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29th Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits

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7:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
Morning General Session
8:00 am Welcome by
                 Mari Pérez-Dowling, President & CEO of UWKC
                 & Andrae Gonzales, Chairman of KAN
8:10 am Morning Keynote, Saul Gonzalez 
8:45 am Break 1 – You may visit Trade Booths
9:00 am Session 1 Workshops (More info right below)
9:45 am Break 2 – You may visit Trade Booths
10:00 am Session 2 Workshops (More info right below)
10:45 am Break 3 – You may visit Trade Booths
11:00 am Session 3 Workshops (More info right below)
11:45 am Break 4 – You may visit Trade Booths
12:00 pm Luncheon General Session
12:30 pm Keynote Speaker, Terrance “Miracle” Minnoy
1:30 pm Closing remarks by Mari Pérez-Dowling & Andrae Gonzales

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Breakout Session 1 (9:00AM-9:45AM)

  1. Kern Education Pledge
    Kristen Beall & Steve Sanders, Kern Community Foundation & KCSOS
  2. Human Resources Hot Topics
    Traco Matthews, Human Resources Director, KCSOS
  3. Branding
    Shannon LaBare, Purveyor House
  4. Understanding Financial Statements to monitor organizational health and stability
    Queen E. King, Associate Vice President & Controller - Financial Services for CSUB
  5. Outcomes: The Art of Measuring Change
    Dixie L. King, Ph.D., Transforming Local Communities, Inc.

Breakout Session 2 (10:00AM-10:45AM)

  1. Homelessness
    Heather Kimmel, Assistant Executive Director of Housing Authority of Kern County
  2. Cultural Competency for Nonprofits: LGBTQ+ Experience
    Jan Hefner (Exec. Dir)/Anne-Natasha Pinckney (Advocacy Services Coor.) of The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
  3. Media Relations 101
    Tracy Leach, President/CEO of Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc.
  4. Basic Essential Insurance for Nonprofits
    Jim Curran, Consultant for Kerber Gost Insurance Agency
  5. How to Convert Transactional Donors to Major Gift Donors
    Heather Frank, Director of Project Management & National Partnerships at Wine Women & Shoes

Breakout Session 3 (11AM-11:45AM)

  1. The FACE Experience
    Dee Dee Harrison, Coordinator Family and Community Engagement - BCSD FACE Department
  2. Volunteerism: Recruiting, Managing and Retaining
    Carmen Dias, Former Vice President of Community Impact for UWKC
  3. The Role of a Board Treasurer and Finance Committee
    Nikki Cross, CPA CEO for O'Dell Cross, A Professional Corporation
  4. Grant Writing Basics
    Steve Sanders, Chief of Staff for Kern County Superintendent of Schools
  5. Retirement Savings Laws
    Jonathan Herrera, Outreach & Marketing Manager for the CalSavers Retirement

Morning Keynote Speaker

Pastor Saul Gonzalez

This year on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the conference will be opened with a presentation by Pastor Saul Gonzalez. For more than 25 years, Saul has been serving as an educational leader and influencer in his community.   He served in the public school system as an English teacher, a high school principal of a state and nationally recognized school, and as a senior level district administrator and superintendent.   Saul saw this as a divinely orchestrated ministry and mission field to help impact the lives of thousands of youth as well as to transform a community and reach and shape the next generation.


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Exhibitor Contract Form     |  Registration Form  |   Sponsorship Form

Sponsor & Vendor Booth Opportunities Available!

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Terrance "Miracle" Minnoy

Terrance “Miracle” Minnoy is a keynote speaker, coach, author and founder of Miracle Minnoy Motivation. He authored the book, INDIFFERENT STROKES, Embracing Life’s Adversities.  Terrance has the gift of storytelling and translating it into powerful application for the personal and professional life of his audience.  Helping others see that there is “value added” when we find a way to resiliently thrive through change, disruption, and adversity, is his specialty.  He has a systematic approach to resilience that has served him in his own personal life.

Terrance grew up on the tough eastside of Bakersfield, California in the mid-80s.  Drugs and gangs were prevalent in his impoverished neighborhood.  Terrance used athletics to escape it all.  This experience equipped him with the tactics to overcome various life challenges.  He took this skillset, used it in his corporate America career and in entrepreneurship.  He has 25 years of sales success with multiple billion-dollar companies including Pepsi-Cola and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.

Terrance faced the challenge of his life in 2015. Seemingly in the best of health, experiencing the success of corporate America, he was debilitated and near death after suffering three strokes in 24 hours! He’s since made a full recovery, hence the moniker, “Miracle”. His showcasing of resilience, perseverance, and “setback mastery” has inspired many.

Terrance is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Les Brown Institute. He has been hired to speak to audiences in the pharmaceutical sales, project management, and healthcare industry, just to name a few.

Terrance has three children, Devin, Ryan, and Taylor. He resides in Stevenson Ranch, CA


For questions or more information,
contact Gabriel Alvarez at:
Phone:  661-834-1790
Email:   Gabriel.A@uwkern.org


Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
801 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA

(661) 323-1900

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