Friday, October 19, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Presentations

Students are invited to attend the following workshop presentations. Presentation rooms are located on the third floor of the Coffman Memorial Union building.

Mississippi Room (Third Floor)

10:15 a.m. - NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits
What is a nonprofit organization anyway? Will I get paid enough if I work at one? How do nonprofits stay in business? What types of jobs are available? What is the best way to get my foot in the door? These topics and others will be discussed at this session.

11:30 a.m. - Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs
Have you ever wondered how people successfully make the transition from college student to government professional? An eclectic panel of individuals from city, county, state, & federal government will discuss their current positions, and the variety of paths taken to arrive there.

1:00 p.m. - Keynote: Leading the Bureaucracy Back to its Humanity: When they dream about their job futures, people tend to think more along the lines of, "I want to be the first female President of the United States," and less along the lines of, "I want to work for an organization that treats me respectfully and helps me develop to my full potential." No matter where you land your job--even if it's your dream job-- that second aspiration is probably worth more of our attention, especially considering many of us have decades of working life ahead of us. Lark will share her trajectory in the federal government--from landing her "dream job" with the National Park Service to helping her agency remember its humanity and live up to its potential.

Lark Weller is a co-founder and the Chair of the National Park Service’s Women’s Employee Resource Group, which serves nearly 500 NPS employees nationally. Her efforts are guided by her vision of an organizational culture that seeks and values the contributions of employees in authentic, humble, humane and inclusive ways—and recognizes that each employee brings a unique background to their work and needs different resources to reach their greatest potential. She is involved in several national efforts to drive meaningful workplace change within NPS.

PRESENTER BIOS

NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits

Sarah Crumrine – Communications Coordinator - Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Sarah Crumrine is the communications coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where she coordinates and executes a broad range of communications projects. Sarah’s previous nonprofit experience includes working in events, communications, and community relations at Bridging. Sarah has a B.A. in journalism with a minor in social justice from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and studied global social policy for a semester at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah is is currently chair of the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities and volunteers with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities outside of work.

LaCora Bradford – Program Officer - The Corporation for National and Community Service

Representing Minneapolis, LaCora has over 18 years of experience living and working in the Twin Cities metro area. LaCora graduated from the College of St. Scholastica and completed two years of AmeriCorps. Completing over 3400 service hours for her community. Currently she works for a federal agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service as a Program Officer. Providing leadership development for VISTA Leaders and providing grant oversight and compliance for Senior Corps and VISTA projects in the state of Minnesota. LaCora has a passion for serving all people and helping them discover their endless possibilities, as well as a belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed and share their talents. This passion has been the driving factor behind her education and community organizing. LaCora intends for her life’s work to focus on community empowerment, community change and finding and promoting holistic social justice solutions to the inequities that exist today.

Laura Daugherty – Marketing Manager – APM / MPR

Laura Daugherty is the Marketing Manager for content initiatives at APM / MPR, which includes the Water Main, Call to Mind, and the APM Research Lab. Before coming to MPR in April 2018, Laura worked for multiple nonprofit agencies in membership and marketing – most recently as the Director of Membership Marketing for University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Laura has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Superior, and a BBA majoring in Marketing with a minor in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.

John McWain – Human Resources Business Partner – Fraser

John McWain is a Human Resources Business Partner in Talent Acquisition at Fraser. John has over 14 years of experience in the field of human services. He enjoys helping candidates find their human services career path and discover opportunities they may have been unaware of. His experience as a recruiter provides a keen awareness of benefits and challenges of the current economic climate. He has previously served on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Workforce Solutions Committee. John earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Bemidji State University.

Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs

Scott Vargo:
Scott Vargo works as the University of Minnesota Workforce Development Coordinator at Hennepin County.

Nicole B:
Nicole B works as the Midwest Regional Recruiter for the CIA.

Nou Chang:
Nou Chang works as the Human Resources Recruiter for the City of St. Paul.

Nina Grove:
Nina Grove works as the Citizen Assistance Analyst Attorney General's Office.

Keynote: Leading the Bureaucracy Back to its Humanity

Lark Weller is a co-founder and the Chair of the National Park Service’s Women’s Employee Resource Group, which serves nearly 500 NPS employees nationally. Her efforts are guided by her vision of an organizational culture that seeks and values the contributions of employees in authentic, humble, humane and inclusive ways—and recognizes that each employee brings a unique background to their work and needs different resources to reach their greatest potential. She is involved in several national efforts to drive meaningful workplace change within NPS.

Lark’s permanent position is as a Community Planner at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minneapolis/St. Paul. There, she enjoys the challenge of park planning and public engagement in places with complicated stories and histories, as well as communicating complex environmental issues in non-technical ways. She is the co-author of the award-winning State of the River Report (www.stateoftheriver.com). She developed and is Co-PI on a grant (with a UMN partner) to identify barriers to institutional equity and inclusion.

In her personal time, Lark continues to absorb anti-racism and white privilege study. She helps to strategically plan, solicit and develop educational content to provide a spectrum of anti-racist educational content for her church, and brings these lessons to her NPS work.

Lark has a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture, sociology, and anthropology, as well as a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, from the University of Minnesota.