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Nonprofit Management Summer Camp 2019

Marlboro College Center for New Leadership

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Nonprofit Management Summer Camp 2019

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Day Camper Jul 15, 2019 $80.00 $6.50
Alum of Marlboro's graduate and/or Nonprofit Management Programs
Discount for alumni of Marlboro's nonprofit management programs.
Jul 15, 2019 $70.00 $5.89
Group Rate for 3 or more people from the same organization Jul 15, 2019 $70.00 $5.89

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Summer Camp 2019 is a day-long retreat for nonprofit professionals on the beautiful campus of Vermont Technical College. Participants have the opportunity to take three workshops focused on the competencies of their choice. Workshops are participatory, out-of-your-seat sessions that encourage connection and fun.

Nonprofit Summer Camp is an inexpensive way to receive the training you need in an amount of time you can work with. Join us for a day of connecting with your nonprofit colleagues and innovative sector leaders, to expand your professional development and to eat some s'mores! 


Workshop Choices 


Session 1:

Building Your Values Into Your Budget- with Alex Fischer

Come to this fun and interactive workshop to learn methods for making sure your organization's budget is in-line with your mission and values! Budgets are planning tools to help us be more effective in our work.  Too often, they get a bad rep for being deprived of justice-oriented values. Learn tools for using your budget to lift up your organization's values, be kind(er) to each other, and make sure your organization has the resources it needs to best do the work! 

Mastering the Art of Focus in A Distracted World- with Porter Knight

What would it feel like to feel productive and focused throughout the day? Is it even possible to nurture an outlook of calm with technology pervasively at our fingertips in a culture that glamorizes “busy”? Living and working healthfully in a world of distraction is possible, but it requires resolve, attention, and practice. However, we can learn to strengthen our internal capacity to focus as well as manage our devices and work habits to minimize distraction and maximize well being. Join us for this lively and interactive program to learn tangible strategies and actionable steps you can personally take to work well and feel well. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately to improve performance, promote health and feel better each day. Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify ways distraction negatively impacts performance and wellness
  2. List 3 tangible strategies one can undertake to increase focus (internal skills) or  limit/counteract distractibility (work habits and practices)
  3. Identify at least one strategy that will work for you personally, that you can implement and practice post-session

A Lottery Ticket, A Love Affair, and Bill Murray: A Conversation About Your Leadership Impact- with Joe Fusco

Every day, each of us is given the opportunity to help build great teams, and great organizations. At the same time, our challenges, our workplaces, and our world are evolving -- and demand a clearer, more powerful understanding of ourselves, and the people we work with. With a few simple, thought-provoking perspectives on personal and organizational leadership, Joe will challenge us to ask and embrace six compelling questions of ourselves and our organizations. Springing from the deepest roots of great leadership, these questions form a simple, yet powerful, framework for those of us eager to have a deeply influential and sustainable impact on our work, our teams, and our mission. Thoughtful, and practical -- be ready to leave with moments of leadership mastery you can put to work on.

Session 2:

Building a Financially Healthy Organization- with Wendelyn Duquette

All Organizations strive to be financially healthy but what does that actually mean and how do you know if your organization enjoys fiscal stability? This hands-on workshop will discuss three elements of a healthy non-profit. Most of the session will look at revenue diversity and cash reserves and encourage group collaboration as we explore these topics. Knowledge of these alone is not sufficient, a reliable accounting system that produces financial statements that you and your board understand and can use to make key decisions to run your organization is also a critical. We will touch on what it means to have accurate financials and how you know if you do or do not.’ Bring examples and questions! This will be a hands on workshop with activities.

AMP Up Your Multi-Sector Management Skills- with Scot Barker 

Come grow with us!  In this session, you'll learn how to AMP up your team's cross sector management skills through some discussions and activities. We will learn why it is so important to be able to move across sector lines and talk to and work with for-profit, non-profit and public organizations to achieve your larger goals. We'll also explore how to AMP (Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose) up your team in a multi-sector environment. You should come out of this session with some new ideas, some new connections and a new appreciation for how multi-sector work gets done!

Design Your Life: Where Are You Now?- with Jenn Hayslett

Before you decide where you are headed, you need to know where you are!  In this lively and engaging hands-on workshop, you will take stock of where you are in your personal and professional life using "design thinking" activities.  Design thinking is iterative, creative and reflective - a process to help you explore where you are now and where you want to be.

You will learn and use brainstorming and mind-mapping techniques inspired by the book Designing Your Life to access a clearer understanding of where you are and to begin to set intentions to move yourself forward to explore new directions.


Session 3:

A Deeper Dive Into Building a Financially Healthy Organization- with Wendelyn Duquette

Take a deeper dive into Wendelyn's session 2 class.  Bring your thoughts and questions for a participant-specific workshop.  You need not have attended session 2 to join this session.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team- with Cynthia Stuart

Ready to create a cohesive and productive team that makes better and faster decisions, taps into the skills and opinions of all team members, and avoids wasting time and energy on destructive conflict? Learn about the Five Behaviors model based on the work of Patrick Lencioni’s international best-seller, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. The TFi Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Workshop is an interactive and engaging learning experience that provides a roadmap to build an effective team community that focuses on team performance, achievement, and success. The single most untapped organizational advantage is teamwork, and to gain this organizational advantage, teams must:

  • Trust one another
  • Engage in Conflict around ideas
  • Commit to decisions
  • Hold one another Accountable
  • Focus on achieving collective Results

Design Your Life- Visioning Your Future- with Jenn Hayslett

What is next for you? Not sure exactly what you want? Looking to make changes in your personal or professional life? In this workshop you will use creative and exploratory "design thinking" to take steps to start building your way to a well-designed life that is productive and evolving.


You will use the Odyssey Planning Technique from the book Designing Your Life to start mapping out one of your possible life directions - and you will leave with strategies for continuing your own Life Design process.

Trainer Bios

 Scot Barker

Scot Barker has more than 25 years of experience across multiple organizations (for-profit, non-profit and social impact organications), and brings a varied background to everything he does.  Scot earned a bacjelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Higher & Adult Education Administration at the University of Missouri - Columbia.

As a transformational leader, Scot works with people and organizations to develop their leadership, management and operational skillsets and spends his time trying to bring out the best in people, both professionally and personally.  Scot works hard every day to find ways to help organizations get better, faster and less expensive, all while increasing the social and economic impact they deliver to their communities.  He believes corporate social responsibility is an important gauge of the overall success of a business.

SInce starting his own consulting company (, Scot has focused on fractional and interim leadership positions, leading organizational change management efforts, project management, coaching and presenting workshops and classes on project management, communication, leadership, organizational change management, multi-sector awareness and other topics.

Scot lives in Burlington, VT with his wife, 18-year-old daughter (until she leaves for Montreal), and their orange animals, a fox red Labrador Retriever and an orange tabby cat.


Wendelyn Duquette

With her strong and diverse background with non-profits, WendelynDuquette’s client list includes numerous non-profit organizations because she understands their need to simplify their bookkeeping tasks. As a former educator, Wendelyn is also deeply committed to teaching her clients to clearly understand their financials so they can make the best and most informed decisions. She is committed to staying abreast of the latest accounting technology to assist in her work with clients by attending 2-4 national conferences annually. In addition to her QuickBooks certifications—each one representing her extensive knowledge of QuickBooks and its related products—Wendelyn also completed several degrees, including a BS in Education from the University of Vermont, a BA in Geology also from UVM, and an MS in Organization & Management from Antioch/New England. She is a professional software trainer, a member of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor’s Program, a former bookkeeper, and a financial manager.

She’s a member of the Women Business owner’s Network, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Revitalizing Waterbury. She currently sits on the board of two family foundations. Past boards include Stowe Performing Arts, The Vermont Women’s Fund, Waterbury Citizens for Responsible Growth, and the Mallett’s Bay Boat Club. In 1994, Wendelynhelped establish the Vermont Women’s Fund in support of the economic and social equality of women and girls in Vermont and was active in raising The Funds $2 Million endowment.


Alex Fischer

In 2007, Alex began bookkeeping for a Berkeley, CA based nonprofit and realized bookkeeping was an important skill for social justice organizations and enjoyed weaving discussions of equity & systemic change into nonprofit and business finance. Alex holds anMBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT. They have also been known to blog infrequently at Learn the System You Want to Dismantle.

Outside of their business Open Bookkeeping, Alex spends a lot of time building community around racial and gender justice in their local community. In the fall of 2013, OBK - along with Just Schools Project,A.C.T. for Social Justice and Vermont Workers Center - opened The Root Social Justice Center in Brattleboro. The Root is a space focusing on supporting people of color led organizing in Southeastern Vermont and is open for the community to use for social justice organizing activities for nights and weekends. Additionally, Alex has been involved with rural queer organizing through the work of Green Mountain Crossroads.  Alex's preferred gender pronouns are they/them/theirs.


Joe Fusco

Joe Fusco speaks frequently to companies and organizations on leadership, organizational culture, problem-solving, business and cultural trends, economic development, business strategy and sustainability, and life/work balance. He’s been engaged as a speaker by groups and companies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Credit Union National Association, the Project Management Institute, MyWebGrocer, Green Mountain Power, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast. Joe is the Director of the University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA program and teaches personal and organizational leadership in the program. Joe is also a vice president of Casella Waste Systems, where he serves as an advisor to the chairman and CEO and is an executive coach to over 200 mid- and upper-level managers and numerous work teams. He is a trustee of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and served on the Vermont Governor's Climate Action Commission. He currently chairs the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Action Team, and served as a past chair of the State of Vermont's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy steering committee. Joe lives in Chittenden, Vermont with his wife, Renae. They are the parents of five children.

Jenn Hayslett

Jenn Hayslett, principal at Jenn Hayslett Coaching and Consulting, brings 25 years of leadership experience as a successful fundraiser, manager, facilitator, and trainer to her work as a coach and non-profit consultant. Jenn has direct experience in all areas of fundraising and marketing for small to mid-sized nonprofits including design and management of annual operations fundraising, major gift solicitation and stewardship, capital campaign organization and management, grant writing, marketing, community organizing, and volunteer management. Her specialty is in supporting board members and staff in building and improving relationship-based fund development programs.

Porter Knight

Porter Knight is the author of two books: "Organized to Last: 5 Simple Steps to Staying Organized" and "Get Paid to Win Clients: Public Speaking as a Marketing Tool." A nationally-recognized industry leader, she was one of the first in the nation to achieve the credential of Certified Professional Organizer®, and developed the industry's flagship education courses, "Introduction to Professional Organizing" and "Starting an Organizing Business."

An active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), she has been one of NAPO's most popular conference presenters, and has twice been nominated for the prestigious "Founders Award."

Porter holds a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College.  She worked for several years in the environmental field, establishing country-wide recycling programs and teaching waste reduction, composting, and alternatives to household hazardous products.  In 1996, after years of creating order out of chaos for friends and family, Porter started her own company to put her productivity skills to work, and has since helped thousands of business professionals across the country.

Porter is an avid equestrian, foxhunter, and hiker.  As a Board member of the Bristol Recreation Club, she is spearheading the effort to create the Bristol Trails Network, a consortium of trails in and around the community.  Porter also volunteers for the Vermont Refugee Assistance Program and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Addison Family Court. A graduate of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT), Porter lives in Bristol, Vermont with her husband and two sons.


Cynthia Stuart

As a lifelong native of Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom, Cynthia is an active volunteer serving on the Concord Planning & Zoning Board, Kingdom East School District Board, the Northern Counties Health Care Board, the James Project of Latin America Board, and the Sid’s Pantry Board. Cynthia believes that great things can happen through volunteerism and community engagement. With a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Plymouth University, along with many years of experience in the banking and regulatory sectors, Cynthia now uses her business and collaboration skills to her work as a consultant. Cynthia owns Stuart Consulting, where she assists businesses, non-profits, and individuals to create meaningful outcomes. Additional information about Cynthia, and the types of projects she works on, is available at



What are my parking options at the event?

Parking is available free and on-site. ** Please follow parking signs to the far lot adjacent to the Student Center**


Should I bring a lunch?

You're more than welcome too, but snacks and lunch are provided at Summer Camp.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event.

What is the refund policy?

Access Refund Policy here If you need to withdraw from camp, please alert Danette Reynolds at as soon as possible.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Jen D'Agostino at with any questions.


Have questions about Nonprofit Management Summer Camp 2019? Contact Marlboro College Center for New Leadership

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Vermont Technical College
124 Admin Drive
Randolph Center, VT 05061

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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