April 15th & 16th - Impacting Board & Staff Relationships to Further Mission

Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus will present:


Impacting Board & Staff Relationships

To Further Mission


When was the last time your board and staff participated in a training experience that was relevant to their nonprofit work as well as their personal lives? That was useful and fun? That increased awareness of self and others?


On April 15th and 16th, Susan Newton will lead a session that permits your board and staff members to better understand and value their individual strengths and unique gifts. Through thoughtful exploration of predictable patterns--or types--of behavior, program participants acquire useful insights that enhance their personal and professional communications, cooperation and productivity. 


The MBTI, a validated self-report questionnaire, is the most widely used instrument for understanding personality similarities and differences in the world. Based on Carl Jung's theory of psychological type, the MBTI reports individual preferences for energy, information gathering, decision-making, and lifestyle.


Once participants sign up, you’ll be given instructions as to how to access the online assessment, which takes no more than 5 minutes.  There is no charge to do this.  With this information, Susan will look at participants in each session as an “organization” and review how participants complement one another along with how best to overcome differences in fostering positive working relationships.  

It is important for all participants to take the MBTI assessment - even if you have taken it before – in order for the sessions to be active, learning moments.



Click  here to register.

The sessions will take place at the Walla Walla Community College William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, Room 2023/2024.

The April 15th session will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the April 16th session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The session content is repeated on the second day, so please register for the date/time most convenient to you. Sessions are limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is required. There is no charge to attend.

You are invited to bring a lunch or lunch can be purchased at the WWCC Titus Creek Café for the April 16th session.

2014 Sessions

April 15 and 16

May 20 and 21

June 10 and 11

September 16 and 17

October 21 and 22

November 18 and 19




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Articles Worth Reading

PDF Nimble Nonprofits: Taking Nothing for Granted in an Era of Constant Change 

In the spring of 2012, a group of graduate students from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington interviewed leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Area to determine how they were handling the challenges caused by the steep economic downturn beginning in 2008. The result is a summary of important insights into the resiliency of certain nonprofits that are determined to build resilient organizations that can adapt quickly to change.

Check out the article PDF "Bright Spots - Leadership in the Pacific Northwest".  The article is based on a six-month exploration by the Helicon Collaborative and describes the five characterisitics, Bright Spot Principles, shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to changing conditions.

Books Available at WWCC Library

The library at Walla Walla Community College has acquired the following books:

  • Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burke
  • Governance as Leadership; Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chalt et. al.
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
  • Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
  • Be Quiet and Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan and Peter Glaser

These books are housed at the WWCC library. They can be picked up at the Walla Walla campus or requested online and picked up at any of the WALNET Libraries. A WALNET library card is needed to check the materials out of the library. Seach for the above titles and their availabilty at  http://www.wwcc.edu/lib or call 509.527.4294.

A Book Worth Reading on Fundraising!!

Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully is a new book published by Susan Howlett, a national consultant to nonprofit organizations. For more information go to  www.susanhowlett.com/htm/board_on_fire.html

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder (1998). On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.

Remember the Glasers!

Re-visit the wisdom of Drs. Susan and Peter Glaser, PhD Communications, through an intergrated, 3-part video learning system titled "Mastery of Leadership Communication".

The DVD set includes:

  • Breakthrough Conflict
  • Hardwiring Teamwork
  • Persuasion and Influence

These DVD's will enable nonprofit organizations to teach their staff the Glaser's communication models, which have been featured at several Sherwood Trust workshops at Whitman College.

The DVD's are available for no cost and can be checked out by contacting Walla Walla Council Camp Fire office (525-3180) at 414 S. Park Street.