreshment breaks, and afternoon networking Happiness Hour.

An organization or business may register multiple participants. You are encouraged to consider sending 2-4 members of your board and staff to benefit from the program together and aid in integrating any new ideas from the conference.

Interactive Elements

To support different styles of learning and conference-going, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Barbara (MCASB) generously partners with PFE. Stop by these creative stations for casual meeting and networking among attendees as well as alternative approaches to integrate your learning throughout the day. Enthusiastically hosted by MCASB staff and youth volunteers.

Happiness Hour

Registrants are invited to a networking happy hour 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. hosted by The Foundation Roundtable
• Leadership resources from Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Fielding Graduate University, Leading From Within, La Casa de Maria Retreat Center
• Informal conversations with funders and nonprofits
• Hors d’oeuvres and two (2) hosted drinks

Waiting list

The conference is expected to sell out. Registrations are first-confirmed first-served. There is no waiting list.

Cancellation/ refunds

Cancellation requests must be received in writing by mail or email no later than March 31, 2016. Requests received by the deadline will be confirmed by email and processed for full refund after April 18, 2016. No credits are available. No refund approvals after March 31, 2016.

Send notice including name, organization, email, phone, original method of payment, and last 4-digits of credit card to: pfeconference@gmail.com or PFE, The Foundation Roundtable, P.O. Box 60157, Santa Barbara, CA 93160.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
8:30-9:00 a.m. Gathering and networking
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome and overview
9:10-10:45 a.m. Keynote and interactive session: Leah Weiss, PhD
10:45-11:10 a.m. Break and transition to workshops
11:10-12:25 p.m. Workshops: Strengthening Focus and Purpose – choice of (6) topics
12:30-2:00 p.m. Buffet lunch and panel
1:00 p.m. Human Capacity: Opening a Conversation
Ken Saxon, Leading from Within, moderator
Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation
Terri Allison, Moonlit Consulting
Elena Richardson, the Fund for Santa Barbara
2:00-2:25 p.m. Transition to workshops
2:25-3:40 p.m. Workshops: Strengthening Focus and Purpose – choice of (6) topics
3:40- 4:00 p.m. Break and transition to finale
4:00- 5:00 p.m. Mindful Leadership Applications: facilitated by Leah Weiss, PhD
5:00–6:00 p.m. Happiness Hour: networking reception hosted by The Foundation Roundtable

Interactive Elements

To support different styles of learning and conference-going, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Barbara (MCASB) generously partners with PFE. Stop by these creative stations for casual meeting and networking among attendees as well as alternative approaches to integrate your learning throughout the day. Enthusiastically hosted by MCASB staff and youth volunteers.

Happiness Hour

Join our networking happy hour 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Leadership resources from Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Fielding Graduate University, Leading From Within, La Casa de Maria Retreat Center
  • Informal conversations with funders and nonprofits
  • Hors d’oeuvres and two (2) hosted drinks
  • Gift basket drawing

Enjoy a gallery of displays created today by participants!

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Association of Fundraising Professionals

Celebrating 30 years, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter promotes philanthropic leadership and ethical fundraising practices through education and mentorships; and by making connections as a fundraising community. The chapter is made up 150 professional fundraisers and meets monthly for training and network opportunities (non-members welcomed). The local chapter is associated with AFP International (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) which was founded in 1960 and today, advances philanthropy through its 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world and is committed to promoting philanthropy and supporting the practice of ethical and effective fundraising. Visit www.afpsbv.org to join and/or learn about upcoming professional development opportunities!

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Fielding Graduate University

Fielding Graduate University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program was launched in January 2014, with the support of the Santa Barbara Foundation, after a series of meetings with key local leaders from the nonprofit community, foundations and nonprofit board members. This program is geared towards mid-supervisory, managerial and executive level nonprofit professionals. It has also been a great advantage for nonprofit board members to participate to improve their roles in leading an organization. By working on specific projects of immediate value to the participants and their organizations, the students acquire knowledge from a team of experts, resulting in establishment of meaningful and lasting change in their nonprofit organizations. While the certification process is rigorous, it offers participants the freedom to advance their careers and knowledge while still working in their profession. Students may use their graduate-level credits from the Nonprofit Certificate Program towards master and doctorate degrees. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate is offered in two courses which are a blended program of face-to-face meetings in Santa Barbara and online seminars.

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Leading From Within

Leaders Matter. Leading from Within invests in leaders to make meaningful change on complex community challenges. We bring social sector leaders together to grow as individuals and improve their effectiveness as leaders, sustain each other as peers to keep leading and learning, and increase their capacity to be collaborators for the benefit of the whole community. We do this through our three programs and our ongoing commitment to alumni engagement.
Courage to Lead is a retreat-based program. The program is designed to support experienced nonprofit executives to renew themselves, look at their approach to leadership, and build a trusted community of peers.
Emerging Leaders program empowers, elevates, and connects the next generation of nonprofit leaders. The program guides participants through a professionally relevant curriculum with support in making deep connections with peers, mentors, and other community leaders.
Katherine Harvey fellows invests in talented and motivated future community leaders from diverse professional backgrounds. In this program, participants expand their skills, create connections, and build confidence to effectively engage themselves in issues and organizations important to them and to our Santa Barbara County communities.

Presenters Bio’s

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Workshops and Presentations

Keynote Presentation: Leah Weiss, PhD
Mindful Leadership
9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Human Capital: Opening a Conversation
Lunch panel
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Six (6) Workshops: Strengthening Focus and Purpose
11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Registrants may attend one of six workshops at each session time.
Mindful Leadership Applications: facilitated by Leah Weiss, PhD
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
General Session
Happiness Hour: Networking Reception: hosted by The Foundation Roundtable
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

2016 Presenters and Panelists

Barbara Ben-Horin
Christa Roth
Deborah Holmes, LCSW
Elena Richardson
Fred J. Ali
Hayley Firestone Jessup
Jay Fields
Jennifer Freed, Ph.D.
Ken Saxon
Lois Mitchell
Nancy Berlin
Raissa Smorol
Relly Nadler, Ph.D.
Terri Allison

Scholarships

Scholarships are generously provided by The Foundation Roundtable sponsors to allow access to those organizations serving Santa Barbara County who would otherwise experience a hardship to attend. PFE reserves scholarships first for organizations with budgets under $500,000 and with the greatest need. You are encouraged to apply for up to two (2) scholarships per organization to benefit from the program together and aid in integrating any new ideas from the conference.

Scholarship deadline: Friday, March 11, 2016
We are no longer accepting Scholarship Applications
You will be notified of scholarship award by Friday March 18.

ADA Requests

Please let us know if you have any ADA assistance needs. All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate conference participants. Please specify your request on the form here.

Americans with Disabilities Act Request
  • Your request will be reviewed by Partnership for Excellence staff and we will respond to you via email or phone. Thank you!

Sponsors

  • Becker Family Foundation
  • Brittingham Family Foundation
  • Fund for Santa Barbara
  • Hutton Parker Foundation
  • James S. Bower Foundation
  • June G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust
  • La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation
  • Linked Foundation
  • McCune Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Foundation
  • The Ann Jackson Family Foundation
  • The Crawford Idema Family Foundation
  • The Gildea Foundation
  • The Henry E. & Lola Monroe Foundation
  • The Orfalea Foundation
  • The Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation
  • The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
  • The Towbes Foundation
  • Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Wharton Foundation
  • Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
2016 Steering Committee and Volunteers

Media Sponsors & Resources

Contact Us

For additional questions, you may contact the PFE Registration Coordinator at pfeconference@gmail.com.


Thank You

2016 Steering Committee and Volunteers

Palmer Jackson, Jr., Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Conference Chair
Angela Antenore, Antenore and Associates
Owen Bailey, Environmental Defense Center
Catherine Brozowski
Gary Clark, the Fund for Santa Barbara
Miki Garcia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara
Lori Goodman, CALM
Greg Gorga, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Judy Hawkins, Ruby Road Leadership
Joni Meisel, Foundation Roundtable
Kristi Newton, United Boys and Girls Club
Ken Saxon, Leading from Within
Judy Taggart, Santa Barbara Foundation
Andrew Fletcher, Santa Barbara Foundation


Staff and volunteers of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

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